Every medical professional today is a hero. Doctors, nurses, technicians and anyone else who dons protective equipment to help others in the face of this pandemic is owed our overwhelming, everlasting thanks.
Jessica Ryan wants to single out others, for their work long before — and now during — the current crisis.
Fourteen years ago — the day after completing a triathlon — a texting teenager hit her motorcycle. She had always been healthy, and had no primary care physician.
She lost her left foot, suffered a compound hip fracture and, in the years since, has had 9 bone infections. The last one was caught by blood work from Dr. David Baum. All the metal was removed, and she’s never felt better.
She met Dr. Baum shortly after her accident. “He hasn’t missed a thing,” Jessica says. “His instinct to check the most normal thing has been life-saving for me.”
Dr. Baum was part of Internal Medical Associates. Dr. Robert Altbaum led the group with great wisdom and insight.
Three years ago he stayed on the 3rd floor at 333 Post Road West. His colleagues moved to the ground floor, where they established Concierge Physicians of Westport.
“These doctors make sure that one small thing doesn’t turn into, or is part of, something more serious,” Jessica says.
“The commitment of everyone in the office is amazing. They send out short, informative emails. Their tele-health system is incredible. Their recommendations for specialists are flawless. They stand next to you not just physically, but emotionally. I’ve never had better care in my life.”
She adds, “Dr. Baum or a nurse calls back within minutes. He has never rushed me off the phone. He never makes me feel like a hunch should be ignored.”
Jessica hails both Dr. Altbaum and the Concierge physicians: Dr. Baum, Dr. Jill Denowitz, Dr. Nina Karol and Dr. Robert Teltser.
At a time when Westporters take their health seriously, she wants everyone to know how well taken care of she feels. Done!
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