Wellness Starts Here

Primary Care

Our providers are experts in diagnosing and treating common illnesses, managing chronic conditions and working with you to maximize good health through preventative care and wellness. Now you can also conduct your visit virtually!

 

Primary Care

Nationally recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee on Quality Assurance, our expert primary care team is here to provide routine and maintenance care to keep you healthy. We are dedicated to caring for you today and everyday by:

  • Addressing your health concerns
  • Conducting wellness screenings
  • Determining if you need specialized care
  • Offering telehealth/virtual visits
  • Helping to prevent, detect and treat illness, including COVID-19 
We have 20+ primary care providers in multiple locations, including Bristol, Burlington, New Britain, Plainville, Southington, Terryville and Wolcott.



COVID-19 Precautions

We are doing everything we can to protect our patients, visitors, providers and staff from the coronavirus, including:
  • Offering telehealth/virtual visits. Your provider can now examine you at home, via video. 
  • Enhanced Visitor Restrictions have been put into effect. If you have an upcoming appointment, please follow these outlined restrictions.
  • Providing testing services and updates. 
Click on each link to learn more on COVID-19: 

Covid Vaccine Clinic  | Frequently Asked Questions | Signs & Symptoms | Ensuring Your Safety

Who Is a Primary Care Provider?

Because primary care is the first line of care and spans your entire life, there are different types of providers who offer primary care, including physicians, nurse practitioners and advanced practice registered nurses.
 
Primary care specialists are typically trained in internal medicine or family medicine and can specialize in treating adults, children or both. Pediatricians are providers who specialize in primary care for children. Since gender, age and health conditions can impact care, some patients consider their obstetricians, cardiologists or geriatric specialists to be their primary care providers.
 

Treating Chronic Conditions

One of the most common things primary care providers do is to help patients manage chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease. Treatment of chronic conditions can be complex and ongoing. Patients may have more than one chronic condition and may be seeing multiple providers, and primary care providers help coordinate the overall approach. .

At Bristol Health, our providers are experts in helping you manage your overall health, including chronic conditions. Bristol Health Medical Group is nationally recognized as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee on Quality Assurance.This model of care emphasizes putting patient needs at the center, collaboration among providers and continuous quality improvement. 

Meet Our Newest Primary Care Provider

Michael Richards, MD

     Dr. Richards is practicing in our Southington and Plainville offices.

Dr. Michael Richards

Learn More About Dr. Richards

video info
PLAY

Patient Portal

Bristol Health Medical Group provides you 24/7 access to your health records via our patient portal. You can view, download and print your information; see your visit history and scheduled appointments, pay your bill online and more. You can also get mobile access to your records by downloading our Healow app on the Apple iTunes or Google Play Store.

Learn More

What's a Patient-Centered Medical Home?


A Patient-Centered Medical Home is a designation from the National Committee on Quality Assurance recognizing medical practices that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement and a patient-centered approach to care. Research shows that PCMHs improve quality and the patient experience while reducing health care costs.

Bristol Health Medical Group Primary Care is honored to be named a PCMH. You can rest assured that we put you at the forefront of care, building better relationships between our patients and their clinical care teams.  

 

News, Advice & Stories

Jul 08, 2021

Rock the Shot: After over 25,000 covid vaccines, still more to go

BRISTOL – State officials Thursday addressed covid variants, the importance of vaccination and vaccination incentives during a press conference at Bristol Hospital. Gov. Ned Lamont and Acting state Commissioner of Connecticut Department of Public Health Dr. Deidre Gifford joined Bristol Health President and CEO Kurt Barwis.

Read More

Apr 23, 2021

Bristol Health lab services on Route 6 moving across the street from current location

Bristol Health on Monday will be moving its Route 6 lab and blood raw services to a location that better fits its growing base of patients.

Read More

Apr 22, 2021

Former NFL quarterback receives vaccine at ESPN clinic, hopes to inspire youths

Former UConn and NFL quarterback Daniel Orlovsky received his first dose of the covid-19 vaccine in Bristol on Thursday -- something local officials are using to target a younger demographic who may be hesitant to get their shot.

Read More

Apr 16, 2021

Bristol Health offering program for those suffering long-term effects of covid-19

A program designed for Bristol Health employees suffering from long-term effects of covid-19, aimed at getting them back to work and again able to perform daily life tasks, is now available to the community.

Read More

Nov 25, 2020

2020 Press Ganey Leading Innovator

Bristol Health has been named a 2020 Leading Innovator by Press Ganey for our overall response to meet our community's needs during the pandemic.

Read More

Sep 16, 2020

Experts Say Routine Medical Care Is Important Amid Pandemic

Andrew Lim, MD, medical director of emergency medicine at Bristol Health, discusses on NBC Connecticut how COVID-19 affected hospital emergency departments across the state and why continuing to receive your routine care is important during the pandemic.

Read More

Jul 15, 2020

Bristol Health earns Silver Recognition from ENA

Bristol Health has become the first healthcare system in the state to earn a Silver Recognition, achieving the feat in the 2020 ExcellenceNorth Alliance (ENA) Baldrige-based Awards and Recognition.

Read More

Jun 19, 2020

Bristol Health Changing The Focus Of Its COVID-19 Specimen Collection

Effective Saturday, June 20, Bristol Health will be converting its COVID-19 specimen collection to a model that concentrates on Bristol Health patients.

Read More

May 04, 2020

Coronavirus survivor, 34-weeks pregnant, receives heartfelt goodbye

Nicole Nolan has become Bristol Hospital’s latest coronavirus survivor. Nolan, who is 34 weeks pregnant, was discharged from the hospital Friday.

Read More

Apr 23, 2020

The head of Bristol Healthcare Kurt Barwis contracted COVID-19 and is discussing his experience.

Bristol Health President & CEO Kurt A. Barwis talks to WFSB about his experience with COVID-19 and his recovery.

Read More

How Can We Help?

Can't find what you're looking for, or just need a little more information. We're happy to help. Select one of the options below and we'll get you what you're looking for.