Build a relationship with your primary care provider at BWFH
Your primary care provider is your first contact for all matters related to your health. Regardless of age, your relationship with your primary care provider is important. A primary care provider can treat temporary ills and ailments and also help you live a healthy lifestyle to prevent illness and catch a budding health issue before it becomes a serious problem.
At Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, primary care providers are available on-site and in the community. Within the hospital you will find Brigham and Women’s Family Care Associates and Brigham and Women’s Primary Physicians. With offices in West Roxbury and Hyde Park, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Community Physicians provide care to those who prefer not to travel to the hospital.
Dr. Roy Welker
Patients visit Brigham and Women’s Primary Physicians for more than just annual exams and preventative medicine. In addition to the physicians on staff, there are PAs who field urgent care problems, RNs who follow high-risk Medicare patients and social workers who do short-term psychotherapy and find community resources for patients. With all that available in one practice, patients can get complete care, reducing the need for visits to urgent care centers and the ED.
Dr. John Lewis
Across their two locations, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Community Physicians have eight primary care providers and three PAs, and they’re growing. They are available for same-day appointments, which is increasingly important as more and more patients may choose the convenience of an urgent care center over a visit with their primary care provider. "People should be seen the same day, because if someone comes in for a strep test they’re getting a blood pressure check," says Dr. Lewis. He thinks it’s important to see patients when they want to be seen. "It’s not about driving up costs. It’s about engaging people in the importance of their healthcare. Every touch you have with the patient can make a difference and it adds to the relationship," he says.
All of the primary care providers at BWFH agree, when you’re not feeling well or have a question about your health, your first call should be to your primary care provider. Available for both annual exams and same-day appointments for urgent care, your primary care provider can help you feel better today and stay healthy for tomorrow.
As of May 2014, all doctors in the Brigham and Women’s Family Care Associates group and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Community Physicians group are accepting new patients. Several doctors in the Brigham and Women’s Primary Physicians group, including Dr. Owens, Dr. Laskowski, Dr. Copello and Dr. Lauretti, are also accepting new patients.
To reach a primary care physician at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, call the toll-free Physician Referral Service number: 1-800-BWH-9999 (1-800-294-9999).