- 1057 12th Ave, Longview, WA
- 4.5 average rating
- 4 specialties
- 4 affiliated hospitals
- 10 insurance providers
- 4 awards
- 3 schools
- 12 minutes avg wait time
- 4 are board certified
- 3 are rated 4 stars and above
- 4 are rated on Vitals.com
- 4 are male
- 4 specialties
- 10 health insurance companies
- 4.5 average overall rating
4 affiliated awards
- United Healthcare
- Regence Health Plans
- BCBS Blue Card
Doctors in Cowlitz Family Health Center
- Dr. Gerardo Melgar MD Internal Medicine Longview, WA
- Dr. Wen Lum MD Hospitalist, Internal Medicine South Bend, IN
- Dr. Partha Gonavaram MD Family Medicine Lakewood, WA
- Dr. Timothy Jessick DO Family Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Milwaukee, WI
A family practitioner is a doctor who specializes in caring for people of all ages, at all stages of life. Rather than focusing on the treatment of one disease or patient population, family practitioners are often the doctors that people see for their everyday ailments, like cold and flu or respiratory infections, and health screenings. When necessary, family practitioners will provide referrals for conditions that require the expertise of another specialist.
The doctors may also provide physicals, inoculations, prenatal care, treat chronic diseases, like diabetes and asthma, and provide advice on disease prevention.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
An obstetrician & gynecologist, or OB/GYN, is a physician who cares for women throughout their pregnancies, straight through to the delivery of their baby (obstetrician). They also specialize in annual care, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the female reproductive system (gynecologist). Many physicians specialize in both of these fields in order to provide complete overall health services to women at every stage of life.
Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in the care of patients in the hospital. The majority of hospitalists are board-certified internists and have completed the same training as other internal medicine doctors including medical school, residency and board certification examination.
Hospitalist activities include patient care, teaching, research, and leadership related to hospital care. They have more expertise in caring for complicated hospitalized patients on a daily basis since, unlike other specialists or primary care doctors, they spend most of their day in the hospital.
They often coordinate the care of their patients and act as the central point of communication among the different doctors and nurses involved in the patient's care. They are also the main physician for family members to contact for updates on a loved one.
An internist is a physician who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of conditions that affect the adult population—both acute and chronic.
These doctors are often who adults see as their primary physicians because they treat a broad range of illnesses that do not require surgical or specialist interventions. They also work to help a patient maintain optimal health in order to prevent the onset of disease.
In addition to treating the common cold and flu, internists also treat chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.
Cowlitz Family Health Center is affiliated with the following hospitals
- Peacehealth St John Medical Center Longview, WA 98632
- Aurora West Allis Medical Center Milwaukee, WI 53227
- Memorial Hospital of South Bend South Bend, IN 46601
- St. John Medical Center Longview, WA 98632
Affiliated doctors have gone to the following schools
- University Of Calgary Faculty Of Medicine
- Osmania Medical College
- Kirksville College Of Osteopathic Medicine
Information About Group Practices
What is a Group Practice?
According to The Medical Group Management Association, a group practice is any relationship between three or more physicians who share facilities, expenses, profits and other resources like support staff and equipment. Group practices tend to fall into two categories: those that organize around a particular medical specialty and those that encompass several specialties like East Boston Neighborhood Health that specializes in internal medicine
Why Group Practice?
As medicine became more complex in the twentieth century, the need for group practices made more sense. Physicians found it impossible to know everything about the emerging drugs and technologies on the medical landscape. In addition, the cost of providing a full range of diagnostic services, such as tests and X-rays, in one location became prohibitive to the individual practitioner. Hence, doctors from various disciplines began to team together in order to provide more comprehensive care to their community of patients.