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San Diego County Medical Society Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Health Systems, Health, Medical Research

Mission: Improve community health & wellness, access to care for all, and support for physicians through engaged volunteerism.

Programs: The foundation's program consist of the following three initiatives:project access san diegothe foundation is in support of local organizations that provide direct care to the neediest of our community. By recruiting physicians who wish to donate thier services, helping to connect the needy to low-cost special care, or providing direct financial support to these organizations. The foundation is committed to playing an active role in solving this community-wide problem. The foundation recruited over 600 physicians who provided donated services directly to local organizations totaling $1,386,418 for the year ended september 30, 2014. The 2014 pro bono care has been included in income and expenses and are normalized at medicare rates. Contract servicesthe foundation provides support for physicians through technical assistance for the adoption of electronic health records. Medical student supportby expanding the original mission of the organization, the foundation provides scholarships to medical students and new residents serving in san diego county.

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a 79 year old retired general and vascular surgeon who was a board member of the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation until my three terms were up last September. I have personally assisted Patient Access San Diego, a program administered by the Foundation, in obtaining volunteer physicians and other providers of medical care for patients who are carefully screened for need. I attended a daylong Kaiser surgery center session where over 100 volunteers provided surgical services for people who could not obtain work without correction of their surgical defect. Throughout my career I made it a precept that those in need of surgical services should receive them from caring physicians and other medical personnel whenever they were unable to pay through no fault of their own.
As a child of eight I had free care from the County of San Diego for a serious injury to my right arm. We were poor, and the care was free. In large part it was this experience that prompted me to become a physician and motivates activities such as Patient Access San Diego.
Ralph R. Ocampo, MD FACS

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is gratifying to see first-hand the miracles that happen for patients who otherwise would not have access to specialty or surgical care. The ability to talk, have a job or live pain free are all taken for granted until those 'gifts' are taken from us. How does one place a price on restoring a person's dignity--the simple answer is what Project Access does--they restore their ability to be independent and lead productive lives.

Review from Guidestar