Health Care Without Walls volunteer physicians have staff level practices with backgrounds in Cardiology, Dermatology, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Ob-Gyn and Psychiatry.
Our seventeen physicians have been trained at the country’s best medical schools including Boston University, Case Western Reserve, Harvard, and Temple University as well as Guy’s Hospital in London. When not volunteering for Health Care Without Walls, they maintain active attending staff positions at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Norwood Hospital, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, MA Rehab, MGH, New England Baptist Hospital, and Tufts Medical Center. Members of our clinical team speak English, French, Haitian-Creole, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. All our doctors and nurses are required to have an active Massachusetts license, certification to dispense prescriptions and malpractice coverage.
Recognizing that many doctors and other medical professionals want to ‘give back’ but lack the connections, the proper equipment or the nursing support to do so, Health Care Without Walls makes volunteering as simple as possible. From the interview process on, the Chief Medical Officer works to create a good match between the doctor and a shelter site. She orients the doctors to the cultural and medical world of the homeless and provides training and on-going supervision.
Once assigned to a site, the doctor simply arrives at a regularly scheduled time, seeing patients on a first-come, first-served basis. While we do record each encounter for our records, there are no insurance forms to fill out. In shelters there is always a nurse team presence to provide clinical continuity for the next shift.
Health Care Without Walls staff dedicate themselves to providing meaningful care to all of our clients. Together with our volunteer clinicians, we help these vulnerable women and their families receive the attention and care they need to access mainstream medical care, achieve stability and well-being, and reconnect with family and the community.
Our nurses and nurse practitioners work alongside the volunteer clinicians to provide a level of care and connectivity that is not available anywhere else for homeless women and their families. Our consistent and compassionate care builds trusting relationships that encourage our clients to seek long-term care and address health issues, large and small. These nurses and nurse practitioners are among the most compassionate and generous people you will ever meet.
Our staff also includes community health workers who facilitate the health care process for some of our most vulnerable population, such as homeless women who are pregnant or elderly. The community health workers assist with everything from finding the appropriate care providers, making appointments, filling out forms, transportation, meals, and more.
Finally, our administrative staff, located at our offices in Wellesley, support our all of our program, administrative and fundraising needs.