Welcome to Gulf Coast Medical Group
No matter what your health care needs may be, Gulf Coast Medical Group is ready to provide medical care at one of our many locations. Every day hundreds of Venice, Sarasota, North Port and Englewood residents and visitors choose Gulf Coast Medical Group for their health care services because of the quality, expert care, professional staff and personal attention. We offer a number of convenient locations along with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. This is our community too, and we are here to take care of your family as if it were our own.
Our group accepts a wide range of health insurance plans in addition to Medicare Assignment. For more information about Gulf Coast Medical Group and to meet our doctors and view locations, please click on the links above and to your right or call (866) 949-1433.
Regional Cardiac & Vascular Associates Opens July 1, 2014
Gulf Coast Medical Group is pleased to announce the July 1 opening of its newest physician group practice, Regional Cardiac & Vascular Associates in Venice, FL. The group is comprised of board certified cardiologists Joseph Balzano, Edmund Bermudez, James Landis, and Steven Bradley Shoemaker. All four physicians are Fellows of the American College of Cardiology (FACC).
These skilled physicians, formerly with Florida Cardiac Consultants, have been providing cardiology services to Venice and southwest Florida for over 10 years and collectively have 50 years of cardiology experience. As a welcome addition to Gulf Coast Medical Group, this team will continue to provide personalized care striving for excellence in interventional cardiology and vascular treatment.
Regional Cardiac & Vascular Associates and their staff are highly trained to provide a wide-array of comprehensive cardiac and vascular care including nuclear and stress testing, echo cardiograms, defibrillator implantation and follow-up, cardiac catheterization and intervention, peripheral vascular disease management and intervention, holter monitoring, pacemaker checks, and a Coumadin clinic.
They will continue to be on staff at Venice Regional Bayfront Health.
Patient Centered Medical Home
Our mission at Gulf Coast Medical Group’s primary care offices is to offer a Patient Centered Medical Home. The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is most accurately described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible and centered around quality and safety. This model focuses on an integrated partnership among practitioners, patients and their families to ensure that decisions respect patients’ wants and needs and that patients have the education and support they need when making health care decisions. It can lower costs of care while at the same time improving the quality of care through its focus on each patient as a whole person, including prevention and wellness, acute care and chronic care, rather than on disease. PCMH also encourages teamwork and coordination among physicians and staff to give patients overall enhanced access to medical care.
Patients enjoy the accessibility PCMH model brings, including: availability of same day/acute visit, shorter wait times, after hours care, and 24/7 electronic and telephone access to a primary care provider. Gulf Coast Medical Group PCMH is responsible for all of the patient's health care. This includes coordination with the patient's specialists, their care in the hospital and all other health care providers that impact their healthcare. To achieve this, GCMG will expect their patients to update the staff on all visits or provide records from their other health care providers. The providers at GCMG will utilize the latest health care guidelines to furnish and educate the patient on a plan of care. It is the expectation of GCMG that each patient will be aware of the goals for each of their medical problems and what steps they can take on their own to achieve these goals.
Gulf Coast Medical Group’s primary care physicians are in the process of obtaining the prestigious Patient Centered Medical Home recognition from the NCQA, the most prominent health accreditation and recognition organization in the nation, and they will achieve PCMH Recognition by the end of 2014.
Gulf Coast Medical Group has partnered with Athenahealth to provide our patients with high quality health care services. Athenahealth brings efficiency to our offices along with convenient, open access to our patients. Athenahealth is a cloud based EHR that allows physicians to securely access patient’s medical records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Gulf Coast Medical Group is using the Patient Portal through Athenahealth that allows patient’s access to message their physician, pay their bills and review test results that the physician has securely published to the Patient Portal.