ARMC Family Medicine Physician Goes Above and Beyond

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Jean Philippe Abraham, M.D., a second-year resident physician with Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s Department of Family Medicine, took healthcare services to the next level recently, during his shift at Westside Family Health Center (FHC) in Rialto.

“A woman brought her sick child into Westside Family Health Center and doctors determined that the child would benefit from being seen at the hospital,” said Virada Souvanlasy, clinic operations supervisor at Westside, which offers a patient-centered medical home model of care that seeks to foster a relationship between patients and their health care providers.

It was a hot day and the woman started out the door to push her child’s stroller more than two miles to ARMC, recalls Souvanlasy. Dr. Abraham and his team intervened and sprang into action.

“I decided to get the mom a taxi and our team chipped in to pay the fare,” said Dr. Abraham. “Everyone from the clinic assistant, to the attending physician, was happy to help the patient, who was in a difficult situation.”

Dr. Abraham learned early in his life that he enjoyed helping people and working hard. During his youth in Carmel (California), Dr. Abraham worked in his family’s Italian restaurant, and also excelled as a student.

“I was a nerd,” said Dr. Abraham. “My grandmother was a physician in Montreal, Canada, so medicine runs in the family.”

Dr. Abraham took all the necessary classes in college in order to pursue medicine. As for next steps, he says, “I would like to be an attending physician at a facility like ARMC, because physicians can do hospital work and work at clinics.”

About the FHCs

Located in San Bernardino, Fontana and Rialto, ARMC’s Family Health Centers provide services to individuals and families in all age groups. Family Health Center care teams are comprised of experienced family medicine physicians, nurse practitioners, and residents from the Family Medicine Residency Training Program, and other health care staff. For more information, call 855-422-8029.

About Arrowhead Regional Medical Center

ARMC is a 456-bed university-affiliated teaching hospital located on a 70-acre campus in Colton, California, and is a designated Level II trauma center. ARMC operates a regional burn center, primary stroke center, a behavioral health center, four primary care centers, and provides more than 40 outpatient specialty care services. ARMC is helping to achieve the Countywide Vision by addressing the community’s wellness and educational needs. For more information on the Countywide Vision, visit: www.sbcounty.gov/vision. Follow ARMC on Twitter at @ArrowheadRMC for important announcements and updates, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/arrowheadregional.

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