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Medical Specialties in Lakeland South
Dedicated Senior Medical Centers offer a variety of medical specialties and works with trusted, preferred specialists for our patients' care. These preferred specialists, both on-site and in the community, work side-by-side with our primary care physicians to care for each patient individually. For patients requiring off-site care from a trusted specialist, Dedicated Senior Medical Centers staff will coordinate the entire referral process.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It is based in traditional Chinese medicine, which believes that the mind and body are connected. This form of treatment uses a variety of techniques to stimulate specific points in the body to help it restore and maintain healing. It is used to help treat things like back and neck pain, nausea, migraine headaches, anxiety and sleep problems. Acupuncture is a complementary form of medical treatment, which means it is used together with the traditional medical care to help you reach your best level of health. At Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, we have doctors who specialize in acupuncture and provide treatment in many of our centers. You and your doctor can talk more about acupuncture and if it may be helpful to you. Our Patient Community Relations Specialists can let you know if your health plan covers this service and how you may qualify for it.
Behavioral healthcare is an emerging field within the practice of high-quality, coordinated healthcare. It is when behavioral health specialists and medical providers work together to care for a patient. This care may address mental health and substance abuse conditions, health behaviors (including their contribution to chronic medical illnesses), life stressors and crises, stress-related physical symptoms, and ineffective patterns of healthcare utilization. At Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, we provide behavioral healthcare in order to provide overall wellness to each individual patient in every aspect of their life.
Cardiology is a field of medicine that focuses on the heart and circulatory system, also known as the cardiovascular system. Cardiology includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease and heart failure. Dedicated Senior Medical Centers cardiologists are experts in dealing with disorders of the heart and work onsite in many of our centers. At Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, our primary care physicians work closely with our cardiologist to coordinate your personal care plan and help keep your heart, arteries and blood vessels healthy. We specialize in helping our patients manage conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and other health issues that can lead to heart disease. Your Dedicated Senior Medical Centers PCP and cardiologist are a team and continuously communicate with each other about your heart health.
A case manager is a healthcare professional who helps patients and their families and/or caregivers get through tough times. A case manager can give advice and help patients who have disabilities, mental health issues or social needs find services they need to maintain optimal health and quality of life. He/she also works closely with doctors, social workers and other community service providers to ensure patient needs are met. As a Dedicated Senior Medical Centers patient, we can link you to Community Connections services, which include support from a case manager, if life’s challenges may be affecting how you live. Your case manager can help you link to community agencies for help securing food, shelter, in-home support and other needed services. He/she can also help you prepare for a hospital discharge and your aftercare needs, connect you to support groups and recommend activity programs that improve your health. Your case manager will help guide you along the way and follow up for ongoing support.
This medical specialty focuses on care of the skin, hair and nails. At Dedicated Senior Medical Center, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) can help you with any issues affecting these areas. Your PCP will also work closely with a skin specialist (called a dermatologist) to coordinate your personal care plan and help keep your skin, hair and nails their healthiest. Your Dedicated Senior Medical Center PCP and dermatologist will always follow through with each other about your care, your test results and any changes in your health.
Endocrinology is a medical specialty that focuses on the health of the glands in your body and the hormones they secrete. Your endocrine system can affect every aspect of your health. Your glands make hormones and release them into your bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, these hormones travel to the organs of your body to help them function. Your endocrine system includes the thyroid, adrenal glands (located on the kidneys), pituitary gland (located in the brain), pancreas and other vital organs. As a Dedicated Senior Medical Centers patient, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) can help monitor many endocrine system issues, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders and more. They may also refer you to an endocrinologist if your health concerns require it. Dedicated Senior Medical Centers PCPs work closely with endocrinologists to coordinate your personal care plan and manage conditions such as diabetes and thyroid issues.
Gastroenterology is a medical specialty that focuses on the treatment of the digestive system, known as the gastrointestinal tract. This is often referred to as your “GI” tract and includes all of the body’s organs that are involved in digestive processes such as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. Your digestive tract helps the body absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. Many types of illnesses like infections from bacteria, viruses or parasites can cause GI problems. Other ongoing health conditions can also cause GI problems, such as indigestion, acid reflux and other issues in these body organs. Your Dedicated Senior Medical Centers PCP can help treat many common GI problems. For more complex issues, they may refer you to a specialist called a gastroenterologist. If so, your PCP and GI specialist will work together to coordinate your personal care plan to get your digestive system back on track.
This is a term for hearing loss. It means a person has trouble hearing in one or both ears. It can also mean that a person cannot hear at all (is deaf) in one or both ears. Part of your routine care at Dedicated Senior Medical Centers includes working with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) on your hearing. Your PCP may recommend you see a hearing specialist if your issue requires it. If so, your PCP and hearing specialist will work together to coordinate your personal care plan so you can stay safe and enjoy a higher quality of life.
A hospitalist is a medical doctor who works full-time in a hospital. As a Dedicated Senior Medical Center patient, you never have to worry about being alone in the hospital. Dedicated Senior Medical Center has hospitalists onsite that oversee your care during your stay. This doctor is available to you at all times and keeps your primary care physician and specialists notified and up to date on your condition and coordinates all of your in-patient care until you go home.
An echocardiogram (or “echo” for short) is a sonogram of your heart. An echo is a test that uses ultrasound waves to take a picture of the heart and its other structures. An echo can provide your doctor with useful information, such as the size and shape of your heart. This test can also help your doctor measure how well your heart is working, check for fluid around the heart and locate defects or infections. At Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, we perform echocardiograms right in our centers, so you don’t have to travel to a diagnostic center for this important test.
Common illnesses like a cold, the flu and pink eye are types of diseases that are caused by an infection. Infections happen when bacteria, viruses or parasites get into the body and start growing in number quickly. They are also easy to spread from person to person. Sometimes, an infectious disease can have no symptoms and a person may not feel sick at all. It can be in one spot of the body (like a small area on the skin) or it can get into the blood vessels and spread throughout the body (like the flu). At Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, your Primary Care Physician can generally diagnose and treat many common infections. Depending on the type of infection you have, your PCP may advise you to see a specialist who treats your specific type of infection. Your Dedicated Senior Medical Centers PCP will work closely with the ID specialist to coordinate your personal care plan to help you heal or avoid worsening symptoms. Your Dedicated Senior Medical Centers PCP and infectious disease specialist will always communicate about your care, your test results and any changes in your health.
Nephrology is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease. Patients are referred to nephrologists for various reasons such as acute renal failure, chronic kidney disease, kidney stones and hypertension. As a Dedicated Senior Medical Centers patient, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) works closely with your nephrologist to coordinate your personal care plan and help keep your kidneys at their healthiest. That includes helping you manage conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and other health issues that can lead to or worsen kidney disease. Your Dedicated Senior Medical Centers PCP and nephrologist will always communicate with each other about your care and monitor any changes in your health.
Neurology is a medical specialty that focuses on diagnosing and treating disorders of the nervous system. The nervous system is a complex system that regulates and coordinates activities in the body. The nervous system includes the brain, spinal cord, nerves and their coverings. Commonly known nervous system disorders include Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and many types of chronic headaches. As a Dedicated Senior Medical Centers patient, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) works closely with your neurologist to coordinate your personal care plan and help keep your nervous system working at its best. Your Dedicated Senior Medical Centers PCP and neurologist will always communicate with each other about your care and monitor any changes in your health.
Nuclear Stress Test
A Nuclear stress test helps to determine if there are any blockages in the vessels that provide blood to the heart. It measures blood flow while the heart is at rest and compares it to when the heart is working harder as a result of exertion (exercise) or medication. Images are taken that are able to show damaged heart muscle or where there may be decreased blood flow through the heart. We offer this test right here in our centers for your convenience.
A nutritionist is a healthcare professional who specializes in food and nutrition. They can help establish healthy eating plans for people who wish to lose weight, improve their health or have special dietary needs. Special needs can include allergies or health conditions like heart disease or diabetes that require careful food planning to manage them better. Dedicated Senior Medical Centers offers nutrition services and patient education classes that include free nutritional counseling from an expert to support your overall health and well-being. Ask your doctor or care team member about the nutrition services and other health and wellness programs that may be offered at your location.
Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine concerned with the study and treatment of disorders and diseases of the eye. An ophthalmologist is a medical doctor specializing in medical and surgical eye problems. Dedicated ophthalmologists work with your primary care physician to ensure you receive complete care.
Optometry is a medical specialty focused on the health of the eyes and vision. Optometrists can help you improve your vision, as well as diagnose and treat various eye diseases. At Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, we know that your eyesight and health are connected. That’s why we offer convenient onsite vision care services in many of our centers as part of our commitment to ensure you get the highest quality care. As a Dedicated Senior Medical Centers patient, your primary care physician works closely with our optometrists to coordinate your personal care plan and help improve and prolong your ability to see. Your Dedicated Senior Medical Centers PCP and optometrist will always communicate with each other about your care, your test results and any changes in your vision or general health. Talk to your doctor or care team member about vision services and how you may qualify for them.
As an extension of our cardiology services, Dedicated Senior Medical Center has relationships with many different pacemaker manufacturers. Technicians from these manufacturers come onsite when cardiologists are in the office to perform pacemaker checks. After the technician checks the pacemaker our cardiologist will review the results before the patient leaves the office. The check itself takes 15-45 minutes, and includes testing the pacemaker's battery and ensuring heart rate and heart rhythm data are being collected properly.
Podiatry is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of your feet, ankles and lower extremeties. Podiatry can be very important to the health of seniors and their continued healthy mobility. A podiatrist can also be a critical component in the treatment of patients who are diabetic. Many Dedicated Senior Medical Centers centers have onsite podiatrists who can help you if you are experiencing trouble with your feet. That means your PCP and foot doctor can talk to each other, face-to-face, and coordinate the best care for you.
This is a place where people get prescription and over-the-counter medications (also called OTC medications). As a Dedicated Senior Medical Centers patient, you can enjoy the convenience of getting the medicines you need right from your doctor during your visit. Getting your medicine while you’re here in our centers gives you and your doctor more time to talk about how and when to take it. You can also ask your doctor questions about your medicines. For you, that also means no waiting in long lines at the pharmacy or having to remember to get your refills in time. Talk to your doctor or a member of our care team today to find out how you can take advantage of this and other services Dedicated Senior Medical Centers provides.
Primary Care doctors are the captains of your healthcare team and oversee all aspects of your healthcare needs. Your dedicated PCP doctor monitors your health and medications, orders on-site tests and screenings, and coordinates specialty care.
This branch of medicine focuses on mental health and emotional problems that can affect your behavior and quality of life. At Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, our Primary Care Physicians (PCP) understand the connection between mind and body health and can provide help for depression, anxiety and other common problems. Your PCP may also refer you to Community Connections whose professionals work closely with Dedicated Senior Medical Centers patients who require a more in-depth evaluation of their behavioral health needs and referral to helpful resources. Your PCP and case manager and/or social worker will always follow through with each other about your care, results, changing health and other needs.
Pulmonology is a medical specialty that deals with the health of your respiratory tract. This includes your lungs and the passageways that oxygen travels through to get to your lungs, such as your throat and sinuses. A pulmonologist is trained in diseases and conditions of the chest, particularly pneumonia, asthma, tuberculosis, emphysema and other chest infections. At Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, your Primary Care Physician understands how to keep your lungs healthy and working like they should. Your PCP will also work closely with your lung doctor to coordinate your personal care plan and help you keep breathing well. Your PCP and lung specialist will always follow through with each other about your care, your test results and any changes in your health.
This medical specialty uses radiation through tests like X-rays and ultrasound to diagnose and treat certain health problems and diseases. Dedicated Senior Medical Centers provides many different diagnostic services right in our centers so you don’t have to go to multiple places to get them done. Our services include EKGs to test your heart, lab work such as urinalysis, blood work, flu and strep tests, X-rays, ultrasounds and more. Your doctor will determine which diagnostic services you need and order them during your visits.
Rheumatology is a medical specialty that focuses on diagnosing and treating conditions of the muscles, tendons, joints, bones and autoimmune diseases that affect these tissues. A rheumatologist is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones. These conditions can also include tendonitis, osteoporosis and back pain. At Dedicated Senior Medical Centers, your PCP will work closely with your specialist to coordinate a personal care plan that keeps you safe and moving well with less or no pain. Your Dedicated Senior Medical Centers PCP and specialist will always follow through with each other about your care, your test results and any changes in your health.
Skilled nursing is a level of care given when a patient needs full-time care from a nurse or other skilled nursing professional (SNP) to help the patient recover, especially after surgery, an injury or a hospital stay. This level of care may be required for short- or long-term needs. A skilled nursing professional can help manage, observe and evaluate your care outside of a medical office or hospital—usually in the home or a skilled nursing facility like a nursing home. Examples of skilled nursing care include IV injections, physical therapy and personal care like help with bathing, dressing and walking if you can no longer do them by yourself. Patients who have Medicare can get skilled nursing care under certain conditions.
The social worker is a non-medical specialist who can assist patients with linkage to community resources. This role will advocate for the social needs of the patient and assist the medical team with identifying resources that may help the patient remain independent and healthy. The social worker will assess the strengths of the individual, family, and social support systems to help patients function and remain independent within their communities. Community resources include Alliance for Aging, Meals on Wheels, Senior Community Centers, Adult Day Care Programs and Community Mental Health Centers.
At Dedicated Senior Medical Center, we see many patients who speak a native language other than English. Fortunately, we have many doctors and staff members who can often assist you or your loved one communicate important health information. We also provide translation services at all of our centers to help make communicating easier. If you wish to utilize our translations services in order to communicate and understand your health plan in your native language, please notify the front desk staff, and we will help arrange translation service for you.
This medical specialty focuses on the organs in the body that produce and process urine. These organs include the bladder, kidneys and the male and female urinary tract. As a Dedicated Senior Medical Centers patient, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) works closely with your urology doctor (called a urologist; said like yur-ol-uh-jist) to coordinate your personal care plan and help keep your body working at its best level. That includes helping you manage any conditions that can lead to or worsen urinary issues. Your Dedicated Medical Centers PCP and urologist will always follow through with each other about your care, your test results and any changes in your health.
Wound care is when a healthcare professional helps your body go through its normal healing process after it is damaged by things like surgery, a sore, cut, break or other injury. Many of our Dedicated Senior Medical Centers doctors specialize in wound care and create a treatment plan to ensure your body heals properly.