Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida (PPC) is celebrating its 20th year as a physician-owned and managed multi-specialty primary care group in Lee County.
The medical practice was founded in 1996 when several independent physician groups decided to join forces.
“It was a time of change in the national health care system with the influence of insurance companies and hospital acquisitions. Many well-known local physicians had a desire to remain independent,” said Dr. Mary C. Yankaskas, managing physician of Physicians’ Primary Care of Southwest Florida.
After weighing all the factors, five primary care practices merged to become one large group. The merger enabled the physicians to not only remain independent but to provide enhanced quality patient care.
In subsequent years, Physicians’ Primary Care has opened new state-of-art medical offices focusing on patient convenience and efficiency as well as expanded diagnostic and laboratory services.
Today, Physicians’ Primary Care continues to be the largest multi-specialty primary care group with more than 300 employees and offices conveniently located in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lehigh Acres. The practice includes four specialties: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics.
This primary care model means that PPC can offer medical care throughout all life stages. Ob/Gyn offices provide maternal care from conception through birth, when babies then can be cared for by a PPC pediatrician. When children become adults, they can be treated by a physician in one of the Family or Internal Medicine offices. Mom and Dad also can receive healthcare from the Family and Internal Medicine physicians.
“Not only is this model of healthcare more convenient for our patients, but your electronic health records follow you throughout your lifetime, meaning that you are assured that regardless of which PPC physician provides your care, they will have your complete medical history,” Yankaskas said.
PPC in-house services include laboratory, x-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, mammograms, bone density, physical therapy and more.
PPC continues to be a leader in medical advances and innovative procedures such as the new laser therapy called the MonaLisa Touch™. PPC was the first medical practice in Southwest Florida to offer this new technology, which restores vaginal health among postmenopausal women and breast cancer survivors.
Physicians’ Primary Care also is recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by NCQA. This new model of care strengthens the relationship between patient and their primary care physician.