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May 1st, 2018

Celebrating National Nurses Week

by Joseph Aigner-Varoz Senior Director, Clinic Operations Support The American Nurses Association’s theme for this year’s National Nurses Week is “Nurses: Inspire.  Innovate.  Influence.” National Nurses Week was first observed in October 1954, in honor of Florence Nightingale, the English nurse who became known as the founder of professional nursing.   Due to her habit of […]

April 9th, 2018

Patient Experience and Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day

by Joseph Aigner-Varoz Senior Director, Clinic Operations Support Patient Experience Week, which runs from April 23-27, is an annual event to celebrate accomplishments, re-energize efforts, and honor our outstanding team who impact patient experience every day— from our physicians and nurses, to our support staff and executive professionals, to our patients, families, and communities. Patient experience […]

February 28th, 2018

National Social Work Month and National Doctor’s Day

by Joseph Aigner-Varoz Senior Director, Clinic Operations Support March is National Social Work Month.  During the entire month, we celebrate Social Workers across WellMed and across the nation to recognize their contributions to those in need of support and advocacy. On March 30th, Doctor’s Day, we also recognize our amazing doctors who tirelessly provide outstanding, […]

February 23rd, 2018

The Silent Killer: Controlling Hypertension

By Saritha Pothuluri, MD As a primary care physician specializing in senior health care, I’m no stranger to a common malady in older adults: hypertension, more commonly referred to as high blood pressure. Hypertension affects nearly one in three adults in the United States, some 70 million people. Left untreated, it can cause serious complications, […]

February 20th, 2018

RAISE Act raises the bar for caregiver support

By Carol Zernial In late January, the President signed the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act into law. The new law requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop, maintain and update a strategy to recognize and support family caregivers. As Winnie the Pooh once said, “If anyone would […]

January 23rd, 2018

Multiple Meds Can Lead to Dangerous Drug Interactions

By Humberto Jimenez, M.D., PCPMG Miami With cooler weather and the flu season, illnesses are imminent this time of year. As a result, people are taking more pills but may not be considering the harmful interactions that may occur when taking multiple prescription drugs, over the-counter medications, vitamins or herbal supplements. Adverse drug reactions (ADR) […]

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 […]