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Thursday, September 23, 2021

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Updates
    There are three authorized vaccines for use under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to prevent COVID-19, Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen (also known as Johnson & Johnson). The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are a 2-dose series, with the second vaccine needed 21 to 28 days, respectively, after administration of the first dose. The Pfizer vaccine is for anyone 16 years of age and older and the Moderna vaccine is anyone 18 years of age or older. The Janssen is a one-dose vaccine for anyone 18 years of age or older.
  • Vaccines don’t save lives... getting vaccinated does!!!

    Finally, we are at that historic phase where a vaccine against COVID 19 is being rolled out. A vaccine is the most important thing in beating the virus. 

  • Flu vaccine... get it

    I would like to take this opportunity to educate everyone about the importance of getting a flu vaccine this year. CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends use of any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine during the 2020-2021 influenza season. Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter.

  • Health care reform... a local perspective
    As the health care debate rages on, facilities across the US continue to do what they do best … give their patrons the best health care they can offer them. But IDR was curious as to what our local health care officials thought of the current and proposed plan. Here are their thoughts:
  • 5/22/2016
    The Independence Chamber of Commerce welcomed Coffeyville Regional Medical Group to the community with a ribbon cutting ceremony and honorary plaque Friday afternoon. To celebrate their welcome and the support of the city, CRMC Medical Group, 122 W. Myrtle Street, hosted a block party. Becky McCune, the hospital’s Human Resources and Marketing director, gracefully severed the bright red ribbon during the ceremony as Lisa Wilson, Chamber of Commerce president, gave welcoming words to CRMC’s officials, staff and supporters. McCune was then bestowed a plaque to recognize the Coffeyville-based clinic as another positive business that chose to grow in Independence. CRMC Medical Group will be offering another alternative for health care by providing services such as blood pressure and heart rate screening, pulmonary function testing, EGK monitoring, return-to-work and post-hire tests, complete metabolic profiles (blood and lab work), lipid panels, hemograms, TSH (thyroid) and PSA, physical therapy exercise demonstrations and hand outs, flu and Hepatitis B vaccinations, diabetes management and education, digital mammograms (at CRMC), and much more for residents in need of direct appointments. Operating hours for the clinic will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • 4/1/2016
    The Independence Chamber of Commerce eagerly welcomed a new business to the city, ProMotion Physical Therapy, on Thursday with an official ribbon cutting as the health care center, located at 2125 B on N. Penn Ave, on the north end of the Social Security building in a separate office, hosted an open house for potential patients. With the closure of Mercy Hospital, residents won’t have to go far at all now for physical therapy as Julie Wittum, a physical therapist, and her husband, Tim, hope to fill one of the gaps in available health care services within the city. “We love Independence and we’re very excited to be here,” Julie said, while conducting tours of the office. “I am a physical therapist and Tim, my husband, will be handling all the books as he’s our business manager.” The Wittum’s, while currently from Neodesha, view Independence as their second home, with Tim originally graduating from the local high school. “We may move up here soon - it’d help with the drive as we also manage a private physical therapy practice in Cherryvale. I’ll be taking turns working there, but I have assistants as well who will be helping us maintain our Cherryvale practice,” Julie added.
  • 3/2/2016
    Independence Family Medicine announces new additions to their own family. Mardi Long, APRIN-BC has joined the staff of Johnathan Rodriquez APRNBC at 209 North Sixth Street, Suite 103. Mardi Long is a board certified nurse practitioner who has been a healthcare provider to the Independence community for five years while working for the Mercy heath network. “As an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), I am certified in family medicine,” said Long. She is certified to provide care for children and women’s wellness, medicare physicals, DOT physicals, acute illnesses, diabetes and hypertension. “I look forward to continuing care with my patients that I have already established and I am accepting new patients,” added Long. “I am looking to move into the new building in May or June. Currently, I am sharing office space with Johnathan and I work on Monday and Tuesday and every other Friday. The office will be open longer hours, approximately 10 hours per day to accommodate our patients’ needs until we move to the new location,” said Long. She also calls on nursing homes. “I routinely visit the nursing home and assisted living facilities to help my patients that can’t come into the office,” said Long. Currently, she is calling on Montgomery Place, the Ganzel house and Eagle Estates.  
  • 1/1/2016
    St. John Clinic is “exploring opportunities” to open a convenient care clinic, which will offer “expanded hours and open access,” according to Joy McGill with St. John Health System’s media relations department. On Thursday, McGill noted that there were currently no specific details as of yet, but “hopefully it will at least give the community” a basic answer for other possible services coming in the city of Independence’s future. In its initial proposal that was made public during Independence city commission meetings, possible future “advanced urgent care” photos were offered, as well as the option to “build on land with a helipad,” according to notes from the St. John Health System packet. In gathering data on Independence and the surrounding area, the initial proposal noted that it submitted a “due diligence review” that included looking for possible options for retaining Emergency Room services; these were based upon emergency severity index, the acuity level of emergency room visits (ER visits from December 2014 to August 2015, 96.4 percent of the ER visits were non-life threatening and 3.6 percent were considered level I or II, and these would be transferred even with the ER open). The initial proposal indicated that in its recommendations for health care, an advanced urgent care service, staffed with a licensed physician or an advanced practice provider, registered nurse, would have the potential hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The advanced urgent care could take care of patients suffering from mild cases of allergies, pain, broken bones, insect bites, school/sports physicals, sore throat, infections, sprains, fever, and other ailments, but would not be considered a level III trauma center.  
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