Proceeds raised will help bring free medical care to uninsured populations in St. Louis
|At the auction, patrons will have the opportunity to bid on a puppy as well as many other items.|
ST. LOUIS - Each Saturday, Saint Louis University medical school students volunteer their time providing free medical services at the Health Resource Center (HRC), a clinic that provides care to uninsured individuals in north St. Louis. While the treatment is free, the cost to run the clinic is not, so student volunteers are hosting an auction on Saturday, April 21 to help raise funds for the HRC's annual operating budget.
The auction will begin at 7 p.m. at Il Monastero, 3050 Olive St., on Saint Louis University's campus. Patrons will have the opportunity to bid on items including a ski trip to Breckenridge, Colo., a signed David Freese baseball, a puppy and much more.
The annual auction is the only large fundraiser benefiting the HRC and is the main source of operational funds for the clinic. Last year's auction raised more than $48,000, providing roughly 90 percent of the clinic's operating budget.
General admission tickets for the auction are $55. VIP tables for eight are $520 and include VIP seating at the live auction and personal service of dinner and drinks to your table. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door. To purchase tickets online, visit http://giving.slu.edu/HRCauction2012.
The Health Resource Center opened in 1994 as a partnership between medical school students and the BREM Catholic Social Ministry, a community-based service agency in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. One of only a handful of student-run health clinics in the United States, the Health Resource Center combines the talents of students and faculty to offer primary care services to one of the poorest sections of St. Louis.
While the clinic offers a clear benefit to the community, it also benefits the students. For many, the experience is their first introduction to real clinical work.
"I love working at the Health Resource center," said Amy Lindley, a second-year medical student at SLU and student coordinator for this year's auction. "The first two years of medical school are primarily spent in the classroom, so the HRC is a great opportunity to interact with patients and experience real-life medical situations."
Students in their first two years at Saint Louis University School of Medicine generally take patient histories and check vital signs. Third- or fourth-year medical students conduct physical exams while a volunteer faculty member at the clinic reviews cases, answers questions and prescribes medications.
"It's really a win-win situation," Lindley said. "Students gain valuable experience while the community receives affordable patient care. In today's tough economy, the HRC is more vital than ever for families who may be struggling financially."
For more information about how to support the Health Resource Center, contact auction co-chairperson Amy Lindley at HRCauction@gmail.com.
Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disease and heart/lung disease.