ATLANTA, Nov. 21, 2017 — This month, Jackson Healthcare is launching a pioneering not-for-profit venture called Connecting Kids with Care™. After a year in pilot phase, the initiative is successfully connecting volunteer doctors and other licensed medical professionals to provide global orphans with free, tech-enabled healthcare.
Hundreds of humanitarian organizations caring for global orphans are unable to provide proper medical diagnosis and care, limiting life opportunities for the children and potential adoptive parents. Simultaneously, two-thirds of U.S. physicians do volunteer work, and find it beneficial in easing effects of the well-documented healthcare burnout trend.
There is no existing business model or oversight body to pair these two communities efficiently or profitably. In response to this need, private healthcare staffing firm, Jackson Healthcare, created a not-for-profit venture to fill the gap.
Since piloting in July 2016, Connecting Kids with Care™ has quietly facilitated nearly 800 care encounters including adoption medical assessment, urgent and episodic care, chronic disease care plans, chart reviews with physician collaboration, feeding and therapy plans, and clinical decision making. These diagnoses have a broad range of impacts for the children and their caregivers, already attracting demand from more than 100 humanitarian organizations in 15 countries.
Connecting Kids with Care™ is now accepting additional physicians, nurses, therapists and other advanced practitioner volunteers to add to the corps of more than 100 who have already helped treat more than 600 medically at-risk children.
Services are 100 percent free for both medical volunteers and those receiving care. The Connecting Kids with Care™ platform uses existing technologies, so there is no need for anyone to purchase additional equipment. The pairing of personal relationships with technology (live remote video, shared chart reviews, multimedia storage and collaboration tools) allows medical experts to donate their skills with optimal efficiency, reducing the greatest barrier for volunteerism: finding time.
“Physicians and medical professionals are passionate about providing care for the most remote and vulnerable people in the world,” explains Jackson Healthcare President Shane Jackson. “These children are on a path to shortened or irreparably diminished lives without access to modern medical care. We’re providing connectivity for professionals to help with technology they already own and use every day… and it’s life-changing for both the physicians and children.”
To learn more about Connecting Kids with Care™, practitioners can visit ConnectingKidsWithCare.org. Signing up does not obligate a provider in any way, but will offer opportunities to volunteer their specialty for a child or children around the world.
Connecting Kids with Care™ (formerly known as the World Care Exchange) is incorporated in Georgia and is applying for nonprofit status. It has a full-time staff of four, supported by recruiting and professional services from Jackson Healthcare’s staffing and technology companies.
About Jackson Healthcare
Jackson Healthcare is a family of highly-specialized healthcare staffing and technology companies. It is the third-largest U.S. healthcare staffing firm by revenue, ranks 20th among U.S. staffing firms, and is 17th largest among Atlanta’s private companies. Its mission is improving the delivery of patient care and the lives of everyone it touches through its business operations and community outreach. Its community impact programs, including Connecting Kids With Care™, prioritize reducing barriers to healthcare access and well-being for disadvantaged children. Jackson Healthcare is routinely acknowledged for prioritizing associates’ positive experience, including earning Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Best Place to Work” from 2014 to 2016. Visit JacksonHealthcare.com to learn more.