We Need Your Support!

We are making progress to our goal for our Year End Appeal, but can use more donations! You can donate online with either a one-time gift or a recurring subscription.  Gifts of any amount are gratefully accepted. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Thank you to our donors! As of December 19, 2014, the following people have generously donated to the Friends of the PCFC:

Community Supporters

Jan Kappelman
John Holland
Heath Trefethen
Melissa McDougald
Michael Gower
Sam Saltonstall
Kevin Sweeney
Rob & Betsy Tod
Bob & Judy Walizer
David Pierson
Michael Pednault
Matthew Hayn, MD
Ellie Baker
Christine Gowen
Anneke Chang
Liesbeth Tryzelaar, MD
Diane Nickerson
Hartley & Benson Webster
John & Jenny Kemps
David Hartley
Dick Warde
Rosamond J. Phinney
Rev. Bill & Karen Birthisel
Maria L. Anderson
Kenneth Schoepf
Cheryl L. Jensen
William D’Angelo, MD
Renee A. Patnaude

Volunteers and Board Members
Elizabeth Kilbreth, PhD
Randy Ferell
Lois Myers, RN
Rebecca Burns
Ruby Spicer, RN
Nancy Smith, MSN, RN
Charlotte Perillo, RN
Kristen B. Silvia, MD
Stephen Hayes, MD
Joan F. Tryzelaar, MD
Leslie Nicoll, PhD, RN, FAAN
Regina D’Angelo, MSN, RN
Curtis Winchenbach, MD
Elizabeth Davy, RN
Nancy Ann Blodgett, RN
Don Blodgett
Nina Huntington, MSN, RN
Darrell Cooper
Yvonne Jumper, BSN, RN
Rev. Lance & Margaret Gifford
Peggy Chinn, PhD, RN, FAAN
Rev. Thomas & Nicky Chittick
Malcolm P. & Susan A. Rogers
Gene & Carla Jendrek
Dr. Bernard & Phyllis Givertz
Mercy Hospital SON Alumni Assoc.
Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Lu & Van Tingley, in honor of Dr. Daniel Pierce
Torgrim & Ingunn Joergensen
Susan Lee & Hans Warner
Lela Williams
Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Brian Jumper, MD
Christopher Corbett
Marian Morgan
James Lyna, Jr.
Paul Letalien
plus 8 donors who asked to remain anonymous.
The total includes $410 donated by patients at the Clinic.

It’s That Time of Year!

Clinic Logo MediumAs the end of 2014 approaches, the Friends of the Portland Community Free Clinic are actively engaged in the Year End Appeal to raise $50,000. All money donated to the Friends of the PCFC goes directly to the clinic to support the day-to-day activities of providing high quality healthcare to uninsured residents in the greater Portland area. The campaign is moving forward but we still have a way to go to reach our goal. Please take a minute to make a donation. Every gift is important and appreciated.

You may donate online with a credit card. We are very excited to announce that we have the ability to accept subscription donations! A monthly gift of $25 translates into $300 over the course of a year. This is an easy way to stretch your dollars so the monthly impact is less, but your generosity multiplies for the Friends. Thank you in advance for considering this option.

Of course, one time gifts are also welcome. You may donate securely online with a credit card or if you prefer, you make write a check. Please make all checks payable to the Friends of the Portland Community Free Clinic and send to 10A Beach Street, Suite 2, Portland, ME 04101.

During 2014, the Friends was approved by the IRS to be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In addition, we are licensed by the state of Maine to receive charitable donations. All gifts given to the Friends of the PCFC are tax deductible to the the extent allowed by law.

Thank you in advance for your generous contribution to our Year End Appeal. Help us reach our goal of $50,000! If you have questions or need more information, send them directly to the Friends through our contact page. You can also send a message to Friends@pcfcme.com. Either way, we will be in touch.

The members of the Board of Directors send their very best wishes for a happy, healthy, and peaceful holiday season and a prosperous New Year. Thank you for recognizing the important work of the Portland Community Free Clinic in our community.

Half a Million Cancers Prevented by Colon Screenings

FRIDAY, June 6, 2014 (HealthDay News) — More than 500,000 cases of colon and rectal cancer may have been prevented with cancer screening tests during the last three decades in the United States, experts estimate.

“These numbers represent real patients and families who have been spared the trauma of a cancer diagnosis and treatment,” the study’s senior author, Dr. James Yu, assistant professor of therapeutic radiology at Yale School of Medicine, said in a university news release. “Colorectal cancer screening is one of the major successes in cancer care.”

The screenings, which took place between 1976 and 2009, included three kinds of tests: colonoscopy; a similar test called a sigmoidoscopy; and fecal occult blood tests, in which fecal samples are tested by a laboratory for signs of blood in the stool. As an increasing number of men and women underwent these procedures, colon and rectal cancer rates dropped dramatically, the study revealed.

The study, published in the June 3 online edition of Cancer, used data from the U.S. National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Trends Progress Report and its Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database.

The incidence of late-stage cancer fell from 118 cases per 100,000 people older than 50 years of age to 74 cases per 100,000, the researchers found.

Meanwhile, the incidence of early stage cancers dropped from 77 to 67 cases per 100,000 in people older than 50 years, according to the report. At the same time, colon cancer screening rates jumped from nearly 35 percent to 66 percent.

“The [effectiveness] of colorectal cancer screening is important to highlight, especially at a time when there has been a national discussion about screening for other types of cancer,” study co-author Dr. Cary Gross, director of Yale’s Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research Center, said in the news release.

SOURCE: Yale University, news release, June 3, 2014

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From WMTW Channel 8 – Free Clinic Featured

PORTLAND, Maine —The Friends of the Portland Community Free Clinic is raising money to help the PCFC remain open.

The clinic provides services to the city’s working poor, but administrators say they only have enough money to operate for the next nine months. It has evening hours and never bills customers.

Volunteer doctors and nurses help at the clinic after working at their regular jobs.

“I got my diabetes diagnosed, got meds that were cheap enough that I could afford, got treated, getting better,” said Jilian Greenwood.

Greenwood has a part-time job but cannot get insurance through the Affordable Care Act, so she depends on the clinic.

“After I’d been there for about a month, I said ‘I’ve had more health care in the last month and a half than I have had in the last 25 years.’ Which is the truth,” she said.

The clinic lost funding through Mercy Hospital two years ago, and private foundations have helped to provide support.

The annual operating budget is $110,000, but administrators say they only have enough money to last until February of next year.

“I truly feel it’s a matter of justice. Every single person deserves quality health care, and that’s not the case in our country even with the Affordable Care Act,” said Ellen Schoepf, president of the board of directors of Friends of the Portland Community Free Clinic.

Administrators estimate the clinic provides $2 million worth of health care to the Greater Portland area every year. It is in its 21st year of operation.

Online donations to the clinic can be made by clicking here.
Read more and watch the video: http://www.wmtw.com/news/portland-health-clinic-tries-to-stay-alive/26218782#ixzz336lFK1V7

Don’t Get Burned: Protect Your Skin During Outdoor Activities

 

Dermatologists share tips for sunburn prevention and treatment
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (May 13, 2014) – While warmer weather means more outdoor activities, it also means carefully protecting your skin from the sun. A common problem during spring and summer, sunburn can cause skin to become tender, red, and even scaly. Without the proper protection of sunscreen and clothing, sunburn can cause long-term damage, as well as considerable pain and discomfort.

“Whether you’re at the beach, going for a jog, or playing a round of golf, it’s important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays,” said board-certified dermatologist Elizabeth S. Martin, MD, FAAD, who maintains a private practice in Hoover, Alabama. “Although sunburn may seem like a temporary condition, it leaves behind long-lasting damage to the skin that increases a person’s risk for getting skin cancer.”

To help prevent sunburn and decrease the risk of skin cancer, Dr. Martin recommends the following tips:

  1. Seek shade when appropriate. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If your shadow appears to be shorter than you are, seek shade.
  2. Wear protective clothing. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses wherever possible.
  3. Generously apply a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen. The sunscreen should have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or more, and it should be applied to all exposed skin areas. “Broad spectrum” provides protection from both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. For maximum protection, reapply sunscreen approximately every two hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating.

“Sunburn is better prevented than treated, but if you do get a sunburn, it’s important to begin treating it as soon as you notice it,” said Dr. Martin. “The first step you should take is to get out of the sun – and preferably indoors.”

To help heal and soothe sunburned skin, Dr. Martin recommends the following tips:

  1. Take frequent cool baths or showers to help relieve the pain. As soon as you get out of the bathtub or shower, gently pat yourself dry, but leave a little water on your skin. Then, apply a moisturizer to help trap the water in your skin. This can help ease the dryness.
  2. Use a moisturizer that contains aloe vera or soy to help soothe sunburned skin. If a particular area feels especially uncomfortable, you may want to apply a hydrocortisone cream that you can buy without a prescription. Do not treat sunburn with “-caine” products (such as benzocaine), as these may irritate the skin or cause an allergic reaction.
  3. Consider taking aspirin or ibuprofen to help reduce any swelling, redness and discomfort.
  4. Drink extra water. A sunburn draws fluid to the skin’s surface and away from the rest of the body. Drinking extra water when you are sunburned helps prevent dehydration.
  5. If your skin blisters, allow the blisters to heal.Blistering skin means you have a second-degree sunburn. You should not pop the blisters, as blisters form to help your skin heal and protect you from infection.
  6. Take extra care to protect sunburned skin while it heals. Wear clothing that covers your skin when outdoors. Tightly-woven fabrics work best. When you hold the fabric up to a bright light, you shouldn’t see any light coming through.

“Unfortunately, the first signs of sunburn can take two to three hours to appear, making it especially important to carefully monitor your skin during outdoor activities,” said Dr. Martin. “If you get sunburned and you have blisters that cover a large area, such as your entire back, or if you have chills, a headache, or a fever, seek medical care immediately.”

 

CVS Plans to End Sales of Tobacco Products by Oct. 1

By STEPHANIE STROM FEB. 5, 2014

CVS/Caremark, the country’s largest drugstore chain, announced on Wednesday that it planned to stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October.

The company’s move was yet another sign of its metamorphosis into becoming more of a health care provider than a largely retail business, with its stores offering more miniclinics and health advice to aid customers visiting its pharmacies.

cvsWhile the company’s decision will cost it an estimated $2 billion in sales from tobacco buyers, that is a mere dent in its overall sales of $123 billion in 2012.

“We have about 26,000 pharmacists and nurse practitioners helping patients manage chronic problems like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and heart disease, all of which are linked to smoking,” said Larry J. Merlo, chief executive of CVS. “We came to the decision that cigarettes and providing health care just don’t go together in the same setting.”

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