For 200 homeless people in Sacramento, Amanda Buccina is a trusted source for on-the-street medical care, advice, and education.
The Street Nurse Program, created by Sutter Health and WellSpace Health, provides on-demand care to the medically fragile homeless population in Sacramento. Buccina has worked for the Street Nurse Program since it began in 2016.
See Buccina at work:
“When I saw the street nurse job description, it sounded like a great opportunity. I felt excited and inspired, so I knew that it was the right opportunity,” said Buccina.
The Street Nurse Program in partnership with WellSpace Health is a part of Sutter Health’s long history of creating collaborative and innovative programs geared to meet the needs of the underserved. The program has helped more than 200 homeless people get immediate medical care and assistance with managing chronic diseases like diabetes. And Sutter Health has contributed $2 million to Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s aggressive plan to reduce homelessness and preventable ER visits in Sacramento.
"I spend my entire week walking or driving around the city to see my clients — my patients,” said Buccina. “I work to build their trust and then help them get the care they need. Sometimes that's taking immediate care of a wound, getting them into see physician, or helping them secure a spot in a rehabilitation program. My clients are the most vulnerable people and the most medically fragile.”