Tulsa Doctor Trades Office For House Calls

Thursday, August 26th 2010, 5:19 pm
By: News On 6

By Rick Wells, The News On 6

TULSA, OKLAHOMA -- Stories about medical services and how they'll be delivered in the future are in the news on a regular basis.

Well, how about a 21st century doctor who's gone a bit old school?

As News On 6 reporter Rick Wells found out, the doctor is not only in, he's at the front door.

Dr. Brian Raley and his nurse Jennifer have come to Cale Cozbey's house in Bixby for his four-month check up.

About nine months ago, Dr. Raley got the idea some of his patients might be ok with him coming to them.

"I wanted to establish a better relationship with my patients," he said.

So every Thursday he schedules his baby checkups. He and Jennifer show up with a scale and portable computer so he can update records and check history.

They have everything they'll need to check a patient's progress, right there in the living room with a parent sitting on the couch.

The computer will allow him to forward a prescription to the neighborhood pharmacy, which Kacie can pick up later.

Dr. Raley checks Cale's growth and muscle development, all the while asking and answering questions just like in the office.

He said he schedules eight to ten house calls every Thursday. He acknowledges it's many fewer than he could schedule in the office, but it's much easier on the babies, so it's worth it.

"I leave instead of him leaving," he said. "It's the way it should be. It's awesome."

And for mom, it's as easy as getting up to answer the door.

Dr. Raley said Thursdays have become his favorite day of the week and that it puts a little joy back in the practice of medicine.