Old Town Medical and Dental Center recently expanded its operation to include a fully functioning Eye Clinic. This brings to the Center the ability to provide complete eye exams and refractions to its patients. The Eye Clinic was made possible as a result of equipment purchased by the James City Lions Club. Previously patients were referred to local practices for refractions. Because many patients do not have their own transportation, the no-show rate for these referrals was high, and the wait time several weeks to a few months. In addition to eliminating the trip to a referral facility, it is anticipated that wait times and no-show rates will be significantly reduced.
Dr. Pam Lundberg, a James City Lions Club member and Olde Town Medical Center volunteer, identified the equipment needed and has recruited volunteer optometrists to help her staff the clinic. Club members will provide administrative assistance. Initially the clinic will be open one-half day per month. Hours of operation will expand as demand for services increase.
Lion Don Butts, who originated the idea and became project lead for James City Lions says he heard that an example of a Lions Legacy Project was to establish a clinic. "The Lions core mission is vision, so it seemed to follow that the clinic should be an eye clinic. Our club supports Olde Town Medical and Dental Center, so that was a logical place to establish an eye clinic."
Dr.Lundberg has provided care for patients at Olde Towne Medical Center and at Williamsburg Eye Care for several years. She says: "The new eye clinic will expand the services we provide and increase the number of patients we are able to see." She is thankful for the local optometrists who have volunteered to staff the clinic.
Dr. William Mann of Olde Town Medical and Dental Center said "This generous gift, and the continuing support and past support from the James City Lions club, allows us to provide much needed eye clinic services to our patients, 80% of whom have no insurance. Restoring and improving a patient's vision is vital to ensuring their health and functionality."
One of the first patients examined when the clinic opened on September 20, is Simon J. Morning, who is pictured here with Dr. Pam Lundberg. Also pictured are Dr. Lundberg and James City Lion Bob Gordon, who along with Club President, Phil Giles, (not pictured) provided volunteer services on opening day.
Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center (OTMDC), located at 5249 Olde Towne Road in James City County, was formed in 1993 to address the needs of Greater Williamsburg's uninsured and medically underserved residents. OTMDC was established as a public-private, non-profit, 501(c)3 agency with a mission "to provide quality, cost-effective, coordinated and preventative primary health care to clients, regardless of ability to pay." Currently, on average, OTMDC provides more than 1,350 medical and dental patient visits per month to uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid and Medicare residents. Services continue to expand to address growing community needs.
The James City Lions Club, formed in 1998, is part of Lions Club International, the largest service organization in the United States. The club includes more than 70 members from the community, who volunteer to help improve the lives of local citizens. Although Lions are known for their work in the areas of vision and hearing care, they also focus on diabetes awareness, pediatric cancer, the nvironment, and youth services.
Posted by : Lions Phil Giles (Club President) and Don Butts.
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