Primary Care

Your Most Important Health Care Relationship

Of the thousands of great physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and specialists at Mayo Clinic Health System, the most important provider is the one who’s focused on you.


What is primary care about?


You could wait until the minute you need care and then see a new provider every time, but having a relationship with a primary care provider (PCP) that you choose opens the door to a higher standard of care and much greater convenience. PCPs leave room in their schedules for regular patients who need to see them quickly. In many cases, they can arrange same-day appointments. Some locations have extended hours to accommodate faster access.


Your primary care provider

  • Gets to know you and understands your concerns
  • Makes referrals to any specialists you may need
  • Consults and coordinates your care
  • Makes sure you get the right follow up
  • Makes it a priority to provide care as soon as possible


You have a whole care team dedicated to you


Team-based medicine was first developed at Mayo Clinic. It’s a national model for excellent, patient-centered care. The team works together so you receive better care. Here’s how it works.


Your PCP leads your care team, which includes a network of colleagues—doctors, nurses and other department staff. There is even a 24-hour nurse line for questions that come up outside clinic hours. No matter who you see—even in the walk-in clinic—your primary care provider is notified. You can also stay connected with your care team through the Patient Online Services website or the Mayo Clinic Patient App for mobile devices.


Want help selecting your provider?

See Choosing a Primary Care Provider, then talk with one of our referral coordinators at 608-392-9868 to locate the provider who is the best fit for your individual needs. Primary care providers are available in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and the Center for Women’s Health.


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“I enjoy getting to know my patients in the clinic and helping them address a broad spectrum of medical needs. In fact, most acute issues and chronic conditions can be taken care of in the primary care clinic. And if a patient needs it, I can connect them with the best specialty care. I truly enjoy the long term relationships that I am able to develop with my patients.”
Derrick Woodward, M.D., Family Medicine - Sparta