At the Leone Center for Orthopedic Care, we define our Concierge Medicine practice as a personal, in-depth relationship with our patients where they feel the concern and experience the care of good old-fashioned medicine, while benefiting from our entire team’s experience and my expertise and use of the latest and most proven techniques for solving complex hip and knee problems, including hip and knee replacement surgery. I have specialized in orthopedic surgery and practiced at top-ranked Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for more than 20 years. During the past 10 years, I have performed 500 to 600 joint replacements a year.
The concept of Concierge Medicine, also known as Direct Care, dates back to 1966, when several physicians in Seattle created a patient/physician relationship in which the patient would pay an annual fee or retainer for care. Their idea was to provide highly attentive care, modeled after the family doctors of the past who made house calls and were able to see patients and treat them without delay. Depending on the contract, a Concierge agreement retainer may or may not be in addition to other medical charges.
The benefits of the Leone Center Concierge Medicine approach begin with the initial consultation and are carried through to post-operative care. Our patients are guaranteed increased availability with me and my entire staff. Patients are able to make an appointment within two weeks and are assigned a designated patient liaison.
When you arrive for your appointment, you receive immediate personal attention at the Leone Center’s beautiful new office at the Holy Cross HealthPlex, beginning with the offer of a cup of herbal tea. We then honor your appointment time as we know and respect that your time is valuable. Our goal is to achieve superb clinical outcomes for patients while respecting their dignity and time, and by making the entire experience as pleasant, comfortable and hassle-free as possible.
The Society for Innovative Medical Practice Design estimates that today there are about 5,000 physicians nationwide using various models of Concierge Medicine for their practices and the trend is growing. More people are taking control of their own healthcare today than ever before, having grown tired of long wait times to get an appointment and long hours waiting to be seen on the day of an appointment. Patients also want more availability with the physicians on whom they depend.
At the Leone Center, we work together as a team to assure that our patients receive personalized, attentive care and help them return to normal, active lifestyles. Our commitment is to meet and exceed patient expectations and provide the best environment for a positive experience.