We see patients on an appointment basis and request that you call in advance so we may schedule one for you. If you are unable to keep an appointment, please call in advance to cancel or reschedule. This is extremely important and allows other patients to utilize this time.
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Our office is working hard to ensure patients and staff remain healthy and limit exposure to the virus. We now offer TELEVIDEO services when possible to minimize your exposure. Type of appointments that we can accommodate:
Medicare annual wellness visits
Follow up visits for pain, diabetes, medication refills
New onset anxiety, depression
Transition of Care (hospital or nursing facility discharge)
Additionally, if you are here for an appointment, we have separated the waiting area into “sick” and “well” sides. We are regularly disinfecting the office areas including waiting areas and exam rooms in between patients.
How to tell the difference between COVID-19, Cold, Influenza, and allergies:
In order to ensure everyone’s safety, if you are coming into the office, please notify us if you have any of the following:
SHORTNESS OF BREATH
EXPOSURE TO A PERSON INFECTED WITH CONFIRMED COVID-19 (LAB)
Current testing guidelines
Despite what you may or may not hear through the media, as of 03/27/2020, there is a limited supply of testing and protective equipment available. Therefore, testing is limited to those who have confirmed exposure, live in a communal setting (nursing homes, group homes), and/or work in healthcare, prisons, or first- responders with symptoms.
If you are a healthy individual and have symptoms (fever >100, dry cough, extreme fatigue, headache, nausea without vomiting, loss of smell, and/or loss of appetite) the recommendation is to STAY AT HOME rest, hydrate, and social distance (for the entire household).
If you are vulnerable (immunocompromised, uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease- COPD, poorly controlled asthma) and are having symptoms please call the office or call Banner Health’s COVID screening line at 1-844-549-1851.
When to Seek Treatment
If you are experiencing any of the following do not wait to go to the ER
Conveniently located on Orange Grove (East of La Cholla Blvd and next to Northwest Medical Center), Ars Nova Internal Medicine providers and staff are focused on one goal: partnering with you to manage your personalized health needs.
Dr. Christopher Puca has been practicing primary care internal medicine in Tucson since 1994 after relocating from Long Island where he was a medical director and practicing physician for a large multidisciplinary group. Ars Nova Internal Medicine was opened in 2010 by Dr. Puca and Nurse Practitioner Dorothy Tucker who had accompanied him from a previous practice. Dr. Puca realizes that we all have the ability to reduce suffering and maximize our happiness through the practice of mindfulness.
Dr. Puca is one of Tucson’s top-rated Primary Care Physicians who provides professional and personable care to adult patients. He focuses on optimizing the health of individuals in the Tucson community by encouraging life-style modifications.
Our convenient online patient portal is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It allows you to communicate via private messaging with your physician and clinical staff, as well as to view laboratory and test results and schedule appointments.
Don’t wait any longer
Please call Ars Nova Internal Medicine today to schedule your appointment. At Ars Nova Internal Medicine, you can be assured of individualized and compassionate care.