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January                                                                                         Volume 3, Issue 1

Welcome to January Entira Health News!

Please take a minute to read our January Entira Health news. Articles included are:

1) Patient Stories
2) What is the difference between a family practitioner, internist and pediatrician?

3) What does high cholesterol mean?

4) Entira Family Clinics welcomes three new providers!

The Entira Health News will be sent out quarterly in 2015.  We invite your input in this newsletter especially patient stories!  Please submit your ideas to marketing@entirafamilyclinics.com

                                    Patient Stories

#1 "I want to write a brief note of thanks to all of the staff at the North St. Paul Clinic. 
My brother, my sister, and I appreciate everything that you did for us during this very stressful period—and on such short notice. We were particularly impressed with Dr Vik, who seemed to know exactly how to handle our complex set of circumstances and knew exactly what to say and how to say it. We just can’t thank you enough!"


#2 "Dr. Duthoy and his staff went above and beyond in helping me with a pretty large blood clot. His excellent work saved me over $300 per month in prescription costs. Many thanks."


Do you have a similar story to share? Tell us why your provider is so special, and we’ll publish it in our next newsletter. Please email nbonfig@entirafamilyclinics.com to share your story.

  Health News

What is the difference between a family practitioner, internist and pediatrician?
By John Nichols, MD


     Making sense of the various primary care providers in medicine can be confusing. You know you need one, but which one is the best choice for you?

     According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, “Family medicine is the medical specialty which provides continuing, comprehensive health care for the individual and family. It is a specialty in breadth that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences. The scope of family medicine encompasses all ages and both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity. “ Read more.

What does high cholesterol mean?
By John Punderson, MD

     The providers at Entira Family Clinics see patients with high cholesterol on a daily basis. As consumers, we hear about medications that lower your cholesterol on TV. Why is high cholesterol such a big deal? Because it can cause blockages in the small arteries of the heart as well as other blood vessels, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

    So, what is cholesterol?
    Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in your blood. Your body produces cholesterol in your liver and you can also get it from food.

     What is the difference between “good” cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol?
  Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is often called “bad” cholesterol because it raises your risk of health complications.  High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is often called “good” cholesterol because it removes the bad cholesterol from your body.  So, too much LDL cholesterol is bad for the body and a high level of HDL cholesterol is good. Read More.

                           Welcome, New Providers!

     Last October, we welcomed Ann Barry, MD to our White Bear Lake-Banning Avenue Clinic.
     She provides full spectrum family medicine including prenatal care and obstetrics.  She brings pregnancy and babies back to the Banning Avenue Clinic!
     She grew up in Woodbury and received her undergraduate degree at University of MN, Minneapolis. She attended medical school at University of MN, Duluth and Minneapolis with a 3rd year spent in the Rural Physicians Associates Program in New Ulm, MN. Read More.

Ann Barry, MD

Whitney Worley, PA-C

      Whitney Worley, PA-C joined the staff at Inver Grove Heights Clinic in October as well. Originally from Alaska and North Dakota, she graduated from the University of North Dakota with her degree in Spanish.  More recently, Worley graduated from the Physician Assistant program at Augsburg College. Her special interests include preventive medicine, chronic disease management, women’s health and minor procedures.

     “I chose to work as a physician assistant in family medicine because I truly enjoy working with people of all ages on a more familiar level. I believe that by allowing patients an opportunity to get to know and feel comfortable with their providers, they are able to better manage their health and even prevent disease, “explains Worley. Read More.

     Maplewood/Battle Creek Clinic was pleased to add Sara Whitehouse, MD to their staff in December 2014. She provides a full spectrum family medicine including prenatal care and obstetrics.  She brings pregnancy and babies back to the Maplewood/Battle Creek Clinic!
     She is originally from Montana, but grew up for the most part in Minnesota. Read more.

Sara Whitehouse, MD

                      Checked out our improved Patient Portal!

What is the patient portal?

The patient portal is a secure website that allows you, our patient, to access parts of your medical records. This will enable you to take a more active role in your health and help you be more informed when making decisions related to your care.

What can I access?

Patients are able to see Lab and Diagnostic Imaging results once their provider has reviewed them. You are also able to view your recent visit summary which shows your allergies, medications, and any notes or instructions your provider may have given to you while you were here. You can also print your PHR (Personal Health Record) to bring to another provider. This is called a Continuity of Care Document. In addition, if your clinic has provided you with any patient education, this can be viewed on the portal as well. Read More.


                                Community Involvement

In October, all 12 of our clinics participated in a food shelf competition.  Our Maplewood/ Battle Creek Clinic was the winner, but the true winner was the local food shelves who received almost 6000 lbs of food!

          Como/Roseville                  West St. Paul           White  Bear Lake-Banning

                                      Patient Safety Committee


Did you know that Entira Family Clinics has Patient Safety Committee that meets once a month to review safety event scenarios? Entira continually improves to give our patients the best possible care.Employees of Entira Family Clinics are encouraged to report mistakes as well as good catches to an anonymous Safety icon found on every computer and laptop. Every month, a committee representing all clinics and two patient representatives meets to study these problems.They review each reported scenario and do a root cause analysis to determine if it was a system breakdown, communication breakdown, hazardous event, human error or something else. The goal is to prevent the same errors from occurring in the future. Many new systems have been put into place as a result of this valuable committee.

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