#ICareabouthealthcare Why healthcare matters in our community.
Marine Veteran Jack Bender needed emergency gall stone surgery and was transported to Cooper University Health Care's trauma center, where Dr. John Chovanes saved his life. Learn More.
For bender, #Icareabouthealthcare means thanking Dr. Chovanes on live tv.
Dr. Chovanes, here with Bender and fellow trauma surgeon Dr. John Porter, says it's his team that does the lifesaving. #ICareAboutHealthcare because...
"That’s who it is- at our hospital, it’s not me. It’s not me at all. It’s our incredible trauma surgeons, I work with amazing doctors and nurses. It’s those nurses and those other doctors, and everybody, the techs, everybody makes that trauma center run. Everybody. From the man or woman who keeps the place clean to the surgeons, it’s a whole team effort.
Dr. Margaret Fernandes has more than 40 years of experience practicing in the pediatric care world, and has seen the variety of challenges facing uninsured and underinsured families with sick children.
Fernandes, who specializes in neonatology, perinatology and pediatrics, said she selected pediatrics as her specialty because of the rapid advancements made in the field; now she sees a rapid deterioration of the access to care her patients in Camden need to remain healthy.
"The number of either underinsured or no insurance is still significant," Fernandes said of her patient population. "The newborns may have insurance for a month under the mother... and then when the child gets sick they cannot be seen in physicians' offices so they end up in the Emergency Room, or wait for care and come in really sick."
She said many of the families she sees have trouble filling prescriptions once they are discharged from the hospital. Families also have issues finding transportation to specialty appointments beyond their local community health centers. Fernandes said that her NJ FamilyCare patients covered under Medicaid can call a phone number to set up medical transportation through the state, but other patients that don't have FamilyCare may not be able to get to specialist appointments. "You talk to (families) and you find out what they're really going through."
Fernandes said these barriers to care can have lasting impact on families.
"We need to realize that anything that is delayed in a child is for the next 70 to 80 years of that child's life; it could affect late-onset diseases that may have been prevented if caught earlier," she said.
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