The Norman Transcript

Opinion

November 13, 2012

Health for Friends thankful for support

NORMAN — Thank you, Norman. With your support in the last year, more than 1,300 people received 4,200-plus medical visits and more than 600 people received 4,000-plus dental procedures. However, those are just numbers. Each number is a person who, thanks to you, gets to live a better life.

Thanks to you, three women, with limited incomes and no insurance, took advantage of our “well woman” exams and learned they were in the earliest stages of breast cancer. They are now being treated, and each of them has a positive prognosis.

Thanks to you, a young mother of two who was temporarily without insurance due to changing jobs obtained the insulin she required that, if not for Health for Friends, would have cost her more than $4,000 per month, an amount completely out of reach for her and her family.

Thanks to you, one of our dentists recognized the signs of physical abuse in a young woman who came in for a filling and was able to enlist the help of our social worker in helping her find help and resources.

Thanks to you, Norman, these individuals and countless others have received high-quality, low-cost medical care, dental care and prescription assistance through Health for Friends over the last year, preventing countless trips to the emergency department for otherwise routine care and contributing to the overall physical, mental and economic health of our community.

And thank you for the support and confidence in our services that has resulted in our opening the doors to the new pediatric practice in our new Women and Children’s Center, a facility that will allow us to serve as a primary health care home to many of the uninsured and medically underserved children living in and around Norman.

Over the last 27 years, with your help and support through your gifts and donations, your contributions to United Way, the support from faith communities and local foundations, Health for Friends has grown from a part-time clinic staffed entirely by volunteers in a rented motorcycle garage to a multi-site comprehensive health center housing a medical practice, a dental practice and, as of this week, a pediatric practice accepting infants, children and young adults.

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