If you don’t currently have a primary care provider (PCP) for your ongoing medical care, now is a great time to create that relationship. If you have been seen in our Walk-In Clinic, you might wonder why you would want to start seeing a PCP when you can easily be seen in a Walk-In Clinic as the need arises. Walk-In Clinic care is ideal for urgent medical conditions where prompt attention is needed, but your primary care provider is not available.
It is important to form an ongoing relationship with a primary care healthcare provider and maintain routine visits appropriate to your condition and overall health. You can choose a physician or an advanced clinical practitioner to provide your ongoing healthcare.
Your PCP’s office is the best place for:
- Routine care: regular physicals, prescription refills, immunizations
- Common illnesses: colds, flu, ear pain, sore throat, asthma, headaches, fever, rashes, and behavior and school concerns
- Chronic and complex conditions: diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid, high cholesterol
- Minor injuries: sprains, back pain, cuts and burns, broken bones or eye injuries
Benefits of a PCP
Creating a continuing, trusting relationship with a primary care healthcare provider has immense value. They know you and your history, allowing them to recognize changes in your health. A PCP cares for you as an entire person (physical, mental and emotional) in addition to overseeing all your routine care.
Your PCP can also:
- Provide education about preventive care which helps you take charge of your health and save money
- Help you navigate through chronic or complex illnesses
- Act as your advocate and refer you to specialists as needed
Types of PCPs
You can choose your provider (either a physician or an advanced clinical practitioner) and the department you wish to be seen in based on the type of care you and your family need. Get to know to the providers in each department by viewing their biography or educational videos.
Family Medicine providers care for the general medical, psychological and developmental needs of you and your entire family.
Internal Medicine providers focus on adult medicine and have had special training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases.
Pediatricians specialize in child and adolescent healthcare from birth through age 18.