Neurology Patient - the One-Hour, One-way trip was far too much during her recovery
Deborah Powers made one trip from her Fernandina Beach home to Jacksonville for a neurology appointment after her stroke in 2010.
She knew it wouldn’t work — the one-hour, one-way trip was far too much during her recovery.
At that time, neurologist Timothy Lucey, DO, saw patients one day a week in Fernandina Beach and Deborah jumped at the chance to see a neurologist close to home.
Now, Dr. Lucey is in Nassau County full-time, and patients like Deborah are thrilled.“Everyone’s right here. It’s wonderful,” she said.
Prior to Dr. Lucey’s arrival in February 2012 with his family, patients with neurological issues were referred to Baptist Jacksonville. Now, patients have the opportunity to have neurological care right at Baptist Nassau and Dr. Lucey just walks a couple of hundred yards from his office to see them.
Dr. Lucey provides diagnostic testing of and ongoing care for patients with neurological disorders, seizures, strokes and other issues affecting the brain and central nervous system. Those who see Dr. Lucey on a regular basis appreciate his humor and ability to break down
complicated information in a way that’s easy to understand. Deborah says Dr. Lucey is easy to open up to about the health issues she is having.
“You walk in the room and you feel like you’re meeting with a friend,” Deborah said.
Dr. Lucey’s presence in Nassau County has allowed the hospital to open up MRI appointments on the weekends and evenings. Baptist Nassau is now also offering EEGs for patients with epilepsy.
The ability to stay close to home, and near where their friends and family can see them if they are admitted to the hospital, is important to Nassau County residents. “People who live here want to be here,” Dr. Lucey said.
And now Dr. Lucey lives here, too. He enjoys his three-mile motorcycle commute into the office and, even though he’s only lived in Nassau County a little more than a year, he’s very much a part of the community.
“I can’t go anywhere without someone stopping and saying ‘Hey, Dr. Lucey!,” he said, adding with a laugh, “it drives my 15-year-old nuts.”
Dr. Lucey’s office can be reached by calling 904.277.3311.