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Since 1995, the Sacramento Physicians' Initiative to Reach out, Innovate and Teach (SPIRIT) program of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS) has worked to increase access to specialty healthcare for underserved residents of our region. The SPIRIT program addresses the healthcare needs of our community’s most vulnerable patients, thereby reducing the strain on hospital emergency services.

How Does SPIRIT Work?

Step 1 | A medical home refers uninsured, low-income patients for specialty care - specialty consults and/or outpatient surgeries. 
Step 2 | SPIRIT provides case management and care coordination allowing volunteers to donate services with minimal disruption to their office. 
Step 3 | SPIRIT volunteer physicians provide specialty consults in their private office or at the Sacramento County Primary Care Clinic. The referring medical home provides follow-up care. 
Step 4 | Outpatient surgeries are performed at participating surgery centers or hospitals where all of the supporting services are also donated. 

How Can Physicians Volunteer?

SPIRIT is always accepting volunteer applications from specialty physicians. Whether you are interested in providing specialty services in your private office, or surgical services at a partner hospital or surgery center, SPIRIT makes it easy for you to give back to the community by coordinating volunteer schedules and providing case management services.
Physician Volunteer Interest Form
Physician Volunteer FAQ

SPIRIT serves patients in Sacramento and surrounding counties. Patients must be referred from a medical home (primary care clinic or physician) as there is usually follow-up care. To qualify for the program, patients must be both:

  • Earning no more than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level; and, Uninsured.
  • Full-Scope Medi-Cal, Medicare, or any health insurance does not qualify.
  • Emergency-only Medi-Cal does qualify.

How Do Patients Get Referred to SPIRIT?

  • Patients can be referred by a primary care home
  • Patients can be referred by a physician
  • To refer at patient, contact Adriana Aguilar or call (916) 453-0254
  • *Patients cannot self-refer

SPIRIT Partners

SPIRIT Partners

Surgeries Donated
  • Kaiser Permanente Greater Sacramento
  • Mercy General Hospital
  • Mercy San Juan Medical Center
  • Sutter Ambulatory Surgery Centers
  • Sutter Davis Hospital
  • UC Davis Health
In-Kind Support for Surgeries
  • Central Anesthesia Service Exchange Medical Group
  • Diagnostic Pathology Medical Group
  • Metropolitan Anesthesiology Consultants
  • Northern California Lions Sight Association
  • Precision Pathology Medical Group
  • Sacramento Covered
  • Vituity

Support the health and wellbeing of the residents of our region. Make a tax-deductible donation today.  

For more information, email Adriana Aguilar, SPIRIT Program Manager or call (916) 453-0254.