Brothers open family clinic

By Keren Henderson Published:

When you get sick, you probably don't get to pick the timing, say doctors Bhawan and Ganesh Yamraj. That's why the brothers decided to open a family practice clinic with extended hours. Frankfort Family Care Center is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. "We're happy to see anyone," Ganesh Yamraj, 33, said. "And we're not trying to take people away from their regular physicians. We just wanted to open a place where people can come instead of going to an emergency room and waiting for several hours." The average length of stay in emergency rooms is 3.7 hours, according to a 2006 report by Press Ganey Associates, which measures patient satisfaction for 35 percent of the nation's hospitals. Kentucky's average is not much better at 202 minutes. "That's just inconvenient when you're sick," Bhawan Yamraj, 36, said. "Who wants to wait for 3 to 4 hours?" Because the clinic's philosophy is accessibility, walk-ins are accepted. Since opening the clinic on Dec. 1, the brothers haven't had a day off. "The shifts are long," Bhawan Yamraj said. "But it's something we're used to." "And the time goes by quickly," Ganesh Yamraj added. "It's what we enjoy doing." The brothers, born and raised near San Francisco, are the first in their family to become doctors. They decided on the profession during their undergraduate studies in California. "We wanted to do something that was somehow different and wasn't going to be boring," Ganesh Yamraj said. "With family practice you see a bit of everything." They decided to settle in Kentucky after finishing residencies at the Trover Foundation in Madisonville, Ky. With less traffic, friendly people and a need for more doctors, Frankfort was a perfect fit. Bhawan Yamraj worked for a family clinic in Grayson, Ky., until his brother finished his residency and they could start a clinic together. "Having a brother as a partner is great," Ganesh Yamraj said. "We can always help each other out." He says Bhawan Yamraj is the more business minded of the two and does a great job mapping out what's next. Both have different areas of medicine that interest them most. Bhawan Yamraj says he's interested in sports medicine and is watching diabetes as a growing problem. As obesity rates increase, doctors have to develop ways to help, he says. Ganesh Yamraj says patient education is key to good health care. He likes family medicine, because he can start educating from the beginning of a child's life. Helping parents keep their kids healthy is a priority, he says. And for the brothers " who often end up finishing each other's sentences " business is a family affair in more than one sense. Bhawan Yamraj's wife, Kim, and Ganesh Yamraj's wife, Lisa, also work at the clinic. Lisa said the long hours have been difficult, but it's definitely worth it. "It's a lot of fun, because we're all here together," she said. Frankfort Family Care Center LOCATION: 279 King's Daughters Drive, Suite 201, which is on the second floor of Frankfort Regional Medical Center's new Frankfort Medical Pavilion adjacent to the hospital. PHONE: 227-4723

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