(left to right) Jack Brose, D.O., dean of
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Nancy Schell,
Community Health Programs (CHP) community outreach coordinator;
State Rep. Jimmy Stewart. Schell received an employee award from CHP
honoring her contributions to community service and direction of
ComCorps, a community-based, volunteer AmeriCorps program, at the
annual CHP Recognition Breakfast, held Dec. 7. Schell will be
retiring next year.
optometrists, staff, physician and program director honored for
their service in Southeastern Ohio
by Kevin M.
Dec. 12, 2007
The snowy morning of Friday, Dec. 7,
was a day of celebration for Ohio University College of Osteopathic
Medicine’s (OU-COM) Community Health Programs (CHP), which honored
its community partners and its staff at its annual Recognition
Breakfast. Among those honored were Susan Quinn, O.D., who directs
CHP’s Student Sight Saver Program;
Gerald Rubin, D.O., for his work with OU-COM’s Free Clinic; and
Nancy Schell for her work with ComCorps, a community-based,
volunteer AmeriCorps program.
“You demonstrate the
power of community,” said Richard Greenlee, Ph.D., who delivered the
keynote address to the more
than 50 health care and community service providers who attended the
ceremony. Greenlee is the Ohio University
associate provost for Appalachian Access and Enrichment. “You’re a
wonderful example of that. I thank you for all you do every day
throughout the year.”
Quinn was recognized for
her efforts coordinating CHP’s new Student Sight Saver Program, a
glaucoma screening initiative funded by the
Friends of the Congressional
Glaucoma Caucus Foundation. Quinn manages
the monthly screening clinics staffed by OU-COM students and other
local optometrists and ophthalmologists.
“Dr. Quinn believes in
community service, and our students feel very fortunate to have her
directing them. She’s a great leader who ensures that this is a
quality program,” said Kathy Trace, R.N., director of
Community Health Programs.
Rubin, an OU-COM
associate professor of family medicine who serves as a physician
volunteer for the Free Clinic, received special thanks for his
service to CHP over the years as a physician, and a teacher to
OU-COM medical students who participate in community service.
“Dr. Rubin deserves our
heartfelt thank you for his compassionate care of our clients. He
genuinely cares for people and is genuinely interested in the
medical students’ learning,” said Trace.
A major thrust of CHP’s
efforts over the past year has been the expansion of its Free
Clinic, which provides no-cost medical services and referrals for
the uninsured. Trace thanked partner organizations, which included
O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, Doctors Hospital of Nelsonville,
University Medical Associates, the O’Bleness Family Practice
Residency, Tri-County Mental Health and Counseling Services, the
Ohio Association of Free Clinics, and the Organization for Health
Improvement for Appalachia, who have contributed to the successful
operation and expansion of the Free Clinic.
“What sticks out first and foremost
in my mind,” said State Rep. Jimmy Stewart, who spoke at the
recognition ceremony, “is the big role OU-COM plays in bringing
health care not only to those in the city but throughout the
Appalachian region.” Many rural residents would much rather see a
doctor or nurse closer to home, said Stewart, and OU-COM provides
More than any other time in his five
years in the legislature, said Stewart, it has been easy to see the
importance of CHP because that has been brought home by the
testimony of other agencies, health care providers and constituents
to his human services subcommittee.
“I want to thank all of you for the
work that you do,” said Stewart.
“It’s been a wonderful
year for us, and all of you have been a major part of the success of
our community services,” Jack Brose, D.O., OU-COM dean, told
Also recognized for
excellence in service was Nancy Schell, CHP community outreach
coordinator. Under her leadership, ComCorps was the only one of 27
Ohio programs to receive a grant from the Corporation for National
and Community Service and the only Ohio program to receive a
peer-review score of 100 percent. In the past year, ComCorps members
gave more than 25,000 hours of service through various health care
initiatives around Southeastern Ohio.
“I want to thank the
staff and department for honoring me,” said Schell. “It’s been
great, and seeing this group of people here makes me want to
reconsider my pending retirement. I’ve worked with wonderful people,
and I’ll always remember the lives we’ve touched. It’s been
CHP, the community outreach health
care and health education arm of Ohio University College of
Osteopathic Medicine, collaborates with various allied health care
agencies, organizations and institutions to provide a broad range of
services to those in need — the poor, uninsured and underserved — of
CHP has served the region for more
than a decade, helping to transform the face of the region’s rural
health care through various programs, including the Free Clinic,
ComCorps, the Childhood Immunization Program, the Breast and
Cervical Cancer program, the Healthy Adult Program, Well Child/Well
Families and the Healthy Child Care Ohio-Nurse Consultants program.
CHP has been highly praised for its
service to rural Ohio and in 2005 was named an “Ohio Hero” by
Ohio magazine. Trace recently received the Ohio Department of
Health’s 2007 Distinguished Rural Health Administrator Award.