Welcome to 2021

Steve Leonard, Ph.D., MBA, FACHE

TidalHealth is dedicated to the health of your entire family, caring for all ages. We can connect you with a team that offers more wellness options in the most locations on the Delmarva Peninsula.

A primary care provider who you can see every year is a vital piece of the health puzzle. A regular doctor will be best able to keep track of your changes from year to year, and can be the provider you turn to when issues arise throughout the year. He or she will be in the best position to truly understand your needs by knowing your medications and medical history.

Our TidalHealth medical practice family is over 780 team members strong, featuring approximately 250 providers (doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners), all of whom are all dedicated to patient-focused care. The team can be found in 23 different specialties at 30+ locations across Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset, Sussex and Caroline counties.

The best gift of health you can provide yourself in 2021 is to schedule a visit with a primary care physician. It is something we should all do annually. If you do not have one, we can help you choose one in the Find a Doctor section of our website at tidalhealth.org. Please plan to discuss with him or her your health, screenings, checkups and what you can begin doing better this year.

This relationship is important for people of all ages. Providers can be extremely helpful suggesting different types of screenings, so you can be proactive and make sure you are doing everything you can for your health.

Everyone should have an annual physical — it is the best way to keep an eye on important health indicators such as blood pressure and cholesterol. Once you better understand your current state, you can make a plan with your provider. It is good to keep it simple to start by selecting one or two small activities or tasks.

Many of our practices now offer telehealth options for those of you who would prefer engaging your provider remotely. These visits are safe, effective and equally as important to your continued good health as being there in person. If interested, please ask if your doctor offers telehealth appointment options.

My physician likes to remind me that change will not occur overnight, but to be patient and persistent. You will notice that the change will become part of your daily life, and your life will change for the better.

Steve Leonard, Ph.D., MBA, FACHE