The Importance of Having a Primary Care Provider

The Importance of Having a Primary Care Provider

May 30, 2024 in Family Practice, News

Do you know why having a Primary Care Provider (PCP) is important? A PCP is the healthcare expert who is there with you for the long haul—helping you maintain your health over time. They provide ongoing, comprehensive healthcare and can help you manage chronic conditions, prevent illness and provide advice on healthy living.

"Having a primary care provider is essential for maintaining good health," shares Stephanie Gudenkauf, Family Nurse Practitioner. "A PCP can help you stay on top of your health and catch any problems early on, when they are easier to treat."

Here are some of the benefits of having a PCP:

  • Regular checkups: Regular checkups to monitor your health and identify any potential problems
  • Preventive care: Such as vaccinations and screenings, to help you stay healthy
  • Chronic disease management: Manage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease
  • Mental healthcare: Provide mental healthcare, such as counseling and medication management
  • Health education: Provide health education to help you make informed decisions about your health

If you do not have a designated primary care provider or are looking to make a change, now is always the right time.

Regional Family Health (RFH) is a family practice service of Regional Medical Center with six clinic locations in Dyersville, Edgewood, Hopkinton, Manchester, Strawberry Point and Winthrop. The provider team at RFH is dedicated to improving the health of the community. Learn more at or call the clinic at 563-927-7777.

Pictured: Stephanie Gudenkauf, DNP, FNP-BC