Diagnosing, treating and managing health care for all members of the family from prevention to complex illnesses.
Primary care physicians are trained and experienced in meeting the healthcare needs of all members of the family from newborns to geriatrics.
These physicians may be board certified in Family Medicine or in Internal Medicine. Primary care physicians are a trusted member of the healthcare team as they are the first contact for a person with a health concern. They work in close partnership with patients and other clinicians to improve their health and well-being.
Primary care physicians:
- Diagnose and treat common and complex illnesses and medical conditions
- Oversee diagnostic testing and other evaluations
- Manage chronic diseases and conditions such as heart problems and diabetes
- Refer and coordinate care by other medical or surgical specialists which may be required to manage all aspects of the patient’s health
- Emphasize prevention, by encouraging healthy living and recommending appropriate prevention tools/behaviors and medical screenings
- Provide support and guidance for weight management, nutrition and exercise and mental health issues
Patient-Centered Medical Home
Many primary care physicians follow the model of care which puts you, the patient, at the center of the healthcare team, to ensure that they always meet your expectations for high quality medical care. The team, led by a primary care physician, will coordinate all aspects of your health care, using the latest medical and information technologies. There is an enhanced focus on prevention to improve your health, and if you develop a chronic disease, begin early, effective treatment interventions.