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Back to School Exam Days!

July 3, 2019

 

Shawnee Health Care is teaming up with IlliniCare and First Southern Bank to offer you a day to get all of your child’s school exams and immunizations taken care of in one location.

We are offering this for children in grades K, 2, 6, and 9. You do not need to be a patient of Shawnee Health Care to take advantage of this opportunity.

Carbondale

When: July 16 starting at 7:30 am Where: Campus at 400 S. Lewis Lane, Carbondale, IL Services:  • physical – $25 • physical and dental exam – $35 • vision screening available • required immunizations – insurance will be billed or if you do not have insurance we will provide information on how to obtain them at low cost

Marion

When: July 18 starting at 7:30 am Where: 1506 Sioux Drive, Marion, IL Services: • physical – $25 • physical and dental exam – $35 • required immunizations – insurance will be billed or if you do not have insurance we will provi

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November 28, 2018

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Each November, we celebrate National Family Caregivers Month — an opportunity for communities across the country to come together to support and recognize the contributions and sacrifices made on a daily basis by family caregivers of all ages.  It is estimated that nearly 44 million adults provide care for an adult or child annually.  As a family caregiver, it may be easy to feel like you are alone.  Please remember, you are not alone.   Family caregivers are the heart and soul of our nation’s long-term care system.  Did you know that family caregivers’ make up 80 percent of the long-term care in the United States provided by family and other unpaid caregivers?   In addition, many family caregivers do not realize that they are caregivers.  Perhaps it’s because most people think of caregivers as professionals who are trained and paid to provide care for clients with health issues.  They may feel that they are just helping out.  However, if you offer daily assistance to a spouse or other family member, you may be a caregiver.  It is important to recognize this, so you can seek support.   As a family caregiver, it is essential that you take care of your own health.  This month, we encourage family caregivers to learn about the services and supports available in southern Illinois.  Th

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November 13, 2018

Survey: Many Parents Share Leftover Antibiotics

According to a recent online survey of nearly 500 U.S. parents, about 48 percent say they have kept leftover antibiotics rather than properly dispose of them.  Of those, 73 percent later gave the drugs to siblings, unrelated children and adults, sometimes months after the antibiotic was originally prescribed.  Some of the parents used the leftover antibiotics themselves.   This is very dangerous.  Taking antibiotics for colds and other viral illnesses not only won’t work, but it can also have dangerous side effects — over time, this practice actually helps create bacteria that are harder to kill.

So what should you do when your child gets sick?  To minimize the risk of antibiotic resistance, keep these tips in mind:

  • Take antibiotics only for bacterial infections. It’s a good idea to let milder illnesses (especially those thought to be caused by viruses) run their course.  This helps prevent antibiotic-resistant germs from developing.  But leave it to your doctor to decide if an illness is “mild” or not.
  • Seek advice and ask questions. Ask your doctor about whether your child’s illness is bacterial or viral, and discuss the risks and benefits of antibiotics.  If it’s a virus, ask about ways to treat symptoms.  Don’t pressu

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November 1, 2018

Did you know it’s time to sign up for health coverage for 2019?

If you need health coverage, you can enroll at HealthCare.Gov. But hurry, the deadline to enroll in a plan is December 15th – so don’t delay!

Most marketplace shoppers will qualify for financial help to lower their costs, too.  In fact, 85 percent of current enrollees receive a tax credit to help lower their monthly premiums.  Most enrollees pay less than $100/month for their plan.   And this year, there are new plans available at new prices.  Even if you’ve looked before, it’s important to check out your options – coverage might be more affordable than you think.   There’s a lot of confusion about the state of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), but the truth is the ACA is still the law of the land.  Comprehensive health coverage, including key consumer protections like no discrimination against people with pre-existing health conditions, is still available to consumers who need to get covered.    

What is a Midwife?

October 3, 2018

National Midwifery Week is September 30 – October 6, 2018

  National Midwifery Week (#NMW2018) was created by ACNM to celebrate and recognize midwives and midwife-led care.  But what exactly is a midwife?   Many women tend to think of midwives as playing a supporting role in the pregnancy and childbirth experience, similar to doulas or lactation consultants.  But a midwife is, in fact, a professional trained specifically in assisting women with every aspect of pregnancy, from prenatal care to delivery.  What’s more, her job doesn’t necessarily end with pregnancy.  You can see your midwife for just about all your women’s health needs, including your annual exam, contraceptive counseling and prescriptions.   According to Rebeccah Fletcher, DNP, APN, CNM, “The word midwife means ‘with woman,’ and that’s what we’re all about really, is just being with women throughout their entire pregnancy, there for the birth, and beyond. Throughout their whole life, we’re available.”   Midwives often lend a more personal touch to the pregnancy experience compared to OBs, emphasizing the physical, emotional and social needs of patients.  Rebeccah even knits hats for her patients’ babies.   “A lot of women desire a low-intervention, hands-off birth, and this is something that Shawnee has allowed us to provide for our patients,” says M

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September 21, 2018

Did you know that 1 in 4 older Americans falls every year?

Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. And even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making it difficult for them to stay active. The good news is that falls can be prevented.  

What can family physicians do to prevent falls?

Physicians play an important role in identifying and managing older patients’ fall risk. The CDC created the Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries (STEADI) initiative to assist physicians in preventing falls. STEADI  includes three core elements: screen patients to identify their fall risk, assess patients’ modifiable fall risk factors, and intervene to reduce fall risk by using effective clinical and community-based strategies. Combined, these elements can have a substantial impact on reducing falls, improving health outcomes, and reducing health care expenditures.   Shawnee Alliance and Shawnee Health Care are working together to implement STEADI at Shawnee Health Care health centers and in the homes of our older patients. We are committed to keeping our older

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September 5, 2018

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month!

One in 5 children in the United States are obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The good news is that childhood obesity can be prevented.  

In honor of National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Shawnee Health Service encourages your family to make healthy changes together:

 

  • Get active outside: Walk around the neighborhood, go on a bike ride, or play basketball at the park.
  • Limit screen time: Keep screen time (time spent on the computer, watching TV, or playing video games) to 2 hours or less a day.
  • Make healthy meals: Buy and serve more vegetables, fruits, and whole-grain foods.

  Help your child – and your whole family – eat healthy and stay physically active. The healthy habits your child learns now can last a lifetime.  

What can I do to help my child stay at a healthy weight?

Help your child stay at a healthy weight by balancing what your child eats with physical activity. Two of the best ways to help your child stay at a healthy weight are to:  

  • Help your child and family eat healthier foods
  • Be more physically active as a family

 

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June 26, 2018

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May 3, 2018

May is Mental Health Month.

When you or someone you love is dealing with a mental health concern, sometimes it’s a lot to handle. It’s important to remember that mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being, and mental illnesses are common and treatable.   So much of what we do physically impacts us mentally. That is why this year’s theme for May is Mental Health Month – Fitness #4Mind4Body – is a call to pay attention to both your physical health and your mental health, which can help achieve overall wellness and set you on a path to recovery. May is Mental Health Month was started 69 years ago by Mental Health America to raise awareness about mental health conditions and the importance of good mental health for everyone.   This May is Mental Health Month, we are focused  how a healthy lifestyle may help prevent the onset or worsening of mental health conditions, as well as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and other chronic health problems. It can also help people recover from these conditions. Eating healthy foods, managing stress, exercising, and getting enough sleep can go a long way in making you both physically and mentally healthy.   As part of our commitment to being “Your Health Home,” Shawnee Health Care is committed to taking care of the whole patient. This means that our team understands the complex rel

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