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Vaccine Update

Vaccines have been researched very thoroughly for many years and save lives. The research behind the COVID-19 vaccines has been going on for decades. If you do not get the vaccine, you will probably get COVID-19. So far, only one person has died from getting the COVID vaccines. Also, very few people who were given any of the vaccines being studied died of COVID after the vaccine had time to work, and they all had serious conditions that decreased their immune response. GREAT NEWS! Let's put this pandemic behind us and all get vaccinated. We have seen a lot of sickness and death from the coronavirus, plus long term effects in even young people. The Delta varient is more contagious and more deadly, so time to get vaccinated and to encourage those you love to do the same. is an easy spot to find out who has which vaccines at this point. 

Our main concern is to continue to be able to provide care to our patients for all of their illnesses. We have many elderly patients who need us and our office staff to be available for their medical needs so we are offering televisits as well as seeing patients in the office. The current wisdom is that a person seeing a case of Corona virus is only safe from this infection if wearing a full suit of protection with a special respirator mask to filter out the virus. We do not have this equipment and cannot risk shutting down our office to see patients who have respiratory symptoms. We are offering tele-visits for people with symptoms that could be due to COVID and for people who would rather visit online.  We can refer our patients to drive-through testing if needed. If you become ill with any of these symptoms: cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, body aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of taste or loss of smell, call us for a tele-visit over your smart phone or computer. We are seeing patients in the office who do not have symptoms or contact with COVID.

To avoid infection:

Wash your hands for 20 seconds often. 
Do not touch your face.
Do not shake hands. In fact, give up shaking hands forever- fist bumps and elbow bumps are less likely to spread many different infections- or a simple bow will do. 
Disinfect surfaces often. 
Cover your cough or sneeze, but not with bare hands. Cough into your elbow or a tissue, then wash your hands. 
STAY HOME unless you have been vaccinated!!! Try to shop without going into stores, and only for groceries. Stay at least 6 feet away from people. Experts are receommending extreme social distancing until infections go way down in Tennessee. Unfortunately, as of July, 2021, Tennessee is again in the Red Zone for COVID infections. 

August, 2017: Family Practice Partners is pleased to announce they are again the recipients of the Best Practice Award given each year by PPRNet, a national research group dedicated to combining research with improving healthcare.  This award is given to practices in the top 10% of the practices in the research group. Our patients are much more likely to be up-to-date with immunizations, Pap smears, mammograms, as well as cholesterol, prostate cancer, colon cancer and blood pressure screening than most patients.  Our patients are receiving excellent care for diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and other chronic diseases, as well as being given excellent care of respiratory illnesses, depression, tobacco and alcohol abuse.

Dr. Susan Andrews
Dr. Randall Rickard

Family Practice Partners
We treat you like family!


  • Dr. Andrews to be honored Dr. Andrews was honored by the City Schools Foundation for her contribution to our community and schools.
    (posted: 01/31/2013)
  • The Patient-centered Medical Home

    Link here to a video about the patient-centered medical home.  Our practice is a national leader in changing how medicine is practiced to make the patient the center of medical care.  Our team of physicians and staff focus on caring for the whole person, provide access when the patient wants to be cared for (in the office or online), focus on quality and safety, and coordinate with other medical providers.  We're known for using up-to-date technology to improve care and access. 

    (posted: 04/29/2009)
  • Best Practice Award September, 2012: Family Practice Partners once again garnered the PPRNet Best Practice Award given to the practices in the top 10%, those who provide the best quality care in the national research group.

    (posted: 03/11/2013)
  • Best Practice Award Family Practice Partners wins another Best Practice Award!
    (posted: 09/28/2008)
  • MTMC Physician of the Year: Dr. Randall Rickard Dr. Randall Rickard was named Physician of the Year by Middle Tennessee Medical Center for 2007.  We're proud to be associated with such a fine doctor.

    (posted: 06/13/2008)
  • USA Today Dr. Andrews and two of her patients were quoted in the May 22, 2006 USA Today in an article about the practice of the future.  Click here for a link to the USA Today article.  We're happy to be one of the practices leading medicine into the future.  Although we have internet access, our focus is on our patients.  We never want to lose that personal touch!

    (posted: 05/25/2006)
  • Shingles Vaccine CDC recommends seniors get the shingles shot.

    (posted: 06/13/2008)
  • National Demonstration Project

    The American Academy of Family Medicine selected Family Practice Partners as one of its national demonstration project practices.   Click here to see the announcement.

    Dr. Rickard is featured in a Transformed article- click here to connect.

    (posted: 04/06/2006)
  • AAFP News Article on use of drug interaction checking- Dr. Andrews is quoted
    (posted: 03/03/2009)
  • The Care in Health Care Ellen Goodman of the Washington Post talks about the importance of primary care.
    (posted: 04/03/2009)
  • IMH PE Links Medical History Links for physicals
    (posted: 11/20/2012)
  • IMH Links

    History questionnaires for acute complaints and follow-up.

    (posted: 11/27/2012)
  • IMH Links 2 More Links- Musculoskeletal Complaints etc.
    (posted: 11/27/2012)
  • Health Care Reform Video Check out this video for an animated, non-partisan explanation of the Health Care Law.

    (posted: 08/02/2013)
  • IMH Instant Medical History
    (posted: 12/06/2016)
  • CPAP machine recall Philips has recalled all its CPAP, BiPAP and ventilator machines.
    (posted: 07/14/2021)
  • IMH Chronic Disease Links Links for Chronic Illness Follow-up, Satisfaction Surveys, Other histories.
    (posted: 11/27/2012)
  • HPV Vaccine

    A vaccine is now available that prevents cervical cancer.

    (posted: 06/10/2006)

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