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1601 S Fort AveSpringfield, MO 65807
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932 W State StSpringfield, MO 65806
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1950 E Republic RdSpringfield, MO 65804
2828 S Meadowbrook AveSpringfield, MO 65807
4685 S Robberson AveSpringfield, MO 65810
1514 W Lark StSpringfield, MO 65810
My husband and I started working for The Neighborhoods at Quail Creek before they opened their doors. In the beginning everything was great. Now the…
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
MRC Group and The Dunn Law Firm in Brentwood Tennessee are fraudulent companies. They Have stolen thousands of dollars from Senior Citizens and the Public. Both Companies should be prosecuted and representatives should all go to Jail for their Timeshare liquidation scams .PLEASE BEWARE
Great Dr/Surgeon! Would recommend without hesitation.
I was excited to have this new option right in my neighborhood but not now, unless they improve their processes drastically. I have a splinter in my finger that has been there for about a week and a half that I have been unsuccessful in removing it on my own so I set up an appointment at this Mercy-GOHealth Urgent Care online and was pleased with how easy it seemed and all my information was collected up front. The appointment was for 1:08 PM. When I arrived at 1:04, there appeared to be two people in the office with no patients and they asked me to sign in at the kiosk near the door entrance. When I typed in my name, the computer said that there was currently no one signed up for an appointment. Then one of the workers said, "Oh, I just took your name off because you didn't show up". I said, "I'm sorry, I signed up for 1:08 on the online system, what did I do wrong?". She then mumbled something and said don't worry about it then handed me to the other person who started signing me in. She then proceeded to ask me all the same questions I had already answered online. She then roomed me at about 1:10. I waited in the room until 1:35 then stuck my head out and what appeared to be a provider was at the main desk and turned her attention to me. I asked her, "Will I be seen soon, I've been waiting 25 minutes?" She then said, "Did you go somewhere?" and I said, "No, I've just been in the room waiting." She came into the room and began looking at my chart. I said, "What can I do different next time as the process here has been extremely frustrating?" and she said, "No one else has had a problem." Wrong answer. I decided at that point to leave and seriously doubt I will try them again for fear of wasting my time.
My Primary retired and look and looked for a Dr.I felt comfortable with.Well I did when I found him.He has the old bedside manners, caring,He takes time and answers all ? I'd have to say,if your looking for a caring Doctor, he is the one.Mercy should fill PROUD to have him on there team.Cause I had tried 2 before him.They treated,,,well I will leave it at that.TY Dr.B
Dr. Elkady has been treating me and my COPD for 6 years. I am so happy to have found him. He really cares about his patients and goes out of his way to treat you and find out just actually what is really going on. I love this man! He is so honest and direct . Talking to him is easy. If you are looking for a good pulmonologist he’s your man. I can’t imagine where I would be right now I’m my health without him. If you go tell him Jenny Bruce sent you!! I’d give him 10 stars if I could!!!
I had a Post accident test done and I can't get anyone to return my call or get the results back. I've been trying for 3 weeks. I will think twice before using this facility again..
I have had about 30 different (non-cosmetic) surgeries and this was the best experience I have had. Dr. Kienstra made me feel comfortable before the surgery told me everything to expect that it was going to be rough. (And it was.) They all treat me like family and are always glad to see me come in. My results have been amazing. I feel so much better about the way I look and feel about myself. When I talk to people about my surgery, they always have nice things to say about Dr. Kienstra and what a wonderful surgeon he is.
Dr. Kienstra is the only person I would ever trust with my face. After my Rhinoplasty, my nose is exactly how it should have always been. I could not be happier with my results!
Dr. Misterovich is actually at the Cox Skin Care Clinic at 2900 S. National Ave in Springfield. She is AMAZING! I didn't wait but 5 minutes to see her. She is very nice and is extremely knowledgeable. I recommend her to everyone!
THIS- is the WORST hospital-in SPRINGFIELD,MISSOURI!. and the world!!-by my own-experience as a patient there! the psychiatrist here-called-DR.KIM-IS A STRAIGHT UP-RACIST TOWARDS-BLACKS! i had a terrible time there! because of the way this evil DOCTOR.-treated me-only BASED ON MY RACE-THAT IS DISCRIMINATION-A HORRIBLE CRIME! and she- didn't even care! i went there to get help! for being-depressed and suicidal! and since I'M black and said -why-being homeless-she yelled at me-like a nutcase! she was very rude and mean! telling me--YELLING-this is not a homeless- shelter!! this is not -permanent!! why say that?it was-uncalled-for!! and i was the only black woman-there! everyone else there as patients was-white! not that it matters to me-but it did to her! that was wrong! the other patients wasn't treated like that! but when it came to me-it's a different story!-and was rushed out! against my will-a violation of my rights!! and she-ordered me out the next day! even though i just got there!! but when it came to the other patients- they were allowed to stay-longer! who wanted to leave! and said to me- they were held here against their will and just wanted to go home! yet i was the only one who had to leave-fast! and then a nurse called-JUANITA! WAS RACIST TOWARDS ME-TOO! agreeing with that fake DR.! and had the nerve to threaten me to leave-or else she will call the cops! when they are the ones who committed a crime! not-me! i was innocent! and she called me a liar!! after i told her that i am still depressed and suicidal! she was THE LIAR! !when i know i was telling her- the truth! so i was discharged-off the record! not even in writing! both of them-should be fired! after that i couldn't wait to leave! and get away from these heartless-racists! and for that i had to go back to the emergency room-all over-again!-for being more depressed-and suicidal! because of them! patients do-have rights-and it should never be violated-for any reason! no matter what caused it!! they still deserve to get help for it! no matter what their race! so-don't ever come to this wicked hospital!!! they don't live up to their name!!-there is no-mercy-here!! if your-black and homeless! THE STAFF HERE-ARE THE ONES disturbed-more than the patients!!- shame on them all! don't EVER-come here- at- inpatient part A!!--beware!!!
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.