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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.


  • 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


Please click here to apply for the Physicians Who Care Project


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