The relationship between you – the patient – and your primary care doctor is one of the most important connections in all of healthcare.
It's a relationship based on trust. As a patient, you need to know that your primary care provider understands what "normal" feels like to you. It's different for each person, but at Catholic Health, our doctors take the time to get to know their patients. That way, we can better care for you when you just aren't feeling your best.
When Should I See My Primary Care Doctor?
The primary care doctors at Catholic Health are focused on keeping you as healthy as possible. They are able to:
- Provide care when you feel sick, and refer you to a specialist if needed
- Help keep you up-to-date on recommended screenings and vaccinations
- Conduct annual exams to monitor health, growth, and development
- Answer questions about symptoms you may be experiencing
Why Primary Care Matters
Recent changes in the healthcare industry have led some patients to question their need for a primary care doctor. However, an annual checkup with a doctor who knows your medical history and concerns is an invaluable resource for your health and wellness.
When you're sick, primary care doctors can use what they already know about you to provide personalized care, or to connect you with other specializing physicians. If you have health problems or regularly taken medication, you're likely to see a primary care doctor more frequently.
Primary Care Services at Catholic Health
Different kinds of doctors provide primary care at Catholic Health. They include:
- Pediatricians are doctors who are specially trained to care for children up to age 21.
- Internal medicine doctors specialize in adult medicine and focus only on adult health and diseases.
- Family practice doctors are trained to treat children and adults. They provide regular health screenings, treatment for chronic disease like diabetes and ob/gyn care.