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 January 7, 2020

Getting Started

     The meeting began with the invocation by Dave Hart.
     Brad Montgomery reported that there were 33 members in attendance and three guests. Dr. Stefan Getzik, a new chiropractor in town and a prospective member, and our speaker Dr. Rick Fogle and his guest Kimberly Trollinger
 

Announcements:

  • Jim Uram said that the Super Bowl grid is 50% filled. Please consider purchasing a square and giving others of your family and friends a chance to win some money as well.
  • Jim also announced that Bob Hillberry is doing right arm rehabilitation and is at about 95%. He is at the Greenery (next to Canonsburg Hospital) in room 308 and would welcome visitors.
  • Dorothy Tecklenburg announced that we are very close to completing the Bondo project. Last year we purchased 12 beds and necessary mattresses and linens. More beds are needed as well as incubators and other equipment. The Hampton Rotary Club hav pledged $2000, and we have received a $5000 grant from the District. With the income from our fundraiser (a St. Patrick’s Day raffle) we should be able to fulfill the full wish list from the hospital.
President Andy then called Dave Hart and Bill Price to the podium, and they summoned Dorothy Tecklenburg.
At our October Service Awards Luncheon, Dorothy and Angeline East shared the Andrew J. Uram International Service Award. Unfortunately, Dorothy “didn’t take care of her heart” (a direct quote from Bill Price) and was unable to attend club meetings during recovery. She was now presented with her Paul Harris pin, and the plaque which went with the award.
Dave Hart took the opportunity to let the club know that he had sold some art and the $250 raised was to go to the Beds for Bondo project.

Happy Dollars

  • President Andy was happy to have Dorothy Tecklenburg back, and to be resuming meetings after the Christmas break.
  • Park Burroughs had a conflicted dollar. On his January 2nd birthday he received a call from his daughter in California informing him and Alice that she had gotten married on December 31st. He was sad that he and Alice had not been there, but happy that he was not out of pocket for the ceremony.
  • Susan Priest was happy meetings were back, that she remembered to bring her badge, which had gone home with her three weeks ago, that the speaker remembered his commitment even though she forgot to remind him, that she had a great Christmas, but is unsure when she will need her new Garmin GPS, since she knows how to get to everywhere she needs to go on a regular basis, and also happy to have removed 10 bags to the dumpster, the library, recycling, and the City Mission.
  • Diane Ambrose was happy to see the recognition given to retiring staff member Ella Hatfield after 44 years working at Citizens Library. She made a specialty of local history and genealogy and has been a great help to many people over the years. Diane was especially pleased at the coverage given by the O-R of Ella’s retirement.
  • Ken Baker was happy to promote the continuing Jazz Brunches at the Presidents Pub and will be sharing the schedule of upcoming events next week.
  • John Quayle was HAPPY that the Patriots lost this week-end.
  • Guest Stefan Getzik was happy to be back in Washington. He was a Rotarian in Wisconsin and hopes to be one here. He is looking for a place to have his chiropractic practice.
  • Bill Messler was happy that in Dr. Getzik he has a prospect for his space on Main Street.
  • Tom Drewitz was happy to be back to Rotary.
  • Phil Rush was happy for Brandi Miller. She had shared on Facebook that she got her engagement ring back after losing it in a toilet at Olive Garden. The restaurant closed the room and got a plumber to find the ring. 
  • Lars Lange was happy to have spent time with his dad in Colorado, who picked him up at the airport and immediately drove him to his local Rotary meeting. 
  • John Hopper was happy to see all of us again.
  • Susan Price was happy to wish us all a happy and healthy new year, especially Carol Keller.

Program:  Cornerstone Care

Susan Priest introduced Dr. Albert Fogle, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Cornerstone Care here in Washington. Dr. Fogle is a native of Penn Hills, and received his DO from WVU. His specialty is Geriatrics. He came here from Allegheny Valley Hospital where he was a Geriatric Extensivist (she admitted she had no idea what this was.)
Dr. Fogle started by explaining that a Geriatric Extensivist works with persons in nursing homes and personal care homes. In coming to Cornerstone Care he will be working with regular patients who come to the clinic. He is also a PCP here in Washington.
Cornerstone Care is a non-profit network of clinics focused on rural and underserved areas in Southwestern PA and Northwestern West Virginia. They have offices in several communities in Washington and Greene Counties. They recently opened a clinic in Clairton, a community which had no doctors for 2 years. The Washington clinic offers Family Planning, Pediatric, Behavioral Health, Dental, and now Geriatric services to everyone, regardless of whether or not the patient has insurance, or what insurance they have. They operate with a sliding scale of fees, based on the patient’s income.  The goal is to serve all those who NEED to be served. 
Dr. Foley shared that for 15 years he was a member of the Penn Hill Rotary club and is a past President. His daughter is a junior here at W&J. He shared that he felt that Cornerstone Care is a good fit for him, as he sees the clinics as following the 4-Way Test.
He is anxious to get the word out that Cornerstone Care is here and wants to serve everyone at any age with any issue. He started his working career as a Physicians’ Assistant in a very rural county in West Virginia with one clinic: two doctors and him. He decided to return to school and get his MD, and decided to pursue a DO (Doctor of Osteopathy) degree, which included everything in the MD curriculum plus more. He received his degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Doctors of Osteopathy also perform hands-on manipulation of patients, sort of a doctor plus a chiropractor in one. They pursue the motto: Body/Mind/Spirit, seeing the patient as a complete being.
Cornerstone Care even runs a residency program from its Mount Morris office. Residents spend some time in the hospital, but the emphasis is on learning the unique health care needs of a rural community.
During question time several issues were addressed.
How can seniors have NO insurance? Some people never worked, or worked off the books or on a farm. Medicare is not nearly enough to cover costs, and if an older person is solely reliant on Social Security, they are unable to afford additional insurance.
How much time does he spend with insurance company hassles? He avoids them as much as possible. Prior authorization is a real pain. And every insurance company has a deal with providers about what they will reimburse. Rules for Medicaid and Medicare are different from other insurances. Insurance company payments take 90 to 120 days to be received. To add to this, DOs need to use special codes for hands on manipulation reimbursement.
How many patients is he required to see? Cornerstone Care has no set quota. He feels it is reasonable to see about 16 to 20 patients in a day. Many systems require 32. He wants to be able to spend enough time with patients, allotting 45 minutes for an introductory visit to be sure he fully understands the health issues of that patient.
Bill Price commented that the Cornerstone Car clinic in Burgettstown had been a great starting place for young doctors in Washington County, in part because Cornerstone Care covers the doctor’s insurance, a not insignificant cost for young doctors.
Dr. Fogle shared the costs of medical education. The out of state tuition at WVSOM is $52,000 a year, which does not include living expenses, books, lab fees, etc. He knows of a fellow student who began practice with $475,000 in debt.
He added that the Health Care system in Southwestern PA is skewed. There are actually TOO MANY hospital beds in Pittsburgh and the South Hills, and too few in the outlying areas. It is all about market placement and marketing.
President Andy thanked Dr. Fogle for a very informative presentation, and gave him a Rotary mug.

50/50 

Winner: Bill Price
Non-Winner: Rich Podgurski    
 
Rich led us in the 4-Way Test
             
 
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