Cindy Carter - Receptionist
Cindy Carter has been with me for 39 years. She is important and valuable. She listens for me, and she speaks for me. Cindy is in charge of answering the phone, making appointments and referrals, scheduling tests, and signing people out. Her job is huge and rapidly paced. Any people who are rude or uncivil to Cindy will receive a letter of dismissal from me.
Patty McCormick - Nurse
Patty McCormick is my nurse. She has been with me for 39 years. She, too, is important and valuable. She listens for me, and she speaks for me. Patty is in charge of nursing duties, the lab, and bookkeeping, in addition to keeping up with all the federal and state laws that go with these tasks. Her job is rapidly paced, but well done day after day after day.
Joyce Martin - Medical Information Technician
Joyce Martin has been with the practice for 24 years. She is a medical information technician, and is in charge of gathering an enormous amount of information and placing it into the electronic medical record. After I have reviewed the lab and x ray reports ,she will distribute the information on the phone or in letter form. In addition, she is what used to be called-with paper charts-"the medical record" person. She does a great job, and our charts score in the high 90's when graded by insurance companies. Joyce has been with us for twelve years.
I have practiced in Cumming, Ga. for 39 years. I have always maintained my independence, and have never been owned, salaried, or in any hospital's back pocket. I have kept up with the medical literature-averaging a minimum of 70 hours of formal continuing education hours a year-20 required-as well as numerous hours informally. During 6-8 monthly rotations, Emory medical students come to study at our office. My primary interests are preventive primary care, electronic medical records, and the long-term maintenance of chronic problems as an outpatient. The paperwork in medicine has taken a lot of fun out of medicine. But the paperwork is necessary. There also seems to be a lot of "attitude" out there that also takes away the fun. But it is not necessary, and it (they) will be legally and rapidly dismissed from the practice.