Friday, April 29, 2011

Homeless Health

By health and medicine beat writer David Wahlberg:

As workers left Downtown Madison on a cold evening, homeless men filed into a Sunday school room on the third floor of Grace Episcopal Church.

It became their emergency room, as volunteer doctors and nurses listened to their medical needs...

...[Dr. Cate] Ranheim and her husband Erik, also a doctor, started a program that combines "street medicine" and social work to try to keep the homeless healthy and prevent expensive hospital bills the patients rarely can pay.

Dr. Erik Ranheim examines the tonsils and uvula of patient Thomas Hons after complaining of sleep apnea symptoms at a medical clinic at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.

Dr. Dave Deci uses a stethoscope on patient Robert Huffar at a medical clinic at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.
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