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Feb. 10, 2004

Physician To Discuss Health Care For Uninsured Feb. 23

Raymon A. Noble, M.D., a private practice physician and deputy medical examiner in Calvert County, Md., will discuss, "Creative Approaches to Treating the Uninsured," Feb. 23 at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine.

The lecture will begin at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in the first floor atrium of the Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF) on the UI health sciences campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Noble is the founder and president of Calvert Healthcare Solutions, Inc., in Huntingtown, Md., a community-based organization that provides low-cost health care to Calvert County residents who have limited incomes and are without health insurance. CHS services include medical office visits, basic x-ray and laboratory tests, and assistance with the cost of generic medications.

Noble will detail how this semi-rural community developed a program in which physicians, local government agencies and the local hospital volunteer their services to the uninsured poor.

"For each group involved in this effort, there is a valuable reward," Noble said. "Uninsured county residents receive primary health care services at extremely low cost. The physicians serve their community and garner good will. Hospitals benefit because people with chronic illnesses get the primary care they need, thereby reducing emergency room admissions. Local government benefits because healthy citizens are better able to work, pay taxes and help the community thrive."

The CHS program has enrolled more than 390 people since it began in 2002.

Noble earned his undergraduate degree at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, and his medical degree at the University of Missouri in Columbia in 1966. In addition to his private practice and deputy medical examiner duties, Noble is medical director of First Priority Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, medical director of Twin Beaches Community Health Center, and a part-time urgent care physician with Solomons Urgent Care Center.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu