CHIPS medical services are provided entirely by volunteer physicians who donate their services on a regular and continuous basis. Patients who come to CHIPS make appointments with the same provider so as to ensure continuity of care. In collaboration with St. Louis Connect Care, CHIPS patients requiring services beyond the primary care level can be referred to specialty services at Connect Care, Barnes Jewish and St. Louis University Hospitals. The following types of services are available on-site at CHIPS by appointment only.
Board certified Internists provide primary care medical services to the adult population ages 18 and older. Any laboratory services required are done in collaboration with Mercy Health Care System laboratory. CHIPS staff obtain the specimens and they are couriered to the Mercy Lab in west St. Louis County. Results are available within 2-7 days, depending on the particular test, and faxed to CHIPS for review by the nursing staff and primary care physician. Patients who cannot afford their medications are assisted in the application processes to major pharmaceutical manufacturers for their free/low cost medication programs. CHIPS staff nurses advocate for and facilitate referrals to specialty services provided at St. Louis Connect Care.
Board-certified gynecologists provide well-woman examinations, pelvic exams, pap smears, sexually transmitted disease (STD) screening, general reproductive care (excluding perinatal care), and clinical breast examinations. If gynecological specialty services or tertiary level care are indicated, CHIPS refers to St. Louis Connect Care, Barnes Residents Clinic, and Mercy Breast Center. Laboratory tests, if indicated, are provided through CHIPS' collaborative arrangement with Mercy laboratory services and Quest Diagnostics.
Pediatricians and family practice physicians provide pediatric primary care to infants and children. Well child care is the focus of CHIPS pediatric services, and the Missouri Department of Health "Vaccines for Children" program provides all the usual childhood vaccines for CHIPS pediatric patients.