Primary Care Makes Sense
Carolyn Couture, M.D.
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Kavita Joshi, M.D.
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Studies show it also prevents hospitalization and premature death
It can be tempting to shrug off preventive medicine when a person feels healthy. However, studies indicate that seeing a primary care physician (PCP) on a regular basis helps prevent illness and injury, because they become familiar with the physical, psychological and lifestyle factors that affect one’s health.
Women know this intuitively, most often acting as the key facilitators in helping family and friends get the care they need – for everything from the common cold to recovery from surgery or other health condition. “New research shows that areas of the country with higher levels of primary care have fewer patient deaths and preventable hospitalizations,” said Kavita Joshi, MD, an internal medicine physician with Western Connecticut Medical Group who serves women and families in Monroe. Citing a study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Joshi encourages women to establish a close relationship with a physician or physicians who are qualified and convenient to assist in meeting their family health needs.
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“There is no substitute for having a primary care doctor – internal medicine, family medicine or pediatrics – who will develop sensitivity to all of the factors that contribute to your health and well-being. It is a partnership that will help you take an active role in minimizing health risks and making decisions that will support your health goals,” Dr. Joshi explained.
Carolyn Couture, MD, a Wilton-based internist with Western Connecticut Medical Group, agrees. “With the help of a PCP, you and your family will have a medical home – a place where information is centralized and your care best coordinated by a physician who has the qualifications and relationships to ensure that you have the right attention in the right setting – be it the doctor’s office, an outpatient facility, in the hospital or at home.”
Western Connecticut Medical Group has taken a regional approach to making PCPs accessible throughout the region, operating internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics practices in 12 area towns to accommodate families close to work and home. These PCPs are backed by specialists in more than 30 disciplines, along with the patient care teams at Danbury and New Milford hospitals.
Robert Mascia, MD, the medical group’s chief of primary care and a family medicine physician in Brookfield, said, “Our network is taking a leadership role in educating and mobilizing tomorrow’s primary care physicians. Community-based care is generally associated with favorable patient outcomes, especially for older patients who reflect the future of healthcare delivery across the United States. By strengthening the role of primary care, we can improve the outcomes and efficiency of healthcare for the people of western Connecticut.”
“The notion of primary care – taking care of your family’s health and safety – has been a mainstay in women’s intuition throughout the ages; it’s also good science and good medicine,” he said.
To find a primary care physician near you, call 1-800-482-1387, or visit us online at WesternConnecticutHealthNetwork.org.
About Western Connecticut Health Network
Western Connecticut Health Network is the region’s premiere, patient-centered health care organization serving residents of Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. The organization is anchored by two nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital, as well as their affiliated organizations. In addition to the two hospitals, the continuum of care offered includes the following affiliates:
Western Connecticut Health Network has centers of excellence in women’s health, cardiovascular and cancer services; minimally invasive and joint and spine surgery; digestive disorders and radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for neonatology with a Level IIIb neonatal intensive care unit and accredited sleep disorder centers. Both hospitals also maintain active clinical research programs, offering clinical trials for patients with cancer and other health concerns.
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