Kirk Jackson, M.D., and Stephen Winston, M.D., Provide Patient-Centered Care in Northern Alabama and Mobile Bay
BOCA RATON, Fla., Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — MDVIP, the national leader in affordable personalized healthcare, announced today that two Alabama physicians – Kirk Jackson, M.D., an internist in Decatur, and Stephen Winston, M.D., a family practitioner in Fairhope – have opened MDVIP-affiliated primary care practices. Drs. Jackson and Winston join MDVIP’s network of over 950 physician affiliates, including 22 across the State of Alabama, who are delivering a better healthcare experience with an emphasis on health prevention, not just the treatment of illness.
“My goal as an internist is to manage and anticipate each patient’s unique healthcare needs,” said Dr. Jackson. “Now as an MDVIP-affiliated physician, I have the time and tools to help patients uncover the issues that could cause potential health problems later and partner with them on establishing goals that put them on a path to optimal health.”
“Joining MDVIP allows me and my patients to spend the necessary time getting to know each other and working collaboratively on a plan for healthy living. If illness or injury do occur, patients can take comfort in the fact that they have a physician who is available, knows the medical community and most importantly, knows them,” said Dr. Winston, who has been practicing in Fairhope for 22 years.
Personalized Preventive Care
MDVIP-affiliated physicians maintain significantly smaller practices, which allows them to spend more time with patients and provide highly individualized primary care compared to traditional practices. For an annual membership fee, each patient receives the MDVIP Wellness Program, a comprehensive yearly health assessment that includes advanced diagnostic tests and screenings to give a more complete view of the patient’s overall health. Using the results, physicians provide coaching and tools to help patients make healthier lifestyle choices, prevent disease and achieve their wellness goals.
Proven Health Outcomes
Published research supports the MDVIP model. Medicare patients in MDVIP-affiliated practices were admitted to the hospital 79% less than patients in traditional practices, and commercial patients were in the hospital 72% less, notes an American Journal of Managed Care study. This significant reduction in hospitalizations yielded a $300-million savings for Medicare in one year. Readmission rates for Medicare patients suffering heart attack, congestive heart failure and pneumonia were dramatically lower than for non-MDVIP Medicare patients.
Smaller Practice, More Time
Other benefits of an MDVIP-affiliated practice include same- or next-day appointments that start on time and last an average of 30 minutes. Physicians are reachable 24/7 by phone. If patients have an emergent need while traveling, their physician can help arrange care with a local hospital, pharmacy or doctor, which may include another MDVIP-affiliated physician. Demonstrating the value of the MDVIP model, patient satisfaction and annual membership renewals consistently exceed 90 percent.
About Kirk L. Jackson, M.D.
Dr. Jackson earned his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile, where he also completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine. He’s affiliated with Decatur Morgan Hospital and SouthernCare Hospice.
About Stephen E. Winston, M.D.
Dr. Winston earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina. He’s affiliated with Thomas Hospital in Fairhope.
MDVIP leads the market in membership-based healthcare that goes far beyond concierge medicine services with a national network of more than 950 primary care physicians focused on prevention and personalized healthcare. Learn more at www.mdvip.com.