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Health Ministry

70 Patients Treated at First TOUCH Clinic

MMA’s mobile clinic in Torrance

 

Over 70 people received free medical, dental and optical care in the Los Angeles South Bay area on Saturday, September 29, 2012. Christ Our Savior Anglican Church, in conjunction with Anglican Health Ministries, led a coalition of partners known as the Torrance Outreach for Unified Community Health (TOUCH) to bring Medical Mission Adventures’ (MMA) mobile medical clinic to Torrance, California. The coalition consisted of Christ Our Savior, The Harbor Church, and the Torrance Salvation Army which hosted the first clinic site.

 

People came long distances to receive care. One man came from the San Gabriel Valley for optical needs and another woman traveled 75 miles from San Bernardino and slept overnight at the Salvation Army to wait for the clinic to open in the morning. Patients were very grateful, and could not believe that clinic services were free.

While comprehensive care was offered, dental and optical needs were the most utilized services.

 

Volunteers visited with patents, shared the gospel and invited many to church on Sunday. Louie Rosado, executive director of MMA, gave his own Christian testimony to the waiting patients.

 

Special note should be made of the support of the Salvation Army staff. Pastors Neil and Rubina Navarro opened their entire service center for the clinic. Officers provided  refreshments to the patients and provided valuable administrative and minsterial support.

Patient waiting area

 

Anglican Health Ministries worked with MMA for over two years on licensing, regulatory, and insurance requirements. “It was a long-road of red tape and endless inspections, but we were finally able to open the doors,” said physician and Deacon Val W. Finnell, who is Executive Director of Anglican Health Ministries.

 

Overall, TOUCH Coalition members thought the day was very successful. More work needs to be done to recruit medical, dental and optometry staff in the South Bay to support ongoing local clinics throughout the year.  More TOUCH Coalition members are being sought to support clinic operations.

Patients receive free dental care

 

 

 

 

Christ Our Savior would like to extend an invitation to other Anglicans within the Diocese of Western Anglicans to partner with them in hosting regular clinics in the South Bay area.  Local clinic volunteers are also desperately needed. Those interested should contact Christ Our Savior Senior Warden, Tom Winfrey, at tawinfrey@yahoo.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Free Mobile Clinic Opens Its Doors in Torrance

 

The TOUCH Coalition, Medical Mission Adventures, and Anglican Health Ministries are bringing a free mobile medical unit to Torrance, California on Saturday, September 29th from 9AM-5 PM. The mobile clinic will be located at the Salvation Army Service Center; 4223 Emerald St; Torrance, CA 90503. The clinic will offer medical, dental, and optical care regardless of ability to pay.

 

TOUCH is a network of South Bay churches working together to assist our neighbors with medical, dental, and optical care. Its members include Christ Our Savior Anglican Church in Torrance, The Harbor Church in Harbor City, and the Salvation Army in Torrance.

 

Download the flyer for more information and help spread the word.

 

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COS Demos Mobile Medical Clinic

Mobile Clinic

MMA's Mobile Clinic

Christ Our Savior Anglican Church, in conjunction with Anglican Health Ministries and the  Torrance Outreach for Unified Community Health (TOUCH) Coalition,  demonstrated  Medical Mission Adventures’ (MMA)  mobile medical clinic for Torrance Memorial Medical Center (TMMC) on Friday, November 11, 2011. In attendance were representatives from the community, including the Salvation Army, Torrance Corps.

 

Mr. Louie Rosado, President of MMA and Dr. Finnell, Executive Director of Anglican Health Ministries and founder of TOUCH, made a presentation to the executive staff of TMMC followed by a clinic walkthrough. All of the clinic’s capabilities were on display (i.e. medical, dental, and optical). The presentation focused on the need for primary medical care services among the area’s uninsured and underinsured population and how community organizations can network together to enhance continuity of care and reduce uncompensated emergency department visits.

 

During the free clinic visits, the Christian staff witnesses to patients and shares the gospel. AHM and MMA both believe that we can best minister to people through  words and loving actions. The clinic is also a unique way to bring community assets together to address long-term needs in Torrance.

 

Inside Mobile Clinic

Mr. Rosado explains clinic features to Torrance Memorial executive staff

 

TOUCH and MMA will work with TMMC and other community organizations in the coming weeks to establish a corps of volunteers to host the free clinic on a regular basis in Torrance. If you would like to be part of this effort, please join the Coalition.

 

The brief video below will give you the highlights of the clinic’s capabilities:

 

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