May 28, 2013

Posted by in Cardiac, Diabetes, Family Practice, General, Internal Medicine, Nutrition | 0 Comments

Home Sweet [Medical] Home

home-sweet-homeUntil recently, I didn’t think about “home” when I talked about my doctor or hospital or clinic. I’d just say that I had to go to the doctor. But lately, I’ve been thinking more about the idea of a medical home.

According to the information from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a medical home is a place that works to keep patients healthy by providing primary care, coordinating other services that might be needed, working with the patient to manage chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. It’s not just one doctor. It’s a team of people who all have the job of trying to keep me healthy.

The way that works for me at Pella Regional is that I go to my primary doctor [Hi Doc Van Zee!] for annual wellness check-ups. And now that I’m age appropriate, she’s sending me to another doctor for a colonoscopy[fun, I’ll let you know how that goes – but not in too much detail – at a later date], and I’ve got a health partner – Diane – who’s going to be keeping in touch with me about diet and nutrition. Both my colonoscopy doc and Diane, my health partner, will be communicating back with Dr. Van Zee to make sure she knows results from my tests.

While Pella Regional Health Center and their family of clinics in Pella, Bussey, Knoxville, Monroe and Sully are recognized as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the NCQA, not every clinic in Iowa is. Actually, our designation, at the highest level of recognition possible, includes only six other facilities in Iowa.

So my medical home is Pella. It might not mean that I’m always seen in Pella, but my team leader – Dr. Van Zee – is here. And I know that I can count on my team to help me get healthier and stay healthy.

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