Primary Care

Our provider care teams can help you and your family with your medical needs including preventive care, chronic disease management, and acute care.

As a patient of Sapphire Community Health your primary care provider will lead your care team, which may include providers, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacy, health educators, behavioral health professionals and other support staff. Our teams coach you through the process of getting healthy and staying healthy, while providing the care and services that are right for you. You are at the center of your care team and you’ll love the way we care for you.

 

 
 

Acute Care

Conditions that require attention but do not pose an immediate, serious threat to your health or life. Our medical providers provide acute care for most ailments, such as lacerations, wounds, sprains, fevers, coughs and colds, ear infections, urinary tract infections, vomiting, or diarrhea.

 

Chronic Disease Management

Conditions that require long term management and monitoring by a health care professional. Chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, diabetes, and hypertension are among the many disease processes managed by our medical providers.

 

Chronic Pain Management

Although pain is the body’s normal reaction to injury, chronic pain is usually defined as pain that continues long after its cause is gone; persisting for more than 3 -6 months. At Sapphire Community Health we have a pain management specialist who is a physician with special training in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of all different types of pain. We’ve learned a lot about chronic pain over the years. We know that with persistent pain the injury signal is transmitted into 16 regions in the brain. We know that persistent pain may be gradually reinforced and LEARNED; therefore even if the injuries heal, the pain persists. Some explanations may be subjective factors including the patient’s history, psychological experience, genetic, cultural, financial, sleep disorders, and other stressors. The body and brain are not separate. They are married neuroanatomically. Six of the 9 pain processing areas in the brain are also mood processing areas. With such overlap of pain and mood perception circuits, it is no wonder people with persistent pain also suffer from depression and anxiety.  At Sapphire Community Health we use a combination of pharmacology, mindfulness, exercise, psychotherapy, medical workups, and other lifestyle and clinical alternatives to design the treatment plan that will work for each specific individual.

 

DIABETES MANAGEMENT

Nationwide diabetes rates have nearly doubled in the past 20 years . The CDC projects that one in three adults could have diabetes by 2050. Keeping your blood sugar levels within the range recommended by your doctor can be challenging. That's because many things make your blood sugar levels change, sometimes unexpectedly. At Sapphire Community Health we will work with you to learn how to manage the sugar, high fructose and corn syrup, soda, juice, sports drinks that you take in , because they cause blood sugar to rise quickly. We will educate you on the diet  and exercise that is important part of your diabetes management plan. Exercise causes your muscles to use sugar for energy. Regular physical activity helps your body use insulin more efficiently. We will monitor the fluctuations in blood sugar levels and provide the medication,  education and support to successfully manage your diabetes.

 
 

Family Planning

Montana’s Family Planning Program aims to improve women’s and men’s sexual and reproductive health and reduce the rate of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. It's mission is to provide affordable, confidential, quality reproductive health services that respect, empower, and educate individuals, families and communities. Family planning clinics provide confidential, comprehensive reproductive health services, education and outreach in communities around the state.

 

Laboratory Services

We provide basic lab services such as complete metabolic and lipid panels, tests for glucose levels, and urine analysis,  liver and hormone tests, drug screens and enzymes tests. We also provide genetic testing to provide guidelines for medication compatibility.

 

Pediatric and Well-Child Care

The purpose of the well child examination is to determine whether your child's needs at different ages and stages are being met. Children have more well-child visits when they are younger. This is because development is faster during these years. Each visit includes a complete physical exam. Once the child reaches school the required number of well child visits is individualized to a schedule that suits the needs of children and their families. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed a set of comprehensive health guidelines for well-child care, called Bright Futures, for pediatricians to follow, with age appropriate questions that focus on developmental milestones, nutrition, safety, and your child and family’s emotional well-being. Visits may include topics such as: sleep habits, childhood diseases, immunizations, and what to expect as your child grows; along with a physical exam.

 

Prescription Drug Assistance

Drug overdose deaths are on the rise nationally and are the third leading cause of injury-related death in Montana. Substance abuse of opioids and methamphetamine are a growing concern in Montana, affecting individuals and families regardless of income or status. Alcohol abuse among adolescents and adults continues to be the number one drug abuse problem in Montana. The Montana suicide rate remains among the highest in the nation, and over the past ten years suicide has been a leading cause of death for young adults in our state. Montana is moving in a positive direction to curb substance abuse, as well as provide resources and support to address mental health promotion.

 

Sport’s Physicals

Most schools require a physical evaluation before students are allowed to participate in high school sports. Sports physicals are specific to a sport and focused on injury prevention. They usually occur in parts: a health history to determine any know or genetic preexisting conditions or concerns, and the actual physical exam. The medical history will include some family history of illnesses, a history of the individual’s health issues, any hospitalizations, allergies, past injuries, current medications, eye exam, and more. The medical history is looking for any illness that may compromise the health of the student. We offer sports physicals at no cost.

 

Women's Health

Services include annual exams, breast and cervical cancer screening, birth control, mammograms, breast cancer screenings, and STI testing.