Friday, March 24, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: New Co-Pay Policy at PHA: 

Many of our patients have a co-payment connected with their insurance agreements. Our contractual obligation with your insurance carrier requires us to collect your co-payment at the time of service. Effective April 15, 2017 any unpaid co-pays will be charged a service fee of $15. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

From the desk of Jihad Shoshara, M.D.
Dr. Shoshara helping refugees in Jordan last year.

I hope that this finds you well.  I’m writing because I am once again leading a mission to provide needed medical care to Syrian refugees in Jordan through the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS).  On April 8, I and a team of 50 medical providers, nurses, and translators will spend a week treating thousands of refugees in need.  As you know, the Syrian civil war is in its seventh year, with no end in sight.  The refugees for whom we will care have lost their homes and most of their possessions; almost all of them have lost loved ones and suffer the physical and psychological scars of the conflict.  Most have no access to regular health care the way you and I imagine it. Our volunteers - all of whom pay their own way to serve - may be the only doctors that many will see.

Our mission will bring:

  • Pediatricians, Internists, and Family Practitioners for primary care
  • Dentists to perform needed dental procedures and care
  • A Pediatric Neurologist to treat children with neurological disorders
  • A team of Orthopedic and Plastic Surgeons to perform reconstructive surgeries
  • A Neurosurgery team to treat spinal and nerve injuries

Last year, I asked my friends and colleagues to consider supporting this effort.  That money, along with other donations, was essential in providing life-saving cardiac stents to refugees at severe risk of heart attack.  This year, our fundraising will again be critical to our ability to provide these desperately needed services.  For this mission, we are using MobileCause to raise funds, with a goal of $75,000 between all the members of our group.  Using MobileCause means that:

  • No administrative fees are taken, so 100% of your donation goes to the mission
  • The funds go directly to SAMS, so all donations are tax deductible

In just three weeks, we've been fortunate to raise $35,000 towards our goal! Please consider donating at the our mission fundraiser link below:

Just like last year, I plan to send updates, photos, and stories before and during the mission, both through social media and email.  (If you do not want to receive these, please let me know and I will be happy to ensure your email is not added.  However, it’s my hope that you’ll want to follow what good your support and funds will provide to a community that the world has largely forgotten.)

Please feel free to share this link with your family and friends.  Finally, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AS WE PROVIDE CARE FOR REFUGEES IN NEED!

In Peace,

Jihad Shoshara, MD
SAMS Jordan Mission Leader, April 2017

(PS - one note about the donation link: if you choose to donate anonymously, SAMS will not receive your information and you won't receive a receipt, so please give your name if you would like one.)  

Sometimes life gets so busy that we forget about other regions of the world where people are suffering.   In Kenya, the worst famine since 1945 is happening now.  Massive drought has created not only a water shortage but the inability to maintain crops.  In the next few months thousands of people are at risk of starvation.

Imagine if you were in this situation...please consider donating to World Relief and help save lives.   Whatever you can give is most appreciated.

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