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Dr. Brown worthy of recognition

To the editor:

I was recently invited to present an award on behalf of the Ohio Optometric Association as part of their Ohio Vision Project Student Loan Repayment Program.

Eye doctors who provide pro bono care; volunteer in their community; serve Medicaid beneficiaries; and practice in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) and/or a Medically Underserved Area/Populations are eligible for this award.

Dr. Rebecca Brown, who runs a practice in Salem, was honored with this award for her commitment to her patients and the community. She volunteers to educate and serve the public, provides free care to those in need and treats Medicaid beneficiaries. Not only does Dr. Brown care for hundreds of our neighbors as their primary eye care provider but she also is a small business owner and an important part of our local economy. The average eye doctor employs between four to five workers, indicating that nearly 10,000 Ohioans work directly in optometric practices statewide.

It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of this presentation. It is my goal to work through out my district to recognize and help our neighbors who go the extra mile for our community. Dr. Brown, thank you for your commitment to our community and I wish you the very best in your practice here in Salem.

TIM GINTER,

State Representative,

Columbus

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