Three local members of the NorthWest Ohio Primary Care Physicians group are combining their practices in new office that will open May 26.
Drs. Adrienne Sedlmeier, Patricia Vega and John Pierce will begin seeing patients May 26 at the newly constructed building located at 28555 Starbright Boulevard, Perrysburg (corner of SR 795 and Oregon Road).
Currently, Dr. Sedlmeier’s office is located in Millbury; Dr. Pierce is located in Pemberville and Dr. Vega is in Oregon.
The group also includes pediatrician Dr. Gary Gladieux, Dr. Inhad I. Hasan, Dr. Charles I. Kahle and Dr. Robert Schmidt, who will remain in their current offices.
Combining practices in an expanded location will allow the physicians to provide more services and improve convenience for patients, Dr. Sedlmeier said.
“Currently we’re all one corporation, share some common employees and we do common billing,” Dr. Sedlmeier said.
“Having three doctors in one office would enable us to provide a little bit better coverage for our patients, so that if we’re on vacation or one of us is out of the office for some reason, the other docs can see patients,” she said.
The group of primary care physicians offers lifetime family care from birth to end of life.
“Going to a primary care physician offers the advantage of having your doctor know your medical history, and even your family history, because ideally, they take care of the rest of your family,” Dr. Sedlmeier said.
She noted that primary care physicians differ from general practitioners, or “GPs.” “General practice physicians didn’t do a residency,” she said.” Primary care physicians are required to do a residency program that’s three years long to be able to specialize in family practice.
“The general practitioner option doesn’t exist any more because you have to do a residency to be board certified,” she said.
In-office procedures and testing, including echocardiograms, nerve conduction studies, stress tests, bone density tests and others, will be offered at the new location. The expanded facility will also allow the practice to offer a patient education department, including programs for weight management, diabetes care and exercise prescription.
“We’ll have a certified athletic trainer that has special training in nutrition,” Dr. Sedlmeier said. “When you help with weight issues, it improves other medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.”
St. Luke’s Hospital will also offer therapy and laboratory services at the facility.
The practice will accept new patients beginning July 1. Sports physicals will be offered July 21 from 1 to 7 p.m. at a cost of $25. (Call 419-931-3030 for an appointment.) An open house is being planned for August.
Drs. Sedlmeier, Vega and Pierce will continue to provide patient care at the nursing homes currently visited as well as at St. Charles Hospital, Bay Park Hospital and at St. Luke’s Hospital.
For more information about NorthWest Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Inc., call 419-931-