"Nate" is a 53 year old gentleman who came to our clinic in some dire need of coordinated healthcare. He was recently discharged from the hospital with multiple heart issues and was a newly diagnosed diabetic. He was unable to work and was on the verge of separation from his spouse. In addition to diabetes he was diagnosed with allergic rhinitis, cardiomyopathy, cataracts, COPD, congestive heart failure, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, leukocytsis, obesity, obstructive sleep apnea and was a heavy smoker. He was a frequent visitor to the local hospital emergency department.
He lived a sedentary lifestyle and was unemployed. Rarely did he venture outside and he was not very involved with his two daughters who lived at home. He was estranged from one daughter from a previous union. He was not a happy person and feared he would have a shortened life as a result of his multiple illnesses. With the help of his provider at Olde Towne and the cardiac specialist he saw at the clinic he enrolled in the Medication Access Program (MAP) and was on his way. He found full-time work near the start of 2020. He now earns $17,795 per year.
He takes Advair, Humalog, Jardiance, Lantus, Spiriva, Ventolin and Nasonex through MAP and Atorvastatin, Carvedilol, Furosemide, Lisinopril, and Spironolactone through the Access to Medication Program. All totaled his medications are valued at $61,079.84 annually. The program saves him three times his annual salary.
In the past seven years we have seen him quit smoking, (with the help of MAP provided Nicotrol), begin a walking regimen, dedicate himself to a more balanced diet and begin to live a healthier lifestyle. Each day is a challenge but he addresses them as they come and is grateful to be able to do so.
He is completely rededicated to his wife and family. His two daughters are grown and have gone on to jobs and make frequent visits their parents. He has reunited with his estranged daughter and her child. He is happy with his employment and plans to vacation this winter if the pandemic allows. He is much better situated in his life and has expressed gratitude for his new direction with more hope and increased options going forward.
Nate, 53 year old patient at OTMDC
An older married couple, living in James City County, each suffer from several chronic diseases – among them, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, glaucoma, GERD, prostate disease, and diabetes with kidney involvement. With their enrollment in the Medical Access Program (MAP) which connects patients with drug companies offering free medicines, they found that of the 14 prescription medications they take, nine are available through MAP.
These medications combined would cost more than their annual income but, thanks to this program, they receive them at no cost. OTMDC and the MAP program enable this couple to lead active, productive and healthy lives.
"I would like to express my gratitude for the exceptional quality of care that has been offered to my husband and myself for the past three years at Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center.
The care we received is excellent. Also, the encouragement that we both receive in the chronic disease clinic is above and beyond anything that we ever expected. We often need help with our medications and your medication program enables us to have our medications at little cost.
We cannot thank you enough for all the care and support we receive there."
Betty and John T., OTMDC patients
JCC residents & patients of OTMDC
"Thank you to the doctors and volunteers at Olde Towne Medical Center who took part in the last screening for Pap smears. My daughter was a participant in the testing, and, unfortunately, her test came back with cancer cells noted. She is now beginning her treatments. I urge all women to be screened, as this could very well save your life."
During one of our free health screenings, while doing and extensive oral exam, Dentist Dr. Bill Fullerton found a large growth on the tongue of a 34 year old woman. She was referred to our volunteer oral surgeon, Rodney Dukart. When he sent a biopsy of the lesion to the pathology lab at Virginia Commonwealth University, the diagnosis came back as squamous cell carcinoma – a very serious cancer of the mouth.
On many occasions, this type of cancer necessitates radical surgery and disfigurement of the facial structures. After we received the pathology report, the young woman was immediately sent to the medical side of our clinic for referral to an Ear Nose and Throat surgical oncologist, who participates in our Peninsula wide Project Care Program. The surgeon removed the tumor and, because it was caught at an early stage, it had not spread to other areas of her mouth. Although the patient lost nearly one third of her tongue, it has completely healed and, miraculously, she has no problems with her speech.
On several follow-up exams, she and her husband, with tears in their eyes, have praised the expert and timely care they received at Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center.