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Physicians Who Care Project

Healthcare that leaves no one behind

Physicians Who Care (PWC) program is a network of St. John Providence Health System (SJPHS) credentialed specialty physicians who volunteer their time to provide health care services to uninsured adults. It is designed to ensure a continuum of care exists for “the working poor” in the communities SJPHS serves. Each physician pledges to see a self-defined number of eligible patients per year. Currently, more than 400 physicians are registered in a common database using a web-based specialty referral network, which is maintained by the Physicians Who Care staff. The patient load is spread equally among all physicians that have agreed to participate in the project.

Highlights

  • Since the program began in 2004, PWC provided specialty care to more than 6100 patients, averaging 1,200 to 1,500 patients a year from 19 different specialties.
  • No lawsuits to date.
  • Designed to help eligible patients from SJPHS service area.
  • All patients must meet income and other eligibility guidelines.
  • All patients must be enrolled and receiving care at a SJPHS partner site.
  • Included in SJPHS Community Benefit Report.

Supports to the program include:

  • Diagnostics and hospitalizations will be provided by St. John Providence Health System hospitals.
  • Prescriptions will be provided by the community health center where the patient sees their primary care provider.
  • Malpractice will be provided for physicians who volunteer to see patients from this project upon request.
  • All specialty referrals are reviewed by a Medical Director for appropriateness.

Services Needed in Our Community

Although services are needed in all specialty areas, the following target services include:

  • Cardiology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Gynecology
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedic
  • Urology
  • ENT
  • General Surgery
  • Nephrology
  • Oncology
  • Pulmonology
  • Vascular Surgery

Why Should I Do This?

Most physicians decided to become a doctor "To provide curing and caring services to anyone in need". This project allows them to actualize this goal.

Some other benefits include:

  • Non-paying patient load is shared evenly among a large number of practitioners.
  • Comprehensiveness of PWC ensures that recommended treatment, diagnostics and procedures are actually administered. As a result, the patient recovers and stays well, and the practitioner is not faced with treating the same problem again.
  • Patients sign a Patient Responsibility Agreement.
  • You, the physician, determine the number of patients you will see, i.e. 1 a week, 2 a month, 10 a year or more.
  • All eligible patients’ MUST have a primary care medical home that is a partner of the SJPHS Network.
  • PWC staff assures that all necessary diagnostic/lab reports are sent to the specialist’s office by the time of appointment.

Who To Contact:

Kristin Finton
Access to Care Lead
St. John Community Health
248-849-5387
kristin.finton@stjohn.org

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Please click here to apply for the Physicians Who Care Project


 

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