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Sunday, 14 August 2011 10:30

St. Clare’s Health Clinic gets new vision machine

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Dr. Scott Blomberg, an optometrist with Vision Care Associates in Springfield who volunteers at St. Clare’s Health Clinic in Springfield, explains how a field visual screen instrument works. Seated at the machine is James Hochenyos, president of the Springfield Noon Lions Club, who was on hand that day to present a check for $4,025 from the Lions to put toward the purchase of the machine. Another $1,000 came from an annual grant from Springfield Rotary South.The Springfield Noon Lions Club recently donated just over $4,000 to apply toward the purchase of a field vision machine for St. Clare's Health Clinic in Springfield.

On Aug. 3, James Hochenyos, current president of the Springfield Noon Lions Club, presented the clinic with a check for $4,025. He was joined by several other Lions Club members who came to the clinic to see the machine, and to take a tour of the facility.

The total price of the machine was $5,025, said Sarah Wright, RN supervisor for the clinic. Another $1,000 came from an annual grant from Springfield Rotary South. "We receive that $1,000 grant every year and this year we decided to use the money to put toward the vision machine," Wright said.

Dr. Scott Blomberg, an optometrist with Vision Care Associates in Springfield who volunteers at the clinic, said the machine will help optometrists to quickly screen a patient's peripheral vision. "With this wonderful gift we can now get an exact measurement (of a patient's vision) and can tell if someone has had a stroke or has glaucoma," he said.

"This gift from the Lions Club will allow the staff and volunteers at St. Clare to provide a much-needed service to our clients within our community and surrounding areas," said Wright. "The Lions Club members have amazed us with their wonderful generosity and dedication to those in need. The St. Clare's Health Clinic staff and individuals we serve have been so blessed through their continued support."

St. Clare's Health Clinic is a program sponsored by Springfield Catholic Charities. It is located at the corner of Miller and Seventh streets and features vision and hearing screening, a vision clinic for eyeglasses, a dental clinic, a MedAssist program and a school physical exam program.