Disease Management

Acute And Chronic Disease Management Specialist

With expert primary care, you get acute and chronic disease management to optimize your health. At Cornerstone Primary Care, board-certified internal medicine specialists Ross Pirkle, MD, MS, and Robert Hardy MD detects disease early and help optimize your organs’ functions to avoid complications. Men and women in Walnut Creek, California, and the surrounding communities of Contra Costa County can call the office to take advantage of the membership-based practice’s comprehensive primary health care services.

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Call 925-378-4040 to schedule your appointment today!

Acute and Chronic Disease Management Q & A

What acute health issues are treated through primary care?

Certain illnesses and accidents just aren’t preventable. At Cornerstone Primary Care, the doctors help you manage acute conditions such as:

  • Severe cold or flu symptoms
  • Skin rashes
  • Fever
  • Wounds
  • Sprains or acute joint pains
  • Stomach pain or digestive distress
  • Ear infection

Let Cornerstone Primary Care be the first health care provider you contact with any immediate health concerns.

What chronic diseases are managed through primary care?

Health issues that require long-term management are also specialties of Cornerstone Primary Care. Trust their expertise when it comes to:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Arthritis
  • Skin disorders
  • Migraines
  • Neurological disorders
  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Lung disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Digestive disorders

Expert management helps you live a normal life and minimize complications from these health concerns.

How can acute and chronic conditions be avoided?

Maintaining good health throughout the course of your life takes hard work and commitment. Even if you do everything right, you can’t avoid every ailment. But at Cornerstone Primary Care, the doctors help detect disease early and optimize your organs’ functions. 

Unmanaged chronic illness takes a toll on your physical, mental, and emotional health, and the doctors do everything they can to help you prevent developing a debilitating health issue. 




Should I see a primary care doctor even if I feel healthy?

Even if you feel well, you should at least plan annual visits at Cornerstone Primary Care. If you have a chronic condition, you may need to come in more frequently.

Many conditions, including high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes, have no outward symptoms until they reach a crisis point. The doctors at Cornerstone Primary Care identify issues early before they escalate. If you’re diagnosed with such a condition, proper monitoring and management can prevent symptoms from escalating and causing complications.

Cornerstone Primary Care offers comprehensive exams to evaluate any existing conditions and your overall health. At these exams they:

  • Review your family and medical history and note any changes
  • Discuss the medications and supplements you take
  • Assess health markers such as blood pressure and respiration
  • Perform a complete physical exam

For the best in acute and chronic disease management, call Cornerstone Primary Care or book online today.

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We take a human-centered approach to setting appointments to help you get the care you need when you need it.

We also have same-day appointments!

Please call us at 925-378-4040 to schedule your appointment today!

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Dr Pirkle is everything I would want in an internist: exacting, accurate, kind and current. My medical care has been a team sport. Dr Pirkle has lead and formed that team. I have never been disappointed in a specialist Dr Pirkle has recommended. I believe quality medical care all starts and ends with an excellent internist, otherwise there is no cohesion. I highly recommend Dr Ross Pirkle.

-Bill C.

What I love about Dr Pirkle is that he takes the time to understand the problem. I never feel rushed. He is thorough and caring and provides reminders about getting vaccines and other tests with other Specialists. The staff is friendly and responsive and will get you an appt quickly if necessary. So glad I switched to his practice!

-Therese W.

My experience with Dr. Pirkle has been excellent. It was recommended that I see him many years ago. He persisted with testing until the problem was diagnosed and the solutions found. He did some extra work on the treatment of this unusual (at the time) disease and sent lots of info to me to help with the dietary treatment. Since then he has been supportive and available to me in the hospital and the office. I highly recommend him to anyone.

-Ellen P.

The office staff puts one at ease with their friendliness. Maricela, the medical asst. is above reproach and then, best of all is Dr Bernens, who doesn’t leave a “stone unturned”! He’s the best! If you want to be well or need to “get well”, he IS the doctor! Kind, gentle and caring. My family loves him!

-Patsy H.