Primary Care Providers for the Whole Family
When you want your doctor to get to know your entire family, see Sanford Health’s family medicine providers. We provide primary care for people of all ages, from infants through seniors.
When to See a Primary Care Provider
1. Preventive health care. A primary care provider works with you to identify health care concerns before they turn into serious health problems.
2. Medical home. Your primary care provider is part of your medical home team. They know your health history, health concerns and treatment goals to provide continuity of care among specialists, services and therapies to bring the entire picture together.
3. Access to an integrated health care system. For times when you need a specialist, your primary care provider can refer you to other Sanford Health providers in the specialty you need.
Your family medicine team specializes in preventive care, plus diagnosing and managing chronic conditions. We offer:
- Wellness visits also known as annual physicals
- Well child visits
- Diabetes management
- Disease management
- Geriatrics care
- Gynecological care including cancer screenings, pelvic exams, pap tests and other reproductive and sexual health services
- High blood pressure care
- Pregnancy care including prenatal checkups and childbirth care - before, during and after birth
- Sports physicals
- Urgent care
Find a Family Medicine Clinic
Many of our primary care locations also offer urgent care – for when you don’t need the ER, but you need to see a doctor right away.
When you need more specialized care, we coordinate with other Sanford Health providers trained in a variety of areas including pediatrics, cardiology, behavioral health, oncology and surgery. And they will have access to your treatment history through My Sanford Chart, our electronic medical record system.
Family Medicine vs. Internal Medicine
You don’t have to be part of a family to see a family physician. But how do you choose between a family doctor and an internist? Both are primary care physicians who focus on total health, wellness and disease prevention.
Choose a family medicine doctor if:
- You want a primary care provider specializing in children and adults
- You want one provider who can treat a variety of conditions, including sports injuries and women’s health needs
- You want one doctor to know and treat the whole family
- You want prenatal care and primary care for you and your baby
Choose an internal medicine doctor if:
- You are 18 or older
- You want a specialist in adult primary care
- You have been seeing a family care provider, but now you want a provider who only sees adults
- You want a specialist in preventing, diagnosing and managing disease and chronic conditions
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