April 2018

The Order of Malta Clinic of Northern California provides a vital safety net, help with basic health care needs for those without health insurance. Our “Miracle on 21st Street” has made such a difference for so many. We will regularly share here with you a patient’s story of gratitude.

Shao-Chieh is a 64 year old Chinese American who has lived the American dream. Unfortunately, through a series of unforeseeable events, he has now entered the American health system quagmire.

He was born in Taiwan in the 1950’s, as one of five children in his family. Following graduation from Taiwan University with a degree in mathematics, he fulfilled his two year Taiwanese Army service requirement. Soon afterwards, he successfully matriculated into a prestigious American University and graduation with a Master’s Degree.

Marriage and a successful career followed. Being hardworking and entrepreneurial, he opened his own business which became quite prosperous. He and his wife lived the “good life.” Sadly his wife died about 10 years ago. He lost his ambition and drive to work long hours, 7 days a week. His business suffered and he had to declare bankruptcy.

He lost his health insurance, along with his wife and business. He was hoping to make it to age 65 and receive Medicare. Then he lost his health and became seriously ill. Under normal circumstances he would have gone to a nearby emergency room. However, fearing an enormous bill, he suffered at home alone!

Then a friend mentioned the Malta Clinic. He came here; tests were done and appropriate medication given. He is doing well now, praise God!

Every time I go into the clinic, I’m very impressed with the doctors, the nurses, the people who are there helping out on behalf of the Church with warm smiles, their kindness, to take care of anybody who walks in off the street who needs help.

— Michael C. Barber, S.J., Bishop of Oakland

It was a special day at the Clinic on Friday, April 27, when Fr. Francisco Javier Diaz Diaz, S.J., also known as Dr. Diaz, blessed the following Red Team members soon to depart for Lourdes. Our medical team includes, Dr. Thomas Wallace, KM; Nancy Cecconi, DM, RN; and Dr. Vona Lorenzana. Also going to Lourdes and pictured here is Anne Brussok, DM, who recently started working the front desk and on other Clinic projects. Please pray for everyone going to Lourdes, especially for our dear Malades, that requests for healing be granted and that we all may embrace God’s will.