Carson Valley Medical Center | Healthy Carson Valley | Winter 2021

2 Carson Valley Medical Center • Winter 2021 Primary care Why you need a primary care provider More care for you: Meet the new providers at CVMC Joseph Pollino, PA-C Job’s Peak Internal Medicine & Family Practice/CVMC Senior Care 1516/1520 Virginia Ranch Road, Gardnerville 775-782-1550 Sarah Green, PA-C Minden Family Medicine 1649 Lucerne St., Minden 775-782-1603 Carol Alley, MD Minden Family Medicine 1649 Lucerne St., Minden 775-782-1603 Stephanie Prather, APRN Minden Family Medicine 1649 Lucerne St., Minden 775-782-1603 stopping the disease, but it helps with any damaging side effects too. A skilled, compassionate team CVMC Cancer Care offers the expertise of hematologist-oncologist James Y. Chang, MD, FACP, a compassionate and highly skilled cancer doctor with board certification in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology. Dr. Chang’s approach to cancer care includes holistic treatment that encourages patients to make healthy decisions about nutrition, exercise and mental well-being. Dr. Chang and CVMC’s skilled oncology nurses are here to care for those with cancer and blood- related diseases. James Y. Chang, MD, FACP Hematology-Oncology CVMC Cancer Care 1107 Highway 395 North, Gardnerville 775-783-3041 Cancer care: The support and expertise you need —Continued from page 1 WHEN IT COMES to good health, there’s one medical professional you simply can’t do without: a primary care provider (PCP). This is your main provider—the person who will see you through nonemergency illnesses, from a sore back to a cough that won’t go away. He or she can treat most medical problems. And if not, this provider will get you to a specialist who can. But a PCP does more than help you feel better when you’re sick. He or she will help keep you healthy. And that means, among other things, partnering with you to catch small health problems, before they become serious, and making sure you’re up-to-date on potentially lifesaving screening tests. Over time, your PCP will also get to know you as a person. That way you can feel comfortable talking about anything that’s bothering you—physically or emotionally. How valuable is a PCP? Studies show that people who have an ongoing relationship with one are less likely to die prematurely than those who don’t. You have options You—and your family—have a lot of choices when it comes to what type of PCP to see. There are many different kinds of PCPs, including: Family practitioners, who care for people of all ages, from newborns to seniors. Internists, who care for adults of all ages with many different medical problems. Pediatricians, who care for newborns, infants, children and adolescents. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who go through a different training and certification process than doctors but also provide excellent primary care. Need a checkup? Our primary care providers are taking new patients. To make an appointment, call 775-782-1550 .