Coronavirus (COVID-19) 

What's New (March 31, 2020):  

Respiratory Clinic:   Family Practice Associates has expanded the number of tents available to provide respiratory clinic services for patients who have symptoms including:  fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, diarrhea, and/or extreme fatigue, all of which could potentially indicate COVID-19 or could indicate the patient may have another virus.  Providers will assess patients who go to the respiratory clinic, determine if there may be another virus or infection occurring, and decide the next step, which may include testing, or may include simply treating symptoms and recommending the patient isolate himself/herself to keep from spreading the virus.  We would like to emphasize that mass testing is not available at this time.

Based on recommendations of the CDC and DHHS, lab testing for COVID-19 is still largely limited to the following prioritized groups:  hospitalized patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19; outpatients who are in a high risk group for complications; residents and staff at nursing homes, group homes, and other residential facilities; public safety, first responders, and healthcare workers; individuals over 65 years old, especially those with other risk factors.  The provider will use this criteria, along with other information, to determine testing need.

Expanded Telehealth:  Many more payers now allow patients to see a provider via telehealth, including visits for sick care and certain well care or preventive visits, depending upon the insurance company.  If you are isolating and wish to see your provider over telehealth, please contact us.  A nurse will be able to identify if a telehealth visit is appropriate. 

Expanded Screening:  All staff, patients and visitors will be screened before coming into the clinic for symptoms of COVID-19.  Everyone will be required to have their temperature taken and to answer several questions upon entry.  We encourage patients to be accompanied by only one to two other individuals, at the most.

 Here are a few more important points to know about Family Practice Associates and COVID-19:

Family Practice Associates is caring for sick patients while keeping our environment safe for patients who need to see us for wellcare, physicals, and non-respiratory issues. How are we doing this?

1. All patients with fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, sore throat, diarrheas and/or extreme fatigue are asked to call ahead. We can then triage them by phone and have them drive around to our respiratory clinic, located in a heated tent behind our building where special staff are awaiting their arrival.
2. Patients who walk into our clinic are triaged at the front door by a nurse before entering the waiting room as described above. If they show symptoms or are at higher risk for a respiratory illness, they are also sent, in their cars, to our respiratory clinic in the heated tent behind our building.
3. Well patients who come into our waiting room after screening are quickly checked in then moved to a private exam room on the well side of our clinic so that we reduce exposure and follow social isolation rules.
4. Ill or injured patients, with no respiratory issues, who come into the waiting room after screening, are checked in and moved quickly to a private exam room on the walk-in side of our clinic.
5. Finally, patients unable to leave their homes due to being at very high risk for COVID-19, are considered for a telehealth visit by their provider.

All patients are asked to use hand sanitzer when entering our facility.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 308-865-2767. We are happy to visit with you. Your health is our number one priority at all times. We are here for you.

 More Information about Coronavirus: How does COVID-19 spread?

Excellent resources if you think you may have been exposed or just have questions, include: http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx. The CDC provides information on how to prevent spread at this link:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html.  

 We are Hiring!

We are currently hiring for nurses and medical assistants to join our provider teams!  Check out our employment page to learn more and send in your resume today!  (We are a pretty awesome place to be!)

School Physical Time is Around the Corner

Schools require physicals for students entering kindergarten, seventh grade, or participating in sports.  Family Practice Associates will start scheduling physicals for March dates and beyond.  Call us today at 308-865-2767 to schedule a time before the summer rush!

 Welcome to Family Practice Associates!

Physicians

Family Practice Associates is honored to serve Kearney and the surrounding area. We are accepting new patients and would be happy to schedule you with one of our providers. Check out "Our Doctors and Staff" to learn more about our practitioners, and find the one who is just right for you. We also offer immediate care, without an appointment, for illness and injury.  For more information, please contact us at 308-865-2767. And, be sure to follow us on Facebook to learn more about us.

Best of Kearney!

Family Practice Associates is honored to have been voted "Best of Kearney" once again in 2020.  This makes three years in a row! We thank you for your support and for entrusting us with your care.  We love what we do!

 

The Mission of Family Practice Associates

The Mission of Family Practice Associates is to serve our patients by providing quality medical care in a respectful, kind, compassionate and cost-effective manner.  

At Family Practice Associates, your doctor is part of a Patient Centered Medical Home.  This means that our doctors and staff know that building relationships with our patients and working closely with other health care professionals are keys to improving health and treating illness.  Our patients are partners in making decisions about the care they receive.  

For more information about what it means to be a Patient Centered Medical Home, please click here or ask us!  We look forward to caring for you!

Did you know...we do this, too?

Family Practice Associates provides mental health services, diabetes education, allergy testing, ADHD evaluation, implantable birth control, CDL/DOT physicals...and more!  Right here in our office!   Go to "Our Services" page to learn more!

 

 

LATEST NEWS

New Residents at FPA

We would like to welcome Dr. Jordan Moncrief and Dr. Bradley Hohwieler! Over the next two years, Dr. Moncrief and Dr. Hohwieler will complete their family practice rural residencies in the Kearney medical community.  They will see patients at our clinic two half days a week, under the guidance of Program Director, Dr. Messbarger, and the other FPA physicians.  We are blessed to to have them here.  They join Dr. Jami Pritschau, and Dr. Danika Peterson, who have just completed their first year with us.  Kearney has benefited greatly from the UNMC Rural Residency program, with many doctors choosing to make their homes in Kearney after the end of their program.  Here at FPA alone, Dr. Hilliard, Dr. Herbig, Dr. Hatch, Dr. Myers, and Dr. Davis all came from UNMC's rural program!  

immediate health care need after hours?  Call Us First!
Are you a current patient at Family Practice Associates?  Do you need immediate care after-hours?  If you see one of our providers, and have a non-life threatening health care issue that needs immediate attention and just can't want until office hours, CALL US FIRST!  We can direct you to the best course of action, and help keep you out of the emergency room when it is not necessary, saving you time and money!  NOTE:  If you or a loved one may be having a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, stroke, or serious injury, you should call 911 or go to the Emergency Room right away.

NEED CARE TODAY?

During clinic hours, we offer care without an appointment when you need to see a practitioner immediately.  Walk-in care is perfect for sprains, strains, and minor breaks; small cuts and bleeding that may require stitches; fevers, flu and colds; asthma attacks; infections; vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration; severe sore throats and coughs; rashes and allergic reactions; headaches and earaches; x-rays and bloodwork; other non-life threatening illnesses and injuries that just can't wait for an appointment.  Call ahead or just come in at your convenience!

 documents online!

Would you like to save time?  You can now print out important documents right from the website and complete them before coming to the clinic!  Click here for a Medical Records Release; or, here to print out your demographics and HIPAA forms! 

MEDICAL RECORDS ONLINE!

We offer our patients online access to their medical records!  Available on the computer, through your tablet, or on your phone, the patient portal is easy-to-use, and available 24 hours a day. Send messages to your practitioner, review your clinical summary, access lab results, pay your bill, track vital signs, and get a list of your medications and immunizations anytime.  Best of all, parents can tie all of their family portals together for access under a single username and password.  Call us today to set up your portal!

 

 
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Walk-in immediate care available
 

While we prefer you first make an appointment, Family Practice Associates understands there are times when you and your family members are sick or injured and need care right away. During those time, you are welcome to walk right in and see us during normal office hours!

Monday through Friday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 8:30 am - noon

(For after-hour emergencies, dial 911. For urgent medical questions, call 308-865-2767).

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Breastfeeding support group - CANCELED

The Family Practice Associates Breastfeeding Support Group will no longer be available at the clinic; however, we have a nurse available to answer questions you may have about breastfeeding.  Please call us at 308-865-2767.  Thank you!