Medical clinic-Army Reserve partnership lauded as national model

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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (Tribune News Service) — A unique program connecting Johnstown Free Medical Clinic with a local Army Reserve unit is being eyed as the model for a national initiative.

“We are taking this to the nation,” clinic Executive Director Rosalie Danchanko said Tuesday during ceremonies outside the 340 Main St. facility.

“We are a model of the War for Health to the Army Reserve throughout the nation,” she said. “To say that I am excited is beyond words.”

Tuesday’s celebration – with polka music, speeches and cupcakes – marked the one-year anniversary of the Free Medical Clinic’s participation in the national Dispensary of Hope’s distribution of surplus prescription medicine.

In its first year of participation, the Johnstown clinic has received and dispensed medicine worth at least $380,000, said Christopher Palombo, CEO of the Dispensary of Hope.

The Dispensary of Hope and Highmark Foundation provide important support for the clinic’s War for Health collaboration with the Army Reserve 458th Engineering Battalion, Danchanko said.

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