Second medical doctor added at Center for Healthy Living
August 19, 2014
Dr. Michael Summers recently joined Purdue's Center for Healthy Living and is now accepting patients. (Photo by Rodney McPhail/HR Communications)
Dr. Michael Summers has joined the Center for Healthy Living staff and is now accepting patients. With the addition of Summers, the center now has two medical doctors and three nurse practitioners to treat patients for common illnesses, provide preventive care and manage chronic health conditions.
Summers is a board-certified family physician who has practiced family medicine in central Indiana since 1988. A Butler University graduate, he received his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency in family practice at Community Hospitals of Indianapolis.
Summers values the variety and the relationships that a career in family medicine offers. "I enjoy seeing all age groups, as well as working with all aspects of medicine and health care," Summers says. "In family medicine, you get to know your patient and their family."
Summers has practiced medicine with Community Hospitals and Hancock Regional Hospital, and he's served several years as a medical director. The Connelly Group and Indianapolis Monthly Magazine recognized Summers as a top physician in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Summers was attracted to the Center for Healthy Living's approach to health care. "I'm very interested in practicing medicine in a true medical home practice," he says. "Purdue and CHS -- the company that operates the center for the University -- have done a wonderful job of creating a medical home that allows for an emphasis on wellness."
Part of the center's wellness emphasis involves helping patients successfully manage their chronic health conditions. "A chronic condition is a medical problem that a patient will deal with for a long time, such as diabetes or high blood pressure," Summers says. "These conditions, if left untreated, can cause great harm to our bodies and shorten life span."
According to Summers, the Center for Healthy Living, with a staff that includes health coaches, a pharmacist and a dietitian, is an ideal setup for helping patients with chronic conditions. "Management includes not only a medical treatment, but health coaching, too," Summers says. "Health coaching is extremely important in helping people make lifestyle changes that will improve their health."