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 www.redcross.org.
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.
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.
Fisher House Foundation
The founder and CEO of http://www.medweb.com, Peter Killcommons has created innovative telemedicine platforms that have been used in remote areas in Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as in various United States military projects. Peter Killcommons supports a number of organizations dedicated to military service members, including the Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit that provides free or low-cost lodging to veterans and their families while they are receiving medical treatment.
Among the Fisher House Foundation’s various assistance programs is Hero Miles, a program that allows individual airline passengers to donate their frequent flyer miles. The program utilizes the miles to purchase round-trip airline tickets for wounded and ill service members who are undergoing treatment at a VA or military medical center, or those who are attending an authorized event.
Tickets may also be given to close friends and family members who are visiting military patients at authorized medical centers. The Hero Miles program works in partnership with major airlines such as American Airlines, Delta Airlines, US Airways, and United Airlines. Since its creation in 2005, the program has helped more than 46,000 wounded and ill service members and their families.
As the keynote speaker at the First Armenian International Telemedicine Congress in Yerevan, Armenia, Dr. Pete Killcommons spoke about the challenge of integrating telemedicine technology in Eastern Afghanistan. The talk centered on an ongoing telemedicine project developed in partnership with Nangahar University Hospital and Nangahar Public Hospital, two medical institutions in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Dr. Pete Killcommons donated an internet-based telemedicine unit to the Armenian Telemedicine Association, which it will use to advance treatment for underserved Armenians. Furthermore, he discussed important matters with experts from Russia, Germany, Austria, and other European nations, who joined local experts from Yerevan in determining future collaborative projects.
Besides his contribution to the Congress, Dr. Killcommons visited Armenian villages, enjoyed a picnic in the classic style, and saw an ancient temple. He was also presented with a bottle of high-quality Armenian Cognac.