CEO, Physicians Regional Healthcare System
Open to patients since February 11, 2013, Physicians Regional-Marco Island is a 9,000 square-foot facility located at The Shops of Marco at the corner of Barfield and San Marco Road.
Ask one person and you’re likely hear it’s an “urgent care center” or a “walk-in clinic.” Ask someone else and he or she may tell you it’s a “doctor’s office.” In fact, both are true.
That said, Physicians Regional-Marco Island also offers physical therapy, rehab, lab and x-ray services.
Today, I have enlisted the help of some of Marco’s most skilled physicians to help us explore the “doctor’s office” side of the facility.
Though Physicians Regional offers a variety of medical specialties just up the road at our Collier Boulevard location, Physicians Regional-Marco Island is home to specialists in family medicine, gastroenterology, pulmonology and cardiology.
Take note: this exceptional group of men and women are about to share some of the healthcare basics that everyone needs to know:
- What is the one piece of advice you tend to give ALL of your patients?
Dr. Alexandra Grace (gastroenterology): Be open and honest with your physicians. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Dr. Richard Roland (pulmonology): Quit smoking. There is no justification; there is no excuse. If you have smoked a pack a day for 30 years or more, and have not quit within the last 15 years, and are between the ages of 55-80, then get a screening CT scan of the chest every year to look for lung cancer.
Dr. Doris Corey (family medicine): I advise all patients to be their own advocate in matters of personal health—and that the “fountain of youth” is exercise.
Dr. Robert Atkins (family medicine): “Exercise is God’s cure for a lot of problems.” Exercise improves health by improving your immune system. It helps your body function more efficiently, reduces stress, decreases appetite, helps with weight loss, and releases endorphins, which make you feel better. A healthy lifestyle—including exercise—will do wonders for you.
For most people under 60 years old, I tell them that howthey take care of their body now will make a big difference in how they feel and their health in 20 years.
Cardiologist Dr. Vinh Luu took the recurring “exercise” theme and expanded upon it.
Luu: There are two basic types of exercise: aerobic (for endurance) and weight/resistance (for strength). Generally speaking, for aerobic exercise, walk or jog at least three miles at a pace of 10 to 12 minutes a mile, five days a week.
For resistance exercise, do a comfortable set of 12-15 repetitions for three to five sets per each muscle group and work on two to three muscle groups per session, two days a week.
- How would you describe your approach to patient care?
Corey: Collaboration—not authoritarian. I encourage patients to collaborate with me in reviewing their issues and arriving together at the best solutions.
Roland: Personal—one doctor working with one nurse and with one office coordinator who answers the phone in person. All of us get to know you well so that we can provide you thebest service possible.
Atkins: The patient and I are a team. I am here to assist them in their healthcare, give recommendations and advise them on the best paths to take. However, they are in charge of their bodies. Before we move forward with any treatment, I want them to be fully informed so that they can make educated decisions.
Grace: I like to evaluate my patients as a whole and take into account a multitude of factors like diet, other health issues, and personal habits that may affect their GI issues.
- What types of patients do you typically see?
Roland: Patients with shortness of breath, cough, and with any type of lung problem—either previously diagnosed or suspected.
Grace: I see a diverse patient population with a variety of illness from mild gastrointestinal symptoms to significant and chronic diseases.
Corey: My experience in the past 26 years of practice is in seeing all comers! I feel comfortable with all age groups and types of patients.
- What is the biggest mistake you see patients make most often?
Roland: Minimizing symptoms. It may not be that you are just getting too old to do what you used to be able to do—get it checked out. Also, you have to get some exercise on a daily basis, especially as you get older. There is a high price to be paid at some point in your life for being overweight and sedentary.
Grace: Patients can get overwhelmed when they visit the doctor. They forget to ask questions and sometimes don’t remember what the doctors recommended for their care. I recommend patients write down their questions and bring them to the doctor. I also like to give them a copy of my recommendations so they have a reference when they go home.
Corey: The biggest mistake that I observe from patients is in putting too much credence in what they hear from friends/acquaintances and Dr. Oz—and also surfing the internet and arriving at their diagnosis without considering facts.
What do you feel is most special about Physicians Regional-MarcoIsland?
Corey: Physicians Regional-Marco Island has a great team in place. We have two dedicated physicians and a very experienced nurse practitioner working the walk-in clinic side. The doctor’s office side is also staffed with excellent, caring physicians and nurse practitioners.
Roland: We are able to meet your primary care and walk-in clinic needs. We have the resources, if needed, for further testing and services and our state-of-the-art, full- service, all-private-room hospital just 10 miles up the road.
Grace: The best aspect of Physicians Regional-Marco Island is having all your primary care and specialists available in your backyard. The convenience provides excellent and quick care for patients—and easy follow up.
Atkins: We at Physicians Regional are there to serve all of Marco Island and the nearby communities. We are blessed with the opportunity to serve—and are honored when patients consider us for their health care needs. It’s an island, man! Paradise on Earth; What could be better?!
Dr. Atkins, I couldn’t agree more.
Physicians Regional-Marco Island is located at 1839 San Marco Road on Marco Island. For more information, please call 239-394-1670.