Internal Medicine – Patient Care and Treatment
From preventive services to post-acute care, our primary care doctors diagnose and treat a range of medical conditions in adult patients. Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain optimal health during all stages of your life.
Comprehensive care for adults in Pennsylvania
Our services are designed to help you stay healthy and, when necessary, to promptly diagnose and effectively treat you. We can also help you manage a chronic condition. Our aim is to be your partner for achieving and maintaining your overall good health.
We focus on four key areas: outpatient medicine, hospital medicine, post-acute care, and palliative care.
Our outpatient group is made up of board-certified internists and mid-level providers who specialize in adult primary care. We provide chronic disease management and preventive care for our patients. If you have multiple medical conditions, the general internist functions as the “quarterback” of your care, coordinating your treatment among specialists while building a life-long relationship.
Our outpatient groups provide:
- Routine physical exams for men and women
- Work and school physicals
Treatment of a variety of acute problems, including:
- Back pain
Management of chronic medical conditions, including:
- High cholesterol
- Smoking cessation
- Thyroid disease
Preventive care, including:
- Guidance about screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies
- Personalized advice on how to reduce the risk of life-threatening diseases, such as heart disease and cancer
- Medicare annual wellness visit
Additionally, we offer specialized services for common medical procedures and geriatric care:
The Procedures Clinic is scheduled every other Thursday afternoon at the Internal Medicine East Clinic.
- Steroid injections into major joints, including knees, elbows, and shoulders to relieve symptoms of arthritis, bursitis, or tendonitis
- Removal of benign skin lesions, such as skin tags, warts, and seborrheic keratosis (generally excluding the face)
- Incision and drainage of superficial abscesses or cysts
Injections of smaller joints, such as wrists for carpal tunnel syndrome or fingers for trigger finger, are not included in the procedures offered.
If malignancy is a concern, you’ll be referred to the appropriate specialist (e.g., dermatology) for adequate biopsy and specimen retrieval.
The Procedures Clinic is staffed by Lawrence Jones, MD
Geriatrics Consult Clinic
The Geriatric Clinic has been established to provide primary care providers and other practitioners additional support for older adults. All patients, regardless of age, with medical or psychiatric issues found in elderly patients are accepted. We often see patients with predicted high utilization of health care and prospective change in living environment.
Emphasis is placed on evaluation and treatment of frailty, loss of independence and function, falls, polypharmacy, depression, dementia and other cognitive and behavioral issues, driving safety and nutrition among others. Comprehensive geriatric assessments may be provided as well as functional assessment. Complete reports are routinely issued to referring physicians who generally will be responsible for implementation of recommendations.
The Geriatrics Consult Clinic is staffed by Noel Ballentine, MD
Our hospitalists are board-certified internists and mid-level providers who specialize in the delivery of comprehensive medical care to hospitalized patients. In 2014-2015, our hospitalist group cared for nearly 4,200 patients admitted to the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
In addition to our core expertise managing the clinical problems of acutely ill, hospitalized patients, our hospital medicine practitioners work to enhance the performance of the hospital and healthcare system through:
- Prompt and complete attention to all of your care needs, including diagnosis, treatment, and discussion with patients and family members
- Employing quality and process improvement techniques to provide you with the safest care possible
- Collaborating, communicating, and coordinating with all physicians and healthcare personnel who care for you during your hospital stay.
- Safely transitioning your care within the hospital and from the hospital back to your primary care provider.
Our group also provides medical consultative services to patients admitted to other specialty services.
Our post-acute care group includes physicians and mid-level providers who provide medical care for patients admitted to certain sub-acute rehabilitation or skilled nursing facilities after hospitalization.
During that time, patients may have health issues along with medication changes that require surveillance. Our post-acute care medical team follows patients through this vulnerable period. After they leave the facility, care for their chronic conditions are transferred back to their primary care provider.
The post-acute care group currently provides services at:
Physicians who provide palliative care work to ease the pain of patients who are seriously ill—whatever stage of illness they’re in. Physicians focus on relieving symptoms and stress while providing the highest possible quality of life for patients and their families.
Learn more about palliative care at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center