For most U.S. citizens, it’s difficult to imagine not having access to the bare minimum in health care. Yes, health care and its costs have been a topic of hot debate in the U.S. for quite some time now, but at least we have the option of debating what our options are. There are some places in the world that consider another day free of disease or death good health care. Regardless of your stance on the current state of health care in the United States, it’s impossible to argue against the fact that the U.S. is exceptionally fortunate to have the resources we do in comparison to third-world countries.

One Practice Velocity customer recognized the urgent need for quality health care services in India and set out to help its residents receive the medical attention they are currently lacking. Dr. John J. Koehler of Physicians Immediate Care (PIC) based in Rockford, Ill., realized that, while India’s urban middle class has ready access to health care, there are at least 135 million rural and tribal people who lack the bare minimum in health care. In fact, many people die before they are able to reach a hospital. Dr. Koehler made it his mission to utilize his urgent care experience and expertise to construct a Physicians Immediate Care clinic in Beulah City, India, which is surrounded by 70 villages in need of access to quality medical services. Through several years of hard work and dedication, Dr. Koehler is closer than ever to realizing his dream, as the clinic is projected to be dedicated in July of 2011.

It’s easy to get caught up in the nitty-gritty of everyday life and forget how fortunate we really are. Congratulations to Physicians Immediate Care for seeing such a worthy project come to fruition.