Thanks to a new grant, more patients at the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics are now being screened for colorectal cancer. In December, the Brumback Clinics were awarded a $50,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to provide awareness, education and screening for colorectal cancer. The clinics’ Board of Directors received the award presentation at its regular monthly meeting on December 18th.
The grant is part of a $6.4 million gift from the Walgreens Way To Well Commitment® program that engages Walgreens customers in supporting the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program.
“The American Cancer Society grant will provide our patients with expanded access to quality care at the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics located in West Palm Beach, Lantana, Delray Beach and Belle Glade,” said Ronald J. Wiewora, MD, MPH, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, which owns and operates these Federally Qualified Health Centers.
“After marking our Clinics’ first anniversary in June of this year, we logged more than 52,000 patient visits,” added Christopher F. Irizarry, MPA, FQHC Executive Director. “Thanks to the American Cancer Society and Walgreens, this grant will enable our highly-trained medical staff to educate and screen more patients for colorectal cancer which will ultimately help save lives.”
The C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics are open Monday through Saturday and serve all adult and pediatric patients, regardless of their ability to pay or whether or not they have insurance.
The grant will help support colorectal screening tests, assist patients with transportation needs and enable patients to receive further treatment as needed.
Also at the December 16th meeting, the Brumback Clinics Board of Directors recognized Secretary Raymond Adams for his service to the Board. Dr. Wiewora presented Mr. Adams with a memento of appreciation as he steps down from the 10-member volunteer board.
Top Photo: Far right front row: Irene Figueroa and Wanda D. Casey, C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics’ Board members. Back row from left: Lisa Hogans, Clinical Quality Coordinator, Health Care District of Palm Beach County; Ingrid Barlett, Patient Navigator, Health Care District; Belma Andric, MD, MPH, Medical Director of the C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics; Jennifer Bustamante, MPH, Account Representative, American Cancer Society; Angeleta Gray, C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics’ Board member; James Elder, Board member; Raymond T. Adams, Board Secretary; John Casey Mullen, Board member; David Kendle, Board Chair; Frances Navarro, Board Vice Chair; Bessie Brown, Board Treasurer; Ronald J. Wiewora, MD, MPH, Health Care District’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer and Marguerite Lynch, Clinic Administrative Assistant, Health Care District.
Second photo: From left, Raymond Adams and Ronald J. Wiewora, MD, MPH, Health Care District’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer