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Senior Primary Care Practice
A division of the Department of Geratric Services
Senior Primary Care Practice at Palmetto Health Richland
3010 Farrow Road, Suite 300
Columbia, S.C. 29203
Telephone: 803.434.1210 • Fax: 803.434.1212
Senior Primary Care Practice at Parkridge
190 Parkridge, Suite G-100
Columbia, S.C. 29212
Telephone: 803.434.4700 • Fax: 803.434.8747
What is The Senior Primary Care Practice?
The Senior Primary Care Practice has received the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level III for physician practice.
NCQA measures healthcare quality improvement among physicians who deliver superior care using standards firmly rooted in medical evidence. To date, nearly 10, 000 physicians nationwide have been recognized by NCQA in the areas of diabetes care, cardiovascular care, back pain care and practices that systematically provide preventive and chronic care.
The physicians and staff at Senior Primary Care Practice have long prided ourselves in the level of care we are able to provide to our patients and their families. We believe excellent patient care should not only address patients' physical ailments, but also emotional and social well-being. Receiving the Level III (the highest) NCQA accreditation has reinforced our belief that we are doing the right thing for our patients. This recognition sets us apart as a center of excellence at the national, state, and local levels. "We are extremely proud of all the effort our staff puts into giving such excellent patient centered care, but even prouder that our patients are able to continue to get exceptional care in the wake of an ever changing healthcare environment," said Dr. Tisha Boston, Medical Director at Senior Primary Care Practice.
The Senior Primary Care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers provide compassionate care with sensitivity and dignity, while addressing the complex needs of older patients and helping them to maintain their independence.
The Senior Primary Care Practice is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Level-III Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)-the highest possible designation. The Patient-Centered Medical Home is a health care setting that emphasizes partnerships between individual patients and their personal physicians. The quality-focused model replaces acute illness care with care based on prevention, care coordination for chronic diseases, and a long term-healing relationship with a health care team that is centered on the needs of the patient and their family. NCQA recognizes practices that meet this designation nationally at three levels of activity and demonstrated outcomes. Primary care practices that receive a Level-III designation, like the Senior Primary Care, must go through a rigorous assessment and review process.
Geriatric medicine is its own specialty. After an internal medicine or family practice residency, physicians can complete a one or two year fellowship to become certified in geriatrics. Geriatricians are primary care doctors for older patients and also can servce as consultants to other physicians and to ospital programs that work with the elderly. Psychiatrists also can complete a fellowship to specialize in geriatric psychiatry.
Our physicians have graduated from top medical schools in the country. Whether spending time with a patient, conducting research studies or writing grants, our staff is committed to the well-being of each patient.
You Are Important To Us
When you join our practice, everything changes. Gone are the days of long lines at a physician's office. From the time you enter our practice, you meet with your social worker. Your social worker determines any concerns or issues with your healthcare. You then meet witht your physician for a minimum of 30 minutes. Your physician does a thorough medical assessment and works with his or her team to identify ways to meet your needs.
Whether it is a concern about an ache or pain or newly diagnosed chronic illness, we are committed to being invested in your health.
For more information or to make an appointment, please call 803-434-1210 (downtown) or 803-434-4700.