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Docs Who Care/DOCS Emergency Medicine Newsletter

2012 Annual Report/Issue 22

(life.line) HIGHLIGHTS of 2012

Seven New Hospitals across the Midwest | Dr. Gary Morsch, President, Deployment to Kuwait | 42 New Physicians and 14 New Midlevels started working with DWC | Dr. Paul Wardlaw, Medical Director, Mission Trip to Haiti | It’s All About the Heart: DWC Culture Book | Larned State Hospital Appreciation Luncheon, Larned, Kansas | Christmas Holiday Luncheon – Preparing Heart to Heart, International Care Kits | Hospital/Physician Conference Trade Shows | Staff Retreat at the Morsch Farm

“Docs Who Care not only talked the talk, but walked the walk.” W. Charles (Chuck) Waters, FACHE, Retired Hospital CEO Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington, KS Partner since 2001

Docs Who Care is a group of physicians and other health care providers who partner with community hospitals to provide clinic and emergency department staffing, hospital inpatient care, and other administrative services.


Docs Who Care: The Freedom to Serve Docs Who Care respects life outside of medicine by offering a flexible work schedule that allows providers to pursue other interests such as family, service opportunities, volunteering, or personal aspirations. Docs Who Care serves others by partnering with rural hospitals and clinics to provide muchneeded relief for local physicians and quality care to patients and the community. Gary B. Morsch, M.D., M.P.H. President and Founder

Dr. Marjie Heier, from Nebraska, brings a great deal of experience to the rural communities in which DWC serves. Dr. Heier has been passionately serving internationally during her career, and we are pleased to share her story of dedicated service. When traveling to Zambia for the first time in 2011, I visited a regional medical clinic. Five providers were treating patients in a crowded 10’ x 12’ room. On the shelves, a box ominously labeled “Deaths” was filled with paper. I soon understood patients were responsible to obtain their own medication and relied on their families to bring food and water. One elderly patient in the room had been burned over a month ago, and feebly asked, “Hallelujah?” To which the young provider answered, “Not today,” without looking up, but it was clear that “Hallelujah” was not far off, after all. Another bed held a young girl who had deep burns. She breathed rapidly through swollen airways. No dressings were in place and her split skin and wounds looked more than painful. She was not responsive and had not had any pain medication. That was morning rounds, and it left a lasting impression. These people were desperate for care, walking miles (sometimes without shoes) to obtain what care they could.

Dr. Kent Britton serves DWC communities in the state of Colorado in order to have flexibility to volunteer locally and internationally. His heart to serve others is evident. I joined Docs Who Care with the hope of having more time to be involved with medical mission and health education opportunities at our church. Over the past few years I have had the privilege of volunteering for short-term mission opportunities through our church. My wife and I traveled to Peru once and to a community in Western Uganda three times, providing compassionate medical care to some of the most underserved and was also part of larger teams that presented the Gospel. I have also participated in health screenings for a Somali refugee community located in our hometown. I now have the ability to block out the time needed for these opportunities.

The next day, we drove into the bush, and no one could have been more surprised to see the glistening white Chifundo Clinic. With gleaming tile floors, hot and cold running water and solar electricity, it was a wonder. One gentleman who came was nearly in tears as he left. He was almost blind from cataracts. With his new glasses, he could see well enough to make baskets again for the first time in seven years. I’ve been invited to spend time at the Chongwe Clinic and visit the Macha Mission where four American and four Zambian doctors practice together. I have been asked to teach health, nutrition and sanitation at the college, maternal child medicine classes to the local villagers, and provide medical care at the clinic. I know I can’t save every life, but there is much that can be done. Marjie Heier, M.D. DWC Provider since 2011

Kent Britton, M.D. DWC Provider since 2012

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2012: Statistical Highlights

Straight Talk “Please know that your efforts are having a major impact on my family and marriage and allowing me to be the kind of physician, husband, and dad that I hope to be. Thanks!�

Jeff Dorsett, M.D. DWC Provider since 2012

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The Future: Staying on Course It’s that time of the year when we tend to take a look back while at the same time peeking into the future…a time of reflection as well as goal-setting. For Docs Who Care and our family of companies, 2012 was a very good year. Statistically, we met or exceeded all of our key metrics. But, the way we view things, there is more than just statistics that measure our success. Benjamin Disraeli coined a great quote when he said, “The secret of success is constancy of purpose.”

Our organization has had a consistent purpose throughout our 18 years... serving the staffing needs of rural hospitals. As we look to the future, our purpose remains constant…provide highquality providers to rural hospitals with outstanding customer service.

Our organization has had a consistent purpose throughout our 18 years…serving the staffing needs of rural hospitals. That is our mission, our purpose for existence, our driving force. This past year has given us ample opportunities to meet this purpose in over 80 hospitals in 6 states. In addition, our focus on excellence has elevated the quality of care provided to patients in each of these locations. Several of the providers placed in these hospitals enjoyed their experience so much that they decided to become a part of that community on a full-time basis. We are so thankful for the confidence placed in us by our hospitals that gives us the opportunity to partner with them in this way. As we look to the future, our purpose remains constant… provide high-quality providers to rural hospitals with outstanding customer service. If we are able to meet this objective, statistics will take care of themselves. We are confident that our team of providers and office support will meet and exceed this purpose. Gary Coulter, FACMPE Chief Executive Officer

Docs Who Care Partners: 1995-2012

1995-1999 new sites 2000-2004 new sites

Docs Who Care DOCS Emergency Medicine

2005-2009 new sites

1337 South Fountain Drive Olathe, KS 66061 (913) 397-7800 (877) 397-7800 www.docswhocare.com

2010-2012 new sites

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Docs Who Care Annual Report 2012  

Docs Who Care Annual Report 2012

Docs Who Care Annual Report 2012  

Docs Who Care Annual Report 2012