Dr. Priti Jain: Pioneering Accessible Healthcare
Professional Journey and Vision
Dr. Priti Jain has distinguished herself in the healthcare sector through her commitment to making quality medical care accessible to all. In 2009, she co-founded Nao Medical with the mission to eliminate healthcare disparities by providing accessible and affordable healthcare services in underserved communities. This initiative directly confronts the prevailing industry practices that prioritize profit over patient access to high-quality care and favor volume over the value of service. Her focus has centered on developing an innovative healthcare model that places patient needs and community engagement at the forefront. This ensures that everyone, particularly working women, has access to exceptional care right within their own neighborhoods.
Early Career and Motivations
Dr. Jain completed her training at Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Medical Center. Her career trajectory was significantly influenced by her tenure in the Emergency Rooms at Jacobi Hospital and Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in the Bronx. There, she witnessed firsthand the disparities in access to high-quality healthcare. She observed that healthcare responsibilities predominantly fell on women, who often had to juggle their employment with inconvenient healthcare appointments, many of which were located far from their homes. These observations inspired Dr. Jain to dedicate her efforts to providing underserved and marginalized communities with swift and convenient access to a broad spectrum of high-quality healthcare services within their own communities.
Nao Medical’s Growth and Impact
Under Dr. Jain’s guidance, Nao Medical has experienced substantial growth, with a strong focus on inclusivity and diversity in healthcare. She has played a pivotal role in fostering an environment that not only respects but also proactively meets the varied needs of patients.
Comprehensive Healthcare Services
Dr. Jain has actively broadened the services offered by Nao Medical to encompass a comprehensive range of healthcare solutions. These include primary care, urgent care for both adults and children, mental health services such as psychotherapy and counseling, nutrition advice, addiction counseling and treatment, immigration health evaluations, and travel vaccinations. Available 365 days a year and beyond traditional medical office hours, these services ensure continuous accessibility for the community.
The introduction of after-hours and Telehealth services stands as a critical support system for patients, providing timely assistance and reducing the need for unnecessary emergency room visits. This holistic approach not only addresses immediate health concerns but also prioritizes the overall physical and mental wellness of patients. By focusing on total care rather than merely treating episodic illnesses, Dr. Jain’s efforts underline a deep commitment to meeting the comprehensive health needs of the communities served.
Recognition and Leadership
Her innovative approach and dedication to healthcare equity have earned Dr. Jain recognition in the field, including being named in Crain’s New York’s Notable Healthcare Leaders 2022 and receiving the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2023 Finalist award, Entrepreneurial Woman of Impact Award, 2023, Top Chief Officers of Long Island Award, 2023, Enterprising Women of the Year award, 2024.
Beyond Professional Achievements
Beyond her professional pursuits, Dr. Jain is a mentor to women in healthcare and advocates for comprehensive patient care. She balances her professional life with personal interests, including travel and nature.
Vision for the Future
Dr. Jain continues to be a driving force in healthcare, advocating for a system where quality care is accessible to all. Her efforts are not just about providing services but also about inspiring a shift towards a more inclusive and patient-centered healthcare model.