CARIDAD HONORS 3 For 20 YEARS OF SERVICE
ANNUAL VOLUNTEER DINNER ATTENDED BY 250
BOYNTON BEACH -- Caridad Center depends on its volunteers—more than 400 doctors, dentists, ophthalmologists and support technicians, without whom the clinic could not open its doors.
A highlight of the 24th annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner honored a trio of professionals for 20 years of continuous service at the Boynton Beach clinic.
Dr. Violeta B. Chiong, a Boca Raton gynecologist, Dr. Charles J. Simon, DDS, of Lantana, and Rosa Pedroso, an interpreter, of Boynton Beach, were cited by 250 fellow volunteers and Caridad Center staff for their outstanding support for the underserved of Palm Beach County.
“This trio has set a standard for service to our community,” said Connie Berry, board chair and co-founder of Caridad Center with the late Caridad Asensio. “Caridad is now the largest clinic of its type in Florida, in large measure because of the support of our dedicated active and retired professionals.”
Caridad’s utilization of professional volunteers, clinical students and skilled community volunteers has forged an effective coalition for the holistic care for the most vulnerable in our community – the working poor. Last year, the patients themselves donated $89,211 program service fees to assist with their care. Physicians, dentists ophthalmologists and allied health professionals donated $2.5 million in uncompensated care for 24,460 patient visits.
Recently, Caridad introduced a community-based approach to the prevention, education and treatment of chronic diseases in children and adults. Caridad’s approach saved Palm Beach County taxpayers $4 million annually by diverting the uninsured working poor from hospital emergency rooms.
Caridad removes barriers – cultural, linguistic, and monetary – that block access to care. And, it provides an intergenerational program – a place where professionals continue to come forward to provide for those in need.
Honored for 20 years of service at the annual Caridad Volunteer Recognition dinner were Dr. Violeta Chiong, gynecology, Boca Raton, Dr. Charles J Simon, dentist, Lantana ,Rosa Pedroso interpreter, Boynton Beach.