Physicians Help HANDS and Students
Article and Photos by Wendy Dwyer
Last week, to make a positive impact on residents of the Treasure Coast, the Medical Executive Committee of the Physicans of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute presented $6,500 in donations. The first check was presented to the HANDS Clinic, a Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) affiliate serving St. Lucie County residents. According to HANDS Clinic Director, Dr. Ken Palestrant, the $2,500 physicians’ gift will assist nearly 50,000 uninsured residents of St. Lucie County by providing medical, dental, mental health, and vision care services. Individuals who qualify for the HANDS Program are typically working members of the community who do not have medical insurance and do not qualify for governmental programs like Medicaid.
In addition to the monetary donation, Dr. Palestrant and founding HANDS Clinic physician, Dr. James Roberts commended the physicians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute on their continued willingness to volunteer and assist patients being served by the HANDS Clinic. Dr. Roberts shared the history of the nine year-old clinic’s grassroots beginning and its vision as a community service provider which has helped impact and save thousands of lives locally.
Dr. Perry Lloyd and members of the Physicians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute also presented $2,000 checks each to Kayanna Johnson and Sarah Allen, Florida State University medical students and local residents who are based out of the Fort Pierce Regional Medical School Campus. The funds provided the students will assist them in defraying some of the costs of interviewing for medical residencies, an expense that can often add up to tens of thousands of dollars for med students. Johnson and Allen were joined by Dr. Juliette Lomax Homier, Dean of FSU’s Fort Pierce Regional Medical Center. Lomax Homier is responsible for overseeing the clinical education for third and fourth-year medical students at FSU’s Fort Pierce Regional Medical School.
The Physicians of Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute is comprised of physicians who are serving the community and who are committed to the same integrity, trust, and mission of caring for and improving human life as the organization which they represent. Local nonprofit organizations are periodically invited to the organization’s monthly Executive Committee meetings to share information and receive funds collected by the phyisicans and earmarked to help positively impact the community.
Photo1: Lawnwood HANDS
Seated: Nancy Griffin, Medical Staff Manager, Randy Seeger, MD, Past-President, Medical Staff
Standing: Ronald Beaton, MD, Member at Large, Janet Murdick, Medical Staff Coordinator; Medical Staff; Dr. James Roberts, Perry Lloyd, MD, President, Medical Staff; Ramesh Nayyar, MD, Treasurer, Dr. Ken Palestrant, HANDS Clinic Director, Eric Goldman, CEO
Photo 2: Scholarships
Seated: Ramesh Nayyar, MD, Treasurer, Kayanna Johnson, Sarah Allen, Janet Murdick, Medical Staff Coordinator
Standing: Janet Murdick, Medical Staff Coordinator; Dr. Anthony Lewis, Secretary, Perry Lloyd, MD, President, Medical Staff; Dr. Juliette Lomax Homier, Randy Seeger, MD, Past-President, Medical Staff, Dr. Raheel Ahmad, Secretary, Eric Goldman, CEO