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Get Connected 

On average, the face-to-face time that you get to spend with your favorite doctor is between 10 and 13 minutes for a typical office appointment. This may seem like enough time for a routine visit, but what if you have a complicated health history or a new diagnosis, or simply have questions about available treatment options ??  Time flies….

At our research offices, we feature Lunch & Learn events on a regular basis, and the best part by far, is the opportunity to ask questions and participate in community discussion with a physician without the constraints of the private office setting. The topics are variable, and the information presented is timely and informative, but it is the open exchange of dialog that is the most meaningful.

Our rationale behind these group events is what JCCR CEO, Dr. Michael Koren, describes as establishing and reinforcing “connectivity”. The relationship between patient and physician is a special connection, and that relationship is reinforced by creating meaningful encounters outside of the practice setting. Being connected is important to our own health and the health of our community.  I am always impressed at the willingness of our research physicians to spend their lunch hour offering helpful information and fielding questions – totally unrehearsed. 

Dr. Koren recently spoke to a group of his patients about congestive heart failure and the research options that we offer at our University Blvd. office.  As a cardiologist and veteran research physician, Dr. Koren is very expert on the topic of heart failure, but he is also very comfortable in this setting. This puts us all at ease. This reinforces our “connectivity” – something we could all use more of.




Posted by Amy Autry Bush Thursday, April 30, 2015 3:23:00 PM Categories: Musings

Come spend the night at JCCR! 

An interview with Tanya B.

Tanya B. is not afraid of new experiences. In fact, even though she had never been involved in clinical research, she had no reservations about spending the night at JCCR...she thought to herself, "I live alone. I don't have too many responsibilities"....

It all started with a phone call. Tanya saw a television ad for cardiovascular disease research and scheduled an evaluation with study coordinator, Gail Lowe. When she did not meet the exact criteria for that particular program, Gail recommended that she be evaluated for a congestive heart failure study involving a period of overnight stays in the new Phase I unit at JCCR.

Tanya, a youthful looking, grandmother of three, sat down with me recently to describe her experience with our center and the Phase I program.

She related to me how she has a strong family history of heart disease, but even after suffering a heart attack herself seven years ago, she never really took her health care seriously - taking her prescribed medications only sporadically. Her progressive heart disease, however, was debilitating and "depressing". She was frequently hospitalized for symptoms relating to heart failure and high blood pressure episodes. It wasn't until she was admitted with pneumonia that she finally began to "connect the dots" between her lifestyle and her health. She started to take her health seriously, beginning with her medications and then started to research and read about cardiovascular disease.

So, Tanya came into JCCR with a good basic knowledge of her cardiovascular disease and the professionals on staff helped her to connect the dots even further by explaining the role of research in finding new therapeutic approaches to congestive heart failure and improving cardiovascular outcomes. Because the program is funded by a sponsor grant, there is no cost to participate and all of the preliminary screening tests are free.Tanya received multiple echo-cardiograms, a colonoscopy and a mammogram in preparation for her clinical trial. All along the way, the process was explained and the objectives were outlined.

Her favorite part of the eight-night program was that she didn't have to prepare any meals! All were provided for her - breakfast, lunch and dinner. She also liked the peace and quiet, although she was allowed visitors. Frequent attention from the staff and close monitoring from the physicians made her feel comfortable and confident.

Tanya admits today that she enjoyed participating in the Phase I program and would encourage others to do the same. "Educate yourself and learn the objectives". In other words, come spend the night at JCCR!

Posted by Amy Autry Bush Monday, April 6, 2015 8:29:00 AM Categories: Insider Corner
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