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February 25, 2020 Employment

1st Choice Healthcare is accepting applications through March 13, 2020, for Physician and/or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) for our Ash Flat clinic. This is a clinic-only position.

The position would include

  • patient care
  • charting through an EMR system
  • basic case management of the patient population
  • prescriptive authority
  • provide follow-up care of patients
  • referrals and laboratory results
  • create care plans for complex patients
  • work as a member of a complete health team
  • all other quality control measures per 1st Choice Quality Insurance Plan
  • other duties assigned

You can apply online, or mail your letter of interest, resume, and references to:

1st Choice Healthcare
Attn: Human Resource Manager
PO BOX 83
Corning, AR 72422


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February 24, 2020 Employment

1st Choice Healthcare is accepting applications through March 6, 2020, for Community Health Worker – Pocahontas/Walnut Ridge.

The position assists with appropriate health insurance enrollment including Medicaid, ARKids, Marketplace, Medical Savings Program, SNAP, DHS Address Changes, Etc. This worker will distribute outreach material to consumers/communities to increase awareness for services and health coverage options. Will require travel to events and sites as needed. Will attend relevant state training programs.

Qualifications

  • At least one year experience working in a similar client base position is preferred.
  • Strong computer skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Travel required and must have reliable transportation.

You can apply online, or mail your letter of interest, resume, and references to:

1st Choice Healthcare
Attn: Human Resource Manager
PO BOX 83
Corning, AR 72422


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February 14, 2020 Education

If you worry that you or someone you love will get heart disease or even have a heart attack, it’s understandable.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Research shows you can lower your risk, particularly if you team up with family, friends or co-workers. This kind of social support may be the key to your success.

To mark American Heart Month, NHLBI, one of the National Institutes of Health, is inviting people across the country to team up and join #OurHearts, a national heart health initiative that encourages people to improve heart health together.

“Studies show that having positive, close relationships and feeling connected to others benefits overall health, blood pressure, weight and more,” said NHLBI’s Dr. David Goff, director of cardiovascular sciences.

Consider these five tips that can help lower your risk of heart disease:

Risk: Inactivity

Solution: Move more throughout your day. Aim for at least 150 minutes each week of physical activity. Build up to activity that gets your heart beating faster and leaves you a little breathless. If you’re busy, try breaking your daily activity into 10-minute chunks.

Stay motivated: Make walking dates. Join a pickup soccer or basketball game. Join a fitness class with your neighbor. Grab a loved one and dance in your kitchen.

Risk: An unhealthy diet

Solution: Consider an option like NHLBI’s Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan, which is free and scientifically proven to lower high blood pressure and improve cholesterol levels.

Stay motivated: Invite friends to cook up heart-healthy recipes together. Start a lunch club at work and trade recipe ideas.

Risk: Smoking, even occasionally

Solution: Quitting can be beneficial to your overall health, even if you’ve smoked for years. Set a quit date and let those close to you know. If you’ve tried quitting in the past, consider what helped and what made it harder.

Stay motivated: Ask your family and friends for support or join a support group. Find resources and connect with a trained counselor at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or smokefree.gov.

Risk: Inadequate or poor-quality sleep

Solution: Sleeping 7-8 hours each night helps improve heart health. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time each day. Getting a 30-minute daily dose of sunlight may also improve sleep.

Stay motivated: Resist that late afternoon nap. Turn off all screens at a set time nightly. Relax by listening to music, reading or taking a bath.

Risk: Uncontrolled stress

Solution: To help manage stress, try relaxation therapy and increase physical activity. Talk to a qualified mental health provider or someone you trust. De-stressing may also help improve sleep.

Stay motivated: Join a friend or family member in a relaxing activity like walking, yoga or meditation every day.

Learn about heart health and heart-healthy activities in your community at nhlbi.nih.gov/ourhearts. Use #OurHearts on social media to share how you and your friends, colleagues or family members are being heart-healthy together.


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January 22, 2020 Employment

1st Choice Healthcare is accepting applications through March 13, 2020, for Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for our Salem Clinic.

This position will be part of the healthcare team whose primary purpose is to work in conjunction with the health services within the health center in order to provide assessment diagnosis and treatment planning of behavioral health to children, adolescents, adults, and families in order to improve psychosocial functioning.

Qualifications

  • Master Degree (MSW) in social work from an accredited institution required
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a healthcare setting required
  • Must have experience in the continuity of patient care planning
  • LCSW required
  • Crisis intervention skills
  • Must be knowledgeable of short-term brief intervention therapies
  • Applicants must be willing to travel to clinic locations.

You can apply online, or mail your letter of interest, resume, and references to:

1st Choice Healthcare
Attn: Human Resource Manager
PO BOX 83
Corning, AR 72422


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January 2, 2020 Clinic News

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.


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November 16, 2019 CommunityEducation

Be Antibiotics Aware is a national effort to help fight antibiotic resistance and improve antibiotic prescribing and use.

Antibiotics save lives, but any time antibiotics are used, they can cause side effects and lead to antibiotic resistance. In U.S. doctors’ offices and emergency departments, at least 47 million antibiotic prescriptions each year are unnecessary, which makes improving antibiotic prescribing and use a national priority.

Antibiotics only fight infections caused by bacteria. Like all drugs, they can be harmful and should only be used when necessary. Taking antibiotics when you have a virus can do more harm than good: you will still feel sick and the antibiotic could give you a skin rash, diarrhea, a yeast infection, or worse.

Antibiotics also give bacteria a chance to become more resistant to them. This can make future infections harder to treat. It means that antibiotics might not work when you really do need them. Becauseof this, it is important that you only use an antibiotic when it is necessary to treat your illness.

How can you help? When you have a cough, sore throat, or other illness, tell your doctor you only want an antibiotic if it is really necessary. If you are not prescribed an antibiotic, ask what you can do to feel better and get relief from your symptoms.

Your health is important to us. As your healthcare providers, we promise to provide the best possible treatment for your condition. If an antibiotic is not needed, we will explain this to you and will offer a treatment plan that will help. We are dedicated to prescribing antibiotics only when they are needed, and we will avoid giving you antibiotics when they might do more harm than good.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask us.



August 21, 2019 Clinic News

  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.

 


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July 30, 2019 Clinic News

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.


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September 28, 2018 Clinic News

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.


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