What is a Medical Home?
The medical home is best described as a model or philosophy of primary care that is patient-centered, comprehensive, team-based, coordinated, accessible, and focused on quality and safety. It has become a widely accepted model for how primary care should be organized and delivered throughout the health care system, and is a philosophy of health care delivery that encourages providers and care teams to meet patients where they are, from the most simple to the most complex conditions. It is a place where patients are treated with respect, dignity, and compassion, and enable strong and trusting relationships with providers and staff. Above all, the medical home is not a final destination instead, it is a model for achieving primary care excellence so that care is received in the right place, at the right time, and in the manner that best suits a patient's needs.
Features of the Medical Home
Adapted from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) definition, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) describes the medical home as an approach to the delivery of primary care that is:
· Patient-centered: A partnership among practitioners, patients, and their families ensures that decisions respect patients’ wants, needs, and preferences, and that patients have the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care.
· Comprehensive: A team of care providers is wholly accountable for a patient’s physical and mental health care needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care, and chronic care.
Coordinated: Care is organized across all elements of the broader health care system, including specialty care, hospitals, home health care, community services and supports.
· Accessible: Patients are able to access services with shorter waiting times, "after hours" care, 24/7 electronic or telephone access, and strong communication through health IT innovations.
· Committed to quality and safety: Clinicians and staff enhance quality improvement through the use of health IT and other tools to ensure that patients and families make informed decisions about their health.
Obtaining Care from Your Provider
2706 Medical Office Place
Goldsboro NC 27534
M-F 8am-5pm (8am-9am Walk-In Hour)
Peds After Dark Monday-Friday
May 1-September 30 6:00pm-8:30pm
October 1-April 30 6:00pm-9:00pm
327 Hwy. 55 West
Mt. Olive NC 28365
(8am-9am Walk-In Hour)
104 Commercial Dr.
Princeton NC 27569
(8am-9am Walk-In Hour)
114 East Railroad St.
LaGrange NC 28551
(8am-9am Walk-In Hour)
When the office is open, you may call your preferred location and speak with a nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner or doctor about your child. You may also schedule a same day appointment, as available, for sick and well care or simply bring you child into the walk-in hour from 8AM to 9AM that is available at all four of our locations.
When the Office is Closed
When the office is closed, a physician from our office is on-call for your child’s health needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can reach our after-hours nurse hotline at 1-888-267-3675 where you may speak with a nurse regarding your concerns and receive advice. If needed, the nurse may page the on-call physician so you may speak directly with the doctor about your concerns. Our on-call physicians have access to your child’s records 24 hours a day and can provide you with advice specific to your child’s health care needs.
When Your Child Gets Sick Away from Your Medical Home
Sometimes your child may become ill while you are away from our medical family and you may need to seek care. Please request from other health care providers and facilities a copy of the summary of your child’s visit and bring it to our office so that we can be sure that we are aware of all aspects of your child’s care. Furthermore, we would like to see your child for a follow-up visit for any care obtained while you were away. Oftentimes there are tests that we may need to follow-up on that were not available to you before you were discharged. So, please call and make an appointment if your child has to be seen while away from home. When your child is seen at Wayne Memorial Hospital or any healthcare facility that we refer you to we have access to the care you received during your visit. Still, it is always a good idea to request a copy of the summary of your child’s visit and bring it with you to your follow-up appointment.
Part of our goal as your medical home is to provide you with access to the latest evidenced-based treatments for the care of your sick or well child. Please peruse our “Helpful Links” portion of the website for important information about your child’s health care. As a parent, it is important that you and your child stay educated about changes in medical technology and treatment so that you may better manage your child’s health during day to day life. Staying informed and actively involved in your child’s health care needs and individual healthy living goals is an important part of helping your health care team insure that your child leads a happy, fulfilling and productive life.