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Pardon Our Dust

Our Show Low facility will begin construction on an expansion in the near future. Stay tuned for updates

Cardiology Consultations Available in Williams Beginning October 19

Beginning October 19th Eric Cohen, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist will be providing consultations at North Country HealthCare in Williams. Eric Cohen, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.S.C.A.I., Interventional Cardiologist, is the medical director of Peripheral Vascular Intervention at the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona.

Expertise and Special Interests
Dr. Cohen specializes in vascular care and the treatment of peripheral arterial disease and limb salvage.
His expertise and special interests include:
*Coronary and Non-Coronary Cardiac Interventions
*Peripheral Vascular Angiography and Intervention
*Aortic Endografts
*Limb Salvage Intervention
*Venous Intervention
*Carotid Stenting and Stroke Intervention
*Structural Heart Disease Intervention

Before joining the Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Dr. Cohen spent 20 years in private practice as an interventional cardiologist with Cardiovascular Associates P.C. and with Heart South Cardiovascular Group, both in Birmingham, Ala. Before going into private practice, Dr. Cohen was an attending cardiologist and assistant professor of medicine at Albany Medical College and Medical Center. He was an attending cardiologist, chairman of Critical Care and co-director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y.

Education and Certifications
Dr. Cohen earned his medical degree and completed his residency training at Albany Medical College. After a fellowship program in invasive and laboratory cardiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dr. Cohen returned to Albany Medical College to finish a second fellowship in clinical and laboratory cardiology.

Dr. Cohen is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease and interventional cardiologist.

Dr. Lin Mentoring the Round Valley Track Team

Dr. Lin, MD, has laced up his running shoes and will be coaching and mentoring the Round Valley Track Team.

Healthy Eating Tips at North Country HealthCare

Margine Bawden of the University of Arizona/Apache County Cooperative Extension visits Round Valley once a month to promote healthy eating tips and to share delicious recipes with our patients.

Raffle Contributes to the American Cancer Society

In 2012, $613 was donated to American Cancer Society from North Country HealthCare’s raffles of homemade craft items and the Annual Seligman Climb for Cancer participation.

FREE Cancer Screening and Resource Fair

Join us on October 31 for a FREE cancer screening and resource fair at our Ash Fork facility. For more information call 928.213.6104.

Nominate a Rockstar

Have you had a great experience at North Country HealthCare because of a staff member? If so, please share your story with us! Email rockstar@northcountryhealthcare.org

Welcome Dr. Limbu

Please welcome Dr. Kghda Limbu, MD to Holbrook. He specializes in Family Medicine and is accepting new patients.

FREE Diabetic Education Classes

Diabetic education classes are offered the first Tuesday evening of each month at 5:30 PM. Call our Holbrook facility for more information.

Renovations to Our Clinic

In August of 2011 North Country HealthCare received a facelift. New flooring was installed, new paint was applied, furniture was recovered and decorations were placed in an effort to create a warm and comfortable atmosphere for our patients. Visit our renovated facility today!

Patient Advisory Board

North Country HealthCare Show Low is in the process of establishing a patient advisory board. Please contact our office if you have an interest in helping us improve.

Dr. Sielski Offering Unique Services

Dr. James Sielski, DO, provides prolo-therapy, acupuncture and osteopathic manipulation for his patients. To schedule an appointment please contact the clinic.

Parkinson's Disease

The Round Valley staff is currently raising money for Parkinson’s disease research. If you are interested in donating, please contact the clinic.

Email Survey

North Country HealthCare wants to improve, and you can help us. You may receive a survey via e-mail. This is your opportunity to tell us what we did well and where we could use some improvement. We value your input. If you have any questions, please ask us.

Welcome Dr. McGinn and Bridget Wicks

Please welcome Dr. Debbie McGinn, DO and Bridget Wicks, FNP to Winslow. Dr. McGinn and Bridget practice Family Medicine and are accepting new patients.

FREE Diabetic Education Classes

North Country HealthCare hosts a FREE diabetic education class twice a month. At each session we discuss meal plans, exercise and we share healthy tips on how to keep diabetes under control. For more information please contact the clinic.

Welcome Dr. Davis, Amy Lenox and Mark Francom

Please welcome Jane Davis, MD, Amy Lenox, PA and Mark Francom, FNP to Show Low. All practice Family Medicine and are accepting new patients.

Podiatry Services Now Available

Kelly Reber, DPM from Northern Arizona Podiatry visits Williams weekly to provide podiatry services. She is trained in medical and surgical treatment of the foot and leg. Call 928.779.5111 for an appointment.

North Country HealthCare Plays Softball

Come out and support North Country HealthCare’s softball team. Visit www.kingmansoftballassociation.com for the schedule.

Nutritional Counseling and Medical Nutritional Therapy Now Available

Cathy Tomasi, a Registered Dietician from Peak Nutrition, provides nutritional counseling and Medical Nutritional Therapy by appointment. Cathy has specialized certifications in Diabetes Education and Personal Training. She also holds certificates of training in Adult Weight Management. Call the clinic for more information or to schedule your appointment.

New Hours Effective October 15

We are now nearing the end of our summer season at the Grand Canyon. Effective October 15th we will be open 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Elevation Warning

While visiting the Grand Canyon National Park you may feel short of breath, nauseous or tire easily. This is due to the high elevation. Drink plenty of fluids during your visit to the park and rest when needed.

Fall Weather Danger

Inner canyon temperatures can soar past 100F (38C) in September. The first snow storms may come to the South Rim as early as mid-October. Always check the weather before beginning your hike.

Welcome Dr. Jedick

Please welcome Dr. Josie Jedick, DO, to Lake Havasu. Dr. Jedick practices Family Medicine and is also board certified in Sports Medicine. Call us today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Jedick.

Breast Cancer Event & Health Fair

North Country HealthCare in Lake Havasu will be participating in the 14th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk and Community Health Fair on October 6, 2012. Join us at this wonderful community event!

Flu Shot Clinic

Don’t let the flu bug you this season. North Country HealthCare is offering flu shots to the general public on October 11th from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm at our St. Johns clinic . Everyone is welcome. No restrictions apply. At North Country HealthCare, the flu vaccine is $25. If you are insured, please check with your plan to see if this vaccine is covered at no cost.

Join Us for Our 2012 United Way Fundraising Campaign

United Way dollars support the Diabetes Education, Sexual Health and Relationship Education (SHARE) and Pharmacy Assistance Programs at North Country HealthCare. For more information on how you can participate call 928-213-6110.

Forensic Nurses Week

Giving a Voice, Providing a Choice

In Flagstaff, NACASA (Northern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault) would like to recognize its current team of medical forensic professionals for their work providing exceptional patient care: Heidi Beaubriand, RN, SANE-A; Pam Turner, RN, SANE-A; Sandy Roberge, RN; Lynette Goldtooth, RN; Bee Valvo, RN; and Ann Henry, PA-C. To learn more visit www.ForensicNurse.org

Forensic Nurses Week- Press Release 2012

Diabetes Support Circle

North Country HealthCare hosts a monthly diabetic support group at our main clinic location in Flagstaff. The group meets on the 1st Thursday of every month. Please call 928.213.6110 for more information.

Undy 5000
Undy 5000

North Country HealthCare’s FIT at Fifty Program participated in the Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000. Check out the link for more great highlights: http://www.abc15.com/gallery/news/news_photo_gallery/phoenix-runners-race-for-colon-cancer-at-2012-undy-5000

Worlds AIDS Day-Red Ribbon Project
Worlds AIDS Day-Red Ribbon Project

Flagstaff, Ariz. – Health care workers and volunteers plan to place 1,000 red ribbons here and in other northern Arizona communities to draw attention to people living with AIDS. This regional red ribbon project is part of a global awareness campaign for World AIDS Day and is organized by the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC-GC). Nearly 800 people in northern Arizona have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS. When the 20 percent of cases who are unaware of their infection are included, this number rises to 993. According to national estimates by the Centers for Disease Control, one in five people in the U.S. who are infected with HIV are unaware of their infection.

“We know that if we can identify the twenty percent of people who are not diagnosed, we can improve their health and help prevent the spread of the disease,” said Steve McCrosky, chapter president of ANAC-GC and HIV Specialty Nurse Practitioner at North County HealthCare.

On Saturday, December 1, members of ANAC; Change, a public health student group; and the NAU LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Ally) Task Force and others will head up the effort to place a ribbon for each person living with HIV/AIDS in northern Arizona. The 1,000 ribbons will be placed at several public sites across northern Arizona:

1. Flagstaff, at City Hall
2. Northern Arizona University, near student health services where HIV testing will be taking place
3. Prescott, at the World AIDS Day memorial service held by Northland Cares.
4. Kingman, at North Country HealthCare
5. Show Low, at a support group for PLWHA
6. Gallup, NM, at the first annual Navajo AIDS prevention conference

Some of the 1,000 ribbons will be placed in front of Flagstaff City Hall and near the Wall Aquatic Center on the NAU campus. Across the street at the NAU Health and Learning Center in the Health Promotions office, Coconino County Public Health Services District staff will be offering free confidential HIV testing on Friday, November 30 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. for anyone wishing to take the test.

“The continuous development of new and improved medical treatment both for HIV and the illnesses associated with it, has led to major changes in the pattern of HIV disease progression around the world,” said Dr. Joel Terriquez of the Shándíín Project at Flagstaff Medical Center. “Here in Arizona, there are other significant challenges, particularly within the Native American community and in certain smaller rural areas, where living with the stigma of HIV is still considered socially unacceptable and the understanding of disease is limited.”

The ribbons are handmade from recycled materials by volunteers. The ribbon project is intended to serve as a reminder to viewers and passersby to learn about their HIV status by requesting a HIV test from their health care provider. The CDC currently recommends that everybody from age 13 to 64 get at least one HIV test in their lifetime and more frequently if they are at higher risk for the disease. HIV is transmitted through sexual activity, sharing used syringes and from mother to child during pregnancy.

People diagnosed with HIV can now take medicine that greatly improves their quality of life and their chance of survival. Health care experts also now know that treating those with the infection reduces the spread of disease to others.

“A reminder to all of us in the U.S. is that while HIV is not impacting us as it once did, it remains an ongoing challenge in many other areas of the world,” said Laura Theimer, NAU LGBTQIA Task Force. “Apathy and silence could wake a ‘sleeping giant’ again here in the U.S. Prevention not only saves lives, it also saves money and resources.”

A related project for World AIDS Day is that ANAC-GC is donating two HIV prevention kits to the local group Flagstaff for Haiti. The kits include rapid HIV tests and medicines that can prevent an HIV infection in the event a person is exposed to HIV-infected blood. Flagstaff for Haiti provides surgical services in Haiti, a country with elevated rates of HIV.

“We really appreciate that ANAC has been able to provide the Post-exposure Protocol (PEP) medications to help reduce the risk among our volunteers as well as the staff in Haiti,” said Derek Bontrager, surgical technician at Flagstaff Medical Center and volunteer with Flagstaff for Haiti. “It is a great collaboration between the different health care groups in the Flagstaff community and adds an extra layer of protection for the folks providing care in this higher risk population.”

Despite worldwide and concerted efforts over the years to bring attention to the disease, many people are unaware of their HIV status. As more individuals are diagnosed and get into treatment, more people will survive this disease and the spread of the disease will be somewhat checked and able to spread more slowly.

“AIDS is an important and preventable part of life and more importantly public health,” said Caitlin McCollow, public health student and leader of NAU Change Club. “It’s something that we, as future public health professionals, will be dealing with for a long time.”

Nurses in AIDS Care-Grand Canyon Chapter research shows there are nearly 1,000 (993) cases of HIV in northern Arizona. ANAC-GC focuses on rural HIV care with special emphasis on providing clinical HIV education, building connections between regional HIV health care workers, and serving as a resource for current HIV information. Research by ANAC-GC also comes from Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Visit www.grandcanyonnursesinaidscare.org for more information.

World AIDS Day 12.1.12
World AIDS Day 12.1.12

A ribbon for every person with HIV in northern Arizona.

Way to Go Karen Holder!
Way to Go Karen Holder!

North Country HealthCare would like to congratulate Karen Holder, FNP, CNM on receiving the 2013 AANP Nurse Practitioner Advocate State Award for Excellence. The Advocate State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and acceptance of NPs. Examples of past recipients have been physicians, legislators, educators, etc. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education, or community affairs. Congratulations Karen, we’re proud to have you on our healthcare team!

NACASA Support Group

Sexual Assault Survivor’s Support Group
Northern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault hosts FREE support group meetings. These group meetings are for female sexual assault survivors who are 18 years of age and older. The group is led by a licensed professional counselor with specialized training in assault and post-traumatic stress. Together we will provide a safe and healing environment for survivors. These meetings are held in Flagstaff on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of every month from 6:00pm-7:30pm. For more information please call 928.522.9460.

North Country HealthCare Goes Tobacco Free

The policy will go into effect at all of its locations in 13 communities and will affect employees, medical staff, students, patients, volunteers, visitors and subcontractors. The new policy will prohibit the use of all tobacco products and electronic smoking devices. Tobacco use will not be permitted anywhere on any of their campuses, including entrances, patios, walkways and parking lots.

As a responsible leader in the healthcare industry, North Country HealthCare wishes to protect its patients, visitors, and staff members from the harmful effects of smoking and other tobacco products.

North Country is committed to providing a safe, clean, and healthy environment for its patients and staff, as well as promoting health, wellness, prevention, and the treatment of diseases within the communities it serves. North Country will act as a model for the community by promoting the good health of their staff and influencing public attitudes about the use of tobacco.

To prepare for the tobacco-free policy, North Country organized a committee of employees and community stakeholders consisting of current smokers, former smokers and non-smokers. “We wanted to be considerate and thoughtful in the design of this policy and be aware of the difficult change for some of our staff members, patients, and visitors,” said David Bianco, Director of Human Resources. “We are committed to supporting efforts towards cessation by conducting ongoing programs designed to assist staff in adhering to this policy.”

Tobacco use is the major cause of preventable death and disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States tobacco use is responsible for about one in five deaths annually, or about 443,000 deaths per year. Deaths by tobacco use are more than all deaths related to alcohol, car accidents, illegal drugs, homicide, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and suicide, combined. “It’s about protecting the health of our employees, our most valuable resource,” said David. “As a healthcare leader in our communities, it’s important for North Country to be the role model for others when it comes to healthy lifestyles. We’re about creating healthier communities; it’s the right thing to do.”

On February 9th, 2013 North Country HealthCare will be publicly recognized at the 4th Annual Health Leadership Award Ceremony for the critical role and their unyielding commitment to the establishment, promotion and support of a tobacco-free work place.

North Country HealthCare started as the Flagstaff Community Free Clinic in 1991. It was run by a small group of volunteer providers, health and human service representatives and consumers. In 1996, the clinic transitioned from a volunteer organization to a federally funded community health center. Since then, North Country HealthCare has become a medical home to over 40,000 patients in 13 communities across northern Arizona and has grown to employ over 400 people in the region.

February is National SBHC Awareness Month

February is National School-Based Healthcare Awareness Month when communities across the nation celebrate SBHCs. SBHCs are on the front lines tackling some of the most costly and important current healthcare issues for kids and teens – such as obesity, asthma, ADHD, and identifying and treating mental health issues (with special attention on violence prevention). Data show that SBHCs reduce inappropriate emergency room use, decrease absenteeism, and reduce tardiness by ensuring young people have access to quality, coordinated healthcare.

North Country HealthCare’s SBHC is redefining health for kids and teens in our community by providing access to quality, comprehensive, culturally sensitive healthcare in a location where students are – schools. We are proud to be a part of this national movement and we hope you will join us as a first-hand witness to the impact of SBHCs right here in Flagstaff, AZ.

North Country to Host Parenting Workshops

Helping parents address basic parenting skills
including non-violent disciplines that really work.

Parenting Workshop Flyer

Meet Our Clinic Manager

Link to Williams Grand Canyon News Article

Do you have Hepatitis C?

North Country HealthCare now offers Hepatitis C Care at a local level.

Read More

Diabetes Group Management Class

North Country HealthCare’s Diabetes Program is offering a class for people with Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes, people at risk for developing diabetes and their families.

Class topics will include: the road to better diabetes management and healthy eating (including a FREE lunch).

For more information or to sign-up, please contact Brett at 928.213.6110.

*The class will be held in the red brick house in the parking lot of North Country HealthCare in Flagstaff.

Fridays at Sinagua Middle School

To start the school year our Mobile Unit will be available at Sinagua Middle School on Fridays from 8-12pm.

Sports Physicals

Beginning August 12, the mobile medical unit will be offering sports physicals to all FUSD athletes for $20. Please see our “Locations & Schedule” page to find out when the mobile medical unit will be at a school near you. Call 928.522.9406 to schedule your appointment today!

Enrollment Packets

Enrollment Packets are available on the big orange bus, with your school nurse or via our web-page. Please see our “Forms and Information” page. Once the Enrollment Packet has been completed you can drop it off with any FUSD school nurse.

Come Check Us Out

Please feel free to come meet the staff and tour the mobile medical unit at any one of our service locations.

Schedule Your Sports Physical!

North Country HealthCare Williams will be holding two sports physical clinics in July to prepare all student athletes and youth sports participants for the upcoming season. Sports physicals take approximately 20 minutes and cost $20 (insurance companies will not be billed). Appointments are available on July 22 and July 25. Don’t forget to bring your child’s physical form. Appointments can be made by calling 928.635.4441.

*A parent or guardian must accompany athletes under the age of 18.

Health Insurance Enrollment Assistance

North Country HealthCare staff members are available to assist individuals and families with health insurance enrollment (Medicaid/AHCCCS and the Marketplace). Individuals will be assisted by a trained Certified Applications Counselor (CAC). CACs can help with the online application process and answer questions about Marketplace programs and possible tax credit subsidies individuals and families may be eligible for. Appointments can be made by calling your North Country HealthCare. Appointments typically take an hour and a list of documents that you need to bring to your appointment can be provided when making your appointment.

Thank You Voters

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many registered voters who voted yes to continue the Williams Hospital District’s secondary property tax subsidy for the Williams Health Care Center. The revenue generated from the secondary property tax will be utilized to maintain the Williams Health Care Center’s daily operations, extended urgent care hours and overall expenses associated with operating a clinic 365 days a year that employs five full time medical providers, four part time medical providers, registered nurses, physical therapists, radiology/lab technicians and all of the support staff that keep the center running.

We would like to hear from those individuals who voted no for the continued property tax subsidy about what we can do differently to gain your support and instill confidence for the next time the tax subsidy question appears on the ballot.

In an effort to better serve the community of Williams, North Country HealthCare will be conducting a Community Needs Assessment within the next six months and your participation, input and comments are appreciated. With your assistance, we can build a stronger and more patient centered health center for the residents and businesses of the Williams Hospital District and our many visitors. Comments can be directed to Jeff Axtell, Clinic Manager, jaxtell@nchcaz.org .

Thank you,

Linda Russell Jeff Axtell
President Clinic Manager
Williams Hospital District North Country HealthCare

Well Child Exams

Well child exams (also known as preventive exams) can help parents and adolescents establish a relationship
with a primary care provider and find a healthy baseline to help diagnose an illness or problem. Overtime, these
interactions create a trusting relationship with a medical provider and ultimately effective, holistic healthcare.
Well child exams also allow parents and children/teens to ask questions about health and safety.

Welcome Dr. Gibula

There’s a new doctor in town! Click HERE to read an interesting article about Dr. Gibula and his passion for primary care.

The Tuck Jump Assesment

Our very own Lisa Dudley, PT, DPT was recently published in the Hindawi Journal of Sports Medicine. Check out her awesome work HERE!

Professional Hearing Services Now Available

North Country HealthCare Williams and Trinity Hearing Center are teaming up to offer audiology (hearing) services in Williams. Dr. Karon Lynn, Audiologist, has 30 years of experience providing patient centered hearing healthcare. Trinity Hearing Center provides a full range of diagnostic evaluations for speech delay, sudden hearing loss, tinnitus, dizziness and balance difficulty, along with hearing aid sales, fitting and counselling. Dr. Lynn is experienced with assessing newborns, children with special needs, work related hearing loss and others who may be having issues with their hearing as they grow older.

It is estimated that 1 in 4 adults suffer some degree of hearing loss. This large occurrence of hearing loss makes it one of the most common communication difficulties people experience. It is important to understand how hearing loss occurs, how to protect your hearing and what the options are for treatment. Dr. Lynn will be coming to North Country HealthCare Williams on a monthly basis to see patients who may have a hearing related problem and those who need to be evaluated for hearing aids.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lynn at North Country HealthCare Williams please contact the Trinity Hearing Center at 928.522.0500. Family members are encouraged to attend to hear the results and ask questions.

Visiting Provider Specialty Clinics

Cardiology Clinic (FMC Heart and Vascular)
Call 928.773.2150 to schedule and appointment

Orthopedic Clinic (Flagstaff Bone and Joint)
Call 928.773.2280 to schedule an appointment

Wound Clinic (Mountain Heart)
Call 928.266.6400 to schedule an appointment

Podiatry Clinic (Northern Arizona Podiatry)
Call 928.779.5111 to schedule an appointment

Behavioral Health Clinic (NACA)
Call 928.635.4441 to schedule an appointment

Cancer Support Group

Are you a cancer survivor? We need you!
Just been diagnosed? We want to encourage you!
Going through treatment now? Need medical input?
Are you the caregiver? You need a shoulder to lean on!

Join us for a cancer support group at North Country HealthCare Williams the first Sunday of every month at 1:30 pm. Questions? Contact Dianne Pender at 928.607.0471 or dpender@tabletoptelephone.com

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