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IAMA charitable foundation raises over $100,000

May 27
22:57 2011

Annita John, MD, president IAMA

ELMHURST: A semi-annual meeting and fundraising dinner for Indian American Medical Association (Illinois) Charitable Foundation was recently held at Waterford banquet, in Elmhurst, a Chicago suburb.

It was attended by over 500 people including prominent doctors, philanthropists, politicians, former US Senator and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun and other members of Indian community.

The program started with US national anthem followed by the Indian national anthem. The gathering was welcomed by Dr Annita John, President, Indian American Medical Association of Illinois who thanked the audience for generously supporting the charitable cause for humanity. She mentioned that their target for fundraising of that event was 200,000 dollars.

Dr. Sanjay Amin, chairman IAMACF explained the activities of the charitable foundation including outpatient care which included 3,000 patient visits last year, who were provided with medical care, basic labs, diagnostic services like x-ray, medicine etc. He also acknowledged the support of the community and the important role of volunteers including doctors and others in running the clinic. Qoting an anonymous saying, he said “Volunteers are seldom paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!”

Dr. Rajinder Gupta, Adjunct Professor, Kellogg School of Management introduced Ricardo Estrada the guest speaker of the night. Estrada whose accomplishment among others include appointment as member of board of trustee of university of Illinois and member of transition team of Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago. Estrada appreciated the work done by the foundation and the free clinic.

He said that he himself when young had used services of clinic’s like this one. He said that our society needs more clinics like this. He encouraged the audience to donate generously so that the clinic can provide services to more needy and uninsured people. He also made himself available in future for good cause like this.

Dr. Swaminathan past president AAPI, IAMA gave a brief address on accountable care organization to the gathering. ACO is the new initiative of the federal government which is part of the new health care bill passed by President Obama. According to Dr. Swaminathan ACO will fundamentally change the way health care is practiced in America. In brief.

Accountable Care Organization (ACO) is a type of payment and delivery reform model that starts to tie provider reimbursements to quality metrics and reductions in the total cost of care for an assigned population of patients. A group of coordinated health care providers form an ACO, which then provides care to a group of patients.
This was followed by a special award ceremony to honor the work done by Dr. Usha Nimmagadda past chairperson of the IAMACF. She thanked the committee for their thoughtfulness and dedicated the award to the volunteer doctors and others at the clinic.

Senator and ambassador to New Zealand Carol Moseley Braun, guest speaker expressed her happiness and thanked the Indian doctors and community at large for their efforts towards humanity and service of less fortunate. She said “I am always available for anything, for a noble cause like this.”

Earlier in the day the function started with a cocktail reception and sumptuous dinner was catered by Waterford banquet hall of Mr. Dinesh Gandhi. The program concluded with a musical program “Suhana Safar” by orchestra Saregama.

Nand Kapur

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