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November 25, 2020 Clinic News
1st Choice Healthcare Clinics will be closed Thursday, November 26 – Saturday, November 28 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
We will reopen Monday, November 30 at normal clinic hours.

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October 25, 2020 Clinic News

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.


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July 29, 2020 COVID

COVID TESTING DELAYS

1st Choice offers COVID PCR testing via our partner lab, Quest Diagnostics.  This type of testing is the gold standard for COVID testing and offers patients the most reliable results.  However, due to the increased testing demand in our state and surrounding states, our partner lab has become overwhelmed. Return times for COVID testing have increased from 2-3 days to 10+ days.

Because of this delay, 1st Choice has made the decision to temporarily discontinue our free drive-up COVID testing. 

We will continue to offer COVID testing to symptomatic or exposed patients after evaluation by a provider.  Please call to schedule an appointment with one of our providers to discuss COVID testing.

1st Choice is exploring other testing options that meet our criteria for being both reliable and timely.  We hope to resume our free drive-up COVID testing in the future.


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1st Choice Healthcare will be offering FREE COVID-19 testing at all clinics Wednesday, May 20th from 1 pm to 4 pm.

  • Testing is available to anyone with or without symptoms while supplies last.
  • You must arrive in a personal vehicle.
  • You must bring a photo ID.
  • Patients will be contacted when test results are available, generally within 2 – 5 days.

Things to consider:

  • There are no bathrooms
  • Each person who needs testing must be seated next to a working window
  • All passengers much stay INSIDE the vehicle from arrival to departure
  • Try to limit the people in your vehicle to those needing testing
  • There may be significant wait times

Testing will be at all 6 clinic locations.


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April 20, 2020 Clinic NewsCOVID

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!!


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March 24, 2020 Clinic NewsCOVID

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.

 

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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 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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