One of the oldest Greek medical documents that to date is revered by physicians worldwide, the Hippocratic Oath, has been time and again adopted and refashioned into different versions to make it more comprehensible.
When roughly translated into a layman’s language, this specific text would mean that a physician at all times should be prepared to strive for bettering the health of the sick by providing appropriate diagnosis, treatment, and care.
These are some of the core values that the medical industry is expected to abide by, and these principles are exactly what make up Middletown Medical’s foundation. Based in the United States, Middletown Medical is a multi-specialty physician’s group devoted to providing high-quality, thorough care to its patients in a warm and caring atmosphere.
In an interview with Insights Care, Rajan Gulati, the President of Middletown Medical, elaborates on the comprehensive medical services that the company provides, which makes it a leading figure in the healthcare picture.
Please brief our audience about Middletown Medical, its values, its mission, and the aspects that make it a leader in providing quality urgent care services.
At Middletown Medical, P.C., we pride ourselves on walking the extra mile for every patient. Providers in our Urgent Care Division are trained to center their care around the belief that it is better to lose money than risk a patient’s health or life.
When a Middletown Medical patient needs a test on a Friday night when insurance companies are closed, our providers will still move forward with the needs of the patient. Middletown Medical will always prioritize saving the patient over all else, including money.
Middletown Medical also offers respect to physicians and providers, helping to achieve maximum quality of care. We honor physician autonomy and recognize those who think outside of the box.
At Middletown Medical, neither our patients nor providers are considered numbers on a list. We place no limitations on our physicians when it comes to patient care – and encourage our providers to do whatever it takes to care for our patients. By valuing exceptional care and intellectual integrity, we are able to ensure that each patient receives the healthcare they deserve.
Dr. Gulati, please brief us about your professional journey in the healthcare industry and what inspired you to venture into this domain.
My passion for caring for people on their journey to wellness began with coming from a family of physicians, as both my father and uncle were physicians. I spent many years growing up admiring them both and learning the importance of empathy and the value of improving health for the local community.
I am so proud to have followed their footsteps as this career has become my life, and it has been a rewarding life at that.
What is your opinion on the impact of the current pandemic on the global healthcare sector, and what challenges did Middletown Medical face during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns?
I genuinely believe that a crisis is simply a door to opportunity. The pandemic has served as an opportunity for the medical field to evolve and migrate. We have seen this with the adoption of telemedicine and the demand for all practitioners to find new, unique ways to effectively use resources to serve their patients better.
However, this pandemic undoubtedly also had some challenging implications. One such negative impact would be the government attempting to practice medicine and physicians being attacked or no longer being viewed as credible or trustworthy. I believe it has led to a decline in the care physicians can provide and an overall decline in patient health.
With constant development in medical technologies, in your opinion, what could be the future of urgent care services?
When it comes to the future, I believe Middletown Medical and all Urgent Care providers can continue to evolve to better support the Emergency Room industry. By helping to alleviate the volume of non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, Urgent Cares can help with E.R.’s burden of staffing capacity concerns and help to create a better healthcare experience all around. I believe in time; Urgent Cares will scale to help fill a healthcare gap that currently exists in care.
As an established leader, what would be your advice to the budding healthcare professionals aspiring to venture into the healthcare niche?
To all budding healthcare professionals: please know that you are making a fantastic decision. This career is a calling and serves as a wonderful profession. To work as a physician is intellectually challenging, financially rewarding, and spiritually enriching. You will find success and know that you are achieving your financial goals honestly – helping people. With your heart in it, I can promise you will feel more fulfilled with life than you ever have. The healthcare industry expands not only your mind but also your soul.
How do you envision scaling Middletown Medical’s operations and offerings in the future?
Middletown Medical, P.C. has been serving generations of families since 1984, and our state-of-the-art medical facility has grown over the years to include a multitude of medical specialties and a full spectrum of medical services, all in one place.
When it comes to the future, it is my goal to continue to expand Middletown Medical Urgent Cares into our local communities, as well as expand our clinics and services to meet patient needs. At Middletown Medical, we have already begun to focus on these goals.
This has included creating a Post-COVID Treatment Center to continue to care for patients beyond their positive Urgent Care test and ensure that we support patients through their entire healthcare journey.
I am also a steadfast believer in the fact that imaging saves lives. Our Urgent Care scaling will include having an ultrasound and C.T. scan in every Urgent Care, as well as investing in mobile imaging equipment (such as ultrasound) to better serve our Urgent Care patients.
Dr. Gulati began his private Family Practice in 1984. Through his vision of creating a large Immediate Care Center for the community, his private practice quickly expanded to Middletown Medical, P.C.
A graduate of the Institution of Medical Science in Varanasi, India, he served his residencies in Psychiatry, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine at The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Dr. Gulati proudly served for a decade as Director of Horton Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department and is a Fellow of the American Board of Emergency Physicians.
In addition to his expertise in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Gulati takes an active role in geriatric medicine and pain management. In his free time, he enjoys playing tennis and also practices the art of meditation.
Board Certified: Emergency Medicine
Attending Physician: Garnet Health Medical Center