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Internal Medicine in Albert Lea, Minnesota
Internal Medicine manages all aspects of an adult patient's general health care and provide seamless referrals to Mayo Clinic specialists, according to each patient's needs.
- Care for patients with undefined symptoms and complaints, such as shortness of breath, chest pain, abdominal pain and back pain, who need help in diagnosing their illness.
- Coordination of care from surgeons and other specialized care providers.
- Preventive medicine screening care, including mammograms, Pap smears, routine colon cancer screening evaluations, cholesterol screening and blood pressure screening.
- Collaborative care of patients with chronic medical illnesses, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and emphysema, throughout the various stages of their illness.
- Comprehensive management of medical needs for hospitalized patients.
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Your care team
We offer a team-based approach to support you and your healthcare needs. This model of care is defined by high-quality, compassionate medical care delivered by a team of experts focused on getting you the right care at the right time to support your health and wellness. Care teams are your home base for getting the care you need in the most convenient, supportive ways possible.
Members of your care team
At the center of the care team is you, and your primary care team members will include a physician, nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants, nursing staff and care team support staff. Each care team member has a specific role in supporting and managing your health and care. Depending on the health situation, additional care team specialists may be included, such as a pharmacist, behavioral health specialist, patient educator, social worker or dietitian. Through collaborative teamwork, your care will be delegated to the most appropriate team member to provide the medical attention and care needed.
The benefit of having a care team
A care team improves your care in several ways. Rather than depending on just one clinician, you now have an entire team supporting you. When you need to see a specialist, your care team will connect you to the right person. When it's time for a preventive exam or health screening, your care team notifies you to keep you on track with recommended checkups and assessments. You also will have the ability to access care more quickly and efficiently because you now have a team of healthcare professionals prepared to meet your needs.
Seeing a nurse instead of your primary care clinician
Your appointment and the care team professional you see are tailored to address your specific health need and its complexity at that moment in time. This allows you access to the right healthcare professional for the right care at the right time. For example, some registered nurses are specifically trained to provide care related to recurring high blood pressure visits and Medicare annual wellness visits. If the nurse determines your condition has become more complicated, you will be referred to a nurse practitioner, physician assistant or physician for the appropriate care needed.
Accessing the care you need
Access to your care team is available in several ways for your convenience. You will be connected to the appropriate care team member and through the best care pathway to meet your individual needs. This may occur through a phone call, an in-person visit or through the patient portal.