Friday, March 22, 2024

Business Spotlight: 4Health Family Medicine

Like many others in the medical profession, Dr. Su-Anne Hammond of Windham wants to return to spending more time with her patients, having the time to listen to their concerns and focusing on a direct relationship between the patient and the physician. With her new practice 4Health Family Medicine, she’s able to do just that.

Dr. Su-Anne Hammond, DO, has opened
4Health Family Medicine in Windham,
a Direct Primary Care practice.
Located at 32 Tandberg Trail Unit 6 in Windham, 4Health Family Medicine offers Direct Primary Care (DPC), a more personalized approach to medicine. Through direct primary care, patients are billed directly and pay a monthly membership fee allowing for transparent pricing and no hidden fees.

“Direct Patient Care is a national movement that brings back the genuine doctor-patient relationship,” Dr. Hammond said. “4Health Family Medicine looks forward to partnering with you to be a part of an improved healthcare relationship.”

A board-certified family medicine physician, Dr. Hammond provides care for patients at 4Health Family Medicine with acute illnesses and offers chronic disease management and preventive healthcare.

“As a Direct Primary Care (DPC) Physician I can do these services over longer appointments, allowing me more time for personalized, individual care of each patient,” she said. “DPC also allows me the time for providing services not often done at traditional primary care offices like laceration repair, same-day sick visits, skin procedures, nutrition and exercise counseling, and osteopathic manipulation, to name a few.”

The benefits of 4Health Family Medicine include having direct access to your physician through phone, text, and email, more relaxed appointments, and more affordable costs.

“The most important thing I can share is for someone who is interested in having a more direct relationship with their doctor is they should reach out and schedule a meet n’ greet appointment with me,” Dr. Hammond said. “Insurances and costs can be intimidating, but there are a lot of benefits to DPC that make my care valuable in the access and convenience, as well as the cost. A great example is texting the office at 8 a.m. with symptoms of an infection, being seen that day and leaving the office with the medication treatment you need in hand.”

She is open to seeing patients from any geographic area at 4Health Family Medicine and pricing is competitive.

“DPC pricing is aimed to be affordable and transparent to help reduce the burden of high healthcare costs, especially unexpected costs, fees and high deductibles,” Dr. Hammond said. “My costs are in alignment with the median pricing for other DPCs in Cumberland County.”

Dr. Hammond has practiced family medicine in Southern Maine for more than 20 years and knew from a young age that she wanted to become a physician.

“I don't have a great ‘why’ story. I told my parents I wanted to be a doctor before I even started kindergarten,” she said. “My parents were very young when I was born, my dad worked for the Maine Central Railroad and my mom was a stay-at-home mother,” she said. “My best guess is the idea came from something I saw on tv. I think many people kind of chuckled at the idea that I would go to medical school since I was from a lower middle-class family, but it was all I ever wanted, and I truly spent my whole life focusing on that one goal.”

The new 4Health Family Medicine practice allows Dr. Hammond to return to the reasons she became a physician originally.

“There is a saying I've learned in DPC that ‘if you've seen 1 DPC, you've seen 1 DPC,’ Dr. Hammond said. “DPC offices are all unique to the physicians that operate them but have the common thread of removing the middleman in healthcare and focusing on a direct relationship between the patient and the physician. This lets me provide personalized care, helping people take care of themselves and educating them about their health. I’m able to do “old school” medicine here.”

Dr. Hammond said she has always taken pride in providing up-to-date, quality healthcare to her patients.

“Over the years there have been so many barriers that interfere with that,” she said. “I am looking forward to direct communication, long appointment times and really having high-quality relationships with my patients. Many of my current patients have expressed genuine support and have already registered to be a patient at 4Health.”

To learn more about 4Health Family Medicine, visit or call 207-544-4564. Find them on Facebook and Instagram under 4HealthFamilyMedicine.<

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