Medical couple works well together
Steven and Melody King can one day call each other "doctor."
Health First Medical Group’s director of Clinical Quality Steven King comes across as a very familiar face as he makes his rounds concerning Electronic Medical Records and other matters.
His wife is a Health First Medical group doctor, internist Dr. Melody King in Viera.
The pair now nine years married, met while both were serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Gordon, Ga. Between them, they have five children ranging in age from 21 to 27.
“We dreamed for a while of opening our own practice. Somewhere in the back of our minds we want to go on medical missions. We haven’t done it yet, but it’s on our bucket list,’’ he said.
While not required, Steve King makes sure he’s on his best professional behavior when they see each other at work.
“I call her Dr. King, rather than Melody, when I’m around her peers. It’s a respect thing,’’ he said.
Steven King also has earned respect, earning two master’s degrees: a masters of business administration and a master’s in education. He’s also about to start his doctorate in education.
His job now includes all the regulatory compliance issues put out by the center for Medicare and Medicaid services.
“My position interfaces either directly with the physicians or their ancillary staff 100 percent of the time. I’m in a supportive role to the physicians. If we weren’t married, certainly I would deal with her exactly the same,’’ he said.
In his other role as the Electronic Medical Records administrator, Steven King also works with the doctors, including his wife.
Melody King, who has been with Health First two and half years, practices general medicine covering a range of ages from 15 to 97.
“It’s blood pressure, diabetes, kidney problems, liver disease, women’s health. It’s anything that an adult can experience, really,’’ she said.
Working with her husband most days is pretty routine, but it did recently come in handy during a team-building dodge ball game of Health First employees.
“We normally just have meetings and Steve is very respectful. I was glad he was on my dodge ball team,’’
she said. VV