One-of-a-kind Health Care Center to Receive Prestigious Service Award
SAN FRANCISCO (June 4, 2013) - The University of San Francisco (USF) announced today that it has selected the San Francisco Free Clinic to receive the 2013 University of San Francisco California Prize for Service and the Common Good. Focused on community wellness, the San Francisco Free Clinic provides free, accessible medical treatment to those without health insurance, while also advancing the field of primary care by providing educational opportunities for future medical practitioners. USF will honor the San Francisco Free Clinic at a dinner gala on Tuesday, Oct. 29, on its campus in the heart of San Francisco. Doctors Tricia and Richard Gibbs, founders of the clinic, will be accepting the USF California Prize during the event.
"USF is pleased to recognize Doctors Richard and Tricia Gibbs with its USF California Prize for twenty years of hard work at establishing and overseeing the development of the San Francisco Free Clinic," said USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. "In honoring their work, the university also draws attention to this nation's failure to provide universal health care. Richard and Tricia have selflessly devoted themselves to caring for those who otherwise would not have access to the high quality health care that the Free Clinic delivers. In doing this, they have also provided clinical placements for medical students who have subsequently made career-altering decisions to include service to the uninsured in their practice. These two doctors have created a circle of benevolence that is reverberating across the country, one physician at a time."
The University of San Francisco California Prize recognizes significant service in pursuit of the common good of society and comes with a monetary award and handcrafted medal. The prize was created to recognize an organization or individual whose efforts benefit Californians, especially the poor and marginalized. Past recipients include the San Francisco Giants, Daniel Lurie of Tipping Point Community, One PacificCoast (formerly OneCalifornia Bank and Foundation), renowned chef Alice Waters, and social entrepreneur Lynn Fritz.
Drs. Richard and Tricia Gibbs, two family physicians who closed their successful private practice, founded the San Francisco Free Clinic in 1993 to provide uninsured patients with a variety of primary care and preventive services. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the clinic has provided more than 70,000 patient visits, valuable medications, and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of specialty care at no cost to the patient.
"Along with everyone at the San Francisco Free Clinic, we are honored and grateful to USF for the California Prize," said Dr. Richard Gibbs. "The prize not only rewards all the wonderful folks who have helped with the Free Clinic over the years, but it allows us to tell the clinic's story and especially the continuing need to provide all people the opportunity for a healthy life." Dr. Tricia Gibbs continued, "The university's thoughtfulness in recognizing the importance of this work is very much in harmony with USF's core value of serving others, and we're so happy to be their partners-in-spirit through the prize."
For more information on the Doctors Gibbs, the San Francisco Free Clinic and the Leo T. McCarthy Center's Service-Learning projects, please view the following videos from this year's Program: