St. Luke’s Catholic Medical Services, where Violeta Olavarria — one of the women honored Holy Name of Camden Ministries dinner in Tavistock on Oct. 25 — has worked since its opening, is a private medical practice that provides a full range of medical and health services for the poor, uninsured and under-insured.
St. Luke’s services are predominantly to the Hispanic community of Camden City, but are available to all.
“We are committed to giving quality, compassionate, medical and health services to our patients on a 24 hour basis. We serve our patients through office visits, and health education and prevention programs,” St. Luke’s states on the website for Holy Name of Camden Ministires (holynameofcamdenministries.org).
Dr. Lesly D’Ambola, D.O. is the medical director. The full-time staff includes a registered nurse health educator, certified medical assistants, an office manager and receptionists. St. Luke’s is affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – School of Medicine and also receives support from the Diocese of Camden and the Holy Name of Camden Ministries.
Founded in 1983 by Jesuit Father Mark Aita, a physician, St. Luke’s delivers health care to more than 7,000 patients visits a year.