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Published on June 20, 2011

Community Cares Clinic Benefits from Cinco de Mayo

June 20, 2011

Community Cares Clinic Benefits from Cinco de Mayo

Pictured from left to right: Jesus Romero, Cinco de Mayo founder
and Taxco Restaurant owner; Shelly Johnson, Community Cares
Clinic director; Chris Sarver, KishHealth Foundation development
assistant; Dawn Roznowski, NIU College of Health and Human
Sciences assistant to the dean for Finance and Clinic Operations;
and David Wester, PA-C, Community Cares Clinic clinical manager.

Community Cares Clinic received a $4,500 donation from proceeds from the14th Annual Cinco de Mayo Festival held May 1, downtown Sycamore. The Cinco de Mayo Festival featured entertainment for the whole family including authentic Mexican food, live music and entertainment, games, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, and much more.

Jesus Romero, Cinco de Mayo founder and Taxco Restaurant owner, said “Many people without insurance wait until something major is wrong before they will go to the doctor. The Community Cares Clinic is a wonderful place for people to utilize so they can receive healthcare as soon as they need it rather than waiting.”  

The Cinco de Mayo funds donated will be used for patient care at the Community Cares Clinic. These funds will help subsidize unmet medical costs for roughly 400 patient visits for those without insurance.

“Community partners like Jesus allow Community Cares Clinic to bring change in our community and access to healthcare when they would otherwise have none. We are incredibly grateful for this,” said David Wester, physician assistant-certified, Community Care Clinic Clinical Manager.

“Thank you Jesus and all of the volunteers who helped with the Cinco de Mayo festival, for this wonderful gift. These funds will help many people in need of healthcare in our community,” said Renee Ellingson, KishHealth Foundation executive director.          

Community Cares Clinic is a collaboration among KishHealth System, Northern Illinois University, and private donors to provide individuals and families affordable access to primary medical care. The goal of the clinic is to allow patients to establish ongoing relationships with medical providers to meet their healthcare needs. For more information about Community Cares Clinic please call 815.752.3253 or visit the website at www.communitycaresclinic.org. 

If you would like to make a donation to Community Cares Clinic and help those in need of affordable access to healthcare please contact KishHealth Foundation at 815.748.9954 orwww.kishhealthfoundation.org. 

 

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