A new center offering traditional and alternative treatments for arthritis opened April 7 in Del Mar.
The Institute for Specialized Medicine located at 12865 Pointe Del Mar Way plans to treat between 20 and 40 patients each day, said Dr. Alexander Shikhman, a local doctor who worked for Scripps Health and the center’s founder.
Shikhman put $70,000 toward site renovations and $50,000 towards specialized equipment. The total investment was $500,000.
It is the only center in San Diego County that specifically treats arthritis and autoimmune disorders, according to Shikhman, who called the center “a kind of one-stop shop.”
The Institute will function as a private company with three full-time staff members. Shikhman said he plans to add up to three more employees this year.
Treatments, including physical exams, ultrasounds, shock wave therapy and infusion therapy, begin with a diagnostic evaluation, which will be used to create an individualized therapy program.
Nutrition counseling, Tuina (a Chinese therapy similar to massage) and acupuncture will be available.
The center will also sell Restorative Remedies, a product line of supplements that can be used to ease arthritis and autoimmune ailments. Shikhman is the owner of Restorative Remedies.
Product costs range from $10 to $50. While some treatments are covered by PPO’s and Medicare, the standard cost for treatments range from $60 to several hundred dollars, according to Shikhman.
Patients can decide to have only the spa treatments, although all services are medically supervised, he added.
The center will most likely join a Scripps Health-affiliated independent physician association later this year.
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IntelliDot Secures Patent:
IntelliDot Corp., a local health technology concern, said that it had secured a patent for its wireless hand-held device used to protect patient safety by documenting medications administered by nurses.
The San Diego-based company was issued the patent March 18. The device is used at hospitals across the country.
IntelliDot’s CAREt system, which includes the device, helps reduce medication errors by scanning a bar code on a patient’s wristband and then showing data for a patient’s required doses and medications.
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Ambulance Provider Announces New Hires:
San Diego Medical Services Enterprise has added 11 paramedics and 16 emergency medical technicians to its staff.
SDMSE is part of a public-private limited liability partnership between the city of San Diego and Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Rural/Metro Ambulance Corp., which supplies services to 400 communities in the United States. SDMSE has 80 ambulances and takes nearly 100,000 calls annually.
SDMSE now has 546 employees, including administrative staff, according to spokesman Reema Makani.
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