New geriatrician joins Baptist Health’s AgeWell Center to serve more patients
October 14, 2015 | Jacksonville, FL
Geriatrician Raphael Balbino, MD, has joined Baptist Health’s AgeWell Center, which helps older adults live more independent and productive lives by providing specialized primary care in one central location. He joins Geriatrician Marisol Lance, DO, medical director of the AgeWell Center.
Baptist Health introduced AgeWell in 2012 to fill a community need to enhance the quality of life for older adults. AgeWell currently has more than 750 patients and is poised for growth, especially as the population in Northeast Florida grows older. According to the recently released JCCI report, “Rethink Aging,” Northeast Florida’s population of 400,000 adults older than 65 is expected to double by 2040.
“We are excited to have Dr. Balbino join our team. His skills and experience will make it possible to expand AgeWell to serve more seniors in Northeast Florida and help them live their lives to the fullest,” said Earl Evens, executive director of Baptist Health’s AgeWell Institute.
The only program of its kind in Northeast Florida, AgeWell can help older adults with a variety of conditions, including coping with declining memory, improving mobility and strength, and managing emotional issues. In addition to seeing a geriatrician, AgeWell patients have access to an interdisciplinary team, including a psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical pharmacist, nurse, nutritionist, social worker, care coordinator, and physical, occupational and speech therapists as needed.
AgeWell’s comprehensive approach looks at the entire person. “Every day, I seek to get to know my patients in a holistic way, not just seeing their medical conditions, but how each condition affects the whole person, mind, body and spirit,” said Dr. Balbino, who was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and moved to the United States with his family in 1996. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Dr. Balbino received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Duke University Hospital. He completed a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2014, he received the William J. Terry Kane Award from Duke University for excellence in clinical family medicine.