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Jones Regional Medical Center Urgent Care - Anamosa

1795 Highway 64 East
Anamosa, IA 52205

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Ankeny)

1055 Southwest Oralabor Road
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Bett Plex)

5185 Competition Drive
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Jordan Creek)

180 Jordan Creek Pkwy
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Lindale)

153 Collins Road Northeast
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Marshalltown)

55 Central Iowa Drive
Marshalltown, IA 50158

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (North Crossing)

2134 Logan Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50703

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peck's Landing)

1940 Blairs Ferry Rd.
Hiawatha, IA 52233

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Peoria)

8914 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61615

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Prairie Parkway)

5100 Prairie Parkway
Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (San Marnan)

1655 East San Marnan Drive
Waterloo, IA 50702

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Washington)

209 North Cummings Lane
Washington, IL 61571

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waukee)

950 E Hickman Rd
Waukee, IA 50263

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waverly)

101 Cedar River Pkwy 101
Waverly, IA 50677

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express at Duck Creek

1417 Kimberly Road
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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UnityPoint Clinic Express - United Medical Park

1731 West Ridgeway Avenue
Waterloo, IA 50701

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UnityPoint Clinic Express (Fort Dodge)

2728 2nd Avenue South
Fort Dodge, IA 50501

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UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - Bettendorf

3415 53rd Avenue
Bettendorf, IA 52722

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UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - Moline

106 19th Avenue
Moline, IL 61265

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UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - North Port

3426 North Port Drive
Muscatine, IA 52761

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UnityPoint Clinic Express Care - SouthPark Pointe

3904 16th Street
Moline, IL 61265

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UnityPoint Clinic Family Medicine | Urgent Care - Lakeview

6000 University Avenue
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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UnityPoint Clinic First Care - Peoria Heights

1120 East War Memorial Drive
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Altoona

2720 8th Street Southwest
Altoona, IA 50009

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ankeny Medical Park

3625 North Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Ingersoll

2103 Ingersoll Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50312

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Marion

2992 7th Avenue
Marion, IA 52302

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Merle Hay

4020 Merle Hay Road
Des Moines, IA 50310

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Southglen

6520 Southeast 14th Street
Des Moines, IA 50320

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Sunnybrook

5885 Sunnybrook Drive
Sioux City, IA 51106

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Urbandale

5200 NW 100th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - West

2255 John F Kennedy Road
Dubuque, IA 52002

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UnityPoint Clinic Urgent Care - Westside

2375 Edgewood Road Southwest
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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Quality Care Begins with Primary Care

Your primary care provider, or PCP, is more than just a doctor to call when you're sick. A primary care provider is your partner in maintaining your overall health and well-being.

What Is a Primary Care Provider (PCP)?


A primary care provider is your “personal” doctor. Primary care providers serve as the medical home for basic and continuing health care needs for children, adults and seniors. Your PCP is often your first line of defense in preventing and treating illness. 

Your primary care provider is trained to diagnose and treat most common diseases and medical conditions, as well as coordinate your care with specialists when appropriate. 

He or she knows your health history and coordinates your health care needs. Primary care providers include doctors, physician assistants or advanced registered nurse practitioners in:

Why Should I Have a Primary Care Provider?

Having a primary care provider offers you an ongoing, trusting relationship with one medical professional over time, which can result in significant health benefits.

Here are four reasons you need a PCP:

1. Your PCP Knows YOU.

Having a primary care provider means having someone who knows your health history, such as what procedures you have undergone and how certain medications affect you. Your PCP notices changes in your health, such as blood pressure, cholesterol or even memory. He or she can help you with your goals – losing weight, quitting smoking or being healthy enough to take part in a sport. Oftentimes, your primary care provider knows your family, too. This starts even before your child is born, as your PCP can help you or your partner have a healthy pregnancy.

2. Coordinated Care

Your primary care provider is the first doctor you will see for most of your medical care. At UnityPoint Clinic, we coordinate your care between your doctor, the hospital and care at home. Because your PCP looks at your health as a whole, he or she can also coordinate your care with the right specialist. You will work with your PCP to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure or COPD.

3. Better Preventative Care

Primary care providers keep you up-to-date on recommended vaccinations, including flu shots and Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis). They guide you through routine screenings such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and cholesterol and glucose tests. And they can help you determine a diet and exercise plan, which can aid you in avoiding many other conditions.

4. Save Time and Money

Staying on top of your health with a visit to your primary care provider can mean fewer trips to the hospital down the road. Patients with a primary care provider can often make appointments sooner and more quickly than those who do not have a relationship established with a doctor. Your PCP becomes familiar with your health history and risks, so you won’t have to repeat this information each time you return to the clinic.

When Should I See a Primary Care Provider?

The time to see a primary care provider is before you need one. Don’t wait until you’re sick. Get started today. Your PCP will help you establish a timeline for screenings, vaccinations and your next visit.

What to Look for in a Primary Care Provider

People choose a doctor for a variety of reasons – what their friends say, how close the office is, the doctor’s gender or if the doctor speaks a second language.

Above all, it is important that you trust and feel comfortable with your provider. To an extent, this will come with time, but you will want someone who explains things clearly and understands what is important to you. 

Communication is crucial in a provider-patient relationship. Try not to feel self-conscious or rushed to voice your questions or concerns. You may want to bring a list of issues to discuss at your appointment. If you find your provider’s explanations difficult to understand, let him or her know so he or she can present the information in a different way.

Find a Primary Care Provider

Use our online physician finder to search for a primary care provider, your partner in health.