Ruth Sapatanga became a patient at the Open Door Family Medical Center site in Ossining shortly after arriving here in 2017 from her native Ecuador. This month, as part of its ongoing goal to meet the needs of the people the federally qualified health care center serves, it has added Sapatanga to its Medical Center Board of Directors.
“…Unlike other medical groups we are not owned by the practicing physicians,” said Lindsay Farrell, president and CEO of Open Door. “We’ve been very deliberate in identifying community members to serve on our governing board who represent the people we serve….”
Sapatanga, who lives in Ossining, has been active as an educator and soccer coach both here and in South America and is now working in a management capacity at Roberto Floors, a locally owned business in Ossining. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Cuenca in Ecuador.
“I’m thankful for this opportunity and want to continue to get more involved in the community,” she said. “I personally know the struggle of many people who come here, some of whom are without documents. They need to be better educated in order to stay healthy. I want to be part of getting them the information they need so Open Door can help them.”
Open Door Family Medical Center’s mission has remained consistent since it first opened in 1972. Today, it cares for over 60,000 adults and children every year in Westchester, Putnam and Ulster counties – with more than 300,000 patient visits and over 400 babies delivered annually – regardless of ability to pay. Open Door currently operates health centers in Ossining, Port Chester, Sleepy Hollow, Mount Kisco, Brewster and Mamaroneck, as well as seven school-based health centers, a dental van and a comprehensive dental facility in Saugerties.
This page is available to subscribers. Click here to sign in or get access.