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Medical Specialties in Pembroke Pines
Chen Senior Medical Center offer a variety of medical specialties and works with trusted, preferred specialists for our patients' care. These preferred specialists, both on-site and in the community, work side-by-side with our primary care physicians to care for each patient individually. For patients requiring off-site care from a trusted specialist, Chen Senior Medical Center staff will coordinate the entire referral process.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. It is based in traditional Chinese medicine, which believes that the mind and body are connected. This form of treatment uses a variety of techniques to stimulate specific points in the body to help it restore and maintain healing. It is used to help treat things like back and neck pain, nausea, migraine headaches, anxiety and sleep problems. Acupuncture is a complementary form of medical treatment, which means it is used together with the traditional medical care to help you reach your best level of health. At Chen Medical Centers, we have doctors who specialize in acupuncture and provide treatment in many of our centers. You and your doctor can talk more about acupuncture and if it may be helpful to you. Our Patient Community Relations Specialists can let you know if your health plan covers this service and how you may qualify for it.
Cardiology is a field of medicine that focuses on the heart and circulatory system, also known as the cardiovascular system. Cardiology includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease and heart failure. Chen Medical Centers cardiologists are experts in dealing with disorders of the heart and work onsite in many of our centers. At Chen Medical Centers, our primary care physicians work closely with our cardiologist to coordinate your personal care plan and help keep your heart, arteries and blood vessels healthy. We specialize in helping our patients manage conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and other health issues that can lead to heart disease. Your Chen Medical Centers PCP and cardiologist are a team and continuously communicate with each other about your heart health.
A case manager is a healthcare professional who helps patients and their families and/or caregivers get through tough times. A case manager can give advice and help patients who have disabilities, mental health issues or social needs find services they need to maintain optimal health and quality of life. He/she also works closely with doctors, social workers and other community service providers to ensure patient needs are met. As a Chen Medical Centers patient, we can link you to Community Connections services, which include support from a case manager, if life’s challenges may be affecting how you live. Your case manager can help you link to community agencies for help securing food, shelter, in-home support and other needed services. He/she can also help you prepare for a hospital discharge and your aftercare needs, connect you to support groups and recommend activity programs that improve your health. Your case manager will help guide you along the way and follow up for ongoing support.
Endocrinology is a medical specialty that focuses on the health of the glands in your body and the hormones they secrete. Your endocrine system can affect every aspect of your health. Your glands make hormones and release them into your bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, these hormones travel to the organs of your body to help them function. Your endocrine system includes the thyroid, adrenal glands (located on the kidneys), pituitary gland (located in the brain), pancreas and other vital organs. As a Chen Medical Centers patient, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) can help monitor many endocrine system issues, such as diabetes, thyroid disorders and more. They may also refer you to an endocrinologist if your health concerns require it. Chen Medical Centers PCPs work closely with endocrinologists to coordinate your personal care plan and manage conditions such as diabetes and thyroid issues.
Gastroenterology is a medical specialty that focuses on the treatment of the digestive system, known as the gastrointestinal tract. This is often referred to as your “GI” tract and includes all of the body’s organs that are involved in digestive processes such as the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. Your digestive tract helps the body absorb nutrients and eliminate waste. Many types of illnesses like infections from bacteria, viruses or parasites can cause GI problems. Other ongoing health conditions can also cause GI problems, such as indigestion, acid reflux and other issues in these body organs. Your Chen Medical Centers PCP can help treat many common GI problems. For more complex issues, they may refer you to a specialist called a gastroenterologist. If so, your PCP and GI specialist will work together to coordinate your personal care plan to get your digestive system back on track.
This is a term for hearing loss. It means a person has trouble hearing in one or both ears. It can also mean that a person cannot hear at all (is deaf) in one or both ears. Part of your routine care at Chen Medical Centers includes working with your Primary Care Physician (PCP) on your hearing. Your PCP may recommend you see a hearing specialist if your issue requires it. If so, your PCP and hearing specialist will work together to coordinate your personal care plan so you can stay safe and enjoy a higher quality of life.
An echocardiogram (or “echo” for short) is a sonogram of your heart. An echo is a test that uses ultrasound waves to take a picture of the heart and its other structures. An echo can provide your doctor with useful information, such as the size and shape of your heart. This test can also help your doctor measure how well your heart is working, check for fluid around the heart and locate defects or infections. At Chen Medical Centers, we perform echocardiograms right in our centers, so you don’t have to travel to a diagnostic center for this important test.
Nuclear Stress Test
A Nuclear stress test helps to determine if there are any blockages in the vessels that provide blood to the heart. It measures blood flow while the heart is at rest and compares it to when the heart is working harder as a result of exertion (exercise) or medication. Images are taken that are able to show damaged heart muscle or where there may be decreased blood flow through the heart. We offer this test right here in our centers for your convenience.
A nutritionist is a healthcare professional who specializes in food and nutrition. They can help establish healthy eating plans for people who wish to lose weight, improve their health or have special dietary needs. Special needs can include allergies or health conditions like heart disease or diabetes that require careful food planning to manage them better. Chen Medical Centers offers nutrition services and patient education classes that include free nutritional counseling from an expert to support your overall health and well-being. Ask your doctor or care team member about the nutrition services and other health and wellness programs that may be offered at your location.
Podiatry is a medical specialty that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of your feet, ankles and lower extremeties. Podiatry can be very important to the health of seniors and their continued healthy mobility. A podiatrist can also be a critical component in the treatment of patients who are diabetic. Many Chen Medical Centers centers have onsite podiatrists who can help you if you are experiencing trouble with your feet. That means your PCP and foot doctor can talk to each other, face-to-face, and coordinate the best care for you.
This is a place where people get prescription and over-the-counter medications (also called OTC medications). As a Chen Medical Centers patient, you can enjoy the convenience of getting the medicines you need right from your doctor during your visit. Getting your medicine while you’re here in our centers gives you and your doctor more time to talk about how and when to take it. You can also ask your doctor questions about your medicines. For you, that also means no waiting in long lines at the pharmacy or having to remember to get your refills in time. Talk to your doctor or a member of our care team today to find out how you can take advantage of this and other services Chen Medical Centers provides.
This medical specialty uses radiation through tests like X-rays and ultrasound to diagnose and treat certain health problems and diseases. Chen Medical Centers provides many different diagnostic services right in our centers so you don’t have to go to multiple places to get them done. Our services include EKGs to test your heart, lab work such as urinalysis, blood work, flu and strep tests, X-rays, ultrasounds and more. Your doctor will determine which diagnostic services you need and order them during your visits.
At Chen Medical Centers, we see many patients who speak a native language other than English. Fortunately, we have many doctors and staff members who can often assist you or your loved one communicate important health information. We also provide translation services at all of our centers to help make communicating easier. If you wish to utilize our translations services in order to communicate and understand your health plan in your native language, please notify the front desk staff, and we will help arrange translation service for you.
This medical specialty focuses on the organs in the body that produce and process urine. These organs include the bladder, kidneys and the male and female urinary tract. As a Chen Medical Centers patient, your Primary Care Physician (PCP) works closely with your urology doctor (called a urologist; said like yur-ol-uh-jist) to coordinate your personal care plan and help keep your body working at its best level. That includes helping you manage any conditions that can lead to or worsen urinary issues. Your Chen Medical Centers PCP and urologist will always follow through with each other about your care, your test results and any changes in your health.
Wound care is when a healthcare professional helps your body go through its normal healing process after it is damaged by things like surgery, a sore, cut, break or other injury. Many of our Chen Medical Centers doctors specialize in wound care and create a treatment plan to ensure your body heals properly.