Shiloh's First Board-Certified
Family Physician

 

 

 
 
Appointments (618) 277-3197
Weekday AM Appointments and Exchange (618) 277-3214
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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.
 

Same day and next day appointments usually are available to most established patients, who are part of the accepted 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.
 
The 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 age 50.
 
Many practices cannot afford to stock the Shingles vaccine. The Country Doctor welcomes patients and nonpatients for vaccines.
 
 
Why choose The Country Doctor for your care?
  • You 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.
  • Dr. 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 compliance.
  • 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 geriatrics. Board 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.
  • Cost 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.
  • No 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 facility fees.
  • 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 infection.
  • Convenience. Same day appointments usually are available to established patients. New patients usually are scheduled within a week of the request.
  • Extended 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:
  • Urinalysis, 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 testing.
  • Pulmonary Spirometry testing
  • For complex laboratory and radiology studies, the patient may choose the facility of choice, with the exception that some insurance plans require certain facilities.

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.

When an 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 admission.

 

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 Doctor.
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 The Country Doctor, Ltd.
2310 Country Road
Shiloh, IL 62221-2570
Voice (618) 277-3197
Exchange (618) 277-3214
E-MAIL The Country Doctor
If no reply within 24 hours, try countrydoctorltd@hotmail.com
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