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PREMIER HEALTH HONORED AS A HIGHEST RATED COMPANY IN ARIZONA BY TOP RATED LOCAL®

 
Queen Creek, Arizona October 18, 2018 — Premier Health is excited to announce that they have been honored on the list of highest rated companies in Arizona by Top Rated Local®, a 5 pillar experience based rating system that analyzes ratings and reviews from hundreds of verified review sites online and then ranks businesses based on their overall Rating Score™.

 Among companies with outstanding ratings and reviews in Arizona, Premier Health ranked 1st on the top 10 list of Family Doctors; and 51st on the top 100 list of business’s in Arizona.

 “Winning a Top Rated Local award is a true acknowledgement of exceptional customer service, as it directly reflects the opinions of the customers. I congratulate Premier Health on this significant achievement,” said JB Kellogg, co-founder of Top Rated Local. “
 
The total number of verified review sites, average overall star rating a business has on those sites, and total number of ratings/reviews they have posted on those sites all play a role in the overall Rating Score calculation. The more ratings/reviews a business has posted on verified review sites for a high average overall star rating, the higher the Rating Score. The highest possible Rating Score is 100.

The businesses on the 2018 list all have impressive Rating Scores and star ratings. Among the 770,000 businesses reviewed on Top Rated Local, the average Rating Score is 74.076 and the average star rating is 4.52, making the 2018 Top Rated Local award winners in Colorado an extremely impressive group. The full list of 2018 award winners can be found at https://www.topratedlocal.com/awardsparagraph here.

Choosing the “Right” Primary Care Physician

 Selecting a primary care physician is an important first step toward managing your family’s healthcare.  Your primary care provider is your medical “home.” It’s the provider you visit for most medical needs, including wellness visits and routine screenings, non-emergency illnesses like earaches and sore throats, and the person you speak to about your health questions and concerns.

Some patient-primary care relationships can span decades, while others will be short-lived because you change insurance or move.  No matter how long you plan to see your primary care provider, the relationship is an important one.  You’ll want to select someone you feel comfortable having honest conversations with, someone with expertise in the areas that meet your health needs.

 
How to Find a PCP

To find a PCP, start by asking yourself what matters to you. For instance, you'll want the PCP's office to take your health insurance and, ideally, be close to home. Other things to consider include how helpful and friendly the staff is, how easy it is to get in touch with the PCP, and whether the PCP's office hours will work with your schedule.

Ask for recommendations from friends, neighbors, relatives, and doctors or nurses you already know and trust.

Once you have a list of candidates, learn what you can about the PCP. For instance, does he or she:

come across as open and friendly or more formal?
prefer to treat conditions aggressively or take a "wait and see" approach?
try to handle things in the office or refer most patients to specialists?

When to Go to the PCP

A PCP should be your first option for any medical condition that isn't an emergency. Call the PCP if your child has:a high fever

ear pain
abdominal pain
a headache that doesn't go away
a rash
mild wheezing
a persistent cough

When in doubt, call the PCP. Even if the PCP isn't available, someone else in the office can talk with you and determine whether your child should go to the ER. On weekends and at night, PCPs often have answering services that allow them to get in touch with you if you leave a message.

When to Go to an Emergency Room

Go to the ER if your child:

has difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
has had a change in mental status, such as suddenly becoming unusually sleepy or difficult to wake, disoriented, or confused
has a cut in the skin that is bleeding and won't stop
has a stiff neck along with a fever
has a rapid heartbeat that doesn't slow down
accidentally ingests a poisonous substance or too much medication
has had more than minor head trauma

 
Don’t wait until you get sick to choose a PCP. Primary Care Providers may see their patients regularly and look for symptoms a patient may not notice. For example, a routine health exam may uncover conditions such as high blood pressure or even hormonal imbalances due to glandular problems. Health problems like these can go unnoticed by the patient for years and could result in serious chronic health issues. Annual exams may help your PCP guide you toward healthy lifestyle habits that may decrease the likelihood that you’ll need expensive specialty care.  

 

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