We Care Volunteer Physician Program, Annual Awards & IRCMS Foundation
©2014 Indian River County Medical Society
2012 - Sixth Annual We Care Awards
January 29, 2013
The We Care Award was developed in 2008 to honor and thank volunteers to the program. The We Care program is a joint effort of Indian River County Medical Society, Indian River County Health Department and the Indian River County Hospital District. The criteria for award recipients include:
- Provide service to the We Care program during the award year
in a distinguished fashion above and beyond what was expected;
- Provide a new or special level of service at a time of great need or;
- Consistently provided service over a long period of time.
Recipients of the
2012 We Care Awards
Neil Heskel, M.D.
John W. McDonald, M.D.
Theodor Rudolph, M.D.
Ralph Rosato, M.D.
David Griffin, M.D.
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We Care Coordinators Betsy Dusinberre (left) and Leigh Anne Riddle (right) pose with award recipients
Left to right: Ralph Rosato, M.D., Theodor Rudolph, M.D., John W. McDonald, M.D., Neil Heskel, M.D., and Dennis Saver, M.D.
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Indian River County Medical Society’s We Care Program is based on the volunteer
efforts of many of the county’s physicians, both retired and active. We Care was
created as a cooperative venture between the IRCMS and the Indian River County
Health Department to help provide free medical treatment to residents in
Indian River County who are otherwise financially unable to afford specialty health
The Indian River County Tax District Board of Trustees has supported the program by funding the salary of the We Care Coordinator, who is a Health Department employee and has administrative support from the Health Department.
Since its inception in 1991, We Care has steadily grown and now has the support and participation of over 120 physicians. In 2012, We Care volunteers provided over $1,000,000 worth of donated medical services.
Only county residents who meet specific financial eligibility requirements (less than 150% of federal poverty income guidelines) are able to participate in this program. Patients may self-refer, or be referred by private physicians or Indian River Memorial Hospital.
We Care patients first have a primary care evaluation and are then evaluated for subspecialty referral needs. Medication assistance is obtained via the Indigent Drug Programs from pharmaceutical manufacturers, with the laborious paperwork being done in the We Care office.
All services are organized by the We Care Coordinator office. Volunteer physicians sign a contract to become an “agent of the State of Florida,” which provides state “sovereign immunity” liability protection for We Care medical services wherever the location.
Currently, most subspecialty care is available through volunteers However, the program is always looking for new volunteers in primary care as well as in the specialties. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the IRCMS at 772.562.0123 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org