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Is there a doctor in the house? Yes!

First-rate medical care is now more convenient than ever for Parkville residents

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May 24th, 2011

Ray Geddes is close to his doctor. As a matter of fact, they share the same address literally. So when Geddes, a resident of Oak Crest, an Erickson Living community in Parkville, Md., sought treatment last November for an eye infection, relief was just a few steps away. I started having pain in my eye over the weekend, says Geddes. That Monday I contacted the medical center around 1:00 in the afternoon. I was able to get an appointment that same day just two hours later. The doctor diagnosed me and called in a prescription at the pharmacy across the hall. I put the drops in my eyes and by the next day the pain was gone. Now how can you beat that? Geddes says if he had stuck with his former primary care doctor he likely would have had to wait a week or more for an appointment. Here it s as easy as making a call and walking down the hall to my appointment, he says.

Personal care

Not many of us remember when doctors made house calls. In fact, according to a survey from the National Center for Health Statistics, in 2009, Americans made an estimated 956 million visits to their physicians offices. With the average doctor s appointment today lasting only 13 minutes, it seems most of us spend more time traveling to the doctor s office than at the appointment itself. Geddes and his Oak Crest neighbors benefit from six full-time, on-site physicians, a host of visiting specialists, and same day or next day appointments. Our practice is unique in that it s limited exclusively to Oak Crest residents, says Dr. Jeffrey Landsman, senior and regional medical director at the community. Landsman received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in Newark and earned his medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, where he also completed a residency in family practice. He is board certified in family practice and has a fellowship in geriatrics. He says he especially appreciates the approach to patient care at Oak Crest s medical center. Here at the Oak Crest medical center we average about 350 patients per doctor, versus about 1,500 to 2,000 patients for an outside primary care group, says Landsman. This allows us to get to know our patients much better. We feature one-hour new patient visits and 30 minute followup visits, compared to most doctors who only spend 15 minutes with each appointment. This extra time and attention allows us to focus on keeping our patients healthy and independent.

Head to toe

Eleven specialists hold regular office hours at the medical center; full-service dentistry is also available. The on-site availability of specialists is very important for our residents, says Landsman. We work very closely with our specialists and have a great working relationship with them. Because they are specially trained in geriatrics, they re familiar with the common ailments this population experiences, he says. Geddes, who has lived at Oak Crest for three years, says although he was satisfied with his former doctor, who he had been seeing for more than a decade, the convenience of having a doctor right down the hall just made sense. A friend of mine who lives here at Oak Crest had a stroke, says Geddes. He expressed to me how glad he was he was a member of the medical center. He said all of his medical records were right there and making it easy for his doctors to coordinate with the hospital and other specialists. That s what really got me thinking about switching. The Oak Crest medical center relies on electronic medical records (EMRs) to accurately document appointments and medical or prescription needs. The EMRs also improve communication between doctors, provide the capacity for drug interaction checks, and prevent mistakes due to all too common undecipherable handwriting and misspellings. I know there are a lot of people who have had the same doctor for 20 years and may be concerned about changing doctors when they move, says Geddes. The good news is you don t have to. On the other hand, if you want the convenience of never having to worry about driving across town or waiting weeks for a doctor s appointment, then the medical center is a great alternative.

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