Dr. Pflaum joins 11 other physicians serving patients through the Apple Valley Medical Clinic, the family medicine practice within the Apple Valley Medical Center.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- David Widdifield, M.D., retired after 35 years as a family practice physician with the Apple Valley Medical Clinic, located within the Apple Valley Medical Center. Douglas Pflaum, M.D., has joined the clinic as a family practice physician.
Widdifield joined the clinic in 1975, one year after it opened. Since then, he has seen the facility grow from a clinic of five physicians to a medical center that today includes 12 independent family practice physicians at the Apple Valley Medical Clinic, 30 specialty physicians seeing patients through the United Specialty Center, a 24-hour Urgent Care clinic, a pharmacy, an Integrated Medical Rehabilitation facility, and United Medical Imaging that provides digital mammography, ultrasound, CT and MRI scanning. The center sees more than 100,000 patient visits annually.
“It has been exciting to see the community and the practice grow over the years,” Widdifield said. “I’m pleased that our clinic has remained independent. This has enabled us to be innovative in providing the best care to our patients.”
“Dr. Widdifield has made enormous contributions to the health care of this community, and we wish him a wonderful retirement,” said Adam Berry, Apple Valley Medical Clinic administrator. “We are fortunate to have Dr. Pflaum joining our practice. We know he will continue to provide the same high quality, compassionate medical care for which Dr. Widdifield is known.” Pflaum will begin his official duties in August, but will provide care at the 24-hour Urgent Care clinic until then.
Pflaum most recently was a family physician with Lake City Medical Center in Lake City, Minn., part of the Mayo Health System. A native of Northfield, Minn., Pflaum attended the University of Michigan, where he received a B.S. degree in microbiology with high distinction. He received his M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich., also with distinction, and completed his residency at the University of Minnesota. Pflaum is board certified by the American Board of Family Practice and has a Certificate of Added Qualifications in geriatric medicine. He currently is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of Minnesota. He also travels as co-medical director for the International Health Service on annual medical missions to Honduras.
“I have a firm belief in, and commitment to, family medicine and primary care that is practiced in a comprehensive, compassionate and efficient manner,” said Pflaum. “This can only be done well and efficiently in an organization that is physician-led and physician-organized. Apple Valley Medical Center certainly is an organization that recognizes the importance, and necessity, of comprehensive primary care.”
About the Apple Valley Medical Center
The Apple Valley Medical Center includes the independent Apple Valley Medical Clinic of 12 family practice physicians, serving patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., five days a week, and a 24-hour Urgent Care. In addition, 30 specialty physicians see patients through the United Specialty Center, providing services in allergy; cardiology; colon and rectal surgery; dermatology; ear, nose and throat; general surgery; low back & neck care; lung care, neuro surgery, neurology, ob/gyn; ophthalmology; orthopedics; plastic surgery; podiatry and urology. The Apple Valley Medical Center also houses United Medical Imaging for digital mammography, ultrasound, CT and MRI scans; a full-service pharmacy; and physical medicine and rehabilitation care through Integrated Medical Rehabilitation of Minnesota.
For Apple Valley Medical Center
Sue Haberle, 763-550-0101
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