DR. GINSBERG RETURNED TO GRUNDY, VIRGINIA, OCTOBER 6-8, 2017 with Remote Area Medical of Virginia. Grundy is located in the heart of Virginia’s Coalfield Region in Buchanan County. Buchanan County has been hit by economic depression due to the decline in the coal industry. Ram of Virginia turned the local elementary school into a fully functioning eye, dental and medical clinic with the help of the local community, and 511 professional and general volunteers. Over $506,483.00 in free eye, dental and medical care was provided during the two day event. Also, RAM of Virginia was able to partner with the University of Virginia to provide free mammograms at the event to 33 individuals.
Dr. Ginsberg participated in the 2nd annual Remote Area Medical (Virginia) mission to Rural Retreat, Va. The clinic was held at the Smyth County Municipal Airport. The different disciplines of the clinic were held in offices, meeting rooms, large airplane hangars and outdoors on the grounds of the airport. Temperatures outdoors ranged in the 40’s with a very brisk wind, with intermittent rain, making it quite uncomfortable for the hundreds of patients lined up to be helped by the volunteers. As usual, many of these patients came from hours away, slept in their cars or tents, waiting for the clinic to open at 6:00 am the following day. Approximately 980 patients were seen by Vision, Dental and/or Medical volunteers, providing an estimated $500,000 in services for the clinic. This was Dr. Ginsberg’s 9th Remote Area Medical (ramusa.org) mission.
Dr. Ginsberg travelled with Northeast VOSH (NEVOSH.ORG) once again to Panama for 9 days. We arrived in a new location, La Chorrera and worked in Lidice, about one and a half hours from Panama City. This region exposed us to a more indigent population than we had encountered last year. We set up the clinic at a rural school which allowed us plenty of room for all four of our departments to function well. We provided care for close to 3200 patients over four days of the clinic. Conditions were typical for the area: sunny, hot and dry with temperatures hovering around 90. Many people arrived at our clinic after having commuted via bus for over 3 hours. The population included mostly farmers who spend their days in the open sun, exposing them to dangerous UV rays, and therefore eye diseases related to these conditions. Simple remedies, many of which we take for granted here at home, like sunglasses and medications, were provided to them. The clinic was so successful that we committed, along with the El Dorado Panama Rotarian Club, to returning to the same area next January.
Dr. Ginsberg returned with REMOTE AREA MEDICAL (RAMUSA.ORG) TO GRUNDY, VIRGINIA, for the third time, and his 8th RAM mission overall. The clinic serves the underemployed and underinsured people of southwestern Virginia, as well as areas of Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. The clinic provides comprehensive eye examinations, same-day eyeglasses, dental and medical, care and education. 532 patients were examined over the weekend. You can read more about this mission and others on the RAM website.
Dr. Ginsberg returned to Buena Vista, Virginia, March 4-6, 2016 to participate in another Remote Area Medical (ramusa.org) mission. The clinic was held at Southern Virginia University. Throughout the two-day clinic, a total of 553 patients were able to obtain eye examinations, as well as dental and medical care.
To learn more about the situation in this area of the country, please view the Remote Area Medical Documentary.
Dr. Ginsberg and the NEVOSH (www.nevosh.org) group returned to the exact same site we had worked the prior year in Penenome Panama. It had all worked out so well the year before and this decision to return proved to be a good one. The community had not forgotten us and we were greeted with an abundance of needy patients from our opening hour right to the end. Over twenty percent of our missionaries attended for the first time, which gave us more new names to put with faces then in prior years.
Our enlarged student contingent of eight SUNY optometry students and four BU Dental students gave us the manpower we needed to get the job done. We also had an abundance of bilingual Panamanian students acting as translators and a second group studying to be Health Promoters working in the medical and dental areas. As in the past, meeting, teaching, and forming bonds with the students is often as rewarding as helping the needy.
Here are the results of our efforts:
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Dr. Ginsberg participated in a volunteer mission at Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, Tennessee, from April 30- May3, 2015. This was his 6th Remote Area Medical (ramusa.org) mission, and together with NEVOSH, his 20th overall since January 2000.
This clinic consisted of eye care, dental, medical and audiology. Educational tents were set up for nutrition and many other health concerns. Patients were camped in the parking lot at Bristol Motor Speedway for days prior to the clinic in order to obtain a ticket to be seen. The gates opened at 6:00 am, and patients were seen until late afternoon. 574 Eye Exams were performed, and 644 eye glasses were made and dispensed.
During the week of January 17-25, 2015, Dr.Ginsberg returned with NEVOSH to Panama, to participate in a volunteer mission, which provided eye, medical, dental and audiological care to thousands of indigent people.
This was Dr. Ginsberg's fifteenth trip to Central America including 10 visits to Nicaragua and three to El Salvador. The NEVOSH group that made the trek to Central America had approximately 63 volunteers. We stayed in a hotel in Cocle, Penenome, and were transported by bus for about 20 minutes to our location, where we setup a clinic at a local school. The volunteers, who came from throughout the United States, consisted of optometrists, opticians, internists, nurses and many others. 1324 people had eye exams and were provided with glasses when indicated. Many eye diseases were treated, and arrangements were made for follow-up care when necessary. In total, over 3100 patients were seen. It was a very satisfying week, and we are all looking forward to returning there next year.
Dr. Ginsberg traveled to Buena Vista, Virginia February 28-March 3, 2014 to participate in a Remote Area Medical (WWW.RAMUSA.ORG) health clinic, which provided free Eye, Dental and Medical care to uninsured and under insured people from the surrounding areas. The event was held at Southern Virginia University, and the eye clinic served about 300 patients visits in the two days. Patients began arriving to the parking lot in the very early hours of Saturday morning, waiting in line in the fifteen degree cold. This was Dr. Ginsberg’s fifth time he has participated in a RAM mission.
During the week of January 19-26, 2014, Dr.Ginsberg traveled with NEVOSH to Panama, in the area of Las Garzas de Pacaora, to participate in a volunteer mission, which provided eye and medical care to thousands of indigent people.
This was Dr. Ginsberg's fourteenth trip to Central America including 10 visits to Nicaragua and three to El Salvador. The NEVOSH group that made the trek to Central America had approximately 53 volunteers. The group stayed in Panama City, and were transported by bus for an hour to our location, where a clinic was setup at a local school. The volunteers, who came from throughout the United States, consisted of optometrists, opticians, internists, nurses and many others. 1475 people had eye exams and were provided with glasses when indicated. Many eye diseases were treated.
From October 5-7, 2012, Dr. Ginsberg participated in the annual Remote Area Medical (RAM) health clinic in Grundy, Virginia. The clinic provides Eye, Dental and Medical care for the area population and draws from Tennessee and Kentucky as well. This is the 10th year for this particular clinic, which serves uninsured and underinsured people from the coal mining areas of Appalachia. A total of 1026 patients were seen during the 2 day clinic including almost 400 Eye patients and about 500 Dental patients. Read more about RAM clinics at www.ramusa.org.
Dr. Ginsberg traveled to Bristol, Tennessee April 12-15, 2012 to participate in a Remote Area Medical (WWW.RAMUSA.ORG) health clinic, which provided free Eye, Dental and Medical care to uninsured and under insured people from the surrounding areas.
The event was held at Bristol Motor Speedway, and the clinic served about 1750 patients visits in two and a half days. Patients began camping out in the parking lots 24 hours before the clinic began early Friday morning. This was Dr. Ginsberg’s third time he has participated in a RAM mission. Read more about this health clinic at : http://www2.tricities.com/news/2012/apr/14/700-800-medical-volunteers-donating-time-talent-ra-ar-1841237/
During the week of January 15-23, 2011, Dr. Ginsberg traveled to El Salvador in the area of Usulutan, near the lower Rio Lempa river region, to participate in a volunteer mission which provided eye and medical care to thousands of indigent people.
This was Dr. Ginsberg's thirteenth trip to Central America including 10 visits to Nicaragua. The NEVOSH group that made the trek to Central America had approximately 50 volunteers. The group stayed in a guesthouse in Nueva Esperanza, a self-sustained farming community, about 30 minutes from our clinic site in the town of Terra Blanca. The volunteers, who came from throughout the United States, consisted of optometrists, opticians, ophthalmologists, internists, nurses and many others.
Almost 3000 people were provided with eye and medical examinations, many for the first time in their lives. Many eye diseases were treated, and over 1100 eyeglasses were dispensed from our library of 12,000 pairs. It was a demanding yet rewarding experience for all people who participated, and one that will bring many who went, back to El Salvador again for years to come.
To read more about this mission or previous trips, please visit the VOSH Website at www.NEVOSH.org
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