Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Doctors. Neighbors. Friends.

To Your Health

Dr. Manuel Jimenez Rodriguez Submitted Photo

I feel genuinely lucky every time I get to introduce a new physician to Marco Island and East Naples.

More often than not, new doctors joining us at Physicians Regional have relocated to Southwest Florida. They didn’t just move to our region for a job—they came here looking for a lifestyle, for friends, and to be a part of the community. As I have often said, every doctor is a patient, too.

So, when I can introduce a new physician, I’m presenting a new resource as well as a new neighbor and potential friend. And introductions are important. The more people know about each other, the better they can communicate. And when two like-minded individuals get together, they can accomplish so much more together.

Despite the amount of national press this topic has received, I’m still surprised by the number of people I have talked to who have not established a relationship with a primary care physician (PCP).

For example, someone who enjoys good health may not see the need to enlist a PCP, yet. Someone coming from a large metropolitan area may comment that their previous PCP was too busy to be effective and stay involved. They simply aren’t sold on the benefit.

Physicians Regional’s culture celebrates the doctor/patient relationship. Over time, your PCP will get to know you as a person, not just your body. They will become your health care advocate, your ally — the person responsible for coordinating your care across any number of required medical specialties.

Dr. Manuel Jimenez Rodriguez (goes by Dr. Jimenez) is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and specializes in all aspects of primary care for adults and geriatrics. A native of Cuba and a resident of the United States since 2003, his services include preventative care and treatment for chronic conditions such as hypertension, COPD, diabetes, and heart disease. And perhaps it’s part cultural, but he has a special appreciation for treating for older people.

When asked what he’s most proud of, Dr. Jimenez quickly replied: “My communication skills.”

To begin, he is fluent in Spanish and English. His career path has taken him to three different continents: Africa, Europe and North America. He has treated patients from various socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. He has triumphed over language barriers and cultural differences.

Dr. Jimenez has treated the wealthy elite and the less fortunate. In short, his communication skills have enabled him to move skillfully from place to place and patient to patient.

And how does he view his role as an internist and Primary Care Physician? “I’m like a police detective. I follow clues. I like to take what may initially seem complicated and find what is hopefully the simple reason that condition exists.”

Next comes his uncompromising focus on communication and patient education. “I try to adjust to the background and personality of each patient. I like to have a conversation about how they live—their origin, such as their last name. I want the patient to feel relaxed and informed.”

One of Dr. Jimenez’ new patients recently commented to Physician Regional administration that: “he spent time getting to know me and my health conditions. I felt he really listened to me and wanted to understand my very complex medical history. He is the best PCP I’ve ever had.”

So, if you place a premium on personality and communication—on compassion, understanding and education—Dr. Jimenez may be just the type of doctor, neighbor or friend you’ve been seeking. He is here to make a difference in the lives of those around him.

For more information on Dr. Rodriguez call 239-348-4221 or schedule an appointment online at

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