Committed to making a difference? Self-motivated? Hardworking? We want someone like you to join our team!
This is an exciting time to join St. Luke’s dedicated staff and volunteers. Along with funding to renovate our clinic, mentioned in the June 20th blog, we were recently awarded two federal grants. Both grants allow us to hire several new staff members.
Our new grants along with the renovation are “game changers” for homeless and indigent health care in our community. After years of depending on dedicated and committed volunteers and a very small staff, we are now able to devote funds to hiring people to help with the workload.
We will be hiring in stages. This is the first stage and we are hiring a Physician/Medical Director, a Finance Director, a Certified Nurse Practitioner, and an Administrative Assistant. It is easy to apply; just download the job application and position description; complete the application and email or mail as instructed on the application form.
Wednesday was an exciting day for us! Governor Susana Martinez signed the state’s Capital Outlay bill at St. Luke’s, the first ever such event for the clinic. The bill authorized $505,000 to St. Luke’s for renovating our 7,000 sq. ft. annex. (It also awarded $295 million for other projects throughout the state.) The funding is the final amount we need to begin renovations on the annex.
We have been working toward this goal since 2012 and have raised $1.1 million dollars. The renovation gives us more than three times the space we have operated in for the past 25 years, which we outgrew long ago. Besides the accumulation of capital outlay funds every year, the City of Las Cruces has also chipped in $130,000 from their CDBG program.
It takes a village to support such a significant undertaking like ours. We are truly grateful to everyone who believes in and supports our mission – to improve the health and well-being of homeless and indigent individuals and family members in Doña Ana County.
We want to give a special shout out, though, to those supporters whose help we needed to get here. In addition to the governor, thanks to state legislators – Senators Mary Kay Papen, Joseph Cervantes, William Soules and former Senator Mary Jane Garcia; Representatives Bill McCamley, Jeff Steinborn, Doreen Gallegos, Terry McMillan, John Zimmerman, Andy Nuñez, Bealquin Bill Gomez, Mary Helen Garcia, Antonio Lujan, and the late Philip Archuleta.
The City of Las Cruces council, mayor, and staff are invaluable supporters. Their funds are modernizing the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system in the annex, greatly needed when hot summer days reach into the 100s.
Thanks to Ted Shelton and ASA Architects our architectural plan and design is ready to go!
Please keep checking our blog. We will have periodic updates, as the dust clears, about our rebuilding efforts with details of new medical rooms and services!
We need sunscreen, hats with brims, bandanas, water bottles, sunglasses and lip balm!
On Thursday, June 25, in collaboration with the University of New Mexico’s medical students program, we are sponsoring a Sun Safety Event from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. We are accepting donations up to Tuesday, June 23.
The homeless and people with extremely low-incomes are coming to learn about the importance of sun safety. Heatstroke, dehydration, and heat exhaustion are serious problems for the people we serve. They often have nowhere to go to get out of the sun or have the ability to cool off their homes to a livable degree.
Be assured, we will give away any of the above items that you donate and they will be very much appreciated. Your donation is tax-deductible as St. Luke’s is a 5o1(C)3 non-profit corporation.
Please drop off your donations – Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the clinic (the building to the right of El Caldito Soup Kitchen).
We are located on the Community of Hope campus at 999 W. Amador Ave.
Live in Las Cruces NM and ever wonder what to do with those expired medications you no longer want? Waiting for the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day?
Well, DEA held its last drug take-back day in September 2014 and has since ended the program. In calls to the agency, officials told us to use the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) household disposal guidelinesfor drug disposal. The guidelines list the steps for disposing of your medications, easily and quickly. Proper disposal requires you to mix your medications with something that makes them uneatable, like coffee grounds or cat litter. Then, adding water to this mixture will dilute and neutralize their potency. Put the mixture in a container with a lid such as a margarine tub or a plastic bag with a seal. You can then toss in the household trash.
You can also purchase medication disposal bags at a local pharmacy or online. The Walgreen’s in Las Cruces sells Medsaway Medication Disposal System™ bags for $3.99. These bags are useful for all types of drugs, even controlled substances. They are available online as well.
The National Community Pharmacists Association hosts a Facebook page for DisposeMyMeds.org. This page is an online resource to help patients find medication disposal programs at local independent community pharmacies. We called one of their local pharmacies, which recommended the Medsaway™ bags. They told us, however, they did not have a drug take-back program. This may mean that not all the pharmacies in their program take back drugs. Check out the Facebook page, though, it is a resource that will keep you informed.
St. Luke’s recommends you follow EPA guidelines and do not flush your medications down the toilet! They can end up in our drinking water sources. Check out the second page in the guidelines for an explanation as to how that can happen.
Join us on Sat. May 16 for the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial to increase AIDS awareness.
The Global Network of People living with HIV is coordinating the worldwide memorial; locally, the Southwest Action Group (SWAG) is spearheading the event. One of our partners, the NM Dept. of Health (DOH) is joining SWAG and so are we. DOH provides harm reduction services with HIV testing and AIDS information during St. Luke’s Café Salud, our weekly homeless outreach clinic – a service we greatly appreciate.
SWAG is an inter-agency collaborative composed of NM DOH, Alianza of NM, Families & Youth, Inc. (also our partners) and International AIDS Empowerment that works on HIV/STD prevention in Las Cruces and the southwest region of NM. Recent data shows 166 people in our region are living with HIV/AIDS; statewide there are about 2,900 people.
The memorial is one of the oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world with about 1,200 community organizations in 115 countries leading the efforts. However, it is much more than just a memorial. With 33 million people living with HIV today, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations.
We will be at the First Christian Church, 1809 El Paseo Road in Las Cruces, from 7-9:00 pm on Sat. The event is free and open to the public. See you there!
Has it really been 25 years since St. Luke’s Health Care Center was born? Seems like yesterday or does it? On May 4, 1990, we incorporated and began offering primary healthcare services the following January. Dr. Stanislaus Ting, our first volunteer medical director, remembers those first few months. “It was hectic and we had some pretty severe chronic illnesses. Evelyn was right. The homeless and indigent in Doña Ana County had critical healthcare needs.”
Evelyn Chapman, a retired registered nurse, was volunteering at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church’s soup kitchen in Las Cruces when she saw the need for first aid and medical care among the people coming for lunch each day. She, along with other volunteers, soon set up a nursing station in a corner of the dining room. Demand quickly outgrew the station’s corner so the church offered the volunteers a small house nearby. In a very short time, the volunteers formalized their work into a clinic they named after the patron saint of physicians.
St. Luke’s birth led to bigger dreams that blossomed into the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) campus, first established in 1998. Today, five non-profit agencies on the campus provide services and programs to people who are homeless and indigent in our community.
We are still in the clinic we first occupied in 1998 but we outgrew it years ago, moving some administrative offices last year into an annex next door. This year we will renovate the 7,000 square foot annex, which will allow us to incorporate medical, dental, and behavioral health practices into a comprehensive setting.
Come and help us celebrate. Join us on Monday, May 4th from 5-7 p.m. as we celebrate our past and look forward to our future!
When: Monday, May 4th
Time: 5 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: 999 West Amador in St. Luke’s Annex Building
Hours (closed most federal holidays)
1) Health Clinic: Mon-Thurs, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm; 2) Diabetes Clinic: Every Thurs, 8:00 – Noon; 3) Eye Exam Clinic: 1st Thurs of every month, 8:30 – 10:30 am; 4) Foot Clinic: 3rd Wed of every month, 2:00 – 4:00 pm