Some medical practices are a new breed, offering health care consumers access to a licensed physician along with other disciplines of care. Called multidisciplinary practices, these practices mean patients can access a variety of health care providers from within a single practice.
Board-certified nurse practitioner Erin Scott is a provider at Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group, one such practice. “In a multidisciplinary practice we’re all under one roof and computer system,” she says. “You can see anyone from a primary care specialist to a neurologist to a cardiologist to a gastroenterologist to a gynecologist. For lack of a better word, it’s almost one-stop shopping.”
The practice style appeals to patients for a couple of key reasons: namely it’s a more holistic approach and it offers great convenience.
“If you went to see a gastroenterologist last week, I would have access to his notes,” says Erin. “I would be able to read your results and reports, understand what you discussed and your treatment plan.”
Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group is a multispecialty physician practice that offers patients nine different medical specialties plus full radiology and laboratory services on-site. Erin, who works in family practice, sees patients age 12 and older. The practice’s board-certified supervising physician is Craig Floyd, M.D.
Erin recommends that you see a nurse practitioner or physician once a year even if you’re in good health.
“Once a year is good so we can do routine labs and make sure you’re up to date on exams and screenings like mammograms or colonoscopies,” she says. “It’s good to be plugged in with somebody instead of waiting for there to be a problem.”
To make an appointment at Beaufort Memorial Lowcountry Medical Group, call 843-770-0404.