American Pain Institute…

American Pain Institute Miss.

Congratulations to the America Pain Institute of Tchula, Mississippi, a non-profit organization started by the reverend and physician Dr. Ronald Myers.  Dr. Michael J. O’Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire salutes this gentleman in his efforts to serve the underprivileged with comprehensive medical and pain management.

While pain causes terrible suffering, the medications used to treat it are cheap, effective, generally straightforward to administer, and safe when taken as prescribed. If a doctor determines that these medications can benefit a patient, it is their fundamental right to relieve their suffering by taking them as prescribed.  In an effort to help promote and protect the rights of patients, Dr. O’Connell supports the American Pain Institute. The Institute acts as an advocate for pain patients who are having problems finding treatment due to the stigma attached to pain medications and the shortages being caused by excessive regulation. The American Pain Institute also engages in public demonstrations designed to raise awareness about the under-treatment of chronic pain and to help eliminate the myths surrounding people who must use opioid medications just to survive.

Dr. Myers has boldly looked the American Medical Association (AMA) and fellow colleagues in the eye and asked “when is enough, enough?”  When is the medical community, hospitals included, going to stop its endless progression toward self-serving profiteering and pay it back to the community?  According to innumerable surveys, most pain management organizations are neither comprehensive nor serving the poorest in their communities.  Most specialists either do not accept Medicaid patients, or severely limit access to their practices.

Dr. Michael J. O’Connell, Barrington, New Hampshire, is proud to say his organization has never applied quotas to any payer type including those without insurance.  “The fact that is lost on many pain specialists is that the lower income laborers in this country are often the more frequently injured and prone to chronic sequelae.  They should be given the same measure of care as the next patient” says Dr. O’Connell.

About Dr. Michael J. O'Connell, New Hampshire
Dr. Michael J. O'Connell of Barrington, New Hampshire, has forged a distinguished career spanning over three decades, as entrepreneur, physician, businessman, philanthropist and healthcare consultant. As former owner, administrator and CEO of a 225+ employee multi-specialty medical practice, Dr. O'Connell has dedicated his entire professional life to helping patients with family medicine and especially those experiencing chronic pain and all aspects of addiction. Since selling his family of healthcare businesses, he has never once contemplated retirement despite his rich and fulfilling journey, but instead has turned his focus to consulting in an industry starved for courage and creativity. Having weathered many political, technological and legal challenges, there is hardly a storm he has not confronted, a tempest he has not quelled, an urgent need he has not met. While the talking heads and self-proclaimed experts in the field have assumed the conventions and standards of the times, Dr. O'Connell does not believe in merely reflecting the herd mentality, but rather in leading the charge. Eschewing political correctness, Dr. O'Connell says and does what needs saying and doing, and not what the mindless masses expect. In addition to the continual education afforded by his variegated life experiences, Dr O'Connell earned his BS in Biochemistry at the University of NH in 1975, his Medical Degree from Dartmouth College in 1981, interned at Walter Reed Medical Center in 1982, Residency/Fellowship at UCSF in1986, and finished his Masters in Healthcare Administration at UNH in 1995. Dr. O’Connell enjoys many outdoor activities, including rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, and golf. Through the decades Dr. O'Connell has supported many non-profit charities to include the St. Charles Home in Rochester NH, the Tri City VNA and Hospice, Hyder House, and Cocheco Valley Humane Society. To the latter organization alone Dr. O'Connell has donated over $180,000 and pledged another $250,000 in the “Bring-Us-Home” campaign for a new building. His “Matching Donations Christmas drive” has generated over $175,000 in charitable giving from the community. In addition Dr. O'Connell has participated in many dozens of other volunteer and donation efforts locally as well as in Africa and the Dominican Republic. For a listing of how I gave back to the community during my career and continue to do see:

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