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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."
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 10:23 PM
DAYTON — The organizers of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show say with all the rain this week, they do not want a repeat of the mess from years in the past.
All of the mud has caused problems in the past years, causing vehicles to get stuck and having to be pulled out of the muddy parking lot.
Roger Doctor, the air show’s public safety director, admits he has underestimated the mud before, but this year he’ll actually be sending drivers to test out the ground in the morning before the show. If it’s too muddy, they have a back-up plan where drivers will park on the other side of the airport, which has room for 6,000 vehicles all on pavement.
“I’m just sure we’re going to have a much smoother time than we did last year. We’ve got a great plan. It’s a thorough plan. And lots of buses, that’s the big thing. They have to be able to move a lot of people in a very short amount of time,” said Doctor.
Additionally, electronic signs will reflect any changes to the Dayton Air Show, but so far the lots are in good shape.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 1:50 AM
DAYTON — The Greater Dayton RTA will provide transport to the Vectren Dayton Air Show this weekend.
Air conditioned buses will run an express shuttle service on a continuous loop from the U.S. Air Force Museum parking lot and Wright Stop Plaza directly to the air show's main gate.
The park-and-ride service will run Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Shuttles will leave from each location approximately every 10 minutes.
Cost for a round-trip ride is $3, children five and under are free. Cash is the only payment method accepted.
The regular fare structure applies from the downtown Wright Stop Plaza location.
Published: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 3:34 AM
Updated: Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 11:00 PM
— QUICK-LOOK FORECAST
Tonight: While a few showers may linger overnight, for the most part the rain should taper off. More dry time is expected as temperatures drop into the middle 60s.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy, mild and still a little muggy with the chance of a few passing showers or isolated storm. A little bit of a breezy afternoon with temperatures in the upper 70s. Some breaks in the clouds Saturday night with temperatures dropping into the lower 60s.
Sunday: Partly sunny and warm with the slight chance of a passing shower. Most of the area will remain dry with highs in the lower 80s.
Monday: Mostly sunny and comfortable. Temperatures rise into the lower 80s.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy and warmer. Highs in the middle 80s.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 12:00 AM
LEBANON — Warren County officials are seeking options for financing a project to build an event center at the county fairgrounds, including possibly partnering with the City of Lebanon or turning to the county’s port authority.
Lebanon Mayor Amy Brewer said the city government was ready to consider collaborating with the county on redevelopment of the fairgrounds, located just north of the city’s downtown center.
“That’s something we as a city can take a look at,” Brewer said last week.
Previously, the city and county had disagreed about how to spend $3 million set aside for redevelopment of the fairgrounds and vicinity after the Lebanon Raceway’s operations moved off the fairgrounds to the Miami Valley Gaming racino.
In 2014, the disagreement prompted state officials to mediate an agreement, which said that the city and county would each get half of the money. A committee of members from the two governments, chaired by the city, would review projects submitted to spend those funds.
Last week, Warren County commissioners approved Lebanon to spend the rest of its funds from that agreement on design of a downtown entertainment district.
At the same meeting, commissioners urged staff to encourage the city to help the county make up a deficit on a $3.8 million event center project at the fairgrounds.
“We should be collaborating on the redevelopment of the fairgrounds,” Commissioner Dave Young said at last Tuesday’s commission meeting.
Young pointed out the project should bring earnings taxes, as well as visitors, to Lebanon.
Commissioner Tom Grossmann noted the city used almost $900,000 of its $1.5 million in redevelopment funds on a private project, the $9.3 million LCNB bank building south of the fairgrounds on the edge of downtown Lebanon.
None of the city money went toward projects on the fairgrounds.
“We have a need,” Grossmann said.
Commissioner Shannon Jones was a state senator involved in settling the dispute in 2014. At Tuesday’s meeting, she urged Young not to “re-litigate” the dispute and emphasized that the state left it up to Lebanon how it spent the money, provided it was for something within 1.5 miles of the fairgrounds.
She joined Young and Grossmann in pursuing a partnership with the city.
“I hope Lebanon will come to the table,” she said.
The event center project is over budget in large part because of required improvements to the water system and stormwater management at the fairgrounds.
While not willing to set aside other plans for the redevelopment funds, Deputy Administrator Martin Russell told the commission that Lebanon City Manager Scott Brunka had also indicated willingness to discuss “other opportunities.”
Gene Steiner, president of the Warren County Agricultural Society, said last week that the county and fair board were still considering options such as looking to the city for financial assistance or turning the project over to the port authority.
The agricultural society — known as the fair board — operates the fairgrounds and puts on the annual fair in July.
A port authority intervention could result in the event center being owned by the port authority and leased to the fair board, avoiding sales tax on building materials.
“From what we know, I have no reservations with that whatsoever,” Steiner said. “We’re still investigating the best opportunity for the project.”
Costs in a port authority-run project would also be decreased by avoiding prevailing wage laws required on public projects.
Steiner said a city-county collaboration on the fairgrounds would be “mutually beneficial.” They could cross-promote and share advertising on days both were staging festivities, he said.
“The more there is to do in an area, the more people we can bring in,” Steiner said.
The Lebanon mayor left open the door for discussion, perhaps involving the city providing in-kind services to help cut costs of the fairgrounds makeover.