This year, the 20th anniversary of a community clinic in Sunbury is more than just a mark in time – it’s a celebration of vision, volunteerism, collaboration, and a refreshing reminder of the many ways people can genuinely care for others.
The Medical Clinic, first opened in downtown Sunbury by Dr John Pagana in July 2001, is a non-profit agency that provides medical services to people with few resources and no health insurance. It is made up of Dr Pagana, Dr Andrew Matragrano, Dr Ronald Eister, Dr Ronald Zug and Dr Jessica Pagana-DeFazio, all of whom volunteer their time and professional services to help others.
Work with an administrative support team, volunteers and services offered by the Lewisburg Evangelical Community Hospital; Geisinger Medical Center, Danville and Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital, medical staff assist people who cannot afford their health care.
The clinic is also partnering with Caring For Kids, a Sunbury community program that provides food to food insecure children.
“When it all started, I knew I had to give back to my community,” Dr. John Pagana told us. “I was doing well in this community, and it was time for me to help others who could not afford insurance.
The clinic opened on the second floor of a Market Street building and with financial support from various community organizations, foundations, hospitals, a bank, church and individual donors, the clinic was able to secure the building at 344 , Market Street.
The clinic treats about 20 people per week and can see about 40 per week.
“The sad thing is we always think people don’t know we’re here,” Pagana said. “We want people to come and see us.
Deni Long, who has been with the organization since its inception and continues to serve as the Administrative Director, said, “I have met so many good people who just needed help. It really is a dream job, and I couldn’t be happier here. We are all here to help and we want to see as many people as possible who are in need. “
It’s that simple. There are people who just want to help, and thank goodness they do.
For more information on A Community Clinic or to make a tax-deductible charitable donation, visit the website at www.acommunityclinic.org.
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