- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
Munich came to Calvert County on Sept. 15 as Calvert Healthcare Solutions Inc. hosted Oktoberfest 2012. Three-piece polka group The Continentals and the Herb Fredricksen Dancers guided attendees through Bavarian folk dances, polkas and waltzes. Authentic German cuisine and beverages helped to create a party atmosphere as guests filled the dance floor for the evening event. One couple even celebrated their wedding anniversary with us German-style. This celebration was a wonderful opportunity to salute the medical providers and volunteers who help Calvert County’s lower income, uninsured residents gain access to valuable health care services.
On behalf of the Calvert Healthcare Solutions board of directors and staff, I would like to recognize the following medical providers for their service to our program and the community: Advanced Orthopedic Specialists, Bayside Primary Care, Dr. Charles Bennett, Cal Arundel Family Medicine, Calvert Community Dental Care, Calvert Family Practice, Calvert Internal Medical Group, Calvert Gastroenterology, Calvert Primary Care, Calvert Otolaryngology, Calvert Women’s Center, Chesapeake Anesthesia Associates, Dunkirk Family Practice, Dr. Scaria Mathew, Dr. Rafik Nasr, Patuxent Cardiology Associates, Patuxent Nephrology Associates and Shah Associates LLC. This past year, their dedication to our program allowed us to screen 571 residents, enroll 152 new clients and provide more than 6,000 services valued at $496,000 at a cost of only $75,000. Access to these providers enables our clients to obtain affordable care within physician offices rather than foregoing needed medical attention.
Numerous sponsors contributed to Oktoberfest and can be found at the Calvert Healthcare Solutions website. Additionally, I would like to recognize the following supporters for their contribution to the success of this event: St. John Vianney Family Life Center, Chesapeake Beach Resort and Spa, Dreamweaver Events and Catering, Main Street Copy and Printing, Ruddy Duck Brewery and Grill and Wemyss Liquors.
Calvert Healthcare Solutions appreciates the generosity of all its supporters. Since no enrollment fee is charged to its clients, this non-profit program depends entirely on community support and grant funding when available. To help support our efforts as a volunteer or financially, please contact CHS at firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-404-5761 or visit our website at www.calverthealthcare.org. If appropriate, please consider designating Calvert Healthcare Solutions through the Combined Federal United Way or Maryland Charities campaigns.
W. Michael Shaw, Lusby
The writer is the executive director of Calvert Healthcare Solutions Inc.