What is primary care?
Unfortunately, our bodies do not come with instruction manuals. As we age, we oftentimes find ourselves with ever increasing and complex medical issues. It is the purpose of primary care to aid in the understanding of these disease processes and come up with effective treatment plans. Many diseases initially present themselves with minor symptoms and if diagnosed early, can be limited in the damage they do to the patient. This is the case with hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, high cholesterol, thyroid disease and many autoimmune diseases (e.g. Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, etc.). As primary care, we diagnose and treat the vast majority of medical issues troubling patients and prescribe treatment accordingly. Too often, many patients circumvent primary care and go to hospitals hoping to get treatment. By doing this, these patients often subject themselves to unnecessary testing which may not lead them any closer to correct treatment. It is not that hospitals are not helpful, but that hospital systems are designed to address the acute, and life threatening, not the chronic and non-life threatening. Here at Partida Corona Medical Center, we have outfitted ourselves with in house lab drawing, various CLIA-waived laboratory testing as well as spirometry, ekg and ultrasound (whole body and vascular). In applying these diagnostic services we can usually avoid hospitalization for the majority of our patients..
Dr. Jose Maria Partida Corona