Rotary Bulletin for January 13, 2015

Last Week’s Program:

The program was presented by Dr. Trae Ingram who has opened a medical practice at 5901 Westown Parkway, Suite 230 in West Des Moines.


What is Concierge Medicine?

View More: Medicine is a contemporary approach to the doctor/ patient relationship. Long waits, impersonal visits are replaced with same day visits and the doctor’s private cell phone number.  The visits take as long as needed to address your concerns.

The concierge style physician becomes your single source for all things medical.  Your personal physician is a trusted friend and advocate, fully prepared to help you navigate the increasingly complex health care system. In the event of emergency or hospital care, you are closely monitored and care is discussed with the specialist involved. 

Concierge medicine is an approach to providing primary care in which the patient submits an annual or monthly fee (see our fees here) or retainer to the physician directly, which removes added expense, excess paperwork, privacy issues and undesired influence over your medical care, allowing the doctor to focus completely on providing direct access and more personalized care.

The benefits of a concierge practice include:

  • direct access to the doctor by cell phone or email
  • same/next day appointments
  • less time waiting
  • More time in the office with your doctor
  • Secure access to your medical record

Our focus:

  • preventive health and wellness
  • chronic disease management
  • healthy aging solutions
  • weight management
  • sports/exercise medicine
  • many in-office procedures are included as well

Our goal is to restore the doctor-patient relationship by providing a patient-centered medical experience in a relaxed environment and removing the usual constraints on the physician and avoiding obstacles for the patient to access affordable comprehensive


There will be a Board meeting next week.


Polio Plus: Doug Hillman, our Treasurer, has Iowa Energy tickets for sale.  The tickets are donated by the Iowa Energy basketball team as a fundraiser for Polio Plus.  For each $16.00 ticket the Iowa Energy will donate $8.00 to Polio Plus.  If you would like to buy some tickets let Doug know and he will bill you on your January invoice.    Also, if you would like to donate the tickets to a youth group, or other entity, tell Doug and he will help coordinate this also.  The date for the game at Wells Fargo arena is 2/7/15.

Bicycle Project:

Harold Hulleman reported that the Bicycle project will resume in January and he will be coordinating the dates soon.

Three Minute Speaker/Sergeant at Arms:

Dr.Bruce Vircks  was the three minute speaker.  Bruce  regularly attends our club (a Marshalltown club member) but spends a significant amount of time in West Des Moines due to his employmant at Wolfe Clinic as an audiologist.  Bruce is a native of Wisconsin and has two degree from the University of Wisconsin as well as the University of Nebraska and is a Packer Fan.  He has been with Wolfe Clinic for 31 years.  Bruce has been married for 25 years and has 2 daughters Reagan (allergist) and Laura who works at CUNA in Waverly.   Bruce enjoys tennis, photography, wine tasting and music.