Both the idea and a fifth of the funds for purchasing the medical van came from Ravi Bhooplapur, the chief executive officer of Vision Financial Services Inc., a medical insurance company, and a member of the Great Neck chapter of the Rotary Club."Mr. Bhooplapur is a friend of mine, and he's very supportive of the hospital," said Dr. Ganesh Bhat, a chief of medicine and medical director at North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills.
gave $10,000 toward the new van from his
own personal funds.Another $12,500 came from the Rotary Club
in India, $2,000 came from the insurance company AXA, $250 came from the Great Neck chapter of the Rotary Club
, $250 from the Queens and Nassau chapters of the Rotary Club
, and the remaining $25,000 came from the Rotary Foundation
"The House Calls program was very, very appealing to me," said Bhooplapur
, who is also from India."Back home it's always house calls."
The House Calls program currently is staffed by one full-time doctor and three auxiliary staff.Visits to patients' homes usually take at least two hours, including transportation time.
To qualify for the House Calls program, patients must be 65 or older, physically unable to leave their homes without extraordinary means, geographically close to the hospital and lacking adequate health care at home.