Primary Care in Jackson Hole
Trusted Doctors, Compassionate Care
When deciding on a primary care provider (PCP), there is a lot to consider.
You will undoubtedly want a doctor you can trust, that listens to your
concerns, and shows a genuine interest in your overall wellbeing. This
will be your first contact for most medical issues, and finding someone
that meets all your criteria is a must.
What is a Primary Care Provider?
When someone says they’re going to the doctor’s office, chances
are they’re meeting with their primary care provider. A PCP is usually
a doctor, but can also be a physician assistant or nurse practitioner.
They act as the first contact for most medical issues, including colds,
the flu, minor injuries, preventive care, annual physicals, and more.
At St. John’s Health, we offer primary care through our Family Health
and Internal Medicine practices.
Internal medicine doctors (internists) focus their practice on patients
age 18 and older. They primarily assist patients with preventing and treating
conditions that commonly affect adults, including heart disease, diabetes,
pulmonary issues, and more.
Family doctors treat patients of all ages. People with large families often
use family doctors to maintain continuity in their household’s medical
care. A doctor familiar with your family’s medical history will
have a good idea of your risks for certain conditions and illnesses.
Coordinating Specialized Care
When you develop a condition that requires treatment from a medical specialist,
your PCP can act as your referral. Many hospital services require a referral
from your regular doctor before scheduling an appointment. Your PCP should
be the person most familiar with your medical condition and risk factors.
Your PCP will also act as a coordinator for your health care team. Any
surgeons, specialists, or physical therapists you work with should be
in contact with your PCP so they can stay updated on your overall health
and best facilitate care.