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Research has shown that people who have a primary care doctor do better in managing chronic diseases, spend less time in the hospital, less time away from work, and are more satisfied with their care. They also can save money, because not getting sick is less expensive than dealing with being sick. – Cleveland Clinic

Patient visting a Physician

Just as Sinclair students look to faculty and staff as experts to guide their educational journey, a primary care physician (PCP) is a critical partner in guiding your path to a long and healthy life.

A PCP is the person you trust to guide you towards the right care in the right setting in a way that is consistent with your preferences and values.1

There are different types of primary care doctors2.

  • Family practitioners care for patients of all ages and often provide primary care for everyone in a family.
  • Pediatricians care for children and teenagers.
  • Internists, or internal medicine doctors, care for adults.
  • Geriatricians care for older people.
  • Obstetricians and gynecologists specialize in women’s health and might be a primary care doctor for a woman, especially if she is or will be pregnant.

If there is a situation in which your clinical care requires the consultation of a specialized provider, a dedicated PCP will know your unique situation, your history, and even what kind of physician personalities might best suit your communication style. This can ultimately save you time and money while ensuring that you receive the best available care.3 

Do you have a Primary Care Physician (PCP)?  If not, the time is NOW!

To get started, if you are receiving health insurance benefits through Anthem, visit www.anthem.com , and click on “Find a Doctor.” Be sure to have your Anthem Member ID on hand to register under your plan to find doctors in your network.

Additional “Find a Doctor” resources can be found at:  Kettering Health Network and Premier Health.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Staying healthy extends to managing lots of problems that can complicate our lives including substance abuse, emotional distress, work-related stress, and relationship concerns to name a few.  A benefit of full-time employment at Sinclair is the Premier Health Partners Employee Assistance Program for you and your household members. For contact information, login to My.Sinclair and go the Human Resources webpage, then Benefits.  You will be connected to health care professionals that can provide information or set an appointment for short-term counseling, assessment and referral services, chemical dependency evaluations and education classes, 24-hour crisis phone counseling and more.

1 Source: https://www.hcmsgroup.com/important-pcp-april-2018/
2 Source: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/16507-the-importance-of-having-a-primary-care-doctor
3 Source: https://www.paladinahealth.com/blog/primary-care-benefits

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