National Primary Care Week, observed Oct. 5-9, is an annual celebration of the contributions that primary care work makes toward the health of the nation.
Sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the week is a means to inspire the nation’s new doctors to embrace primary care, but also is an important way to pay tribute to other providers of primary care, like nurse practitioners, physician assistants and clinic and practice staff.
Primary care is the day-to-day healthcare given by a health care provider. Primary medical care in the United States is delivered by three specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, and general pediatrics. Typically, this provider acts as the first contact and principal point of continuing care for patients within a healthcare system and coordinates other specialist care that a patient may need.
With the ongoing nature of the Coronavirus pandemic, one might say the role of primary care in society has never been as critical as it is today. In addition, primary care physicians are essential partners in identifying and addressing social determinants of health.
As Boca Grande’s primary health resource, the Boca Grande Health Clinic is proud to provide an environment driven by personalized care of patients – what we believe is the hallmark of primary care. Up until COVID-19, primary care has been driven by the face-to-face medical visit. According to Health Affairs, “the number of distance visits—specifically defined as e-visits, phone visits, and video visits—has exploded, leading to a breathtaking change in primary care.”
An August report published by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit private foundation supporting independent research on health policy, noted that visits to physician offices and other healthcare practices, which had fallen 60 percent by early April, have now rebounded and plateaued at 10 percent below pre-pandemic levels
It would not be an understatement to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought dramatic changes to the delivery of care. That is certainly the case at the Boca Grande Health Clinic. To decrease the risk of transmitting the novel coronavirus to patients or healthcare staff, we have modified practices at the Clinic to safely accommodate in-person visits and increased the use of telemedicine.
While the future of primary care will certainly challenge all of us to embrace new avenues of care, one constant for us at the Clinic is an unwavering commitment to personal care – no matter how we provide that care.
More Recent Healthcare News
The Boca Grande Health Clinic has received a very limited supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and will be starting to schedule appointments for a drive through vaccine clinic. The process we will follow will be very similar to our drive-through flu shots and COVID-19 testing clinics. We are very grateful to be receiving this […]
The Boca Grande Health Clinic continues to monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 vaccine distribution landscape as rollout of the vaccine continues across Florida. Using our best efforts with state and county contacts, we are confident that we will receive an initial supply of vaccine for patients in the near future. In anticipation, the Clinic is […]
We have somehow made it to the final week of 2020. Humorously it can be said that we can all look back at the first year of the pandemic, with usually accurate 20/20 vision. As we all move into 2021, there is time to consider New Year’s resolutions. This year that opportunity should not go […]
We are excited to announce the launch of Boca Grande Health Clinic’s newly designed website. Our goal with this new website is to provide our patients and visitors with an easier way to learn about our team and our services, and access the latest information on COVID-19. We intend for our website to be the […]