Dr. Bahamonde delivers personalized care by integrating telemedicine solutions to her clinical practice. Patients are encouraged to initiate virtual consultations and follow-ups by scheduling telehealth appointments. Telehealth visits take place through a secure, HIPAA-compliant patient portal.
Dr. Bahamonde’s virtual consultation platform helps patients diversify their means of communication; shortens time in office waiting rooms; and fosters patient-centered, continuity of care. Telehealth, need-based, in-person visits in turn help expedite GI-focused physical examinations,and endoscopic examinations, including colonoscopy and upper endoscopy.
Patients are invited to discuss a plan of care with Dr. Bahamonde. This prompts her staff to arrange in-person visits at the Cudahy office or at an affiliated endoscopy center. A pre-authorization approval will determine the endoscopy center location where Dr. Bahamonde currently has privileges in Arcadia and Pasadena..
She provides quality, professional and culturally appropriate medical care in English and Spanish to diverse patients from around the world. The practice has been driven by the needs of our communities, most evident during the peak of our global COVID19 Pandemic.
Dr. Bahamonde finds significant value in mutually respectful open communication. She welcomes diverse cultural norms in the professional, physician-patient relationship and fosters informed decision-making, in the context of patient-centered goals of care.
Health-related questions will be most objectively addressed following standards of clinical practice that are evidence-based. Dr. Bahamonde will discuss how community standards of practice accepted by fellowship-trained gastroenterologists apply to individual patients.
Dr. Bahamonde will cultivate a physician-patient relationship based on trust and open communication. She aims to help improve her patients’ knowledge about their digestive health status, as well as assess what their treatment preferences are and why.
Extreme indecision about care planning can be due to an ability to make decisions, reason or weigh risks and benefits about treatment options or goals of care. It will be important for Dr. Bahamonde to determine if patients will need more involved explanations, for more appropriate time-allotments, or if supported decision-making by a healthcare proxy will be needed.