The idea behind the Patient Centered Medical Home, the PCMH, is that it is our goal as a medical practice to meet as many of our patients’ medical, physical and mental health care needs as possible. This means, that from preventive medicine, to acute or urgent care, to chronic care, we are focused on the wellness of our patients.
In addition, as a PCMH we have a team of care providers focused on our patients.
In order to provide comprehensive care, we have a team of care providers to meet all of your needs. We bring together the expertise of our physicians, nurses and medical staff as well as the expertise of our affiliated hospital, St John’s, Macomb.
The majority of a patient’s physical and mental health care needs should be met through a team-based approach to care in a PCMH and the PCMH delivers primary care that is oriented towards the whole person.
What is meant by caring for the whole person?
This means that care for patients includes being sensitive to and understanding of their personal and family values, culture, preferences, and unique situations/needs.
The goal of a PCMH is to cohesively coordinate patient care across all parts of the health care system. In this way, care at hospitals, specialist medical offices, home health care, and community services are all coordinated, and the patients’ best care is kept in mind.
Even minimizing wait times, enhanced office hours, and after-hours access to providers through alternative methods such as telephone or email are part of the PCMH ideal. As well, as part of a PCMH we focus on relationship-based health care. This is another goal of the patient centered medical home and towards this end, we partner with patients and their families. The unique needs of every patient are taken into account.
Patients find that during transitions between sites of care, such as when patients are being discharged from the hospital, transferring to a rehab facility, or the like, the approach of a patient centered medical home is extremely beneficial. The focus on points of transition within the broader medical system is so important to patient care and a positive outcome for the patients and their families.
We are proud to have been designated a PCMH and aspire to meet all of the goals and touch points encouraged by this model of medical practice. Our patient centered philosophy is well aligned with the PCMH model of care. We welcome any questions about the PCMH model and how it may fit with the needs of our patients.