by Shelby Durden
Jacksonville University Intern
When ophthalmologist, Dr. Howard Rose retired, he never stopped working. Instead, he chose to continue his career in a special way to serve his community. He began his volunteer service in 2004 and has volunteered over 2,300 hours providing eye care for the working uninsured of Jacksonville at Volunteers in Medicine. His care is especially important to Jacksonville’s large diabetic population who suffer from eye disease related to their condition and need frequent monitoring to prevent blindness. He also refers for cataract surgery which allows patients to receive corrected vision and continue retain their employment.
When Dr.Rose began his volunteer service, he felt that there was a large need for ophthalmology among the uninsured in Jacksonville. Dr. Rose is part of a medical team that cares for the working uninsured with salaries 150% to 250% of federal poverty guidelines. Most of these patients resorted to emergency room care for their needs; a practice that crowds the ER’s and costs millions of dollars. The financial savings alone is staggering. But also, the primary care that he provides allows these patients to manage their chronic illnesses to avoid hospitalizations and acute episodes. Patients can remain in the work force and care for their families because of their improved health.
With over 2,300 hours put into volunteering in the past 12 years and giving $575,000 of service to those without healthcare, it is easy to see how much Dr.Howard Rose has contributed to the Jacksonville community. At the age of 85 he has proven to everyone that you are never too old to give back to the community and because of that, HandsOn Jacksonville is happy to award Dr.Rose with the HandsOn Young at Heart award on April 17th.
Come celebrate Dr. Rose and others who make our community a better place at the Celebrate GOOD Festival, Sunday April 17, 2016 from 2-6 at Friendship Fountain. Register for free admission at celebrategood.org