EDITORIAL: Putting health care in perspective

York Dispatch
  • Tech students to leave a lasting mark on Delta borough.
  • Community rallies to help an ailing firefighter.

Thumbs up:  How many times have you been irked by a long wait in a doctor’s waiting room? Annoyed by lack of insurance coverage? Bothered by rising deductibles? This story might put your medical woes in perspective.

York East Rotary Club member Susan Schrack Wood and fellow area Rotarians recently completed a medical mission to Uganda. Their help was sorely needed.

The medical professionals encountered an outstanding lack of care in that country. Outside the makeshift examination room where they were stationed, the line held a hundred people — some had been waiting for days.

Dr. Amy Spotts of Designer Family Eye Care in York examines a patient during a Rotary Club medical mission to Uganda.

Dr. Amy Spotts, an optometrist with York’s Designer Family Eye Care, helped care for the throng.

“There are people coming in that are 60, 70 years old that have never had their eyes checked by an actual doctor,” she said.

Rotary International gave the clubs global grants to provide medical and dental help. It’s a good thing it did.

Local Rotarians providing some Ugandans with first-ever eye exams

With all the discussion in the states focusing on costs, the Rotarians' trip to Uganda reminds us that health care should foremost be about compassion and healing.

Thumbs up: Delta's "Safe, Clean & Green" committee had a problem. Students in the York County School of Technology carpentry program had a solution.

The committee needed decorative planters to place around the borough — 40-plus. And it is trying to stretch the funding they have for the borough’s beautification project.

Enter the Tech students.

They’ve built two molds for the planters, and mixed and poured the cement for 16 so far.

The work isn’t done after it’s built. Delivering and placing the yard-high, 300-pound planters is no easy matter.

"From what I understand, they may have need for 100 of them, and there is another location that wants 40 of them, so we may be in the concrete planter business for a little bit," said Joe Hudak, program director.

Tech project helps beautify Delta

York County School of Technology trains  many students in a variety of trades. It’s commendable to see it and its students sharing their talents in the community.

Thumbs up: When a 30-year firefighting veteran is stricken with cancer and lacks the money to pay medical expenses, you can count on the community to step in to help.

Retired Harrisburg Fire Chief Dan Soulier has dedicated much of his life to serving the community. After retiring, he joined the Fairview Township Fire Department, where he also provided education outreach to local elementary schools.

Fairview Township firefighter Dan Soulier speaks to students. Soulier, a retired Harrisburg fire chief, was diagnosed with lung cancer in December. Photo courtesy Fairview Township Fire Department.

In December, Soulier, 62, was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer, and his community has sprung into action.

“He’s dedicated his life to his emergency services ... now it’s time for the community to come and say, 'Thank you for your service,'” Fairview Township Fire Chief Chris Weidenhammer said.

Fairview Twp. community rallies around sick firefighter

The department is hosting a chicken barbecue and a beef and beer dinner  Saturday at the fire hall at 340 Lewisberry Road. A GoFundMe page set up to raise money says it’s “trending,” with twice the goal raised already.

Please consider attending the meal  and giving what you can to Soulier’s GoFundMe page. We all benefit from the rich heritage of firefighting in York County, in Fairview Township and beyond.

It’s time to give back.