Regularly seeing the same Primary Care Provider throughout your life provides numerous benefits. Scheduling and attending your annual appointments can help to cultivate a healthy provider/patient relationship. When the relationship with your Primary Care Provider is strong, they’ll have access to your full health history and know how to advocate for you and your health. They’ll also have your family’s health history and understand the health risks unique to you.
Annual appointments are important throughout your entire life. When you schedule your annual appointment, there’s a physical exam involved as well as preventative services such as screenings for high blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol. Young children are seen more frequently. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following schedule from birth to age three. Keep in mind that your Primary Care Provider may choose a slightly different approach, depending on your child’s specific health needs.
- The first week visit (3 to 5 days old)
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 2 years old (24 months)
- 2 ½ years old (30 months)
- 3 years old
After 3 years of age, visits to a Primary Care Provider are recommended annually for the remainder of your years. The purpose of these visits are to track growth and development with a focus on prevention at each milestone.
With flu season coming up, (don’t forget your flu shots!) it’s not uncommon to be feeling under the weather. If you are laid low by illness, your Primary Care Provider can provide you with the treatment you need to get back on your feet, back to your life, and back to work.
Additional Benefits of Seeing Your Primary Care Provider
If you’re needing to see a specialist, your Primary Care Provider can often provide advice or treatment in the interim. Some specialists schedule a few weeks to months out, so it can be helpful to visit with your Primary Care Provider regularly. They can also help answer any general health questions or concerns that you have.
Our Primary Care Providers
We offer a diverse group of experienced and compassionate Primary Care Providers – listed here, who are currently accepting new patients. When it comes to your family and your healthcare, we understand how important it is to find the right medical provider. We are committed to providing lifelong exceptional care to you and your family. It is our goal for you to live a healthy, vibrant, and well-balanced life. We know you’ll be well cared for by our excellent staff. Santiam Hospital and Clinics accept all insurances including Medicare plans, OHP, Kaiser Permanente, & Blue Cross. Listed below are our clinics which are conveniently located in Stayton and surrounding areas. Find a clinic near you and give us a call to schedule your appointment!
Aumsville Medical Clinic – 205 Main Street, Aumsville – (503) 749-4734
Cascade Medical Clinic – 1375 N. 10th Ave., Suite B, Stayton – (503) 769-7546
Santiam Medical Associates – 1401 N. 10th Ave., Suite 100, Stayton – (503) 769-6386
Santiam Medical Clinic – 280 S. First Ave., Mill City – (503) 897-4100
Stayton Family Practice – 1375 N. 10th Ave., Suite A, Stayton – (503) 769-2641
Sublimity Medical Clinic – 114 SE Church St., Sublimity – (503) 769-2259