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Dear patient, I am posting this message to let you know how sorry we are to hear of your experience at our office. Thank you so much for taking the time to write about your visit. It is through input like yours that we learn and have the opportunity to evaluate what we do, and how we do it. Firstly, I would point out that in the many years of performing ultrasounds here, this is the first time any patient has indicated any concern over having the sonographer present. This is not to say that patients do not ask the sonographer to leave, but I believe it is the first time I have heard a complaint. That being said, I believe you are correct, and it is not appropriate to expect patients to change in the presence of another person. Therefore, we are evaluating solutions to the problem. In the meantime, the team of sonographers who work here have been retrained to be considerate of patients privacy. With regards to the waiting room, we often invite our patients to leave a urine sample while they are in the waiting room, awaiting their appointment with the provider. This just saves a little time in the grand scheme of things and puts the waiting time to good use. Subsequent to the ultrasound appointment, we routinely check with the medical assistants to determine whether the Doctor is ready to bring you back, which in 90% of the time, is the case. During your appointment with the sonographer, your Doctor was finishing up with other patients and there were no free examination rooms to take you to. Typically we find our patients prefer to wait in the waiting room, rather than in the examination rooms. As to some of the terminology that is presented to you via the patient portal, we find that a great deal of the coding jargon utilized is inconclusive and misleading to patients since many of the codes and their descriptions are used for a vast array of different symptoms. We are hopeful with the introduction of ICD-10, this will improve as the new system in vastly superior in its’ ability to pinpoint diagnosis. With the advent of patients having the opportunity to review the medical record in our portal, we have found that many of our patients are confused and sometimes concerned by some of the terminology used and required by insurance companies. This process coupled with the mechanism with which the electronic medical records documents, mean that often, the language is not easy to follow. There are many aspects to proper documentation in the medical record and often we need to combine different areas of information to build the complete picture. It is unfortunate you could not have communicated your concerns directly to our office, prior to writing your blog. I believe given the opportunity to discuss this with us, you would have a much better understanding of what we do, and how much we care about every patient and their health. We are sorry to lose you as a patient but hope you are able to find a practice that is a better fit. Kind regards Brian Thorn C.E.O. FABEN
I feel I'm being generous by giving two stars for this practice. After receiving my positive home pregnancy test, I was devastated to find out my gyno of 7 years no longer does obstetrics, and was left to find a new doctor. Faben was able to see me right away, which was a plus. My first visit was a blur. Basic vitals taken on one floor, then I was sent to another floor for an ultra sound, and then back to the other floor for results. The doctor was brief and basically said I was not far enough along to provide any information. I semi expected this since I was only 4 weeks. They scheduled me for a repeat ultrasound at 6 weeks. I returned for my 2nd appointment and waited in the waiting room for about 15 minutes before I was told to go to the other floor. Once there, the ultrasound was performed quickly and I was sent back to the 16th floor for the results. When the doctor finally arrived to my room, she walked in and congratulated me, even gave me a hug, and said that everything looked good. As she sat down to show me the ultrasound, it was then that she realized she hadn't read the entire report. She then went on to tell me that they didn't see what she expected to ( a fetal pole and heartbeat) and that she was very concerned my pregnancy would not be viable. She then began telling that they would do another scan in a week and we would discuss a possible D&C or pills to end the pregnancy. I was crushed. She did try to console me with a prayer. The doctor never performed an exam on me, never asked my medical history, and didn't even notice I only have one ovary! They did no follow up blood tests either. Two days later I saw a much better physician and they confirmed that all is healthy with my baby. I do not recommend the Faben practice.
I sincerely hoped the best for my visit to Faben and was disappointed. This place felt nothing like a spa to me (it is advertised on the website as a "spa-like setting") - it seemed entirely similar to any other ob/gyn office I've ever been to except you wear a thin robe for the exam instead of the standard medical sheet. Aside from the main receptionist, the staff seemed short and hurried - the nurse wrote down my medical history on a napkin and though she said she did so in order to remember it, that seemed unprofessional at best. I had to specifically request to speak with the doctor before undressing, which I've never had to do before in a new office. Disposable exam tools were sitting out uncovered - the doctor said they didn't have to be sterile and while that may be true, I prefer my former (but out-of-state, sadly) office's practice of using individually wrapped ones. I was open with my concerns and give the doctor credit for listening and offering not to charge me. When I asked if there was anything else she could tell me about the office (hoping it would change my mind) she responded that she was not in sales. While I understand that to some extent, having taken the time to carefully look through the website, I thought she might be a little more reassuring since that is one of their selling points.
I came from Alabama & I am diabetic so I have to have a doctor where ever I live. Dr Jeff Jacqmein was highly recommended by a nurse at the Trial Study place on University. I had been in several study programs in Alabama & thought I would try a few in Florida while I was living there. I can't remember the nurse's name, but I am so glad she referred me to Dr Jacqmein. He is the nicest doctor. He spends time with you & listens to what you have to say about your problems. He discusses your problems with you to find a solution to the problem. He makes sure you get your lab work done and then discusses your results to your satisfaction. He will give you more than 1 solution to your problem if you insist on another way of treatment. In my case, he wanted to give me a script for cholestrol, but I wanted to do it naturally on vitamins & herbs & he referred me to some I didn't know about that lowered my cholestrol as well. I think very highly of Dr Jacqmein & also of his very qualified staff. Everyone is friendly everytime I go in for whatever. They also give flu & pneumonia shots, which some doctors do not give. I highly recommend Dr Jacqmein's office & it is very convenient to the South side of Jacksonville.
I was referred to Dr. Jacqmein by a co-worker who said "He's a real good doctor that actually listens to you." Well, that certainly got my attention. A recent trip to my urologist had determined that I was diabetic, so I began researching the condition and discovered that you don't have to be diabetic if you don't want to be, and also that most Dr.'s would rather just put you on pills or shots while you slowly spiral downhill. When Dr. Jacqmein met me and discovered that I had absolutely no intention of going that route, He helped me lose weight, and understand what was going on in my body at a cellular and molecular level and what was causing me to become diabetic. He advised me on specific vitamin and mineral supplements and excersize requirements, but most of all WHY certain things did what they did in and to your body. I have lost 45lbs., my blood sugar is back where it's supposed to be, and my chloresteral is lower than it's been in 25 years. I am physically stronger and have more energy than I have had in 15 years. I'm a 52 year old man, and I feel like I got my life back- Thank you Dr. Jeff
My family has been seen by several physicians for over 3+ years at both the Beach and Dunn Ave Doctors Center locations, and we have always had a good experience. The friendly staff makes you feel comfortable, and the wait is less than at other doctors' offices I've been to. The doctor's thoroughly explain procedures so you feel at ease, and they take the time to explain the cause and solutions available. I read the review about the scheduling error. It is unfortunate to be on the end of an error, but they happen in every profession. I personally have never had a problem with scheduling an appt there. As a matter of fact, they have worked us in on numerous occasions - in a more than timely manner. There have been times that my diabetic refills have run out, and they approve refills by phone, but ask that I make a followup appt. as soon as possible to make sure the meds are continuing to do what they are supposed to. As a patient, I would definitely recommend the Doctors Center to my family and friends.
I just contacted this office for the first time I am new to the area and have to admit they were not my first call but they are my last. I called a pretty extensive list of offices and this one by far was the most professional and helpful when it came to answering my questions and then making the appointment. I am a self pay patient as so many of us are these days and it was very refreshing that I wasn't treated differently because of that. The very nice woman ( I believe her name was Stacy, I hope I'm right on the name and sorry if I'm not) gave me the fee and explained everything so well. If you are a self pay patient this is the place for you! By far the best rates and how nice of them to not stick it to me because I'm self pay. Great with scheduling and very accomodating considering I will have to bring my daughter along. I'll be back with I'm sure another great review after my visit in August!
I have been going to the practice for over 20 years, and the doctors and staff are great. They are professional, caring, and provide quality care to their patients. They have helped my family with obstetrical care by delivering my children and my two nieces; and they continue to provide quality gynecological care to myself and family. They also offer many services such as sonograms, mammography, bladder health testing, hemorrhoid treatments and hormone replacement therapy. All of these services in one place to make it convenient to keep your medical care on track with such a busy life schedule. I recommend this practice for all your gynecological or obstetrical needs, although I haven't needed all their services, it is comforting to know the service is offered, should I need them in the future. I recommend this office to anyone looking for a new doctor in the Jacksonville and surrounding areas.
I have been going to this office since 2005 for my yearly pap smears and checkup. My doc is Dr. Laubscher and she is great. I became pregnant last year (2009) and of course decided I was staying with the same practice for my prenatal care and delivery. All pregnant women are encouraged (not forced) to see all of the doctors sometime through their care simply because, as with most OBGYNs, you are not guaranteed one particular doc for your delivery. Meeting with all the docs just gets you acquainted with each of them so there are no surprises on your delivery day. Dr Wells delivered my baby 6/19/10 and he was great. I typically don't prefer male docs but he was actally my 2nd choice (next to my doc-Dr Laubscher). I will be having all of my children through this office! :)
I called twice before I visited this facility on 6-29 with a broken hand. The interaction was pleasant and helpful both times. When I arrived I was greeted promptly, helped efficiently, and called back within 15 minutes as stated by the lady who helped me check in. The staff was kind, knowledgeable, and understanding. My experience there was so great; I will be calling the office and area managers to commend them. The first thing I did upon arriving home was to write this review. I will say I was "lucky" that there was not a waiting room full of patients. I'm sure that made a huge difference in my wait time. Though, if I did have to wait 2 hours, it still would have been worth it. Thank you to everyone who took care of me today!
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.