Welcome to the first edition of the Wise Patient Internal Medicine clinic newsletter! We’re calling it “the HOOT” to follow suit with our beloved clinic logo. Our goal with this quarterly newsletter is to communicate clinic updates as they pertain to you, our patients. Additionally, our team is committed to our multiple attempts – failures included – to follow our own advice. Our goal is to have fun with this newsletter. We want your feedback, let us know how we can improve! Available in hard copy in our waiting room and in each exam room.
Since opening December of 2012, Wise Patient has come a long way. Notably, Dr. Rachel Beda joined the provider team in 2015 and became a partner in 2016. Our Health Coach team has grown to five! Most recently, we welcomed Allison Steele and Josh Turner to our Health Coach team. Our patient population has grown from a few hundred to more than 2200 today! You, our patients, have created the personality of this clinic as much as we have. We have learned a lot from you. We are humbled each and everyday by the trust and confidence that you place in our efforts to serve you and serve your health.
WPIM continues to think of new and innovative ways to make your patient experience better, whether it means improving the check-in process, finding ways to make the patient portal more efficient, or keeping up to date with new medical research. We’re excited to see the exciting changes that await us in the New Year! We value your thoughts. Keep ‘em comin’.
Health Tips + Reminders
1. Flu Shot: The Flu is here in King County. The good news is that key features of this year’s
most virulent strain is contained in this year’s vaccine. Ask for a flu shot at your next appointment, call us to schedule one, or just drop by your local pharmacy!
2. Pre-travel Appointments: Before you travel overseas, consider scheduling a pre-travel appointment to review topics such as travel vaccinations, malaria prophylaxis, and antibiotic treatment of traveler’s diarrhea.
3. Snow Sports: Wear a helmet when skiing or snowboarding. Stay on designated trails, and within boundaries, and follow posted signs.
Direct Primary Care Update + FAQs
As of January 1, 2017, Dr. Warren is accepting new patients only under our Wise Patient Direct plan, which is a membership primary care service that operates like a gym membership. Dr. Warren believes a smaller more exclusive practice (about ? the normal size) will enable his patients to achieve more detailed and more effective health goals.
Cost: $100/month – pay as you go/no down payment/no joining fee/no minimum term, or cancellation fee. Insurance is not billed.
- Unlimited MD appointments, messaging, and enhanced phone consultation
- Any test or procedure we can complete in clinic.
- Annual influenza and Tdap vaccines.
- Discounted third-party labs and other services negotiated by Wise Patient on your behalf.
- A certified life-coaching component to be included by March of this year (hopefully earlier).
Full explanation of Wise Patient Direct can be found here! Direct primary care (DPC) is a sensible way to deliver primary care that is catching on across the country. It was pioneered right here in Seattle, where Qliance is considered the first large scalable DPC practice designed for the mass market. The guiding principles of DPC are listed here by the Direct Primary Care Coalition. Additionally, search term “Direct Primary Care” on Google or Google News. If you wish to discuss Direct Primary Care with Dr. Warren, he would be happy to schedule a Q&A phone call with you – just ask!
Nonprofits Supported by Wise Patient in 2016
- Wellspring Family Services (wellspringfs.org): Motivated to preserve the emotional development of children whose families fall into violence or other messes.
- Northwest Harvest (www.northwestharvest.org): Washington’s statewide hunger relief agency. Their vision is ending hunger while protecting dignity and promoting health.
- Center for Reproductive Rights (www.reproductiverights.org) Using the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right.
- P.O.W (Protect Our Winters) (protectourwinters.org): Powered by winter sports enthusiasts to combat climate change before it’s too late. We all need winter.
- Skateistan (skateistan.org): Connecting vulnerable youth to education through skateboarding
- Conservation Northwest (conservationnw.org): “Keeping the Northwest wild” by protecting lands and the things that inhabit them
- YouthCare (youthcare.org): Providing support and services for homeless youth in the Seattle area
- Bailey Boushay House (bailey-boushay.org): Provides treatment and resources for HIV positive individuals in the Seattle area.
- Recovery Cafe (recoverycafe.org) : Support for opiate addiction recovery in the Seattle area.
- Medic One Foundation (mediconefoundation.org): dedicated to the highest standard of paramedic training in the world, EMS research, and improving EMS care in rural Northwest communities.
Recipe of the Quarter: No Bake Energy Bites
Not only are these a Wise Patient employee favorite, but it’s easy to make, healthy, and delicious! These energy bites are a great snack to bring with on a weekend hike, bike ride, or a mid-week workday snack to keep you going!
- 1/2 cup (dry) old-fashioned oats
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/3cup honey
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
- Once chilled, roll into 1” diameter balls
- Store in an airtight container and keep for up to 1 week
- Makes about 20-25 energy bites.