The Puentes clinic is a refuge for Spanish-speaking immigrants who are uninsured and are unable to obtain health insurance.
Our doctors are all volunteers; they hold other jobs and come to Puentes to help and see patients in their free time.
Our goal is for our patients to always receive the highest quality of medical care possible. We ask for patience with wait times. Our community has grown significantly, and there is a high demand for our services.
If you would like to make an appointment, please call the Puentes clinic at 215-454-8000. Please leave your name, phone number and the reason for your call and a member of our team will respond to you in 1-3 business days. It may be possible to be seen at Puentes without an appointment. We give priority to patients with appointments, and we cannot ensure that you will be seen without a prior appointment. We will do our best to attend to your needs but we DO NOT offer emergency care. Emergency and urgent needs may be referred to one of our partner providers for immediate care.
We cannot perform exams for legal purposes such as “workmen’s compensation” or immigration cases. We always protect your information and your privacy.
Puentes is completely donor and granted funded from individuals and organizations who believe in social justice.
Requested Donations for medical visits:
- Scheduled appointments $20
- Walk-Ins: $30.
We thank you for your donation; it helps us purchase the supplies needed for your care and treatment. Donations are NOT required to receive care.
- Monday: 12:30pm – 4:30pm and 6:00pm – 7:30pm
- Wednesday: 12:30pm- 4:30pm & 6pm – 7:30pm
- Thursday: 10:30am – 2:30pm
Our receptionists are here to help you, and also have the responsibility of making sure the number of patients we serve aligns with our doctors capacity during each shift. This depends on how many doctors are volunteering during a shift and is NOT the personal decision of the receptionists. We thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure you receive the best care possible.
While adult primary care and prevention is the focus of our on-site clinical activity, we also provide monthly specialty care in the following areas: cardiology, dermatology, neurology, pediatrics, physical therapy, podiatry, pulmonology and vasectomies. We also work with the Center for Surgical Health to offer free or low cost surgeries to those who need surgical care.
Women’s health at Puentes de Salud provides routine GYN care including prenatal care, cervical cancer screening and mammogram referrals, STI screening and treatment, pregnancy tests, contraceptive initiation and surveillance. We also provide evaluation for common GYN issues and are a Healthy Woman provider site.
Diabetes Management and Heart Health
Puentes de Salud has developed an innovative diabetes management program that spans from the clinic to the community. A registry of diabetic patients at Puentes de Salud helps providers track patients’ regular laboratory tests and their receipt of appropriate medicines and services. Puentes de Salud offers all diabetic patients individual counseling with a nurse educator that covers the principles of sugar monitoring at home, dietary modification, physical activity and weight management.
In partnership with Penn Dental Medicine, our Dental Suite welcomes Penn Dental faculty and students who provide oral health education and diagnostic, preventive, restorative and surgical dental care in our three-chair dental facility. Our dental team also provides expedited referrals for specialty dental care at Penn Dental. For appointments, please walk in to the dental suite, Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm. All appointments are scheduled on-site at Puentes.
Since 2007, Puentes de Salud has been cultivating and supporting a dedicated group of community members who serve as community health workers, or promotoras, in South Philadelphia. The program began in an effort to increase Puentes de Salud’s reach into the community and to tackle important health issues outside the clinic where individuals need direct support with lifestyle decisions. The promotoras address a wide range of issues in the service of their community, including diabetes prevention, heart health, cervical cancer prevention, prenatal care, obesity, vaccination, and nutrition. They lead workshops, contribute to clinic services, and provide individual counseling and patient navigation. The Promotora Program exemplifies the mission and dedication of the staff and volunteers at Puentes de Salud.