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Giving Back to the Community

The Southern Regional AHEC Family Medicine Center Offers Free Physicals to Educators

Dr. Alex Gelou and Lisa OrrThe Southern Regional AHEC Family Medicine Residency Program honors education personnel because their influence is the promise that we will continue our mission to be the leader in health care education and services. We are proud to be partners in education and good health with the Cumberland County Schools.

The Cumberland County Schools require new employees to have a physical before they receive their first paycheck. It is often difficult for them to get what they need because they do not have their health insurance yet. Many are new to the area and don’t know who to call. That’s where The Family Medicine Center steps in. Photo Right: Alex Gelou, MD, sees middle school teacher, Lisa Orr, to meet her physical requirement for employment with the Cumberland County Schools.

To help these local educators get ready for the new school year, The Family Medicine Center offers physicals to teachers and other school personnel at no cost on two nights each summer. Even with a lean hiring year for the school system, volunteer residents and clinic staff saw over 80 school personnel on August 17 and 18, 2012.

“For those of you who assisted with the Teacher Physical program this year I’d like to thank you for your help,” Practice Manager Carl Keiper told the volunteers. ”Not only did we see over 80 teachers, but everyone involved had a good time providing this service to the community.”

Valerie LockeSouthern Regional AHEC physicians not only screened school employees for blood glucose levels, but also conducted physicals, vision screenings, and gave everyone who needed it, a PPD or chest x-ray. On Monday evening, one of the recipients came out into the lobby of The Family Medicine Center after his physical. He looked around, then declared, “I’m impressed!”

Business office manager, Jennifer Powell received a call the next day from one of the teachers who wanted to express her gratitude. The teacher thanked her for the free service and commented on how efficiently everyone was seen.

These new patients show their appreciation by making The Family Medicine Center their permanent health care choice for them and for their families.

Photo Right: Valarie Locke, medical assistant in The Family Medicine Center, prepares a TB shot for one of the new Cumberland County Schools employees on August 18, 2012.