My main impetus for opening a Pediatric practice on Long Island was to provide high-quality healthcare to a culturally-diverse population of children. I’ve dedicated myself to fostering an environment that is, above all, warm, productive and safe for both my patients and their families. We strive to not only bring the best care and service to these infants, children and adolescents, but to grow right along with them throughout the years.
Over the past 15 years, my practice has indeed grown - from a solo practice into a medium-sized, dual-specialty office with five full-time practitioners. During this same time period, I’ve witnessed the evolution of “The Business of Medicine” model that most hospitals adhere to nowadays. For these hospital systems/conglomerates, sadly, the emphasis has gradually transitioned away from the Medicine aspect towards the “business” side, to the point where the dollar rules all.
For the few remaining independent practices left, despite the ever-increasing economic pressures, challenges and barriers we face daily, the patient is still a priority. I rue the day that I stop looking at my patients as “my kids” and only as a dollar sign or number.