Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Spiritan Spirit

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

The Spiritan Spirit

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As I read the Dec. 18 editorial "Duquesne's Light," I was led to recall 2007, the year that the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center in Downtown Pittsburgh opened its doors. The goal was to provide health care to those without insurance. The model chosen was Volunteers in Medicine. There were about 50 clinics in the United States at that time that had adopted its protocol.

A national meeting of the Volunteers in Medicine clinics was held that same year, and I chose to attend. I returned to Pittsburgh apprehensive as to how we would handle our providing of pharmaceutical products to our patients.

The late Thomas Mattei was associate dean of Duquesne's School of Pharmacy. I had known him from Mercy Hospital, where I practiced and he had been in various roles. …

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