PCMA President’s Column: Providing care to our senior patients

IN THIS EDITION of Central Florida Doctor magazine, you’ll read about some of the key issues facing members of the medical industry who provide quality health care to our seniors in the region. As an area that attracts many retirees and snowbirds for its mild winters and peaceful senior communities, quality medical care for these residents is a constant growing need.

One of the topics you’ll read about is the process of tracking patient results and follow-ups. These procedures are especially important for our senior patients, who may have chronic health conditions, multiple prescriptions, and several specialists whom they also need to see on a regular basis to receive comprehensive care. Another topic you’ll read about is a recent alliance the American Senior Association has formed in an effort to help seniors with their prescription costs. Last, but not least, Dr. Joy Jackson, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Polk County and a Polk County Medical Association member, contributes her insight for the “In My Opinion” question in this edition, addressing top concerns for baby boomers.

On a side note — and ending on a note of thanks — we recently held our Fifth Annual Casino Night fundraiser in the luxurious showroom at Fields Motorcars Mercedes Benz in Lakeland, and it was a tremendous success! You can view photos from our annual fundraiser in the printed pages of this edition. Proceeds from this annual event went straight to We Care of Polk County and the Polk County Medical Foundation. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the many sponsors and donations received to make such a festive gala possible. With the generous support received from sponsors and attendees, we can continue to provide local families in need with the specialty medical care that they otherwise could not obtain.

The Polk County Medical Association is a means for members to have a voice and make a difference in the medical industry and the surrounding community. For more information about the PCMA or how to become a member, please call Jackie Courtney in our office at (863) 644-4051 or email director@polkcountydoctors.com.

Arvind B. Soni, MD
Director of Radiation Oncology
St. Joseph’s Hospital, BayCare Health System
President, Polk County Medical Association


Dr. Soni’s photo by PEZZIMENTI

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