The Doctor Will See You Now
A Primary Care Doctor Can…
- Serve as your advocate and home base for all medical records and care decisions
- Provide recommended flu shots and vaccinations
- Recommend and expedite appointments with appropriate specialists when you become ill or injured
- Perform routine physicals for preventive care, sports, school, adoption or employment
- Recommend age-appropriate screenings for cancer, bone density and cardiac health
- Maintain a long term perspective on your individual risk factors based on personal and family history, including cardiac, cancer, and diabetes risks
Having a primary care physician (family practitioner or internist) who knows you and your health history is one of the best things you can do for your long-term health and wellness. For your kids, a pediatrician plays this role. But don’t wait until you’re sick or injured to establish a relationship. It’s important to start seeing a primary care physician when you are well to have a baseline for comparison.
Do you have a primary care physician? If not, now is a good time to choose one. Virginia Hospital Center Physician Group – Primary Care Arlington, Alexandria, Falls Church, McLean, and Old Town are Virginia Hospital Center’s affiliated primary care practices, and are currently accepting new patients.
Primary Care and the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
Our primary care offices include physicians, nurse practitioners and support staff that forms the foundation of the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH). PCMH is a team-based model of care that focuses on key patient benefits such as the delivery of proactive and preventative healthcare, increased access to our care team, and a continuity of care within the medical community. Your regular primary care doctor is the leader of your care team who manages your overall health and partners with you and our nurse practitioners to accomplish all of these important patient benefits in a collaborative manner.