The Southern Cross article on Elder Care: Precious Presence by Ann Aubrey Hanson

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Samarpan Summer Newsletter – 2010

July 12, 2010

Dear Samarpan Friends: Pria and I just returned from our medical mission trip to India. Our Center in India continues to provide medical, vision, and dental care to young and old and to people of all faiths. I have included pictures below. Since Pria is a premed student this mission had some special goals for her. She was able to volunteer her time at the medical clinic. The doctors and nurses were very good to her in explaining and showing her many different medical diagnosis and treatments of patients. She particularly gained knowledge about the assessments of cataracts in elderly, decay in children’s teeth and had some practical ideas about infant vaccinations.

After a long trip and listening to endless requests for help, sometimes I began to doubt our effectiveness of service. At times I felt helpless because resources were fewer and fewer but the needs continue to mount. Somehow God always hears our prayers for these people. It is your love and generosity that indeed gave me the reassurance that God knows our needs and want us to continue this mission.

I want to thank you personally for your continued support of Samarpan. It’s really our friends like you who have helped us over the past twenty- three years to give unconditional service to the poor. Please enjoy the pictures I have attached, the building is small, but it is a new multipurpose center.

Very gratefully,

Dr. Alex Kodiath

Samarpan Spring Newsletter – 2010

April 28, 2010

Dear Samarpan Friends,

Springtime is here and the flowers and birds bring new spirit of resurrection into our lives. We have many good things to share with you. First, Praem graduated in May, 2009 and has a very good job at San Diego Gas and Electric. Second, Mary has accepted a new job at the San Diego VA Healthcare System as the Program Manager for Health Promotion/Disease Prevention. Thirdly, Pria and Alex are going to India for 2 weeks to spend time at Samarpan Clinic. They will be working to improve health and wellness for the people treated at the clinic and continue to improve our Children’s Library and educational programs. Pria and Alex will inaugurate a newly built multipurpose center for the Children’s library and education center.

We continue to thank you for all the years of your support for Samarpan. This is going to be the 23rd year of unconditional service. Samarpan has served more than 500,000 people both at Samarpan’s Spiritual Leadership Center in Alpine and Samarpan’s Thomas Memorial Clinic in India. Please continue your valuable prayers and support.

With sincere thanks,

Mary and Alex Kodiath 

Samarapan Healthcare Workshop – January 2009

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Information for the Obama Transition Team

January 3, 2009

Summary

  1. Every person needs to have a healthcare provider or medical home. Sliding scale can be used to determine what a person should pay. No one should be denied care.
  2. The Federal Healthcare System should be the model of healthcare used. Bring out the best in the Federal Healthcare, Medicare, and the Medicaid Model.
  3. Mental health parity is a necessity for all forms of health coverage.
  4. Community clinics could provide basic healthcare needs and be wellness centers.
  5. There should be a mandate for pharmaceutical companies to provide medication for compassionate use and there can be incentives for these companies when they provide this.
  6. Pharmaceutical companies should have transparent research results. There should be a Federal Formulary and limited direct-to-consumer marketing.
  7. There needs to be litigation regulation for malpractice lawsuits and limitation for compensation.
  8. There needs to be medical ethical teams to determine viability of life. Heroic measures should be reviewed by medical ethical teams.
  9. Goodwill or probono providers should be encouraged and   incentives offered if there is a certain percentage of free care given. Patients should not be allowed to sue providers, except for cases of negligence. If a patient accuses the provider of negligence, then it should be up to the patient to prove the negligence.
  10. Incentives should be offered for patients who stay healthy, such as a point system that could be traded for cost benefit or decrease charges.
  11. Incentives should be given to businesses who provide healthcare, such as tax rebates, money reimbursement.
  12. The cost savings of providing all people with healthcare will exceed the expense as long as there are incentives to remain healthy, and for providers, hospitals, companies to prevent abuse. Incentives should be given at all levels of care to provide an effective healthcare system with wellness and prevention as a priority.

San Diego Fire Update – October 2007

San Diego made international news once again because of the devastating wild fires that swept through the county this October. Over 1500 homes and businesses were destroyed and over 500,000 people were evacuated. Fires are still burning as of November 2, 2007.

Our “Samarpan Spiritual Leadership Center” in Alpine, CA was under mandatory evacuation. Paul Gordon, our on-site Program Director and facility caretaker, reported seeing smoke in the distance in two different directions on Sunday, October 21 at noon. By 4 a.m. early Monday morning, he could see flames over the El Capitan Reservoir and reported 70+ mile-an-hour Santa Ana winds which tore down tree branches and blew apart a tool shed on the retreat grounds. Paul evacuated to his brother’s house in Carlsbad and later evacuated that location because of 2 voluntary evacuation decrees. He and his family were displaced for 2 nights. There was no fire damage at the retreat facility, but air patrols are still overhead scouting for hot spots that may endanger our location.

Mary and Alex Kodiath, founders of the Samarpan Non-Profit organization, and their daughter Pria were also evacuated from their home in Poway, CA. Their home was spared and all are safe once again.

Amongst the horrible devastation, acts of “unconditional service” (Samarpan) could be seen throughout San Diego County. The heroic efforts of our fire, police and military were extraordinary and the spirit of volunteerism in San Diego was/is inspirational!!! Strangers helping strangers… a community coming together to help those in need was TRUE LEADERSHIP IN ACTION!

THANK YOU to all our benefactors, friends and supporters for all of your prayers during this stressful time… your thoughtfulness has been gratefully appreciated!