Medical teams faced off in softball, came together to support Doc-in-a-Bus program

Published 6:52 pm Saturday, July 18, 2015

Vaughan Regional Medical Center ended its losing streak to UAB Selma Family Medicine Friday night in a charity softball game at Bloch Park, but the two sides were actually playing on the same team.

The annual game pits the medical teams on opposite sides and in opposing dugouts and it often gets very competitive.

Through the years, it’s been common for each side to hold secret practices and to even keep a couple of things up its sleeve.

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It’s a fun filled environment where those in the community can see our local healthcare professionals more laid back and a little out of their element.

All proceeds from the game went to the Doc-in-a-Bus program, whose patients were undoubtedly the biggest winnes Friday. Doc-in-a-Bus is a free clinic for uninsured patients that was started in 2008.

According to the Selma-Dallas County United Way website, the program sees around 600 patients yearly and typically holds two clinics a month.

In one of the most impoverished and diabetes stricken areas of the state, there are many without the means to afford insurance and in turn good medical care.

There’s likely nobody that understands those concerns more than the doctors and residents that played in Friday’s game, which is why they take the time to give back each year.

The numbers weren’t in Friday’s night, but the two medical teams were hoping to raise more than $1,000 to donate to the Doc-in-a-Bus program. Last year, they were able to raise more than $500.

The game is truly a fun experience for all involved, but also provided a vital donation for the growth and continued usage of Doc-in-a-Bus.

Those who took part once again hit a home run by giving back to a program that benefits those without a way to receive the medical attention they require.