ECI Ophthalmologists Honored at “Make a Difference Day” Awards Luncheon

ECI Ophthalmologists Honored at “Make a Difference Day” Awards Luncheon

NCMA ophthalmologists Gary Barth, Daniel Rich and Robert Anderson of Sonoma County’s Eye Care Institute (ECI) were recently honored at USA Weekend’s “Make a Difference Day” Awards Luncheon for their volunteer efforts on “Make a Difference Day.” Together with Sonoma County Operation Access program manager Daniel Rabkin, Drs. Barth, Rich and Anderson donated their professional services and resources to 24 underprivileged agricultural workers living with pterygium, a condition that arises due to excessive exposure to sunlight and causes sufferers reduced vision and itchy eyes. The ECI doctors examined each patient and provided them with the treatment necessary to cure them of their condition. The surgery event was made possible in part from a grant by Sonoma Wine Country Weekend.

From left to right: Kevin Barth, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Gary Barth, Daniel Rabkin, and Jenna Bush Hager

From left to right: Kevin Barth, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Gary Barth, Daniel Rabkin, and Jenna Bush Hager

For more than two decades now, USA Weekend Magazine and Points of Light have sponsored “Make a Difference Day,” our nation’s largest day of community service. Newman’s Own also supports the event by providing $10,000 donations to charities selected by 10 national honorees, including one to Operation Access. The last “Make a Difference Day” took place October 26, 2013, when thousands of organizations and individuals of all ages volunteered to make a difference in their communities. ECI and Operation Access were selected as 1 of 10 national honorees from these thousands of community projects.

Dr. Barth and Mr. Rabkin attended the “Make a Difference Day” Awards Luncheon in Washington, DC, hosted by Jenna Bush Hager, to accept the award on behalf of the ECI ophthalmologists and Operation Access. Today Show co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie also attended the event to help bolster the event’s media coverage of this great cause. Jon Bon Jovi also attended and received an award for his philanthropic work.

By providing free specialty healthcare services to patients whom cannot afford treatment, Eye Care Institute physicians demonstrate their dedication to improving the health of Sonoma County and the surrounding region. Thank you Drs. Barth, Rich, Anderson and staff for all of your hard work!

Sonoma County's Eye Care Institute

From left to right: Kalane J. Wong, MD, Daniel G. Rich, MD, Gary P. Barth, MD, Bruce P. Abramson, OD, and Robert L. Anderson, MD

Click here to read more about Sonoma County Eye Care Institute, with offices in Santa Rosa and Petaluma. To make a donation to Operation Access visit their website.

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