By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: December 2009
Steve Evans, family nurse practitioner, and Dr. Jack Aldridge offer medical care “the way it used to be.”
An element of fear goes along with not feeling well and knowing that you need to see a doctor. A typical experience would be to wait your turn for an appointment, wait for the doctor once you’re in the office, spend a few hurried minutes with the doctor, and pick up a prescription and a brochure that describes what’s wrong with you. Then away you go.
Jack Aldridge, D.O. at Claremore Primary Care is different. “I treat patients the way I want to be treated,” he says. That includes same day appointments and little or no waiting when you arrive. “If someone has to wait more than 15 minutes, there’s something wrong.”
Once you’re in his office, you are all that matters. Dr. Aldridge listens to your problems and how you feel. Ask as many questions as you’d like. He’ll talk to you and not “at” you, with honest and understandable answers that will educate you on your condition. He’ll counsel and discuss all treatment options. If a prescription is necessary, you’ll get the least expensive approach that will deliver results.
Dr. Aldridge has seen an elderly patient on a fixed income who spent half their check on medications. A close examination eliminated some prescriptions, switched others to just as effective generic forms, and saved the patient hundreds of dollars each month. A knowledgeable and dedicated support staff can work through the paperwork maze of nearly any insurance company, so you don’t have to worry about it.
A tight budget is something that Dr. Aldridge understands from the days when he was a child in a large family. If someone needs medical care but doesn’t have insurance or funds, he’ll sit down with the person and figure out what is the least possible amount to pay for any test or procedure. Sometimes he’ll coordinate with outside resources to care for the patient.
Unlike many doctors, Dr. Aldridge’s motivation is not measured in dollars and cents. It’s measured by patient comments such as, ”You have answered all my questions and more.” Sometimes it’s reaching out to a man who has relied on heavy drinking to cope with life, and then getting a word of thanks from his wife.
Dr. Aldridge also relies on the skills and compassion of family nurse practitioner Steve Evans. The two men have been a team since the practice opened in January at 201 W. Blue Starr Dr. From the day they first spoke about their shared values and commitment to helping patients, they knew they had to work together. Steve holds a degree as a registered nurse, plus two and a half years of master’s level training and a doctorate in health administration.
Anyone two years and older can get the help they need at Claremore Primary Care. The flu has brought in a lot of new patients. They have even diagnosed cases of the swine flu. Hardly a day goes by without at least one or two patients suffering from allergies. Hypertension, diabetes, arthritic conditions and depression account for a large portion of their other appointments.
There are still people who can provide the level of medical care and service “the way it used to be.” The next time you or someone in your family needs a doctor, call Claremore Primary Care at (918) 341-4825. They are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.