St. Luke’s Catholic Medical Services in North Camden


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 (

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.