PEDIATRIC MEDICINE PHYSICIANS are specialists in the comprehensive medical care of children. Pediatricians perform routine physical examinations, educate and counsel patients and their parents about preventative health issues, and treat patients in the office and hospital for a variety of simple and complex illnesses. Some pediatricians perform minor surgical procedures. All pediatricians work closely with medical “subspecialists” and other physicians when a patient’s
illness requires consultation.
INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIANS are specialists in the comprehensive medical care of adults. They are also known as primary care physicians, or "internists." Internists perform routine physical examinations, educate and counsel patients about preventive health issues, and treat patients in the office and hospital for a variety of simple and complex illnesses. Some internists perform minor surgical procedures. All internists work closely with medical "subspecialists" and other physicians when a patient's illness requires consultation.
FAMILY MEDICINE PHYSICIANS provide comprehensive health care for people of all ages– from newborns to seniors. They have training in six major medical areas: pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, psychiatry and neurology, surgery, and community medicine. They also receive instruction in many other areas including geriatrics, emergency medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, orthopedics, otolaryngology, and urology. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they also provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunization and screening tests, and personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Family physicians also manage chronic illness, often coordinating care provided by other subspecialists. From heart disease, stroke and hypertension, to diabetes, cancer, and asthma, family physicians provide ongoing, personal care.
NURSE PRACTITIONERS (NP) are registered nurses with advanced academic and clinical experience, which enables them to manage both medical and nursing problems. Their practice emphasizes health promotion and maintenance, disease prevention and the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases. This includes taking histories, conducting physical examinations, ordering, supervising, performing and interpreting appropriate diagnostic and laboratory tests, prescription of pharmacological agents, treatments and non pharmacological therapies for the management of the conditions they diagnose. The nurse practitioner serves as a primary care or specialty care provider and as a consultant for individuals, families and communities in a variety of ambulatory and inpatient settings.
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (PA-C) are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, Physician Assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Cottonwood Medical Center, Ltd. provides a full range of diagnostic radiography services including:
Our Radiography department includes a professionally trained and licensed radiology technologist.
Cottonwood Medical Center, Ltd. provides laboratory and phlebotomy services.
These Services Include:
Specimens may be referred to a reference laboratory to satisfy insurance requirements.