Acupuncture Services Now Available at OAHS

Health Care Home

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.

Team approach:

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.

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Patient and Family Partnership

Patient and Family PartnershipWe are currently working to recruit patient and family members to bring the patient and family perspective into what we do at Northside Medical Clinic and the Clinton Clinic. We are seeking individuals that are willing to partner with us to improve the experience of care at both clinics by sharing their ideas, feedback, and participation.

Partners will serve as a “voice” for patients and families of patients who receive care at Northside Medical Clinic or the Clinton Clinic. We are looking for individuals who are patients, caregivers, and/or family members who are willing to meet monthly to promote improved relationships between patients, families and staff. Items we will be discussing include:

  • Patient needs and concerns
  • Working with staff to make changes that affect patients and families
  • Assisting in the planning of new patient-related services
  • Serving as a resource providing patient perspectives

A patient and family partnership member would be expected to commit to a minimum one year term; attend 75% of monthly meetings, be able to listen to different opinions and share different points of view; respect the ideas of others; speak comfortably in a group; get along with many different kinds of people; and work as part of a team.

As a patient or family partner, you would be meeting with other patients and family members, health care providers and staff to address patient care issues, communicate patient and family concerns and help with problem solving, with the goal of improving our services. When patient and family volunteers work together with medical staff, the healthcare experience can be improved for everyone. If you are looking for ways to draw on your personal experiences at Northside Medical Clinic or the Clinton Clinic and contribute to the greater good by helping to improve the quality of care at both clinics, this program will provide an excellent opportunity to help meet your needs and use your interests and talents.

There are a variety of opportunities for involvement.

Please contact Twila Mursu at 320-839-4266, or email twila.mursu@oahs.us if you are interested in serving on the Patient and Family Partnership.

Flu Shots are Available at OAHS

Flu Shots are available at Northside Medical Clinic and Clinton Clinic. Shots are available during regular clinic hours and walk-ins are welcome.
For more information call:
Northside Medical Clinic at 320-839-6157 or Clinton Clinic at 320-325-5217Flu Shot 2015 2

Sleep Medicine Program Available at Ortonville Area Health Services

In January, 2014, Ortonville Area Health Services began a partnership with Whitney Sleep Diagnostics & Consultants to provide comprehensive sleep medicine services. Patients can now receive diagnosis and treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Insomnia, Restless Legs Syndrome, or any of the 84 known sleep disorders right in Ortonville.

People who snore excessively or stop breathing during sleep may have OSA. It is estimated that up to 18 million American adults have OSA. Untreated OSA can increase a person’s risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, and work or traffic-related accidents due to daytime fatigue. People having trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or not waking up refreshed, may suffer from a treatable sleep disorder. A simple screening tool, available at any of the clinics associated with Ortonville Area Health Services, can help determine if a sleep study is the best course of action for your situation.

“Sleep medicine continues to grow as a need among our patients, so we’re excited about the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Whitney and his team to bring his expertise to our patients. Their model goes beyond what was previously available here, and is producing better outcomes for our patients,” commented Richard Ash, CEO at Ortonville Area Health Services

Dr. Courtney Whitney, who oversees all aspects of the sleep program at Ortonville Area Health Services, became a Board Certified Sleep Specialist in 2005. In 2008, he created Whitney Sleep Diagnostics specifically to provide comprehensive sleep medicine to the rural market. His decision to partner with rural hospitals provides people living in less populated areas, access to the benefits of a free standing sleep center typically found in larger cities.

“Sleep issues have such an impact on overall health. Our partnership demonstrates the commitment Ortonville Area Health Services has to the communities it serves,” added Dr. Whitney.

Acupuncture Services Now Available at OAHS

Ortonville Area Health Services is pleased to announce the addition of Tabitha Radermacher, M.Ac, L.Ac to Tabitha Reflexologist Photoour organization. Tabitha will be providing Acupuncture Services.

Tabitha Radermacher, M.Ac, L.Ac, recently graduated from the College of Acupuncture at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, MN with her Masters in Acupuncture. Internships include University Clinic on campus, Edith Davis Teaching Clinic, Pathways in Minneapolis and University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview in Minneapolis.

Conditions Tabitha has treated include variety of pain (low back, arthritic, knee, thalamic, post-surgery), neuropathy of hands and feet, sleep issues, gynecology issues, mental health including depression and anxiety, common colds and stress reduction.

Tabitha has also treated terminally ill, chronically ill and caregivers of the ill. She knows she is not able to cure cancer but is able to make the battle a little less painful, stressful and easier to fight. She has also treated patients with pregnancy complications and helped them feel more comfortable.

Tabitha states “I am excited to bring alternative medicine to the Ortonville area. I believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, energy flows smoothly throughout to nourish all organs and tissues. I  can stimulate the body’s natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. Please call 320.839.6157 to set up an appointment with me and begin your journey to a healthier life!”

Tabitha’s hours are:
Tuesdays & Fridays: 8 a.m. – noon
Wednesdays & Thursdays – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To schedule an acupuncture appointment with Tabitha, please call 320-839-6157.

A Sister Legacy at Northridge

Did you know that two sisters, ages 103 &105, are living in the same home again?

Edna Paasche is a young  103 years old and moved to Northridge in (3-2012) while her sister, Rena Bagne, is 105 years old and Northridge became her home in (4-2012). To view the sisters’ interview please click below

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OAHS Improving Patient Safety Through CT Scans

CTOrtonville Area Health Services continuously utilizes technology and other methods to improve patient safety and our newest effort involved upgrading our CT equipment to a 64-slice CT with AIDR 3D.

Aquilion CT with AIDR 3D
This CT system provides some of the most detailed images available and they are also designed to keep you safe by reducing radiation.
An industry leader in developing new technologies designed to limit radiation exposure, Toshiba’s CT
systems utilize the newest dose management technology – Adaptive Interactive Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR 3D). This personalized software automatically adjusts the level of radiation exposure to correspond with you and your procedure to provide your physician with quality
diagnostic images.
Knowing the considerations and benefits of CT can help you understand and better protect you and your family’s health.

Facts You Should Know
CT imaging is one of the fastest ways physicians can accurately diagnose a patient’s condition. The decision to undergo a CT imaging exam should be made by you and your physician together. CT imaging uses an x-ray to create detailed 3D or 4D images of organs, soft tissue, bones and anatomy. It is used often for a variety of reasons including to evaluate joints, trauma, abdominal pain, shortness of breath, blocked arteries or chest pain. The benefits of being imaged with CT are that it is minimally invasive and fast. While CT imaging can be very beneficial, it does use some radiation.

Is a CT Exam Right for You
We encourage patients to seek advice from their physician when undergoing a CT exam. To determine if a CT exam is right for you, ask your physician about the benefits and considerations of your specific exam. The benefits should outweigh the concerns.
One way to think about CT radiation dose is like taking a prescription medication. When your doctor prescribes a medication, he or she recommends the optimum dose to keep you safe and help you get well. CT scans work the same way. AIDR 3D can help medical professionals personalize your imaging exam by scanning you at the lowest possible dose to achieve the best possible images.

AIDR 3DWhat is AIDR 3D
AIDR 3D is the latest generation of software developed by Toshiba that processes a scanned image by putting it through a series of cycles or iterations while reducing the initial amount of radiation exposure needed to achieve a clear image.
Fully integrated with the CT System, AIDR 3D is automatically activated with every scan. AIDR 3D also adapts to customize exposure for every patient and every procedure based on your body. The system uses information about your body size and shape to adjust the amount of radiation to be used for the type of CT exam you are receiving. All of this enables the technologist operating the system to focus on obtaining the high quality images your physician needs to accurately diagnose you.