"Making a Difference on National Doctors’ Day", April 02, 2020

Dedicated to the philosophy of giving rather than receiving, the Summit and Alta Bates medical staffs are commemorating National Doctors’ Day—March 30—by making generous donations to help the community.

Each year, National Doctors’ Day celebrates the contributions of the physicians who serve America by caring for its citizens. Because we’re in a time of unprecedented and extraordinary challenges, the Summit and Alta Bates donations to the community they serve mean more than ever.

“Even though it’s nice to be recognized on Doctors’ Day, our medical staff decided to donate funds to support local causes on our day of national recognition,” says Jeff Chen, M.D., the Summit campus’ chief of staff, who works in emergency medicine.

“Our physicians are committed to giving back to our community. Now more than ever, we’re proud to support programs that help the homeless and other vulnerable populations in our community.”

The Summit medical staff donated funds to LifeLong Medical Care, the campus’ main community clinic partner serving the surrounding East Bay community. The funds will go to support LifeLong’s Street Medicine program, which was established last fall and has provided medical care and social services to almost 400 homeless individuals in Oakland encampments.

“Given the current public health crisis, we’ve temporarily shifted our model,” says Rina Breakstone, LCSW, LifeLong’s psychosocial services manager. “We’re providing education, outreach and coronavirus testing in the field.

“The medical staff’s gift is incredibly generous and meaningful. It will help us fund the tools and supplies that will help people living in encampments stay safe—including personal protective equipment (PPEs) for our teams and masks for unsheltered people who show symptoms.”

In honor of Doctors’ Day, the Alta Bates medical staff will donate funds to Bay Area Community Services (BACS), which provides behavioral health, housing and other services for teens, adults, older adults and their families. Another donation will go to Operation Recovery, a program aimed at breaking the cycle of addiction that causes crime, homelessness and broken families.

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