Welcome to Better, More Affordable Healthcare!

Our practice has adopted a simplified healthcare model called Direct Primary Care, where a patient pays a low monthly membership fee in exchange for unrestricted access to a full range of primary care services.

In order to provide the best, possible healthcare, we have opted out of working with health insurance companies. Providers work directly with their patients, without the interference of insurance regulations and restrictions, to decide on the best plan of care for each individual. 

Patients have significantly more time with their providers, increased access to care, no co-pays or hidden fees, and pay far less for labs, medications, and diagnostics tests - just to name a few benefits. 

 

Family Physicians of St. Joseph welcomes and serves all patients -

we look forward to caring for you! 

Please note, we are unfortunately unable to enroll any new patients

at this time, but are placing new potential patients on a waitlist.

Please contact our office for further details. 

The office will be closing at 5pm on the following dates: 

Mon. April 5th, Tues. April 6th and Wednesday April 28th.

COVID-19 Information

Important Notice: We continue to follow CDC guidelines to optimize the health and safety of all of our patients and staff. We still require patients to wear masks inside the building even if you've been vaccinated. We sincerely  appreciate everyone's cooperation and patients.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

For the most current Covid updates, please refer to the following webpage:

https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus

The pandemic remains a constantly evolving disruption to our community and way of life. Numbers of cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients continue to be closely monitored by the Berrien County Health Department. Please refer to the BCHD Dashboard for up to date information:  
Berrien County Covid-19 Dashboard

 

We will continue to provide updates on the changing medical data and recommendations, local healthcare protocols, and how we at Family Physicians of St Joseph will provide medical services during this time.

Family Physicians of St Joseph Clinic Updates

In accordance with CDC, state of Michigan, and Berrien County Health Department guidelines, we will continue to offer telemedicine appointments when appropriate. We are also seeing patients in the office at this time. In addition, our doctors remain available via Spruce and the Elation Passport for questions or medical concerns that may arise. 

 

Our patients are our top priority. While we strive to maintain our regular clinic hours - any same-day changes to our hours will be posted on Facebook and the website when possible. Any pre-planned schedule changes will be communicated via Constant Contact/e-mail. 

Please stay on all current medications prescribed by your doctor. If you are in need of refills or would like to discuss any possible medication changes, please contact the office or your provider directly. 

With Coronavirus circulating in our community, it is important that you be prepared in case you become sick. 

Many people who contract COVID-19 will develop mild symptoms that can and should be managed at home to help prevent further spread of illness. Testing for COVID-19 is advised if you have symptoms of this illness, including mild symptoms. If you do become ill, please be sure to CALL US FOR ASSESSMENT AND FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS. 

Per the CDC, we urge patients to self-quarantine at home and limit your contact with others as soon as cold or flu-like symptoms appear. Dedicate a "sick room" in your home and limit contact with family members. Self-isolation procedures are maintained until you meet ALL three criteria:

  • 24 hours fever-free WITHOUT the assistance of medications like Tylenol

  • Symptoms such as shortness of breath and cough have improved

  • It has been 10 days since symptoms first appeared

It is imperative that we all do our part to minimize spread of COVID-19, and that we conserve resources for the more critically ill and those who are caring for them in the hospitals. 

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Online Resources To Help Ease Isolation:

We realize that this period of social isolation is difficult for all of us, but may be even more difficult for those with certain conditions and stressors. In an effort to help maintain health and wellness during this period of stress and uncertainty, here are some ideas for individuals and families to stay connected and engaged with our community

 

  • Fitness Opportunities:

  • YMCA ON-Demand Exercise and Youth Programs, free for all. YMCA 360

  • Orangetheory At Home, equipment-free classes. OrangeTheory Daily Class

  • PopSugarFitness on YouTube. Extensive library of free classes, from beginner to advanced. PopSugarFitness

  • Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. Yoga With Adriene

 

 

  • Take an art class with your kids!

  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems YouTube Channel

  • Art for Kids Hub on YouTube

 

  • Visit a Zoo!

  • The Cincinnati Zoo offers a daily Home Safari on its Facebook Live feed

  • The Georgia Aquarium has many exhibits to visit through their live cam feed.

 

  • Visit Walt Disney Theme Parks!

  • Ride some of your favorite rides, walk down Main Street, and look out for some of your favorite characters with Disney 360 Virtual Tour

 

  • Meditation and Mindfulness Resources

  • Headspace is offering free resources to help endure the pandemic. Subscriptions are also available here.

  • Calm is another subscription meditation app that also provides audible stories to assist with sleep. Join here.

 

  • Listen to Audiobooks on Audible

  • Now FREE for kids and teens during pandemic Audible Stories

 

  • Host your Book Club on Zoom!

  • Zoom provides video and audio for meetings and other social gatherings. Continue your book club or other social outlet with your friends and family from your couch. Join here!

 

Have more ideas to share with our FPSJ community? Reply to this email and let us know how you are staying connected during this time!

IN THE NEWS!
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The University of Michigan shared a blog post that explains why taking strong steps to slow the spread of coronavirus is important.

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We thank you for your patience and cooperation as we continue to gather information on a daily basis. We will keep you updated with the best available information to keep our community healthy and safe.

What our patients are saying:

"I love that my doctor can spend extra time with me when I’m in for a visit. I never feel rushed. I also love texting and receiving immediate answers to my questions. To me it’s worth every penny..."                                                                                                                                                                                                                - Shelly G.M.

"Family Physicians of St. Joseph is more than just my "doctor" office, they have become family, and a valuable part of my "life planning" and health maintenance."

                                                                                                                               - David Y.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

FPSJ collaborates with the Y!

Did you know that FPSJ has a partnership with both YMCAs of Southwest Michigan?! DPC members who join either the Benton-Harbor/St. Joseph or Niles branches of the YMCA will receive discounted pricing for both facilities; as well as access to wellness education, guided exercise programs, and the overall advantage of shared resources to maximize health and well-being. 

Let us know how we're doing!
We would like to hear your feedback about Family Physicians - 
 if you have a story you would like to share about how DPC has improved the quality of your healthcare, we want to hear and share it!
Please indicate below if we may use your feedback on our website or brochure to spread the word about the benefits of DPC. 

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IN THE NEWS
DPC in THE
DETROIT NEWS,
Read all about it:
April 24, 2019

TV station, WSBT-22 produced a piece on our practice.

"The patients WSBT 22 talked with say it's actually been more cost-effective. They said even though they have health insurance, paying a monthly fee is actually less expensive than paying their insurance deductible. 
That’s not the only benefit -- they say this new health care model allows for longer appointments and a more personal relationship with their physician."
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September 25, 2018

Pat Moody and local business leaders identified fifteen businesses and organizations that are making a difference in our Southwest Michigan community. We are very excited and humbled to learn that Family Physicians of St. Joseph was one to have been awarded this prestigious recognition.  

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DPC was featured on
NBC's Nightly News.
FAMILIES SAVING WITH FLAT-RATE MEDICAL CARE
DPC featured in
American Academy of Family Physicians!
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 Family Physicians of St. Joseph in HP.
DPC is right for EVERYONE!
For the uninsured: Your primary healthcare needs are met within an affordable and predictable monthly fee. 
For those with high deductible insurance: DPC is the perfect fit. Your outpatient services are comprehensive and you have access to labs, medications and services; keeping out-of-pocket costs to a minimum.
For those with complete insurance coverage: DPC offers convenience of care and increased accessibility through the ability to text, email, call, or Skype/Facetime with your provider. You have the option of longer office visits with minimal wait times. 
For the Medicare patient: DPC can provide a way to reduce drug costs and allows more time with your provider. Home visits and phone calls can help those who are homebound. You may also find that you can reduce the cost of your supplemental or secondary insurance premiums by choosing a lower cost plan.
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