WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Sept. 7, 2010 -- On Thursday, Sept. 16, the Delivering Equal Access to Care (DEAC) clinic will hold a fundraising gala celebrating the second anniversary of the clinic’s opening.
The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Millennium Center, located at 101 W. Fifth St., in downtown Winston-Salem.
Guests of the gala will enjoy live music, a full-service dinner and can participate in a silent auction.
Items available at the silent auction will include a $200 gift certificate to Linda Weaver’s Reynolda Village studio, a Lake James weekend getaway, and many other goods and services from community businesses.
The occasion will serve as a major fundraiser for the clinic. In 2009 the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics gave the DEAC clinic a grant that will match any charitable contribution given to the clinic in 2010 and 2011.
“As DEAC is still a very young clinic, we are still working towards establishing financial stability and expanding our clinic. We think the gala is going to be a great event to help support the cause,” said J. Blake Long, M.D., instructor, Internal Medicine, and medical director of the clinic.
The DEAC clinic opened two years ago as a student-run health-care clinic to provide high quality, free medical care to the uninsured members of the greater Winston-Salem community.
Every Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 25 medical students, three Wake Forest Baptist physicians and three to four Spanish language interpreters meet at the Community Care Center, located at 2135 New Walkertown Road. They work together to provide health care to patients who would otherwise be without.
Students learn how to triage patients, take vitals, draw blood for labs, educate patients on healthy lifestyle choices, take full histories and perform physical exams.
“Students get to interact with a large group of physicians at Wake Forest Baptist who volunteer their time to teach us and see patients for free. This early exposure to patients is invaluable and they gain extra preparation for their clinical clerkship years,” Long said. The gala will also serve to honor the many Wake Forest Baptist physicians who have volunteered at the clinic.
The event is open to anyone. Tickets are available for $50. An RSVP is required by Thursday, Sept. 9, for those planning to attend. Dress for the event is cocktail attire. For more information on the event, or the DEAC clinic, visit www.wfubmc.edu/DEAC.