At the IBD Center of Excellence, we aim to provide the highest quality care for our patients and to promote public awareness for the proper management of inflammatory bowel disease. To accomplish this goal, we support the IBD Support Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on improving the quality of life for individuals with IBD and their families through education, research, and support.
IBD Support Foundation
The IBD Support Foundation, based in Los Angeles, California, focuses on providing comprehensive, patient-centered psychosocial care. Under the direction of Marci Reiss, LCSW, the Foundation strives to provide leading psychosocial support and education to patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis and their families.
IBD impacts the whole family, not just the patient. At the IBD Support Foundation, we recognize the importance of strengthening the family unit while addressing the psychological, social, and emotional needs of each patient. This is done through various programs including individual and family counseling, hospital visitation programs, peer mentors, school advocacy, and psychoeducational support groups for IBD patients and their families.
Some of La Peer’s top surgeons, including the IBD Center of Excellence’s Colorectal and General Surgeon, Gary Hoffman, MD, and Gastroenterologist, Leo Treyzon, MD, MS, participated in an annual trip to Guatemala in April, 2013. It was a mission to treat medical problems in one of Guatemala’s rural indigenous areas, in which the medical team performed more than 100 surgeries for those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it.
The mission was organized by HELPS International, a nonprofit organization who recruits volunteers to work in impoverished areas of Central and Latin America. Many members of La Peer Health Systems travel with this mission annually, committed to helping underprivileged populations with medical needs.
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