In October 2012, Koinonia Primary Care PC
became Koinonia Primary Care Inc,
a freestanding Article 28 Diagnostic and Treatment Center, certified by the NY State Department of Health.
In October 2014, two years later, they are thriving as a clinic and recently added an Internist. They continue to meet with applicants and volunteers that see the vision for KPC Inc and the West Hill community.
KPC is looking forward to adding services such as Mental Health, Dental and a variety of Diagnostic Services. The process is still an up hill battle, dealing with a variety of Federal ,State , and local agencies each with their own guidelines, limitations and compliancy requirements. That being said, financial help is certainly still needed. The clinic still can not afford much up to date equipment for Xray, Lab, ultrasound and other basic technology.
KPC Inc. recently applied for a grant to become an FQHC ( Federally Qualified Health Center) which would greatly expand the services to the community. We will have to wait and see if that will come to pass!
Also in October of 2012 was the 10 year anniversary of Dr Bob serving the West Hill community!
We want to Thank ALL the people who helped, all the people who prayed, all the people who kept the DREAM alive!
The journey is just beginning...
There are still many obstacles for KPC, including government beurocracy, technology changes and updates; insurance payor resistence to reimburse properly and on time; adjusting to the influx of insured patients thru the affordable care act; bringing in enough money to support the clinic needs, and most of all, the hiring of more physicians.
Over the next few years, KPC plans to add dental, lab, xray, vision, nutrition, and expand the mental health department. They are offering Insurance help via insurance "navigators" who can help the uninsured choose the best plan thru the Affordable care site.
They are still in need of donations and help in spreading the word to benefactors. They need seriously in need of new computers and medical equipment.
We hope you'll find three minutes to watch the video:
Humanism , and support the clinic's mission as best you can.
If you feel moved by this, please consider a donation through the link below.
or directly to paypal:
ALL THINGS BROKEN AND BEAUTIFUL
DR BOB IS LIVING A LIFE OF SERVICE TO HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
PHYSICIAN~ TEACHER ~ MENTOR ~ MINISTER~FRIEND
Robert J. Paeglow MD ~ Albany NY
"I've come to the realization that life is not designed for our comfort, or pleasure, but for us to discover our gifts and contribute what we can to make life better for others." Dr. Robert Paeglow
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In order for the facility to qualify as a not-for-profit medical center under the Health Department Article 28, they had to meet specific requirements. This includes making simple building renovations and equipment upgrades totaling $150,000, and securing three months' operational costs (another $150,000). The $300,000 had to be raised/donated, and after a long couple years, lots of sweat,love and prayer, it happened !
A CATCH 22....
KOINONIA IS REQUIRED BY THE STATE OF NY TO RAISE $300,000 FOR RENOVATIONS AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS NEEDED TO BECOME A FREE STANDING ARTICLE 28 CLINIC. THEY CAN NOT GET A LOAN. THE FUNDS MUST BE RAISED THROUGH DONATIONS. MOST BENEFACTORS AND PHILANTHROPISTS WILL ONLY DONATE TO EXISTING NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. THAT IS WHERE THE "CATCH 22" COMES IN. THEY CAN NOT GET THE ATTENTION OF CORPORATIONS,"ANGEL"ORGANIZATIONS, NOT EVEN OPRAH WINFRY..AND WHY? BECAUSE THEY SEE THAT THE CLINIC HAS A "FOR PROFIT" TAX ID, AND TURN AWAY.
WE NEED PEOPLE WHO WILL STOP TO LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING, AND SEE THE PURPOSE AND THE OBSTACLES. A TEN YEAR JOURNEY IS COMING TO ITS END.
THE TIME TO HELP IS NOW!
In 2010, Albany is facing the closing of major hospitals, which leaves many members of the community, especially those with Medicaid or no insurance with few or no option for medical care. Dr. Bob Paeglow and Koinonia has stood fast, through all the economic changes, as a beacon of light for all.
In a time where most are concerned with personal income and advancement, return on investment, and their own comforts, this clinic has continued to treat those in need, NEVER TURNING AWAY A PATIENT FOR LACK OF PAYMENT. Dr. Bob treats uninsured patients on a daily basis and routinely makes charitable adjustments for these patients , amounting to over 100,000 a year in lost revenue.
ALL THINGS BROKEN AND BEAUTIFUL
Given this struggling economy, many are turning their heads, looking away from the needs of the poor and underpriveleged, the sick and suffering, the depressed and addicted.
Dr. Robert Paegow has never looked away. "Dr Bob" continues his mission daily ,hoping to realize his dream of a full service non profit clinic that can meet the physical ,emotional, and spiritual needs of the people who live in the West Hill Region of NY; one of the poorest, and most dangerous section of Albany County, NY.
Where a child is caught in the middle of a drive-by shooting.. Where precious life can be snuffed out in a blink of an eye.... Where the teens turn to drugs and gangs because there is no safe haven for them.... Where mothers resort to prostitution to feed their children.....Where so many have been "lost and forgotten"....Robert Paeglow maintains hope that the region can and will be transformed. That has been his dream.
Unfortunately, the dream has been halted, and he needs your help.
To fully understand what Dr Bob stands for and why we support him, you must watch this short video: Humanism if video does not start,then click on "News and Events" humanism in medicine award
Working tirelessly since 2001, Dr. Paeglow and his staff have set out on a mission: to care for the uninsured and underinsured regardless of ability to pay. The goal is to receive from NY State the Non Profit status that will allow further oppurtunity, growth, expansion, outreach,and generational inpact in this poor inner city community. He has come so very far, just to fall short in the final hours.
Last year, the Department of Health approved Dr Bob's practice as being eligible for Non Profit, Article 28 status. This will allow the clinic to receive grants to further the services it provides to the community. Some of these additional services would be:
Prevention clinics and screenings
Mental Health Care
Vision and Dental care
Increased Lab services
Prenatal and OB Care
Increased Education Services
In order for the Non Profit clinic to receive final approval from NY State, the building in which the clinic operates has to be transformed and updated to comply with specific codes. The building was originally the home of the Guardian Society. It is a lovely old building, with its historic relevance and character intact, but in need of much repair.
It has a single elevator which needs repair. The layout of the clinic has to be restructured/redesigned to meet State requirements. Each examining room by law must have running water. This entails extensive plumbing revisions. Due to HIPAA privacy regulations, the wide open and welcoming waiting room and reception desk must be completly renovated to allow for privacy and other safety isses. The skylight must be completely closed due to safety concerns. All the electrical must be upgraded to allow for future equipment and technology upgrades (The clinic in integrating an electronic medical record system, through a partnership/incentive with CDPHP insurance plan. Most, if not all, of the computer equipment is second hand, and has been donate.) Numerous doorways,entrances, and bathrooms must be upgraded.
The total dollar amount needed as of this posting is $300,000.00.
The practice had a deadline for the renovations that has long passed, however, the State has granted a six month extension to raise the necessary funds.
This money must be raised by 1/31/2011
As far as Dr. Paeglow doing fundraising, well.. he will not "promote" himself, He is far too humble. He has great faith however, that "all things will work towards the good" of the practice and the heart of the mission.
Now, this is where WE come in! the "Friends of Dr Bob Paeglow."(FODBP)
READ DR BOB'S INSPIRING STORY OF HIS FIRST AFRICAN MISSION TRIP EXPERIENCE.
Dr. Paeglow is also an extroidinary teacher/professor in Albany. Read more about papa duck
or call Dr. Bob toll-free at 1-877-227-3969
Koinonia Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WORKING DAILY FOR THE HEALTH AND HEART OF THE PEOPLE OF ALBANY NY,
AND RECEIVING NO PAY.
The Lord said He will fullfill His promises...
and He has. PRAISE!!
But, the Lord is Faithful. "His Word will not return empty."