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By Culmore Clinic, Jul 11 2015 06:04PM

Nurses, Christie McFall and Raquel Tun, gratefully accept welcome bags from members of the Outreach Committee of Goodwin House Alexandria. These bags of soaps, shampoo, and more are given to new patients and those engaging in counseling services. Big thank you to Goodwin House!!!

By Culmore Clinic, Jun 12 2015 05:48PM

Caroline Hillkirk is truly dedicated to Culmore Clinic patients and to her volunteer roles as Manager of Interpreter Services and Spanish Medical Interpreter. The job of an interpreter involves precision, ethics, and the utmost confidentiality, and these are responsibilities Caroline takes very seriously. As a trained medical interpreter, Caroline is required to accurately facilitate direct communication between patient and provider, while taking into consideration cultural distinctions as well.

Caroline's skills were especially noticeable after a recent patient visit she translated. Caroline noticed that the patient was using words that diminished the severity of a health issue. Caroline expressed her concerns to the provider and at the next visit, the provider broadened discussions with the patient to provide additional care. True to form, Caroline both preserved the strict ethics of interpretation, and stepped forward to advocate for a patient in need.

Congrats, Caroline and thank you for your service!

Check back in July for our next Volunteer of the Month!

By guest, Jun 10 2015 06:38PM

The Goodwin House Community is truly wonderful to Culmore Clinic. Goodwin House Alexandria collects donated toiletries to provide welcome bags for new patients, and since the clinic’s move to Columbia Baptist in 2011, Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads has staffed our Set-Up Ministry. Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads is stepping forward again for Culmore Clinic by leading our new Dental Initiative. Clinic patients have little or no access to regular dental care, yet at the same time, poor oral health can increase the risk of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and respiratory infections. Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads will be leading a drive to collect toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss for Culmore Clinic patients. Thank you Goodwin House-BC!

Read about the importance of integrating oral health in primary care here.

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