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Local patients signing up for concierge medicine

Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 5:45 PM
Updated: Monday, July 28, 2014 @ 5:45 PM

Imagine a waiting room with no wait and a doctor who answers your texts and makes house calls.

It seems like a fantasy, but Connie Weiser of Butler Twp. is getting immediate attention from her doctor. It is called Concierge Medicine, and her doctor, Barry Taylor, is among a growing number across the country, including the Miami Valley, trying this new approach to healthcare.

"It's just a different concept. It's so nice not being a number," said Weiser. "It's great because he has all the time in the world for you now."

While many doctors average about 2,500 patients, Connie is one of 400 patients who now pay a premium for this personal, all-access relationship with her doctor. Prices range from $500 to as much as $2,000 per year for a patient who is over age 50.

"It's peace of mind. It's like an insurance policy," said Weiser, who still needs insurance to cover special tests, hospital stays, trips to the emergency room and surgery.

Taylor is hoping the new approach will cut down on his patients’ hospital visits.

"I try not to have people go to the ER," he Taylor. "I can usually take care of them here in the office. Sometimes, I have to go see them."

Taylor said he wanted to return to the roots of old-fashioned medicine, so he started the concierge practice two years ago. It allows him to work at a more relaxed pace, and no patient is fighting for his time.

"The economic pressure on the physician is to get out of the room and move to the next patient, and that's it. So, I started this practice to get rid of that," Taylor said.

In fact, he refers to concierge medicine as doctor heaven. But is it heaven for the patient?

"I think concierge medicine serves a particular niche,” said Bryan Bucklew, president of the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association. “I think it's an important niche, but I don't think it's the universal solution to health care access in our community. Medical technology is increasing. The way providers are being paid is changing and so you are going to see different initiatives taking place, and concierge medicine is one of those."

Whether concierge medicine is a good or bad practice will depend on the individual patient's circumstances.

"The one thing people are going to have to do with the Affordable Health Care Act and the changes in health care is really do some research on what's the best plan, what's the best provider," he said.

Taylor is among nine doctors in the Dayton area who have concierge style practices, and many of them said they have a waiting list of patients who want to join.

Weiser is pleased with the service because it’s convenient and has full access to her doctor.

"You can send him things before you get to the doctor's office,” Weiser said. “You can send him your questions. Or if you need him in the middle of the night, he's available. He's available on weekends. It's just so comforting. You know you can rely on him to be there."

 

Crews battle fire in Dayton home; 1 injury reported

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 9:06 AM

At least one person has been injured after a fire broke out in a Dayton home Saturday morning. 

TRENDING: 18-year-old killed in overnight shooting; SWAT surrounds suspect’s home

Firefighters were dispatched to the first block of South Westview Avenue around 8:50 a.m. on reports of house fire. 

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First units on scene said one person inside the home was injured and requested to a medic to the scene. The condition of the victim was not immediately known.

Firefighters also reported smoke showing from the structure when they arrived, according to initial reports. 

We’re monitoring this developing story and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Dayton SWAT activity connected to overnight shooting

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 7:47 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8:30 AM

UPDATE @ 8:30 a.m. 

Police confirm SWAT activity in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue is connected to an overnight shooting on Caliph Court where an 18-year-old was shot and killed. 

RELATED: Teen shot, killed in overnight shooting; SWAT surrounds suspect’s house

The story in the link above will be updated with the latest details on the shooting and SWAT activity. 

FIRST REPORT

We’re working to learn more about police activity reported at a home on Tampa Avenue in Dayton Saturday morning. 

TRENDING: Teen shot, killed overnight inside Dayton apartment

Multiple Dayton police officers currently have the house in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue surrounded and are demanding the occupants to exit, according to initial reports. 

Scanner traffic indicates SWAT has been requested to the scene, but dispatchers were not able to confirm those reports. 

Our crew is on the way and we’ll update this page when we learn more. 

Teen killed in overnight shooting identified; SWAT currently surrounds suspect’s home

Published: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 1:40 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 16, 2017 @ 8:45 AM

An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed inside an apartment on Caliph Court early Saturday morning, according to Dayton police.

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m. 

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office has identified the woman killed in an overnight shooting on Caliph Court as Dontiaunna Brown, 18, of Dayton. 

Brown’s cause of death has not been officially ruled and an autopsy is scheduled for later today. 

Dayton police and SWAT continue to surround a home in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue where investigators said a suspect is believed to be barricaded inside. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

UPDATE @ 8:20 a.m. 

Police and SWAT have surrounded a home in the 1400 block of Tampa Avenue in Dayton where an overnight shooting suspect is believed to be barricaded inside, according to Dayton police. 

Officers have blocked off the area and are demanding the occupants to exit the house, according to our crew on the scene. 

Police confirmed to our crew the subject of the SWAT callout is connected to the overnight shooting on Caliph Court where an 18-year-old woman was killed. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 

UPDATE @ 3:05 a.m. 

An 18-year-old woman was shot and killed inside an apartment on Caliph Court early Saturday morning, according to Dayton police. 

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The woman was found suffering from a gunshot wound to her neck around 1:25 a.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Dayton police Sgt. Theodore Trupp. 

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Trupp said it was too early in their investigation to determine what led to the shooting and police do not have any suspects.

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Additional details about the investigation were not available. 

The identity of the woman has not been released, pending notification of family. 

FIRST REPORT

Police and medics have responded to a report of a person shot on Caliph Court in Dayton early Saturday morning.

Emergency crews responded to the 5000 block of Caliph Court around 1:25 a.m. after the incident was reported. 

Officers are reportedly looking in the area for at least one suspect and have requested a K9 officer to the scene, according to initial reports. 

The condition of the victim was not immediately known. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

Christmas spirit alive in Xenia: Officer helps family targeted by thief

Published: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 6:21 PM



Kate Bartley
(Kate Bartley)

A thief took some clothes and towels from an unattended dryer inside a laundromat, threatening to ruin Christmas for one family. But Xenia Patrol Officer Rob Swihart made sure that wasn’t the end of the story.

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On Saturday Gena Storer left towels, washcloths, her baby girl’s clothes and other items in one of the three dryers at the Xenia Laundromat on Charles Street, she said.  

Storer said she planned to return later that day to retrieve the items after they had dried.

“We went to get our clothes and everything was stolen,” she said. “We were completely devastated.”

The thief took new pajamas, pants and other items that she had recently bought for her toddler-aged daughter, Storer said.

Xenia officer Rob Swihart and family

“It was stuff that we had just gotten her for Christmas that we went ahead and gave to her because she had outgrown all of her pajamas so fast,” she said.

Storer said they planned to return Christmas gifts that were already wrapped and under the Christmas tree to help pay for replacing the items.

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Xenia Patrol Officer Rob Swihart responded to Storer’s home to take the theft report.

Storer said Swihart took her daughter’s clothing sizes and other specifics of what was taken and left, promising to check with local charities to see if there might be help available. 

"He came back within less than two hours with Walmart bags of stuff that he had gone out and got with his own money and a $50 gift card on top of that,” Storer said. 

Swihart said it was a busy night, but he told his shift commander what happened and asked for permission to go to Walmart to help the family out.

Swihart, who is a new father of a 4-month-old, said he couldn’t bear the thought of the family going without during the holidays.

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“This isn't something that just goes on during the holidays,” he said. “I know that if I would have contacted any of the six other officers that were working with me that night and said, 'hey I need money for this,' they all would have ponied up money for it." 

Swihart added that it’s important for people to realize that "we're people too." 

"If we have the ability to help somebody out then that's what we want to do," he said. "In our line of work there's a lot of negativity. For us to be able to influence something in a positive manner that's important to us as individuals and us as a department.” 

Storer said she’s excited about Christmas this year. She can’t wait to see her daughter open the present that has Tickle me Elmo inside.  

“I'm still in shock,” she said. “It's like all the Christmas movies that you watch only it happened in real life for us."