Doctor Practicing 'Street Medicine' Named Top Hero Of 2015
Two to three nights a week, Dr. Jim Withers rubbed dirt in his hair and muddied up his clothes before walking the streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, searching for the very people he was trying to emulate.
For 23 years, Withers has been searching for the homeless - under bridges, in alleys and along riverbanks - to bring them free, quality medical care.
He calls it "street medicine.
What started as a one-man mission has blossomed into a citywide program called Operation Safety Net. The organization provides a mobile medical van, walk-in clinics, a computerized database of homeless patients, and the ability to track and assist patients with health care and recovery.
In addition, Withers started a non profit called the Street Medicine Institute, which supports communities in starting their own medical outreach programs for the homeless.Good on you Dr. Withers! Taking the exam room to the patient but not the billing office. Way to go!