1st Choice Healthcare would like to welcome Dr. Justin Yancey to our clinic family! Dr. Yancey is a Pediatrician who will see patients in our Paragould clinic beginning November 2nd. Dr. Yancey is Board Certified in General Pediatrics. He provides healthcare for children ages 0-21. Services include acute and chronic pediatric illness, well-visit checkups and immunizations, full lab and x-ray services, and specialist referrals when needed.
To our patients who use Samsung Android cell phones: If you are seeing a provider using Telehealth, you must use Chrome as your default browser for the program to work properly.
To change these settings, please follow these instructions:
Go to Settings: Choose Browser App: then choose Chrome OR Settings: Choose Apps: then choose Chrome.
If you have any questions, please call the clinic. Thank you!!
Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $100 million to 1,381 health centers across the country with funding provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. HRSA-funded health centers may use the awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. 1st Choice Healthcare, Inc. was awarded $65,732.
1st Choice Healthcare would like to welcome Brandi Mays, APRN. She will begin seeing patients at our Pocahontas clinic in January 2020.
Brandi is a Board Certified Family Practice Nurse Practitioner. She provides primary medical care for patients of all ages, from pediatrics and adolescent care to adult care and geriatrics.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since the 1970s, the obesity rate among children has more than tripled. This means almost one in every five children and adolescents in the United States alone are overweight or obese. Obesity can have a significant impact on a child’s physical and emotional health, and children who are overweight have a greater tendency to remain obese throughout adulthood. Overweight adolescents are also more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases and diabetes at a young age.
When children consume more calories from food and beverages than necessary for them to be able to function healthily, it can lead to excess weight gain over time. However, there are many different causes of childhood obesity beyond eating habits alone. Here’s more information about the most common causes of childhood obesity.
Children with parents who are also overweight may have an increased risk of becoming obese due to genetics or unhealthy learned behaviors. Parents who don’t eat healthy foods or get enough physical activity may be encouraging their children to repeat their patterns. While most parents have their children’s best interest at heart, they may fail to keep junk food and sugary drinks out of the home. Additionally, centering family time around the television can contribute to a child’s lack of physical activity.
A child’s body weight may also be heavily influenced by genes as well. Children with certain inherited genes may gain weight more easily, and predispositions to some medical issues can also lead to childhood obesity. While weight issues may run in some families, not every child with a history of obesity in the family will end up being overweight.
Childhood drowning and near-drowning can occur in a number of settings — pools, hot tubs, beaches, lakes, bathtubs, and buckets. Activities such as boating, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing, and surfing are also associated with water-related injuries and fatalities. Most drowning incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub. It can take only a couple of seconds for a child to drown, and drowning typically occurs when a child is left unattended or during a brief lapse in supervision.
Every year in the U.S., 945 children under age 20 die from drowning.
Nearly half of them are infants and toddlers under age 5.
While White children account for more than half of these fatalities, American Indian/Alaska Native and Black children are significantly more likely to drown.
Laws and regulations enacted to address water safety often concentrate on swimming pool regulations and personal flotation device mandates. For example, the Virginia Graeme Baker Act requires anti-entrapment drain covers on pools and spas.
Environmental protections can protect children and youth from drowning. Swimming pools, including large, inflatable above-ground pools and other temporary pools, should be completely surrounded by a fence on all 4 sides.
The fence should:
be at least 4-feet high and have no opening under it or between slats that are more than 4 inches wide.
Completely separate the pool from the house.
Have a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens away from the pool, with the latch at least 54 inches from the ground.
Keep the gate locked at all times and check it frequently to be sure it works. Keep toys out of the pool area when not in use so that children are not tempted to try to get through the fence during non-swim time. Also be sure to always cover and lock hot tubs, spas and whirlpools right after using them.
To our patients with WellCare Insurance that are receiving letters from WellCare stating that your provider is no longer participating with them. We apologize for any inconvenience and distress this may be causing you. We are in the process of trying to figure out why a handful of our Doctors have been unexpectedly dropped as a participating provider within the WellCare computer system. Please take note that you do NOT have to change providers from whom you have been established with, no matter what the letter is stating to you.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the matter, you may contact our Credentialing Specialist, Becky Wells at 870-857-3334.
Our Ash Flat clinic celebrated National Health Center Week with a Super Hero Health Fair.
Free height & weight checks were provided to the community along with blood pressure checks, glucose levels, and total cholesterol readings.
A free hot dog lunch and Spring Dipper Ice Cream was provided and the BRMC Mobile Mammography Unit was on site.
1st Choice in Walnut Ridge is collecting school supplies throughout the month of July. This clinic plans to have a back to school blowout in August to distribute backpacks and supplies. This year their theme is “Fill ‘er up”. If you have anything you would like to donate, please bring and place it in the cardboard school bus located in the lobby of the Walnut Ridge clinic.