Patients are 'Family' to New ThedaCare Surgeon

George Negrete, MD

George Negrete, MD, Feels it is a ‘Privilege’ to Care for Waupaca Patients

Patients who visit George Negrete, MD, a general surgery physician at ThedaCare Physicians-Waupaca will be warmly greeted like a member of his family. “I feel it is a privilege to take care of patients,” he said, noting that he treats patients as how he would want his family treated. “I will pay attention to detail. It is important you make sure you are doing everything you can for the patient.”

Dr. Negrete specializes in minimally invasive surgical interventions. “You try to perform the surgical interventions minimally to decrease the chance of infection, decrease pain involved with the surgery, and help you get back to your daily life faster,” he said.

Dr. Negrete worked in Appleton before coming to Waupaca. “I was looking for a place where I could grow my practice a little more,” said Dr. Negrete.

Waupaca was a perfect fit. “I loved the area and, of course, the people here,” he said.

He also likes the Waupaca clinic. “I think it’s more accessible to patients,” he said. “It seems like it’s a little more one-on-one here than at larger locations. More specialized care, personalized care. You’re getting the same level of care as you are getting at a university or larger hospital.”

He also enjoys the staff. “I am very excited to work with an established and highly skilled surgeon such as Dr. Gary Edelman,” said Dr. Negrete. “I look forward to working with Dr. Edelman and contributing to the excellent care already established at Riverside Medical Center.”

Dr. Negrete feels it is important to treat patients like family because he has been on both ends of patient care. “I’ve not only been a doctor but I’ve also been the family member who is talking to the doctor,” he said. “I know how important it is to have trust and faith in the physician. You want to feel that you are being well taken care of and you are important.”

It’s not uncommon for him to check on patients when he has a break in his schedule. “It helps,” said Dr. Negrete, noting patients have a sense of comfort and can focus on getting healthy. “It makes patients feel like they are well taken care of. “

ThedaCare™ Physicians includes more than 144 employed physicians and 70 nurse practitioners and physician assistants at 22 locations throughout the region and includes specialists in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, sports medicine, rehabilitation, orthopedics and general surgery. There is also a FastCare clinic located in Shawano. According to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, ThedaCare Physicians is also the nation’s leader in implementing Open Access, same-day appointment services for its patients. ThedaCare Physicians is also the leader in implementing an electronic medical records system, including a patient portal called MyThedaCare, that allows patients to access their medical information, request appointments, refill prescriptions, and consult their physician from their home computer.

ThedaCare™ is a community health system consisting of five hospitals: Appleton Medical Center, Theda Clark Medical Center, New London Family Medical Center, Shawano Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. ThedaCare also includes ThedaCare Physicians, ThedaCare Behavioral Health, ThedaCare At Work and ThedaCare At Home. ThedaCare is the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin with more than 6,175 employees. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.