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Health Outreach Project West Reading Clinics


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Hope Rescue Mission Clinic

Street Medicine (Hope Rescue Mission Clinic)

Street Medicine is a volunteer group comprising Tower Health medical providers and Drexel University College of Medicine students who provide patient care to the homeless population in Berks County, Pennsylvania, at the Hope Rescue Mission Shelter.

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HOP provides primary care, case management and educational resources. Students would help with the evaluation, documentation and treatment of patients with continuity of follow-up under physician supervision.

Tasks to be done by students at project: patient interview, basic physical examinations (inspection and auscultation) and EMR documentation.

Project Coordinators

Steering coordinators:


Hope Rescue Mission (645 N. 6th St., Reading, PA 19601)


FaithCare Clinic

Drexel University College of Medicine West Reading Campus at Tower Health is excited to be partnering with the FaithCare organization to provide medical students clinical opportunities early in their medical school careers at a site that emphasizes faith and medicine.

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FaithCare was organized in part to accept the American Association of Medical Colleges challenge to be role models by teaching medical students and residents how to incorporate spirituality into the practice of medicine. Although the clinic is faith-based, it serves everyone who has difficulty with access to medical care and has no religious requirement. Now that medical students have arrived in Reading, Pennsylvania, it is our opportunity to join the members at FaithCare to bring health, hope and healing through the health care community. Medical students will assist in delivering health care services under the supervision of the physicians at the clinic and gain valuable education and spiritual renewal from fellowship with these physicians. They have pediatric, OBGYN, internal medicine and ophthalmology sub-clinics, each of which has specific preceptors. FaithCare currently meets once a month, but they are hoping to increase this as we get more medical students involved. With the clinic meeting more often, we will improve the availability of care provided to those in the Reading area.

Clinic Coordinators

Steering coordinators:


Life Church Reading (621 Centre Avenue, Reading, PA 19601)

Western Berks and Mary's Shelter

Western Berks & Mary’s Shelter Clinic

Western Berks Free Medical Clinic offers two sites to participate in serving the uninsured of Berks County.

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Through this HOP clinic, students will be partnering with the Western Berks Free Medical Clinic. The main clinic is located in Robesonia, Pennsylvania, and provides primary care to individuals without insurance: adult patients on Wednesday nights weekly and OB/GYN patients Thursday nights once a month. The facility is hosted within St. Daniel’s Lutheran Church and features two patient rooms as well as a lounge area for staff. Responsibilities for students include physician and nurse shadowing, taking initial H&P with or without attending supervision, assisting with triage and vitals, conducting social determinants of health surveys and assisting with paperwork (prescriptions, discharge, charting, lab/imaging orders).

Western Berks is collaborating with Mary’s Shelter to open a new project at their site. Mary’s Shelter is a housing and social service agency located in Reading that works to support youth and parents through education, crisis intervention and stabilization in the community. The new clinical space will also serve the community that Mary’s Shelter works with. Future responsibilities will be similar to those at the Western Berks Free Clinic. Students may also participate in grant writing for equipment and supplies at the new project.

Project Coordinators

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Western Berks Location

Western Berks (480 Big Spring Road, Robesonia, PA 19551)

Mary’s Shelter Location

Mary’s Shelter (615 Kenhorst Boulevard, Reading, PA 19611)

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