As a family physician in Newport News, Peter Anderson developed a team care approach in order to handle more patients while providing better, more focused care. His success led him into the consulting business.
His Team Care Medicine company has now partnered with Halley Consulting Group in Ohio.
Team Care's model delegates more responsibility to support staff, thereby allowing the physician to focus exclusively on patient care. For Dr. Anderson it meant a reduction in work hours from 70 a week to 45 while increasing his patient load by more than 30 percent, he said in an interview last year. At the same time, "quality measures went through the roof," he reported.
Team Care has trained more than 200 teams of physicians/providers and their staffs. Pilot programs have been initiated for seven hospital-owned groups and at 16 U.S. Army community-based clinics. For more information, go to http://www.familyteamcare.org.
Brain surgery tests
The University of Virginia School of Medicine reports that a preliminary clinical trial of scalpel-free brain surgery that uses sound waves to treat essential tremor, a progressive neurological disease that affects millions, has proved positive and will move on to large-scale testing.
The initial study had 15 participants who showed a 67 percent reduction in hand tremor over one year.
Researcher Dr. Jeffrey Elias uses a noninvasive approach with focused ultrasound guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to ablate a tiny part of the brain circuit responsible for the characteristic shaking of the disorder.
U.Va. will serve as the lead site for the expanded study of 72 patients at eight sites. Elias is also conducting a trial to test ultrasound's potential to reduce tremor in people with medication-resistant Parkinson's disease. For more information, go to http://www.uvahealth.com.
Good wound healing
Sentara Wound Healing Center, one of 500 member centers of Healogics Inc., earned its Center of Distinction award. The center is located in the Geddy Outpatient Center at Williamsburg Regional Medical Center. It brings together a team of doctors and specialists to find the cause of slow and non-healing wounds and to develop customized treatment plans.
Typical wounds might include: arterial and venous ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, traumatic and post-surgical wounds, minor burns, insect stings, cancer-related wounds and tube-site care.
The center was recognized for its 92 percent patient satisfaction rate and a median of 91 percent wound-healing within 30 days.
Free health events
• An event "Celebrating the Beauty of the Female Spirit," will take place from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, at James City County Recreation Center, 5301 Longhill Road, Williamsburg.
The event includes giveaways and raffle prizes, such as massages, health screenings, gym memberships and more. Speakers will address topics such as personal safety, reproductive health, nutrition and diabetes, stress management and care-giving.
Sponsors include Colonial Behavioral Health, and York-Poquoson Victim-Witness Assistance program.
• On Wednesday, May 15, from 1 to 5 p.m, Riverside is offering free breast cancer screenings and pap smears to women between the ages of 21 and 70 who live in Newport News, Williamsburg, James City County, York County or Poquoson. Call 800-520-7006 to register.
The event is at the Peninsula Health Center, 416 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News
• Riverside Rehabilitation Center Hampton, is hosting a Community Open House Wed. May 15, from 2 to 4 p.m., for National Nursing Home Week. It will focus on "Team Care, Everyone Pitches In" by having displays and information on how it takes a team of staff members to care for one person.
The event is free and open to the public.
Riverside Rehab is at 414 Algonquin Road in Hampton.
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