Our program today was provided by Fernando Sanudo, CEO of the Vista Community Clinic. He was introduced by Dave Jones, who related his role in establishing the Oceanside Community Clinic with Dodie Rotherham, a Red Cross nurse. This was done to provide medical care for patients who couldn’t afford to purchase medical insurance but made too much money to qualify for MediCal. It actually started a year or two before the Vista Community Clinic and was eventually absorbed by the latter.
Fernando joined the Vista Community Clinic in 1988 as a health educator and has served in many positions with the Clinic prior to becoming CEO.
VCC offers a variety of services, including adult and family medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, family planning, behavioral health, dental services and optometry. They accept most insurances, including MediCal and also offer a sliding scale for patients who do not have insurance, starting at about $40.
The Clinic cares for about 57,000patients and about 214,000 patient visits annually. About 15-20% of their patients are farm workers and their dependents
VCC Delivers 1000-1200 babies per year and about 10% are teenagers. Recently they had a pregnant twelve year old girl and the father wasn’t much older. The Clinic hires B & C grade high school students to work in the clinic in entry level positions and several have gone onto nursing or medical programs. The Clinic will be having a Casino Night fundraiser in November and they also sponsor a tour of decorated homes in Vista at Christmastime, much like the one sponsored in Oceanside by the Oceanside Library. Opportunity drawing winner: Lee Russell, I believe. I know that he didn’t win as much as Jordan Spieth did this weekend.