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Published on February 21, 2018

The Benefits of a Long-Term Doctor-Patient Relationship

Elizabeth White and Dr. Peter Jordan

When Elizabeth White moved to Greensboro in 2004, one of the first things she did was set up an appointment with Peter Jordan, MD, at Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare.

White has a history of heart problems. She had her first open-heart surgery in 1991, and she’s had other procedures since then to improve blood flow. Seeing a cardiologist on a regular basis helps her understand and manage her condition.

Over the years, Jordan and White have formed a doctor-patient relationship based on mutual trust and respect.

Elizabeth White

Jordan says knowing what’s happening in White’s life, like the time she spent traveling to California regularly to care for her sister, helps him understand any changes in her symptoms.

“He got to know me as a person,” says White, a retired school principal. “He was up-front with me, and he was telling me things in a way I could understand.”

“Elizabeth is one of those patients you love to have,” Jordan says. “She’s motivated and does what she can for her own health. The fact that she’s done well for 25 years after her first bypass surgery is a testament to that.”

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