At WIM, Your Health Is Our Greatest Concern
Our Mission at Waycross Internal Medicine is to provide our patients with evidence-based health care, emphasizing the maintenance of health, provided in a compassionate setting.
What Is Internal Medicine?
Physicians who specialize in internal medicine are often called internists. They focus on adult medicine and have had special training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases.At least three of their seven plus years of training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. An Internist is sometimes referred to as the "doctor's doctor" because they are often called upon to act as consultants to other physicians to help solve puzzling diagnostic problems. While the name "internal medicine" may lead one to believe that internists treat only internal problems, this is not the case. Doctors of internal medicine treat the whole person, not just the disease. They are trained to handle severe chronic illnesses and situations where several different illnesses may strike at the same time. They also bring to patients an understanding of wellness (disease prevention and the promotion of health), women’s health, mental health, and substance abuse as well as the effective treatment of common problems of the eyes, ears, skin, nervous system and reproductive organs
Specialists care may include Cardiology, Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases, Gastroenterology, Hematology and Oncology. These sub-specialists within Internal Medicine obtain additional training in a special area of study.
A Call During Office Hours
Our triage nurses are well trained and have the skills necessary to advise patients and family members about the management of many minor illnesses and injuries. There may be times, however, after discussing the concern with the provider, that the nurse may ask that the patient come into the office the day of the occurrence to be seen by one of our providers.
In requesting test results, such as x-rays or lab studies, remember that it takes an average of 72 hours to retrieve a final report. Out of courtesy for our staff, please allow for three days upon completion of your test before contacting our office for results. Generally, you will only be contacted by our office if the test results are abnormal.
Helping Us Take Care Of You!
We expect our patients to actively participate in their health care. Patients are encouraged to discuss lifestyle changes with their provider at each visit. We ask that at each office visit our patients provide our staff with an up-to-date list of medications and prescribed dosage for each. This includes herbs and other supplements as well.
If a patient needs to cancel or reschedule an appointment, we ask that our office be notified as soon as possible. As we are always looking for new ways to serve our patients, please let us know how we can better assist you!
Thank you for choosing Waycross Internal Medicine and for allowing us the opportunity to be part of your healthcare. We hope you will find the information we provide most useful for your current and future health.
As a team, we pledge to make visits to our practice as comfortable as possible. This includes a staff member thoroughly explaining information regarding the patient’s condition, medications, and treatment plan. We welcome all questions, suggestions, and comments in order to better serve our patients and their families.