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BayCare Opens Primary Care Center for Women
Date:  8/11/2016
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BayCare Opens Primary Care Center for Women
Center to Focus on Providing Coordinated and Individualized Care for Women

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (August 11, 2016) -To help bring coordinated, comprehensive care to women, BayCare Medical Group has opened the Primary Care Center for Women’s Health. Following the Patient-Centered Medical Home model, the center is staffed by women to create individualized care plans that meet each patient’s health and wellness needs.

“Women can be responsible for so many things – taking care of their family, work, volunteering, school and more, that it can be hard to fit in medical screenings and check-ups, not to mention fitness activities,” said Gina Schell, DO, medical director for BayCare Medical Group and the Primary Care Center for Women’s Health. “With a patient-centered medical home physician practice in a convenient location, our goal is to take a partnership approach in making it easier for women to make their own health a priority.”

Located in the BayCare Outpatient Center in Carillon, the Primary Care Center for Women’s Health is staffed by female providers including specialists, a care coordinator and a health coach. “In a patient-centered medical home physician practice, the patient is at the center of her health care team,” said Dr. Schell. “The team includes doctors and other health professionals who create a care plan to help the patient achieve health and wellness goals. Patients are encouraged to take an active role in managing their health.”

The lead physician at BayCare’s Primary Care Center for Women is Teeresa Sisodia, MD. Dr. Sisodia is board certified and recertified in family medicine and has taught inpatient and outpatient care to medical students. She has presented on self-care, exercise and nutrition as well as topics in women’s health.

“It is so exciting to be able to help women focus on their health and wellness,” said Dr. Sisodia. “Our goal is to coordinate lab work, imaging and even specialist appointments so that it works together as a support system of patient care.”

Dr. Sisodia earned her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine in Miami. Fluent in English, Spanish and Hindi, she is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Florida Academy of Family Physicians.

BayCare’s Primary Care Center for Women also offers women’s specialty care including breast care, female urology, gastroenterology, cardiology and rheumatology. In addition to being located in the Carillon area which is convenient for women who work in that area, the BayCare Outpatient Center offers a variety of other services including a Wellness Center, imaging, lab, a café and valet parking.

Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 7 a.m. – 4 p. m. and Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., the practice is accepting female patients ages 18 and over. The Primary Care Center for Women is in the BayCare Outpatient Center 900 Carillon Parkway, Suite 308, St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 561-2600 or log on to MyWomensPrimary.org.

About Patient-Centered Medical Home
A Patient-Centered Medical Home goes beyond a physical location and is an ongoing relationship between patient and physician that focuses on whole-person orientation and coordination between every medical provider seen by a patient, with the goal of improving care’s quality, effectiveness and efficiency.

About BayCare Medical Group
BayCare Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group in the greater Tampa Bay area, with more than 500 providers and 45 specialties. In 2014, HealthPoint Medical Group, Morton Plant Mease Primary Care and Specialists, St. Anthony’s Primary Care and Specialists and Suncoast Medical Clinic formed to become BayCare Medical Group. In 2016, Winter Haven Hospital’s Family Health Centers and employed physician specialists, as well as Bartow Regional Medical Center’s employed physicians joined BayCare Medical Group. For more information, visit www.BayCareMedicalGroup.org.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 14 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned, health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at
www.BayCare.org.

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