A primary care physician is a physician who provides both the first contact for a person with an undiagnosed health concern as well as continuing care of varied medical conditions, not limited by cause, organ system, or diagnosis (From Wikipedia). This term has gained popularity in recent years in the United States. It is the new equivalent of the old term “general practitioner”.
Providers in our Division of Primary Care manage basic diagnoses, order preliminary lab and diagnostic tests, and advise specialist treatment if necessary. Board certified internal medicine physicians and advanced registered nurse practitioners evaluate, treat, and monitor patients overall health and wellness.
Primary care providers play an important role in managing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension,which require careful attention. We are continually developing disease management programs — much like our model Diabetes Clinic — to help patients stay current with lab and diagnostic tests.
Our primary care division has been managing chronic diseases using our care team model for some time now. We have physicians, ARNPs, RNs, a dietician and a pharmacist who all play a role in providing care at the primary care level. Further, we believe having our primary care team working closely with our specialist team provides an extra degree of continuity of care for our patients.