The Hendersonville Family Medicine Residency Program has a mission to train residents to serve all people. They are supported by a consortium of Blue Ridge Health as the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) where they care for nearly 50% uninsured patients. Mountain Area Health Education Center that supports the educational work they do. After medical school, the residents train to be board certified Family Doctors over three years, and they work to place them in rural and underserved communities at graduation. They are always looking for ways to equip their learners in a way that positively impacts their patients. In the future family doctors will be in utilizing technology to help guide their medical decisions. Point of care ultrasound (POCUS), like the ubiquitous stethoscope, will be a critical tool for the Family Doctor of the future.
Butterfly hand-held ultrasound probes made possible by the James H. Cummings Foundation now put this impressive technology in the hands the residents and others with ease of use and portability. Overall, it makes high-quality and high-value care even closer for the most vulnerable in our community. On any given day medical care personnel may be evaluating the pregnancy for an expectant mother or perhaps ruling out a blood clot for a patient. Tools like these ensure Blue Ridge Health can easily provide high quality education to their residents, and also help their patients save time, money, and improve
Dr. Eric Monaco describes the impact here: