Recommendation for M.D. in WA State
July 18, 2010 1:20 PM   Subscribe

Am looking for an M.D. in Bremerton/Port Orchard WA who specializes in elderly patients.

My father, who is 69, is recovering from partial lung removal surgery due to lung cancer. He has an oncologist. His G.P. is a Nurse Practitioner in a medical group here in Port Orchard. Due to his many health issues (diabetes, anxiety, high blood pressure, prostate), we are looking to get him connected up with an M.D. who can take over his regular care. He has not had a regular doctor since relocating out here from the East Coast 3 years ago.

Does anyone have any recommendations in this area? Feel free to MeMail me. Many thanks!
posted by mnb64 to Health & Fitness (3 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Good luck - I'm only in my fifties, and have had a heck of a time finding any doctor taking "patients my age".
I've had great experience with Group Health, I don't know if that's an option for you, but that could work out if it is.
Otherwise, you may want to consider asking for Gerontology specialists at his medical group.
One of the Doctor's Clinics here in Bremerton also a has a doctor named Gretsch who comes highly recommended - but not specifically for Gerontology.
posted by dbmcd at 4:42 PM on July 18, 2010

If you can get Gretsch, your father will be a lucky man. He's an awesome doctor.

I'm an ICU nurse in Bremerton, and I work with a lot of the docs. Without information about your father's health insurance provider and why he feels the NP is inadequate, I can't make specific recommendations. However, please feel free to IM me if you want to run any names by me. I can at least tell you which ones to avoid like the plague.
posted by nursegracer at 10:56 PM on July 18, 2010

Thanks, both of you. Part of the concern is that I live on the east coast, and am only here to help my dad through the first two weeks of recovery. He has had more than one medical crisis in the past few years and I worry about him out here with no family to turn to in an emergency.

He's on Medicare now. I'll check into Dr. Gretsch and see if he's accepting new patients. My dad likes his NP, but he is being deployed next month for a while.
posted by mnb64 at 12:15 AM on July 19, 2010

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