There’s comfort and convenience in having the same health care professional provide care for the whole family. At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), our family medicine doctors understand the body at every age and stage, and have the education and skills needed to provide the full spectrum of high-quality care for every generation.
Prevention-focused primary care
Our goal is to help you be the healthiest version of yourself. That’s why our family medicine specialists focus on preventive medicine to help keep every member of your family well, including:
- Well visits and physical exams
- Health maintenance
- Disease prevention
- Illness or injury care
- Women’s health care
- Chronic disease care
- Mental and behavioral health
- Minor office procedures and dermatologic care
- Patient-centered medical homes
- Care of infants and children
- Care of adolescents
- Care of adults
- Care of geriatric patients
Patient-centered medical homes
A patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is a team of health professionals with a focus on empowering you to prevent potential health problems. In a PCMH, you work with a care team that includes your primary care provider, who knows you and proactively works with you to address your health needs.
With the PCMH model of care, it’s all about empowering you. In a patient-centered medical home, you work with a care team that includes your primary care provider, who knows you and proactively works with you to address your health needs.
For example, the PCMH care team of a patient with diabetes would work together to ensure the highest quality and value of care occurs. A care navigator will contact the patient between scheduled visits to follow up on their current health concerns, or possibly to remind them they are due for a test or vaccination. A dietitian may work with the patient on weight-loss, and a pharmacologist may recommend a different combination of medications with fewer side effects.
If you are part of a patient-centered medical home, the PCMH team will proactively anticipate your current and future health needs, rather than have you wait for a future office visit to discuss those needs.
Community care teams
A community care team (CCT) is a group of health care professionals from many fields who work together to care for people with multiple chronic diseases. CCTs help you manage your conditions and connect you to the resources and support you need.
We have several CCTs that support multiple primary care practices. If your doctor recommends a CCT for you, you will get a phone number so you can call a member of your CCT whenever you have questions or concerns about your health. CCTs help you:
- Effectively manage your health
- Prevent unnecessary hospital stays
- Avoid trips to the emergency room (ER)
- Identify helpful community resources
- Assist with some of the social barriers to attaining care, such as transportation, or the cost of prescriptions
Family medicine connects you with specialty care
Illness or injury is a fact of life. When it happens, our providers give you and members of your family fast access to quality care, so you can quickly feel better. We offer care when you or your loved one need it most, working closely with providers in more than 50 specialties such as:
- Gastroenterology (GI)
- Bariatric medicine
- Infectious disease
- Ear, nose and throat (ENT, otolaryngology)
- Burn and wound care
For more specialized care you can rely on our three specialty institutes:
- Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute
- Lehigh Valley Heart Institute
- Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence
Family medicine and your child
Like pediatricians, family medicine providers will provide developmental assessments, vaccinations, well child visits, and follow national guidelines for the care of infants and children. We also provide adolescent medicine to meet the unique needs of teens. And we offer specialty care just for kids, including: