Mission Statement: Pakistani Descent Physician Society IL (PPS) in corporation with Association of Pakistani Descent Physicians of North America started a free health clinic for the community in 2009. This free health clinic provides free primary health care to the community, irrespective of race, gender, nationality, or financial status.
6412 South Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
Hours: Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
The Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America (APPNA) Community Health Center is a non-profit organization. It was started as a health clinic for the local community in 2008. The mission of APPNA/PPS Community Health Center is to provide patients the most effective healthcare services with the best possible outcomes.
APPNA Health Center provides free primary healthcare to the community, irrespective of race, gender, nationality, financial status or insurance status. Other services that are provided at the clinic include: patient counseling, prescription medication, specialist referral services, lab and imaging services at reduced cost, and onsite ophthalmology exams, with the help of Dr. Pervez Rasul.
The clinic is open every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Patients may make appointments or may see volunteer physicians on a walk-in basis. When the clinic first started, there were an average of 3-4 patients a week, now there are an average of 20 patients per week. Due to popular demand, a weekday will also be added.
It is a great feeling to be able to treat a sick patient, who does not have health insurance at the APPNA Health Center. At APPNA, basic treatments are provided at absolutely no cost, and most medications and lab tests are also provided. Specialist services are also available free-of-cost offsite. In one case, a patient was out of insulin and could not afford to buy more. Words cannot explain how he felt when we provided him the sample of insulin. It was like we had given him the most important thing in his life. This is only one of the many examples of how APPNA takes care of the community by providing basic healthcare.
Aside from patients, there are also several students, interns, and phlebotomists who volunteer weekly and benefit from this wonderful organization. Since the clinic began, two doctors who worked at APPNA as interns got accepted into residency programs.
It is due to the hard work of Dr. Imtiaz Arain that the APPNA Community Health Center was formed and is presently thriving. Also, Dr. Arain’s hard work allows us to perform these great services at no charge or minimal charges. Dr. Arain has worked with the APPNA’s partners to obtain reasonable prices for blood tests and the other imaging services, including ultrasound, CAT scan, MRI, and X-rays.
Also, it brings us great pride and joy to share with you that all of our physicians participate on a volunteer basis. Their dedication and sense of responsibility is exemplary. We are indebted to all our physician and non-physician volunteers. With the success of this health center, APPNA is working on developing future health centers in major cities in the U.S. to provide healthcare for under-served populations.
Staffed by Licensed Physicians Providing the Following Services:
– Basic Health Care
– Prescription Medication
– Specialist Referral Services
– Lab and imaging services at reduced cost Through Local Hospitals
– Screening for common diseases
– School Physicals
– Ophthalmology services
– Patient Counseling/Education
Our Partners Include:
– Physicians of the Local community
– Dedicated Volunteers
Volunteer Names – Interns:
– Ms. Sundus Azeem (Reception)
– Mr. Sagar Soni (Reception)
– Dr. Sarah Sarfarz.
– Dr. Tooba Rehman.
– Dr. Taliya Farooq.
– Dr. Mehwish.
– Dr. Farida Tajani.
– Mr. Wahidee (Phlebotomist)
– Mrs. Syeda Zaidi (Phlebotomist)
To all patients who need to see a Doctor
1. Make an appointment by calling the number listed.
2. Bring all medicine, lab / x-ray reports, medical history reports, to make your visit more productive
3. Arrive on time
4. If you are new patient and in need of Blood test, you have to be fasting for at least 10 hrs.
5. Bring your Medical card/ insurance card will facilitate any other services that is not provided through the clinic.
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