Better access to specialists through The MAVEN Project

Medical “MAVENS” Come to LCHC

Lynn Community Health Center has launched a collaboration with the Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network, known as The MAVEN Project, a nonprofit organization which is creating a national corps of semi-retired, retired and other experienced physicians willing to donate their time to medically underserved areas.

“There is a serious shortage of physicians in the United States, especially for those in medically underserved areas such as Lynn,” said Kiame Mahaniah, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Lynn Community Health Center. “This partnership will help many of our patients access care, particularly for specialists, that they might otherwise not receive.”

The MAVEN Project recruits expert physician alumni from some of the country’s most prestigious medical schools to provide remote video consultation, teaching, and mentoring for Health Center providers and their patients. The program makes it easier especially for patients who have difficulty traveling to appointments, whether because of mobility issues, financial constraints, or language differences.

“This technology allows the best of both worlds,” said Brian Headley, a Physician Assistant and Lynn Community Health Center’s MAVEN Project Coordinator. “It allows patients to receive the same high level of expertise expected of a referral consult while allowing patients to remain in an environment where they feel comfortable accompanied by a primary care provider who they already trust.”

Last Friday, The MAVEN Project completed its second cardiology consult with MAVEN Volunteer Dr. Alexander Yi. Scott Weissman, Lynn Community Health Center Nurse Practitioner, was the primary care provider who facilitated the visits with patients. “Every patient was extremely relieved that they did not need to travel for their appointment, and all reported feeling less stress.” he said. “All of them appreciated Dr. Yi’s ‘computerside’ manner, expertise, and straightforwardness.”

“We are thrilled that Lynn Community Health Center is partnering with us on this important pilot. Despite the Affordable Care Act, timely access to specialist care remains a problem, particularly in rural and inner-city communities. This moves us one step closer to addressing this urgent need,” said CEO and Founder, Dr. Laurie Green.

Caption: Scott Weissman, NP, and his patient consult with cardiologist Alexander Yi, MD, in the familiar surroundings of Lynn Community Health Center’s primary care offices.