There was a time when a medical provider came to your home and most likely knew you and your entire family by first name. Fast forward to 2015, and our healthcare system is at the opposite end of that spectrum. With a goal of personalizing care again, two local medical professionals opened Gainesville’s first concierge medical practice, Celebrate Primary Care. Della Tuten and Lisa Magary, the owners and nurse practitioners, are purpose-focused when it comes to their role as healthcare providers.
After years of experience in traditional primary care, Tuten and Magary decided they needed to take action to reinvent how they helped their patients. The duo began researching direct primary care practices across the country, and it became evident that the direct model was in line with their mission to provide excellent, affordable primary care service 24/7.
According to Tuten, direct primary care means treating patients when they need it, never rushing through appointments or making them wait and being proactive with health care.
“We approach patients as customers, and we strive to provide quality service,” she said.
Celebrate Primary Care does not accept insurance; instead, the practice works directly with each patient. Members have unlimited access to the providers as well as up to 90 percent off the cost of medications and labs. Ideally, the membership is best in combination with lower-cost insurance policies to cover emergencies and hospital stays.
Ultimately, your health care comes first. That means your care is tailored to fit you instead of being filtered through the rules of an insurance company. Personalized care is the goal.
A membership with Celebrate Primary Care includes but is not limited to:
•Unlimited access to your provider — after hours, weekends or holidays, there’s no bad time to receive excellent medical care.
•Extended, relaxed visits.
•Same-day and next-day service scheduling.
•Because our providers have reserved their time for a select few, there will be no “squeezing you in.” You’re a priority, and you’ll feel like one.
•Full access via technology. You’ll be able to reach our team and other medical information via webcam, e-mail, text and more.
•Diagnostic and procedural benefits at no extra cost: EKG, body fat analysis, spirometry, breathing treatments, cryotherapy, lesion removal and laceration repair, just to name a few.
•Wholesale labs and medication costs. We’ll pass our benefits right on down to you.
Q&A with the Celebrate Team
What sets Celebrate Primary Care apart from other practices?
We have shrugged the bureaucracy. We have shredded red tape. In refusing to recognize any interference with the sanctity of the patient-provider relationship, we have returned family practice medicine to its root values of clinical excellence for and compassionate knowledge of every patient.
Is concierge medicine the same as direct primary care?
The terms are often used interchangeably and essentially refer to the same thing.
Will members benefit from Celebrate Primary Care even if they don’t require frequent medical attention?
Of course. We might argue that everyone benefits from a service tailored directly to them. That’s why we offer custom health care. Our practice is devoted to the maintenance of your good health — to the enhancements of your daily experience that only physical well-being can bring.