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Family Practice

Family Practice at Pella Regional

Family practice physicians at Pella Regional and our family of clinics located in Pella, Bussey, Knoxville, Monroe, Ottumwa and Sully emphasize preventative care and long-term relationships between patients and physicians. Because of their extensive training, family practice physicians provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages - from newborns to seniors.  

Family practice physicians deliver a wide spectrum of care services. They diagnose and treat illnesses and provide preventative care such as well-child visits, health-risk assessments, and immunization and screening tests. They also provide personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension and coordinating care provided by other subspecialists.

Family practice is the medical specialty that provides continuing and comprehensive health care for individuals and families. Unlike other specialties that are limited in scope, family practice integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences in order to treat all ages, genders, each organ system and every disease entity. 

Pediatric Chart

To help parents care for young children the physicians at Pella Regional have developed a Pediatric Chart. The dosing guidelines for Tylenol and Motrin are included.

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Patient Centered Medical Home

The Right Health Care at the Right Time

Some experts now believe that creating a health care team is the best way to give patients quality care and a better experience. Pella Regional and our family of clinics in Pella, Bussey, Knoxville, Monroe, Ottumwa and Sully have created this team environment using a model called the patient centered medical home.

What is a patient centered medical home?

A patient centered medical home is a primary care practice in a clinic that takes a team approach and has the patient as the center of the team. The team can include doctors, nurses, health partners, pharmacists and therapists. They work together and use technology to provide coordinated care to their patients. Services offered through your medical home at Pella Medical Clinic include extended clinic hours, a secure patient portal that allows you communicate via e-mail directly with your doctor and health partners who provide health coaching for you.  

How is this different from the current primary care medical practice?

The patient centered medical home is designed to keep patients healthy by providing primary care, coordinating any visits to specialists they may need and by taking steps to manage preventive diseases like heart disease and diabetes. The team partners with the patient to make sure they are making the right decisions for good health and keeping on top of any preventive care the patient needs. It might mean more frequent visits to the clinic or contact with the nurse—but the goal is to keep the patient healthy and prevent episodes that would require hospitalization or expensive medication.

What are the responsibilities of a medical home?
  1. The practice is responsible for coordinating patient care across multiple settings.
  2. Instructions for obtaining care and clinical advice during office hours and when the office is closed.
  3. The practice functions most effectively as a medical home if patients provide a complete medical history and information about care obtained outside the practice.
  4. The care team provides access to evidence-based care, patient/family education and self-management support.
  5. The scope of services available within the practice including how behavioral health needs are addressed.
  6. The practice provides equal access to all of their patients regardless of source of payment.
  7. The practice gives uninsured patients information about obtaining coverage.
  8. Instructions on transferring records to the practice, including a point of contact at the practice.
What is a health partner?

Health partners work under the direct supervision of a family doctor. They are registered nurses who empower patients by coaching and help them in setting and meeting goals to maintain optimal health, identify community resources and provide assistance with any questions or concerns.

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