I’m a physician assistant and before joining the employer healthcare model seven years ago, I spent years in a perpetually busy, one-provider clinic. I’d see 25 to 30 patients each day with appointments lasting 15 minutes at best. I was burnt out and unsatisfied because I couldn’t spend time with patients.
At an employer health center, I have the opportunity to spend as much time as I need with patients. My minimum visit with patients who have chronic health conditions, for example, is 30 minutes. I can add more time to the appointment as necessary.
I also have the opportunity to work with an integrated care team that includes a health coach and behavioral health specialist. We provide preventive and holistic-based care, and our focus is always helping patients improve their health. We get to know patients on a personal level to build trusted relationships.
I see firsthand the difference our care makes. We’re improving quality of life and that’s exactly why I chose this career. I also have work-life balance, so when I’m done working, I can focus on my most important job of being a mom and wife.