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Four generations, Family doctors

(The following is a dramatization.)

At the age of 92, Mrs. Jackson is that creature not often seen before modern times — a living great-grandmother. She likes to say that if cancer or heart disease were going to take her, they would have done it by now. That said, she has slowed down a good deal, has trouble walking or climbing stairs, and is beginning to worry about cognitive impairment, so she needs regular cognitive tests.

Her son, Arthur, is 65, suffers from high blood pressure and recently went in for an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening. Just as well — the ultrasound procedure caught the potentially fatal condition in an early stage, when it would still respond to medication. Now he’s adjusting reluctantly to a low-sodium diet while having his blood pressure monitored.

Her grandchildren are in their thirties, and are mostly in good health, but one of her granddaughters has diabetes and has to monitor her weight and blood glucose. Another one is pregnant. Her great-grandchildren are ages newborn to 14, and all need varying amounts of pediatric care.

One family doctors look after this entire family. He cares for them in all stages of life — the children with their ear infections and bouts of flu, the older children facing puberty, the new and expectant mothers, middle-aged men and women, and the elderly. There have been times when they needed the care of a specialist in pediatrics or geriatrics, but when half the family is sick with the flu, their family doctors is the one the Jackson family calls on. As the family doctors have watched each patient grow, change and age, he has become intimately familiar with their unique medical situations.

A family medical practice in Matthews, NC

The Conner Clinic in Matthews, NC, offers complete family health care. The Conner Clinic is a subscription medical practice, integrated with the Hallmark Physician Group. This allows Dr. Conner and the rest of the staff to spend more time on each patient with concierge style personalized medical practice, including annual physicals and customized medical reports. The clinic also offers an in-house pharmacy virtual concierge, an online interface which allows members to schedule appointments, monitor their health history, email their physician, request prescription refills, and view lab results from the in-house lab services.

The clinic accepts Aetna including the Medicare Advantage HMO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Beech Street, Cigna, Coventry, Healthgram, Human Choicecare, Medcost, Medicare and Railroad Medicare and United Healthcare. If you do not have any of these, contact them to find out if they will accept your insurance.  Check the website — you never know when there might be a special offer. Make an appointment today.

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