Press Room

INDEPENDENT PHYSICIANS GROUP LAUNCHES SELF-INSURED HEALTH PLAN FOR PARTNERS AND EMPLOYEES

(Charleston, SC – October 29, 2013) Palmetto Primary Care Physicians is pleased to announce a new self-insured health plan for the partners and employees of their independent medical group.

Frustrated with the group’s current BCBS health plan and concerned about the impending substantial increase in premiums, CEO, Jeff Lehrich, decided to do something about it.

“As a large healthcare provider, I feel we have a moral obligation to provide an affordable, quality health plan for our employees and partners,” states Lehrich. “The escalating health care costs in this market are not sustainable.”
Effective November 1, the full-time and part-time employees will have access to a health plan that reduces their total costs by over 50%.

 


 

Duke University Hospital Chief Resident joins Charleston Neurology group

Raduazo Karen MD

(CHARLESTON, SC – October 8, 2013) Charleston Neurology Associates, a division of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, announces its expansion with the addition of neurologist, Karen Raduazo, MD.

Raduazo is a 2001 Magna Cum Laude graduate from Albion College in Michigan. She continued her academic achievements at the University of South Alabama, where she received the highest accolade, graduating as valedictorian with a Doctorate in Medicine in 2008. She has since completed a Neurology Residency at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina and served as their Chief Neurology Resident from 2011-2012.

Prior to joining Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, Raduazo completed her Clinical Neurophysiology Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina in August 2013. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the American Medical Association. When not practicing medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Phil and two-year old son, Andy.

Karen Raduazo, MD is currently accepting new patients at 9313 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 310, Charleston, SC 29406. For more information, call (843) 569-1856 or visit our Charleston Neurology page.


 

Jeff Lehrich, CEO Interview


 

New Location and Providers

(CHARLESTON, SC – April 5, 2013)
Palmetto Primary Care Physicians is expanding to better serve our patients. We have a new location on James Island located at 776 Daniel Ellis Dr (St. 1-B), Charleston, SC 29412. We are very excited to welcome Dr. Robert Teachman D.O. and his staff to PPCP.

Dr. Teachman is Board Certified in Family Medicine and his medicinal interests include Preventive Medicine, Wellness, Nutrition, and Sports Medicine. He is married with 3 children is an avid marathoner and triathlete. He has been on staff as physician for several runs, including the Cooper River Bridge Run and Kiawah Marathon. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Teachman at our new James Island office, please call (843)795-0300.

In addition, we would like to welcome Dr. Christopher Lawrence to our Summerville GI location. He comes to us from MUSC and will be in practice with Dr. Aaron Domm and Celeste Scalzo, NP. Dr. Lawrence is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology.

After graduating Cum Laude from University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Dr. Lawrence went on to become part of a number of Medical Insitutions including becoming a board member of the Charleston County Medical Society Foundation in 2011. He also finds time to be actively involved in his church, Bethel United Methodist Church, having served on both the Administrative Council and Pastor-Parish Relations Committee.

We would like to truly welcome Dr. Christopher Lawrence to Palmetto Primary Care Physicians.

If you would like more information or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christopher Lawrence, please call (843) 376-0670.


 

PPCP Welcomes Cheryl Irwin, FNP

(GOOSE CREEK, SC – January 29, 2013) Palmetto Primary Care Physicians is proud to announce the expansion of medical services at their Springhall office, located at 110-A Springhall Drive in Goose Creek, with the addition of Family Nurse Practioner, Cheryl Irwin.
Ms. Irwin is a recent graduate of the Masters of Science in Nursing program at the University of South Carolina and is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner. Her extensive medical background includes eight years of Intensive Care Unit experience.
She leaves a position in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) where she has been employed since 2008 to practice alongside Patricia Campbell, MD and William Tucker, MD. In 2009, she earned the prestigious MSICU Nurse of the Year Award. Prior to 2008, Ms. Irwin held positions as a Travel Nurse with Nurses Rx, a division of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and worked in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit at North East Medical Center in Concord, North Carolina.
“As physicians, Dr. Campbell and I understand the importance of working alongside our patients to educate, treat and communicate – Cheryl Irwin possesses the best combination of experience and compassion that our patients deserve,” states William Tucker, MD. “She is a firm believer in empowering patients with preventative care and is a great fit for our practice.”
For more information or to schedule an appointment with Cheryl Irwin, FNP – please call (843) 266-2520.


 

PPCP adds GI Specialist

(CHARLESTON, SC – April 16, 2012) Aaron Domm, MD has joined Palmetto Primary Care Physicians as the group’s Gastroenterologist Specialist. In early 2011, Palmetto Primary Care Physicians became a multi-specialty practice that now includes 47 primary care physicians, 2 neurologists, a sleep lab specialist, a vein specialist and now, with the addition of Dr. Domm – a GI specialist.

“GI disorders are among the most common type of complaint among our patients,” states David Castellone, M. D., the group’s president, “Dr. Domm will be able to help us close that gap in care. Our patients will receive a multi-disciplinary approach to treatment and with the care coordination between their family physician and GI specialist, they won’t feel “lost” in a system”.

While Summerville GI just opened its doors at the beginning of April, Dr. Domm has treated patients in the Lowcountry since 2008 and is well respected within the medical community. He underwent his GI training at UCLA before moving from California to Charleston in 2007. Prior to his GI fellowship, Dr. Domm served as Chief Resident while receiving his Internal Medicine training at Rush Medical Center in Chicago. He attended the Medical College of Ohio for medical school.
In addition, Dr. Domm has received advanced training in endoscopic ultrasound from the Medical University of South Carolina. Endoscopic ultrasound is a procedure used to diagnose, stage, and treat GI cancers.

A GI Specialist can diagnose and treat several gastrointestinal problems including colon cancer screening, reflux, diarrhea, abdominal pain, IBS, liver disorders and inflammatory bowel diseases. With the addition of Dr. Domm, Palmetto Primary Care Physicians patients will have a specialist dedicated to digestive health — both preventative and therapeutic.

“I am excited to join a progressive physicians group that finds value in care coordination among specialty practices,” states Dr. Domm. “Moving my practice full time to Summerville will provide easier access for patients both to my clinic and procedures in the Tri-County area. I look forward to becoming a part of Palmetto Primary Care and the Summerville community.” Summerville GI is located at 300 West 4th North Street.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Aaron Domm, call (843) 376-0670 or visit www.palmettoprimarycare.com


 

Welcoming Christin Austin, FNP

Palmetto Primary Care Physicians welcomes Christin Austin, Family Nurse Practitioner to Daniel Island practice

(CHARLESTON, SC – October 19, 2011) Lucy Davis, MD and Leigh Spicer, MD are pleased to welcome Christin Austin, Family Nurse Practitioner to Palmetto Primary Care Physicians’ Daniel Island location.
A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Austin completed her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2006, where she graduated Cum Laude. She continued her studies at USC and graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing in 2011.

Austin is now accepting new patients at Palmetto Primary Care Physicians’ Daniel Island office, located at 900 Island Park Drive, Suite 101. She will provide primary care for children and adults of all ages and will accept most insurance.

“With her knowledge and experience, Christin is going to be a wonderful addition to our medical practice,” mentions Dr. Lucy Davis, primary care physician. “She has spent years assessing, caring and treating the youngest of patients and we look forward to having her expertise on our team.”

Prior to joining Palmetto Primary Care Physicians, Austin worked as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Levels I and II Nursery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
She is a member of the South Carolina Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.


 

Diabetes Support Group to meet Sept 26

(CHARLESTON, SC – September 20, 2011) The Diabetes Education Division of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians invites residents to attend the second meeting of the Diabetes Support Group to be held September 26th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Summerville Presbyterian Church, located at 407 South Laurel Street in Summerville.

The first group meeting held in August brought together about 20 individuals to learn more about diabetes and diabetes management. The open discussion is led by Ana Hill, Registered and Licensed Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator for the physicians group.

The group is free and open to the public. All are invited to attend.

Interested participants are asked to RSVP to Tina Schatz at (843) 820-3409.


 

Local Walterboro Physician offers children free books

(WALTERBORO, SC)

Luis Vega, MD of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians and his staff are bringing a national initiative to the community to get young Walterboro patients to exercise their imagination by picking up a book and reading.

Reach Out and Read prepares America’s youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. The program consists of a three-part training for pediatric healthcare providers, which includes learning how to speak with parents about the importance of reading aloud to their young children every day, and offering age-appropriate tips and encouragement.

“Studies have proven that children whose families read together more often enter kindergarten with larger vocabularies and stronger language skills”, states Dr. Vega. “As a physician, I want to make sure my patients receive the best medical care, that includes making sure they are better prepared to achieve their potential.”

Any patient of Dr. Vega’s, between ages of 6 months and 5 years will receive a new book at each doctors visit. To schedule a visit today, call (843) 782-4100.
For more information about Reach Out and Read, visit www.reachoutandread.org


About Reach Out and Read

Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.
 


 

Palmetto Primary Care Physicians named Business of the Quarter

Palmetto Primary Care Physicians was recently named Business of the Quarter by the Summerville Chamber of Commerce.

Palmetto Primary Care Physicians has been rooted in the Summerville community for over 10 years.  They have provided the best healthcare to local families by integrating cutting-edge technology with the traditional, personalized care of a family physician. 

Business of the Quarter, Summerville Chamber

Scott Turner of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians proudly accepts the Business of the Quarter Award from the Will Russell, Board of Directors chair for Summerville Chamber of Commerce and President/CEO Rita Berry.

Throughout the years, Palmetto Primary Care Physicians’ have been recognized through various national organizations such as the National Committee for Quality Assurance and URAC. 

As innovators in the medical community, Palmetto Primary Care Physicians is the first in the Lowcountry to push towards an Accountable Care Organization model.  This patient-centered model offers and coordinates all health care needs for patients.  Under this new system patients would have a “primary care home” that guides them through the health care system, working with specialists and have a team of doctors within their fingertips.  

Today, with over 25 offices, Palmetto Primary Care Physicians cares for more than 300,000 families in the TriCounty and continues to expand.


 

Ground Breaking Ceremony


 

S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program honors Palmetto Primary Care Physicians

(CHARLESTON, SC – April 5, 2011) The Oakbrook location of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians is one of eight businesses in the state that have been honored for outstanding waste reduction and recycling programs by the S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program, a partnership between DHEC and S.C. Department of Commerce.

“Businesses generate between 35 and 45 percent of the nation’s waste stream,” said Earl Hunter, DHEC Commissioner. “Because of this, businesses play an important role in reducing the impact of waste on the environment. By implementing simple waste reduction and recycling practices, businesses help protect our environment by conserving natural resources, reducing pollution and saving energy.”

Hunter said South Carolina’s businesses reported recycling nearly 2 million tons of material from July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

“I realized how much waste we were generating here at the Oakbrook Office,” mentions Erin Moock, the Palmetto Primary Care Physicians’ nurse responsible for launching the in-house recycling program. “And it really bothered me. I wanted to make a difference here the way my family does at home.”

Because recycling pick-up is non-accessible in the area, Moock’s husband makes weekly visits to the office to take the recycling.

“We take great pride in the fact that our employees are movers and shakers among our very own company. It takes a great deal of passion and initiative to start a recycling program for a group of 25 physicians offices,” states Ron Piccione, CEO of Palmetto Primary Care Physicians.

Moock also attended the South Carolina “Green is Good for Business” Conference in Columbia that focused on waste, sustainability and the entrepreneurial spirit.
“My ultimate goal is to build a committee that is comprised of one representative from each of our 25 offices to meet regularly and discuss how we can lower our waste and increase sustainability” says Moock.

The S.C. Smart Business Recycling Program is a partnership between DHEC and the S.C. Department of Commerce. The program offers free, confidential, non-regulatory services including site visits, technical assistance, market research and workshops. For more information, visit http://www.scdhec.gov/smartbusiness.


 

32 Palmetto Primary Care Physicians’ receive National Recognition for providing quality diabetes care

(CHARLESTON, SC – March 1, 2011) Thirty-two Lowcountry based physicians from Palmetto Primary Care Physicians have been nationally recognized by The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) through the Diabetes Recognition Program for providing quality diabetes care to patients.

“Most families are affected by diabetes and our doctors have noticed,” states Jennifer O’Donnell, MHA – Director of Provider Services for Palmetto Primary Care Physicians. “National recognition from a group such as the NCQA shows our patients that we are serious when it comes to delivering quality healthcare to our patients suffering from diabetes.”

The following local physicians have been recognized:
Dr. Thomas Arnau, North Charleston
Dr. Amy Black, Summerville
Dr. Eric Bolster, Summerville
Dr. Thomas Bolt, North Charleston
Dr. Patricia Campbell, Goose Creek
Dr. David Castellone, Summerville
Dr. Kirt Caton, Hanahan
Dr. Lucy Davis, Daniel Island
Dr. Skye DeBerry, Summerville
Dr. Brian Dewhirst, North Charleston
Dr. Matthew Edwards, North Charleston
Dr. Otis Engelman, Summerville
Dr. Meredith Floyd, Moncks Corner
Dr. Edward Giove, Summerville
Dr. Colby Grossman, Summerville
Dr. Caisson Hogue, Moncks Corner
Dr. Edward Jones, Moncks Corner
Dr. Barry Katz, Summerville
Dr. Brian Keller, Summerville
Dr. Sara Montoya, Summerville
Dr. Mark Redwine, North Charleston
Dr. David Rodgers, Bonneau
Dr. Samuel Schumann Jr., Saint Stephen
Dr. Leigh Spicer, Daniel Island
Dr. John Sutterlin, Goose Creek
Dr. Marcella Tabor, Summerville
Dr. Gordon Thompson, North Charleston
Dr. William Tucker, Goose Creek
Dr. Tara Vandegrift, North Charleston
Dr. Sherry Viduya, Goose Creek

“Clinicians who earn recognition through the Diabetes Recognition Program have an established track record of providing excellent diabetes care,” said Dr. Robert Henry, President, Medicine & Science, American Diabetes Association. “The list of recognized clinicians is the first place to look if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes.”

NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. The Recognition Programs are built on evidence-based, nationally recognized clinical standards of care.


 

PPCP named Finalist in 2011 Awards for Best Practices in Health Care Consumer Empowerment & Protection

The Best Practices Awards competition is designed to promote knowledge and understanding of what premier companies are doing to advance consumer protection and empowerment.

Palmetto Primary Care Physicians is among one of 20 businesses in the United States to be considered for the distinction, presented by URAC.

URAC, an independent, nonprofit organization, is well-known as a leader in promoting health care quality through its accreditation, education and measurement programs. URAC offers a wide range of quality benchmarking programs and services that keep pace with the rapid changes in the health care system, and provide a symbol of excellence for organizations to validate their commitment to quality and accountability. Through its broad-based governance structure and an inclusive standards development process, URAC ensures that all stakeholders are represented in establishing meaningful quality measures for the entire health care industry.

For more information, visit www.urac.org


 


 

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