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January 8th, 2018

Got pain? Here are 9 ways to treat osteoarthritis

By Daniel Oyiriaru, M.D. Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis is just one type of arthritis. It is common as we get older in life.  When it sets in, the rubbery material between the bones at the joint, called cartilage, starts to wear off. This gradually worsens over time. It can affect any joint, […]

January 2nd, 2018

National Pharmacist Day and National Medical Group Practice Week

by Joseph Aigner-Varoz Senior Director, Clinic Operations Support We kick off the New Year with two healthcare recognitions:  National Pharmacist Day on January 12th, and National Medical Group Practice Week, January 22 – 26. National Pharmacist Day Derived from eastern hemisphere and Native American medicine, Pharmacy in the United States has grown over the centuries […]

November 16th, 2017

Trust, compassion and end-of-life care in the Rio Grande Valley

From a young age, Merlyn Palacios, APRN, knew she wanted to pursue a career in health care. As a child, she spent time hanging around the doctor’s office where her mother worked for nearly 20 years. Palacios watched, fascinated, as the doctor performed everything from injections to sutures. But her favorite thing to do while […]

November 2nd, 2017

Celebrating Home Care, Palliative Care, Radiologic Technology and Nurse Practitioners in November

by Joseph Aigner-Varoz Senior Director, Clinic Operations Support This coming month marks several recognition celebrations for a few of our amazing WellMed clinical teams. Throughout the month of November, we celebrate National Home Care Month and National Palliative Care Month.  From November 5 – 11 we celebrate National Radiologic Technology Week, and from November 12 […]

October 31st, 2017

Mask On, Mask Off – Trick or Treat?

by Dr. Jamie Huysman, PsyD, LCSW, CAP, CFT To celebrate Halloween, we can dress up, put on masks and pretend to be anything we want. Afterward, we return our costumes or pack them away for next year — and resume our daily lives. But consider this: At any given time, we can unknowingly put on […]

October 9th, 2017

Staying healthy this flu season

Dr. Aparna Vallabhaneni WellMed at Georgetown Maybe you or someone you know took the flu mist in recent years, the inhalable version of the flu shot. If you did, here’s something you should know. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that LAIV (Live attenuated influenza vaccine flumist) not be used during the 2017 to 2018 […]

October 4th, 2017

Celebrating Physicians Assistants, Medical Assistants, and Pharmacy Technicians

by Joseph Aigner-Varoz Senior Director, Clinic Operations Support October is a great time to recognize our PAs, MAs, and Pharmacy Technicians. National Physician Assistants Week is from 6 – 12 October, National Medical Assistants Week will follow on 15 – 21 October, and Pharmacy Technician Day is on 17 October. National Physician Assistants Week 2017 […]

September 15th, 2017

Three tips for summer safety for older adults

by Dr. Lorena Gomez Summer heat can be hard for older adults. So it’s important to think about how to deal with the harmful effects of the sun. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that if you’re 65 or older you are more likely to have heart problems and diabetes. These conditions can […]

July 24th, 2017

Dedicated doctor in the hospital means better patient care

By Dr. Sridhar Narra What is a hospitalist and what is their role? A hospitalist is a doctor who cares for patients in the hospital. WellMed hospitalists coordinate care for patients in the WellMed Network with the patient’s primary care doctor, so they get the right care at the right time. A doctor who works […]

July 10th, 2017

Aging gracefully in Sun City: One doctor’s perspective

By George “Walker” Jackson, MD I’m one of those guys who always wanted to be a physician. It was a passion of mine. I grew up in El Paso, graduated from Coronado High School and headed off to Baylor University where I earned my undergraduate degree. After graduation, I spent a year in a post […]