Medical Care

Photo of two adults and one child showing the range of medical care services provided by doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Primary Care includes several specialties, including family medicine, internal medicine, women’s health (obstetrics and gynecology), pediatrics, and geriatrics. Typically, primary care providers sustain an enduring and trusting relationship with their patients, caring for them regardless of the health condition. Primary care providers serve as a patient’s first contact for health concerns and help patients navigate the healthcare system, including specialty and hospital care coordination and follow-up. They also understand community-level factors and social determinants of health, and use data and technology to coordinate services and enhance care.

Specialty Care includes disciplines with a narrower focus. MCHC is a primary care clinic that also provides some specialty care such as psychiatry, HIV, podiatry, and chiropractic.

Family Medicine
Provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants
Family physicians provide comprehensive health care for people across the lifespan. They are trained in pediatrics, adult medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, mental health and more, which equips them to deal with a wide range of health problems for individuals and the entire family. Family physicians pay special attention to wellness, disease prevention, and chronic disease management.

Internal Medicine
Provided by physicians, also called internists
Internists provide comprehensive health care for adults, usually aged 18 and older. They are trained in adult medicine and geriatrics, and they specialize in primary care screening and treating common adult problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. Internal medicine doctors often treat patients with a complex combination of conditions.

Women’s Health
Provided by physicians (ob/gyn), nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives
Women’s health providers offer a full range of obstetrics and gynecological services for women in all stages of life. This includes reproductive and sexual health care, as well as pregnancy and postpartum care. Women’s health also focuses on preventing and treating cervical and breast cancer, and for women in their post-childbearing years, services include consultations for menopause, sexual health, stress management and more.

Pediatrics
Provided by physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants
Pediatric providers care for infants, children and adolescents, from newborns to young adults. It is the medical specialty concerned with the development and care of children and with the diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases. Pediatric providers emphasize wellness and disease prevention.

Provider Types