October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and we are kicking off the month with our annual Breast Health Awareness Lunch and Learn October 5th at 12:00pm. Seating is limited and these presentations are always well attended so please mark your calendars, invite a friend, and RSVP to ensure you get a seat!
There will be no Community Acupuncture today but be sure to mark your calendars for the next session Tuesday, Sept. 20th from 2pm to 5pm.
The Ristvedts are proud to announce the arrival of Warren Dennis! Born 7/14/16, 11:22am at OAHS, weighing in at 3lbs 1oz.
Here is an update from Dr. Sarah Ristvedt:
Warren and I are still at Sanford in Sioux Falls, but doing well. Now 5lbs 5 oz, he just needs to get a little better at eating by mouth and get rid of the tube in his nose. Maverick(3.5 years) is a proud big brother, but misses his mom and is disappointed that he didn’t get to ride in the helicopter with his baby brother. We will hopefully all be back to our home in Graceville soon, and I plan to start full time at OAHS in November.
I was really looking forward to getting to start practice prior to maternity leave, however my son had other plans and was born 2 months early. While it was not anyone’s first choice for him to be born in Ortonville so early, have now experienced first hand the amazing skills and fast response of my future co workers! I’m also thankful for the wonderful NICU flight team at Sanford.
What is a health care Home?
A health care home or patient centered medical home is an enhanced way of delivering health care. It is an advanced team approach to focus on you as a whole patient not just one aspect. This team approach can be very helpful for people with difficult and challenging health needs. This team approach of care delivery helps patients coordinate services they receive from specialists, therapists, and other services to better manage their health. Health care home teams will help to coordinate all aspects of care.
The health care home team includes you, your provider, a health coach, as well as other health care professionals and staff at our clinic. Your team will also include trusted family and/or friends who you have chosen to play a role in your health care. Your health coach will help you develop a care plan that addresses your needs and will coordinate your care with any specialists you may see.
Is Health Care home right for me?
You could benefit if you have:
• Chronic and/ or multiple illness
• Unstable or newly diagnosed illnesses
• Multiple medication
• Special health needs
What are the benefits?
- Your health care team or individual health coach will help you find specialty care or community services when needed and will make updates to your care plan with you.
- You and your primary care provider discuss your treatment options together and coordinate care with other specialists who care for you.
- You receive improved ability to communicate and make appointments with your health care team.
- You take charge of your health by assuming responsibility for aspects of your care.
- You will develop a relationship of mutual respect & trust with all team members as a platform for success.
- Your cultural and religious beliefs are valued. When possible, your preferences for treatment and care are met.
- You are given information to help you learn more about your ongoing health concerns and address issues sooner, resulting in less ER visits and hospital stays.
- Your primary care provider makes sure you understand your treatment choices.
How Can i get the best care?
- Become more involved with your health care:
- Bring a list of your top questions or concerns to discuss at every visit
- If you have a chronic condition, ask that your care plan is communicated with other medical providers, nurses or other people involved in your health care.
- Be open and honest about your health habits. Your primary care provider is here to help you, not judge you.
- Ask for something to be repeated if you do not understand it.
- Ask your primary care provider to write down the next steps.
- Ask how to get care after clinic hours
- Ask to meet the staff that will be working with you.
- Let your health care home team know how you are doing.
According to a new study published in the prestigious JAMA Oncology Journal, 3D™ mammograms increase breast cancer detection, cut false positives and reduce stressful and costly call backs for women. The large, multi-year study evaluated three years of 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ screening results and follow-up data from 23,958 women. Results found that using 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams for breast cancer screenings can lead to sustained and improved health outcomes for women.
This is the first evidence demonstrating that the benefits of screening with 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams can improve over time, and shows that 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams can reduce the number of women called back for unnecessary follow up appointments each year.
The study also found that 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ exams increase the breast cancer detection rate when compared with traditional 2D mammography, catching cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.
OAHS Director of Radiology April Staehling, explains why the findings are important. April’s Audio