Valley Medical Center offers convenient, neighborhood clinics located throughout south King County with primary care providers who serve as personal health advocates for you and your loved ones. Primary care providers work with you to monitor, manage and improve your health through all life’s stages, while coordinating care with specialty physicians as needed.
A Primary Care Provider or "PCP" is an acronym used to describe a primary health care provider. PCPs may specialize by age group or may offer care for all members of the family. The role of a PCP is to monitor a patient's general health, address medical concerns and refer patients to specialists and surgeons when necessary.
Valley is humbled to be nationally recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), raising the bar for high-quality care by focusing on access to care, health information technology and coordinated care for patients.
MyChart is a key tool our providers use to stay connected with patients, helping securely manage health questions, information and medical needs.
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| What is a chronic condition?
| What are the most common chronic conditions?
| Are there some warning signs and symptoms for some chronic conditions?
| Why are chronic conditions of particular concern right now?
| What is the role of your primary care provider in helping you manage your chronic conditions?
| If you have a family member or loved one you're concerned about, what suggestions do you have?
| What are some ways that you can reduce the risk or severity of many chronic illnesses?
| Is it possible that you can manage some chronic conditions so well that they'll go away?
1. Who should have a wellness visit and why do I need it?
2. What is included in the wellness visit?
3. Is an annual wellness visit a covered Medicare benefit?
4. Can you do the wellness visit in a telehealth appointment?
5. What recommendations do you have to help patients prepare for and get the most out of their wellness visit?
6. Where can patients get their wellness visit at Valley Medical Center?
| 1. What are well-child visits?
| 2. Why are well-child visits important?
| 3. What is the recommended frequency of well-child visits?
| 4. What are some of the important milestones and age-appropriate considerations that providers assess?
| 5. During the pandemic, some kids haven’t been getting all of their scheduled vaccinations, particularly 11 to 12-year-olds. What recommendations do you have for parents and caregivers?
| 6. Can be well-child visits be done via telehealth appointments?
| 7. What types of providers will do well-child visits?
| 9. Are there any other recommendations you have for family members?
Valley Family Medicine and other pregnancy care resources at Valley can be found here:
| What is preventive health, and why is it important?
| Preventive Health Tip 1 - Start with an annual checkup with your PCP | Preventive Health Tip 2 - Get your recommended screenings
| Preventive Health Tip 3 - Get your recommended lab tests and share lifestyle details | Preventive Health Tip 4 - Share your family history | Preventive Health Tip 5 - Be honest with your PCP about past or present smoking and use of alcohol or recreational drugs | Preventive Health Tip 6 - Check in with your PCP about your current mental health
Dr. Rachel Kopicki, VMC primary care physician, introduces the topic of prediabetes and why it's important for patients in our community to be aware of this common condition.
In this question, Dr. Herner answers the following questions:
| What is the recent news about breast cancer screening and why is it important?
| What is the U.S Preventive Services Task Force and what is their role?
| What are the reasons for the change in the new breast cancer screening recommendations?
| What is the likelihood that a person will get breast cancer?
| What are the benefits and risks of breast cancer screening for people in their 40s?
| What can you tell us about the latest guidelines on doing breast self-exams?
| What are the current methods for breast cancer screening in diagnosis?
| Another related topic has recently come up in the news, that women who have dense breasts have a higher risk of breast cancer. What can you tell us about that?