by Bret Berigan
Primary care providers are the gatekeepers of patient care. From treating illnesses and diagnosing health issues to managing chronic conditions and collaborating with specialists, it all starts with primary care.
In north St. Louis County, two BJC Medical Group practices continue to make exemplary primary care more readily available in the community: BJC Medical Group at Northwest HealthCare and BJC Medical Group Primary Care North County.
Staffed by seven family practice providers and three internal medicine providers, BJC Medical Group at Northwest HealthCare welcomed new provider Tiffany Adams-Holmes, MD, to the team Sept. 1.
And BJC Medical Group Primary Care North County, a new practice also located at Northwest HealthCare, is being formed by Bessevelyn Tables, MD, who began Sept. 1, and Gayla Jackson, MD, who began Oct. 1.
The community will benefit from the expertise and knowledge that these physicians bring. The practice also provides patients with greater access, making it easier and quicker to see a primary care provider.
While the practices operate separately, they are united in their patient-centered approach. Providers work in partnership with patients, ensuring they understand and have a voice in their care. This approach also applies to the remainder of the patients’ treatment care team — a nurse practitioner and nurses specifically assigned to the provider.
“Patients are the priority. They’re the reason we’re here,” says Leslie Barnes-Berry, BJC Medical Group practice administrator. “We do everything we can to make sure they have the best patient experience possible.”
As part of their commitment to delivering an exceptional patient experience, the practices offer nurse-only appointments for specific needs like blood pressure checks or shots, point-of-care testing through their in-clinic lab and telephone nurse triage for after-hours illness or injury assistance. Patients are also provided with an after-visit summary, or a written recap of their visit, to reference and share with loved ones at home.
Choosing a BJC Medical Group primary care provider gives patients access to the resources of BJC. BJC Medical Group providers collaborate with top specialists to ensure patients receive the most comprehensive and innovative care possible.
Providing this level of care in North County is a top priority for BJC Medical Group. The two practices are focused on delivering great primary care, not only to their patients, but also to the community. Through community events, health fairs and other important health care resources, they are making strides every day to improve access to care, without barriers, for all patients.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Adams-Holmes, call BJC Medical Group at Northwest HealthCare, 314-953-6801. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Tables or Dr. Jackson, call BJC Medical Group Primary Care North County, 314-953-6968.
Established patients can also schedule appointments through MyChart, the BJC Medical Group patient portal.