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On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees of the South Jersey Eye Center, I want to thank the 2ndAnnual Wine Tasting Planning Committee for a job well done.  The event on May 6 just sparkled with lots of positive energy and goodwill for the Center.  Thank you for your commitment to the mission of the Center and the effort expended for a good cause.

Charlie Fitzpatrick OD
Chairman, SJEC Board of Trustees

As seen in the Philadelphia Inquirer (3/22/11):
South Jersey Eye Center hopes to see its way through budget cuts

Emergency repairs prevented the South Jersey Eye Center from falling down in 2007, but a decrease in funding may prove tougher to fix.

“We just can’t take care of everybody,” says optometrist Lawrence A. Ragone, who cofounded the clinic in 1961. As S.J. Eye marks its 50th anniversary, “we are really at a crossroads,” he adds.

The center, formerly known as the Camden Eye Center, is headquartered in downtown Camden on Chambers Avenue. It provides eye exams, corrective lenses, and other services to about 11,000 adults and children a year at locations throughout Camden County.

It accepts Medicaid and Medicare, and public and private funding allow the center to treat about a quarter of all patients free, down from about half several years ago. (….read full article)



March is Save Your Vision Month

In recognition of Save Your Vision Month and in celebrating our 50th Anniversary, we are giving one pair of free glasses away to a child for every 50 NEW “likes” on our facebook page!

New Patient Care Initiatives

Since last Spring, the South Jersey Eye Center has been providing eye care services for the Camden County Health Services Center in Blackwood, NJ.  Comprised of a nursing home and adjacent Behavioral Health Center, together approximately 450 residents are housed at this facility.

The Center also deploys the Mobile Vision Clinic to LIFE at Lourdes in Pennsauken, a unique program that can assist elders to live safely at home while being helped by a team of healthcare experts.

GlaxoSmithKline Honors South Jersey Eye Center with 14th Annual IMPACT Award

December 8, 2010: GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has announced that the South Jersey Eye Center, Inc. of Camden, N.J. is one of its GlaxoSmithKline 14th Annual IMPACT Award recipients. The Camden County nonprofit will receive $40,000 for having a significant impact on its community by providing access to proactive and effective healthcare services. A ceremony will be held on Monday, December 13, at GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia to honor the Philadelphia-area nonprofit.

“All of the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award winners are leaders in the nonprofit world and in their communities,” said Mary Linda Andrews, GlaxoSmithKline Director of Community Partnerships. “The dedicated teams of professionals and volunteers at these organizations are working on the front lines to provide access to healthcare at a time when people need it most. These awards provide additional resources to help them continue their important work.”

The South Jersey Eye Center’s mission is to reduce vision impairment by providing high quality comprehensive eye health and vision care and to raise the awareness of eye health. It is the only facility of its kind in New Jersey completely dedicated to providing high quality comprehensive free and low cost eye health and vision care to needy, poor, low and moderate income, uninsured, and underinsured residents of Camden City and the Southern New Jersey region.

About GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards:
Every year the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards acknowledge, highlight and reward nonprofit organizations that have a significant impact on their communities and are accomplished, proactive and effective in their work. GlaxoSmithKline’s IMPACT Awards represent and support Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and the Targeting of needs within community-based healthcare organizations. Nonprofits that exemplify the IMPACT Awards criteria continue to provide quality, accessible healthcare to their communities despite their financial and resource limitations. Winners in previous years include organizations that provide medical and dental care for the underserved, pediatric therapy and counseling services, and disease prevention programs for high-risk populations.


South Jersey Eye Center Awarded CVS/Caremark Community Grant

December 8, 2010:  We are happy to announce that South Jersey Eye Center received a grant of $2,000 from CVS/Caremark for the Center’s Community Outreach Programs such as Sight First For Kids, Sight For Seniors, and the Mobile Sight Saving and Eye Health Education Programs.

“CVS Caremark Grants are an effective way for us to contribute to the success of communities where we do business,” said Jennifer Veilleux, Director of CVS Caremark Corporation.   “We are proud to support the work that South Jersey Eye Center does in the community.”

Grants were awarded to organizations that share a common interest with CVS Caremark of supporting programs for the uninsured, which help to make health services affordable and easy to access.  The goal of the program is to provide relief for both adults and children who lack medical insurance to get the proper medical attention needed.

A&A Optical Partners with South Jersey Eye Center at the Ron Jaworski Fall Golf Classic ”PLAY FORE SIGHT”

Ron “Jaws” Jaworski hosted his annual, Fall Golf Classic on October 6 at the Valleybrook Country Club in Blackwood, NJ. Jaws hosts this charity golf tournament every October to benefit a special United Way program. This year, the Jaws Youth Fund partnered with Wal-Mart and A&A Optical to support the featured recipient – South Jersey Eye Center’s “Sight First for Kids” program, which provides eye exams and eyewear to uninsured and under-insured children. A&A Optical helped make the dream of corrected vision a reality by donating Jalapenos and PEZ ophthalmic frames to South Jersey Eye Center.

It was a great day of golf alongside celebrities, endless prizes and contests. Jaws was joined by celebrity friends: Former Flyers players, Dave Schultz and Brian Propp; Former Sixers player, Gerold Henderson; Former Eagles players, Mike Chalenski, Mike Mamula, and Joe Pagliei.

In the spirit of healthy vision, the event featured a blindfolded putting contest and both the South Jersey Mobile Eye Unit and Philadelphia Eagles Eye Mobile were available to provide on-site vision screenings.

Ron Jaworski huddles with South Jersey Eye Center Board Member Toni Kerchersky,
South Jersey Eye Center COO MaryAnn Ragone, and Patient Care Coordinator Nicole Bailey.


November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is a growing epidemic in the U.S. including undiagnosed cases.  Authorities believe about 17 million Americans, nearly 6 percent of the U.S. population, have diabetes today.   Everyone with diabetes is at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of vision loss among adults in the United States.

For those residents in need of low-cost health care, getting necessary tests for diabetes and eye care can be a big challenge.  A recent study at the University of California, Los Angeles found patients on Medicare and Medicaid are not receiving quality care, only getting 65% of tests and treatments recommended for illnesses and conditions. In fact, researchers said nearly 60 percent of those diabetes patients did not undergo vision testing during the study’s one-year period.

In observance  of Diabetes Awareness Month taking place in November, the staff and doctors at the South Jersey Eye Center, encourage all adults and seniors to take advantage of our Sight For Seniors Program, a year-round initiative to provide free and low cost eye health and vision examinations to uninsured and underinsured area residents.

People with diabetes are 25 times more likely to lose vision than those without the disease. The longer a person has diabetes, the more likely it is for him or her to have retinopathy. In its early stages, diabetic retinopathy usually has no warning signs. Over time, however,  vision blurs and everyday tasks become more difficult. Vision loss cannot usually be regained.

Please contact the South Jersey Eye Center to make an appointment for you or a loved one today.

Photographs from The South Jersey Eye Center 9th Annual
Golf Classic to benefit Sight First For Kids.  September 8, 2010

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