As part of introducing the start of extended hours at the clinic, Atkins Family Medical Clinic is offering an opportunity to meet those providing care to you and your family.
The Atkins Family Medical Clinic is now offering appointments as early as 7 AM and will remain open until 8 PM, Monday through Thursday. The public has an opportunity to stop by the clinic located at 401 Cardinal Avenue in Atkins and meet the entire staff on June 7 from 5-7pm. Visitors will be treated to refreshments, tours and additional information about all the services.
Up until recently, Stephanie Vogeler, PA-C, has been the only provider at the Atkins clinic. “It’s pretty hard for people to take time off work, maybe run to the babysitter for the kids, be here for an appointment, and then try to scramble back to work,” says Stephanie. “That’s why I’m pleased that we are giving patients the chance to have an appointment at a more convenient time and still be able to maintain a relationship with one provider.”
Stephanie recently shared how difficult it can be when patients need to be seen, but the schedule is packed. “I have a very difficult time telling a person with an illness that I don’t have time to see them, but that means people sit in the waiting room longer than they want to, and longer than I want them to. This can happen even more frequently when it’s flu season, and we’re trying to help everyone. Having another provider to help will not only let us make it more convenient to get an appointment, but it will also help reduce time spent waiting once the patient arrives.”
The new provider is Samantha Isaac, PA-C. Samantha graduated last year from the Physician Assistant program at Des Moines University. She began seeing patients at the Vinton clinic soon after graduating but is now excited to accept her own patients, as well as helping make the VGH family medical clinic in Atkins a more convenient primary care home for patients of all medical backgrounds.
“I have been seeing patients who need an appointment but whose primary care provider can’t get them worked in as quickly as the patient wants,” Samantha says. “The experience in Vinton was fantastic, but I am excited about being in Atkins because I will have the opportunity to develop relationships with patients because I will be seeing them over a longer period of time.”
“An advantage for the patient,” explains Samantha, “is the ability Stephanie and I have of working as a team. A patient may regularly see Stephanie but have a schedule that doesn’t always allow an appointment with her. Because we share the same computerized patient record, I can see what Stephanie and the patient have been doing and continue or alter treatment based on the circumstances at that time. The next day when Stephanie and I are working together, we can discuss the plan of treatment. Together we can provide consistency and continuity in the patient’s care.”
Therapy services in Atkins will continue to be scheduled flexibly around the needs of patients.