October 31, or All Hallow’s Eve, is a yearly celebration that begins a three-day Christian observance dedicated to remembering and honoring the dead, including saints and martyrs. While this day is celebrated differently in many countries (attending church, lighting candles on graves of the dead), in the United States we tend to celebrate it with festivities such as costume parties, pumpkin-carving contests, decorating our homes with orange and black and, of course, trick-or-treating.
To balance the increased intake of sugar and calories from all of those treats, think of different ways to incorporate fun and fitness into trick-or-treating. Here are a few suggestions that will provide an opportunity to be active this Halloween: Continue Reading »
Our pediatricians are often asked about teething timelines for babies. To help, we thought we’d make a baby teeth chart for you to download, save and print.
My name is Sarah and I’m a connection specialist for Affinity Medical Group. I’ve been with Affinity for 14 years. As a connection specialist I connect people with providers. If you are new to the area or are simply looking for a new primary care or specialty provider, I can help! In addition, I can answer any other questions you may have regarding our system as a whole, and other offerings we provide to our patients.
Being a connection specialist allows me the opportunity to help our community get properly matched with great health care. I understand that finding a new health care provider can sometimes be stressful. It’s my goal to make the entire process as smooth and stress-free as possible. I will ask you a series of questions to help me understand your needs and then match you with the most appropriate provider.
As a mom of a child with a chronic health issue, I know how important it is to find great health care providers when you need it most. This is why I feel strongly about my position. I enjoy providing you with a one-on-one consultation to help find a provider that matches your needs. I’m also able to provide you with location details and when the next available appointment will be with the provider of your choice.
I feel strongly about encouraging the community to secure a primary care provider and scheduling preventative care. In today’s society it’s important to make sure we look at preventative measures to live healthier lives.
This is my first post of a series of upcoming blog posts. I look forward to connecting with you and helping make your health care search a little bit easier.
To learn more or to speak with me directly, please call (920) 628-9280 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First row: (from left) Deb Cross, Diane Schanke, Patty Comperini, Carlene Enama, April Schumacher, Dan Smith, Stacy Thiel, Tammy Hintz. Second row: (from left) Kent Katalinick, Traci Behnke, Laura Ruys, Tom Laabs, Robert Black. Back row: (from right) Brandyn Behnke, Linda Vanstippen, Carl Mohl, Joe Schweda, and Scott Thompson.
I recently attended a training program at the Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Ala. with 17 other Affinity employees, where we learned the appropriate skills on how to respond to, and manage, emergency incidents. We participated in a mock disaster where a group of domestic terrorists attacked a subway, causing injuries, death and disruption of daily life.
Training is the key to success and we were lucky to have been able to participate in a simulated terrorist exercise. I learned a lot of valuable information not only for our facilities but also for our community and the entire state.
I learned how to prepare as a health care provider, but there are also some things you can do as a community member to prepare for a disaster. Events can strike at any time, so having a plan in place can help make a difference. Red Cross gives a few ways you can help prepare:
- Make an emergency preparedness kit
- Create and practice your family disaster plan
- Have at least one member of your household trained in first aid and CPR/AED
- Know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in your community
- Read through the appropriate disaster guides for your area
- Make an evacuation plan with a map and highlighter and determine two or three destinations and the routes to get there
Share what you have learned with your household, family members and neighbors. Encourage them to be informed.
For more information on the training program I attended click here.
At your appointment, the genetic counselor will ask you questions about your family’s health history and your medical history. Here is some information that will help the genetic counselor work with you:
• He/She will ask about your own cancer experience, including type(s), part of the body affected and age of diagnosis.
• Have any other members of your family had cancer and what type of cancer did they have? Different types of cancer can run in families. To better understand your cancer family history, you should bring any medical records or pathology reports related to your or your family’s cancers or cancer treatment, if possible.
• What was the age of diagnosis for members of the family with cancer? Generally, the younger a person is when a cancer occurs, the more likely she or he is to have a form of cancer that runs in the family.
• It may be helpful to talk with your family about whether or not anyone has had genetic testing.
Not all predispositions to cancer can be identified by a genetic test. Even if a genetic test is available for a certain type of cancer, genetic testing is not helpful for all individuals.