Monday, March 14, 2011

Governor Budget/ Toni Symonds/ Clinic by the Bay

The Governor has put forth a budget which includes $14 billion of taxes most of which are a continuation of taxes set to sunset this year and budget cuts to balance the $25 plus billion budget deficit.

Time is running short to get this on the June ballot.

Would you support a five year extension of the taxes which include a 1% sales tax, a .5 increase in vehicle license fees and a surcharge of .25 tax on income. It is estimated the Governor has cut $12 billion.

Do you support this?

Would you support this is there was a cap on pensions and other pension reforms?

Do you think the voters should be allowed to decide one way or the other.

On Tuesday March 15th our good friend Toni Symonds the Chief Consultant, Assembly Committee on Jobs,Economic Development and the Economy will be honored at the SBDC’s Partners In Success event.

Toni has been a great friend of Small Business California and the entire small business community in California. Congratulations Toni on a well deserved award. For those of you that want to thank Toni you can email her at:

Many of you have contributed to Clinic by the Bay. Thank you.

Please see our accomplishments to date in newsletter below. Note we have registered 133 friends and neighbors[our word for patients] and seen almost 200 riends and neighbors.

For those of you in SF area I hope you will save the date of May 18 from 6 to 7:30 for our spring fund raiser. For others around the state I hope you might consider making a contribution by going to

Scott Hauge
Small Business California
2311 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

C l i n i c b y t h e B a y - SPRING 2011

"May we have eyes to see those who are rendered invisible and excluded, open arms and hearts to reach out and include them, healing hands to touch their lives with love, and in the process heal ourselves."


Visit our You Tube channel to view TV news coverage (in English and Spanish) of our Grand Opening on November 9, 2011.


"Believe It!"

JOIN US for our Spring Fundraiser Event at
Credo Restaurant, San Francisco
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
6:00 - 7:30 PM

More details coming soon!


We are grateful to the McKesson Foundation for their strong, consistent support since January 2009.

President Carrie Varoquiers explains how the McKesson's partnership with Clinic by the Bay has been a good fit over the last three years:

"Supporting a volunteer-driven organization like Clinic by the Bay aligns perfectly with the McKesson Foundation's focus on providing healthcare for the underserved while simultaneously allowing us to stretch our dollars for maximum impact."


Introducing our new Clinic Manager!

Maria Silveira, RN, ANP-BC, MPH is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with clinical experience in a diversity of settings throughout San Francisco, including San Francisco General Hospital, Laguna Honda Hospital, and the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Maria also has several years of experience managing clinical research studies.


Our free monthly workshops take place at the clinic. All community members are welcome. Please call 415-405-0222 to reserve a spot! Upcoming workshop:

What Did My Doctor Say? (Health Literacy)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Saturday, April 16, 2011
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Eligibility Screening & Registration:
Mondays 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesdays 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Primary Care Clinic
for Registered Patients:
Tuesdays 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursdays 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Available Services:
Primary and preventive care, general health exams, prescription assistance, specialty care referral, community resource referrals, health education

Clinic by the Bay Springs Forward - our accomplishments to date

We’re excited to share our progress over the last five months, since we first became a primary care medical home to our working uninsured neighbors in the Excelsior neighborhood and Daly City.

Currently, 133 people who previously did not have access to health care now have a primary care medical home at Clinic by the Bay. We have also completed nearly 200 patient visits to date.

Our patient visits are 45-60 minutes, much longer than traditional primary care, allowing patients and providers to develop deeper relationships. Each new patient visit includes integrated medical, mental health and dental screenings. Moreover, our patients are generally able to see a provider within one week, and occasionally within the same day. (See Patient Profile below.)

Thanks to our strong community and medical partnerships, our patients receive a seamless coordination of care. Over the last five months, we provided our patients with 193 referrals for specialty services, such as lab work, x-rays, mammograms, optometry, as well as other supportive services (e.g., employment counseling, financial assistance, bereavement support).

Clinic by the Bay fosters a "Culture of Caring" throughout the organization; caring for the person, not only their illness. We are grateful to all of our contributors, volunteers, and partners for helping us provide compassionate care to our neighbors.

Volunteer Spotlight
To date, we have trained 53 volunteers who have contributed over 1900 hours of service, valued at $68,000. Karen and Loretta are two of our non-medical volunteers who have been with us from the beginning.


Karen Spradling first contacted Clinic by the Bay after reading an article about Coming of Age - Bay Area, one of our key community partners and a volunteer organization that harnesses the experience, talents and skills of people 50+ . Karen participated in our very first volunteer training in July 2010. She quickly proved to be a great fit at the clinic, given her extensive background in health care and business administration, her strong computer skills, and a familiarity with medical terminology.

As an eligibility screener, Karen interviews potential patients to verify that they meet the requirements to receive our services. She also conducts initial interviews with potential volunteers and helps us maintain accurate volunteer tracking through our online volunteer management database.

Karen says, “I feel I’m really making a difference when I’m here at the clinic, and by extension, I’m helping those who really need health care the most, people who otherwise aren’t getting the care they need. Patients who do find us are so grateful for the care they receive, and they are every bit as deserving of good quality health care as I am.”


Loretta Taylor first learned about us from her husband Lachlan, after he made a surprise donation to the clinic. Equally inspired by the clinic’s mission, she immediately signed up for our first volunteer training. She brings to the clinic over 24 years of experience in patient education and early childhood development.

Currently, Loretta welcomes our patients and provides administrative support, including the critical setup of our exam rooms every week. Most notably, she created the clinic’s official safety procedure manual. She hopes to become even more involved in patient education as our health education programming continues to expand.

“It feels good to walk into Clinic by the Bay every day that I’m there,” Loretta shares proudly. “The energy is wonderful, the atmosphere is positive, and people are there because they want to be there. Whether I’m answering the phone or stocking the exam rooms, each week I know I have a part in ensuring each patient’s needs are met.”

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact Eliza Gibson at


UCSF Medical Center is one of our key medical partners, providing clinically necessary lab tests for our patients.

UCSF has proven to be consistently flexible and responsive, helping us create a seamless coordination of care. “Partnering with UCSF provides Clinic by the Bay the opportunity to tap into the best medical minds and resources available anywhere for our patients,“ says Dr. Paul Turek, one of our founding board members and the chair of our Medical Advisory Board.

Regarding our partnership with UCSF, Medical Director Dr. Joshua Adler adds, “At UCSF, we believe that the innovative model of care developed by Clinic by the Bay may be one of a number of solutions to the challenge of providing affordable health care to currently underserved communities. UCSF is very pleased to partner with Clinic by the Bay in caring for patients through the provision of high quality laboratory services.”

Our Founders Wall

We would like to extend a special thank you to our founders who contributed gifts to Clinic by the Bay between September 10, 2008 and July 15, 2010. These donors are now memorialized on our Founders Wall, prominently displayed in the clinic's entryway. This wall will stand as a proud testament to the faith of the clinic's founding friends and supporters for many years to come.

Thank you to all of our supporters!

Clinic by the Bay is a locally funded effort to meet the needs of our friends and neighbors who do not have regular access to medical care. Clinic programs and services are made possible in part by: AT&T, CAL Insurance & Associates, California HealthCare Foundation, California Pacific Medical Center, Clif Bar Family Foundation, HEDCO Foundation, McKesson Foundation, Mount Zion Health Fund of the Jewish Community Fund, Quest Diagnostics Foundation, and Safeway Foundation.

4877 MISSION STREET SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94112 (415) 405-0222

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