LEE COUNTY, Fla. - A local business is taking a step back in time by re-thinking the way doctors treat sick patients. They're stepping out of the office and into patients' homes.
If you're sick, or have trouble getting out of your home, they come to you. Doctors 2 you is not out to replace primary doctors, but to help patients get well enough to get there on their own.
74-year-old William Wendell Crosby of Lehigh Acres struggled with some serious health problems in the spring. "Three months on the hospital, and three weeks in a nursing home," Crosby recalled.
Of course, he prefers being home. "I'm getting a little better every day," Crosby said.
Driving to crucial doctor's appointments would have been a challenge, but thanks to Doctors2You, he doesn't worry.
"They have been a blessing," Crosby said.
"It's bringing the old days back," C.E.O. and V.P. Kris Pawelczyk said. "It's a house call physician and we work in conjunction with the primaries in the community."
Pawelczyk and Dr. Sujatha Ramamurthy both worked in the emergency room, and noticed a big problem- patients calling 911 just because they couldn't drive themselves to a doctor.
"We are hoping to prevent some of the unnecessary trips and decongest some of the ERs, because not everything is an emergency," Ramamurthy said.
Depending on your insurance, Doctors2You is like a regular office visit. They work as transitional physicians, checking vitals, doing blood work, physical therapy, and refilling prescriptions until patients are well enough to go back to their own doctors.
"We are able to spend time with them, we are able to talk to them, we are able to see their environment that they live in and identify potential risks," Ramamurthy said.
Not only are patients feeling less stress, so are their families.
"We were bouncing in and out of the hospital with my 87-year-old mother-in-law last summer," Sandi Hurson said. "We've been hospital-free for 11 months, and that is amazing."
Doctors2You also has a snowbird program. They'll communicate with your doctor up north while you're down here, so that if you do get sick, they know your history, and you won't miss a beat.
You can get in touch with Doctors2You at 239-332-0407 or at https://www.facebook.com/Doctors2you.