New primary care centers in Tustin and Orange
Where good health begins
March 05, 2015
If you think you only need to see a doctor when you’re sick,
think again. Having a primary care physician you visit regularly is one of the
smartest things you can do for your health. And now, UC Irvine Health is in
even more locations so that you can connect with a primary care doctor in
a community close to where you live or work.
Our new primary care centers in Orange and Tustin opened
in November, staffed by highly experienced physicians in the
UC Irvine Health Medical Group.
Your primary care doctor plays an important role in your health, partnering
with you on preventive care while keeping a sharp eye out for signs of any
serious health problems. “The idea is to prevent or catch smaller problems before
they become big ones,” says Dr. Sajee Lekawa, an internal medicine specialist
and medical director of the UC Irvine Health Medical Group. “When I know my
patients well, it’s easier to pick up on any health changes that need attention.”
Best of all, when a referral is needed, the
renowned specialists at UC Irvine Health—more than 500 of them—are available to
you and your family.
“When you’re a patient and know you can connect with world-class specialists
and hospital care, it puts you at ease,” says Lekawa. “And I know my patients
will be getting the best care when I refer.”
That connection helped draw Lekawa to UC Irvine Health in the first place.
“Our medical group has a great vision for patient care.
It’s innovative, inclusive
and patient-centered,” she says.
The new primary care centers, which offer family and internal medicine, along
with on-site laboratory services for quick turnaround of test results, are part
of that vision. The Tustin location also offers pediatrics and rheumatology care, plus hospital-level imaging services such as X-ray and ultrasound, and urgent care
on evenings and weekends. More highly trained doctors in a number of specialties
will be joining the Tustin center soon.
“Having all these services on-site is what sets us apart,” Lekawa says. “It’s one-stop
shopping for primary care—easy, convenient and a place that people can trust for
great medical services.”
The new primary care centers reflect Lekawa’s philosophy of patient care. “I want
to partner with my patients to help them get healthy and stay healthy,” she says.
“That’s what primary care is all about.”
To learn more, visit ucirvinehealth.org/medicalgroup.
— UC Irvine Health Marketing & Communications
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