Posted: 9:00 a.m. Sunday, February 26, 2017
Billionaire Thomas Peterffy wants to revolutionize the way Palm Beachers receive medical care.
This month, Peterffy opened the doors to a members-only concierge medical facility and says he aims to offer the best in personalized medical care, short term and long term. The 10,000-square-foot center, Holistic Integrative Health, is located in the Slat House at the Royal Poinciana Plaza at 50 Cocoanut Row, Suite 100.
For $25,000 a year in memberships dues, plus a one-time $20,000 initiation fee, Peterffy says patients receive 24/7 access to world-class doctors who provide comprehensive urgent and preventive medical treatment.
“For years, I have been asking different doctors why I couldn’t take advantage of the many new discoveries in personalized and precision medicine to live a healthier, longer life,” he said. “The short answer is that even in an exceptionally well-heeled practice, most patients are not willing or able to pay enough for the doctors to devote as much attention to each individual patient, to acquire the necessary equipment, to employ sufficiently well-trained staff and to spend the time and effort on continuing education to make such a practice viable.”
Peterffy said Holistic Integrative Health will focus primarily on longevity, preventive care and quality of life.
“I moved to Palm Beach two years ago, and I am happier than ever,” he said. “If you were to ask me now what I wish for the most, it would be to have as many more healthy years as possible. To realize this goal, I created Holistic Integrative Health.”
Peterffy, who said he invested $5 million to start the center, said the center’s services are worth the money. “Compare your annual landscaping costs or club memberships to what you currently spend on preventive medicine and you may arrive at the same conclusion that I have,” he said.
Peterffy recruited Dr. Daniel Yadegar, who is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease and received his medical degree from Weill Cornell Medical College, , to serve as medical director. Eight other staff members work at the center, including another doctor, a nurse practitioner, sonographer, radiologist and technicians.
The center has a high-resolution CT scanner, digital X-ray machine, ultrasound room, body composition analyzer, and LED light therapy bed.
Yadegar, who’s affliated with Lenox Hill, Mount Sinai and New York-Presbyterian hospitals, said Holistic Integrative Health is not just a doctor’s office, but rather a diagnostic, medical wellness center.
“Our focus is preventative, rather than reactive health care,” he said. “Our goal is to identify disease and risk-factors early on so that our patients can lead a long and high quality life.”
But, patients also can come in for urgent needs, Yadegar said. “Whether it is getting seen for a golf-related shoulder injury or having a customized vitamin made, you know you will have at-your-fingertips, seamless and excellent medical care in a beautiful and convenient facility,” he said.
“I believe our concept to be relatively novel since it integrates urgent care and personalized and preventive medicine under one roof,” Yadegar said. “Where else could you get a stress test, body composition analysis, and sutures all in one visit? In this sense, it is a one-stop-shop.”
But, he said said it’s not a one-stop-shop in terms of continuous care.
“It’s not diagnose and then adios,” he said. “We have a model where the whole team gets around the table and we go over each patient from top to bottom.”
Yadegar said staff members are available 24/7 if the patient is traveling nationally or abroad, and can provide pre-trip care packages and vaccines.
If patients have emergencies and are taken to area hospitals, Yadegar said he can be there immediately.
“We have privileges everywhere,” he said. “If someone gets admitted somewhere, I can be the doctor of record and run the show. That is invaluable. There’s a tremendous amount of peace of mind that comes with that.”
A secure patient portal allows members to see all their medical information from wherever they’re located.
Part-time Palm Beacher Jeff Levitt, chairman of the Palm Beach Civic Association’s health care committee, recently visited the center with other committee members. He said they were “very impressed.”
“It was a new model of care that none of us had seen or been aware of,” said Levitt, a retired health-care executive. “I had heard of ultra concierge medicine, but this is a free-standing center with dedicated physicians and cutting-edge machines.”
Levitt said he was interested by the center’s focus on longevity.
“They have different techniques and modalities they’re using that are aimed toward extending life,” he said. “And that’s a rather new concept. They do an incredible amount of assessment with some of the tools they have there and then they put together very detailed plans about living well, living healthy for as long as you can.”
For more information, contact Suzanne Hoffman at (561) 270-4000.