It has been a challenging year, as many of our providers and staff have moved on, starting new chapters in their personal and professional lives. But we are pleased to announce we are once again fully staffed, with two fabulous nurse practitioners and new personnel in both the front and back office. Meet everyone on our Providers and Staff pages.
As of January 18, 2016, we are excited to be in our new home located at 24680 Jefferson Avenue, Suite A — still in Murrieta. The new office is across the street from City Hall in the Olivewood Plaza at the corner of Jefferson and Kalmia. We now have better parking, first floor access, more space, and better visibility. Come by and say hello!
It is with tremendous sorrow that we mourn the unexpected passing of our laboratory manager, Dr. Steven Black, on January 24, 2017. As a result, we will be closing our in-house VIP Laboratory indefinitely.
Steve’s 45 years of lab experience was unsurpassed in the industry. His sense of humor and friendly conversation will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace.
After a longer than expected search, we are thrilled to finally welcome a new provider to our team. Sarah Fairhurst comes to us from the University of Texas in Austin, where she has recently completed her Masters degree and become a certified Nurse Practitioner.
Sarah is able to perform all the same functions as our other providers, including diagnosis and treatment of both acute and chronic medical conditions, performing physical examinations, ordering diagnostic tests, prescribing medications, and making referrals when necessary.
We are delighted to add Sarah to our practice, where she has already shown herself to be enthusiastic and eager to get to know everyone. So feel free to give the office a call - Sarah’s schedule is open, with appointments available immediately.
In October 2014, the DEA reclassified hydrocodone as a Schedule II controlled substance, putting medications such as Vicodin and Norco in the same category as morphine and oxycodone. Schedule II controlled substances could only be filled by hand delivering to the pharmacy a prescription written on a secure prescription pad. Since the law does not allow refills on these medications, the system can be terribly inconvenient for patients who are being prescribed controlled substances on a regular basis, particularly if they have transportation issues.
To our knowledge, we are the only Internal Medicine practice in Murrieta to be enabled for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances (EPCS). This means that all controlled substances, including Schedule II, can be sent electronically from our office to any pharmacy that is set up to receive them. As of July 2015, most of the major pharmacies in the area are accepting electronic prescriptions with the notable exception of Costco (but we’re told they’re working on it).
What does all of this mean? It means no more lost prescriptions. It means no need to come by the office just to pick up a prescription. In short, it means more convenience for you and less work for us. It’s a win-win.
If you have questions about EPCS, feel free to ask any member of our staff.