Appomattox River Medical

 

The Hopewell Medical Center originally opened in 1955 and the Colonial Heights Medical Center opened in 1985. Our offices are currently staffed my four physicians with specialties including Family Practice, Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. We also have four full time Nurse Practitioners in our practice.

In order to improve patient continuity in the setting of two offices, we have implemented EMR’s (Electronic Medical Records). Both offices are fully integrated into the system and no paper charts are used. This allows us to have a continuous medical record allowing for better care of patients that go to both offices. We also have Electronic Prescribing, which has the benefits of checking for drug-drug interactions. This is especially helpful to those patients that receive some of their prescriptions from a local pharmacy and others through mail order pharmacies.

The office has access to routine X-Ray facilities and a lab in our Hopewell office. Labs are performed either in the Hopewell office or will be sent to a reference lab (i.e. LabCorp). In either case, patients usually have their labs drawn at our office. This avoids in most cases having the patients travel to another lab for blood draws.

We have for years tried to stay on the cutting edge of medicine and have tried to focus on the ideals of a “Patient Centered Medical Home”, as recommended by the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians. The goal is to strive toward comprehensive care of acute and chronic illness, as well as preventative care through a team effort starting with your primary care provider. We aim to provide evidence-based medicine with improved access to appointments, weekend hours and try to see patients within 24 hours, with priority given to sick children. Through the use of technology, we strive to decrease medical errors and improve monitoring of chronic illness and preventative care recommendations. We also aim to provide access to necessary specialists, home health and end-of-life care to create a comprehensive healthcare strategy.

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