Gerry Ramos, AIA
The Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation
Report prepared by: Gerry Ramos - Executive Director For year ending December 31, 2021
At some point in 2021, with the support of Hayat Pharmacy, our Free Clinic was able to vaccinate and give Covid19 booster shots to patients. As we do not have the budget for that, we have not been able to continue the process on our own.
In 2021, Due to the pandemic & CDC restrictions, only 364 patient visits were made to the Clinic, at a cost of $ 159,907 for medical services (by doctors and nurses), medication, vaccines, flu shots, laboratory, x rays and other treatments provided free to the patients.
During the winter months, a heated tent was set up outdoors for the medical health providers and staff to allow for a safe environment. As restrictions improved, we opened up the clinic following the CDC guidelines requiring the use of masks, regulating the flow and limiting the number of people per space, observing safe distance, intermittent sanitizing of used spaces and providing disinfectants for the use of the patients and volunteers. All of the ancillary products for a safe environment equated to additional costs and went beyond the regular budget. The clinic had to purchase four sophisticated and hi-tech equipment utilizing UV light and ozone system to ensure proper disinfection of the clinic waiting, registration, office, triage, examination, laboratory and dispensary rooms.
The normal schedule of the PCCCF Free Medical Clinic is to open 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month. This regular schedule will be followed once State, County and CDC Covid 19 guidelines will permit it without any disruptions.
We also engaged in zoom discussions with the FASO students at the University of Wisconsin in Madison regarding cultural, language, history, traditions, practices and various topics of common interests.
Ukelele classes were also offered to the children and seniors at the Philippine Center at Zablocki.