New Patient Information
New Patient Information: 970.516.1616
- New to the area
- Have a new medical need or condition
- Have a new baby
- Planning to have a baby
- Looking for a specialist
- Seeking information about a procedure
We can help you find a primary care physician, new doctor, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or specialist. Call the New Patient Coordinator to find a doctor, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant or specialist for your medical needs! 970.516.1616
Contact us for information
The New Patient coordinator, located at 20 South Market Street in Cortez, Colorado, can assist patients who need help with the Southwest Medical Group patient portal.
Call 970.516.1616, Monday-Thursday from 8am to 6pm to ask about:
- Information about our medical providers and their services
- Making an appointment
- Help with finding a primary care provider
- New Patient Paperwork
- Resources – Patient Experience Coordinator (formerly Nurse Navigator) who can help access important medical resources for patients and community members.
Type of Medical Providers at Southwest Medical Group
Doctor of Medicine (MD): Fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. MD’s practice allopathic medicine, the classical form of medicine, focused on the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. (MSHQ, 2017).
Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine, or DOs: Fully licensed physicians who practice in all areas of medicine. Emphasizing a whole-person approach to treatment and care, DOs are trained to listen and partner with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well. DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, your body’s interconnected system of nerves, muscles and bones. By combining this knowledge with the latest advances in medical technology, they offer patients the most comprehensive care available in medicine today.” (AOA, 2017).
OB/GYN: A commonly used abbreviation. OB is short for obstetrics or for an obstetrician, a physician who delivers babies. GYN is short for gynecology or for a gynecologist, a physician who specializes in treating diseases of the female reproductive organs. (MedicineNet, 2017).
Internal medicine physicians (Internist): “Specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. General internists are equipped to handle the broad and comprehensive spectrum of illnesses that affect adults, and are recognized as experts in diagnosis, in treatment of chronic illness, and in health promotion and disease prevention—they are not limited to one type of medical problem or organ system.” (ACP, 2017)
Physician’s Assistant (PA): “A PA is a nationally certified and state-licensed medical professional. PAs practice medicine on healthcare teams with physicians and other providers. They practice and prescribe medication in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and the uniformed services.” (AAPA, 2017).
Nurse Practitioner (NP, NFP, CNP): “All NPs must complete a master’s or doctoral degree program, and have advanced clinical training beyond their initial professional registered nurse preparation. Didactic and clinical courses prepare nurses with specialized knowledge and clinical competency to practice in primary care, acute care and long-term health care settings. Autonomously and in collaboration with health care professionals and other individuals, NPs provide a full range of primary, acute and specialty health care services, including ordering, performing and interpreting diagnostic tests such as lab work and x-rays. Prescribing medications and other treatments and managing patients’ overall care. Educating patients on disease prevention and positive health and lifestyle choices.” (AANP, 2017).
Specialist: Medical specialists are doctors who have completed advanced education and clinical training in a specific area of medicine (their specialty area). (WebMD, 2017). To view medical specialists available at Southwest Medical Group, visit http://swhealth.org/clinicsproviders/. We are proud to partner with providers from around the Four Corners to bring specialty services to Cortez. With our partners we offer cardiology, urology, podiatry, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, gynecology, obstetrics, plastics and reconstructive surgery, neurology, and more.
Learn more about family medicine vs. internal medicine: American College of Physicians Article