(PRWEB) March 6, 2005
It is Saturday night and your child canÂt sleep. She has been suffering severe ear pain all night, and your doctor is closed until Monday. How can your child wait all weekend for the doctorÂs office to open? ÂA child shouldnÂt suffer simply because she gets sick after hours,Â says Robert Kotas, M.D. ÂKeeping our clinic open during evenings and weekends helps keep our patients out of the emergency rooms.Â Dr. Kotas is one of six pediatricians at FMCG who developed a call schedule to make outpatient health care more available for patients.
The patients have had an overwhelmingly positive response to FMCGÂs extended hours. ÂI love the availability,Â says Rebecca Lanman of Garland, Texas. ÂIt is always easy to get in and see a doctor.Â Mrs. Lanman was able to have her sick 9 month old infant treated urgently by the pediatricians.
ÂThe continuity helps us too,Â reports Paul Bassel, M.D. ÂBy keeping the patientsÂ records in house, we spend less time trying to track down records from urgent and emergency clinics.Â
The extra hours have been especially helpful during the flu season, when emergency departments are overflowing with patients suffering from cough and fever. Johanna Limsenben, M.D. said, ÂThis winter we have been open Sunday afternoons, which offers availability to families who canÂt get time off from work.Â
FMCG normal operating hours are Monday through Friday 9:00am-5:00pm. After hours care is available weekdays 6:00pm-7:30pm, Saturdays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm and Sundays 1:00pm - 4:00pm. There are no after hours telephone hassles, as patients are seen on a walk-in basis.
FMCG is located at 601 Clara Barton, Baylor Plaza 3 in Garland, Texas. The pediatricians are Shawn Abel, M.D., Paul Bassel, M.D., Robert Kotas, M.D., Johanna Limsenben, M.D., Rosemary Roseberry, M.D., and Myron Rosen, M.D. For more details about hours, insurance, and providers, logon to http://www.fmcgarland.com.