What is primary care?
Primary care encompasses health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, patient
education, diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. The main role of primary
care is to provide comprehensive and continuous care to patients. Providers who specialize in
primary care focus on the care of the whole person and these providers include physicians,
physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Family practice providers care for your whole
family, from newborns to the elderly of any age or gender. They are knowledgeable in a wide
variety of areas, including most common conditions and diseases.
Why is it important to have a primary care provider?
Many adults do not have primary care providers until they have conditions that require a
medical provider, however, it is beneficial to have a provider before these needs arise to help
prevent them. These providers take a proactive approach to care that utilizes preventative
measures and promoting self-care. Primary care providers save patients money, optimize
health, and address both sickness and health for the patient. If you need specialists in addition
to a primary care provider, your provider can help coordinate care and communication between
the different specialists.
What should someone look for in a primary care provider?
People should look for a primary care provider they feel comfortable with and are able to
openly communicate with. They should feel confident in the care they are receiving from the
provider. The presence of trust between the patient and provider is important to maintain a
strong relationship and get the most from primary care. Since the primary care provider is the
first entry into the health care system patients should feel comfortable to discuss any signs or
symptoms they may be experiencing or any questions they may have. Each practitioner has a
unique way of interacting and caring for patients and so individuals may need to look to find
one they are happy and comfortable with on improving their health and wellbeing. Finding a
primary care provider that is the right fit for you and your family is an important step to take in
your family’s overall health and wellbeing.
~Jamie Hammerand DNP ARNP is a family nurse practitioner at Statera Integrated Health and
Wellness offering primary care to patients. Statera Integrated Health and Wellness provides
family primary care to patients in a unique setting that incorporates integrated health care and
allows for communication and accessibility to different providers and services within one
building for better care and wellness of the overall person.