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Health MattersFall2016 A LA PAZ REGIONAL HOSPITAL NEWSLETTER IN THIS ISSUE Health Fair Dates New Podiatrist! Flu Vaccine: MYTH VS FACT


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FREE Health Screens at the Health Fair! H /2017 rs La Paz December 2, 2016 7:00am-11:00am @ the QIA Quartzsite ealth Fai February 9, 2017 7:00am-11:00am @ the Ehrenberg Fire Station December 9, 2016 7:00am-11:00am @ the Parker Senior Center January 20, 2017 7:00am-11:00am @ the Salome Centennial Community Center PSA check for $30. If you plan on getting a blood test, make sure to fast the night before. County 2016 January 26, 2017 7:00am-11:00am @ the Bouse Booster Hall • O2 Sats • Cholesterol check • Blood sugar check • Blood pressure check • Bone density scan • More to be announced! March 3, 2017 7:00am-11:00am @ the QIA Quartzsite April 8, 2017 2:00pm-5pm @ La Paz Regional Hospital Many community organizations also participate! Even if you do not need health screens, there will be great community information available! Employees of the Quarter Jim Gates is the Employee of the 3rd Quarter, 2016! He joined the LPRH team in 2014 as a CNA in the Med/Surg Unit where he was named Employee of the Quarter as well. He started as a Cardiac Rehabilitation Aide in January of 2015. Jim was born and raised in Southern California, but he has been visiting Parker and the river since he was two. Jim loves the community and has a strong commitment rdto the people. 3 Q“His sense of humor is priceless and I think he probably does AIDET in his sleep,” Diane Brown commented. He was nominated by fellow LPRH sta because he has a very caring attitude and shows empathy towards his patients and co-workers. He always steps up when needed to get the job done! Omar Iniguez was named Employee of the 4th Quarter. Omar’s rst job at La Paz Regional Hospital was in the Radiology Department for a summer. He was part of the Coyote Summer Program after graduating from Parker High School. They found him to be such an asset that he was later hired for a position in the Admitting Department. 4th QHis peers nominated him because“he is very knowledgeable of all the insurance and admitting processes that the hospital deals with on a regular basis.” “Whenever anyone has a registration question, Omar is called because he knows the process. He is always willing to help wherever needed and to make the department great. He also has excellent customer service.” Omar has worked in admitting for over a year now. “I live a very happy life and am extremely grateful for all the opportunities I have been blessed with in my community,” replied Omar when asked about working for LPRH.


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New Practitioner in Quartzsite! La Paz Medical Services is excited to announce that Edmund Mitchell, M.D. will be joining the La Paz Regional Hospital team. Dr. Mitchell started seeing patients October 3, 2016 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Dr. Mitchell is certi ed by the American Board of Dr. Mitchell Family Practice and has been a physician for 23 years. He started his medical practice in Lake Havasu City in 2010. Dr. Mitchell is committed to enhancing healthcare in rural populations. “I want to make it easier for patients seeking care to be able to do so without leaving the area. This encourages patients to seek the medical attention they need,” he commented. Since starting, he’s already begun work on the Electronic Medical Records System which will make the scheduling and referral process easier for patients. The hospital is completing its strategic plan to guide operations and capital expenditures for the next two to three years, and growth in clinic services is a top priority. “We are actively recruiting physicians to our clinics,” Board Chair Montijo noted. “Our goal is to transform these medical practices into an e cient and e ective gateway to all county health services. Maureen Walker, CNP and Philip Clark, CNP will still be seeing patients at La Paz Medical Services Monday through Friday. They will also continue to see patients Tuesday and Thursday mornings at the Bouse Clinic. Call for an appointment today at (928) 927-8747! Chemoth apy La Paz Regional Hospital started o ering Oncology services almost a year ago. In that time we have seen many patients that were so grateful not to travel to Havasu, Yuma, Phoenix or beyond for their treatment. One of these patients is William Inman, also known as Sharky. He is a long time Parker resident and used to own Sharky’s on the edge of town. You might also recognize him from the shop at Emerald Canyon Golf Course. Sharky mentioned that being able to receive his treatment at La Paz Regional Hospital made the process so much easier. “Rhonda has just been SUPER. I could not have asked for anyone better to care for me. My oncologist, Dr. O’Neill, is also just great. He pays attention to detail and is easy to talk to,” says Sharky when asked about the quality of care. Rhonda Conlin, RN & Sharky The treatments available include chemotherapy, antibiotics, specialized medication and blood products. You use the doctor of your choice, and they will coordinate with our oncology nurse, Rhonda Conlin, for your regular treatment. This means you can get the treatment you need, but closer to home. Our oncology services area is located in the Surgery Department. Call (928) 669-7470 for more information. Visit www.lapazhospital.org for more information about our services!


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New Podiatrist! La Paz Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Adam Caton, DPM as the new podiatrist for Parker Podiatry. Dr. Caton is Board Certi ed by the American Board of Pediatric Medicine. A podiatrist is a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM), also known as a podiatric physician or surgeon. Podiatric medicine is a branch of the medical sciences devoted to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of foot disorders resulting from injury or disease. Some of these might include: Dr. Caton • Diabetic feet • Ingrown nails • Toe nail cutting • Ulcers • Bunyons • Hammer toes • Corns • Debride fungus • Callus • Neuropathy • Heel pain • Foot deformities • Foot/ankle pain • Foot/ankle fracture • History of amputation • Poor circulation to lower extremites Dr. Caton was born and raised in Arizona and will be coming to us from the East Valley. When asked about moving to a more rural setting he said, “I am looking forward to having an opportunity to get to know my patients in La Paz County. This is the type of community where we can have a positive impact on each other. Whether it is supporting our local businesses or getting my patients back on their feet, it is something I am honored to be a part of. Having this doctor patient relationship will allow me to provide a better quality of care.” Dr. Caton spent three years in Tucson completing his reconstructive foot and ankle surgery residency in Podiatry at the Southern Arizona Veteran’s Administration Healthcare System. He received his medical training from Midwestern University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Glendale and was the founder of their American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management chapter. You can schedule an appointment with Dr. Caton as he started seeing patients October 3, 2016. He is practicing at the same Parker Podiatry building located at 1713 S. Kofa Ave., Suite K, Parker. You can call and schedule an appointment today at 928-669-3033. Appointments with Dr. Caton will also be available at La Paz Medical Services in Quartzsite every Monday and every other Wednesday at the Tri-Valley Medical Center in Salome. La Paz Medical Services 150 East Tyson Road Quartzisite, Arizona Tri-Valley Medical Center 39276 Harquahala Mine Road Salome, Arizona Parker Podiatry 1713 Kofa Avenue Parker, Arizona (928) 669-3033


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Rural Health Clinics La Paz Medical Services, Quartzsite La Paz Regional Hospital operates ve Rural Health Clinics in La Paz County as well as two Specialty Clinics, three outpatient lab stations, o -site imaging and Parker Podiatry. Walk-ins are welcome, though an appointment is preferred, especially during the winter season. There are many bene ts to living in a rural community; everyone knows your name, wide open spaces; fresh air; your neighbors watch out for you. At La Paz Regional Hospital, we also realize that rural communities face a unique combination of factors not found in urban areas. Rural living can make managing your health more di cult. This is why LPRH is working hard to meet the needs of all the communities to ensure you don’t have to travel far from home to receive quality healthcare. La Paz Healthcare: Parker Clinic Family practice, immunizations, CDL medical exams, drug testing and sports physicals Walk-ins welcome! Follow us on FB to receive updates on events and specials! www.facebook.com/lapazhospital Parker Family Practice Check out the back page for a list of services and contact information. Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for the upcoming health fair dates! This is your chance to get free health screenings, meet your local nurses and LPRH sta as well as other community organizations that could bene t you! Tri-Valley Medical Center, Salome


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New procedures offered at La Paz Regional Hospital Specialty Clinic! Compression fractures can be very painful and if you are su ering from this, you will want the pain alleviated as soon as possible! Kyphoplasty is a new procedure that can alleviate the pain almost immediately after the procedure is nished. Kyphoplasty is an outpatient treatment for patients immobilized by the painful vertebral body compression fractures associated with osteoporosis. Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can alleviate up to Dr. Lankenau 90% of the pain caused by compression fractures. In addition to relieving pain, kyphoplasty can also stabilize the fracture, restore height, and reduce deformity. Dr. Lankenau is an Orthopedic Spine Surgeon and has 20 years of experience. No longer do you need to travel out of La Paz County for superior cervical and lumbar spine care. He accepts most insurances and takes appointments bi-monthly. Call (928) 453-2211 to request an appointment at La Paz Regional Hospital today! Why I got into healthcare: Mishelle DeMoss, Medical Assistant at La Paz Healthcare: Parker Clinic "Starting at the age of 13, I had the desire of working La Paz Healthcare: Parker Clinic who work with my to earn my own money to help the family. My parents school schedule in order to make it possible for me to worked very hard to take care of their 3 children. I knew take the classes that a great career was needed in order to live a life I need to nish. more desirable and more enjoyable.” We are a great team!” “I graduated from Parker High School with a full scholarship to Arizona Western College in Yuma. During “My goal in life college, it was a di cult time to focus because a relative is to have a was going through cancer, but it was through this nancially experience that I knew I wanted to work in the medical stable career eld. I received my degree in Science and became the that I love and rst person in my family to have a college education. I raise a family. A was lucky enough to be hired for my rst medical career is assisting job with a cardiologist and learned so much more about healthcare. Since my rst medical assisting important to me in order to Mishelle DeMoss, MA job in 2010, I have worked with multiple providers in not only provide for myself, but continue to always help multiple elds and I only became even more fond of the my family. I’ve gone through many struggles in life to be human body. I’ve only been working with La Paz where I am today, but without those struggles I would Regional for a year and a half but have learned so much not be the person I am. I will work hard, and even if I throughout each of the clinics. Through my experiences struggle to get where I want to be, it will only be that it has made me want to further my education to much more satisfying. I love this small town and want become an RN. I feel really blessed to work with the nothing more than to become an asset in the hospital hospital and receive scholarships to help me continue to help those in medical need that are local or visiting my education. I am extremely thankful for the team at our beautiful town."


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FLU VACCINE MYTH I am allergic to the u vaccine! FACT In these cases you should always talk to your doctor, but the most commonly stated ingredient people are allergic to is eggs. While it is true that most u vaccines are made from eggs, not all are. Most health departments carry the form of u vaccine made without eggs for those people with a severe egg allergy. MYTH The u shot gave me the u! FACT This is a very common myth and there is actually not a chance of this happening. The u vaccine, in most cases, carries an inactive form of the vaccine or a severely weakened form. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to take e ect. If u symptoms started right after getting the u shot, you already had the virus before receiving the vaccine. MYTH My kids should not get the u vaccine. FACT Many studies have been conducted to nd what the right age is to start receiving the u vaccine. It has been concluded that the u vaccine can be given, and is recommended, for children 6 months and older. Some parents worry that vaccines have been linked to autism. These claims were proven to be falsi ed and numerous studies have been carried out to verify the safety of this vaccine. Children, pregnant women and people over 65 years old are at highest risk for developing complications from the u and it is highly recommended that they receive the vaccine. MYTH The u vaccine will put me at risk for developing pneumonia. FACT It is actually the opposite! The u vaccine is highly recommended for individuals who have respiratory issues. We still see thousands of deaths every year from the u that can be prevented in the majority of cases. I hope this has alleviated some fears about the u vaccine. Remember, it is recommended that anyone over the age of 6 months receive the vaccine. If you are still unsure, I encourage you to speak with your doctor. All of the La Paz Regional Hospital Clinics o er a quadrivalent u vaccine, which is e ective against one additional strain of the u virus compared to the typical u vaccine. Retiring Director of Pharmacy, Zafer Genc Rachael Moreno Last August, Rachel Moreno retired from her job in the laundry department at La Paz Regional Hospital. Rachel worked at LRPH for over twenty-one years and will be staying home to care for her husband. Rachel was born and raised in the Parker community and has lived here all her life. She has raised ve children, three of which are still in the area. Rachel says, “LPRH is like a second home to me. The people I work with are like family. I love it here.” “My favorite part of my job is meeting and greeting everyone - patients and sta ,” Rachel mentioned when asked about her years working here. “I would also like to personally thank Vickie Clark for all the help and understanding when my husband was sick. He needed a medical bed and she helped me.” LPRH wishes Rachel a happy and restful retirement. Her smile will be greatly missed around the hospital.


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La Paz Regional Hospital Clinics & Services • Cardiac Rehab • Cardiology/Echo • Colonoscopy • Endoscopy • General Surgery • Gym (Public) • Infusion/Chemotherapy • Laboratory • Mammography • Medical Surgical • MRI/MRA • Nuclear Medicine • Orthopedics • Physical Therapy • Radiology/Ultrasound • Respiratory/Cardiopulmonary • Skilled Nursing Program • Telestroke with Mayo Clinic La Paz Regional Specialty Clinic Located at La Paz Regional Hospital 1200 West Mohave Rd. Parker, Arizona 85344 Cardiology - Fadi Atassi, M.D. Yosef Kahn, M.D. Oday Alrabadi, M.D. 669-5482 669-5482 669-5482 Ear, Nose,Throat - Devin Cunning, M.D. 854-5368 General/Vascular - Abedon Saiz, M.D. Surgery 453-2900 Oncology - Paul O’Neill, M.D. 854-4497 Orthopedics - John Lankenau, M.D. Theron Tilgner, D.O. 453-2211 854-3333 Rheumatology/ - Summer Tilgner, D.N.P. 854-7666 Orthopedic La Paz Healthcare: Parker Clinic 601 W. Riverside Dr. Parker, Arizona 928-669-5550 Parker Family Practice 1713 Kofa Ave. Suite A Parker, Arizona 928-669-9700 Parker Podiatry 1713 Kofa Ave. Suite K Parker, Arizona 928-669-3033 La Paz Medical Services 150 Tyson Rd. Quartzsite, Arizona 928-927-8747 Bouse Clinic 44031 E. Plomosa Rd. Bouse, Arizona 928-851-2177 Tri-Valley Medical Center 38726 Harquahala Mine Rd. Salome, Arizona 928-859-3460



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