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FLORIDA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, INC. BEGIN DRIVE THRU CORONAVIRUS TESTING
Treasure Coast- In the midst of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Florida Community Health Centers, Inc. (FCHC) continues to provide high quality and affordable routine healthcare to our community in a safe environment while working to decrease the further spread of this newly prevalent disease.
To support our patients and community, starting Tuesday, March 24, FCHC will begin Drive Thru testing for COVID-19 by appointment only. Those with the associated risk factors and symptoms of COVID-19 may be screened and evaluated by FCHC staff for testing.
Coronavirus symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath
Risk factors consist of ONE or MORE of the following:
· Close contact with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case
· Travel to or from a Coronavirus affected area
· Recent history of international travel or cruise
· Age 65+ with chronic conditions
· Weakened immune system
If anyone is experiencing the symptoms outlined above and has risk factors for COVID 19, they are encouraged to call one of the FCHC locations below to setup an appointment for screening, evaluation, and testing. Telehealth appointments are also available.
“At FCHC we are passionately committed to the health and wellbeing of our patients and members of the communities that we serve. We are honored to stand on the frontline in the battle against COVID 19 and welcome everyone, regardless of their insurance status, financial status, or language. Before birth and beyond, let our family take care of yours.” said Wilhelmina Lewis, MD, President and CEO.
The FCHC Centers Drive Thru testing will be at the following locations:
Fort Pierce Center (beginning March 24)
Address: 1505 Delaware Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 | Phone: (772) 461-1402
Clewiston Center (beginning March 25)
Address: 315 South W.C. Owen Avenue, Clewiston, FL 33440 | Phone: (863) 983-7813
Indiantown Center (beginning March 26)
Address: 15858 S.W. Warfield Blvd., Indiantown, FL 34956 | Phone: (772) 597-3596
Dr. Fred Brown Children’s Health Center (beginning March 30)
Address: 2015 US-441 Okeechobee, USA FL 34972 | Phone: (863) 763-1951
Port St. Lucie Children’s Health Center (beginning March 31)
Address: 1701 S.E. Hillmoor Drive, Suite 19, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952 | Phone: (772) 335-8455
Saturday testing will be available at some sites.
What do I do if I Think I was Exposed to Coronavirus?
Some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19. Here’s what to do if you think you may have been exposed to coronavirus.
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. These symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure.
Fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher)
Shortness of breath
If you develop these emergency warning signs for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately.
Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
New confusion or inability to arouse
Bluish lips or face
Call before you go
Call your doctor or your County Health Department if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing.
Tell them about your symptoms and your exposure. They will decide whether you need to be tested.
Consult your health care provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning.
Stay Home PSA - COVID 19
Cleveland Clinic Martin County Health
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health is now performing drive-through testing at Martin North Hospital for influenza and COVID-19 by appointment only. Testing will only be performed for individuals who meet FDOH criteria for COVID-19. If individuals do not meet criteria, testing will not be performed. COVID-19 testing is now available at Tradition Hospital. Thank you Cleveland
For an appointment, individuals who may have symptoms must call (772) 419-3360, between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. For additional information about Cleveland Clinic Martin Health drive-through testing for COVID-19, visit martinhealth.org.
Florida Health Blood Pressure Numbers
How the DASH Diet Can Help Lower Blood Pressure
If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may have advised you to cut back on your sodium and start the DASH diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
High blood pressure — readings higher than 130/80 — is referred to as the silent killer, often responsible for strokes and heart attacks. If your readings are high, you join the 1 in 3 Americans with this condition, according to the National Institutes of Health. The good news is that the DASH diet has been proven to help.
What Is the DASH Diet?
The concept for the DASH diet was born in April 1997 when the results of a study were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers studied over 400 individuals with high blood pressure and found that a diet high in fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy — but low in sodium — could substantially lower blood pressure.
Similar studies have consistently shown the same results over the last 20 years, which is why DASH remains the diet of choice for those struggling to bring down their blood pressure.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information also indicates that the DASH diet can help you control your blood sugar and lower your bad cholesterol and triglycerides. And it may even help you lose a little weight.
What to Eat on the DASH Diet
The DASH diet encourages eating mostly fruits and vegetables, nuts, lean proteins, low-fat dairy and whole grains. Beyond that, followers are told to keep their daily sodium intake below 2,300 milligrams. Processed foods — frozen meals, chips, crackers and other snack foods — contain a significant amount of sodium, so it's best to stay away from most of these foods, or to at least make sure you're reading nutrition labels with a careful eye.
Fresh is always best, but if fresh produce is not available, your next best bet is frozen. If fresh or frozen are really alluding you, though, canned works. When buying canned fruits and veggies, look for no added salt and no added sugar. Since the DASH diet is heavy on fruit and vegetables, try your hardest to get five servings of each every day.
Always choose unsalted or lightly salted nuts at the grocery store. Do the same with canned beans. Buying dried beans is ideal, but they can be time-consuming to cook. When choosing canned beans, always grab the low-sodium version and rinse them before eating to knock the sodium level down further. You should aim to eat nuts, seeds and legumes at least three times per week.
Almonds,Peanuts,Walnuts,Lentils,All Beans (black, pinto, kidney, chickpeas, etc),Flaxseed,Lean Proteins
While there's no firm consensus on saturated fat's role in our health, it's still smart to limit your saturated fat to no more than 10 percent of your daily calories, as recommended by the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute. So, limiting your red meat is a great idea, to no more than once per week to start. Two servings per day of lean protein is suggested.
Chicken breast,Lean pork,Fish,Turkey Breast
Cleveland Clinic Marks First Anniversary of Its Regional Health System in Florida
Increased number of lives touched, early performance indicators point to a successful year
Treasure Coast - Cleveland Clinic recently marked the one-year anniversary of Indian River Medical Center and Martin Health System becoming full members of the Cleveland Clinic health system and the establishment of a five-hospital regional system serving southeast Florida.
According to Cleveland Clinic Florida CEO and President Wael Barsoum, MD, the first year of the multi-year integration process focused on understanding the needs of the patients, caregivers and communities served by the new regional health system, establishing integration priorities, and launching a number of early quality initiatives.
“We laid a strong foundation in our first year together, built on our ‘patients first’ philosophy with a mutual respect for the work we do, and a desire to share best practices and learn from one another,” said Dr. Barsoum. “By combining our clinical expertise and resources, we are providing high-quality care, improving outcomes, and increasing efficiencies.”
“We want to be the best place to work and provide care, and when patients choose to come to Cleveland Clinic, be it at Indian River, Martin Health or Weston, I know we are succeeding,” added Dr. Barsoum.
While patient safety, satisfaction and outcomes data for 2019 will take several months to be compiled and reported by healthcare industry monitors, preliminary indicators show early progress achieved through clinical and operational alignment within the regional system.
• Implementation of Cleveland Clinic’s tiered huddle process increased operational transparency for caregivers and provided an avenue for rapid improvements at all Florida hospitals. In one location an opportunity was identified for enhanced collaboration with Indian River Hospital’s Behavioral Health Center to more efficiently provide care for Baker Act patients.
• A two-step process used by Cleveland Clinic for testing Clostridium difficile, a highly contagious bacterial infection, was implemented across the region’s five hospitals. As a result, C. diff infection rates, a national benchmark for hospital patient safety, dropped notably – for example, Martin Health saw an 83% reduction in C. diff rates over the past six months.
• Quality initiatives across the region resulted in a 53% reduction over the last six months in central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI), another national benchmark for hospital patient safety. And in spring 2019, the Florida region developed a maternal morbidity task force that has already seen reductions in the number of blood transfusions provided to mothers during labor and delivery.
• “Plan of care visits,” a patient experience initiative, was rolled out region-wide over the summer. It entails clinical team members rounding together to create and communicate the plan of care with each patient in an effort to improve safety, quality, and experience outcomes. Subsequent patient satisfaction ratings for Treasure Coast hospitals showed increases related to communications with physicians, nursing and overall teamwork.
• In April 2019, Martin County had four Hepatitis A-related deaths and was identified as a high-risk community. Cleveland Clinic Martin Health worked with regional and enterprise pharmacy teams, in a rapid response, to make thousands of vaccines available to both residents and caregivers. As a result, 3,103 caregivers, 1,466 pediatric patients, and 336 adult patients were vaccinated.
• The community continues to seek the high-quality care available at Cleveland Clinic. Admissions at the health system’s five Florida hospitals were up 7.9 percent last year over 2018, and visits at the outpatient clinics located from Broward to Indian River counties increased 7.5 percent during the same period.
“I think the most dramatic illustration of what our integration has achieved is the case of 47-year-old Indian River County resident Paige Jerome,” said Gregory Rosencrance, MD, President of Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital. “Paige came to our hospital thinking she needed an antibiotic to treat a ‘touch of bronchitis,’ but instead was diagnosed with giant cell myocarditis, a rare heart condition.”
Within a week, Jerome was at Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital undergoing a heart transplant, Rosencrance noted. “The teamwork between our physicians in Weston and Indian River in diagnosing and treating this life-threatening condition demonstrates how the collective expertise of our physicians in the region benefit the communities we serve.”
Cleveland Clinic Martin Health President Robert L. Lord Jr., points to the new Cleveland Clinic Florida Research and Innovation Center in Port St. Lucie, as another example of how integration is having a positive impact on the Treasure Coast. In November 2019, Cleveland Clinic took occupancy of the former Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute facility across from Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital, which will house the new research institute.
“Backed by nearly 100 years of research experience in Ohio, this state-of-the-art facility will propel medical research in the region and act as an economic engine for our surrounding communities,” Lord said.
Winter Skin Ailments & Remedies
Article By Dana Cutolo/Photo Credit: Dana Cutolo
Winter is cold and dry, which means we need to switch up our wellness routines to focus on hydrating, supporting our immune system and refreshing our skin care routine.
Winter Skin Care
This time of year our skin care routine is essential because our skin retains less moisture causing a build up of dead skin cells. On top of our outer complexion suffering, we’re more prone to illness in the winter because we are hydrating less. Dehydration and stagnation cause breakouts and generally dull winter skin. While that might not seem like a big deal, alligator skin causes a host of issues that are easily fixable.
As an esthetician, winter means my clients tend to have a dull patchy complexion, visible fine lines, flaky skin and more ingrown hairs. Switching up your self-care routine in the winter can be a fun way to get creative by adding herbal infused oils, botanical powders, butters and more. My favorite winter ingredients are hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, rosehip seed, green tea, rosemary, hyaluronic acid, olive, carrot, comfrey, licorice, algae, seaweed, rose, burdock, dandelion, turmeric and oats.
Three Key Ingredients for Healthy Winter Skin
Okay, so let’s dive into the three most important topics for winter skin ailments.
For winter we want to focus on:
Hydrate Winter Skin from Within
Hydration is essential for clear skin and overall health. Our body naturally fights illness and detoxifies daily, and being fully hydrated helps your body with these processes. I love sipping on herbal tea and broth throughout the day, these are my favorite recipes.
All of these aid the immune system and by default improve complexion, too!
Water with Herbs or Fruits for Skin Hydration
Basil and lime: cleansing
Mint: digestive aid
Aloe vera: digestion
Hibiscus: because it’s delicious and filled with antioxidants!
Green tea: energizing and immune supporting
Warm Tea for Immune Support, Circulation + Hydration
Chamomile + Calendula + Licorice root + Honey: soothes throat, hydrating, soothes digestive tract + good for ulcers
Ginger + Honey + Lemon: Stomach, digestion, hydration
Green Tea + Brown Rice: Anti-oxidants and hydration
Cacao + Coconut Milk + Kava kava: magnesium, calming, soothing, anti-anxiety, sleep aid
Mushroom elixir: cinnamon, reishi, chaga + cordyceps powdered with warm coconut milk and honey.
Renew Winter Skin with Exfoliation
Exfoliation is skin renewal, removing the dead skin cells is anti-aging, rejuvenating, and reduces ingrown hairs (especially if you’re removing hair!). Exfoliation provides a clear canvas so your skin can breathe essentially, and it should be done at least 3x per week.
Two Types of Exfoliation
This is done with a brush, mitt, cloth, scrub or anything gritty.
Always use a fine grain on your face, like clay, fine botanical powders like turmeric or flour.
Dry brushes, clothes, gloves or coarser grain products like sugar, salt or coffee.
Acids or enzymes can be used to aid in exfoliation by breaking down the bonds between the dead skin cells.
Dana's Favorite Ways to Exfoliate
Do this before you shower by taking the dry brush and swiping gently over the skin, towards the heart for circulation. I start with legs and work my way up towards arms. I skip the chest and face since those are sensitive areas prone to reaction. Gently brush to avoid irritation. This step will push off most of the dead skin and increase circulation.
Helping Veterans Combat Addiction
Article by: U. S. Congressman Brian Mast
The destruction and pain caused by the opioid crisis can shatter lives and devastate communities. Sadly, veterans are more likely to suffer from addiction or overdose than others in our community.
While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for shielding veterans from this epidemic, there’s absolutely more that can be done to solve the opioid crisis. That’s why I’m cosponsoring the VA Directly Returning Opioid Prescriptions Act to ensure veterans have a secure and accessible place to dispose of unused prescription medications.
We need to do more to help those who served and this bill will assist efforts to combat this crisis at every turn.