May. 07, 2011 -
On Saturday May 7, 2011 nearly 30 patients benefited from the new “Five in Five” healthcare initiative sponsored by the DuPage Medical Group (DMG) Charitable Fund to support the DuPage Community Clinic (DCC) in Wheaton. This initiative will bring five DMG specialty groups to DuPage Community Clinic within the next five months to see a backlog of patients waiting for specialty care. The first free clinic was hosted by the department of dermatology at DMG under the direction of Dr. Ashish Bhatia and Dr. James Herrmann and their nursing staff, Jackie Christopher and Sarah Ahearn, who volunteered to take care of these patients
DCC helps to support the needs of many uninsured adults in DuPage County. This includes the working poor, the homeless, refugees and undocumented populations. Unfortunately, the healthcare needs for this group become greater with every passing year. Marie Doll, Director of Nursing for DCC explains. “In 2007 we saw almost 1000 patients; we expect to see 6000 patients in 2011.”
“It’s a pleasure for us to partner with DCC to support these patients, many of which have waited for nearly two years to see a specialist” says Bhatia. Herrmann adds, “It is very rewarding to be able to help those less fortunate in our own community.” Both Bhatia and Herrmann are on the founding board of the DMG Charitable Fund as chairman and member, respectively.
Dates are currently scheduled for specialty clinics in Wound Care as well as in Gynecology, while additional clinics are in the planning stages for Allergy, Neurology/EMG, Ophthalmology and Ortho/Spine.
There continues to be a need for physicians and their staff in primary care as well as other specialty areas. Any physicians who would be interested in volunteering should contact DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund Volunteer Coordinators, Loren Baer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sara Dodsworth at email@example.com.