How We Can Serve You
Total care and convenience for patients is our priority. In testing and treatment, Family Health Center uses advanced, leading edge technology. We are equipped to provide non-invasive cardiac testing including EKGs, 24-hour heart monitoring, and treadmill stress test. Our lab offers complete blood chemistry tests, urinalysis, and stool checks for blood. The staff of Family Health Center assists with minor office surgery and pulmonary function testing.
The Radiology Department performs X-rays of any body site, and now offers digital X-rays. We can also provide ultrasounds and bone densitometry.
In addition, we have the capability to treat hemorrhoids with a non-invasive, non-surgical procedure.
All prescriptions and authorizations for renewals should be requested during regular office hours. Please call your pharmacist for prescription refills. The pharmacist will fill the prescription or call our office for authorization.
Our doctors have staff privileges at Manatee Memorial Hospital and make daily visits to hospitalized patients under our direct care. If a patient’s family needs to speak to the doctor, a family representative should call the office between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The exchange of information about a patient is best accomplished if you select one family member to contact the doctor.
Many of the managed care and HMO plans we participate in require authorization for referrals to specialists, as do some radiology procedures, outpatient procedures, and hospitalization. Our staff will assist you in obtaining referrals when necessary. Please contact our office staff prior to the date of your scheduled appointment or procedure and our referral coordinator and nurses will obtain the necessary information to process your request. They will contact you once your authorization and appointment have been confirmed.
Family Health Center is fortunate to have two skilled physician assistants on staff to provide a broad range of medical services under the direct supervision of our licensed physicians. The scope of a physician assistant’s practice includes obtaining medical histories, performing physical examinations, ordering or performing diagnostic tests, obtaining laboratory data, diagnosing and treating common medical problems, assisting in surgery, and administering emergency care.
In Case of Emergency
There is a physician on call 24 hours a day including weekends and holidays. If a true emergency should arise when the office is closed, call 941-722-7785. Our answering service will contact the physician on call. If the emergency is life-threatening, call 911 for an ambulance and proceed to the nearest emergency room. The physician on duty in the emergency room will evaluate your situation and a Family Health Center physician will be notified.