Lisa Fields, PhD, PA-C

Lisa Fields, PA-C, has a Ph.D. in Public Health and a Masters in Physician Assistant Medicine, and she uses both in her day-to-day responsibilities at the Intervention Arms Medical Center (IAMC). IAMC is a clinic Fields established in 2008 with two colleagues, James Joseph, DO, and Thomas Singel, DO. IAMC provides primary medical care to the underserved who are predominantly Medicaid and uninsured patients in Lake County, Illinois.

Fields works a full-time schedule seeing patients as well as operating the office. The center is also a National Health Service Corp site (NHSC), which offers financial and other support to primary care providers who work in underserved communities like this one. This support allows the center to hire primary care providers, many who choose to stay and work in the community once their loans are repaid.

Fields teaches many students, as she is also an assistant professor and preceptor at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine. She has hired more than 10 new graduate PAs over the past 9 years in her clinic, where she spends time mentoring them as they begin their career. She finds herself working 70-80 hours a week, seeing patients ranging from 6 days old to 99 years “young.”

“The appreciation shown by my patients keeps me going,” says Fields.

A non-profit arm was later added to IAMC, the North Chicago Health Center. The non-profit provides free services four times a year. Every spring they provide safe-sex counseling at no cost where they educate the community and provide free condoms. One day every July they provide free physicals, backpacks and school supplies to kids going back to school. Every November they collect food for families and in December they also give coats and hats to kids in need. During the rest of the year, the center partners with other organizations, such as Head Start and the City of North Chicago, to provide care in the community.

Impact

In addition to the medical care she provides, Fields is the organizer behind the donations for holiday meals, coat drives, and free school physicals to families in need. When she volunteers her time at the local PA program, she demonstrates how PAs can be utilized to their maximum potential.

“I have seen few who work as hard as Lisa does. She is a tremendous advocate for the medically underserved and is one of the unsung heroes of Lake County,” says former colleague Allison Corro, PA-C, MS.