Why You Need A Primary Care Provider


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Carson Valley Medical Center’s staff of primary care providers.

When it comes to good health, there’s one medical professional you simply can’t do without: a primary care provider.

This is your main provider—the person who will see you through non-emergency illnesses, from a sore back to a cough that won’t go away. He or she can treat most medical problems. And if not, this provider will get you to a specialist who can.

But a primary care provider does more than help you feel better when you’re sick. He or she will help keep you healthy. And that means, among other things, partnering with you to catch small health problems before they become serious, and making sure you’re up-to-date on potentially lifesaving screening tests.

Over time, your primary care provider  will also get to know you as a person. That way you can feel comfortable talking about anything that’s bothering you—physically or emotionally.

How valuable is a primary care provider? Studies show that people who have an ongoing relationship with one are less likely to die prematurely than those who don’t.

You have options

You—and your family—have a lot of choices when it comes to what type of PCP to see. There are many different kinds of PCPs, including:

Family practitioners, who care for people of all ages, from newborns to seniors.

Internists, who care for adults of all ages with many different medical problems.

Pediatricians, who care for newborns, infants, children and adolescents.

Geriatricians, who often care for older adults with complex medical problems.

Obstetricians-gynecologists, who often serve as PCPs for women, especially those in their childbearing years.

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who go through a different training and certification process than doctors but also provide excellent primary care.

Carson Valley Medical Center’s primary care clinics now have additional family practitioners, physician assistants and nurse practitioners, along with expanded hours, to better serve the healthcare needs of the Carson Valley community.

Our 17 providers, located across six clinics around Carson Valley, are uniquely equipped to serve patients of all ages and needs.

We accept most major insurances. Walk-in appointments are available at several of our locations.

Let us help you find the perfect primary care fit. Call 775-782-1545 or complete our online form at cvmchospital.org/doc.

Sources: American Academy of Family Physicians; National Institutes of Health

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