• May 27, 2016

White Mountain Independent

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State hits goal to reduce tooth decay in kids

A new report shows that Arizona has reduced the percentage of kindergarteners with untreated decay by 8 percent since a similar study in 2003, giving families, educators and policymakers something to smile about.

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GRIEF GROUP: Will the hole in my heart ever heal?

Dear GG,

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Stepping out to end cancer

A group of happy Sue's Crew AZ walkers smile as they make their way on the 30-mile course across from Park Pineway Plaza on Saturday, May 14. Jim Hillebrecht organizes the walk every year in memory of his wife Sue who died from breast cancer.

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4 ways to heal ADD without medication

Taking a dose of Ritalin or Adderall at school is a daily ritual for many students in the United States.

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Veterans share grievances with health-care system

SHOW LOW — Veterans Health Administration executives from the Phoenix VA came to Show Low May 6 and told veterans the system is getting better.

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Show Low EMS announces community paramedicine grant

SHOW LOW — Arrowhead Mobile Healthcare has received a $150,000 grant to provide community paramedicine services within its service area, General Manager Dorothy Porter announced Wednesday.

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MEDICARE MADE EASY: Why so many choices?

Q. Why are there so many choices?

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Is drive-thru surgery the wave of the future?

When retired NHL goaltender Olie Kolzig underwent hip surgery after his 14-year professional hockey career ended, his orthopedic surgeon planned something unusual for his recovery.

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Protecting your ears in May for Better Hearing and Speech Month

With more than one million people in Arizona currently experiencing some degree of hearing loss, many of us can relate to or know someone who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing. This month, Better Hearing and Speech Month, is the perfect time to remind people of the importance of hearing health, the signs of hearing loss and resources available.

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Health screenings coming in June

EAGAR — Residents living in and around the Eagar can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening. Eagar Town Hall will host the event Wednesday, June 1. The site is located at 22 W. 2nd St. in Eagar.

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Cutting sugar's umbilical cord

Once upon a time, sugar was mostly relegated to desserts. But now, excessive amounts can be found in our everyday foods and beverages, and it’s taking a toll, according to recently published studies.

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The 10-step sugar detox plan for you and your children

For adults who crave candy and ice cream almost as much as their children, the bad news on sugar continues to pour in.

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If you think your job is a pain in the neck –— you may be right

Going to work each day puts more wear and tear on the body than most people realize.

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GRIEF GROUP: How do I deal with phone scammers?

Dear GG,

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Warning signs of abuse

It’s not always easy to tell at the beginning of a relationship if it will become abusive.

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8 ways to keep your brain healthy and sharp

FAMILY FEATURES — The brain is the body's most complex organ. It's also the most important one. That's why keeping it healthy is critical, especially as you age. Every day, scientists are discovering how closely our minds and bodies are connected. As it turns out, the things that you do to keep your body and heart healthy may also be good for your brain. 

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Community Counseling Centers holding mental health first aid trainings

SHOW LOW — Community Counseling Centers Inc. is initiating the Mental Health First Aid program in Show Low and throughout Navajo County. The goal of Community Counseling Centers is to train 500 individuals in 2016, including law enforcement, first responders, court officials and employees, health-care workers, teachers, community leaders and other general members of the public to improve mental health literacy — helping them identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness. 

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GRIEF GROUP: What if I cut baby’s hair and he dies?

Dear GG:

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How women can help women heal

Vice President Joe Biden recently introduced pop star Lady Gaga at the Oscars to spotlight the issue of campus sexual assault, which is part of a White House campaign against domestic and sexual violence.

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MEDICARE MADE EASY: Will my current plan cover me up here?

Q. I just moved to the White Mountains. Will my current plan cover me up here?

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Diabetic group meeting May 4

The Diabetes Discussion Group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4 at Summit Healthcare, Conference Room 2. Attendees may bring lunch if desired.

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The fight against rare genetic disorders

WHITE MOUNTAINS — The Belnap Foundation, founded by Newell and Becky Belnap of Show Low, has been chosen as the beneficiary of a fundraiser and awareness campaign being conducted by the Blue Ridge Junior/Middle and High Schools and Snowflake High School.

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Clergy, hospice workers discuss end of life

LAKESIDE — An symposium focused on the end-of-life experience with members of local clergy and some hospice members was held April 1 at Solterra Senior Living in Lakeside. Attendees came together to discuss the ways they treat the end of life, both in their similarities and in differences. Chaplain Kevin Weaver of Hospice Compassus said he thought the discussion “was a chance to try and bring back into our culture the sanctity of caring for our dead.”

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WMRMC CHANGES: Welcomes heads for information systems, cardiopulmonary

SPRINGERVILLE — White Mountain Regional Medical Center has welcomed a new employee and promoted another. David Miller is the new information systems director while Wesley Babers has been promoted to the position of cardiopulmonary supervisor.

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Organ donation drive in full swing

SHOW LOW — People might not think about organ donation unless they know someone needing one. But Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center wants to remind people that organs aren’t available unless people volunteer their own organs upon their death.

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GRIEF GROUP: Grievers have rights?

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Ambulance service adds gurney for large patients

SHOW LOW — Show Low Emergency Medical Services, an ambulance company serving the Show Low area, has added a “much-needed” piece of equipment that allows it to transport obese patient “safely and effectively.”

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Behavioral health authority building partnerships with tribes

Under a contract with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Health Choice Integrated Care has been asked to build partnerships with tribes that are located in Mohave, Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo, Apache and Gila counties.

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93K new consumers enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace

Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide signed up nearly 4.9 million new customers for 2016 coverage during the third open enrollment period. 

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GRIEF GROUP: ‘No one understands what I'm going through’

The Independent introduces a new column on dealing with grief by Chaplain Kevin Weaver, a bereavement and volunteer coordinator for Compassus Hospice. Please address questions to Weaver, or for more information on getting help, contact him at kevin.weaver@hospicecom.com or 928-368-4400.

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Women’s Healthcare Conference April 23

WHITE MOUNTAINS — Summit Healthcare will present its 18th annual Women’s Health Conference with the theme of “Who Let the Girls Out?” Saturday, April 23, at the Hon-Dah Conference Center, 777 W. Highway 260, near Pinetop.

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MEDICARE MADE EASY: Understanding the types of programs available

This is the first of several weekly articles addressing the many questions of those already on Medicare and, especially those of you aging into one of the best health insurance plans in America. All you need to do is have someone help you navigate the myriad of rules, acronyms and volumes of advertising that comes with  turning 65.

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GRIEF GROUP: What to do after loved ones die

The Independent is introducing a new column on dealing with grief by Chaplain Kevin Weaver, a bereavement and volunteer coordinator for Compassus Hospice. Please address questions to Weaver, or for more information on getting help, contact him at kevin.weaver@hospicecom.com or 928-368-4400.

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MEDICARE ANSWERS: How hospice benefit works

Choosing to enter hospice care can be a wrenching decision for yourself or a loved one.

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Summit Diabetic Discussion Group meets April 6

Cristin Connor will be the guest speaker at the diabetes discussion group scheduled for April 6. Connor is a nurse with master’s degrees in both exercise physiology and nutrition.

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Celebrate Doctors Day by saying thanks

SHOW LOW — March 30 was National Doctors Day. However, it's still a great time to show appreciation for the people who do so much to keep you healthy.

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Parking assistance

Robert Straley of American Valet receives the keys from Sam White at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center, which now offers free valet parking at the main entrance. "It is always an honor to serve people and make their visit to the hospital as easy as possible," Straley, account manager, stated. The company will be parking vehicles from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The free service is for patients, visitors and all guests of Summit Healthcare.

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Summit Healthcare receives echocardiography accreditation

SHOW LOW — Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease — disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

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April is National Donate Life Month

SHOW LOW — April is designated as National Donate Life Month, and Summit Healthcare in partnership with Donor Network of Arizona is kicking off this event by participating in an annual flag raising ceremony.

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Family medicine office opens

Welcoming Summit Healthcare's new Family Medicine offices in Snowflake, the Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside and Snowflake-Taylor chambers of commerce hold a ribbon cutting March 5 at the new facility. On hand for the event were doctors Chad Brimhall, Darrell Brimhall and nurse practitioner David Jenson and their staff and members of the Summit Healthcare Governing and Foundation boards.

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