Worth More than an Apple a Day: Why You Need Your Regular Physical

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services | Posted on 17-04-2014

BrentLike a lot of people, Brent Strukely only visited the doctor when he was sick.

“I looked at myself as a pretty healthy, physically active person,” said the 47-year-old Springfield resident. “When everything’s going well, you’re invincible. In that mindset, I just ignored going to the doctor.”

And he might have kept ignoring it, had he not decided to look into a new primary care physician.

In August 2013, Brent set up a typical new patient “meet and greet” with Dr. Gustavo Mosquera at Memorial Physician Services – Chatham. The actual appointment, however, was anything but typical. Read the rest of this entry »

Medical Checkups: Why They Matter

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Videos | Posted on 27-03-2014

PrintWellness checks. Yearly physicals. Preventative health exams. Whatever you call them, annual health-maintenance exams are “a very important tool in maintaining good health and exchanging important information with your doctor,” says Benjamin Montgomery, MD, a physician with Memorial Physician Services – Jacksonville.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), two of the leading causes of death in the United States are heart disease and cancer. These life-threatening diseases, and the medical conditions that can lead up to them, often have no symptoms for some time. Even if you feel fine, a disease may be damaging your body. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids and Over-The-Counter Medicines: What’s Safe?

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 20-02-2014

200248540-001When kids are sick, their parents and caregivers want to do whatever necessary to help them feel better as quickly as possible. It’s important to remember, however, that children are not tiny adults when it comes to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. OTC medicines, even those intended for children, can be dangerous if given improperly.

“We are really careful with OTC meds and kids,” said Ashish John, MD, a pediatrician at Memorial Physician Services—Koke Mill. “We usually strongly advise against using any adult meds with kids. The concentration of the medicines can vary greatly between adult and children forms, which increases the possibility of a child receiving too much medicine.” Read the rest of this entry »

Surprising Winter Health Benefits

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services, Winter | Posted on 12-02-2014

Tdv1430030he bitter temperatures and near-constant precipitation this winter have brought out the grouch in most of us, but believe it or not, there are a few health benefits credited to cold weather. Avinash Viswanathan, MD, an internal medicine physician with Memorial Physician Services— Koke Mill, explains below. Read the rest of this entry »

Chronic Pancreatitis: When Good Meals Turn Bad

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 29-01-2014

plate of pasta and vegetablesWe all enjoy a good meal. If you suffer from chronic pancreatitis, that simple pleasure can become a source of agony.

We don’t think that much about our pancreas, but it’s there nestled partially behind the stomach, quietly doing its job to digest and absorb nutrients in our food.

Chronic pancreatitis is a progressive inflammation of the pancreas that leads to structural damage and eventual loss of pancreatic function, explains Anthony Griffin, MD, an internal medicine physician with Memorial Physician Services-Jacksonville.

Chronic pancreatitis often develops in patients between the ages of 30 and 40 and is more common in men than women, according to the National Pancreas Foundation. The disease affects fewer than 10 out of every 100,000 people. Dr. Griffin has seen few cases in his Jacksonville practice but encountered more when he worked in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Relieve Top Winter Skin Ailments

Posted by | Posted in Expert Tips, Physician Services, Winter | Posted on 15-01-2014

man putting lotion on handsHow’s your skin feeling after facing sub-zero temperatures and howling wind chills? If the answer is “not great,” you are not alone. Wintry conditions can make even the most hydrated person prone to irritated skin. Josh Ellison, MD, with Memorial Physician Services—North Dirksen, shares some common tips to combat the symptoms of dry skin, chapped lips and damaged hair.

Dry itchy skin is quite common, especially in severe cold. However, flare-ups of a common skin condition called eczema also occur in the very cold. To decrease the symptoms of eczema and dry, itchy skin, Dr. Ellison suggests the following: Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding a ‘Patient-Centered Medical Home’

Posted by | Posted in Physician Services | Posted on 05-12-2013

PrintA patient-centered medical home is a nice conglomeration of words, but what does it mean for you, the patient?

“Patient-centered is the important part of this phrase,” said Gerald Suchomski, MD, who serves as the quality medical director at Memorial Physician Services. “It means we’ve turned the focus of healthcare delivery from the doctors to the patient.”

According to the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality, a patient-centered medical home highlights those primary care providers who have demonstrated that they can coordinate care among all doctors and health care providers on behalf of their patients. Other specific patient-centered medical home criteria include: Read the rest of this entry »

Stomach Flu vs. Seasonal Flu: Know the Difference

Posted by | Posted in Flu, Physician Services | Posted on 17-10-2013

200214561-001It’s common to hear the term “flu” this time of year. October marks the beginning of flu season, and vaccines are now available at your doctor’s office as well as retailers around town. But as you take steps to protect your family this season, learn the difference between the often confused stomach flu and seasonal flu.

Both the stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and seasonal flu (influenza) are caused by a virus. Peak months for influenza are usually October through March, but you can catch the stomach flu any time of the year. While they share some symptoms like fatigue, muscle aches and fever, they are completely different illnesses.

Avinash Viswanathan, MD, a physician at Memorial Physician Services-Koke Mill who is often referred to as “Dr. Avi,”outlines the differences between the two: Read the rest of this entry »

Benefits of Electronic Health Records (EHRs)

Posted by | Posted in Memorial Medical Center, Physician Services | Posted on 23-07-2013

EHROur lives have been transformed by electronic technology – smart phones, tablets and a multitude of web-enabled devices have impacted our daily lives and the way we communicate.  Because of this advancement, a greater and seamless flow of healthcare information is now possible through the development of Electronic Health Records, or EHRs.

EHRs encompass and leverage the digital process and can transform the way care is delivered. Yet, many people are unfamiliar with EHRs and the associated benefits.

David Graham, MD, senior vice president and chief information officer with Memorial Health System notes that the Springfield community has become a leader in the adoption of EHRs. For his patients, Dr. Graham defines EHRs as “simply taking the paper version of your medical chart or record and creating a more complete electronic version.” Read the rest of this entry »

Embedding Mental Health Professionals in the Primary Care Setting

Posted by | Posted in Mental Health, Physician Services | Posted on 11-07-2013

Presentation1Sometimes, we all need someone to talk to. Be it a best friend, a spouse, your Twitter followers, we all want to be heard.

But, there are times we need more than a friendly shoulder—or a few retweets. And that’s where a new collaboration between Memorial Physician Services and Memorial Counseling Associates comes in.

Four Memorial Physicians Services locations have embedded behavioral health specialists with Memorial Counseling Associates in their respective facilities. These locations include the Memorial Physician Services-Koke Mill, as well as in Jacksonville, Lincoln and Petersburg. The hope is that all Memorial Physician Services facilities will eventually provide this same service.

“In the past, when we’ve had to refer a patient to a behavioral health specialist, we’ve had some difficulty getting them seen in a timely fashion,” says Christopher Rivera, MD, family medicine specialist at Memorial Physician Services-Lincoln. “This new system really eliminates that wait.” Read the rest of this entry »