Resolution for a healthy 2011

It’s a new year, this 2011. We often hear of people make “new year’s resolutions” around the time the year turns from old to new. We’re wondering – do you any of you have any resolutions related to health? Are you resolving to eat better? Perhaps you are resolving to exercise more? Maybe you want to improve the quality of your relationships with those close to you in your life. Whatever the resolution, we’d love to hear about it.

If you want to share your 2011 health resolutions with us, you can do so in one of several ways:

  • Reply to this post in the comments
  • Reply to this post at Tumblr, http://mhcfoundationct.tumblr.com/
  • Send us a message on Twitter, @mhcfoundationCT
  • Post to our wall on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Malta-House-of-Care/87318854663
  • We’d love to hear from you!

    The Malta House of Care in Waterbury

    The Malta House of Care is proud to be bringing its mobile clinic services to Waterbury, CT. Our current location is at the Sacred Heart-Sagrado Corazon Church at 13 Wolcott Street. Our volunteer medical staff will see patients on a first-come, first-served basis. Like our Hartford service, our Waterbury mobile clinic service will provide primary health care services to patients, as well as provide referrals to other providers as necessary.

    We are planning for the following additional locations in Waterbury:

  • Saint Francis Xavier – 625 Baldwin Street
  • Saint Margaret – 289 Willow Street
  • Saint Stanislaus Kostka – 80 East Farms Street
  • Starting dates for the above locations are currently being determined.

    For additional information, please call 860-524-7882.

    Voting Deadline for L’Oreal Women of Worth Campaign is Approaching

    Today and tomorrow are the last 2 days to vote for the L’Oreal 2010 Woman of Worth National Honoree. Please help us make our own Dr. Pauline Olsen the 2010 Woman of Worth. Please visit www.womenofworth.com to cast your vote for Dr. Olsen and the Malta House of Care!

    Dr. Pauline Olsen – L’Oreal 2010 Woman of Worth

    Connecticut resident Pauline Olsen has been honored as a Woman of Worth by L’Oréal Paris for her work with the Malta House of Care (MHC) mobile clinic service. Dr. Olsen was a key individual in the establishment of the Malta House of Care mobile clinic service, and continues to play an active role in the daily clinic operations. Dr. Olsen is one of ten honorees from across the country that will be recognized for her extraordinary volunteer achievements and positive influence on her community. To commemorate Pauline’s dedication, L’Oreal Paris has awarded $5,000 to the Malta House of Care. If Dr. Olsen is chosen as the National Honoree, L’Oreal Paris will donate an additional $25,000 to the Malta House of Care.

    L’Oreal Paris has published a profile of Dr. Olsen at the Women of Worth site.

    With the help of regular visitors to this blog, we can help make Pauline Olsen the L’Oreal 2010 Women of Worth National Honoree. Online voting for the Women of Worth National Honoree begins on November 8th (that’s tomorrow!) at www.womenofworth.com. Please help us make Dr. Pauline Olsen the 2010 Women of Worth National Honoree!

    Back very soon…

    Our apologies for the lack of posting – we’ll be back with more new very soon…

    Alice’s Story – a message from a grateful patient

    We would like to say a heartfelt “Thank you” to every individual out there who has donated to the Malta House of Care’s efforts.  We would also like to share a story with you – one that will give you a better picture of how much help and hope your donation can provide.  Alice is a Malta House of Care clinic patient who has shared her story with us.

    From Alice’s letter:

    I am writing to you from my heart. I know that people probably ask you for money all the time, but please read on
    to listen to my story. I am writing to you, because I think it’s very important. I will give you a little history of myself
    and what The Malta House of Care has done for me.

    I am a diabetic and when I lost my last job in 2007, I no longer had medical insurance and could not afford it. I
    was an uncontrolled diabetic spiraling downward. In March of 2008 I developed an infection. I had to go through
    an emergency room at John Dempsey Hospital.

    My infection required emergency surgery which in itself was tricky due to my high sugar, high blood pressure and
    high heart rate. I came out of the surgery okay but was kept in the hospital to get all the other issues under
    control. They were wonderful to me. My health came before the money which tells me they cared. They got me
    on State Insurance and if they did not pay they had a donation program that would pay for my hospital bill. They
    could not stress enough that I needed to have medication to control my diabetes. They gave me a prescription
    and as much as they could do for me.

    Again, I could not afford to see a doctor and get medications. I am self supporting and live paycheck to paycheck.
    I again became an uncontrolled diabetic. In August of 2008 I was working temporarily. One of my fellow coworkers
    found out about my diabetes and said you are coming with me. You need to take the day off from work.
    She took me to a site in Hartford (Connecticut, where I live). She introduced me to Malta House of Care. They
    are a non-profit organization that provides medical care and prescriptions, blood work, and x-rays for free. I was
    crying that day. One of the caregivers put her arms around me, hugged me and said you are going to be okay,
    we are going to take care of you.

    She was right…I have been unemployed since March of 2009, collecting unemployment and still under their care.
    I had a setback in November 2008. I kept falling down…they sent me for tests and found I had nerve damage in
    my legs due to the diabetes and I had to start walking with a walker. It was hard for me just to take a bath but I
    never asked for help because I am stubborn and am determined. I had lost a lot of weight and no longer had
    muscle mass in my legs due to the diabetes. It is now August 2010. I only walk with a cane when I have to, but I
    still have issues with my legs and considered handicapped…it has been a rough 2 years but my sugar is almost
    where it should be. I take insulin, and many other medications associated for preventive issues for my diabetes.
    They got 2 pharmaceutical companies to provide me with my insulin and other med free for a year due to my
    income. Since I have been going there a lot of faces have changed since the doctors donate their time to see
    patients. This organization cares about people. Because I could not walk up and down stairs, they used to bring
    me a chair to sit outside. That’s when I first met Dr. —. She asked me to be patient she wanted to read my
    file and would be back up. There are stairs to go up on the Mobile unit. She didn’t make me walk up those steps,
    she sat with me, took my blood pressure, wrote prescriptions and talked with me.

    This organization has been overwhelmed with patients and needs money to keep providing the free care that they
    do. I am still with them and will be until I can get a job, which has to be soon as unemployment will run out.
    People don’t like hiring handicapped people.

    If you are going to give to a charity, please find it in your heart to donate to them. Their presence is needed here
    in Connecticut. They don’t discriminate against anyone, young, old, black, white, Hispanic, families. They are
    here to help people who have no medical insurance.

    They saved my life literally, and a lot of other people’s. There have been times they could not see new patients,
    due to funds. Again, please find it in your heart to help all the people in Connecticut to continue get the medical
    help they need from Malta House. Anything you can do will be appreciated.

    Thank you for taking the time to listen to my story.

    Sincerely,
    Alice

    On behalf of Alice and the many other grateful Malta House of Care patients: THANK YOU!

    Community Acts of Compassion – medical outreach

    One of the areas of outreach Community Acts of Compassion focuses on is medical outreach.  They’ve recently acquired a mobile clinic to provide dental services to the uninsured in the Dallas-Fortworth metro area.  Please visit their site to view their coverage of this continuing effort.

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