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Northwest primary care medicine: Curing what ails us

Dr. Suzanne Spencer, left, and Shriver start the day at the Group Health Factoria clinic with a staff discussion about the patients they will see, any issues expected to arise that day, and ways to improve care and record-keeping. The aim of primary-care programs such as this one is, in part, to better coordinate care and, in the process, control disease and keep patients from needing more expensive specialty and hospital care.