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Veterans clinic to use donation to promote healthier lifestyle

By WKTV News

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Veterans Clinic in Rome is on the receiving end of a $100,000 donation from the Polish Legion of American Veterans.

One of the PLAC posts located in New York City sold for $2.3 million dollars back in 2005. The PLAC is a non-profit organization so it can't keep money like that in the bank. The money is being donated to several different veterans clinics, including the one in Rome.

Friday, a $100,000 check was presented to the Rome Veterans Community Based Outpatient Clinic on Brookley Road. The check was delivered by Commander Daniel Pieloch of the Walter Skiba Post in Utica.

There are federal guidelines as to what donated money can and can't be spent on, so hospital officials are brainstorming to come up with some enhanced services for the 6600 veterans currently under their care.
"The idea is to do something above and beyond what most clinics can do," said Clinic Director Dr. Timothy Mathis. "For example there is a device that will calculate exactly how much energy you use in a day by measuring how much oxygen you breathe and how much it burns so we can tell a patient who wants to lose weight exactly how many calories they use a day. That's not a device that's available in a lot of clinics."

Officials are also talking about purchasing a device that provides electronic stimulation to the brain that helps people quit smoking. Those are just a few examples, they are discussing basically anything that promotes a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Mathis says they are also going to look into getting a bone density machine. That is a ten minute procedure that patients have to travel to Syracuse for right now.

Over the past few years the Polish Legion of American Veterans has donated more than $200,000 to the clinic.

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