At the Elkhart Clinic, we offer three levels of physician services: Primary
Care, Specialty Care and Urgent Care.
Whichever level of care you select, we maintain a single, comprehensive
record of your medical history and treatment information. Your physician
at the Elkhart Clinic has quick and easy access to this record whenever
he or she needs it, thus ensuring the smooth continuity of your care.
When a member of our Adult (Internal) Medicine or Family Medicine physician
staff has been established as your primary care physician, your general
medical care - and any routine health problems - will be served by this
physician. All services required to meet your health needs will be coordinated
by this physician, who will also provide you education in disease prevention.
Should you have an urgent medical problem, it is our recommendation that
you contact your physician immediately.
Our Adult (Internal) Medicine and Family Medicine Physician Specialists
recommend a comprehensive physical examination on a periodic basis. A patient's
health, age and family history are important factors in deciding intervals
between examinations. We recommend that you discuss with your physician
how often a complete physical is needed. Unless you are ill or have a chronic
condition, your primary care physician typically recommends the following
periodic schedule for a comprehensive physical examination:
three to five years
two to three years
Age 50 and older..........every
one to two years
Modern medicine is so complex that, for some medical problems, you will
need a specialist or sub-specialist in medicine or surgery. Elkhart Clinic
specialists and sub-specialists are available to our patients through their
primary care physicians, who will make the appropriate referrals. Our specialty
physicians also are available for patient self-referrals, unless the patient
has a problem that needs urgent attention. In such cases that apply to you,
your primary care physician should make the necessary arrangements.
This is a vital service to those who require quality medical attention on
a walk-in/non-appointment basis. Urgent Care examination and treatment is
not intended as a substitute for complete or continuing medical care, but
exists rather to meet your immediate needs. Your primary care physician
should provide follow-up care. If new medical problems are uncovered during
your Urgent Care examination, these will be reported to your primary care
physician as soon as possible and included in your Clinic Record.
Urgent Care is available Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00
p.m., and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until noon at the Clinic's main campus, 303 South Nappanee Street.