By Bernie Rodgers By Bernie Rodgers | September 29, 2020 |
After completing the rigors of medical school, residency, and fellowship training, two brothers, Drs. Michael and Daniel Devine, wanted to apply their newfound knowledge to give back to their community. They created a boutique medical practice in the Philadelphia suburbs that centers its care around the patient.
Upon completion of their medical training, the Devine brothers weren’t satisfied with the current state of healthcare—finding it too focused on the system rather than where it should be, on the patient. “Much of [medicine] has become rushed and transactionary, losing the essence of what has separated the profession from others for millennia,” the brothers said. During their training at nationally-renowned institutions, such as Johns Hopkins and Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, they were able to receive a world-class education while also taking notice of the flaws within modern medicine. Drs. Michael and Daniel found that the time needed to provide “highly attentive, personalized care” was essentially nonexistent, even at the nation’s best hospitals. It spawned a yearning to revive the innately human aspect of medicine. Rather than utilizing their skills as part of the system, in a massive medical center, like most of their peers, they sought out a more idiosyncratic route. All they needed was a plan to redefine primary care from their vantage point.
They founded in the spring of 2020. There’s a number of key differences between their membership-based model and traditional healthcare. Primarily, they offer patients “full-scope primary care in the comfort and privacy of their own homes, advanced healthy aging programs, guaranteed same-day visits [and] expanded hours.” Profit-driven corporate structures nearly eradicated this personalized approach to care. Yet, the Devine brothers’ combined expertise allowed them to safely resuscitate the art of house-call medicine —and the results are remarkable.
The foundation of intimate trust between doctor and patient proved to provide “an unbelievable degree of satisfaction.” However, to attain such an individualistic practice, they must limit the number of accepted patients. The Devine brothers lament this fact, remarking that “[we] regret that we are unable to extend this level of care to everyone. Unfortunately, it just wouldn’t be feasible.” This conscientious care has created a splash in the Philadelphia suburbs. However, it’s not only prospective patients that are taking notice. The Huffington Post, U.S. News and Main Line Today have featured Devine Concierge Medicine since its inception.
As for the future, Michael and Daniel Devine are anticipating exciting advances. “There are a few very big things we are working on for later this year. Stay tuned!”
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