Q&A with Dr. Claudia Bachofen
I don't see 50 patients in a day so I have the time to really talk to my patients and establish relationships with them, and I think that patients appreciate the time and care taken.
Why did you decide to become an Ob/Gyn?
I knew I wanted to provide longitudinal care and establish long relationships with patients. Ob/Gyn is wonderful in that I get to travel life's road with my patients - through adolescence, young adulthood and motherhood, and through the menopausal and postmenopausal years. At each stage of a woman's life I am there hopefully guiding them in making wise health decisions and seeing them through life's joys and hardships.
What inspires you about your work as an Ob/Gyn?
The greatest inspiration is of course the patients - watching them grow and change into wonderful women. I have amazing colleagues whose dedication and hard work are an inspiration daily. They all have different, wonderful gifts and I couldn't ask for a better working environment. Finally, my husband and children delight and amaze me every day - every day I do what I do for them.
What are some of the most important things you feel a patient needs above and beyond standard care?
Personalized, comprehensive care - care that can be seamlessly coordinated between departments under one institutional "roof" so that a patient receives what she needs in an efficient and excellent manner. I don't see 50 patients in a day so I have the time to really talk to my patients and establish relationships with them and I think that patients appreciate the time and care taken. I love the fact that I can run into a long-time patient at the grocery store and I know her so well that I am able to answer a question about her health.
Why do you feel it is important to build relationships with your patients and give personalized care?
Personalized care and a good doctor-patient relationship foster an environment of trust. I believe trust is essential in my line of work.
What led you to practice at Scott & White? What benefits do you feel you can offer patients at Scott & White that would not be available in other practice settings?
I trained at Scott and White and was impressed with the relationships that existed between the staff. The physicians truly care for not only their patient but for one another. The administration doesn't just want physicians who live only for the job - they understand the importance of family and have fostered an environment here that allows its employees to excel at both medicine and in their lives outside the hospital and clinic.