The Importance of Having a Primary Care Physician


A primary care physician, or PCP, serves as a key access point into the rest of health care. They treat patients facing a wide range of conditions and disorders, which can include anything from urinary tract infections, mental health and respiratory infections to things like high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. PCPs also perform annual physicals for disease prevention, which is crucial for early detection of cancer and other diseases – helping you to detect issues earlier while they are most treatable.

PCPs can also help you navigate the complexities of health care by referring you to specialists, such as a cardiologists or gastroenterologists, for specific treatments. A PCP knows your full health picture and acts as the central hub of a broader support system of specialists, helping to coordinate complete care among all the different specialists you see by ensuring nothing is overlooked. They also help with medical management by doing things like guiding you on next steps after surgery.

Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG) primary care physicians focus on providing individualized care by getting to know you, your medical history and ongoing needs—collaborating with specialists to ensure you receive the treatment and care that’s right for you.

Need a PCP? MHMG has highly trained professionals throughout Greater Houston. Choose yours today by visiting memorialhermann.org/mhmg.


Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

Wear a mask. Masks help prevent you from getting COVID or spreading it to others. Wear a mask in public or when around people who don’t live in your household.  ………………………………………………………………………………………..


Stay 6 feet away from others. Avoid close contact with people by putting at least six feet of distance between yourself and others. Remember that even people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.


Avoid crowds. Avoid crowded areas like restaurants, bars and movie theatres. Being around large crowds puts you at a higher risk for COVID. ………………………………………………………………………………………..


Avoid poorly ventilated spaces. Avoid indoor spaces that do not have access to fresh air from the outdoors. If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors.  ………………………………………………………………………………………..


Wash hands often. Wash your hands for 30 seconds with soap and water after coughing, sneezing, after using the restroom and before eating and preparing food. If soap is not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.


Cover coughs and sneezes. Always cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Discard the tissue immediately and wash or disinfect your hands.  ………………………………………………………………………………………..


Clean and disinfect. High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, countertops, desk phones, keyboards and toilets should be cleaned and disinfected once daily.  ………………………………………………………………………………………..