The Heart of Esperanza
Being out on the front lines of healthcare
can be an exhausting, fast-paced and
worrisome experience at times. It is a
position of high responsibility that
requires great faith. With the invasion of
COVID-19 in the lives of many, we have
seen how healthcare workers around our
city have carried the load on their
shoulders, in order to improve the wellbeing of all.
front lines conducting testing and providing patient care: family nurse
practitioner Jenise Ropp, DNP, CRNP, FNP-C and clinical nurse Kevin Parks,
“We ended the encounter praying together for protection and peace for herself and her family. She was grateful and left in good spirits,” said Jenise.
During a follow-up call a few days later, the patient expressed how interested she would be to volunteer at EHC. “I was astonished, as I saw her new found joy and interest to become one of our volunteers. To me, this story demonstrated the heart of Esperanza, as we strive to be Spirit-led and demonstrate Jesus’ love to each and every patient,” stated Jenise. “I believe
that many times we have no idea how Jesus is working while we perform our daily duties and cares, bundled in our own humanness.”
Seeking Spanish-Speaking Volunteers for COVID-19 Testing
serve in this capacity
With this role comes some flexibility as you can volunteer from Monday through Thursday, or simply offer one day a week. Our core hours of operation at the Kensington test site have changed to Monday – Thursday mornings, from 8:30am to 11:45am. Volunteers receive personal protective equipment appropriate to the station where they are placed, usually a mask, a shield and a gown.
Do you know someone who has these skills and would feel drawn to this work? Please let us know, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Please pray that God will help us communicate more clearly and effectively at “the tent”!
A Special Delivery
That day, Lilly had in mind to call one of our patients who wasn’t on the schedule. While speaking over the phone, the man suddenly broke into tears without any explanation. Lilly, listening to the patient’s emotional distress, began to cry as well as she waited for his response.
He replied, “I was just looking around my house today trying to figure out what to sell, so I could purchase food and household needs before you called.” This testimony brings us all a beautiful reminder of what we may take for granted. We have our bad days and grow tired, but the moments that make life worth living are seeing a person marked by an act of love and kindness. As Lilly highlighted, we get into routines and work that sometimes cause us to overlook the true value behind it.
“Honestly, I believe it was a Spirit-led or divine intervention, and that is what impacted me the most about this patient delivery,” shared Lilly. “I enjoy preparing the food and supply bags for all the patients, but the way he began to pour out over the phone really spoke volumes to me. You could sense his gratitude.”
Everence Federal Credit Union Opens New Branch
at Esperanza’s Kensington Site
Kevin Gil, financial wellness manager at Everence, stands in front of the entrance of the new Everence credit union branch at Kensington and Allegheny Avenues.
a new option for banking and other financial services. Everence® has opened a credit union branch located on the second floor of the new Esperanza Health Center site at Kensington and Allegheny Avenues – providing financial education, checking and savings accounts, loans, and other services.
“We’re thrilled to be a part of the Esperanza community,” said Leonard Dow, stewardship and development specialist at Everence. “We’re excited to bring our services to this new location and to help our neighbors build brighter financial futures.”
The new credit union branch offers a convenient ATM, as well as in-person services by appointment. Summer hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. MondayWednesday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. More information is available at everence.com/philadelphia.
Everence offers credit union products that are federally insured by NCUA.
Community Outreach Takes on a New Look for SMI
The program is held annually for three weeks, typically beginning the last week of June, and hosts medical students from multiple states and countries. SMI is organized and supervised by Medical Campus Outreach (MCO) and has had a strong partnership with EHC, making this year the 11th consecutive summer that we have hosted the program.
The MCO leadership had to confront the challenge of whether to cancel SMI for this summer, or to continue under a unique set of protocols.
Holly Favino, SMI director, described the constant revisions made for the program to remain active. After meeting with board members, they came to the decision that community door-to-door outreach, a primary focus of previous SMIs, would be eliminated as a means to avoid nonessential exposure to the virus.
A new set of rules had to be implemented, a few being individual housing and transportation, a limited number of registrants, and the shortening of the program from three to two weeks (held from July 5th through July 18th). The team explored alternative work for the students to do, including possible contact tracing as direct support during the pandemic, or clerical assistance as volunteers to EHC’s patient portal assistance.
Esperanza practice administrator Kathleen
McGettigan, RN with SMI student Jake Cuevas
at our Hunting Park site.
Medical students participating in SMI’s
summer program work as volunteers for
As Holly explained, a huge component that students take away from their time investment with SMI is the spiritual connection to faith and health. Both the staff and students openly talk about their experiences witnessing God’s faithfulness during this tough time, and how he continually provides for their needs.
Thanks for your gifts that help us to provide excellent, compassionate care and health resources for our patients and community members. We are grateful for your partnership with us!
Join the Esperanza Team!
Highlighted below are some of our top priority hiring opportunities:
Behavioral Health Consultant
The Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) works during normal clinic hours under direct supervision of a licensed practitioner. The BHC is a member of the primary care provider team providing brief, immediate behavioral health support and interventions as part of integrated primary care services. THe BHC makes referrals to outside agencies when appropriate for optimum patient care.
The Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting the Dentists and Dental Hygienists in the direct provision of dental services to patients. The Dental Assistant is also responsible for sterilization, preparation and inventory control of dental instruments and supplies. Other responsibilities include dental radiography, equipment maintenance, oral health education, monitoring patient flow, and assisting the Dental Administrator, as needed. Position includes some Saturday shifts.
The Clerical Assistant is responsible for delivering excellent customer service that is friendly, accurate and efficient. The Clerical Assistant obtains and enters accurate and complete insurance verification, collects co-payments and past due balances, and other elements that make up the start of the Esperanza Revenue Cycle. The Clerical Assistant provides direct support services in the clinical care of patients and ensures efficient operations to maximize patient satisfaction.