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In several of its recent issues, South Magazine published articles about Family Medicine of Pooler.
This was published as an article titled "Family Values" for "The South's Greatest Doctors 2019" in January 2020.
Family medicine of pooler provides care from one family to another
Dr. Christi Ghaleb and her husband, Dr. Pete Ghaleb, had spent their careers as part of a healthcare system that they felt simply wasn't working. Governmental pressure and Byzantine private insurance practices had left them handstrung, forced to see more patients in less time. For two doctors so dedicated to patient care, the situation was untenable. They knew there had to be a better way.
And they found it, with the opening of their own private practice, Family Medicine of Pooler. The philosophy behind their practice is simple – treat patients with the utmost in quality care, regardless of their insurance situation. Some might call it revolutionary; they just think of it as medicine the way it's supposed to be.
"We have many patients who recommend us to their elderly parents, but they also have a tendency to sign their own kids up too, since it's only $10 a month for children," said Dr. Pete. "That's one of the benefits of combining Direct Care with Family Medicine: patients can now have one physician they know and trust to provide affordable and quality care for their entire family."
There is more to staying healthy than simply exercising, eating right and scheduling regular check-ups. Don't get us wrong, all of those things are of paramount importance, but sometimes the best medicine is the friends and family you gather around you. It's not a cure-all, but anything from depression to high blood pressure see massive drops when a patient has a strong support network around them. Dr. Ghaleb sees plenty of healthy options for strengthening these healthy personal connections. "Try to eat healthy dinners together, schedule a night for a family movie or board games or engage in sports and other outdoor activities together," said Dr. Ghaleb.
Let each member of your family plan one healthy meal each week.
Getting the family outside and playing together encourages physical activity.
Encourage the family to be active instead of spending extra time on electronics.
Eat your meals together to help build bonds as a family.
Scheduling game nights or movie nights helps create personal connections.
Drs. Pete Ghaleb & Christi GhalebChristi Ghaleb, M.D. and Pete Ghaleb, M.D. met in medical school before moving to the Savannah area in 2002. After practicing at Memorial Health for eight years, they opened their own practice in 2010. As the practice grew, Dr. Christi stepped in to more of the clinical physician role while Dr. Pete shifted his attention to running the practice side of things. Their synergistic approach, born from years of marital bliss, makes for a practice that runs smoothly while giving patients the utmost in quality care.
Source: The South Magazine
This was published as a Featured Editorial titled "Direct Medicine: is it right for you?" in December 2019.
The short answer is yes (unless you're an insurance middleman, then probably not).
If you haven't been following the news over the last decade or so, it may shock you to find out that the world of medicine is woefully inefficient. Giant megacorporate healthcare firms, labyrinthine insurance protocols and an overriding ethos of putting profits over patients have created a system that might line the pockets of shareholders and CEOs, but doesn't do much for you when you're in need of medical care.
Physicians Pete and Christi Ghaleb, founders of Family Medicine of Pooler, spent eight long years as part of that system. From their vantage points inside the machine, they saw how the system almost seemed designed to make them provide worse care, shuffling patients in and out of their offices and battling stacks of insurance paperwork rather than caring for those who needed it.
"We just knew something had to change," said Pete.
They took the bold step of not only going out on their own, but structuring their practice around the principles of direct primary care. Essentially, this model cuts out the middleman of insurance and governmental regulations, giving you direct access to your doctor. When you sign up as a patient, you pay a registration fee and then a monthly fee akin to a subscription service, and in return you get truly individualized care and direct access to your doctor.
And while you might think going around insurance would come with a hefty price tag, it turns out that circumventing the time spent dealing with the mountains of paperwork more than pays for itself. "We found that we had much more time with the patient and were able to reduce the cost tremendously and pass those savings on," said Pete. "It turns out it does not cost that much to get medical care."
Beyond ultimately saving money, the benefit of direct primary care for patients are legion. The first one you'll notice is that without the hectic on-the-fly scheduling of a traditional clinic, you'll no longer be wasting your day in the waiting room waiting for your name to be called. And that's before you ever see a doctor – once you you're in the exam room, you're going to have an entire hour with your doctor so you can go in-depth in describing your exact needs.
"The old style was a quick conversation where the doctor doesn't have enough time to go over one, maybe two concerns a patient might have," said Pete. "The way we do it, we're really talking with the patient. Beyond the primary thing they're in for, we're discussing their needs down the line, the little things you wouldn't normally be able to share."
And if anything does spring to mind after you leave, help is just a call away. "Our patients have access to a physician basically 24/7," said Pete. "You have their cell number, so you can call them. Not to a switchboard, not to a nurse, but directly to your physician."
Source: The South Magazine
This was published in an article titled "Healthy Living Is the Key" on Dec 05, 2018.
At Family Medicine of Pooler, it's all about you
It seems like these days everyone is looking for the quick fix—the easy weight-loss program, the seven (or preferably fewer) secrets to better health. But here's a radical thought: What if the secret to getting healthy was to—get this—live healthy? It's a simple concept you'll find illustrated beautifully at Family Medicine of Pooler. Husband and wife duo Drs. Pete and Christi Ghaleb met in med school and moved to the area after graduating. After a few years in traditional practice, they noticed a disturbing trend: The standard model of medicine was broken. The demands of insurance meant they were spending less and less time with patients, which had a negative impact on the care they were able to give.
So the couple found a better way: Direct Primary Care. This revolutionary model puts the focus back where it belongs: the patient. As such, it gives them the opportunity to truly personalize care for a patient's health to the point where they're not just treating afflictions. They're creating healthy lifestyles that affect positive change the way it's meant to be: slowly and permanently for a healthier life in the long run. Their unique focus on a patient's lifestyle, made possible by the Direct Primary Care model, gives them an intimate knowledge of a patient's needs and guides them toward changes they can make for a healthier tomorrow.
Drs. Pete Ghaleb & Christi Ghaleb
Christi Ghaleb, M.D. and Pete Ghaleb, M.D. met in medical school before moving to the Savannah area in 2002. After practicing at Memorial Health for eight years, they opened their own practice in 2010. As the practice grew, Dr. Christi stepped in to more of the clinical physician role while Dr. Pete shifted his attention to running the practice side of things. Their synergistic approach, born from years of marital bliss, makes for a practice that runs smoothly while giving patients the utmost in quality care.
→ Consider it like running a sprint—a diet will help you lose weight in the short term, but the emphasis it places on a slimmer waist will only lead to a gradual return to form. A healthy lifestyle is more long-term-oriented, and it's easier than you think. Just find small changes, like finding strategic ways to incorporate fitness and movement into your everyday life. Take your family time for example—instead of sitting down watching a movie, take the kids on a bike ride. Get everyone up and active, make it a part of the daily routine and you'll change your life by degrees, making it easier to make that change permanent.
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Source: The South Magazine
This was published in an article titled "Dr. Christi Ghaleb (FAMILY MEDICINE OF POOLER) Is In Your Corner When Fighting the Insurance Companies".
WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOORS OF FAMILY MEDICINE OF POOLER, YOU FEEL LIKE FAMILY. The nurses know you by name and better yet, Dr. Christi Ghaleb knows all about you and your health concerns. She isn't rushed when she sees you and gives you the time you deserve. It's her innovative approach to health care that allows her to do this.
In 2010, Dr. Ghaleb parted ways with the major hospital scene to start her own practice; one that has been thriving ever since. In 2017, she and her husband, who is also a doctor, decided to change the way they do business. They launched a Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice and were the first to adopt the idea in the Savannah area. They believe the best medical treatment comes from one-on-one interaction, so they've essentially eliminated the middle man. Dr. Ghaleb sees it as getting back to the basics. "The old system makes you feel rushed. It's impersonal and the insurance company dictates how you practice medicine," said Dr. Ghaleb. "I was running from room to room every day and wasn't able to spend the time I needed to with my patients. After doing that for so long, a light went off and I knew we needed to change." By operating as a DPC, Dr. Ghaleb is freed from the increasingly time consuming and expensive billing FAMILY MEDICINE OF POOLER procedures and administrative requirements of health plans. The new approach allows her to concentrate on what matters most, her patients.
The DPC structure is actually pretty simple. Family Medicine of Pooler limits the number of patients they see and they don't accept insurance. For a set monthly fee, you are treated for all of your primary care health issues such as sick visits, in-office labs and procedures, and annual physical exams. Not only is Dr. Ghaleb providing top-notch care, a good majority of her patients are saving money.
Sandra Bronson is one of Dr. Ghaleb's patients. She knows what it's like to fight with insurance companies and endure the growing costs of premiums and deductibles. "Dr. Ghaleb essentially came to my rescue," said Bronson. "I've never had a doctor treat me with the kind of respect Dr. Christi does. She is truly on my side when it comes to my care. Her compassion is genuine."
Dr. Ghaleb's compassion comes from her good-old-days mentality; one that allows her to play an active role in the health care of her patients. She's only a phone call or text message away. "You will be able to communicate with me via cell phone, text messages, email and video conference. You can also see me as many times as you need, as long as you need to, without an additional fee," says Dr. Ghaleb. "Before, I wasn't able to do that." As an early adopter of the DPC movement, Dr. Ghaleb has seen spectacular success over the past year. Not only are her patients receptive to the change in her business style, Dr. Ghaleb is, too. "I'm much more relaxed and I truly enjoy what I'm doing. I didn't like the administrative burdens I was facing every day. I'm happier now and I always have a smile on my face."
Fatigued by the mounting pressures from private insurance plans that force practices to see more and more patients in less and less time, husband-and-wife team, Dr. Christi and Dr. Peter Ghaleb, decided to change the way they deliver medical care
This was published as an editorial titled "Bringing Hope to Healthcare" by Anne Roan.
This year provided plenty of hints for our ever-changing healthcare setup. Fortunately, two local physicians have rolled up their white coat sleeves and designed a system that does what its supposed to.
"When a broken healthcare system is no longer working to properly fulfill the needs of either patients or physicians, what do you do? You find a new system. Fatigued by the mounting pressures from private insurance plans that force practices to see more and more patients in less and less time, husband-and-wife team, Dr. Christi and Dr. Peter Ghaleb, decided to change the way they deliver medical care. They want to get back to serving patients in the style they know best: efficient, caring and attentive. They believe in exceptional quality service for their patients, which they are not willing sacrifice in the face of insurance company demands. In their practice, Family Medicine of Pooler, Drs. Ghaleb have taken a bold, new move to embrace what they believe will be the future of healthcare. This new model is called Direct Primary Care and it is the first of its kind in the Greater Savannah/Pooler region. The structure of the new system is surprisingly straightforward and simple, which is contrary to what most people have been conditioned to expect from healthcare. The platform emphasizes the care of the patient over the bottom line. The idea behind Direct Primary Care began as a grassroots movement within communities of medical professionals on the west coast who were seeking change. They demanded better, personalized care at affordable rates. This movement is starting to take root and the proof of success can be seen in the satisfaction of both patients and physicians."
Source: The South Magazine
This was published in an article titled "Things You Didn't Know About South's Greatest Doctors: Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb - TRAILBLAZERS".
The list of Ghaleb family activities reads like the options at an adventure park: camping, hiking, biking, canoeing, swimming, diving. They do it all with enthusiasm, says Dr. Pete Ghaleb. He and his wife, Dr. Christi, daughter, Alexis, 11, and son, Joey, 7, take advantage of every opportunity to jump into motion. "We try to be active as a family," says Dr. Pete. "It's fun, and it's healthy. This is the kind of thing we try to emphasize in our medical practice. Keeping active in some way is just very good for you." A favorite activity for the Ghalebs is "off-roading," taking their four-wheel drive vehicle into scary-sounding places like "The Big Nasty" in Georgia and "The Gulches" in South Carolina. Even getting stuck was a good experience. "We looked at each other wondering 'what are we going to do now?'" said Dr. Pete. "Then we got the winch going and working together pulled ourselves out."
As experienced "off-roaders," Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb recognized when they had come to a crossroads in their family medicine practice and needed to take a less traveled path.
"I love being a doctor and caring for my patients, but the administrative hurdles have become too cumbersome," Dr. Christi posted on the Family Medicine of Pooler web site in November. "More and more, I found the limitations and obligations placed on me by the government and private insurance plans interfered with my ability to give my patients the time and care they deserved, which is unacceptable."
The Ghalebs, who opened their traditional family care practice in 2010, will launch a Direct Primary Care (DPC) practice beginning in 2017 – the first in the greater Savannah area. The difference? "Under the DPC model, in return for a set monthly fee, I treat all of your primary care health issues (sick and well visits, sports physicals, in-office labs and procedures, etc.)," explained Dr. Christi. "Freed from the increasingly time consuming and expensive billing procedures and administrative requirements of health plans, I can concentrate my time and attention on you."
Drs. Pete and Christi emphasize that in most cases, DPC patients receive "significantly better care with lower costs" than in traditional practices. Another important point, noted Dr. Christi: "You will be able to communicate with me via cell phone, text messages, email and video conference. You can also see me as many times as you need, as long as you need to, without an additional fee."
DPC is not the first new road the Ghalebs have taken. They were the first practice in the area to adopt cloud-based Electronic Medical Records, so no paper charts or bulging file cabinets.
Providing comprehensive, personalized patient care has always been a priority for this family-oriented husband and wife team. Drs. Pete and Christi model one of the behaviors they recommend in their practice – staying active. Along with their two children, Alexis, 11, and Joey, 7, they hike, camp, scuba dive and snorkel, canoe, bike ride and take their "family car," a four-wheel drive SUV, off the road at every opportunity.
Source: The South Magazine
This was published in an article titled "The South's Greatest Doctors".
"Family Medicine of Pooler deals with a wide spectrum of issues. They have the opportunity to perform many different procedures on any given day, such as trigger point and joint injections, toe nail removals, laceration repairs, gynecological exams, and routine immunizations, just to name a few.
Having been involved with various charities since she was younger, Dr. Christi Ghaleb has always loved the satisfaction she gets from helping others. Since the medical profession is basically a full-time job of helping others, it seemed like a perfect fit for her.
Her favorite part of the job is that every day and every patient she encounters is unique. This allows her to meet new people from varying ages and backgrounds, making her feel as though she is part of the community."
Drs. Christi and Pete Ghaleb at the 2011 Faces of the South party at the Jepson Center for the Arts in downtown Savannah in January 2011
This editorial was published in the special 5 year anniversary edition of South Magazine titled, "Faces of the South - The Face of Family Medicine".
"Christi Ghaleb, M.D. knew she'd found her calling in family medicine. After eight years of practicing in the area, she found the right home for that calling when she established Family Medicine of Pooler last October. The state-of-the-art facility welcomes patients from birth through their elder years in the belief that treating patients like one's own family is the best way to practice medicine in a way that benefits both doctor and patient."
Source: The South Magazine
This interview was published in an article titled "The South's Finest Doctors - Meet the Doctors".
If your practice had a motto, what do you think it would be?
Where patients are treated like family.
What is the most common procedure you perform?
Since Family Medicine deals with a wide spectrum of issues, I have the opportunity to perform many different procedures on any given day, such as trigger point and joint injections, toe nail removals, laceration repairs, gynecological exams, routine immunizations, just to name a few.
Why did you become a medical profession?
Having been involved with various charities since I was younger, I've always loved the satisfaction I get from helping others. Since the medical profession is basically a full-time job of helping others, it seemed like a perfect fit for me, and it has been.
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is that every day and every patient encounter is unique. This allows me to meet new people from varying ages and backgrounds, making me feel as though I am part of the community. I enjoy treating the whole family rather than just the individual.
What fascinates you most about the human body?
The human body's ability to heal itself, given the right tools, is quite fascinating to me. As a physician, it's my job to simply provide the proper tools for my patients to help heal themselves.
This was released to announce the Grand Opening of the brand new facility.
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