Please call for an appointment during regular clinic hours. If you have an acute illness, please call us as soon in the day as possible and we will make sure you get the appropriate care. We will do everything possible so you can see a medical provider at your scheduled time, and will inform you as soon as possible if an emergency or other delay will prevent that from happening.
If you are a new patient or have an address or insurance change, please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment. We will ask you to fill out our basic information form and provide us with your health insurance card. Please bring all medications, or a list of medications, with you to every visit. We would also appreciate knowing about any non-prescription medications or remedies you are using.
Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs perform a comprehensive range of medical duties, from basic primary care to high-technology specialty procedures. PAs often act as first or second assistants in major surgery and provide pre- and postoperative care.
In some rural areas where physicians are in short supply, PAs serve as the primary providers of health care, conferring with their supervising physicians and other medical professionals as needed and as required by law. PAs can be found in virtually every medical and surgical specialty.
The PAs responsibilities depend on the type of practice, his or her experience, the working relationship with physicians and other health care providers, and state laws.
There are approximately 68,100 practicing PAs in the United States as of January 2009
PAs perform medical functions that in the past have been performed by licensed physicians, including but not limited to:
The scope of practice varies according to state laws, the medical setting, and the training of the PA. PAs are authorized to prescribe in all 50 states, DC, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and in Guam.
Physician assistants have a long-standing tradition of serving in areas of need, providing care to those who might otherwise have little or no access to quality health care. PAs work everywhere, from remote rural settings to major urban centers, in doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, HMOs, the armed forces, and other federal government agencies.
Nurse Practitioners (NPs) are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services similar to those of a doctor. NPs diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. They have a unique approach and stress both care and cure. Besides clinical care, NPs focus on health promotion, disease prevention, health education and counseling. They help patients make wise health and lifestyle choices. They are truly your Partners in Health.
How long have NPs been providing health care?
NPs have provided excellent health care for nearly half a century. The first NPs were educated at the University of Colorado in 1965. Programs soon spread across the U.S. As of 2010, there are about 140,000 practicing NPs. Close to 8,000 new NPs are prepared each year at over 325 colleges and universities.
How are NPs educated?
NPs have graduate, advanced education and clinical training beyond their registered nurse preparation. Most have master’s degrees and many have doctorates.
Where are NPs licensed to practice and how are they licensed?
NPs are licensed in all states and the District of Columbia. They practice under the rules and regulations of the state in which they are licensed. Most NPs are nationally certified in their specialty area and are recognized as expert healthcare providers. The faith that patients have in NPs is shown by the almost 600 million visits made to NPs each year.
Where do NPs practice?
NPs practice in rural, urban, and suburban communities. They practice in many types of settings. These include clinics, hospitals, emergency rooms, urgent care sites, private physician or NP practices, nursing homes, schools, colleges, and public health departments, to name a few.
What services do NPs provide?
From treating illness to advising patients on maintaining a healthy lifestyle, NPs provide
a full range of services. Patients who see NPs report an extremely high level of
satisfaction with the care they receive.
Among the many services that NPs provide, they:
NPs specialize in many areas, including:
NPs also often practice in sub-specialty areas such as:
More and more people are choosing NPs as their primary, acute and/or specialty healthcare provider. In addition to being top-notch healthcare providers, NPs deliver a unique blend of nursing and medical care. They provide comprehensive, personalized health education and counseling. NPs assist patients in making better lifestyle and health decisions.
NPs have distinguished themselves from other healthcare providers by focusing on the whole person when treating specific health problems and educating their patients on the effects those problems will have on them, their loved ones and their communities.By providing high-quality care and counseling, NPs can lower the cost of health care for patients. For example, patients who see NPs as their primary care provider often have fewer emergency room visits, shorter hospital stays and lower medication costs.
Choose an NP – Your Partner in Health!
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Unlike other physicians who specialize in treating one particular organ or disease, your family physician is uniquely trained to care for you as a whole person, regardless of your age or sex. In addition to diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illnesses, your family physician provides routine health screenings and counseling on lifestyle changes in an effort to prevent illnesses before they develop. And, if a health condition arises that requires care from another specialist, your family physician will be there to guide you and to coordinate all aspects of your care. You and your family physician will work together to achieve the best possible outcome in the most cost-effective manner.
Have you ever wished there was one place you could go for all your health concerns?
Family physicians are dedicated to treating the whole person. They treat each organ, every disease, all ages and both genders. The cornerstone of family medicine is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.
Following medical school, family physicians complete a formal three-year residency during which they receive training in several major medical areas and patient populations:
Family practice physicians are highly trained and experienced in many areas of medicine, including preventive care as well as healing medicine. Because of this extensive training, family practice physicians are highly qualified to provide quality medical care for each and every member of your family. Dr. Ferris is certified by the American Board of Family Practice.
Family physicians help you stay healthy with an individualized plan of care. Family physicians know the key to maintaining long-term good health is the patient-physician relationship. To develop your personal treatment plan, your family physician will ask questions about your family health history and lifestyle to determine your health risk factors.
Research shows that people who have an ongoing relationship with a primary care physician have better overall health outcomes, lower death rates and lower total costs of care.
Family physicians adhere to the highest standards of medical care. The American Board of Family Medicine requires re-certification by examination every six years. To maintain board certification, family physicians also are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours of continuing medical education every three years. In addition, family physicians have the support of a national medical association, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). The AAFP provides high-quality learning opportunities for family physicians, as well as patient education materials and practice management support.