The connection between a primary care partnership and a healthy life is widely recognized. However, nearly one in four Americans does not have a primary care provider. An established relationship with a primary care physician (PCP) who knows your life circumstances and medical and personal histories helps to ensure the best possible care when you need it. You can also achieve and maintain optimal health in partnership with your PCP, managing chronic health issues such as hypertension or diabetes, and preventing or minimizing greater disease development.
Practitioners in primary care include physicians who specialize in internal medicine or family medicine. Internal medicine is the specialty focused on the care of adults, ages 16 and older. Internists are experienced and well versed in healthy lifestyles and a wide range of medical conditions. We will work with you to develop a personalized, unique approach to your health and care.
Internists treat a variety of illnesses and conditions, provide routine check-ups, conduct health screenings and comprehensive physical exams, and provide primary, wellness, and preventive healthcare. They will partner with you to monitor and manage long-term chronic conditions. Should you develop a health issue that requires specialty care, they will refer you to the appropriate specialist(s).
Your care team may include the physician, physician assistant (PA), nurse practitioner (NP), and/or medical assistant.
Internists are widely skilled with training in adult patients’ care, ages 16 and older, through adulthood, and old age. Primary care services include episodic care for acute symptoms, chronic disease management, and disease prevention services.
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Physician assistants (PAs) are licensed to prescribe medications and diagnose/treat illness and disease. They have completed advanced education and extensive clinical training and work in collaboration with a licensed physician. As part of your integrated medical team, PAs are critical to increasing access to care by expanding the capacity of physician practices across the country.
A nurse practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse with advanced academic and clinical education and experience in caring for the sick and in diagnosis, treatment, and management of common and chronic illnesses. NPs are an essential part of care teams today. They can diagnose and treat medical conditions, administer vaccinations and prescribe medications. NPs promote holistic health and wellness, emphasizing health education, risk identification and reduction, and preventive care through lifestyle modification.
Because of growing time demands on physicians and doctors’ shortage in numerous specialties, both PAs and NPs provide high quality, skilled, and practical options for many of your health care needs.
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