Our internal medicine doctors specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases in adult care and medicine. This means you get the specialized expertise you need. We offer a full-range of healthcare and wellness services for patients 18 years and older. We’ll help you through each stage of adulthood and the regular exams and screenings recommended along the way.
We follow a person and family centered approach to care at Holy Rosary Healthcare Clinic. Our expertly-trained providers are skilled in all aspects of medicine with an emphasis on the evaluation and treatment of the person as a whole. We treat established patients, or those seen here within the last three years, and new patients, those who have not received care at this clinic within the last three years. Our offerings are specific to the expertise at our clinic and include the following:
We provide a full range of healthcare services led by primary care providers, including:
It is important to see your primary care provider (PCP) at least once a year for an overall physical. This appointment is about preventive care and lets your doctor find potential health problems before they become a health problem. Preventive care can include immunizations, lab tests, physical exams and prescriptions. During this exam the provider will discuss your overall health and concerns and perform a comprehensive exam on the entire body.
Americans are living longer and living well for longer periods of time. This has created a relatively new and growing area of healthcare and provider services, known as elder care. Elder care encompasses a wide variety of issues, including choosing an appropriate healthcare provider to care for an aging patient, specialty care for chronic disease management and making decisions about moving an elderly person from the home environment to a residential care setting.
A chronic disease develops slowly, is long lasting and typically worsens over time. Some chronic diseases cannot be prevented, but many are linked to lifestyle choices that are within your ability to change. If you have a chronic disease, it is best to partner with your healthcare provider for ongoing health care maintenance. Examples chronic diseases include, but are not limited to, heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, COPD, and arthritis.
Protect yourself against the seasonal flu by following the same advice you followed last year: Get vaccinated. Everyone who is at least six months old should get a flu vaccine this season.
Preventive health is important for men of all ages. Regular checkups are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. These preventative appointments provide opportunities to find and deal with medical problems in their early stages. This is when many conditions are more treatable and less threatening to overall health.
Same day appointments are available for patients with acute illness. Please call to schedule an appointment. Examples of acute illnesses and infections include, but are not limited to, sore throats, influenza (the flu), cough and/or fever, sinus infections, urinary tract infections (a UTI) or broken bones, sprains or lacerations.Our providers have a number of appointments reserved for sick visits.
It is important to see your care provider at least once a year for an overall physical. This appointment is about preventive care and lets your doctor find potential health problems before they become a health problem. For women, basic gynecology care should be included in the overall wellness visit along with immunizations, lab tests and prescriptions. Gynecology care includes pap smears and testing for sexually transmitted infections and diseases for women of all ages, from pre-hormonal ages to post-menopausal.
Your case is unique, which means your treatment will be designed around your needs. Often we will recommend treatment will be based on best practices treatments that have worked for other patients, consideration of your specific illness, the results any tests done as well as your personal preferences. We provide treatments for these general conditions:
A type of lung disease marked by permanent damage to tissues in the lungs, making it hard to breathe. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, in which the bronchi (large air passages) are inflamed and scarred, and emphysema, in which the alveoli (tiny air sacs) are damaged. It develops over many years and is usually caused by cigarette smoking. Also called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Diabetes is a serious disease, which, if not controlled, can be life threatening. It is often associated with long-term complications that can affect every system and part of the body.Diabetes can, among other things, contribute to eye disorders and blindness, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, limb amputation, and nerve damage. It can affect pregnancy and cause birth defects, as well.Although diabetes is a chronic and incurable disease (with the exception of gestational diabetes), with proper medical care, clinical therapies, diet, hygiene, and exercise, symptoms and complications can be successfully treated and managed.
Influenza (or flu) is a highly contagious viral respiratory tract infection. About 5% to 20% of people in the U.S. get the flu each year. Influenza usually comes on abruptly, with fever, muscle aches, sore throat, and a nonproductive cough. The most common form is Influenza A.
Also called sinusitis is an infection of the sinuses near the nose. These infections usually occur after a cold or after an allergic inflammation.
Although many people assume that a sore throat means strep throat, most sore throats are not strep.
Urinary tract infections describe a health problem that results from a bacterial infection along the urinary tract. An infection occurs when microorganisms, usually bacteria from the digestive tract, cling to the opening of the urethra, travel up into the bladder and/or kidney, and begin to multiply.
Getting screening tests and vaccinations is an important part of preventive care. Find out which tests and immunizations are recommended by age group and gender. Use these guidelines when discussing a disease prevention plan with your healthcare provider. You may need a plan that is different, depending on your situation.
A physical exam and laboratory tests are two key components in diagnosing and treating your illness. Your doctor may order bloodwork, a urine sample or other laboratory tests. The doctor also may order one or more of the following tests, depending on your condition:
This blood test gives information about your body's metabolism, or how your body uses food for energy. It gives a snapshot of the health of your kidneys, your blood sugar levels, and the levels of key electrolytes, such as potassium and sodium. A basic metabolic panel test measures the levels of eight important things in your blood:
A procedure in which cells are scraped from the cervix for examination under a microscope. It is used to detect cancer and changes that may lead to cancer. A Pap smear can also show conditions, such as infection or inflammation, which are not cancer. Also called Pap test and Papanicolaou test.
Sexual health is important to everyone. It is important that you have regular sexual health screens to prevent any long-term complications.