Physicians Gather to Listen to Patients
Imagine yourself surrounded by doctors. No you’re not lying unconscious on a table, and there’s definitely not a toe-tag hanging from your foot. You’re perfectly fine – conscious and all. You’re the center of attention… in a good way. Now, imagine this actually happening; because, well, it has. This phenomenon is PWT’s healthcare town hall – the conference held by physicians for physicians and you.
At a rather intimate setting at Dr. Jason Hoover’s practice, Bridgeway Diagnostics, in Phenix City, Alabama, on Thursday, October 6, 2016, Physicians Working Together (PWT) presented yet another health care town hall. That’s the fourth out of many more to come. PWT is migrating across the nation to bring each state a conference that brings physicians and the public together to discuss obstacles facing healthcare from the perspective of physician and the citizenry they serve to make the playing field level and gain understanding of how together healthcare can be made better for all.
“Our goal is to give patients and caregivers the opportunity to discuss their concerns about the industry, and doctors can share some of the obstacles they face from their perspective to hopefully establish a level of mutual understanding that will help both advocate more effectively for better choices in the industry and to help create a sustainable and affordable health system that puts patient care first.”Dr. Kim Jackson
Headed by Dr. Kim Jackson, Founder and President of PWT, the Phenix City event, like the Columbus, Georgia event before it, drew physicians, patients, community organizations and curious citizens, as well as Phenix City Mayor, Eddie Lowe. “We are extremely excited to present this historic gathering of the stakeholders in the healthcare industry, spanning from those needing and receiving quality healthcare to those who are committed to providing the best care possible to hopefully bring improvements to the system,” said Dr. Kim Jackson.
The physician-patient relationship hasn’t been the best it can be in the past and has hardly seen a rise in the correct direction. In turn, the town hall was created to advocate the need for an understanding between patients and physicians alike. In an effort to duplicate the success of the October 1st event in Columbus, Georgia, a host of inquisitive minds gathered to converse about the issues surrounding patients and, surprisingly enough, physicians. Several successful town halls have occurred in Philadelphia, PA, in California, and other areas.
The next PWT Town Hall will be on November 3rd from 7-8:30 pm at the Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. Myers, Charlotte, NC 28202. Due to continued demand, PWT will continue working with doctors and citizens nation-wide scheduling into December as well. “We are looking forward to planning events in 2017!” stated Dr. Jackson recently.
If you are in an area where a town hall is occurring, it is certainly something you don’t want to miss. To support this national initiative, additional PWT affiliates across the country are hosting town hall meetings during the months of November and December into the new year.