Your Partner in Health
Our primary care physicians build relationships that last a lifetime.
At Mercy Medical Group, our primary care physicians (PCPs) are committed to providing compassionate and comprehensive healthcare for all stages of life—starting at birth and carrying through to your more seasoned years. From prevention and screenings to diagnostics and medical treatment, we’re here to help you live a healthier, happier life. Our PCPs work alongside Mercy Medical Group’s care specialists, coordinating advanced expertise in areas of medical specialty when you need it. The benefit to our patients is a full team of experienced care providers supporting you in health and wellness—all coordinated by your primary care doctor.
Family medicine doctors are committed to building ongoing relationships with every member of the family, making visiting your doctor for wellness checkups more convenient. From preventive immunizations and vaccines to overseeing care when you’re sick, we’ve got the entire family covered no matter the concern.
Internal medicine is a specialty concerned with the diagnosis, management and nonsurgical treatment of unusual or serious diseases. Our internal medicine practitioners are trained in a variety of subspecialties and offer comprehensive care to treat chronic or persisting conditions.
We recognize that children aren’t simply small adults. Our team of compassionate, highly qualified doctors and nurses provides children with routine and advanced medical care that is friendly and reassuring. Because children change so rapidly, and because there are many factors that can affect their development, we believe in the value of parents developing a comfortable, trusting relationship with their pediatrician, so that we can be there every step of the way, helping to ensure children reach their full potential.
Our team of highly qualified doctors and nurses provides patients with routine and advanced medical care that is friendly and reassuring. Many of our providers are now available for scheduled video visits.
Patient-Centered Medical Home
Mercy Medical Group is honored to be recognized by NCQA as a Patient-Centered Medical Home (or PCMH). Simply put, it is a strategy for keeping patients healthy instead of just treating them when they are sick. Your physician leads your care team of nurse practitioners and physician assistants (APPs), and other essential medical professionals. This team will coordinate care for all aspects of your health across the different care settings—outpatient, inpatient and nursing home, if necessary. Our team includes:
Leads the team and make the important decisions. Your primary care physician may identify and address undiagnosed health concerns as well as oversee care of ongoing medical conditions. Your PCP is the leader of your “Home” team and works with its members to support your needs.
Partners in your treatment and care management. Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are advanced practice providers you will often see during your visit. They work alongside your PCP to determine the best plan of care. They are qualified to diagnose medical problems, order treatments, and make referrals for common medical conditions. They are also specially trained to provide education specific to your condition.
Your primary care physician’s “right hand.” Medical assistants prepare you for your office visit. They obtain your vital signs and review why you are visiting. They remind you of labs or other tests that should be done before or after your appointment. They relay messages from you to your PCP, assist with scheduling, and help arrange the services you need.
Ensuring your overall health care needs are met. The care management team includes registered nurses, a licensed clinical social worker, and population managers who help by providing you community resource information, coordinating outside services, delivering education on personal health care management, and reaching out when you are overdue for an appointment or screening.
Treatment education and support. Registered nurses work side-by-side with your primary care physician to develop your health care plans and goals. They will provide you with information on your condition and prescribed medication, and can provide coaching on self-care. They are available via telephone during physician office hours for any questions you may have about your treatment and care plans.
Provide condition-specific and/or medication-specific instructions. Your PCP may decide you would benefit from additional education specific to diabetes and/or medications and will refer you to the care team’s educators.
Administrative excellence. The point of service staff check you in for your appointment. They are responsible for to your contact and billing information and can help you select a PCP. They can also help you sign up for our patient portal. The point of service staff will coordinate appointments within Mercy Medical Group with different primary care and specialty providers and/or services. They also work closely with medical assistants to make sure your visit runs smoothly.
Being proactive about your health today leads to a healthier, more productive tomorrow. Our primary care physicians building lasting relationships with their patients to help prevent diseases before they start. We do this through:
A well-balanced, nutritious diet is a fundamental part of a healthy lifestyle. Combining nutrient-dense dark leafy greens with high protein nuts and fish helps support brain and heart health. Pair with regular exercise such as walking, biking, or swimming to stay on top of your game. Talk to your primary care provider to create a diet and exercise plan that works for your lifestyle.
Stress is a normal part of life. Learning to manage it effectively is essential to nurturing a healthy lifestyle. Make time to take care of you. Simple steps like drinking more water and getting eight hours of sleep at night can help keep stress at bay. Talk to your primary care provider to learn more about coping with and reducing stress in your life.
Talk to your immediate family about diseases or conditions that run in your genes to stay in the know about your risks—then your primary care provider. The most common diseases linked to genetics are cardiovascular disease and cancer, however there are many more that could affect you. Talk to your physician about your family’s medical history to learn more about prevention tips and screenings.
Immunizations prevent against diseases that are much worse. Regular vaccinations for infants, children, and adults alike are essential for fending off harmful diseases and maintaining good health. Infants and children should get routine vaccinations to develop strong immunity early. Take the CDC’s Childhood Vaccine Assessment Tool to find out which vaccines are recommended for your child based on their age and health conditions. Since immunity from childhood vaccines can wear off over time, it’s important for adults to keep their vaccinations up to date as well. Take the CDC’s Adult Vaccine Assessment Tool to learn about vaccines recommended for your overall health.
Preventative Health Screenings
At various stages of life, it’s important to schedule preventative health screenings to know if you’re at risk. Talk to your primary care doctor about when you should schedule routine health screenings based on your family history and personal makeup. These screenings may include:
Have your blood pressure checked at least once every two years to stay on top of your cardiovascular health.
Monitor and test your cholesterol every five years or as needed. High cholesterol can lead to heart disease.
Conduct regular breast self-exams and mammograms every one to two years. If you have a family history of breast cancer, talk to your doctor about if you’re a candidate for early mammogram screening.
If you have risk factors, such as a first degree relative with diabetes or history of heart disease, talk to your doctor to see if you should be screened.
Schedule a Pap smear every one to three years if your Pap smear and HPV test are normal.
If you have a family history of colon cancer, discuss your risk and a potential colon screening with your doctor as you move into middle age.
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