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Retina Specialist

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CARIDAD CENTER INC

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Caridad Center, Florida’s largest free clinic, has put out an urgent plea for ophthalmologists specializing in retina care. Without immediate care, some of the over 1,000 eye patients face blindness. While Caridad, located in Boynton Beach, has other vision experts, a retinologist is needed for patients with diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration who face blindness without vision-saving injections. A retinologist who provided this care recently left and now, patients have no place else to go because they are low income and without insurance.

Caridad depends fully on volunteer medical staff to treat the over 4,500 poor, uninsured, and underserved individuals and families who depend on the center for medical, dental and eye care annually. Now, due to Covid-19, the Center is facing a challenge as the number of available volunteers is still limited. The need for the retinologist is the most pressing.

Jezabel Maisonet, Clinical Director, said the sight-saving injections that these patients require cost $2,400 to $3,000 per dose. She said Caridad has funds that pay for the medication, but no professional to administer them. "For eight years, these patients have had access to a retina specialist here, but we are now without one and they face blindness. They have nowhere else to go."

Dr. Steven Koenig, a retired ophthalmologist who volunteers at Caridad, explained that the retina specialist is needed to volunteer one day per week at Caridad to serve those patients requiring the specialized eye care. " I can’t stress enough how urgent this need for a retina specialist is."

All interested physicians, retired or active, are asked to contact Rosa Lores, Director of Volunteer and Eligibility Services at rlores@caridad.org or 561-853-1621.

2 Shifts

  • morning / 08:00 AM to 11:45 AM
    Physicians can choose partial or full day, as many days as can
  • afternoon / 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM
    Physicians can choose partial or full day, as many days as can
  • NONE OF THESE TIMES WORK FOR ME, BUT I CAN STILL HELP
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About CARIDAD CENTER INC

Location:

8645 W BOYNTON BEACH BLVD, BOYNTON BEACH, FL 33472, US

Mission Statement

Caridad Center mission and vision are to upgrade the health, education, and living standards of underserved children and families; and to eliminate the cycle of poverty for the families we serve in South Florida.

Description

Established in 1989, Caridad Center's mission is to upgrade the health, education, and living standards of under-served children and families in PBC. Our vision is to eliminate the cycle of poverty for the families that we serve. The organization's primary goals are:

To improve patients' health and well-being; by providing free access to medical, dental, vision, and specialty services (Caridad Health Clinic); To enhance self-sufficiency; by creating, facilitating, and implementing health education and prevention programs and activities (Caridad Prevention, Education, and Treatment, P.E.T.); To impact educational outcomes for low-income immigrant students; by providing after-school support and enrichment ("La Escuelita" after-school program, girl scouts troop, scholarships, etc.); To foster family stability, especially during a crisis; through social services, community outreach, and emergency services; To decelerate health disparities in PBC; by increasing access to care to medically underserved populations suffering from the social determinants of health; and To reduce healthcare costs; through our collaborative, volunteer-driven, cost-effective service model that diverts uninsured patients from Hospitals and Emergency Rooms and provides free primary and specialty health care on a large scare.

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Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 2 shifts

WHERE

8645 W Boynton Beach BlvdBoynton Beach, FL 33472

(26.52899,-80.18237)
 

SKILLS

  • Physician

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • Currently, our Vision Clinic was seeing these patients on Fridays. As we lost our Retinologist, we need someone ASAP and will be flexible if need be.
  • Physicians, retired or from out of state, may obtain a limited license to practice at Cariad and receive Sovereign immunity from the State. Once received, physicians can volunteer as much or as little as one can.

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