We asked members of our medical staff to answer some common questions they
hear from their patients.
Q: Do I really need to establish with a primary care provider?
A: Regardless if you believe you are too young, too healthy, too busy, or
possibly…too tough… to need a primary care provider, there
are multiple health and wellness benefits.
Establishing care with a primary care provider results in a stronger patient-provider
relationship and subsequently better medical care and disease management.
Primary care providers help to coordinate patient care and provide access
to acute care treatment, chronic disease management, screening and preventative
healthcare options, and referrals for specialized treatment.
Over time, your provider will get to know your health history and your
personality, and they will be quicker to identify signs or symptoms indicating
a change to your health. Primary care providers not only educate you regarding
your current health status, they can help you prevent future illnesses
by performing routine physical examinations, labs, vital signs, and measurements.
For example, simple routine testing by a primary care provider such as
annual blood sugar readings may reveal diabetes, which could possibly
go unnoticed for years and result in serious medical complications.
In some practices, establishing with a provider will also allow you to
schedule same-day or next-day appointments, resulting in decreased urgent
care costs and charges. Primary care providers treat the whole patient,
not just their symptoms or disease, with a comprehensive and patient-centered
approach. Establishing with and regularly visiting your provider, allows
both you and your provider to make the best decisions for your health
today as well as your health in the future.
Amy Hawk is a Nurse Practitioner (APRN) at Campbell County Medical Group
Nephrology and Complex Medicine. The clinic is based on a medical home model, which seeks to meet many
different healthcare needs for their patients, from acute illness to routine
immunizations. The Clinic is open Monday-Friday from 8 am-5 pm, and same
day appointments can be scheduled at 307.688.3535. Learn more at