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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.


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June 25, 2018 Education

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia that causes mental deterioration and the loss of cognitive abilities.  It is a progressive disease where symptoms slowly worsen over time, eventually leading to the individual’s inability to respond to their environment.  In the US, there are more than 3 million cases of Alzheimer’s per year, and the disease is the sixth leading cause of death. While treatment can help those suffering, the disease cannot yet be cured.  Efforts are being made worldwide, not only to find better treatment options but to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.

Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Memory Loss: The most common symptom of Alzheimer’s is memory loss.  In the beginning stages, it is typical for the individual to forget recently learned information.  As the disease progresses, it is common for old memories to begin to fade.

  2. Difficulty with Problem Solving: Some individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s may experience difficulties developing or following a plan.  It can become challenging to concentrate, and it may take the individual longer to complete tasks.

  3. Confusion: People with Alzheimer’s may lose track of time or forget dates.  They could have trouble remembering where they are and how they got there.

  4. Problems with Speaking: It may be difficult for a person with Alzheimer’s to join or follow a conversation.  They may struggle with remembering a name for something or call something by a different word completely.

  5. Changes in Personality:  The mood and personality of an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s can change.  They can be fearful or anxious in new places that are out of their comfort zone or even become upset around friends and family.

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month.  Raising awareness is necessary to help find a cure for the devastating disease.  You can help join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by wearing purple or spreading the word through social media.  Spread awareness and change lives. For more information and to find other ways to contribute to the cause, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.


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June 19, 2018 Healthcare

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day.

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. If you have SCD, there is a problem with your hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. With SCD, the hemoglobin forms into stiff rods within the red blood cells. This changes the shape of the red blood cells. The cells are supposed to be disc-shaped, but this changes them into a crescent, or sickle, shape.

The sickle-shaped cells are not flexible and cannot change shape easily. Many of them burst apart as they move through your blood vessels. The sickle cells usually only last 10 to 20 days, instead of the normal 90 to 120 days. Your body may have trouble making enough new cells to replace the ones that you lost. Because of this, you may not have enough red blood cells. This is a condition called anemia, and it can make you feel tired.

The sickle-shaped cells can also stick to vessel walls, causing a blockage that slows or stops the flow of blood. When this happens, oxygen can’t reach nearby tissues. The lack of oxygen can cause attacks of sudden, severe pain, called pain crises. These attacks can occur without warning. If you get one, you might need to go to the hospital for treatment.

For more information, please visit the following resources:

 


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May 21, 2018 Clinic News

1st Choice Healthcare has earned re-accreditation from The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its nationally recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

1st Choice Healthcare underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite survey. During the review, a team of Joint Commission surveyors with expertise in ambulatory health care, evaluated compliance with ambulatory care standards related to a variety of areas, including coordination of care, monitoring for procedures that involve use of sedation or anesthesia, infection prevention and control, management of medications, and patient education and training.

Established in 1975, The Joint Commission’s Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program encourages high-quality patient care in all types of freestanding ambulatory care facilities. Today, the Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program serves 2,100 ambulatory care providers, with more than 8,500 sites of care, which, in turn, serve more than 83 million patient visits annually.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides ambulatory care organizations with the processes contributing to improvements in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the demonstration of leading practices within the ambulatory setting,” said Michael Kulczycki, M.B.A., CAE, executive director, Ambulatory Health Care Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend 1st Choice Healthcare and its staff for achieving this pinnacle demonstrating a commitment to patient safety and quality. Your passion, dedication and tenacity can ultimately improve patient care. Thank you for your commitment to patient safety and entrusting The Joint Commission to assist you.”

1st Choice Healthcare is pleased to receive re-accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Brigitte McDonald, CEO. “Staff from across the 6 sites of 1st Choice Healthcare continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our communities.”

The Joint Commission’s ambulatory health care standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

 


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May 11, 2018 Healthcare

1st Choice Healthcare offers Well-Child Care Visits and follows the American Pediatric Association’s guide.

We recommend Well-Child Visits at: 

  • 2 to 5 days old
  • 1 month old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 2 years old (24 months)
  • 2 ½ years old (30 months)
  • 3 years old
  • 4 years old
  • 5 years old
  • 6 years old
  • 7 years old
  • 8 years old
  • 9 years old
  • 10 years old
  • 11 years old
  • 12 years old
  • 13 years old
  • 14 years old
  • 15 years old
  • 16 years old
  • 17 years old
  • 18 years old
  • 19 years old
  • 20 years old
  • 21 years old

The Benefits of Well-Child Visits Include:

  • Prevention
  • Tracking Growth & Development
  • Raising Concerns
  • Team Approach to Care

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January 16, 2018 Healthcare

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped endocrine gland that is normally located in the lower front of the neck. The thyroid’s job is to make thyroid hormones, which are secreted into the blood and then carried to every tissue in the body. Thyroid hormone helps the body use energy, stay warm and keep the brain, heart, muscles, and other organs working as they should.

Read more about the different thyroid conditions on the American Thyroid Association’s website.


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October 3, 2017 Clinic News

We now have Flu Shots available! Did you know that most insurances pay for the flu shot?

Don’t forget to stop by and get one. No appointment necessary!


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October 2, 2017 Clinic NewsParagould

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, from 6 AM – 2PM, AMMC will hold the 20th annual Women’s Health Fair. As always, participants will have the opportunity to receive free health screenings such as blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and nutritional information. Stop by 1st Choice Healthcare table.



April 21, 2016 Clinic News

WASHINGTON, DC—The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) today announced that 1st Choice Healthcare has received NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Recognition for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long‐term, participative relationships.

The NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home is a model of primary care that combines teamwork and information technology to improve care, improve patients’ experience of care and reduce costs. Medical homes foster ongoing partnerships between patients and their personal clinicians, instead of approaching care as the sum of episodic office visits. Each patient’s care is overseen by clinician-led care teams that coordinate treatment across the health care system. Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality and lower costs, and can improve patient and provider reported experiences of care.

“NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition raises the bar in defining high-quality care by emphasizing access, health information technology and coordinated care focused on patients,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Recognition shows that 1st Choice Healthcare has the tools, systems and resources to provide its patients with the right care, at the right time.”

To earn recognition, which is valid for three years, 1st Choice Healthcare demonstrated the ability to meet the program’s key elements, embodying characteristics of the medical home. NCQA standards aligned with the joint principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home established with the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Osteopathic Association.
To find clinicians and their practices with NCQA PCMH Recognition, visit http://recognition.ncqa.org.

About NCQA
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA’s Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) is the most widely used performance measurement tool in health care. NCQA’s Web site (ncqa.org) contains information to help consumers, employers and others make more informed health care choices.


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