The Moran Eye Center is the long-standing ophthalmology partner to Salt Lake City’s largest freestanding medical clinic⎯ the Fourth Street Clinic in downtown Salt Lake City, which currently provides care to the area’s homeless community. Under the direction of Moran surgical specialist, Dr. Albert Vitale, our doctors, residents and fellows provide examinations, basic eye care treatment, and surgery to people in need on a monthly basis. Being the only major academic ophthalmology center for the Intermountain West, Moran residents and fellows can utilize their connections and resources to provide additional care that the 4th Street Clinic had not had in the past.
Dr. Vitale specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of the retina and vitreous. He is one of the only ophthalmologists in the Intermountain West specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of uveitis and other infections and inflammatory diseases of the eye. With dual training in ocular immunology and inflammatory disease as well as vitreoretinal surgery, he is the only provider of such expertise in the Intermountain West. Each month, Dr. Vitale clears his schedule to treat patients at the homeless clinic, many of whom would be incapable of receiving eye care otherwise.
Founded in 1988, the clinic, at www.fourthstreetclinic.org, is a healthcare home that provides comprehensive primary health care, psychological and family counseling, pharmacy services, hospital and community coordination, and specialty clinics to over 5,700 homeless men, women, and children living in Utah. For most homeless people, the Fourth Street Clinic is their only opportunity to receive healthcare. Fourth Street Clinic is supported by grants and donations, by community volunteers, and by dedicated volunteer-professionals, including Moran’s Dr. Albert Vitale.
Dr. Vitale is co-author, with Dr. Stephen Foster, of the definitive text, Diagnosis and Treatment of Uveitis. Dr. Vitale and the Homeless Clinic partner with the community in their efforts to end homelessness through promoting healthcare.
As an example of this partnership, a 4th Street Clinic patient spent five years with only a clear plastic conformer in his left eye (from years of multiple traumas). The loss of his eye and his appearance ultimately led to the patient losing his job and becoming homeless. Moran doctors worked with a specialist to get him a new prosthesis. As a result, the patient’s self-confidence was restored, and he was able to seek and obtain employment.
The Fourth Street Clinic
Healthcare for the Homeless
404 south 400 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
All clinical services and programs are part of University of Utah Hospitals & Clinics