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January 21st, 2:15 pm
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January 13th, 8:14 am
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January 10th, 8:17 am
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STOP ARTHRITIS NOW - WITH DR. ASFAR
Arthritis can cause deformities over time if not treated. More than 58 million Americans suffer from diagnosed arthritis or other rheumatic condition. You should see a doctor if your joints hurt a lot and if the pain doesn't go away after resting. Arthritis is a disease that attacks the tissues of the joints, where two bones meet. This can become very painful as the smooth covering of the bones in the joints break down exposing the bones to rub against each other and wear away.
For more information, please call Dr. Rafid Asfar, M.D., at VO MEDICAL CENTER (760) 352-2551 or visit their website www.vomedicalcenter.com
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December 31st, 10:38 pm
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December 29th, 3:23 pm
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SENIOR HELPING SISTER LOOK FOR JOB GETS MEDICAL SERVICES INSTEAD
EL CENTRO, CA (Thursday, December 29, 2022) – “I saw the opportunity and I took it. I’m getting a health check and maybe a shot,” Jesus said. He was a Calexico senior visiting an El Centro apartment complex on Wednesday afternoon with his sister. The sister was in the area looking for a job. That’s when they saw Dr. Vo and his team providing medical services in the recreation center of the complex on north 8th Street.
“I’ve been feeling kind of weak lately,” Jesus told a medical volunteer from Vo Neighborhood registering patients at the entrance of the center.
Even though he hadn’t been feeling too well lately, Jesus told the volunteer he hadn’t made an appointment with his own doctor because he knew there would be a long waiting period and he wasn’t feeling up to that. So, when he saw the mobile clinic right in front of him, he jumped at the opportunity. Dr. Vo and his medical team were quick to take him in and provide the services he needed immediately.
Along with Jesus, other seniors and family members residing in the complex came out for medical services as well.
Dr. Vo said he provides these services mainly to help senior or patients who might not be able to leave their homes or apartment complexes for various reasons. He said that should not keep them from receiving the medical services they need.
These are some of the medical services offered: Mobile COVID-19 testing, vaccines and treatment, obesity screening, cholesterol, asthma, health and wellness checks, respiratory disease, mobile laboratory, and referrals to medical professionals for specialized treatment. The only requirement is that patients bring their identification and their medical insurance card.
For more information on Vo Medical Center please visit their website www.vomedicalcenter.com or call them at (760) 352-2551.
-Roy Dorantes
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December 25th, 11:35 pm
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HOMELESS VETERAN AND WIFE FIND HOPE AT BROWN BAG’S CHRISTMAS POSADA
CALEXICO, CA (Sunday, December 25, 2022) – An air force veteran and his wife found themselves homeless and having to live in their car after traveling to Calexico and being unable to buy a house with their meager savings and VA benefits. They were part of a large group of homeless individuals on Friday at Brown Bag Coalition’s Christmas posada, partly sponsored by Dr. Tien Tan Vo (Vo Medical Center).
Armando and his wife Teodora came from Madera, California, looking for warmer weather in Imperial Valley due to health issues. Someone had promised them a house but when the purchase process started, they were told their credit and VA benefits were not enough.
Teodora said, “We’re having to live in our truck. Eating whatever we can and wherever we can to save our money so we can rent an apartment somewhere since we won’t be able to buy a house.”
The couple shared their story as Natalie Lozano provided musical entertainment in the background. They were thankful for the tamale and salad dinner being served. Armando finished his plate, but Teodora packed the tamales in napkins to take with her. They were not sure where they might get a meal in the morning. Teodora said they were grateful for organizations like Brown Bag and people like Dr. Vo for providing this event which, she said, has given them a little hope to keep on hoping for a better day the following day.
The couple has no plans of returning to Madera because of the cold weather. They will be sending for their belongings once they find a place to stay.
“The military forgets about their veterans many times. We’re suffering because of that,” Teodora said. She said the pension they receive from Armando’s VA benefits is barely enough to get by.
Maribel Padilla, Co-Founder of Brown Bag Coalition, took down their names and promised to get them in contact with a local veterans services provider. This seemed to put a light on Armando’s face. He walked back to Teodora and shared that information. Her face seemed to light up as well. They got up and slowly made their way out, Teodora holding on to the napkins with the tamales.
Padilla encourages anyone to make a donation for the posada in the form of blankets, shoes and clothing items or even money. They can contact Calexico Brown Bag Coalition 760-997-2140 or they can drop off any donated items at 425 Broadway Ave, in El Centro.
Dr. Vo has been supporting Brown Bag Coalition’s outreach work with the homeless and disadvantaged families for a few years now. He said he plans to continue supporting this noble work.
For more information on Vo Medical Center please visit their website www.vomedicalcenter.com or call (760) 352-2551.

-Roy Dorantes
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December 25th, 3:02 pm
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VOLUNTEER WORK CELEBRATED BY VO NEIGHBORHOOD AT HOLIDAYS PARTY
EL CENTRO, CA (Sunday, December 25, 2022) – They distributed food to the sick during the COVID pandemic; they distributed COVID testing and vaccines; they currently help to provide vital medical services to the community countywide – who are they? Vo Neighborhood volunteers (VN).
Recently, VN volunteers were recognized and celebrated at a local holidays party.
VN Program Manager Angie Pena said, “It’s very important that our community gets involved, and through Vo Neighborhood we have a selected group from the entire community that has stepped forward to take this journey with Vo Medical to be able to provide medical services to rural areas that need help, and it’s very important that the volunteers step up, because if they don’t, then who will?”
The group was initially formed in June of 2020 when the pandemic was hitting Imperial County extremely hard, making it one of the highest in infection and mortality by population ratio in the state of California. At that time there were no vaccines or cures available worldwide, so the numbers of infected and dying kept rising. That’s when Dr. Tien Tan Vo, of Vo Medical Center, along with Alex Cardenas and Roy Dorantes (a recent survivor of COVID), stepped into the pandemic storm and devised a strategy to slow down the contagion: they formed a plan to feed those sick with COVID at home so they wouldn’t infect others, thus slowing down the contagion and buying some time before a vaccine or cure was created. It sounded great, but they were only three people facing hundreds of sick in the county. Dorantes sent out a distress live message on social media calling for volunteers to help. Within a week of that message over 60 people had answered the call. More would join as the pandemic grew and the need for volunteers grew as well.
The first area leaders of the feeding campaign were made of Angie Pena (El Centro/Heber), Raymond Gonzalez (north end towns) and Michelle Wolfinger (Calexico). It was a massive effort; they delivered hot meals seven days a week. Many believe this helped dramatically in having Imperial County reduce their numbers of infected people during the pandemic. When testing and vaccines became a reality, VN volunteers were on hand to help distribute them throughout the county at whatever time it was necessary.
Dr. Vo said it’s important to give credit to all the volunteers who bravely helped to battle the pandemic, at time exposing themselves to unsafe conditions, even though they were trained to take extreme precautions in the course of their service. Dr.Vo said it could not have been done without them and he gives them his sincerest gratitude.
The new focus of Vo Neighborhood volunteers is now to help Vo Medical Center provide vital medical services to the underserved throughout the county.
Pena said, “We are looking forward to a new beginning. And that’s going to be to go out into the community more, to help those individuals who are not able to leave their homes because of health reasons, or to be able to go to schools and provide vaccines.”
Vo Neighborhood also assists Dr. Vo and his medical staff when they travel to Blythe to provide medical services on a regular basis.
“We’re here for the community,” Dr. Vo said.
For more information on Vo Medical Center please visit www.vomedicalcenter.com or call (760) 352-2551
-Roy Dorantes
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December 21st, 6:27 pm
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