Primary care, which includes internal medicine and family practice physicians
(also referred to as "internists”), follow patients throughout
the patient’s life.
Because they study the whole range of adult diseases and conditions, they
are able to deal with complex diagnostic problems and help patients who
have multiple, chronic diseases or conditions. They can also help facilitate
treatment for substance abuse and mental health issues.
Your internist will be involved in your care no matter where you go. He
or she will see you in the clinic or office setting. If you are hospitalized,
your internist will visit you there and monitor your progress. Even if
you’re in a nursing home, your internist will handle your care.
Your internist will also be able to offer recommendations to other specialists,
and will help coordinate your care with these physicians.
Many of Alvarado Hospital’s internists have had additional subspecialty
training. An internist who specializes in diseases and conditions of the
heart is called a "cardiologist.” We have internists who specialize
in the following areas:
- Allergy and Immunology
- Hepatology (liver diseases)
- Nephrology (kidney diseases)
- Hematology (blood diseases)
- Infectious diseases
- Geriatrics (conditions of the elderly)
Alvarado’s Physician Referral Service can help you find a physician
who meets your needs. To find a physician, simply click on the
Physician Finder or call (800) ALVARADO (800-258-2723). Additional information regarding
Alvarado Hospital also is available.