New Approach To Patient Care

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

Doctor Tim Wellemeyer of the Holt Family Practice spends his days running rounds and keeping up with charts so that his patient care is complete.

"It helps to make sure [the patients] are in the right place at the right time and that they get the best care possible," said Wellemeyer.

He is one of 55 doctors who are part of the Sparrow Hospital Physicians Health Network that are changing up the way they treat patients.

It's not dissimilar to what we've done just more formal," said Wellemeyer. "Make sure systems in the office are in place to get patients the care they need and that patients not getting care, get care."

It's looked at as a partnership between patient and doctor with a focus on the patient's point of view.

"Find people who haven't had physicals, ladies who haven't had mammograms or pap smears," said Wellemeyer. It also means checking in on patients to make sure they are routinely monitoring their health and it's a checks and balances system where an entire team is responsible for the well being of a patient.

Many doctors like Wellemeyer are now using that team to make sure their patients aren't slipping through the cracks. Wellemeyer even splits his time between his practice and the hospital so that his patients are covered on all sides.

"Nurses are minding data - office staff calling people to get tested -- and us coordinating with other doctors," said Wellemeyer.

Health care at Sparrow Hospital is now considered a team sport, where oversight and intuition are key. Doctors say this approach could potentially lessen the number of patients being readmitted or even mistreated.

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