Palm Beach is Dr. Albert's sole practice location.
Where are you located?
We are on the "South End" of the island of Palm Beach, just adjacent to the Lake Worth Casino and Pier, on the second floor of the Bank United Building. A map can be found on our Contact Us page.
How many doctors are there in your office? Are there any nurse practitioners?
Dr. Albert is pleased to have Susan Solomon Grimes, ARNP as a member of your care team. Susan is the practice's prevention specialist, and will see you for your annual prevention exams. She also works collaboratively with Dr. Albert on management of patients with chronic conditions such as hypertension and diabetes. She has many years of experience, and is an excellent coach and teacher.
Can I have a PCP here in Palm Beach for the season, in addition to my PCP up north?
Not only can you have a Primary Care Physician while spending the winter in South Florida, but you should have a PCP here! Not having a PCP means unnecessary visits to area emergency departments and urgent care centers. We are here to provide you with personalized primary care in a comfortable office setting.
Where can I park at the office?
Free parking is available at the BankUnited Building. Park wherever you would like. The numbers on the parking spots are meaningless.
Where is the elevator?
The elevator is located through the archway in the center of the BankUnited Building, just across from the bank entrance.
Do you accept walk-in patients?
Dr. Albert sees patients by appointment only. However, we almost always have same-day appointments available. Just give us a call!
What is the difference between Family Medicine and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics?
Both Family Medicine and Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (Med/Peds) doctors are able to care for patients of all ages. While Family Medicine physicians complete a 3 year residency program and board certify solely in Family Medicine, Med/Peds doctors complete a 4 year residency program and are board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. The residency programs in Family Medicine tend to be more focused on adults, while half of Med/Peds physicians' training is in the care of children. Finally, while Family Medicine physicians spend time receiving obstetrical, gynecologic, psychiatric, and surgical training, Med/Peds physicians recieve more training in the management of complex and critical disease states.
Where does Dr. Albert have hospital privileges?
Dr. Albert presently has privileges at Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach. However, as an outpatient specialist, Dr. Albert prefers to utilize hospitalists when patients need to be admitted. This ensures more timely and higher quality inpatient care. Dr. Albert does, however, communicate with the hospitalists when patients are admitted, to ensure seemless transitions between the hospital and home.
What is Dr. Albert's philosophy of medicine?
First and foremost, Dr. Albert strives to provide high quality care, focused on medical treatments and testing backed by evidence (and lots of it!). He also takes the physicians's oath of "first, do no harm" very seriously.
What does this mean? When you come in for a preventive visit, we don't just blindly order "the full workup." Dr. Albert will take a complete medical history and then apply the latest medical guidelines to determine which tests and interventions are proven to help you live the healthiest life possible. When you are have a chronic disease, such as diabetes or hypertension, Dr. Albert will ensure that you receive the treatments proven to provide the best possible outcome. No hocus pocus, no "miracle" potions, and no pharmaceutical sales pitches (in fact, our sample closet is empty).
This also means there are treatments Dr. Albert does not prescrible. We do not prescribe "bioidentical hormones" or testosterone, nor do we prescribe opioid medications for chronic, non-cancer pain.
Which languages does Dr. Albert speak?
Dr. Albert and his staff speak only in English.
How far behind does Dr. Albert run during the day?
Our office prides itself on efficiency. Believe it or not, Dr. Albert usually runs very true to schedule. We respect your time, and believe that coming to the doctor's office should not consume a significant chunk of your day.
What does FACP mean?
FACP stands for "Fellow of the American College of Physicians." Fellows of ACP are a distinguished group of doctors dedicated to continuing education in medical practice, teaching, or research. Fellowship is an honorary designation given to recognize ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine. Fellowship in ACP is a mark of distinction. It says that your doctor has made special efforts to be a better doctor. Ultimately, it says your doctor cares about delivering high-quality health care. (source: ACP Online)
How should I prepare for my visit?
If you are a new patient, you may log in to our patient portal to complete our new patient forms ahead of time. Contact the office to request a portal account, if you were not offered one at the time you made your appointment.
Please make sure to bring your photo ID and insurance card. If you have an insurance network which requires you to have a specific PCP, make sure you have contacted the insurer to name Dr. Albert as your PCP.
Our typical appointment time is 20 minutes. Though this is a third longer than most offices, our time together is still limited. Given this, the following tips will help maximize our time together:
Keep the number of concerns you would like to address to two per visit, at the most. This allows us to give each concern its proper attention. If you have more concerns, please write them down and make multiple appointments.
Bring either a list of your current medications and doses, or the medication bottles themselves, to every visit.
If you are switching to Dr. Albert in the midst of a workup for a problem, are seeking a second opinion, or were recently hospitalized, please bring previous medical records with you.
What is an "annual check-up" and what does it include?
The "annual check-up," also known as an "annual physical," is an office visit devoted purely to preventive needs. Because of this, Dr. Albert prefers to call it a "preventive visit." It is a time we step away from the aches, pains, coughs, fatigue and other ailments to focus on the ever-expanding recommendations for maintaining wellness. During the visit, we'll review your medical history, address risk factors, and go over the USPSTF screening recommendations specific to you. These services (see a list here) are covered without a co-pay thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. If you have problems or concerns which need to be addressed at one of these visits, unfortunately, we may not be able to address both that problem and your prevention. A return visit may be required, and a co-pay may apply.
What labs does Dr. Albert get routinely? Can I have them done ahead of time?
There is no "standard" or "full set" of labs. Dr. Albert prefers to personalize the labs ordered to the indivudual patient. Because of this, labs may not be ordered ahead of the visit, particularly for new patients. This ensures that we only need to have you visit the lab once in order to address your specific screening and monitoring needs.
Do you draw blood in the office? Should I fast for my visit?
We do not draw blood in the office, so feel free to have your morning coffee and breakfast prior to your visit. We prefer to use Quest Diagnostics or LabCorp (as dictated by your insurance coverage) for lab testing.
Do I need an appointment if I want a referral?
Dr. Albert does require an office visit for referrals, and asks that you not make specialist appointments prior to that office visit. Often, Dr. Albert is able to address your needs without the specialist. We also have a network of specialists who are committed to providing high-quality, well-coordinated care, and prefer to use those specialists.