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Physician Network Services

Welcome to UMC Physician Network Services! Physician Network Services (PNS) is a physician practice management group formed by UMC in 1996 to manage the hospital's Community Health Centers and to develop a broad base of primary care patients that would support the hospital and medical school.

Department Spotlight

OccMed and Wellness Department

By partnering with area businesses to provide onsite services, the OccMed and Wellness team helps employers reduce absenteeism, increase productivity, improve employee health and promote healthy lifestyles.

Frequently a company contacts one of PNS’s clinics which provide pre-employment physicals and workers’ comp. Through the relationship established between the clinic staff and the company, the OccMed and Wellness Department steps in to provide onsite services such as drug screens and random drug screens, meeting both DOT and Non-DOT guidelines, as well as wellness screenings. Onsite services have been conducted in available areas – from closets to board rooms.

The wellness screenings usually consist of several components: either a blood draw or finger stick to check cholesterol and glucose levels, a weight management program, and a lengthy health questionnaire. When screenings are conducted during the fall, flu shots may be added. Using the results from the tests and the information gathered through the questionnaire, health risks are identified both individually and as an employee group. Results are reviewed with participants through wellness counseling. When necessary, recommendations are made for the employee to see a PCP or visit one of PNS’s locations. If an employee is unable to attend their company’s onsite screening, the employee will come to the OccMed and Wellness Department for services. The PNS Wellness Coordinator provides the company with their biggest risks based on the questionnaire responses, and then develops the most effective plan for that specific employee group. Director Joe Perez emphasizes that these are wellness assessments rather than diagnoses – guidelines of blood levels – what is high or low and what needs attention.

In the upcoming months, the OccMed and Wellness team has several organization-wide screenings planned. When these are underway, a typical day of screenings begins at 5:30am where the team meets at their department, located at I-27 Medical Center, to gather equipment and supplies in order to be onsite by 6:30am to start the screenings at 7am. Because employees fast for the blood work, the department conducts screenings in the morning. Some of the companies they screen have locations across the state and into New Mexico. Conducting wellness screenings for these groups means traveling and being away from home as many as four and five nights at a time. Last year, 3,300 people received services from the department.

Registration for PNS’s employee health screenings, administered by Bravo Wellness, is underway through August 1st. Testing begins on July 15th. In 2012, 50% of PNS employees participated and in 2013, 60% of our employees participated. This year’s goal is to screen 65% of PNS employees. Currently the Department is conducting a Healthy Habits Campaign with a focus of being healthier by making healthier choices.

The Department also conducts random drug screens year round and provides flu shots from September through December. In a highly competitive market, the Department’s reputation of providing quality, dependable care, has been instrumental in maintaining many of the same clients since the Department’s inception four to five years ago.

Provider Spotlight

Provider Spotlight

Dr. Tyson Purdy received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and attended medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He completed his Family Medicine Residency at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa in San Antonio, Texas in 2011. Dr. Purdy left a successful private practice in his hometown of Muleshoe to join UMC Physician Network Services in Lubbock.

Dr. Purdy, the middle son of Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Purdy, was just three years old when he told his mother that he wanted to grow up to be a doctor like his Dad, a Family Practitioner in Muleshoe. He always loved science and says he was the “science geek” with the chemistry set and the magnifying glass. In addition to being a physician, his father was his Coach, his Boy Scout Leader and ultimately his role-model and mentor. True to his word, he followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a physician.

Prior to doing rotations during his medical training, Dr. Purdy was convinced Cardiology was his area of interest and then considered Sports Medicine. After doing a Family Medicine rotation at John Peter Smith in Fort Worth, Texas, where his brother was a resident, he was sold on Family Medicine. He could do it all – adults and pediatrics – suture a laceration, treat a child with an earache, manage a patient with chronic disease, treat a sports injury or deliver a baby. While he enjoys all areas of family health care, his special areas of interest are pediatrics and sports.

Dr. Purdy and his wife, Kayla, have two children. They attend Aldersgate Methodist Church. Dr. Purdy grew up hunting, fishing and camping. He still appreciates the outdoors. Today, he spends time outside of work with his family, enjoying outdoor activities and traveling. And, he is a big Red Raider Fan.

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Penny grew up on a farm in the Brownfield area and graduated from Brownfield High School. Her family farmed cotton and grew vegetables. She proudly proclaims that her Dad had a reputation for having the very best tomatoes in the area. Penny recalls her parents trading those delicious vegetables for medical care.

Penny attended South Plains College for several semesters before deciding on Barber School. She barbered for five years at a salon across the street from Tech where she enjoyed a successful career, however business was seasonal – nine months out of the year business was very good, but the summer months were pretty lean.

She left the barbering profession to go to work at Southwest Clinic Labs, where she began her employment as a courier and later moving into a management position over a 10 year period. From there, Penny worked for six years for an ENT physician until he retired and then she went on to work for another physician for five more years.

It was at a baseball game in 2008 when a PNS executive recruited her. The original plan was for her to work as a Regional Ops Assistant learning PNS operations, until a management opportunity opened up. Within two weeks, a position with Internists Dr. Vernon Farthing, Dr. Floyd Pirtle, and Dr. Luke Hinshaw became available and Penny stepped in as Practice Administrator. The practice grew over the years under Penny’s management to what now is called Internal Medicine Associates (IMA). As Practice Administrator, Penny handles charges for the hospital and nursing homes, and occasionally office billing as well. She oversees all practice operations from charge entry to the hiring of staff and the ordering of supplies.

Penny and her husband have been married for 26 years. They have two children – Lexi, 21 and Logan, 17, and a Chihuahua named Adi. As with many working parents, her time away from the job for the most part has been spent attending baseball games and tumbling meets. Her son, a junior at Coronado High School, plays on a traveling team for Albuquerque Baseball Academy. Her daughter attends South Plains College and works at IMA part time. When she has a few minutes to relax, Penny enjoys a good fiction novel – thrillers, mysteries and science fiction.

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