Forrest General Family Medical Residency Clinic physicians help provide quality medical care
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (April 7, 2017) For some people, visiting a doctor is as easy as making a phone call or using the Iris app on their phone to make an appointment, but for some, the process isn’t as simple.
With the help of volunteer physicians, nurses, social workers and many other local healthcare professionals, the Fellowship Health Clinic, a part of the Edwards Street Fellowship Center, provides high quality medical, dental, and pharmaceutical care at no cost to eligible uninsured and underinsured residents of Forrest and Lamar counties in Mississippi. The clinic also provides integrated care with social work services, as well as health and wellness education.
“I volunteer at the Fellowship Health Clinic because I want to use the skills and knowledge I have gained through my education and residency to help all members of our community. I am able to see the difference I make in these patients’ lives, and as a physician, that is one of the greatest rewards,” said James Wilkinson, resident at the Forrest General Family Medicine Residency.
The majority of patients at the Fellowship Health Clinic are diagnosed with chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and COPD. These conditions cannot be monitored through one-time visits to an emergency room. The patients need repeat clinic visits to adjust medications, become educated on proper diet and exercise, and have regular lab work. The care provided at the free clinic helps to keep patients out of the emergency department.
“Among the many volunteers who serve with our clinic, we are grateful for the Forrest General Family Medicine Residents who staff our free clinic one day each week. These physicians, along with all the FHC volunteers, show such compassion with our patients, many of whom have not visited a doctor's office in a decade or more. All of the community healthcare professionals who volunteer with us on a regular basis provide far more than quality medical care. They provide hope and healing to those who have no other healthcare options,” said Ann McCullen, executive director of the Edwards Street Fellowship Center.
For more information about the work of the Fellowship Health Clinic, visit edwardsstreetfellowship.org. To learn more about the Forrest General Family Medicine Residency Program or the Family Medicine Residency Clinic, located on the first floor of Hattiesburg Clinic, visit www.fghfamilymedicine.com.
CAPTION: Pictured: James Wilkinson, resident at the Forrest General Family Medicine Residency, works with a patient.