An Overview of Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts


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Disaster Relief Efforts

As chief executive officer of Medweb in San Francisco, California, Peter “Pete” Killcommons manages the company’s radiology, telemedicine, and disaster response divisions. He has overseen the expansion of telemedicine in Cabo Verde, Africa, as well as home care for the elderly in Japan. In addition to his work at Medweb, Peter Killcommons supports various philanthropic organizations, such as the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross provides a number of charitable services, from frequent blood drives to life-saving CPR courses. The Red Cross also engages in disaster response efforts all around the world. Every 8 minutes, American Red Cross disaster relief personnel, 95 percent of which are volunteers, respond to an emergency, ranging from small accidents impacting single homes to natural disasters across multi-state regions. In total, the organization provides support on more than 63,000 unique relief efforts every year.

The Red Cross has provided continuous response in Haiti while also handling recent domestic events like Hurricane Matthew and Superstorm Sandy. Disaster response efforts also include awareness initiatives, such as the organization’s efforts to reduce deaths and injuries related to house fires, one of the most pressing dangers in the United States. Other common areas of focus include tornado relief, earthquake relief, and wildfire relief. To learn more about disaster relief services, including volunteer opportunities, visit


Fisher Houses and Their Benefits to Veterans and Military Families


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Fisher House Foundation

San Francisco-based doctor and businessman Dr. Peter Killcommons oversees Medweb, specifically its radiology, telemedicine, and disaster response divisions. Apart from his philanthropic efforts through the company, Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons also supports charitable causes including the Fisher House Foundation.

The Fisher House Foundation is a service organization that provides free travel and shelter services to veterans and military personnel. In 1990, it initiated a program called Fisher Houses, a network of comfort homes located near VA medical centers nationwide that provides accommodations to the families of veterans and military while someone in the family is receiving treatment.

Currently, there are 65 Fisher houses located within the vicinity of 24 VA medical centers and 24 military installations. Fisher Houses are spacious facilities, measuring 5,000-16,800 square feet and have anywhere between 8-21 suites that can accommodate up to 42 family members. In 2015 alone, all Fisher Houses across the country catered to 27,000 families. To date, the organization has served over 270,000 families and has offered over six million days of lodging.

The 8th Annual Patient Experience Summit


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Patient Experience Summit

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Dr. Peter “Pete” Killcommons is the founder and CEO of Medweb, a San Francisco, California-based medical company that provides telemedicine and teleradiology solutions. Active in his field, Peter Killcommons, MD, is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA).

Founded in 1845, the AMA endeavors to improve healthcare and has played an important role in the progress of medicine in the United States. It will be co-sponsoring the 8th Patient Experience: Empathy + Innovation Summit, to be held on May 22-24, 2017, at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The theme of this year’s summit is “Empathy by Design.”

The inter-professional conference focuses on finding groundbreaking means to establish and maintain a human-centered environment for patients. The affair features a lineup of accomplished speakers, workshops, panel discussions, and exhibits. Expected participants include philanthropists, healthcare CEOs, policymakers, patient-experience leaders, industry experts, patients, and major stakeholders.

Last year’s summit was attended over 2,000 participants from 45 states and close to 40 countries. The attendees represented hundreds of healthcare systems, businesses, and hospitals from all over the world.

About the Temple of Garni

A telemedicine expert, Dr. Peter Killcommons serves as the CEO of Medweb, a company he established more than two decades ago. In 2011, Dr. Peter Killcommons traveled to Armenia to share his knowledge at the First Armenian International Congress on Telemedicine and eHealth. During his visit, Dr. Pete Killcommons found time to visit historical sites, including the Temple of Garni.

With history dating back to approximately the first century BC, the Temple of Garni was constructed on top of an Urartian temple, facing east toward the rising sun. A shrine dedicated to the sun goddess of Mythra, the temple lies just over 31 miles northeast of modern day Erevan. Its structure, made completely of monolithic stones, contains no mortar; rather, builders carefully carved out pieces of stone, using Pythagorean and Platonic theories, to stack on top of one another creating a sound and solid structure.

Over the course of time, Garni faced challenges, such as the 1679 earthquake that destroyed the temple. However, by the 1970s, the structure was restored and today remains the only Greco-Roman temple in the Soviet Union to stand above ground.

Dr. Peter Killcommons on the Pens 4 Peace Project

Launched in 2011 in a collaborative effort between the Mission Viejo Police Services and the city’s Community of Character committee, Operation Pens 4 Peace strives to respond to the lack of education in Afghanistan where adult illiteracy ranges from 90 to 95 percent. Inspired by a letter that army captain Nick Clemente wrote home while training Afghan troops as police officers, the project collects pens, pencils, and papers to send overseas. While serving their country and seeking to prevent crime and terrorism, the new law enforcement officers will distribute these to citizens eager to learn and break out of the pit of illiteracy. Those interested in supporting this mission can make donations through local collection boxes or mail them directly.

About the author: Dr. Peter Killcommons currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the RIS/PACS solutions and telemedicine firm Medweb, a position he has held for nearly a decade. He also directs the company’s Philanthropic Outreach, which has provided disaster relief and aid to numerous countries worldwide, including Pakistan, Honduras, Peru, Haiti, and Afghanistan. Dr. Peter Killcommons supports Operation Pens 4 Peace through this program.