As a primary care practice, we serve as patients’ first point of entry into the health care system. As a medical home, we coordinate and integrate your medical care across specialists, hospitals, and other agencies. Each patient has a personal physician, as well as access to excellent nurse practitioners trained in family medicine who provide expanded availability of health care to all our patients. Some also appreciate the opportunity to see a female provider. Our investment in a highly rated electronic medical record allows us the ability to instantly communicate your medical needs to pharmacies, consultants, and labs. We exceed federal meaningful use criteria in using our medical record to enhance the care care delivered to our patients.
Primary care practices provide health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. Family Practice includes initial evaluation and the treatment of the most common conditions across medical fields:
Our practice has been nationally recognized as a Patient Centered Medical Home, meating benchmarks of patient-cneterd care using proven health information systems for more efficient, more coordinated care.
What Makes Family Medicine Different
Family Medicine is a medical specialty with a full residency, board exams, continuing education requirements, and recertification exams. Our goal is to provide continuing comprehensive care to individuals with attention to the support and needs of the whole family. The scope of practice emphasizes breadth with priority given to the most common, most important health concerns. We treat all ages, both sexes, every organ system, and evaluate for every disease entity.
We continue in the legacy of the generalist physicians who for thousands of years have treated the full range of illnesses. As medical knowledge and technology have exploded, this has made the need for our specialty even more important, rather than less. As medicine's twentieth specialty, we put together the needs of the whole patient and are a starting place to negotiate access to more narrow fields of specialization.
We uniquely value the role of the family in health. We recognize that patients often must rely on their families, and that a healthy and whole family contributes to the health and success of the individual. This is particularly true for children. One reflection of this is that we organize our charts by family so that family members usually have the same doctor. We accept new patients who are living in the same household as their children, spouses, or children. We understand that it is often the concern of a family member that prompts a visit, and it is often a family member who will be administering or monitoring treatments. In this age of concerns about privacy protection, we are committed to protecting the privacy even within families, but we also protect avenues that allow individuals to permit their family members to be involved in their care, their visits, their phone messages, and their decisions.
In summary, family medicine is a newer specialty that represents the generalist tradition of applying the vast medical knowledge and treatments available for the benefit of individual patients and their families without limits on age, gender, or disease.