Hospital Care Specialists in Putnam, CT

Hospital Care

Hospital care monitors your recovery following a medical emergency or surgical operation. At Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, board-certified adult primary care physicians Dr. Joseph J. Botta, MD, and Dr. David Candow, MD, provide hospital care to adults at Day Kimball Hospital. The team directly manages patients in the hospital year-round, without hospitalists or nurse practitioners. To make an appointment at the practice in Putnam, Connecticut, call the office today.

Hospital care refers to the treatment you receive for a medical emergency or a surgical operation. It combines routine check-ups, medication management, and rehabilitation to reduce the risk of complications and encourage your body’s natural healing process.

Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, is one of the few primary care offices in America that still admits and cares for its own patients at Day Kimball Hospital. Instead of relying on hospitalists or nurse practitioners, the team provides treatment each step of the way, while updating families daily.

Hospital Care Q&A

What does an annual physical involve?

At Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, an annual physical involves several steps:

Step one - Discussion of your lifestyle and medical history
At the beginning of the physical, your provider asks about your lifestyle, including how often you exercise, if you use tobacco or drink alcohol, and if you have any underlying medical conditions. Make sure to answer these questions honestly. There’s no reason to feel embarrassed, and your provider won’t judge you.

Step two - Skin exam
Next, your provider examines your skin for any unusual moles or growths. If you have any painful bumps or lumps, make sure to alert your provider. If anything appears unusual, they can take a biopsy for analysis.

Step three - Abdominal exam
After examining your skin, your provider has you lie down on a table. They gently press on your abdomen to assess the size, location, and texture of your abdominal organs.

Step four - Reflexes and vitals check and laboratory work
Your provider asks you to sit up. Then, they check your reflexes, blood pressure, and respiratory rate. Afterward, they order lab testing, including blood work and urinalysis.

Step five - Immunizations
Some immunizations require several doses or boosters. Your provider can review your medical records and update your vaccines as necessary. Step six - Refill of prescription medication
If you take prescription medication to manage an acute or chronic condition, the team can refill them as necessary.

What should I bring to an annual physical?

If you’re visiting the team at Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates for the first time, bring the following items:

Medical insurance card
List of the symptoms you’re experiencing
List of the conditions you’ve been diagnosed with
Names of the medicines, vitamins, and supplements you take regularly
Any questions you have

If you have an implantable medical device, like a pacemaker, make sure to bring the device card as well. To book your annual physical at Joseph J Botta, MD & Associates, LLC, call the office today.