|East Pierce Family Medicine|
For EPFM Patients
East Pierce Family Medicine serves both as a family medicine clinic the Pierce County area and also as a residency training site for family physician residents.
EPFM offers a variety of clinic and hospital services to our patients. Resident physicians are in years one, two or three of the three-year training program. Residents typically provide continuity for at least 2-3 years with their patients. Resident and faculty physicians are placed on teams in order to provide coverage for patients when their physician is not available. All residents are supervised by faculty physicians, which can vary between one-on-one supervision and indirect supervision.
The clinic is typically open Monday to Friday 8:00 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm. We are closed on major holidays including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Please contact our office for details.
253-607-1420 Front desk
253-697-1422 Medical Records
253-697-4015 Labs Northwest
1322 3rd Street SE
Puyallup, WA 98372
YOUR APPOINTMENT AT EPFM
Please arrive 15 minutes early for your appointment. If it is your first time in the clinic and you have a detailed medical history, please arrive appropriately early to complete your medical history paperwork.
You should bring the following with you to the appointment:
• Medication bottles (prescriptions, vitamins, supplements, herbs, etc.)
• Insurance card
• Previously mailed out medical history intake form
INSURANCE ACCEPTED AT EPFM
We accept most private insurances, TriCare, Medicaid, Medicare, and Good Samaritan’s Financial Aid. We do not accept the Community Health Plan of Washington.
CANCELLATIONS AND MISSED APPOINTMENTS
Please call at least 24 hours in advance to cancel an appointment. For patients with repeated cancelled appointments or missed appointments, patients will be discharged from the practice.
PRESCRIPTIONS AND REFILLS
Prescription refills may be completed by telephone or MyChart Monday through Friday during office hours. Expect 48 hours before your medication is refilled. You should call at least 48 hours before you run out of your medication. If you know that you have refills you may call the pharmacy. If you are uncertain about your refills, please check with the pharmacy. Please have the prescription bottle and pharmacy name available when you call. In general, medicines are not prescribed over the phone without prior evaluation of the medical condition in the office. Prescriptions for narcotics must be picked up by hand at the EPFM Clinic.
LAB AND IMAGING RESULTS
Your physician will inform you as to how you will be notified of the results. Your may be contacted by phone, mail, or asked to come to the office for a visit. You may also view your results via MyChart.
EPFM has a Laboratory Northwest located on the second floor of its building. It is open Monday through Friday from 8:30am-5:30pm (closed 12:30-1:30pm). There are branch labs within the area that are open a variety of days and hours.
EPFM has an in-house counselor most days of the week providing counseling services to our clinic patients.
We provide continuity obstetrical care at EPFM. This includes prenatal care at our clinic and delivery at Good Samaritan Hospital. We are able to perform cesarean deliveries when indicated. Good Samaritan does not offer the option of vaginal delivery after cesarean section.
We admit patient to Good Samaritan Hospital in the case that hospitalization is required.
CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT
EPFM does not generally prescribe opioids for chronic, non-cancer diagnoses. We manage patients with chronic pain but provide referrals to pain management for patients requiring opioids and specific pain management modalities.