Indigent Care Work Group
Volunteers in Medicine
The primary objective of the Volunteers in Medicine is to expand and enhance the availability of and access to medical care for the ever-increasing population who are unable to afford and/or access the services they need to maintain appropriate levels of health and wellness. Dedicated to providing medical, dental, and pharmaceutical care to the medically underserved using volunteer staff, the health care professionals envision giving healing to the afflicted, comfort to those in pain, hope to the oppressed and purpose to their own existence.
Physicians and dentists in our community are making tremendous progress in providing free health care for those who are uninsured or underserved. Nine physicians and 24 dentists are seeing patients operating out of the Whitfield County Health Department's clinics.
Through the Access Georgia: Rural Health Grant funding has been secured to provide a RN Case Manager to coordinate the patient's care and a Volunteer Coordinator who will assume responsibility for the recruitment/coordination of the professional volunteers as well as developing a lay volunteer program. This coordinator will also assume management for the Patient Assisted Medication Program increasing the number of patients to receive medications from the pharmaceutical companies.