I am pleased to announce that Trinity is in the final stages of developing a satellite office in Hardin Valley. I plan on opening in January 2016 and will be staffing this clinic full time. Being board certified in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, I’m excited to be able to provide a full spectrum of primary care services to all ages of the Hardin Valley community.
I have wanted to develop this office for many years. Having grown up in Farragut and lived in Hardin Valley for a total of 11 years, I have longed desired to have a small community focused clinic that serves my neighbors. The building is just a couple blocks down Hardin Valley Road from Trinity’s wellness center, VitalSigns. I think this proximity will add to Trinity’s ability to focus on the patient as a whole person. Caring for a person’s medical and spiritual needs as well as providing them the ability to learn better nutrition and physical fitness has become the hallmark of Trinity’s treatment paradigm.
This office will operate in a unique way that continues Trinity’s mission to break down the two barriers patients most often have to obtaining quality primary care: high cost and limited access. Over the years, Trinity has innovated new ways to lower the cost of health care. We’ve done this with individuals, within local corporations, and now, with the opening of our Hardin Valley office, for an entire community.
Additionally, Trinity has long held that patients should have easy access to their physicians and staff. We’ve developed better ways over the years to allow more simple communication avenues. Most recently, the patient portal allows patients to directly contact the clinical staff. I want to innovate this access one step further. A conversation about a patient’s concerns should be able to evolve using whatever means make sense: a phone call, an email, or an office visit as necessary. Not all good care has to take place in an exam room and leave you with one less arm and leg on your way out. I’ll explain more about this unique practice model in another post.
I know change can be hard and, unfortunately, this move will not be beneficial for all of my patients. I know some patients will join me but many will not. It’s the part I’ve dreaded for the three years I’ve been working on this project. For those patients wishing to stay at the main office at Fort Sanders West we have a transition plan that should allow you to smoothly establish with one of our physicians without interruption in your care. I don’t know of a better way to continue to seek the best possible medical care for my patients then to entrust them to my fellow physicians at Trinity. They are to whom I entrust my own family’s care.
I’ll be posting more information about the new office as it becomes available as well as the unique model of practice I will employ.