The standard of excellence set by Marion Heart Associates continues at their newest location at Heather Island in Silver Springs Shores. The staff notes the importance of caregivers’ health during the month of November.
In our day-to-day lives, often not considered are the other heroes of the home: those individuals who are caring for a disabled child, sibling, parent, grandparent or other extended family member. Caregivers often go unrecognized for the great sacrifice, compassion, selflessness and commitment they provide to loved ones. According to national statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AARP, approximately 50 million family members are providing care for loved ones 18 years of age and older and an estimated 90 percent of all long-term care is provided by unpaid caregivers.
November is National Caregivers Month, and the doctors and staff at Marion Heart Associates’ newest location at Heather Island in Silver Springs Shores make it their priority to ensure that their patients are receiving the best possible care both at the clinic and once they return home.
“Everyone needs to be taken care of. It’s part of our responsibility to make sure our patients get the best care,” says Rebecca Boone, nurse practitioner at the new Heather Island facility. The internal medicine clinic recently opened and is led by Dr. Kriti Kumari, M.D., and Rebecca.
“We are not just a cardiology office,” says Rebecca, who has been a nurse practitioner for three years. She notes the importance of seeing to her patients’ needs on multiple levels, including diagnosis and treatment, follow-up appointments and recommendations as well as educating caregivers at home of the patient’s needs.
“Caregivers often discount the need to attend to their own health. As health care providers, we not only have a responsibility to our patients but also to those who care for them. We think it is our responsibility to provide and recommend available resources,” she says, noting that the health of the caregiver is as important as the patient.
The newest location of Marion Heart Associates will follow in the tradition of the sister facilities in Ocala and Summerfield. Patients are guaranteed the best possible care with state-of-the-art equipment and diagnostic services. And, as an internal medicine office, patients seeking a primary care physician are encouraged to meet Dr. Kumari, Rebecca and the whole team who are committed to all aspects of patient care.
“It’s not just the cardiology patients who needs to be cared for but the caregivers as well. They can’t neglect their own health,” says Rebecca. “Everyone deserves a team of doctors looking out for them.”
For more information on caregiving, Dr. Kumari recommends visiting caregiver.org and aoa.gov.
Marion Heart Associates
7578 Maricamp Road # 102 (in Publix shopping center)
Ocala, FL 34472
Accepting new patients and most insurances