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Choosing Your Primary Care Provider

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September 8, 2011

What is a Primary Care Provider? 
A primary care provider (sometimes referred to as a PCP) is a family medicine provider, internal or adult medicine provider or pediatrician. This provider takes care of a patient’s basic needs across a wide continuum of different problems. He or she is the first point of contact for a person with a medical or health concern and gets to know the patient personally over time.

The primary care provider cares about the patient’s whole health package including aspects of preventative care such as immunizations, mammograms and colonoscopies. This provider makes sure the patient receives the proper care and coordinates with specialists as needed.
 
 
Why is it Important to Have a Primary Care Provider?
At McFarland Clinic we encourage all of our patients to have a primary care provider (PCP).
 
“I think the advantages of choosing a primary care provider at McFarland Clinic is the coordination of care within your provider’s office. We can coordinate your care with other providers that we work with every day,” said Dr. Donald Skinner, family medicine physician at McFarland Clinic. “We know these providers personally and we have the confidence that they are going to deliver the same kind of care that we want to deliver to our patients and that the patient expects.”
 
 
How Do I choose a Primary Care Provider?
When choosing a primary care provider a person should look for a provider they feel comfortable with.
 
“I always believe that you have to have a comfort level with your provider,” said Dr. Skinner. “How you communicate, do you feel comfortable when you visit this person, do they show an interest in you, do you have a chance to ask questions and get your questions answered appropriately to your satisfaction.”
 
There is also the added value of availability and for a patient to be able to see the same person over time.
 
If you do not have a primary care provider already established, McFarland Clinic can help you find a provider for you. Please contact our Patient Care Services Department at (515) 239-4465 for more information, or fill out this online form. You can also learn more about any of our providers by using the Find a Doctor feature online.
 
Many of our primary care providers in the Family Medicine, Adult Medicine, and Pediatrics departments are currently accepting new patients, including our five new primary care providers who joined the clinic this summer.
 
New Primary Care Providers
Nicole Cummings is one of our new Family Medicine physicians at the Carroll Office. Dr. Cummings received her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Des Moines University. She then completed a family medicine residency at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, IA.
 
Michelle Heim is one of our new Family Medicine physicians at the Carroll Office. Dr. Heim received her doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Des Moines University. She then completed a family medicine residency at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines, IA.
 
B.J. Jordison has joined the Family Medicine Department at the North Ames Clinic location. Dr. Jordison received his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Des Moines University, in Des Moines IA. He then completed a family medicine residency at Iowa Lutheran also in Des Moines. Dr. Jordison is a native to the area graduating from Gilbert High School and Iowa State University.
 
Srikanth Katragadda is our new physician in Adult Medicine. After receiving his medical degree from Guntur Medical College in Guntur, India, Dr. Katragadda completed his categorical internal medicine residency at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.

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