At the center of the care you receive at Esperanza is your relationship with your primary care provider. Our adult primary care providers include nurse practitioners, physician assistants, family physicians and internal medicine (adult medicine) physicians.
As an Esperanza patient, with guidance from your primary care provider we encourage you to take an active role in your health. Preventive care for adults at Esperanza includes:
- Initial comprehensive health assessment, history and examination
- Periodic preventive follow-up visits as required based on age, gender and risk factors
- Screening for obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol
- Gynecological care including routine Pap smears, family planning, and colposcopy
- Breast and colon cancer screening via mammography and colonoscopy referrals
- Confidential on-site HIV testing and Hepatitis C testing
- Immunizations for flu, pneumonia, shingles, hepatitis A, hepatitis B and tetanus
- Health education
We provide care for urgent health problems and acute illness, such as sickness involving fever, severe cough, fainting or dizziness and minor lacerations and injuries.
If you have an urgent health problem, please call our Nursing staff (215-302-3600); we can provide guidance and an appointment time.
In the event of a life-threatening emergency, always first call 911.
Chronic Disease Management
If you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or asthma, your primary care provider will help you to develop a personal care plan.
- Our comprehensive diabetes care is a team-based approach that includes the primary care provider and an Esperanza dietitian/certified diabetes educator. During “Diabetes Days,” our patients with diabetes meet with a dietitian/diabetes educator and their primary care provider during the same office visit. We also encourage our patients with diabetes to participate in our bilingual diabetes classes.
- For patients with other chronic conditions such as asthma, obstructive lung disease, coronary artery disease, and congestive heart failure, our primary care providers partner with specialists who have extensive experience in the management of these illnesses. We also have a specially-trained team providing state-of-the art care for HIV disease.
- Esperanza’s bilingual community health promoters work alongside community members in homes, churches and community centers. They teach self-management principles for chronic illness (e.g., diabetes, asthma) and help connect individuals to needed care and health resources.
A team of five Esperanza doctors directly oversees the care of our adult patients admitted to Temple University Hospital, and will be pleased to evaluate and treat you there in conjunction with Temple staff and specialists, should you require hospital care. At the time of discharge, Esperanza doctors will coordinate your discharge and arrange follow up visits with your Esperanza primary doctor and care team.