Family practice providers act as a patient’s primary care provider. We are the means of entry to the health care system. We are also an anchor point for coordinating care and guiding patients through a complex system of specialist, hospital, and other services. As the provider of first contact in most situations, we are in a unique position to form a special bond with the patient. The hallmark of family medicine is an emphasis on caring for a patient not as an isolated entity, but within the context of a family. Family providers take great pride in really getting to know their patients, their family or family situation, and then developing a warm and long-term relationship.
Family providers see both male and female patients, and take care of their physical, mental and emotional health through all life phases. We emphasize and counsel on disease prevention and healthy life styles, and also diagnose and treat illness.
When consultation with a specialist is indicated, the family provider will make a referral, but remains the coordinator of the patient’s health care. Family providers serve as the patient’s advocate in dealing with other medical professionals, employers, insurance companies and others. No matter what the disease process, or where care is being delivered, we remain involved with any decision making. Because of our personal and long-term relationship with the patient, we are eminently qualified to partner with patients to make the very best health care decisions. We serve to help our patients make decisions that make sense for them and fit their needs.