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HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — A pediatric practice that offers same day office appointments with little to no waiting time, longer unhurried visits, direct access to their own doctor day and night…a parent’s dream made real in the age of concierge medicine. While the appeal of concierge care continues to grow among adults who appreciate the personalized care offered, it is rapidly gaining traction at the other end of the spectrum for parents who recognize the value for their children as well.
After 15 years of caring for children at traditional practices, with continually expanding patient panels and rushed visits, this August, Jessica Rappaport, MD, opened the doors to her own pediatrics concierge practice in suburban Chicago. She finds parents quick to understand and embrace concierge medicine’s hallmark benefits as an ideal fit for their children’s care.
A parent of two youngsters herself, Dr. Rappaport knows: “When your child is sick, nothing else matters. It’s why I want to be available to my patients and their families whenever, and for however long, is needed. Extended visits allow me to practice pediatric medicine the way it should be practiced.”
Affirms Rachel W., a parent who enrolled her children the day Rappaport Pediatrics opened: “There’s no other area of your life where additional reassurance and support, and the feeling that someone’s looking at the big picture, are so needed.”
More time is also available for proactive wellness, beginning with an extensive assessment of a child’s overall health. “Increased awareness of pediatric conditions among well-informed parents makes it essential to have the time to discuss these issues in depth,” says Dr. Rappaport.
“The ability to remain independent, not employed by a hospital or health system, is critical to many pediatricians considering a concierge practice,” says Michael Friedlander, principal, Specialdocs Consultants, Inc., a national firm that assisted Dr. Rappaport with her transition.
“The concierge model also emphasizes proactive rather than reactive care,” says Friedlander, and is fueling a growing interest among pediatricians.
From the time the first such practice was reported in 2004, the numbers have continued to rise nationwide, according to Dr. Edward Kulich, founder and president, American Academy of Concierge Pediatricians.
“Pediatricians tell us that being able to spend more time at each visit and develop a personal relationship with patients and their parents makes all the difference in the world,” says Friedlander.
Founded in 2002, Specialdocs Consultants, Inc. is a pioneer in transitioning traditional medical practices nationwide to independent, custom-designed concierge models. Our unique approach ensures that physicians retain their autonomy, with their own names at the forefront of the practice. Specialdocs’ highly experienced staff, along with our reputation for success and integrity across the country, allows us to remain the leader in transitioning more physicians to this independent model than any other company. We provide all the essentials and ongoing support for a successful concierge medicine practice, throughout the transition process and beyond. www.specialdocs.com
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