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Primary Care

Rely on the primary care providers (PCPs) at Avera for health screenings, prevention information and advanced, compassionate health care when you're not feeling your best. Through our more than 330 locations in 100 communities and extensive eConsult telemedicine network, you benefit from top-quality health care wherever you live in the Avera region.

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Live Better. Live Balanced.

Get in the habit of making healthy decisions every day of your life - and live better, live balanced with the help of Avera.

Primary Care Provider = Family Doctor

Your family doctor is your primary care provider (PCP) - the medical professional and team you know and trust to deliver health care in your community. Call on your PCP when you need care for all types of health-related situations or effective follow-up support close to home after a major procedure. Your primary care provider also delivers ongoing care for long-term and complex health conditions. Learn more about choosing a family doctor.

Primary Care Services at Avera

Choose the primary care providers, physicians assistants and nurse practitioners at an Avera location near you for a wide range of primary care services such as:

  • Allergy injections
  • Basic testing, including EKGs, for conditions of arteries and veins
  • Bone density screening
  • Care for common and specialized illnesses and injuries, such as fractures
  • Drug screening and substance abuse evaluations
  • Immunizations
  • Health screenings
  • Laboratory services, stress tests, X-rays and ultrasound procedures
  • Lesion removal, dermatology services and wound care
  • Osteopathic manipulative treatment
  • Pulmonary care
  • Routine prenatal care, regular health maintenance exams and checkups, and physicals required for the workplace or pre-surgical preparation

Internal Medicine & Family Medicine Specialists

Primary care providers may be internal medicine specialists who focus on preventing and treating adult diseases. They may also be family practice physicians who care for you, your children, older adults and pregnant women. Some offer surgical services and cancer care, as well as access to urgent care for evenings and weekends.

In addition to primary care, wellness programs and preventive care, you'll find specialized services at Avera for:

Men's Health

Make sure you have the energy, strength and health you need to enjoy the best years of your life by scheduling regular checkups with your primary care provider. You'll receive expert care from Avera providers who know how to address your individual needs and concerns as a man.

Stay on top of your health by asking about screenings for:

Visit the men's health section of our health library to learn more about how you can reduce your risk for serious health conditions with a healthy lifestyle and regular medical care.

Find Care

In more than 200 clinics and 33 hospitals across our five-state, Upper Midwest region, you can count on finding Avera providers and exceptional health care nearby.

Find Solutions

Living well means managing your health issues effectively, whether you're dealing with high cholesterol, weight management, diabetes or other conditions. Trust Avera to help you live better.

Explore a variety of health topics in our online health library:

Recommended Screenings by Age

For optimal health at any age, get the checkups, tests or screenings that help detect issues before they become serious.

Ages 18 - 39

Blood Pressure Screening

  • Every two years

Cholesterol Screening

  • Every five years
  • Especially men over 34

Immunizations

  • Tetanus-diphtheria every 10 years

MEN

Testicular Exam

  • Monthly testicular self-exam

WOMEN

Breast Exam

  • Monthly breast self-exam
  • A complete breast exam every three years (age 20-40)

Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear

  • Pelvic exam and Pap smear every one to two years, starting by the age of 21

Ages 40-65

Blood Pressure Screening

  • Every two years

Cholesterol Screening

  • Men over 34 and women over
    44 should be checked every five years

Colon Cancer Screening

  • Every 10 years between age 50 and 80

Immunizations

  • Flu vaccine every year after the age of 50
  • Tetanus-diphtheria vaccine every 10 years

Physical Exam

  • Every one to five years

MEN

Prostate Exam

  • Over 50–should consider screenings
  • If you have a family history of prostate cancer, begin screenings at age 45

Osteoporosis Screening

  • Age 50-70 should discuss getting screened with their doctor

WOMEN

Breast Exams and Mammograms

  • Monthly breast self-exam
  • Women over age 40 should have a mammogram done every one to two years

Pelvic Exam and Pap Smear

  • Pelvic exam and Pap smear every one to two years

Osteoporosis Screening

  • All postmenopausal women should have a bone density test, or DXA scan

Ages 65 and Older

Blood Pressure Screening

    • Every year

Cholesterol Screening

  • Every three to five years

    Colon Cancer Screening

    • Colonoscopy every 10 years Immunizations
    • Over 65–get a pneumococcal vaccine if you have not had one before or if you received one more than five years before the age of 65
    • Flu shot every year
    • Tetanus-diphtheria booster every 10 years
    • Shingles vaccine may be given once after age 60

      Physical Exam

      • Every year

        MEN
        Prostate Exam

        • All men should discuss prostate screenings with their doctor

        Osteoporosis Screening

        • Over 70–get a DXA scan

        Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

        • Ages 65-75 who have smoked–have an ultrasound done once to screen for abdominal aneurysms

        WOMEN

        Breast Exams and Mammograms

        • Monthly breast self-exam
        • Mammogram every one to two years

        Osteoporosis Screening

        • All women should have a DXA scan done

        Pelvic Exam and Pap smear

        • Pelvic exam and Pap smear every year

        Find Balance

        In our busy world, finding balance helps us stay healthy as individuals and as members of families. Explore healthy family tips, find healthy living classes and events, and review expert advice and insights from Avera experts.

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