George M. Rapier III, MD, founded WellMed in 1990 as a single clinic in the Medical Center area of San Antonio, Texas. His idea was simple: deliver proactive, preventive care and build strong relationships with his senior patients. He believed that if he could keep his patients healthy instead of responding to symptoms after they become ill, then he could positively affect their quality of life and prevent complications and lengthy hospital stays.
Today, WellMed is a network of doctors, specialists and other medical professionals that specialize in providing care for 350,000+ older adults with over 16,000 doctors’ offices in Texas and Florida.
WellMed is a leader in keeping older adults healthy. We are proud to provide extra support for those with multiple chronic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. We empower patients to live healthier through the support of an entire medical team that works together to provide the best care possible. Specialists include cardiology, podiatry, dermatology, rheumatology, neurology, palliative care, wound care, hospital medicine and more.
In 2011, a federally funded, independent, peer-reviewed case study by the Robert Graham Center examined health outcomes for tens of thousands of WellMed patients in the San Antonio area. The study found WellMed patients, on average, are older and live longer than the 65+ population in Texas†.
In 2011, WellMed partnered with OptumCare™, one of the nation’s largest health and wellness companies, to provide care to even more older adults. WellMed is now part of OptumCare™ as they work hard to provide specialized care to keep patients empowered and engaged in their own health.
We accept traditional Medicare and a number of Medicare Advantage health insurance plans to help provide affordable health care options.
† Case Study of a Primary Care-Based Accountable Care System Approach to Medical Home Transformation. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 34.1 (2011): 67-77. Print.
Bringing Proactive Preventive Health Care to Older Adults
Our goal is to provide better preventive health care to older adults through a proven, measurable and results-driven health care delivery system.
To help the sick become well and to help patients understand and control their health in a lifelong effort at wellness.
To change the face of health care delivery for the nation by providing quality, proactive patient care with a focus on prevention.
- Integrity – Honor commitments made to patients and providers; never compromise ethics
- Compassion – “Patients come first”; provide a holistic approach to care
- Relationships – Collaborate with all health care providers to improve the lives of patients and caregivers
- Innovation – Improve efforts related to patient experience
- Performance – Demonstrate value to patient in how we manage their health; require shared accountability across health care providers