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Appointments and Exchange (618) 277-3214
The Country Doctor (new address
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reply within 24 hours on a weekday, please call the
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- Welcome to The Country Doctor, Ltd,
located off Hartman Lane, in the the growing community
in St. Clair County of Shiloh, Illinois. Shiloh is in
the middle of Fairview Heights, O'Fallon, Swansea, and
Belleville, Illinois. The Country Doctor is minutes
from the Belleville Hospitals, laboratories, radiology
centers, and physical therapy centers. At The Country
Doctor patients receive care from Dr. David Larry
Mitchell, a Family Medicine Physician who
lives and works in St. Clair County, Illinois.
- New patients are
welcome to join the practice with some exceptions. The
new patient may want to visit the NEW
PATIENT FORMS section. Please bring the completed
forms to the initial appointment. Paper forms are
available to patients without internet
access. New patients are people who have
never been to a visit or who have not been to a visit
within three years.
day and next day appointments usually are available to
most established patients, who are part of the
insurance plans. The care of the patient
is the top priority at The Country Doctor, Ltd.
- Please note that The Country Doctor
will remain in network for the accepted
insurance plans, as The Country Doctor
is an independent practice. By maintaining a low
overhead, The Country Doctor can afford to provide a
reasonable quality of care to patients.
- Please note that two phone lines exist
for appointments on weekdays. From 8-noon you can call
277-3197 or 277-3214 for appointments and general
questions. After noon on weekdays, 277-3197 is the
contact method for appointments and general questions.
Messages are accepted at 277-3197 Monday-Saturday and
will be returned during the regular hours of
approximately 8-4 Monday, Tuesday, and Friday;
Wednesday and Thursday 9-4, and 8-11:30 on Saturday.
Country Doctor is Dr. David
Mitchell, the primary care physician who
founded The Country Doctor, Ltd. and who is the first
Board-Certified physician to live and work in Shiloh,
Illinois. Dr. David
Mitchell is the only independent, solo Family
Physician to start a practice in the
Belleville-Shiloh-O'Fallon area in the last ten years
and is the last remaining solo Family Physician under
practices cannot afford to stock the Shingles vaccine.
The Country Doctor welcomes patients and nonpatients
- Why choose The Country Doctor for your
see the same doctor at each office and hospital visit,
meaning you see a doctor who is familiar with your
care. I have a virtual desktop on my office and home
Macintosh that has a direct Citrix link to both
Belleville Hospitals for inpatient and outpatient
orders, labs, CT/MRI study results, which is
accessible 24 hours a day.
David Mitchell cares for inpatients at both Belleville
Hospitals. A recent review of internet medical staff
listings shows that the majority of the primary care
doctors no longer see inpatients. Being listed on
staff at a hospital does not necessarily mean that
your doctor will see you in the hospital.
- Familiarity and reassurance. Something
as simple as having a familiar face greet you in the
office and hospital to oversee your care is very
rewarding to the patient and the physician. Seeing the
same doctor means fewer errors and a high quality of
care. The Country Doctor has password protected
records that are available 24 hours a day and knows
most of his patients well. At the County doctor you do
not get lost in the shuffle.
- Continuity of care and follow up on
labs and studies. It is very beneficial to follow
patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings by
the same doctor. The chance of missing an abnormal lab
or study is decreased, when the same doctor reviews
the care continuously. Home medication lists are
accurate, and communication between the patient and
doctor is maintained in both settings. The chances of
repeating expensive studies that were just done is
minimal and more in line with Medicare
- Board Certified by
the American Board of Family Physicians (meeting
national standards) in 2002 and recertified in 2009,
with the ABFM subsections on the recertification
examination of ambulatory family medicine and
certification verification link
- Academics. Dr. David Mitchell is a
physician teacher for nurse practitioner students from
SIUE, Barnes Goldfarb, Indiana University, and
Maryville University. Dr. David Mitchell sees every
patient who is in the office and teaches nurse
practitioner students about primary care.
- Stability. Dr. David Mitchell has
cared for patients at the same location since 2002 and
has been a physician since 1999. Since then a
Greenmount road Family Practice office closed twice,
with two sets of doctors leaving and then being
replaced by outpatient only doctors. Another
outpatient only O'Fallon group practice has a 100%
exodus of physicians since 2002. Dr. David Mitchell
survived the exodus of doctors and built a strong
practice of quality patients without leaving the area
and without changing practice locations.
savings. The Country Doctor is the first St. Clair
County practice to publish its common
fee schedule. Our fees are based on our insurance
contracts and Medicare. By having a low overhead, the
Country Doctor helps the patients save money.
hidden facility fees. If you see a health care
provider who is owned by a large corporation, you may
have hundreds of dollars of facility fees added to
your office visit. The Country Doctor does not charge
- Saturday Hours. Our Saturday hours
save you time and money, by not going to the emergency
department for a urinary tract infection or a sinus
- Convenience. Same day appointments
usually are available to established patients. New
patients usually are scheduled within a week of the
hours. The Country Doctor has weekday hours
and Saturday hours.
- Email is available.
Feel free to e-mail for non same day appointments and
nonurgent questions. Emails are answered daily.
- Common vaccines are in stock,
including shingles, pneumonia, seasonal flu,
tetanus/pertussis, and hepatitis A/B.
- Currently we have available for in
office testing with same day results:
fasting glucose for diabetes, rapid strep, and urine
pregnancy (most insurance plans).
- Diabetes, high
cholesterol, and hypertension maintenance with a
Hemoglobin A1C for a 3 month diabetic sugar average,
urine Creatinine and microalbumin ratio to detect
minute kidney damage, general urinalysis, full
cholesterol/lipid panels, and CMP/Chem 14.
- PT/INR testing
for patients on Coumadin or Warfarin, mono,
hemoglobin, and hypothyroid screening and
- For complex
and radiology studies, the patient may choose the
with the exception that some insurance plans require
We welcome the
patients who will choose The Country Doctor for their
outpatient and inpatient care, while we continue to
provide continuity of care to our current patients in an
independent practice setting.
established patient calls after hours for an urgent
health concern, the patient talks to Dr. David Mitchell.
The exchange number is for established patients and
health care workers. If you have an after hours urgent
question or concern, please call 277-3214. If it is
important enough to call Dr. Mitchell, then you must be
seen in the office within 48 hours for an evaluation of
your medical concern. Please note that a board certified
physician, Dr. David Mitchell, personally calls you back
for your concern.
For 2012-2014 with
the exodus of primary care doctors from the local
hospitals, it is becoming difficult for the hospital
workers to keep track of which primary care doctors still
see their own inpatients and do not use the hospitalists.
At the Country Doctor we care for our patients in the
office and at the hospitals in Belleville, Illinois. If
you are admitted to either Belleville Memorial Hospital
or St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Belleville through the ER,
please have the ER physicians or nurses notify Dr. David
Mitchell of the admission. Dr. David Mitchell is on call
for his own patients. If a hospitalist sees you and you
are a patient at The Country Doctor, feel free to call
Dr. David Mitchell on his cell phone to report the
- Please feel
free to click on the links at the bottom of the page
to learn about the practice. Thank you for exploring
the website, and we hope that you will find a home for
your primary care medical needs at The Country