The Capital Medical Society, Inc. joins its sister organization, the Capital Medical Society Foundation, Inc., in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the We Care Network program. The program, established in 1992, has coordinated over $120 million in donated specialty medical and dental healthcare for low-income, uninsured adults in Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson, and Wakulla Counties. “Physician volunteerism is the program’s lifeblood,” says Executive Director Pam Irwin. The Capital Medical Society is an association for physicians in the four-county area. Three hundred of Capital Medical Society’s members donate healthcare through the program. Other members are referring primary care physicians. Physicians hoping to improve health outcomes and the quality of life for at-risk adults appreciate the We Care Network for distributing charity care equitably among their colleagues and simplifying the screening and referral process. Eligible patients must have income at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level and have no other resources to pay for the needed healthcare.
Through a case management team of six, the We Care Network partners with referring primary care providers from Bond Community Health Center, Neighborhood Medical Center, the TMH Family Medicine Residency Program, North Florida Medical Centers, and Care Point Health & Wellness Center to identify at-risk, uninsured, adult patients in need of specialty healthcare. The team collaborates with volunteer physicians, dentists, donating hospitals, and ancillary providers to deliver donated care. Last year, the We Care Network received 2,908 requests for specialty medical or dental providers. The need is great.
“Physician volunteerism is not the answer to uninsured healthcare,” said Dr. Jim Stockwell, the local We Care Network founder. The We Care Network is a Band-Aid on the healthcare system in a community that values access for all. THANK YOU to the physicians and dentists who have been a part of the We Care Network these past thirty years.