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  • A
    I found Dr. Josovitz on Angie's list, and scheduled an appointment based on reviews,. Good experience,. Dr. Josovitz performed Colonoscopies on both my wife and I within a month of one another. He explained our options, answered questions, and scheduled the procedures on dates and times convenient to us. In my case, Dr. Josovitz found an undiagnosed problem that has been bothering me for years, and scheduled a follow-up appointment to resolve it. Nice person. Great bedside manner.
    - ALAN A.
  • A
    It was excellent. I was taken back early spoke to Dr right away. Nurse was friendly officiant and outstanding at providing clear and concise instructions. Anesthesia was quick and I recovered in record time.
    - Anna M.
  • A
    Waited 10 to 15 minutes in the waiting room then another 10 or so in the exam room. Had to see the FNP as the primary doctors' appointments are usually a month or more out. Never had seen this person before (John House) but he was very pleasant and efficient. If you have Lab Corp you can get blood work done in the office. I would recommend him and the doctors there as well. I've been going there for 12 years.
    - Linda S.
  • A
    I first came to Dr. Hernandez several years ago when I was very ill. I had been ill for a while and, even after seeing a gastroenterologist who discovered I was extremely anemic and ran every test available including swallowing a tiny camera, nothing was resolved. I took iron pills for several months, but then got sick again. Dr. Hernandez determined that I was, again, severely anemic, and then only a few minutes to determine that I was bleeding internally. She sent me to Stafford Hospital where I was admitted and given a blood transfusion. She also contacted a gastroenterologist who came to the hospital the next day, performed an endoscopy, and fixed some bleeding polyps. In short order, she resolved health issues that had wreaked havoc on me for quite some time.
    From that time, Dr. Carolina Hernandez has been my primary care physician. She listens and explains everything. She is very personable and, when my mother was ill, offered me advice, etc...a very caring person.
    - Janice G.
  • F
    Dr Rohit Goyal, a physician with Pulmonary Associates of Fredericksburg, seemed interested and engaged in my recovery - ONLY while I was in the hospital.
    He ordered PFTs and a walk test within two weeks of my discharge. The day after the tests I had an outpatient appointment with him and he seemed surprised that my pulmonary function was still acute. He sent me home for overnight recorded pulse oximetry on room air. Dr Goyal told me to bring the recording oximeter back early the next morning so he could read the tape and interpret the results. The afternoon of the next day, a 'nurse' from Pulmonary Associates of Fredericksburg called me and said and quot;Put your oxygen back on and keep it on 24/7!and quot; Later, as an outpatient, I had increasingly severe visual problems and narrowed the cause to Symbicort. When I complained, Dr Goyal told me to see an 'eye doctor.' I was told that my corneal surfaces were extremely irritated and treated with ophthalmic prednisone, but my vision and photophobia got worse. When Dr Goyal returned my call to the office, he said and quot;Well, I guess it could be the Symbicort, just quit taking it.and quot; I asked if he was going to give me a different medication and he said and quot;No, they all contain the same kind of stuff and you'll probably have some kind of reaction to them anyhow so just quit taking it.and quot; Within days I developed respiratory problems and asked a 'nurse' in the office to get me an appointment with somebody before I wound up back in the hospital. I saw Dr Nicolas Kallay a few days later, started a new drug (Breo Ellipta) and my respiratory problems soon resolved.
    In late January 2014, I saw Dr Goyal again for a scheduled Wednesday appointment. I told him I had right thoracic pain for over a week, was congested and started a productive cough that morning. He ordered a chest X-ray and told me that and quot;somebody from this office will read it and, if you don't hear anything, you can assume it was OK.and quot; He sent me home without any maintenance medication changes or rescue medications. By Monday, Jan 27th, I was in severe pulmonary distress and called Pulmonary Associates of Fredericksburg THREE TIMES by 9:30 AM trying to get help. A 'nurse' finally told me she would talk to one of the doctors and have them call me. At 3:00 PM I gave up and went to the Emergency Room for about 5 hours of resuscitative treatment.
    I did have one more outpatient appointment with Dr Kallay who made NO attempt to explain my unanswered urgent calls for help and sent me back to Dr Goyal
    On 4 Mar 2014, I cancelled all five overlapping, duplicitive appointments that had been scheduled for me at Pulmonary Associates of Fredericksburg.
    - jean e.
  • A
    He is phenomenal. He does not believe in over-prescribing medicine and his bedside manner is excellent. He is not judgmental and he has been pretty spot on the diagnoses and making good and smart recommendations. His office staff is very friendly and they've been very accommodating when I need to get in to see him.
    - Rick R.
  • A
    I love New Beginnings and Dr. Hines. I've been going here for years. I also see the nurse practitioner, who is just as great. The patient care is excellent, but be prepared to wait for your appointment.
    - Tracy R.
  • A
    I saw Dr. Aram for the first time at this appointment. The office staff was professional and the office itself was clean and comfortable. I waited for just a short while (10 minutes). Dr. Aram was very thorough and professional. Her bedside manner was fine-not overly friendly, but not cold either. The appointment seemed brief for a first time visit, but she covered a lot of issues. Overall, I was pleased and I will continue to see her.
    - Melissa A.
  • C
    Negative impression after my initial phone call to setup the appointment, when I received the robo-call to confirm my appointment for the wrong time. I called back and was told that the appointment was set for the wrong time, but they could check availability to see if we could switch it. Rather than argue that I was sure that I had told them the correct time (I was staring at my notes leftover from the first call with the right time, confirmed), I went ahead and they found some availability. On both calls, we specified that I was coming in for an annual physical checkup. No arguments or issues.
    Facility is average in age and cleanliness, intake staff and paperwork were routine and fairly straightforward. I was asked what I was there for ("annual physical"), given paperwork, and seated. I was early, they were not too crowded and I was taken back before my appointment time (or before paperwork done, but apparently not an issue). Routine vital signs, nothing new. Exam rooms are average in size/age/cleanliness, which is fine with me.
    Dr. entered, asked what I was there for - "annual physical" - and proceeded to review the vital sign results, ask about my alcohol/smoking/exercise history. All the routine annual physical things. Mentioned a few problems, we discussed. Dr. tells me that I need blood drawn for cholesterol/etc tests, and that I can go right next door any morning to the Urgent Care center to get it done after fasting from midnight onwards.
    Upon leaving, I note the checkout paperwork that says the Dr. performed a "comprehensive examination", rather than an annual physical. I ask the checkout staff about that - they say "did the Dr. perform an eye test?" "No" "well, then it wasn't a physical". I point out that this means I will have a co-pay, versus the annual physical, which is free (to me). They tell me "well, let's just see how it gets billed by your insurance." I don't feel like I have any choice, and agree to this rather than go back in and demand an eye test.
    Overall - perfectly suitable for a primary care physician for a guy who rarely goes to the Dr., but I was turned off by the subtle financial pressures:
    - at check-in received a form that stated that "no lab test results would be given out over the phone, no exceptions" followed by something like "we will comply with VA laws regarding your right to access your medical information, but be aware that we are allowed to charge a fee for our time/copying". Really, they can't tell me the results of a lab that I paid for over the phone? I assume this the followup visit wouldn't be free ... (that they have to give me access to my own medical records just shows that they have a good lawyer).
    - the referral to the next door Urgent Care Center for the labwork/blood draw. Perhaps I was wary after the no-test-results-over-the-phone policy, but I worried that this would turn into a $150/visit insurance co-pay for an Urgent Care Center visit, even though it's only a simple blood draw (again, intake paperwork along the lines of "I understand that Primary Care and Urgent Care are run as separate businesses, and billed as separate visits").
    - the annual physical vs "comprehensive examination" issue. Again, I'm not sure why are pushing one service over the other that just happens to result in me paying a co-pay (I don't think they are that different in overall revenue to the practice), but I was turned off that no one bothered to tell me that's not what they were going to bill me for after I left the room, especially since I mentioned it to 2 staff over the phone in booking, the staffer who checked me in, and the Dr. upon the start of the visit.
    Look, I understand everyone's in business - medical practices all over the country are under pressure to make ends meet with all the insurance payment crackdowns, staffing shortages, oversight costs, etc. But I've been to other doctors where I didn't feel like this was so directly in my face. Otherwise, this facility and the staff provide perfectly adequate service and I would probably make them my primary care provider. As it is, I don't want to deal with the nickel-and-dime stuff, so I am still on the fence about it.
    - Jacob W.
  • F
    I asked specifically for an appointment with a provider specializing in GYN care.
    I arrive 10 minutes early to sign paperwork. I then sat there for about an hour with out any word from the staff. Until I went up to ask why I was still waiting. I could tell by the look on the receptionist face SHE was surprised I was still there. I FINALLY went to the back, need to use the restroom. A woman came out exclaiming it was filthy. I should have walked out long before but I didn't.
    It only got worse. Excuses excuses about OB delays. I. Don't. Care. *I* am Just. As. Important. PERIOD. Apparently, not at this office that boasts of serving all generations of women. Apparently if you aren't an OB patient, you aren't worthy of their time or attention. After a quick exam and ordering of a couple tests, I was on my way.
    FF to wondering about test results. I called. I was told it would take up to 72 hours for results. This after 18 days.... I called back at the end of the 72 hours to speak with someone. I reviewed my history with the CHARGE nurse (LPN) including the fact that I had a hysterectomy 20 years ago. She asked me if I had a cycle in the past 12 months. SERIOUSLY????
    At that point, I called the office manager (the ONLY shining light at this clinic!) and asked her to get my records together so I could take them to another provider.
    RUN AWAY from this practice. Their communication between areas of the office including patient care are seriously flawed.
    - Maggie B.
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