Primary care: the center of your healthcare universe.
You face some kind of healthcare issue nearly every day: “Do I have a cold or the flu — or worse?” “Should my daughter get stitches for this cut?” “Is my blood pressure is too high?” “What if my weight gain means I have diabetes?”
The critical first step towards addressing your concerns and improving your family’s health is establishing a relationship with a primary care physician (PCP) for everyone in your family. At Day Kimball Healthcare, the PCP is at the core of our patient-centered medical home (PCMH) approach to healthcare. In this model, the PCP serves as your healthcare advocate, coordinating all aspects of your care throughout our system.*
Your PCP’s role is not to just help you get better when you’re sick. It’s to keep you well and help you prevent illnesses, thus improving your quality of life and reducing your healthcare costs. Your PCP offers preventive care, helps you manage your health, and refers you to specialists. A relationship with a PCP also means you have a healthcare professional to turn to when needed, instead of heading to the local emergency department for routine illnesses, minor injuries and other conditions that are not “real” emergencies — because an emergency room visit in these instances is not always the best alternative in terms of care and cost.
Your primary care physician is the center of the comprehensive network available at Day Kimball Healthcare.
Our primary care service network consists of:
- Diabetes Management: This outpatient program offers help to both adolescents and adults living with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, pre-diabetes, or gestational diabetes.
- Family Medicine: We provide continuing, comprehensive healthcare for all members of a family or individuals of all ages (from infancy to elderly), genders, and conditions. Some family medicine practitioners also provide obstetrical care for women.
- Geriatric Care Management: This area of care offers comprehensive evaluation, planning, and care coordination for adults age 60 and older. It helps patients and their caregivers manage chronic illnesses and high-risk conditions to improve health, safety, and functionality.
- Internal Medicine: We offer both sick and well care visits, preventive care, women’s health, minor office procedures, and work-related physicals for adults 18 years of age or older. (Note some Internal Medicine practices do see patients starting at age 16.)
- OB/GYN: Our integrated services target women’s needs and include annual exams, birth control (including Essure), breast exams, infertility, menopause management, minimally invasive surgeries, Pap smear, STD screenings, and other specialty services.
- Pediatrics: Services include sick and wellness visits, checkups, immunizations, and school/ camp physicals for children from birth through adolescence and into young adulthood. Specialized services include the evaluation and treatment of attention deficit disorders (ADD and ADHD).
- Walk-In Services: When your primary care practitioner's office is closed, this is a more appropriate, efficient and cost-effective choice than the emergency department for treatment of minor illnesses and injuries such as colds, sore throats, earaches, minor abdominal discomfort, minor cuts and lacerations, minor sprains, strains and fractures, rashes, and sports and workplace injuries.
* In some instances, an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN or NP) or physician assistant (PA) may be your main healthcare advocate; they are referred to as primary care providers.
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