New Patient Information
What is a Health Center?
Health centers are places where anyone can receive primary care even if they cannot afford to pay the full charge. This health center is also known as a FQHC – a Federally Qualified Health Center. This means that we are required to offer certain basic medical, dental, and mental health services to the residents of Norwalk in return for grant dollars from the federal and state governments. The health center must also comply with many federal and state standards designed to help ensure quality and access for all patients, without discrimination.
What is Primary Care?
There are four medical specialties that represent primary care.
- Family Medicine
The Family doctor or Nurse Practitioner care for all stages of the life cycle, from birth to death. They are comfortable caring for newborns, young children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. They can perform physical exams, provide well-child care, take care of acute illness, and manage chronic diseases like emphysema, high blood pressure, or diabetes.
- Internal Medicine
Doctors, nurse practitioners, and residents specialize in the care of the adult population including the elderly and the frail elderly. They are experienced and knowledgable in working with patients who may require multiple medications and often have many, or more complex medical problems. They can also provide physical exams, follow up visits for chronic medical conditions, and care for acute illness. Usually, internal medicine practitioners do not see patients under the age of 18.
pediatricians are trained to take care of babies and children up to the age of 18. They are especially good at making sure that infants and children get all the proper immunizations at the right time; that babies are developing normally in terms of growth, speech, behavior, and social skills; that anxious parents get the information they need to feel comfortable taking care of their children; and pediatric doctors are very good at working with adolescents about dating, sexuality, substance abuse, and other risky behaviors.
- Womens' Health
This is the department for women! If you are pregnant, need a PAP smear, a breast examination, have a urinary tract infection, or other female issue – this is your department. At NCHC our clinical staff can care for you while you are pregnant, deliver your baby at Norwalk Hospital, and help you connect with our pediatricians after the baby is born.