The HealthPoint Community Health Center (Bothell) has agreed to take on a few compassionate volunteers from our organization, who are willing to make a commitment towards helping them better serve our community. Their clinic is located within walking distance of the University of Washington Bothell, on Beardslee Blvd.
Health Point is a non-profit Community Health Center providing care to patients in the greater Seattle area. They provide access to quality treatment to all people, regardless of their income status. They help care for the uninsured, and provide them support in obtaining free or reduced cost health insurance.
I have been volunteering at HealthPoint Bothell for almost a year now. The staff is very welcoming to volunteers, and are truly great people to work with. I have had the chance to talk to and help hundreds of patients, and consider my time at Health Point to be an invaluable learning experience.
As a future health care professional, I think it is very important to learn what it really means to serve—to be compassionate and empathetic.
Medicine is not what it is portrayed to be on television, and so it is critical that anyone thinking about a career in the field seek out experiences that allow them to get a sense of what it really means to be a part of a Health-Care team. There are many small steps that must take place before any positive health outcome can be realized. The benefit of volunteering at a small clinic, like HealthPoint, is that you get the chance work alongside of the medical staff, something that is hard to find in a large hospital. HealthPoint offers a glimpse into what life as a primary care provider is really like, and their team of skilled providers set a great example of compassionate service.
If you would like to find out more information, and how to volunteer:
Please send an email to Justin Thompson (put HealthPoint in the subject line).