and treat our patients only at St. Elizabeth's Hospital
in Belleville. St. Elizabeth's is a well-equipped
hospital providing the most modern facilities in all
branches of medical care. Its proximity to our
Belleville office ensures that your doctor is always
close by and available "at a moment's notice" when
we are a Family Practice, we care for patients of all
ages. Newborns, toddlers, teenagers, young adults and
seniors all have their special needs. Our doctors
understand that and will be able to provide the type of
care that you and your family need.
our doctors are trained to provide complete well baby
and pediatric care for children of all ages.
practice regularly conducts medical research projects
for well known multi-national pharmaceutical companies
and we are looking for candidates with conditions such
as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, benign
prostate disease, overactive bladder, and arthritis, as
well as other conditions. Participants receive free
physical examinations, office visits, lab tests, EKGs
and free study medication. Volunteers are usually paid
for their time. If you would like to learn how you could
participate in a medical research study, please call
extension 36 and one of our research staff members call
certified in-office laboratory is open for blood drawing
Monday through Saturday from 7:30am to 10am. No
appointment is necessary.
DIZZY? AFRAID OF
FALLING? WE CAN HELP!
the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in
people 65 and older in the United States. There is a
pattern to falls among the elderly - fear of falling,
then the injury, followed by hospitalization, decreased
independence and mobility and often relocation to a
Our Dizziness and Hearing Center uses the Balance Trak
500 system to measure your stability and sway in a
simple 10 minute test. If you exhibit abnormal sway or
instability, those problems may be the result of an
inner ear disorder. We can then use our unique
non-invasive computerized infrared video ENG testing
equipment to test your inner ear function.
dizziness and hearing are so closely related, the
testing also includes an audiologic exam designed to
help your doctor pinpoint the cause of your problem. The
vestibular testing as well as the audiologic exam is
covered by Medicare and almost all insurers.
services also include a new method of treating dizziness
and balance disorders without drugs or surgery. The
treatment, known as vestibular rehabilitation therapy,
may include special eye exercises, balance retraining
and one or more brief sessions focused on the
repositioning of tiny particles within your middle ears.
The success rate for treatment of positional vertigo (BPPV),
a common form of balance disorder is over 90%. Once
therapy has been completed, the dizziness rarely
If you or a friend or family member suffers from a
chronic dizziness or impaired balance, and may be at
risk of a fall, please contact us for a consultation.
complete hearing testing including free hearing
screening for patients and the general public over 40
years old, under the supervision of our doctors. If you
or a family member or friend believes that they might
have a hearing problem, consult your doctor or call us
for a free screening hearing test. If a hearing aid
might help your problem, you will be given a free
hearing aid simulation demonstration. This lets you
discover what it would sound like to hear with a modern
hearing instrument. We feature the most modern digital
and programmable hearing instruments. All testing is
done by a state certified hearing technician. We can
also clean and repair all brand of hearing instruments.
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
(National Registry) is a new Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. All
commercial drivers whose current medical certificate
expired on or after May 21, 2014, at expiration of that
certificate must be examined by a medical professional
listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical
Examiners. Only medical examiners that have
completed training and successfully passed a test on
FMCSA's physical qualification standards will be listed
on the National Registry.
Wallace Abel is certified to perform DOT (Department of
Transportation) physical exams and is listed on the
National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.
He performs these physicals not only for patients of
Belleville Family Medical but also for outside patients
in need of certification.
Our doctors take turns being
on call for your emergencies and are available for you
24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. When
medical problems arise after hours, on weekends, or
during holidays, that cannot safely wait until the
office opens, you can reach our doctor on call by
calling our answering service at 618.398.9620. In the
case of a serious emergency, go directly to St.
Elizabeth's Emergency Department where a qualified staff
physician will tend to your needs and notify us if
It is the right of patients
to know their anticipated medical expenses. Please feel
free to discuss fees with the staff.
Please feel free to review
We are participating
physicians for Medicare and most other healthcare plans.
Please inform our office staff if you are on Medicare.
We will gladly complete and submit all your insurance
claims forms for you at no cost. All patients must
provide proof of insurance coverage at check-in. We will
verify coverage via phone or online. Copies of your
insurance card will be made each time you arrive for an
appointment, regardless of time intervals. Please have
your cards readily available for the receptionist.
If your account is over 90
days past due, you will be notified that you must settle
your account. Partial payments will not be accepted,
unless otherwise negotiated. Please be aware that if a
balance remains unpaid, we may refer your account to a
collection agency and you may be discharged from the
practice. If this is to occur, you will be notified by
certified mail that you have 30 days to find alternative
medical care. During that 30-day period, our physicians
will only be able to treat you on an emergency basis.
LET US BE YOUR
An on-the-job injury can
often mean long waits in an emergency room, treatment by
an unknown doctor, expensive hospital bills, excessive
time off the job and higher workman's compensation
insurance. Our six physician practice has the
facilities, experience, and capacity to promptly treat
almost all of the injuries, lacerations, or fractures
that might occur at your work place.
We are the company doctor for many local employers and
have saved them thousands of dollars and hundreds of
hours of off-the-job time by our prompt treatment and
return to work of their employees. If your business
might be interested in learning how our services could
cut your medical costs, please call our office. No
contract or minimum number of employees is required.
We understand that sometimes
you may be late for your appointment, however, if you do
not arrive and check-in for your appointment prior to
your scheduled time you may be required to reschedule.
Our practice is committed to providing the best
treatment to our patients, and keeping appointments on
time is very important. It is our recommendation that
you arrive 15 minutes early for an appointment to allow
for the check-in process. If you do not keep an
appointment, you may receive a phone call from the
office. If this occurs more than twice, you will likely
be discharged from the practice; at which time you will
also be notified via certified letter informing you that
you have 30 days to obtain a new physician. During that
time, you will only been seen for emergency care within
our practice. Please help us serve you better by keeping
your scheduled appointment.