Local dentist leads resurgence of Pocatello Free Clinic dental program | Local

Brandon Call ran the Pocatello Free Clinic’s dental department for two years as his college job while he earned his undergraduate degree at Idaho State University.

Call was tasked with ordering supplies, scheduling patients — and mostly recruiting local dental professionals willing to volunteer their time.

He’s now known as Dr. Call, and he hasn’t forgotten the Pocatello Free Clinic. For the past year, the 32-year-old dentist has volunteered at the clinic on a monthly basis, providing free care for locals who can’t afford it. He’s been a central figure in the resurgence of the clinic’s dental program, which was greatly diminished when he made his return.

“It was kind of full circle to come back and participate in the program I’d spent a few years getting other dentists to volunteer for,” said Call, who graduated from dental school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2019.

A few weeks ago, ISU dental residents started donating time at the clinic. Furthermore, Meg Long, a dental hygienist who serves on the clinic’s board of directors, recently retired from teaching dental hygiene at ISU and plans to start volunteering regularly at the clinic after the first of the year. Long, who still works in private practice, also hopes to recruit some recently retired colleagues to help with cleanings at the clinic. 

“If we could get one hygienist in there an afternoon or a morning a week that would be great,” Long said. 

Students with ISU’s dental hygiene program have provided care for the clinic as part of their clinical rotations for several years. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, however, they’re offering the free service on campus instead. Long said there are also some dentists in town who have agreed to see a patient or two from the clinic for free at their own facilities. 

“We have to rely on volunteers and sometimes that’s just the holdup,” Long said.

The clinic is now outfitted with modern dental equipment procured with grant funding from the Portneuf Health Trust. 

 Long said most local dentists don’t accept Medicaid due to the poor reimbursement rate. She said there’s a huge need for free dental care in the community.

“Oral health is the start of general health and we have so many people who just can’t afford private practice dental care,” Long said. 

During Call’s Nov. 19 session at the Pocatello Free Clinic, Long witnessed him extracting seven teeth from a patient who had been to the hospital emergency room twice due to the infection caused by his tooth decay. She explained the emergency room could only give him antibiotics to treat his symptoms. 

“(Dr. Call) has always had a heart for it and he said, ‘Someday I’ll come and I’ll  give back,’ and he’s doing that,” Long said. 

Call had his first experience with helping people in need improve their oral health when he was just 12 years old. His Eagle Scout project involved collecting dental supplies. He took them to Peru, where

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Pro Active Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Opens a New Clinic in Brighton

CARLSBAD, Calif., Nov. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Physical Rehabilitation Network (PRN) of Carlsbad, Calif., a leading physical therapy provider and practice management organization, today announced the grand opening of its affiliated Pro Active Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine (Pro Active) clinic in Brighton, Colo., located at 1321 South. 4th Ave. The Pro Active Brighton clinic elevates the brand’s presence in the state to 13.

Pro Active’s new outpatient clinic will support all ages and is proud to offer the Brighton community and surrounding areas a full range of pain management and injury prevention services including: physical therapy, functional integrative therapy, work injury rehabilitation, blood flow restriction therapy and sports medicine for a combined approach to pain resolution and injury recovery.

“The opening of our Brighton clinic is another critical step toward our commitment to expand access to quality physical therapy care across the state of Colorado,” said Ajay Gupta, CEO, PRN. Led by Kate Farner, we have assembled an extremely talented, experienced and passionate team at the Brighton location, who are proud to not only offer high-quality care but provide a safe and rewarding experience for patients seeking care.”

Clinic partner, [Kate] Farner, PT, DPT, ATC, will oversee the new Brighton location. A native of the California desert, Farner moved to northern Colorado in 2003 after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science (Athletic Training) from the University of Northern Colorado in 2006. Farner also has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Regis University.

Farner is a Licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer specializing in the treatment of orthopedic injuries, sports injuries, cumulative trauma disorders, occupational injuries, concussions and vestibular disorders. Farner is also full body certified in both Active Release Techniques, Trigger Point Dry Needling and is a Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist. 

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to lead the PT programs at the Brighton clinic,” said Farner, Clinic Partner & Director. “By expanding care to the Brighton community, we close a significant gap between those needing quality pain management support and the resources available to them. If you are in need of physical therapy care, no doctor or healthcare practitioner referral is needed, so come visit our Brighton clinic today and you’ll see why our patients love coming to us.”

Pro Active accepts most insurance plans and will work with patients to help them better understand benefits and what services will be covered by insurance. To learn more about Pro Active, please visit

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With safety as a top priority, Pro Active is actively taking the necessary steps to ensure patient care is completed with strict infection control measures. Pro Active will continue to act with an abundance of caution in alignment with recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Occupational Safety

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HMC Internal Medicine Clinic celebrates sixth anniversary

Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Internal Medicine Clinic commemorated its sixth anniversary, a milestone that has seen thousands of patients provided with access to a model of care that is still considered unique in the country.

Dr Nasseer Masoodi, vice chair, medicine and head of the Internal Medicine Clinic, said the facility serves between 5,500 and 6,000 patients each month. He says the clinic was established as part of HMC’s strategy to provide more outpatient care services outside the hospital setting.

“The Internal Medicine Clinic, which is part of Hamad General Hospital was initially established to provide follow-up care for patients with chronic medical conditions. When we first opened, our primary focus was on providing personalised care to patients with specific chronic diseases. The model we use is unique in that we have co-located outpatient and key support facilities so that we can minimise the movement of our patients. Patients receive all their care in the same examination room, with clinicians moving around each patient,” said Dr Masoodi.

“We pride ourselves on developing relationships with our patients because we understand that patients who have a chronic disease benefit greatly from an individualised approach to care. Our programme is designed to both help the patient manage their condition and any medication they have been prescribed, and to prevent any disease complications,” added Dr Masoodi.

The Internal Medicine Clinic, which is in Building 310 in Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City, is staffed by a multidisciplinary team that includes internal medicine specialists, endocrinology, diabetes, and kidney disease specialists, therapeutic nutritionists, pharmacists, health educators, nurses, and administrative staff. Patients are referred from across HMC’s general hospital network, as well as the National Centre for Cancer Care and Research (NCCCR), Qatar Biobank, HMC Emergency Departments, Qatar Red Crescent Clinics, and the Mobile Doctor’s service.

Dr Aisha al-Kubaisi, consultant, medicine and deputy head of the Internal Medicine Clinic, said since opening in 2014, demand for the Clinic’s services has continued to grow. She says they provide comprehensive care to patients who have been diagnosed with chronic diseases and conditions that require ongoing medical attention and management.

“While the Clinic was initially established to help reduce patient load at specific sub-specialty clinics at Hamad General Hospital, we’ve continued to expand. Today we are providing comprehensive, coordinated care for a range of patients who have complex health needs. As an example, we provide anticoagulation services to over 400 patients each month. And during the pandemic our service has also provided internal medicine expertise to the newly established Urgent Consultation Service,” said Dr al-Kubaisi.

In March, as part of efforts to help contain the spread of Covid-19, HMC launched an urgent consultation telemedicine service to help keep patients, particularly those who are most vulnerable to severe Covid-19 illness, out of clinics and the emergency department. The physician-led service, which can be accessed by calling 16000 between 8am and 7pm, Saturday to Thursday, provides advice across 15 specialties, including internal medicine.

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Dr. Jared Lee Named Medical Director of The Steadman Clinic, Aspen

Dr. Lee is a former fellow at The Steadman Clinic and graduate of the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program

ASPEN/VAIL, Oct. 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Jared Lee, M.D., has been named Medical Director of The Steadman Clinic’s soon-to-open clinic that will serve the Aspen and Roaring Fork Valley communities.

The appointment for Dr. Lee marks a return to The Steadman Clinic, where the Brigham Young University alumnus (and former football captain) served as a fellow from 2012-13. Since then, he moved on to join the practice at Bighorn Medical Center in Cody, Wyoming, and has served as a shoulder, knee, hip and sports medicine specialist there for over seven years. Prior to his fellowship at The Steadman Clinic, Dr. Lee completed his residency at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program, serving as Administrative Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.

“I am honored to join The Steadman Clinic and to work side by side with world-class surgeons in an organization that has consistently been regarded as the apex of orthopaedic care,” said Dr. Lee. “My desire is to contribute and build on the great name and reputation they have established.

“The time I had at The Steadman Clinic during my fellowship was extremely formative,” continued Dr. Lee. “My experience at Harvard was wonderful—I learned a great deal and have tremendous mentors from my time there. I was then very fortunate to be a fellow at The Steadman Clinic. They do everything right. They take great care of their patients. This model is something I have tried to replicate in Wyoming and it has helped me be extremely successful in building a cutting-edge practice at Bighorn Medical Center.”

Dr. Lee sees the new operation in Aspen as an extension of the work being done at The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) in Vail.

“We’re working to establish this clinic in Aspen with the same high quality of patient care that is consistent with the caliber of The Steadman Clinic in Vail,” said Dr. Lee. “We want our patients to benefit from the same feel, the same quality, the same responsiveness that patients have received at The Steadman Clinic since Dr. Steadman founded it many years ago.”

“Dr. Lee represents exactly what we are looking for to head up our operations in Aspen,” said Dr. Marc J. Philippon, managing partner of The Steadman Clinic and co-chair of SPRI. “He is recognized as one of the top rising orthopaedic surgeons in our industry and has embraced the challenges of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine during his successful tenure at Bighorn Medical Center. I know he will be a great leader for our staff in Aspen and will guide our operations well as we begin to expand our services at Aspen Valley Hospital and our new center in Basalt.”

“Recruiting Dr. Lee demonstrates our commitment to providing world-class patient care in Aspen,” said Dan Drawbaugh, CEO of The Steadman Clinic and SPRI. “As one of our former fellows, Dr.

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GW Launches Clinic To Help ‘Long Haulers’ With Persisting COVID-19 Symptoms : NPR

Patients with “Long COVID” have relied on social media groups to get through the worst of their symptoms. Doctors at the GW COVID-19 Recovery clinic hope to provide treatment and medical research to support them.

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Maureen would have been in her last year at the Georgetown University Law Center this fall, living in an apartment on H Street and preparing to graduate — in person or virtually — this spring. Instead, she deferred this past semester and has been at home in Upstate New York for months, passing time while she waits to start classes again in January.

It’s one of the ways her life has been sidetracked for the better part of a year. Maureen counts herself among the long-haulers, people who suffer from “Long COVID,” a lingering, rotating onslaught of symptoms that has affected patients of all ages and stumped doctors worldwide.

“I’ve been really healthy up until this point,” says Maureen, who preferred not to use her last name for privacy reasons. “I ran cross country in college. I was still trying to do five to seven miles of running a day. And this has just been absolutely debilitating.”

After experiencing all the symptoms associated with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — headaches, fatigue, a sore throat, shortness of breath, body aches — Maureen still thought it couldn’t be COVID-19. She’d been social distancing, washing her hands, and wearing a mask. And besides, she was only 24 years old. “But I had the purple fingers and toes,” she says. “Once the COVID toes presented themselves, I did end up getting myself tested.”

But the test came back negative.

She and other long-haulers who spoke to DCist say one of the biggest challenges they’ve faced has been testing. They got sick in March or April, back when the District had testing shortages and there was widespread confusion about who had access to them. When these long-haulers were finally tested, they received false negative results — or, at least, it would appear that way since they still had symptoms.

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Despite her negative results, doctors told Maureen: “You definitely have COVID — just ride it out for 30 days,” she says. “But I’m still riding it out.”

The specialists she saw, including a pulmonologist, cardiologist, rheumatologist, and hematologist, weren’t able to provide many answers about what her specific condition was and how to treat it. Maureen says one told her, somewhat dismissively, “You know, anxiety manifests itself in the body.”

Her condition has become the subject of peer-reviewed studies and massive online support groups — some have even begun lobbying Congress about Long COVID.

Maureen turned her attention to friends in New York and found informative articles online, including a June feature published in The Atlantic, which made the

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Oak Street Health Reaches Milestone 70th Location With Entry Into New York and Opening of First Walmart Community Clinic

Value-based Primary Healthcare Provider Has Opened Brooklyn Center and First of Three Walmart Supercenter Community Clinics

Oak Street Health (NYSE: OSH), a network of value-based primary care centers for adults on Medicare, is continuing its nationwide expansion and marking its 70th clinic with the recent opening of the Company’s first center in New York and the first of three planned Community Clinics at Walmart supercenters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“We founded Oak Street Health with a mission to rebuild healthcare as it should be and we are delivering on that mission by bringing our innovative, proven model of high-quality primary care to neighborhoods across the entire country,” said Mike Pykosz, CEO of Oak Street Health. “We are thrilled to open our first New York location, marking our 10th state and milestone 70th center, but we are just getting started. Our team is energized by the opportunity to improve more lives, and we are proud to be a positive addition to new communities.”

The new openings follow the Company’s rapid growth this summer, opening a dozen new centers between August 3 and September 16, including its first centers in Tennessee and Texas. Oak Street Health plans to add additional centers and operate clinics across 11 states by the end of 2020, including its first Mississippi center. With the capital raised in its recent IPO, the Company is accelerating its expansion plans.

The Brooklyn center is located at 455 Sutter Avenue and Oak Street Health is planning for additional growth in New York. The first Walmart Community Clinic is located in the supercenter at 1213 E. Trinity Mills Road in Carrollton, Texas. Oak Street Health will open two additional Walmart Community Clinics in Arlington and Benbrook, Texas, by the end of 2020.

“We care for the most vulnerable patients, the majority having two or more chronic conditions, who live in neighborhoods that lack access to quality primary care,” said Dr. Griffin Myers, Chief Medical Officer of Oak Street Health. “As we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, high quality primary care for these older adults is more important than ever. Whether through our growing base of Oak Street Health centers or through our collaboration with Walmart, we will continue to care for our patients and we look forward to bringing our healthcare model to even more states and cities in the near future.”

Since its founding in 2012, Oak Street Health has driven an approximately 51 percent reduction in patient hospital admissions compared to Medicare benchmarks, 42 percent reduction in 30-day readmission rates and a 51 percent reduction in emergency department visits, all while maintaining a Net Promoter Score of 90 across patients. Oak Street Health will accept multiple health plans at all locations, including traditional Medicare.

To learn more about Oak Street Health’s value-based primary care model, click here.

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About Oak Street Health

Founded in 2012, Oak Street Health is a network of value-based, primary care centers for adults on Medicare. With a

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Medicine not chainsaws: Indonesian clinic keeps villagers and forests healthy

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Offering affordable healthcare to villagers and indigenous communities living near forests could help reduce illegal logging and fight climate change, researchers said on Monday.

A new study led by Stanford University analysed a clinic providing such a service, set up by two nonprofits adjacent to Gunung Palung National Park in West Kalimantan on the Indonesian part of Borneo island, covering the period from 2009-2019.

Using satellite images of forest cover and more than 10 years of patient records, researchers linked the health programme to a 70% fall in deforestation compared with other Indonesian national parks, equivalent to protecting more than 27 sq km (10 sq miles) of forest.

Study co-author Susanne Sokolow, a scientist at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, said the researchers had observed a strong reduction in the rate of forest loss.

“Importantly, we also found that the more engaged the villages were in terms of how many times they visited the clinic or participated in conservation programmes … the more impact we saw,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

The largest drop-offs in logging occurred next to villages that used the clinic the most, researchers said.

Globally, about 35% of protected natural areas are traditionally owned, managed, used or occupied by indigenous and local communities, yet they are rarely considered in the design of conservation and climate programmes, according to Stanford.

Seeking solutions, Indonesia-based environmental nonprofit Alam Sehat Lestari (ASRI) and U.S.-based Health In Harmony first questioned local communities and found that a key reason why they cut down trees was to pay for healthcare.

With this information, they established an affordable clinic in 2007, serving thousands of patients by accepting a range of alternative payments, such as tree seedlings, handicrafts, manure and labour – a system created with the communities.

Through agreements made with district leaders, the clinic also provided discounts to villages that could show evidence of reductions in illegal logging.

In addition, it offered training in sustainable, organic agriculture and a chainsaw buy-back scheme.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said the 70% fall in deforestation was equivalent to an averted carbon loss estimated to be worth more than $65 million, using European carbon market prices.

The researchers also measured significant falls in infectious and other diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis.

Monica Nirmala, executive director of the clinic from 2014 to 2018 and a board member of Health In Harmony, said the data supported two important conclusions.

“Human health is integral to the conservation of nature and vice versa, and we need to listen to the guidance of rainforest communities who know best how to live in balance with their forests,” she said in a statement.

Stanford researchers are working with the two nonprofits as they look to replicate the approach with other rainforest communities in Indonesia, Madagascar and Brazil.

Reporting by Michael Taylor @MickSTaylor; editing by Megan Rowling. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters,

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Michael Jordan opens second medical clinic in Charlotte

Three years after Jordan committed $7 million to Novant Health, two clinics are providing care to communities in Charlotte with little or no health care.

“To see how this has evolved over the last year is to gratifying. It makes me want to continue doing more so that we can keep answering the bell when the bell is ringing,” Jordan said in a video about the clinic’s opening this week.

Michael Jordan has funded a clinic to serve patients with little or no health insurance
The new Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in Charlotte’s North End community is a 6,800-square-foot facility, equipped with 12 patient exam rooms, an X-ray room, and space for physical therapy, according to Novant Health.

“The impact of the first clinic has been measurable and if COVID-19 has taught us anything, it is the importance of having accessible, safe and quality care in communities that need it most. Michael Jordan’s commitment to improving the health of our communities, and society, is deep-rooted,” Carl Armato, CEO and president of Novant Health, said in a statement.

The clinics say patrons don’t need insurance in order to receive treatment.

The first Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic opened in October 2019 and treated more than 3,500 patients. Earlier this year, it served as a Covid-19 screening and testing site, providing more than 13,000 tests.

“When we came together to mark the first clinic’s opening last fall, no one could have predicted we would be facing a global pandemic just five months later,” Jordan said in a statement. “I’m so proud of the positive impact our clinic has had on the community so far, especially during COVID-19.”

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Loss of funding means closure for maternity clinic which delivers half of Medicine Hat’s babies

A maternity clinic that delivers about half the babies in Medicine Hat has announced it will no longer accept new patients by the end of January, and will be closed by the end of July unless new funding can be found.

While family physicians typically pay their own overhead, a gap in Medicine Hat’s obstetric services in the mid-2000s led to the creation of the Family Medicine Maternity Clinic.

Funding was provided by the local Primary Care Network (PCN) and Palliser Health, which later merged with the other regional health authorities to form Alberta Health Services. 

Dr. Gerry Prince, a family doctor who helped establish the clinic in 2006, told the Calgary Eyeopener on Monday that the clinic will be closing because the PCN’s funding is due to end in March, and AHS wants the clinic to cover the overhead that includes rent, utilities and all staffing costs.

Prince said this would be impossible, as the costs to run the maternity clinic are roughly double the amount of what it can bill for patient services — and the doctors are already paying overhead for their family practices. 

“[The clinic] is closing because AHS is backing out of our partnership, and says that they want to rent us the space that we’ve been able to occupy for the last 17 years with their support,” Prince said.

“And the numbers they’ve given us are just impossible. So, they’ve given us an overhead number, which is about double the amount of billing that we would actually do through the clinic in a year.… Our guys, you know, as much as they love it, just — there’s no way you can do that.”

A ‘flawless service’

The Family Medicine Maternity Clinic was established due to a crisis of accessibility, Prince said. At the time, obstetrics was a declining service in the area.

“There [were] fewer and fewer physicians doing it, and got down to the point where there were only two family docs delivering about half of the babies in town — as well as running the regular community clinic,” Prince said.

“It was becoming quickly unmanageable.”

Prince said that some of the local doctors turned to health authorities and asked for help. 

The regional health authority agreed, and later partnered with the Primary Care Network to meet the community need. The clinic was established, attached to the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital.

“We went with this idea of a maternity clinic, a dedicated care centre, and they helped support it. And ultimately, we built a specified, designated, custom-design clinic area in our new ambulatory care building,” Prince said.

Eventually, Prince said, that clinic would deliver 500 to 600 babies a year.

“We’ve had a flawless service that’s been providing great care for 17 years.”

Soon, it’s all coming to an end — and why is complicated.

“The docs want to provide the services, we just need to be able to manage it financially. So the real question is, whose job is it [to save

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Drive-Thru Flu Clinic For Lawrence Township Residents On Oct. 28

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Lawrence Township is hosting a drive-thru flu clinic for residents on Oct. 28.

Residents need to register for the clinic and an appointed time will be designated for each registrant.

Vaccines will be administered by a Rite Aid pharmacist. Please bring your Medicare and/or health insurance card.

Without insurance information, you will be charged $32. Vaccines will be available for children between 13-18 years, when accompanied by a parent, and for individuals over the age of 18. Wear clothes that will easily expose your upper arm.

The township has implemented new safety procedures for the upcoming clinics due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

All attendees will be expected to adhere to the following regulations when they arrive at the clinic:

Contact the Lawrence Township Health Department at 609 844-7089 for more information. Once registration closes all those who registered will receive an email with a time slot to arrive for their flu vaccination.

To register, click here:…

Lawrence Township Senior Center – Parking Lot 30
East Darrah Lane
Lawrence Township
New Jersey 08648

This article originally appeared on the Lawrenceville Patch

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