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97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Healthy Halloween

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Healthy Halloween

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Healthy Halloween

Aired: 10/14/2019

Even though Halloween is still a few weeks away, children are excited to pick out their costumes and prepare for upcoming Halloween festivities.  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses helpful tips on how to keep you and your family safe this Halloween.

Safe Sweet Treats

  • Make sure to examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. 
  • Discard unwanted treats.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. 
  • Avoid eating homemade treats made my strangers.
  • Ration sweets to avoid unhealthy binge eating.

Costume Safety

  • Wear well-fitted masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.
  • Check product labels to make sure costumes are flame retardant.

Trick-Or-Treating Safely

  • Always trick-or-treat in groups or with a trusted adult. Never trick-or-treat alone.
  • Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you.
  • Use a flashlight to see where you are going and also for drivers to see you.
  • Always use sidewalks if available, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

 Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Getting In Shape Mentally

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute - Getting In Shape Mentally

by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Getting In Shape Mentally

Aired: 9/16/2019

Last week we discussed how to identify the signs of someone who may be considering suicide along with resources available to help someone in need in honor of National Suicide Prevention Month.  Your mental health influences how you think, feel and behave each day and also affects your ability to cope with stress and overcome life’s many challenges.   This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly covers the importance of good mental health along with tips on how to improve your mental and emotional health.  

Importance of Good Mental Health

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being affecting how we think, feel and act.  Our level of good mental health determines how well communicate with others and build relationships, deal with stress, and even how we recover from life’s challenges and setbacks.   Mental and physical health are equally important to our overall health.   

Getting Your Mental Health In Shape

Exercise – You do not have to be a gym-goer to physically improve your mental health.   Take a walk on your lunch break, take your dogs for a walk, or even put some music on and dance around your house.

Healthy Diet – Avoid caffeine, alcohol, sugary snacks and even fried food.  Eat a diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables along with lean proteins.   

Sleep – Turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed and allow yourself the time to achieve at least 7 hours of sleep each night.

Learn how to manage your stress – Whether it is having lunch and going to a movie with a friend, talking with a counselor, or baking with your children, find something that allows you to destress.  

Find your purpose outside of work – Whether you volunteer your time in the community or spend your time helping a loved one, find something that gives you purpose and allows you to find balance.  

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Community Health Center Continues to Grow

Cassopolis, MI, August 28, 2019 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network has recently welcomed new primary care and dental providers as the Health Center continues to grow to meet the need for affordable access to primary care and support services in Cass and southeast Berrien Counties.

Devesh Patel, D.D.S. has joined the staff of Niles Community Health Center Dental (NCHC Dental).  Dr. Patel, originally from Mississippi, obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Detroit Mercy in Detroit, MI.  “My favorite aspect of working in dentistry is the rewarding gratification of helping others.  I look forward to working at NCHC Dental and am dedicated to providing compassionate dentistry to the community,” said Patel.  Niles Community Health Center Dental is located at 122 Grant Street, Niles, MI and is open Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.   NCHC Dental offers dental services to patients who do not have dental insurance, are covered by Michigan Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and Delta Dental.   For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 262-4364.  

Board Certified in Family Medicine, Andre Smyth, D.O. has joined the staff of Cassopolis Family Clinic (CFC).  Dr. Smyth, originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, obtained his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.   Prior to joining CFCN, Smyth completed his Family Medicine Residency in Orange Park, FL, and a Geriatric Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  “I truly enjoy working in the Community Health Center setting and look forward to working with the community of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties to continue to improve the health and well-being of its individuals and families,” said Smyth.    Medical services at CFC are offered by appointment only, Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 445-3874.   

Jody Murmu, a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner has joined the medical staff at Niles Community Health Center (NCHC).   Murmu, originally from southwest Michigan, received her Bachelor of Science Nursing Degree from Andrews University and Master of Science Nursing Degree from Indiana University.  “After working in the hospital setting as a nurse for a few years, I would see patients returning again and again for the same health issues.  I wanted to play a role in the prevention of these problems.  I decided the time was right for me to return to school to become a Nurse Practitioner with a goal to help my patients focus on preventative healthcare and reduce hospital readmissions,” Murmu stated when asked why she decided to become Nurse Practitioner.  “I chose to practice in southwest Michigan so that I might give back to my community by helping to improve the health and well-being of those in the community that I call home.”  NCHC is located at 24 N. St. Joseph Avenue, Suite G, Niles, MI and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.   For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (269) 262-4749. 

Board Certified in Family Medicine, Drs. Harris Shaikh and Matthew Pazderka have joined the staff of CFCN.  They will care for patients of all ages at CFC until the opening of the new NCHC this November at 1951 Oak Street, Niles, MI.  

Dr. Shaikh, originally from Ontario, Canada, obtained his Doctorate of Medicine from Avalon University School of Medicine in Youngstown, OH.  Prior to joining CFCN, Shaikh completed his Family Medicine Residency in Lake Charles, Louisiana.  “I had wanted to become a doctor since childhood, and am excited that now this dream has finally become a reality.  I look forward to educating my patients on their health conditions and providing them with the tools they need to achieve optimal overall health,” said Shaikh.  “I wanted to practice within an organization where patient care and satisfaction was the primary goal of every employee that entered the building each day.  From my first visit to CFCN, I immediately realized that the organization shared this goal and knew it was the right fit for me.” 

Dr. Pazderka, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, obtained his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  Prior to joining CFCN, Pazderka completed his Family Practice Residency Program in Washington, DC at Georgetown University – Providence Hospital.   “I went into medicine because it is such a unique mix of studying the science of the human body and then applying that to each individual patient to help them be happy and healthy throughout their life.  The end result is building the patient-physician relationship which can be incredibly meaningful for myself, patients, and their families,” said Pazderka.  “There is always something to learn no matter how long you’ve been practicing.  It is humbling to go to work daily knowing you can become a better physician if you take the time to listen to your patients and pay attention to the details.”             

For a complete list of CFCN providers, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org.  

CFCN is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. CFCN provides care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Medicare and Michigan Medicaid, and most commercial insurances. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.

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This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Ease Back into School

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Ease Back into School

by by Matt Malone and Rose Willson

Aired: 8.19.2019

Vacations, beach days, bonfires, and friend sleepovers provide a great summer getaway from a student’s normal school year schedule. While we are still two weeks from the official end of summer break for students in southwest Michigan, it is a great time to start preparing your child for their upcoming school year. This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses tips on how to prepare your child for their first week of school of the 2019-2020 school year.

Sleep

Consider slowly moving your child’s bedtime back to a normal school night bedtime and setting the alarm earlier each day. This will help your child ease into their new schedule.

Routine

Rather than lounging around watching movies and playing video games, create good habits that will help school mornings run a bit smoother. Have your child set out the clothes they wish to wear the night before, make their bed in the morning, and eat a healthy breakfast.

Study Zone

Prepare for another school year by organizing a study zone where your child can do their homework or read. Be sure to find a comfy chair and good lighting. Have your child help decorate their space.

Nutrition

Summer can easily throw off your mealtime schedule and good nutrition habits. Start easing back into the routine by offering healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – ReThink Your Drink, Fair Edition

97.5 Y-Country Medical Minute – Rethink Your Drink, Fair Edition

by Matt Malone & Rose Willson

Aired: 8/12/2019

Fair season is upon us in southwest Michigan and this week is the Berrien County Youth Fair. County fairs are known and loved for their deep-fried, sugar-filled unhealthy treats. Before you head out to the fair, be sure to check out this week’s Y-County Medical Minute and Rethink Your Drink.

ReThink Your Drink

Did you know, there are 16.25 teaspoons of sugar in 18 chocolate chip cookies, 6 donuts and (1) 20 oz Soda? The average person would not eat 18 cookies or 6 donuts in one sitting, however, will drink the same amount of sugar from those items in (1) 20 oz soda.

The famous Lemon Shake-Up that can be found at most state and county fairs contains 14 teaspoons of sugar (56g) for a 12 oz. cup or 28 teaspoons of sugar (112g) for a 24 oz. cup.

ReThink Your Drink by packing a cooler of water so you can stay hydrated and avoid those sugary beverages.

Be sure to stop by the Niles Community Health Center booth to see our ReThink Your Drink display and to find out more about Cassopolis Family Clinic Network.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network Achieves AAAHC Reaccreditation

Cassopolis, MI, August 8, 2019 – Cassopolis Family Clinic Network (CFCN) has been reaccredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation distinguishes this Community Health Center from many other outpatient facilities through its adherence to rigorous standards of care and safety.

Status as an accredited organization means CFCN has met nationally recognized standards for the provision of quality healthcare set by AAAHC. More than 6,100 ambulatory healthcare organizations across the United States are accredited by AAAHC.

1095 Strong is a transformational movement and call-to-action spearheaded by the AAAHC to equip ambulatory leaders with the best of what they need to operationalize quality practices. The three-year, or 1,095-day, period between accreditations is a critical time when ambulatory health organizations, with help from proven experts, can develop the kind of everyday habits that enable leaders in the industry to provide the utmost in quality care to their patients. Organizations, such as CFCN, that earn AAAHC Accreditation embody the spirit of 1095 Strong, quality every day, an ongoing commitment to high-quality care and patient safety.

While the onsite survey is an important component of the process, ongoing compliance and continuous

improvement are part of the accreditation maintenance mindset that a facility should integrate into its daily activities long after the survey has been completed. The intent of accreditation is for organizations to adopt policies and procedures that fuel ongoing quality improvement and self-evaluation every day.

“We believe our patients deserve the best,” stated Mary Geegan Middleton, Chief Executive Officer of CFCN. “When you see our certificate of accreditation, you will know that AAAHC, an independent, not-for-profit organization, has closely examined our facility and procedures. It means we as an organization care enough about our patients to strive for the highest level of care possible.”

Ambulatory healthcare organizations seeking AAAHC Accreditation undergo an extensive self-assessment and on-site survey by AAAHC expert surveyors – physicians, nurses, and administrators who are actively involved in ambulatory care. The survey is peer-based and educational, presenting best practices to help an organization improve its care and services.

“Going through the reaccreditation process challenged us to find better ways to serve our patients, and it is a constant reminder that our responsibility is to strive to continuously improve the quality of care we provide,” said Middleton.

Cassopolis Family Clinic Network is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, designated a Federally Qualified Health Center. With locations in Cassopolis and Niles, CFCN provides primary care, behavioral health, obstetrics and gynecology, dental, pharmacy, and healthcare enrollment assistance services for the communities of Cass and southeast Berrien Counties. CFCN provides care for people who are uninsured, underinsured, covered by Medicare and Michigan Medicaid and most commercial insurances. For more information, go to www.cassfamilyclinic.org or call (269) 445-3874.

Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc.

This health center is a Health Center Program grantee under 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).