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Touching Our Local Community
Compassion in Action/Koinonia Primary Care was founded to touch the lives of the people of West Hill and Arbor Hill. This region is among the poorest in Albany; few of its residents can afford any type of medical insurance. The clinic provides patients with primary medical and mental health services regardless of their ability to pay. It also offers them a haven consisting of a 24-hour prayer and healing center. The staff provide house calls to patients who are bedridden and wish to spend their last days at home.
In addition to their work within the clinic, the staff at Koinonia Primary Care work with community leaders who are committed to improving the West Hill/Arbor Hill neighborhood. They have partnered with the District Attorney’s office on the “Justice Commission,” which provides positive alternatives for non-violent first-time offenders. Instead of criminal prosecution, offenders are offered the chance to redeem themselves in a tangible way through community service. Another recent initiative between Koinonia's founder, Dr. Bob Paeglow, and the DA’s office is the “Bring it to the Courts” basketball league, which provides a safe place for kids to play basketball and attend mandatory life-skills workshops.
For the past 5 years, Dr. Bob has also organized “Carnival on the Hill,” a free health fair to provide resources and information to the West Hill/Arbor Hill community. He recruits medical students to volunteer for this event, ensuring that his commitment to the underserved will continue through the next generation of physicians. As part of an initiative to combat childhood obesity, Dr. Bob and his clinic staff act as mentors for a local elementary school to educate children about healthy lifestyle choices.
"As District Attorney of this great county, I am humbled at the magnitude of commitment, enthusiasm and compassion that the students and physicians demonstrate. Every day, these volunteers strive to provide the best health care and education possible to the neediest residents of Albany, not allowing material concerns to interfere with their mission, doing all of this for the love of God and their fellow men. It is an honor and privilege to know and work with Dr. Paeglow and his volunteer staff.”
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