Clinic Blog: 2012 Walking Shield Clinic Blog
March 1, 2012
Toiyabe and Walking Shield Partners
Today we had 85 patients come to clinic and we were able to make 70 pairs of glasses in the lab. We have completed all but 8 pairs so far.
A couple follow-up stories. The mother of our 14-year-old glaucoma patient came back to clinic today. She told Dr. Chris that she had gone home yesterday and did some research on glaucoma and was very thankful that he was able to diagnose her son. Mr. Fry a patient from Tuesday came back in today to pick up his new pair of glasses. He was so happy he went through clinic and thanked every one of us.
A mother of a walk-in patient stopped Noel, our Toiyabe coordinator, in the parking lot to thank us for being here. She said her son just moved back to the area and was able to get an exam and be seen by a doctor and was badly in need of new glasses. She could not say thank-you enough.
One of our partners here in CA is Toiyabe Indian Health Project, Inc. a non-profit corporation jointly controlled by seven federally recognized Indian Tribes to provide healthcare services. Toiyabe currently operates three clinic locations located in Bishop, Lone Pine and Camp Antelope in Coleville, CA. The geographical service area covers nearly 14,000 square miles in eastern central California to Death Valley National Park. The tribes include Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley, Bishop Pauite Tribe, Bridgeport Indian Colony, Ft. Independence Indian Reservation, Lone Pine Pauite-Shoshone Tribe and the Utu Utu Gwaitu Paiute Tribe.
Walking Shield, another partner’s, mission is to improve the quality of life for American Indian families by coordinating programs that provide shelter, healthcare, community development support, educational assistance, and humanitarian aid. Working closely with tribal leaders, Walking Shield provides a variety of services to American Indian families.
John Castillo, Ph.D., Walking Shield, Inc.’s Executive Director is spending sometime with us this week. Dr. Castillo, who is of Apache heritage, has worked for Walking Shield since 1999 and is fully dedicated to improving the quality of life on American Indian reservations.
A huge thank you to the local Bishop Lions Club for providing all of our lunches.