Every new year we make resolutions. We vow to exercise more, lose weight, go to bed earlier, quit smoking or take our medicine properly. As family medicine providers, it serves our patients if we walk with them on the path to health and wellness. How can we – as your health care providers – be better examples and stewards? The business of healthcare eclipses the vocation of practicing medicine and nursing. It is the vocation where the greatest influence and impact lies. As so, I want to share some of the things our providers and staff have done to be healthier and to improve the quality of their lives.
I did a month of Whole30 in November. I did it for health reasons or as a trial to see of the elimination of certain foods would improve my health conditions. The tangible outcome was losing 11 lbs and improving some specific clinical parameters. Now, several other staff members and more than a dozen patients have opted for a month on Whole30. We have all learned a great deal about our relationship with food. Everyone has lost weight. More importantly, we also shifted away or eliminated foods and eating patterns long ingrained. Behavior modification is the hardest prescription to write.
Danielle Chaplin, ARNP conquered a person goal of the Disney Half Marathon. She has trained since summer 2014 and we are proud of her commitment to this goal.
On March 21st, our staff will participate in the Clint Lacinak Shamrock 5k Walk and Run. This 5K commemorates Clint Lacinak’s life and raises money for the scholarship fund in his name at St. Patrick’s Interparish School. It is a great morning of fellowship and community. Consider joining our staff and providers for the event.
Living and working in a college town has always meant we tolerate a high degree of fluctuation and change. And like every business, Primary Care Physicians must deal with the ebb and flow of a changing professional landscape. We are saddened to see a very well-respected colleague and beloved physician leave our group. Dr. Julia Harris and her family are moving to Ormond Beach for her husband’s career. Her husband, Eric Harris, DO has just completed a fellowship at the University of Florida College of Medicine in hematology and oncology and he has accepted a position with a cancer center in Ormond Beach. Julia Harris, MD has been a provider with us for nearly six years and we wish her, her husband and their growing family all the best.
The ability of Primary care Physicians to adapt and provide for the needs of our patients means we are happy to welcome TWO new providers. Danielle Chaplin, DNP, ARNP and Leigh Mangus, DNP, ARNP have both just completed their doctoral program at the University of Florida College of Nursing.
The practice will have four providers with a dramatic increase in patient contact hours. We reserve 15% of every daily schedule for same day appointments to accommodate urgent issues and to help provide cost effective, convenient medical care that avoids emergency rooms and walk-in clinics.
On February 28, 2014, our practice was notified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) that we had received the highest level of recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home. Our mission has always been to focus on the patients, creating an environment that facilitates and promotes their optimum health and wellness. The NCQA national program is aimed at getting all primary care offices to function more like medical homes. The goal is to improve the quality of care while managing the costs of delivering that care.
Level 3 is the highest level a practice can achieve and we are the ONLY medical practice in Alachua County to receive a Level 3 Recognition. It acknowledges our three physicians: Elizabeth Sanders, DO, Deena O’Toole, MD and Julia Harris, MD.
Primary Care Physicians of Gainesville decided to transition to a paperless office with a fully integrated electronic medical record 10 years ago. We were early adopters in our community. By investing in the electronic medical record (EHR), we lowered the operational costs for the business by reducing the amount of staff required to “chase charts”. We were able to redirect those savings into investing in the EHR upgrades and modules. This improved our electronic claims and communication with your insurance company. It has helped us clearly understand each patient’s benefits by creating an interface with each insurance carrier. The EHR has also allowed us to share confidential information in a protected way with our specialists and the hospitals. This expedites your information being received so that your care proceeds uninterrupted. The whole purpose is to optimize the patients’ experience and to provide them with the best care possible.
All of these things have allowed us to apply and be recognized by NCQA for our efforts and the high quality of our care. It also acknowledges the patients’ participation in their own care. Thank you for allowing us to be your physicians and for making Primary Care Physicians of Gainesville your Medical Home.