BVMI provides primary and preventive care to adults, aged 18 and up. Prospective patients must qualify financially and medically.
Every new patient undergoes a complete blood workup, which tests for diabetes, cholesterol, thyroid function and HIV. The initial screening also includes urinalysis and vital signs like blood pressure. Once testing is completed, patients are scheduled to see a primary care physician, who gets to know the patient and provides a complete physical examination. Further treatment is prescribed based on results of the physical examination and lab tests, but might include further testing, medication or referral to a specialist.
Why It Matters:
BVMI helps to stabilize chronic conditions, reduce infectious disease and decrease emergency room visits by providing early intervention and consistent care. The availability of a nurse practitioner allows patients to schedule sick visits or consult by phone rather than going to the emergency room.