Concierge Medicine: Patients Pay Up for a Doctor's Undivided Attention

By Eric Wahlgren

Feb 10, 2010


Physician Dragan Djordjevic used to see up to 30 patients a day in a busy internal medicine practice in Chicago. Visits lasted as little as 15 minutes, not long enough, he felt, to provide the best possible care to his patients. Five years ago, Djordjevic got what he says was a wake-up call: A longtime patient phoned to say she was changing doctors."She told me 'the last time that I saw you, even though it was for something relatively minor, it didn't appear that you were all there,'" Djordjevic (pictured) says. "That left a bad taste in my mouth. She was right."

 

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October 29, 2009

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

We all search for heroes to emulate in our lives. We are fortunate at NCH Healthcare Systems to have 600 such “heroes” in our midst—the members of our medical staff, whose life’s work is dedicated to serving the community. In 2001, Judge Christine Greider, who was co-chair of the NCH Hospital Ball Committee, came up with the idea of recognizing a Physician of the Year. And so, for the past eight years, our physicians have nominated potential recipients of this coveted award which recognizes all that is noble about the medical profession.

 

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