Through the generosity of OrthoVirginia physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, therapists and staff, 2011 was a record year for participation in the Richmond Academy of Medicine's charity care program, Access Now. More patients were treated in 2011 than ever before. Over 292 patients were seen in 2011, a 23% increase from the previous year.
"This is why we went into medicine .... to take care of people and to provide care to those who don't have access to it. The patients are very grateful, and it is extremely rewarding to take care of them," says OrthoVirginia's Dr. Anthony J. Shaia.
Access Now, a 501(c)3 organization, is a community parternship, improving the health of thousands throughout the Richmond area by providing access to specialty care for the eligible uninsured. Access Now links the primary care patients received in safety net clinics to more advanced specialty care. Access Now's 900+ physician volunteers ensure that no patient goes without specialty care for want of a willing provider. Care Coordinators match patient needs to specialty volunteers, work intimately with patients as they navigate the healthcare system, provide translation services when needed, secure appointments, and ensure the successful transfer of medical records. Over 2,000 appointments with specialists are secured annually for patients referred by participating safety net clinics to Access Now. Access Now engages an incredible network of over 800 volunteer specialists who provide their services to qualifying patients who receive primary care at one of the Richmond area safety net clinics. For more information, visit http://accessnow.ramdocs.org/