CENTENNIAL PRIMARY CARE
Many people avoid visiting the doctor until they’re sick. Skipping or delaying preventive care could set you up for some unexpected health complications in the future.
A primary care provider can be a Doctor, Nurse Practitioner, or Physician’s Assistant who specializes in family or internal medicine. Our goal as a Primary Care Provider is to help you stay healthy throughout your entire life.
Establishing a solid relationship with your Primary Care Provider before you’re sick will mean better, more consistent care, overall better health, and prevention of certain chronic diseases.
Evidence shows that patients who utilize primary care on a regular basis are healthier, happier patients and lower overall health care costs. U.S. adults who regularly see a primary care physician have 33% lower health care costs and 19% lower odds of dying prematurely than those who see only a specialist.
AT CENTENNIAL MEDICAL & FIRSTCALL, WE KNOW YOU!
As your Primary Care Provider, we take the time to get to know you better than any other doctor. There are very few healthcare providers who know you as well as your primary care provider. When you regularly see your Primary Care Provider consistently every year, that means they know your:
Family health history
Because we know so many details about your personal and family history, we are equipped to help you prevent disease through proactive health screenings and lifestyle modifications. And, when something is wrong, we are more likely to catch it early because we are actively monitoring your health. If an acute issue does arise, our Urgent Care facilities all have access to your Primary Care Provider and your Electronic Medical Records, making care seamless.
WE PROVIDE HEALTHCARE FOR A LIFETIME!
Your primary care provider is with you through it all, from your school and sports physicals and immunizations to your first labs and beyond. We see patients as young as 5 years of age for Primary Care.
That means we can help you:
Stay up to date on routine screenings like annual lab work, mammograms, colonoscopies, well woman exams, and more
Manage your risks of developing a chronic disease
Catch health issues early before they progress into something more serious
Help you make lifesaving lifestyle changes
Address any side effects to medications you’re taking
WE HELP YOU PREVENT, MANAGE, AND TREAT CHRONIC DISEASE
As Primary Care Providers, we are experts in a broad range of conditions, especially when it comes to chronic disease, including:
High blood pressure
People don’t always experience symptoms during the early stages of illness or chronic disease, but since we have established your baselines during previous routine screenings, we know when something is a little “off.” Because of that, we can help you reduce your risk of developing a chronic condition or other illness.
Managing your chronic conditions becomes much easier when you regularly see your Primary Care Provider who helps manage your health with care plans that factor in your family history, lifestyle, and condition. From behavioral and mental health support, to coordination of care with specialists, to managing medication side effects, your PCP is there with you every step of the way.
When choosing a Primary Care Provider, give thought to what qualities that are important to you regarding the Provider and also the Practice in terms on scheduling, convenience, etc. With Centennial Medical and FirstCall Medical Center, you can get the care you need…when you need it, when you want it, at a location that’s convenient.
We have worked to remove all barriers to effective Primary Care. You can now walk into any of our Urgent Care/Medical Center locations in Elkridge, Ellicott City, Maple Lawn, Columbia, or Gambrills and obtain a SAME DAY Primary Care appointment for little to no out-of-pocket cost to you, regardless of insurance. We are able to draw lab work, perform your physical, and conduct screenings on the spot. You can choose to receive your lab results the way you want to…either in-person or virtually!