Life Care Physician Services, LLC, a subsidiary of Life Care Centers of America, has placed Dr. Joy Boggess, M.D., as on-site physician at the brand-new Life Care Center of Ooltewah.
Dr. Boggess is the second doctor hired as part of Life Care’s initiative to place physicians in each of Life Care Centers of America’s buildings in Tennessee. Dr. Michael Crowe at Life Care Center of Collegedale was the first.
In her new position, Dr. Boggess will work with the Life Care Center of Ooltewah’s interdisciplinary team, facility medical director and other attending physicians in caring for each patient. Her presence in the nursing home will enhance physician accessibility to patients and families. She will aid in hospital transitions and pharmacy communications, and being on-site will allow her to personally respond to medical changes or emergencies in a timely manner.
“I was introduced to this opportunity by Dr. Ken Scott, Life Care’s chief medical officer and a previous colleague of mine,” said Dr. Boggess. “I caught the vision and his infectious enthusiasm for the nursing home specialist model and how it would revolutionize nursing home care the same way hospitalists have changed the face of patient care in the hospital setting.”
Dr. Boggess most recently worked as a hospitalist at SkyRidge Medical Center in Cleveland, Tn. While there, she served as a member of the Utilization Review Committee. Before moving to Tennessee, she practiced in a private internal medicine practice in Sonora, Ca., and was on staff at several local hospitals, serving on their committees as well.
“I very much enjoy working with the senior population,” said Dr. Boggess. “Seniors have such a wealth of life experience to share with anyone taking the time and interest to listen.”
A diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Boggess earned her doctor of medicine degree from the Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Ca.
Dr. Boggess and her husband, Robert, live in Apison. They have two daughters, DoriBeth and Rachel.
For more information about Life Care Physician Services’ initiative and how it will impact long-term care, please contact Doug Veazey, director of field operations for Life Care Physician Services, at 423 473-5028 or Doug_Veazey@lcca.com.
Life Care Center of Ooltewah, 5911 Snow Hill Road, is the newest of 26 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Tennessee operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.