We are pleased to honor Vickery Family Medicine as Small Business of the Month. Read on for our interview with Dr. David Vickery and Administrative Director Margarita Gonzalez.
|Asheville Chamber Board Member Laura Webb
with Dr. Vickery and Margarita Gonzalez
Tell us a little about the history of the company.
Vickery Family Medicine started in the fall of 2005 with one doctor, two staff and a small leased space. Today, we have 2 physicians, 5 mid-level providers and 20 staff. We are one of the first practices in our region to participate in patient-centered medical home models and to partner with insurers to enhance quality of care. We remain an independently-owned and operated comprehensive primary care practice that is open 7 days a week to serve our customers. We currently provide comprehensive primary care, full spectrum urgent care, weight management, nutritional health and provide direct primary care services to individuals and businesses.
Our tagling is “Connect. Engage. Impact. Thrive.” What does this mean to you as a small business in Asheville?
We hope to connect directly with our customers, but more importantly to begin to build connections between healthcare businesses, non‑healthcare related business entities who insure their employees, and health insurers to build positive collaborations that allow everyone to get more affordable accessible comprehensive healthcare. Getting all of these partners at the table together to positively collaborate on the solutions is a challenge, but will help create a community where our businesses thrive and our individuals enjoy good health. We believe that healthcare will always be an individualized art, even with evidence-based scientific practices. The only way that our work will be effective is if we are able to intensely engage with the individual patients in a manner that engenders trust and confidence and inspires them to invest in their own health. In doing so, we hope to be a part of enhancing community and population health, which will reduce healthcare cost, reduce injury and improve productivity. We also hope that we will be able to engage directly with businesses, bring transparent pricing to healthcare delivery and the outpatient sector, and help businesses be able to have access to products that are affordable and effective. The end result of this would be a significant impact on the health of our community and the health of our businesses. By providing these type of services and reducing the cost of care, businesses will be able to invest more in not only their employees, but in their products and services and be poised to compete in their particular sector with a healthy and cared-for employee base. We believe that the healthcare models we are passionate about can provide the business community and our individual population with the healthcare resources they need to thrive. We have national data that proves that when businesses, healthcare providers and insurance entities engage in this positive collaboration that the health and economic metrics are extremely positive. We have local data with our local business that supports this as well. We are excited about the future of our business and the future of our region.