ALONZO MOURNING CHARITIES AND UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI HEALTH SYSTEM PARTNER TO PROVIDE HEALTH SERVICES TO CHILDREN AT OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER
MIAMI, FL (November 2, 2009) – Alonzo Mourning Charities and UHealth-University of Miami Health System have joined forces to offer vital and convenient health services to the hundreds of children and families of Miami’s Overtown Youth Center (OYC), the first youth enrichment center Mourning opened in 2003. Volunteer physicians from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s UHealth joined Alonzo Mourning and other special guests on October 29th, 2009 for the unveiling of OYC’s mini-clinic.
Alonzo Mourning’s dedication to South Florida’s youth paired with UHealth’s vast knowledge and excellence in medical care make for the perfect team to provide Miami’s inner-city youth who attend the Center with the health services they so desperately need. Alonzo Mourning personally spoke at the opening celebration, thanking UHealth representatives for their commitment and gave guests a tour of the new clinic. UHealth volunteer physicians were on-hand to answer questions about the various services that will be provided. Speakers at the unveiling also included Carla Penn, Executive Director of the Overtown Youth Center, Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School of Medicine and CEO of UHealth and OYC parent, whose child continues to receive services, Gwen McNair.
Local community members were also invited to the clinic opening, and a heart-wrenching story from one OYC parent described the importance of offering these services to local children and their families. Gwen McNair, mother of two young boys and one girl who attend OYC shared the story about her son with asthma who wasn’t able to pursue his passion for sports because of ongoing concerns. Her child now receives routine check-ups and monitoring from UHealth doctors and will now be able to pursue his dream.
The program will bring volunteer UHealth physicians to the
The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, the Area Health Education Center (AHEC), the Department of Otolaryngology and the
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“The Miller School of Medicine and UHealth-University of Miami Health System are proud to take part in this partnership with the Overtown Youth Center, working together in this way we are able to bring the best medical care to our patients and to our community, as we strive to make sure our children can be the best they can be,” said Dean Goldschmidt. “We are honored to be able to extend our clinical and social services to the Overtown community and to partner with Alonzo Mourning Charities and the
Alonzo Mourning Charities has a long-standing history with
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