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Serving Minnesota’s health care needs
In affiliation with the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Physicians actively participates in serving communities at many levels—locally serving the health care needs of Minnesotans, as well as serving the needs of people regionally, nationally and internationally.
The University of Minnesota was founded 150 years ago as a land grant institution. Along with the medical education programs of the University’s Academic Health Center, our work at UMPhysicians reflects these land grant principles:
- Increasing health care access.
- Improving the health of citizens.
- Caring for patients and communities with compassion and respect.
- Finding treatments and cures for some of the most devastating diseases.
Helping underserved patients
UMPhysicians works with Fairview Health Services to offer care for patients who are uninsured or underinsured. We have a progressive policy to assure health care access, regardless of a person’s insurance status or ability to pay.
Our Community Care program provides sliding fee discounts to patients with financial hardships. Another program exists for patients who cannot pay after a discount has been applied. More information is available at: (Link)
In another collaboration with Fairview, UMPhysicians serves as a specialty provider for some patients covered by General Assistance Medical Care, the statewide insurance program for low-income adults. UMPhysicians contracts with Fairview to provide specialty services to GAMC patients who are referred from the Riverside Primary Care Clinic through the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview Coordinated Care Delivery System.
In our local community:
Volunteers staff Phillips Neighborhood Clinic in Minneapolis
People in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis receive free health care two nights a week, thanks to physicians from UMPhysicians and students from the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center.
Teams of volunteer physicians and students meet patients at the Phillips Neighborhood Clinic, located in Oliver Presbyterian Church. Each week they serve about two dozen patients, many of whom are uninsured and lack health care access.
Student volunteers come from the university’s programs in medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, public health, nursing, nutrition, social work, and healthcare administration. A student advocate stays with each patient during the entire visit and documents information he or she will need to promote good health.
The patient meets with a medical student, a pharmacy student and a physician. If needed, a physical therapy student and medical interpreter also join the team. This multi-disciplinary group develops a care plan for each patient. The clinic also offers free physical therapy, along with physicals for sports, school or work. Nutrition, mental health and social work services complete the clinic offerings.
In the international community:
Partnership helps patients in India
A partnership with the University of Minnesota’s world-renowned Blood and Marrow Transplant Program brings state-of-the-art care to cancer patients in India. The U of M’s research and clinical care partnership with Manipal Hospital in Bangalore, India, is a prime example of global collaboration that promotes health care access to specialized treatments.
The partnership seeks to increase scientific collaboration and training opportunities for students and physicians from Minnesota and India and to provide leading-edge care for patients. Daniel Weisdorf, MD, chair of the University’s adult BMT program, leads the collaboration.