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Rural Outreach Center’s health care program moving to new location
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Rural Outreach Center’s health care program moving to new location


Thanks to the acquisition of a new 70- by 38-foot trailer made possible courtesy of the TLC Health Network and New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan’s office, the Rural Outreach Center’s Health Care Service program is moving to a new location at 730 Olean Road, East Aurora. The goal is to begin offering services at the new location on Wednesday, July 1.

Health services will be offered from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of every month. The service is staffed with licensed volunteer nurse practitioners, an on-call physician, RNs, a medical assistant, trained volunteers and students from various health professions. 

The ROC’s Health Care Service Program provides free basic medical care for adults who do not have health insurance. It is managed by a group of faith-based volunteers, from several local churches, with a desire to care for those in need. 

“We provide acute and chronic care for common medical illnesses plus referrals to other support services such as pharmacy, physical therapy, social work and more,” said Ruthie Hunt, director of the program. “The vision of the Health Care Services Program is to bring together health care professionals, para-professionals, students and others to create an environment where they can help elevate others through enhancement of their physical, social and spiritual well-being.”

“The mission of the Health Care Services Program of the ROC is to improve the health and well-being of medically underserved adults in the rural communities of Western New York through direct care, referrals, education and encouragement to sustain a healthier lifestyle,” added Frank Cerny, executive director of the ROC.

Services provided through the program may include diabetic screening and management, blood pressure screening and management, skin assessment, ear irrigation, simple wound care, and treatment of conditions such as sore throat, arthritis, asthma attacks, upper respiratory infections, burns, irritable bowel syndrome, urinary tract infection, abdominal discomfort, rashes and more. 

“Because of the concerns and efforts from this group, I am in a healthier physical and mental state of mind,” added Les, a client of the ROC’s Health Care Services program. “And the prayers helped a lot, too!”

Appointments are encouraged and can be made by calling (716) 220-4834. Otherwise, patients are seen on a first come, first serve basis. In cases where the program is not equipped to provide the medical care that may be needed, referrals to other agencies or specialists are provided, at the patient’s cost. Efforts are made to assist patients in finding discounted services and in applying for health insurance. There are no narcotic drugs on the premises, nor will they be ordered.

For more information, please visit http://theroc.co, call 240-2220 or email frank@pathwaysfellowship.org. You can also follow the ROC on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Rural-Outreach-Center/497751720285555?fref=photo for frequent updates.



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