Belle Plaine Farmer Embraces Virtual Visits
Scott Frank, age 63, a retired high school agriculture teacher has been a patient at UnityPoint Health – Family Medicine Belle Plaine
since the clinic opened. He estimates that’s more than 25 years.
With the nice weather, he spends much of the spring working with a local farmer driving a tractor and putting crops in the fields.
When it came time for his annual well visit, Frank called the clinic to cancel as he says, “It’s hard to give up good weather when you can be planting. Spending three hours going to the doctor and with the current pandemic, I was reluctant to go in.”
As opposed to canceling appointments, the UnityPoint Clinic team suggested a virtual visit with his provider, Karl Holmes, PA-C.
Holmes is one of many providers that have championed the technology of virtual and telephonic visits for well and sick visits across UnityPoint Health. Frank, a novice to this type of technology, agreed to give it a try.
| Karl Holmes, PA and Scribe Allison Molokken, CMA
conduct a virtual visit.
“I’ve never done anything like this before,” said Frank. “My wife helped download the app and we did it in one try. I'm not a super tech guy, but it was super convenient and anyone could handle this to save time.”
While Frank was disking a field, he stopped his tractor to have his appointment. “My meeting with Karl was great. I heard him fine. He went through my health history and we discussed options for my health,” said Frank. “It was much easier and convenient with the same results. I would highly encourage everyone to consider the ease and convenience of virtual visits.”
In the Cedar Rapids region, in the last 30 days our teams have completed more than 14,000 telephonic visits and 300 virtual visits. Contact your clinic to schedule your virtual visit or visit unitypoint.org/virtualcare.