CEO, Physicians Regional-Collier Blvd
Once again, we are sitting right on top of another New Year’s celebration, and many of us, myself included, use this time of the year to reflect upon our successes and failures over the past 12 months.
The result of this review is often an ambitious list of “New Year’s Resolutions.”
In a list compiled by USA.gov of the 13 most popular resolutions, not surprisingly, health-related issues occupy almost one-half of the spots. They include:
- Lose Weight • Quit Smoking
- Get Fit • Eat Healthy Food
- Manage Stress • Drink Less Alcohol
Despite our best efforts, many of us lose sight of these goals within the first few months of the year. I’m certainly no exception. With two young children at home and the ongoing demands of my role at Physicians Regional, my priorities can shift away from a focus on my individual health.
However, there’s another reason that many of us don’t stick to our resolutions: We go at it alone and don’t ask for help.
To say that one’s health is of critical importance is stating the obvious, but maintaining good health is not a selfish act, it’s a celebration of our loved ones. A renewed focus on healthy living is a commitment to others — to those in our lives who deserve to have us around for many years to come.
Next year, don’t do it alone. Instead, resolve to get the help you need to improve your overall health. As the CEO of Physicians Regional Healthcare System, I offer to you some very simple advice: Use Physicians Regional as your healthcare-resolution partner.
If you don’t have a primary care physician, get one. A trusted primary-care physician is an invaluable resource in managing the majority of the resolutions listed above.
If your goal is to eat healthy, we have registered dietitians on staff to help educate you on foods, meal planning and portion control. Though weight can typically be controlled through proper diet and exercise, for those situations when medical intervention would be helpful, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard has the finest bariatric team around.
Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is the recipient of a Center of Excellence designation awarded by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). In fact, Physicians Regional-Collier Boulevard is the only Bariatric Center of Excellence in Southwest Florida.
The benefits of weight-loss surgery, called bariatric surgery, also go beyond what the eye can see. Physicians Regional’s comprehensive program addresses the physical and emotional aspects of weight loss by offering education and support from pre-surgery through recovery.
We have also expanded our women’s GYN services and have added 3D mammography. Rather than the flat image of traditional 2D mammography, 3D mammography allows radiologists to look through visual slices — 1 mm at a time — to study objects at different heights in the breast.
When compared to 2D alone, 3D mammography offers a 27 percent increase in cancer detection and a 40 percent increase in invasive cancer detection.
Looking ahead, in February 2015 we will be adding a dedicated general surgeon at our Collier Boulevard location.
A general surgeon has specialized knowledge and experience related to the diagnosis, preoperative, operative, and postoperative management of a host of surgical procedures. In brief, some procedures that used to require a trip outside of East Naples can, as of February, be performed much closer to home.
As many of you already know, we have also invested significantly in orthopedic care. The Total Joint Center at Physicians Regional is “a hospital within a hospital” for individuals in need of hip and knee replacement. The Center provides a new way to treat/look at these inpatient procedures. More simply, the Total Joint Center offers a better way to treat a patient who does not enter the hospital “sick,” they just need a new knee or hip.
As the CEO of Physicians Regional, I can state my resolution for the community in very candid terms: 2015 will be the Year of the Enhanced Patient Experience.
We at Physicians Regional will continue to celebrate, not only the patients who trust us with their care, but our extraordinary team of doctors, nurses and staff who have embraced our unprecedented growth over the past few years.
You, the patient public, honor us with your loyalty and commitment.
I resolve that we will, in turn, honor you by continuing to build the most efficient, effective, skilled and diverse medical team around.