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Primary Care

Primary CareA primary care provider (PCP) is a doctor that specializes in family medicine, internal medicine or pediatrics who is your main healthcare provider. This is the person you see first for routine care and health problems and who will refer you to a specialist when needed. Think of your PCP as the central part of your “medical home” – a team dedicated to helping you get the best possible healthcare.

Choosing a primary care provider is an important step in maintaining your health for a lifetime. 

Types of Primary Care Providers

Family Medicine Physician

A Family Medicine physician has trained in the major areas of medicine: pediatrics, internal medicine, psychiatry, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, community medicine and other sub-specialty areas.  Family doctors specialize in caring for patients of all ages, beginning with newborns throughout a patient’s lifetime. They may provide care for the whole family.

Internal Medicine Physician

Internal medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with primary care services for adult medical conditions and wellness.  Internists are doctors who specialize in caring for adults of all ages, focusing on the whole person. They are particularly skilled at solving complex or difficult-to-diagnose problems and handling chronic illnesses. 

Pediatric Physician

A Pediatrician is a physician trained in the preventive care, ailments and disease affecting infants, children, and adolescents. Pediatricians provide whole-person care from newborns through adolescence. They are committed to partnering with patients and their families to produce optimal physical, mental and social development of each patient. Pediatricians can provide wellness check-ups, preventive care, health education, and even the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic diseases and illnesses.

Geriatric Physician

Older adults sometimes have special healthcare needs. Often their needs are more complex because of advancing age. Geriatricians are primary care doctors with special training in caring for the unique medical needs and preferences of older adults.   

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants

Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are clinical professionals who provide care and treatment while working under the close supervision of your doctor.  They are fully licensed and certified to provide patient care.  These providers perform physical examinations, provide preventative care, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, provide patient education and emphasize the overall health and wellness of the patient.

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a registered nurse (RN) who has a graduate degree in advanced practice nursing.  A Physician Assistant (PA) is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician.  Meritas Health views Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants as important and effective members of your health care team.

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