Once patients are discharged from the hospital, being quickly readmitted is not high on their list of upcoming goals. Providing appropriate care while in the hospital and follow-up care after discharge can help to reduce the need for readmission. In fact, that follow-up care can be critical in making sure that the progress patients make in the hospital continues after discharge.
With the changing model of dedicated hospitalist-based care, the hospitalist physician has become standard practice in medicine. For patients who do not have a primary doctor, or at the request of a community physician, an internal medicine physician assigned to the hospital provides care for patients while they are hospitalized.
The hospitalist follows the patient throughout the stay, and when the patient is well enough to be discharged, patients are referred back to their primary care physician. But what about patients who do not have a primary provider? To help address this gap and to provide the continuum of care from the hospital bedside and beyond, Wellington Regional Medical Center has opened the Wellington Center of Internal Medicine located on the hospital’s main campus.
The new clinic provides patients discharged from WRMC the opportunity to have the important follow-up care with physicians who were part of their care team while in the hospital.
As a teaching hospital, the physicians at the Wellington Center of Internal Medicine have access to the latest medical education, clinical research and up-to-date clinical practices. All that expertise is now available in an outpatient setting through the new clinic.
“The Wellington Center for Internal Medicine is committed to providing exceptional adult primary care,” said Dr. Alejandro Biglione, associate program director of the Wellington Center for Internal Medicine. “Our goal is to ensure that our patients feel comfortable with their health knowing that they have a medical provider for life.”
The Wellington Center of Internal Medicine is a full-service outpatient internal medicine practice with five exam rooms, an onsite lab and a procedural room. The clinic is located 10111 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Suite 231, in the building located directly east of the hospital’s main entrance. It specializes in the treatment of patients age 18 and over. Some of the services available at the clinic include wellness checkups, sick visits, post-hospital follow-up care, diabetes maintenance, management of chronic conditions, immunizations, sports physicals and chronic medical condition management.
“Your health is important to us. That is why our physicians follow the latest guidelines and treatments when caring for our patients,” Biglione said. “Whether it is for a routine physical or a serious illness that requires a hospital stay, the team at the Wellington Center of Internal Medicine is committed to providing quality adult primary care.”
The center can accommodate walk-ins and same-day visits for urgent patient care needs. To schedule an appointment, call (561) 472-2590. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and accepts most health insurances.