Like so many people who live in Gainesville, most of you have family that live elsewhere. During the holidays, you want to gather and celebrate with your families. Schools close, businesses close and you take the opportunity to travel. Our staff and providers are just like you! We juggle to get time away from the office. We cross cover so that everyone’s patients can be seen. We change our individual schedules to maintain the same number of office contact hours. We promise post notifications when one of our providers is away from the office.
Our office will be CLOSED the following days:
- Thanksgiving holiday: Thursday November 25th and Friday November 26th. We will reopen Monday, November 29th.
- Christmas holiday: Friday, December 24th. We will reopen Monday December 27th.
- New Year’s: Friday December 31st. We will reopen Monday January 3rd.
Years before the professional discussion began about creating a national certification for patient centered care, Primary Care Physicians’ mission has been to serve as the medical home for its patients. We want to advocate for our patients, coordinate their care and assist in the maintenance of health. We have continually provided excellent care for this community. This year, 2010, we initiated the collaborative effort to obtain NCQA recognition and certification as a Medical Home.
This process will involved our patients. We will want their feedback as to how we can improve the way our office functions. We want to improve access, so that you can get an appointment quickly. We currently keep 15% of everyday’s schedule open for same day appointments. Also, each of the providers’ medical assistants are available to triage medical problems and get urgent problems seen in the office. We want to avoid the emergency rooms, the sickest and usually least efficient places to receive medical care unless you are gravely ill. We follow clinical care guidelines for chronic conditions, which also means we depend on our patients to participate. We will work as a team to avoid disease or manage it so as to maintain a good quality of life.
We are grateful for the faith entrusted to us by our patients and we continue to seek ways to improve how we deliver their care.
Traveling for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas often means going to see family in other cities. It means air travel and exposures. Holiday time often means coughs and colds. Most of these infections are viral and non-responsive to antibiotics. Viral infections can be a simple, common cold or they can be viral pneumonia. Viruses can cause serious illness. Thousands of people die from complications to influenza every single year. The recommendations are for everyone over the age of SIX MONTHS to receive a flu vaccine. The injectable vaccines are attenuated virus, meaning there is no LIVE viral particles in the shot. People over the age of 65 are advised to get the high dose vaccine so as to boost their chances of full immunity against the influenza virus. The nasal vaccines are inhaled and do have microscopic quantities of the live virus.
Our office offers the vaccine but the vaccine is widely available throughout town and can be obtained at most area pharmacies. The vaccine this year is a triple vaccine against Influenza A, Influenza B and the H1N1 viral strains. There is no vaccine shortage.
If you are a diabetic, have heart problems or lung disease you are at greater risk for influenza. We urge you to get vaccinated. The signs and symptoms of influenza are usually intense. Patients have high fever and profound body aches. They usually feel awful and have a cough. They usually LOOK very ill. Influenza is spread through coughing and touching. It is highly contagious and if you have the flu, you should remain home from work or school until your fever breaks. The very best defense against the flu other than vaccination is to contain the spread of the infection. Wash your hands, do not cough into your hands and don’t share objects like pens and phones. Viruses can live on objects and surfaces, so use disinfecting wipes to prevent spread. We all share in this effort.