Inside FALL 2019 CELEBRATING A TRADITION OF EXCELLENT, PERSONALIZED CARE 2 Racing toward the future 4 Quitting isn’t easy—but it’s worth it One of the best things you can do for your health is to have an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider, experts say. In fact, people who see a primary care provider regularly have better health outcomes, lower death rates and lower total costs for health care than people who don’t routinely see a doctor, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. A primary care provider is the lead person on your health care team. He or she helps you prevent disease and main- tain good health. Your primary care provider is able to diagnose and treat a wide variety of illnesses. When more specialized care is needed, he or she works with other types of doctors. There are a number of different types of health care providers who fall into the primary care category. For example: Family physicians. These doctors diagnose and treat problems that occur anywhere in the body and deal with most kinds of diseases. They treat people of all ages. Internists. Like family physicians, they also treat a wide variety of medical problems. The difference is that internists focus entirely on adults. Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. These providers both offer normal primary care services, such as physical exams, diagnoses, treatment for acute problems, ordering and interpreting lab tests, prescribing medications, and health education. P R I MA R Y C A R E P ROV I D E R S A good health must-have FIND YOUR FIT Our primary care providers are accepting new patients. Give us a call. Randle Clinic: 360-497-3333 . Mossyrock Clinic: 360-983-8990 .