SCCMA Award Presentations and Installation, from page 35 to have received such a great education and training, we owe it to the community to give back,” he says. He adds that the other volunteers at RotaCare have the same attitude — from physicians to pharmacists to nurse practitioners. His tradition of giving back started after he completed his residency, when he worked in a small underserved community in Arizona, near the Mexican border. Dr. Quincy has seen many changes at RotaCare, but the biggest change has been the huge increase in volume. Last year, they had 6,000 patient visits. “We’re seeing a wide diversity of patients,” he adds. “Around the time of the dot-com bubble burst, in 2001, we started seeing high-level professionals who had lost their jobs and, with that, their health insurance.” The other change has been in the move from treating acute care cases to managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. Because of this, they have expanded their pharmacy services and have added several clinical volunteers with specialties, such as pulmonology and cardiology. Aside from physicians, pharmacists, and nurses, a number of other clerical and support staff—from interpreters to high-school students — keep the clinic going. In addition to the volunteers who staff the clinic, he credits the success of RotaCare Clinic to El Camino Hospital’s investments in radiology, pharmacy, and other services. But it is the volunteers who are the heart and soul of RotaCare. “The energy, I think, comes from the fact that everyone who works there wants to be there. We all feel like we’re a part of something really important for the community.”
Donna Spagna Dedicated County Alliance Member of the Year The Santa Clara County Medical Association Alliance has selected its member Donna Spagna to be the recipient of Dedicated County Alliance Member. Donna was selected for the following reasons: Donna Spagna epitomizes the belief that in all phases of service, one person can make a difference. Donna has made a difference to hundreds of cancer survivors. A breast cancer survivor who, herself, experienced hair loss, Donna had the belief that other survivors should have access to free wigs, scarves, hair styling, and personal beauty strategies in support of the American Cancer Society belief and program: “Look Good, Feel Better.” Donna is a trained volunteer in that program and reorganized the entire ACS Silicon Coast Regional Wig Bank. She took it a step further. She improved the physical and emotional environment at the Stan36 | THE BULLETIN | JULY / AUGUST 2012
ford Cancer Center, the Breast Cancer Center (BCC) in Palo Alto, and the ACS facility in Campbell. For the Wig Bank project, Donna obtained an SCCMA Alliance grant and donations to create a room with full-width mirrors and cabinets to organize and display the donated wigs, hats, and scarves. Every month, she works at the Stanford Cancer Clinic with the ACS, and has enlisted other volunteers and wig professionals to fit wigs for patients and educate them on their use. At BCC, she works as an on-site help line advisor and also organizes workshops (including a “Mad Hatter’s Tea Party”) for cancer survivors. Her creativity, commitment, and kindness made her the unanimous award choice by the Santa Clara County Medical Association Alliance. Achievements: • “Not Even for a Minute – Never Leave Children Unattended in a Car” county campaign: Prepared and distributed materials to hospitals, offices, and clinics. • CMAA conferences: Prepared materials in support of local and state conferences. • Wig Bank coordinator for the Silicon Coastal Region Office of the American Cancer Society and the Stanford Cancer Center. (2010 – Present) • Volunteer for ACS “Look Good, Feel Better” program. (2010 – Present) • “Wig Buddy” for Breast Cancer Connections in Palo Alto. (2007 – Present) • Facilitator of workshops for BCC, including wig-cutting clinics, and workshops for hat and scarf alternatives for women undergoing treatment for cancer. (2007 – Present) • On-site help line advisor at BCC for women and family members needing support. (2007 - Present)
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