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Understanding: Does Your Doctor “Get” You?

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Understanding: Does Your Doctor “Get” You?

Posted on: September 12th, 2016 by Encompass Healthcare No Comments

Does Your Doctor “Get” You?

So I’m at a restaurant, about to order my favorite salad with a slight twist: I’ve decided to top it with grilled salmon instead of my usual grilled chicken and my husband peeks over the corner of the menu and says, “Danger, Will Robinson!”

Encompass HealthCare patients trust Doctor Ruben like Will trusts the Robot in Lost In Space

I smile wryly, content with the instant connection we have. No further words are needed. And if our ages separated us more than 7 1/2 years, I might not have “gotten” him. (more…)

“Doctor’s Office, Please Hold”–Is This Patient Care?

Posted on: July 5th, 2016 by Encompass Healthcare No Comments

Patients want care. They want to feel better. Most people who go to a doctor’s office have a medical malady and they are usually scared.

Going to the doctor to find out what’s wrong can be very frightening. Many of us have experienced that, entering the doctor’s office with trepidation and hoping for a nice face on the other side of the that sliding glass window to greet us with care and with pleasantness. We are so desperate for someone who’s in a good mood, that we even fake a smile through our own anxiety in hopes of eliciting a grin from the would-be assailant. For if not, this person could pose the biggest barrier between our fear and something even more powerful: hope. (more…)


Posted on: May 15th, 2014 by Encompass Healthcare No Comments


By Rob Striks, Special Writer
Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine

I’m a senior patient, but not in terms of age. I have senior-level experience as a patient. Aside from my lousy diet, lack of exercise and imperfect glucose control, I’ve got senior patient down pat. (more…)


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