Primary Care Services
A primary care practice serves as the patient's first point of entry into the health care system and as the continuing focal point for all needed health care services.
Primary care includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses. It is performed and managed by a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, and/or physician, often in collaboration with other health professionals and specialists, and utilizing consultations or referrals as appropriate.
Primary care provides patient advocacy in the health care system to accomplish cost-effective care by coordination of health care services, promotes effective communication between patients and providers, and encourages the role of the patient as a manager in his/her own health care.
There are many reasons why you or a family member may need to see a primary care provider. Some of the more common reasons include (but are not limited to):
- Abdominal (Stomach) Pain
- Abnormal Vaginal Discharge
- Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks
- Annual Well-Women Exam
- Blood in Stool/Blood in Urine
- Cold & Flu
- Cough, Chronic (ongoing)
- Fibrocystic Breast Disease (breast lumps)
- Dizziness or Blurry Vision
- H1N1 Flu
- Heartburn/GERD/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Joint & Limb Strains & Sprains
- Lab draws
- Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Constipation
- Numbness in Arms or Legs
- Pelvic Pain, Chronic (ongoing)
- Physical exam (annual, school, sports)
- Pink Eye (conjunctivitis)
- Rash, Welts and Other Common Skin Disorders
- Routine Physical for School or Sports Teams
- Serious Cuts or Wounds
- Several Missed Menstrual Periods (Menstrual Cycle Abnormalities)
- Persistent Pain (Anywhere in the Body)
- Shortness of Breath
- Skin Moles that have Changed
- Sleep Problems
- Sore Throat
- Sores That Won't Heal
- Strep Throat
- Vaginal Yeast Infection
As noted above, your primary care provider serves as the first point of entry / assessment / treatment for the aforementioned conditions and many others. Depending upon your particular health concern(s) / where appropriate, you may be referred to a specialist for more intensive / focused provision of care.
Urgent Care services
According to the Urgent Care Association of America, urgent care services often serve as a direct link between the public and emergency or hospital services in the community. For example, patients may generally seek out urgent care services for immediate / unscheduled needs such as headaches, back pain, earaches, severe sprains, cuts / lacerations, stitches, or animal bites - situations where care is promptly or urgently necessary, but there is no apparent critical, life-threatening, emergent danger involved.
Urgent care centers are, of course, a significant step below an emergency room as far as services and capabilities go. "Non-emergency care" is the best way to define what urgent care facilities, including your Health Center, can do.
Patients should first consider whether an illness or injury is emergent before deciding whether to proceed to the Health Center for care.
Examples of emergent situations include difficulty breathing, suspected heart attack, uncontrolled bleeding, unconsciousness, or severe burns. In these and other emergent situations where the patient is suffering from a critical condition endangering life or limb, or involving clearly apparent severe wounds or amputations, you should always call 9-1-1 and proceed to the nearest emergency medical facility as directed / appropriate.
There are many reasons why you or a family member may need to visit an emergency department for care. Some of the more common reasons include (but are not limited to):
- Signs of a heart attack, such as chest pain or shortness of breath
- Signs of a stroke, such as slurred speech or numbness in the arms or legs
- Severe depression, Suicidal or homicidal feelings
- Severe wounds and amputations
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
Health & Wellness services
- Preventative Screenings
- Wellness educational materials
- Influenza vaccinations
Occupational Health services
- Pre-Placement Health Physical Exam
- Breath Alcohol Testing
- Drug screening collection and testing
Union Health and Wellness Center provides Operating Engineers Local 101 members and their families patient-centered, integrative quality care in a nurturing environment.
Our care team continues fulfilling its vision of transforming the healthcare delivery process and experience through personalization and technology. As a member of the Medical Home, you will develop a mindful clinician-patient partnership built around trust, respect, and shared decision making. Your care team will coordinate care for both wellness and illness, a whole person care approach.