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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS • QUALITY HEALTHCARE • ACCESS for ALL OPEN DOOR Community Health Centers A Tale for Our Times Jay Molofsky, Site Administrator In these troubled and troubling times, I am often reminded of a tale I heard as a young man. I offer it here for your consideration. here was once a very wise and curious Rabbi, Ari Benjamin. He wanted to understand more about what our souls might encounter after our physical deaths. “ Would you show me heaven and show me hell,” he asked his Guiding Spirit. And his Spirit responded, “Which do you want to see first?” Ari thought about it and said, “Let’s have the bad news first. Show me hell.” His Guiding Spirit led him to hell. Ari saw a group of people and noticed that they were all starving, filthy, weeping, covered in sores and scars. Then Ari noticed a strange thing. None of the people could bend their arms. Ari thought about this and realized that the T continued on page 8 ➤ Jesse Vos, PA-C greets patient Carl Schwartz Heaven Porter gets a quick check-up from medical assistant Jen Busseau. Del Norte Community Health Center Mission Driven he desire to work in an underserved area can be the factor that attracts talented health care providers to a rural community. Dr. Christian Holland, physician and medical director at the Del Norte Community Health Center in Crescent City felt that desire. “Providing services that would otherwise be out of reach for some of our patients is truly meaningful to me. Engaging the community in its healthcare is an essential part of what I do. All of us work hard to respond to the demand for service. It is satisfying to know that no one is being turned away.” Jesse Vos, physician assistant, agrees. “Many of our patients face barriers to accessing quality care. Maybe they don’t have insurance or can’t T continued on page 2 ➤ Ted Humphrey, MD with patient Addison White McKinleyville Community Health Center Makynna akynna Lynne White. It may sound like just another name to you, but it means so much more to me, her family and to the community she affected profoundly. Makynna, my third child, was born on October 16, 2005. She was six months old when I first noticed something different. At Makynna’s eight-month well child visit with Dr. Humphry I discussed my concerns. Dr. Humphry had noticed something too. He believed it could be Hurler Syndrome and after running some tests, he confirmed his suspicions. At eight months old, Makynna was diagnosed with a rare birth defect known as mucupolysaccharidoses (MPS); insufficient or missing critical body enzymes. The most severe form of MPS is Hurler’s M continued on page 5 ➤ OPEN DOOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS SPECIAL SECTION • THURSDAY, SEPT. 22, 2011 1

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