Entira Health News

Visit our sitePrevious NewslettersFind a Clinic | Find a Provider | Feedback | Patient Portal

Volume 2, Issue 3
Welcome to July Entira Health News!

Please take a minute to read our July Entira Health News. Articles included are:
1)  Computer upgrade from August 8-10
2)  Skin Cancer Prevention
3)  Hospice and Palliative Care article
4)  Don't forget to get your fall school and sports physicals
5)  Senior Health & Fitness

The Entira Health News is sent out quarterly.  We invite your input in this newsletter especially patient stories!  Please submit your ideas to marketing@entirafamilyclinics.com


Computer Upgrade from August 8-10th
will limit patient access
  • On Friday, August 8, we will see regularly scheduled patients from 8am-12pm. From 1pm - 9pm, we will see patients at our After Hours Care clinics located at North St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights.
  • After Hours Care will be open on August 9th and 10th as usual.  
  • Patient portal will also be down from August 8th -10th
  • Normal clinic hours will resume Monday, August 11th.

 We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

Health News

Skin Cancer Prevention
By Katherine Kardell, MD

Although we get less sun the southern states, Minnesotans seem to make up for the long winter by being in the sun whenever possible! Keep yourself safe when you’re out in the sun. According to the American Cancer Society, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer which accounts for half of all cancers.

What is a tan?

  •   A tan is a response to injury to your skin cells—injured skin cells make more pigment.
  •   It is a myth that getting a “base tan” at a tanning bed protects against sunburns—it may provide, at most, a SPF of 3.
  •   In the UV light side effects- we can make it stronger—like exposure to ultraviolet light from sun and tanning beds causes premature aging of skin, skin spots, wrinkles as well as all types of skin cancer. It increases the risk of ocular melanoma as well. Read More. 

What is Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine?
By John Hamerly, MD

Hospice and palliative medicine is a formal sub-specialty of medicine in the United States that focuses on symptom management and is part of the training of all Family Physicians, focused on the relief of suffering and end-of-life care. 

In 2006, hospice and palliative medicine was officially recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties, and is co-sponsored by the American Board of Family Medicine.  Physicians who complete a residency in one of the co-sponsoring specialties are eligible for further training in an ACGME-approved Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship program, after which they must pass the official examination to be board-certified in the sub-specialty. Read more. 

Don't forget to schedule your school and sports physicals!

Call 651-788-4444 for your appointment today!

Senior Health & Fitness
Bruce Leppink, MD

Health and Fitness for seniors in more important now than ever!  It is never too late to start to exercise! What can regular exercise do?

  •   Boost energy
  •   Retain bone mass and lower your
risk for fractures
  •   Build muscle strength to reduce
the risk of falls
  •   Maintain your independence
  •   Help manage symptoms of illness
or pain    Read More



Are you interested in learning how to create a
Health Care Directive?

Entira Family Clinics can help! Read here for more information.
Community Events

West St. Paul Clinic employees after walking
in the West St. Paul Grand  Parade on May 17!


Entira employees from our White Bear Lake-Banning and Bellaire clinics enjoying the Manitou Days Parade!        
Recipe Corner
Tuna in Pitas

Healthy for diabetics and all!
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise or salad dressing
½ teaspoon curry powder
1 can (3 oz) light tuna in water, drained (alternative: replace with ½ cup cooked chicken) 
2 lettuce leaves
1 whole wheat pita bread, cut into half to form 2 pockets
½ medium orange, peeled, broken into segments and cut into ½ inch pieces
Directions: In a small bowl, mix onion, celery, mayonnaise and curry powder. Mix well.  Place lettuce leaves in each pita bread half; fill with tuna mixture. Top with orange pieces.

Nutritional information:  1 serving has 190 calories(50 cal from fat); total fat 6gm(sat fat 1 gm and trans fat 0gms); cholesterol 15 mg; sodium 350mg; total carbs 19g(dietary fiber 3g, sugars 6g); protein 12 g; exchanges 1 starch, 1 ½ very lean meat, 1 fat.
Sent in by Nina, Entira Patient
Clinic Hours
Regular Care Schedule
Monday -Friday

After Hours Care/Holiday Schedule

*After Hours Care is located at the No. St. Paul & Inver Grove Heights clinics.
Entira Clinic Hours
8 am - 5 pm

After Hours Care*
5 pm - 9 pm (appt start at 6 pm)

8 am - 5 pm (appt start at 9 am)
8 am - 5 pm (appt start at 9 am)


At Entira Family Clinics, we are community-based clinics offering
high quality, individualized care specializing in family practice,
obstetrics, newborn, pediatrics & geriatric care.