Each Monday night during the PADS Shelter season, Housing Forward's Nurse Case Manager and volunteers from Loyola operate a medical clinic for clients in need of health services. These volunteers monitor for acute issues, such as chest pain, rashes and injuries, as well as chronic conditions like asthma, COPD, hypertension, and arthritis. Clients are either treated on site, or connected to appropriate care for their situation. In addition, clients are provided with preventative health education, and encouraged to sign up for health insurance and select a primary care physician.
During the 2014-2015 season, there were 32 clinics with 379 client visits. Some statistics on the volunteers:
- 12 Registered Nurses (RN) committed to volunteering once per month consistently with an average of 1.44 RNs per clinic.
- 20 Medical Resident Physicians volunteered 1-4 times with an average of 1.34 residents per clinic.
- 26 Physiology graduate students volunteered 1-4 times with an average of 1.97 students per clinic.
- 29 Accelerated Nursing students volunteered 1-2 times with an average of 1.38 students per clinic.
We want to publicly acknowledge these volunteers for dedicating their time and talents to ensure that our clients receive the best care possible. We couldn't do it without them!