When was the last time that your family physician made a house call? Or you were able to make a same-day appointment, see the doctor without waiting -- and then spend a half hour talking over your treatment plan?
These seemingly old-fashioned images are at the core of practicing medicine for Dr. John Brady of The Village Doctor. Working and living in the Hilton Village area of Newport News, Brady and nurse Jeannie Arado provide preventative care, management of chronic illnesses and special care coordination for nearly 1,500 patients.
As he developed his business model, Dr. Brady became active in a national movement known as the "Ideal Medical Practices, " or "IMP," which focuses on managing practice work-flow and communications to increase quality in primary care. Brady's efforts and those of other IMP practices around the country, gained national attention in 2006, with an article in The Wall Street Journal.
For more articles about Ideal Medical Practices, go here.
For his accomplishments, Brady was recently selected by the Virginia Academy of Family Physicians as the 2008-2009 Virginia Family Physician of the Year. This statewide award, which is the academy's highest honor, is presented to "a family physician who gives compassionate care, is active in the community, and serves as a role model to medical students and other medical professionals."
An article from 2 weeks ago about Dr. Brady's practice can be found here.
When my solo practice grows up, I want it to be just like Dr. Brady's.