Local Physician Named Recipient of Community Service Award

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The Washington County Medical Society (WCMS) will honor Monica Speicher, MD, with its Community Service Award at their Annual Recognition Dinner on Thursday, November 10, 2011. The Award is given to a Washington County physician who has demonstrated a pattern of humanitarian service, including participation in charitable activities, indigent care, and service to the community.

Dr. Speicher, a family medicine specialist, is being recognized for her work with WeCare Street Outreach in Washington. WeCare started in 2009 when a group of community volunteers contacted Dr. Speicher to lead the medical portion of a homeless street outreach, modeled after Operation SafetyNet in Pittsburgh. Initially, volunteers would go out in small groups and offer supportive care to homeless camps, providing blankets, coats, vitamins, and food. Recently, Dr. Speicher was able to offer medical care and now provides blood pressure readings, cursory exams, smoking cessation, and medicine. She also precepts a resident clinic at the Washington City Mission that treats the homeless who need follow up care.

Dr. Speicher was born and raised in Latrobe and graduated from Allegheny College. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. Since completing her family medicine residency at Washington Hospital in 2003, she has worked as a primary care physician at Canonsburg Family Practice.

Washington County Medical Society is affiliated with Pennsylvania Medical Society. The patient-doctor relationship is a priority of the Pennsylvania Medical Society and the Washington County Medical Society. The Medical Society listens to concerns of both patients and doctors to improve the delivery of health care services.