I want to thank you for allowing me the privilege of taking care of your healthcare needs here in Rock Hill for these past 12 years. It has been an honor to help each of you with problems big or small, help you avoid future problems, or make sure you were on the right track. Family medicine was and is one of the most rewarding professions I could have chosen.
However, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, medicine has changed dramatically in the last several years, and not for the better. Medicine has become big business and has lost its focus on the patient. Doctors now spend more time doing clerical work required by insurance companies, and less time taking care of patients. It is more difficult to get in to see your doctor for an acute illness, so patients end up seeing someone they don’t know, someone who doesn’t know them. Medical care and health insurance both cost more, yet we get less value in return.
Patients and doctors share the above frustrations. It has lead me to a big change. In January, I will be opening my own medical practice, which will be called Rock Hill Primary Care. It is a direct primary care practice focusing on the relationship between the doctor and the patient. Medicine is personal and it’s much more satisfying for doctors and patients when they can get the primary care they need when they need it. It’s a simple philosophy but one traditional medicine is increasingly failing to provide. This is why I’m excited to be able to return to the roots of medicine. This is the type of medicine that I went to medical school to deliver.