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Primary Care

The correlation of a primary care partnership to a healthy life is well documented, yet nearly one in four Americans does not have a primary care provider. Building a 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. Partnering with your PCP is also effective in achieving and maintaining optimal health, managing chronic health issues such as hypertension or diabetes, and preventing or minimizing greater disease development.

Primary care is defined by the Institute of Medicine as "the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community." Integrated care is comprehensive and addresses needs at any given stage of a patient's life, coordinated and continuous over time.

Primary care includes:

  • Episodic care for acute symptoms
  • Management of chronic disease
  • Disease prevention

Practitioners in primary care include physicians who specialize in internal medicine or family medicine. Related specialties for specific groups of patients include pediatrics (for children), OB/Gyn (for women) and gerontology (for older adults). Your care team may include the physician, physician assistant (PA), nurse practitioner (NP) and/or medical assistant.

Coffee Regional Medical Center offers more than 11 primary care providers and numerous locations to make your choice and your care more convenient. By partnering with a PCP, you can seek and achieve optimal health. Take time to invest in your own health today. To find a physician, click here.

David Arnett, M.D.
David Arnett, M.D.
Krishnan Chalam, M.D.
Krishnan Chalam, M.D.
Conrad Harper, M.D.
Conrad Harper, M.D.
John Paik, M.D.
John Paik, M.D.
Stan Sinclair, M.D.
Stan Sinclair, M.D.
Thaihang Nguyen, M.D.
Thaihang Nguyen, M.D.
Lydia Tanner, M.D.
Lydia Tanner, M.D.

 

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