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Dr. Dennis Visits Angela Hill’s Radio Show on WWL

Dr. Dennis and Angela after a great show on WWL!

Dr. Dennis and Angela after a great show on WWL!

Who knew Dr. Dennis was a radio star in the making!?

Thanks to New Orleans news legend Angela Hill, Dr. Patrick Dennis was invited to be a guest on her WWL radio show, “An Open Mind”.

The topic? 6 back to school health concerns Lakeview and New Orleans parents need to know.

Angela could not have been a nicer host. She made Dr. Dennis feel at home behind a microphone.

Dr. Dennis guested on Angela’s show on Thursday, August 14th. As the last guest on Angela’s show, he was lucky enough to be on for an entire hour.

Special thanks to Angela, her producer Helen, and the entire staff at WWL.

Make sure you follow Angela on Twitter and watch the cool video of Dr. Dennis and Angela in the WWL studio below.

 

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6 Back to School Health Concerns Lakeview Parents Need to Know

It’s that time of year again!

The back to school season is upon us, and parents all over New Orleans are getting kids ready for class. With the stress of school supply shopping and the threat of homework looming, it’s easy to forget that back to school also means thinking about kid’s health.

Summer is almost over for students at Hynes Elementary in Lakeview.

Summer is almost over for students at Hynes Elementary in Lakeview.

At Urgent Care MD (UCMD), we’ve made note of kid’s health subjects that have been popping up recently here in Lakeview. The UCMD staff decided to put together the following list of local health trends you should know about.

Strep Throat

UCMD has seen many cases of strep in Lakeview over the past few months. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be slowing down as back to school season starts up. The bacteria that causes strep are highly transmittable, especially in classrooms. According to the CDC, If your child is experiencing persistent symptoms such as throat pain, fever, or vomiting, it may not necessarily be strep. But it never hurts to get them checked out.

Mono

Mononucleosis is another illness that likes to lurk during back to school time. KidsHealth.org says it’s important for kids not to share things like forks, straws, water bottles, or lip gloss at school. This nasty virus can hang around for a long time, making kids feel run down and achy. UCMD has treated many patients, both kids and adults, for mono over the past month.

Flu

Just to make things even more confusing, the flu seems to be creeping around Lakeview too. How do you know whether your child has the flu as opposed to mono or strep? Web MD says the key flu indicator symptoms for kids are high fever, chills, shakes, body aches, sore throat, headaches and a dry hacking cough. The flu also loves to spread amongst people in close quarters, like classrooms.

Mount Carmel is ready to go.

Mount Carmel is ready to go.

HPV Vaccine

Humanpapillomavirus is the main cause of cervical cancer in women. The CDC recommends that both boys and girls ages 11-12 receive the HPV vaccine. Yes, it’s not necessarily the easiest subject in the world regarding your kids. But as we’ve learned over the past few years, it is a very important one.

Dehydration

New Orleans loves sports, especially school sports. With all those try-outs and practices happening all over town in our hot and humid climate, it is important to think about dehydration. Check out this handy dehydration and youth sports guide from the Mayo Clinic for some in-depth info on keeping your kids safe.

Physicals and Medical Tests

Every single school year brings a slew of mandatory medical exams for students, teachers, school staff, and anyone else involved with kids. Sports physicals, school physicals, TB tests, and many more, are all available without appointment at UCMD.

What should you do?

The stress of back to school can quickly get overwhelming for both kids and parents. Being proactive is easily the best form of protection. Make sure to teach your kids to thoroughly wash their hands and practice other preventative hygiene habits. Playing sports? Make sure children are well hydrated and have been properly checked out before hitting the field.

St. Paul's on Harrison in Lakeview.

St. Paul’s on Harrison in Lakeview.

Also, watch out for yourself. It is not just kids that can get sick during back to school time. Hopefully this list will help you and the kids have a great start to the new school year here in Lakeview and New Orleans!

Have questions or would like to add to the list? Email ucmdharrison@gmail.com or call our office at (504) 309-7108

Urgent Care MD (UCMD) is made up of emergency trained physicians & friendly staff providing the fastest, highest quality urgent medical care in Lakeview. Serving all of New Orleans, appointments are never necessary.

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What Kind of Insurance Does UCMD Accept?

Obviously the biggest benefit of using UCMD is the quick, no appointment needed, medical service. Another benefit, UCMD has a level of care that you’ll find in any area hospital or medical office. Because UCMD is an urgent care, we are often asked if we accept insurance…

The answer is a big yes!

Click here for a list of the accepted insurance companies at UCMD.

Our goal is to save you time and money, while making you happy and most importantly, healthy.

Give us a call if you have any questions. Our friendly office staff will be glad to help you!

(504) 309-7108

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Happy 4th of July from UCMD!

 

Floral fireworks outside UCMD on Harrison in Lakeview.

Floral fireworks outside UCMD on Harrison in Lakeview.

In observance of the holiday, the UCMD office on Harrison in Lakeview will be closed Friday, July 4th, 2014. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, July 5th.

In honor of our nation’s birthday, UCMD would like to thank the men and women of our armed forces for everything they do to keep our nation safe. Dr. Dennis would also like to thank all those, young and old,  who have served our country.

Of course, to you and your family, thank you for being a UCMD customer.

Have a very happy (and of course safe) 4th of July weekend!

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Employment Opportunities

Urgent Care MD is looking for motivated LPNs and Radiologic Technologists to join our team!  If interested, please email your resume to ucmdharrison@gmail.com or fax to 504.309.7115.  You may also drop off your resume in person at 826 Harrison Ave, Ste A, New Orleans, LA 70124.  We look forward to meeting and interviewing qualified candidates!

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UCMD Mardi Gras Closures

UCMD will be observing the following hours during Mardi Gras:

  • Thursday, February 27th 8am-5pm
  • Friday, February 28th 8am-5pm
  • Saturday, March 1st 9am-5pm
  • Sunday, March 2nd 10am-2pm
  • Monday, March 3rd 8am-5pm
  • Tuesday, March 4th – CLOSED

We will resume regular business hours Wednesday, March 5th.  Happy Mardi Gras from our family to yours!

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Patient Portal

Gabella, Inc. (UCMD) is pleased to provide you with online access to your health information through our Patient Portal.  By creating an account, you can:

  • View details about your upcoming appointments with our practice
  • Exchange secure messages with our staff
  • Update your contact and insurance information
  • Read and print important forms
  • Access your most recent lab results and health data

For added security, a 5-digit PIN is required to view your patient information.  If you do not have a PIN, click the “register” link provided on the website below to complete registration.

https://7756.portal.athenahealth.com/

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Vaccinations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccinations beginning at birth through adulthood.  Not only do vaccines prevent an individual from developing a potentially serious disease, they also help reduce the spread of infectious agents.  Vaccines are among healthcare’s most successful and cost-effective tools in preventing disease, disability, and even death in the public.

Urgent Care MD is proud to offer many of the vaccinations you need, including but not limited to the following:

Flu

  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get their yearly flu vaccine, ideally by October.**

Hepatitis A

  • Hepatitis A is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Hepatitis A can affect anyone. Vaccines are available for long-term prevention of HAV infection in persons 1 year of age and older. Good personal hygiene and proper sanitation can also help prevent the spread of hepatitis A.**

Hepatitis B

  • Hepatitis B is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. The virus, which is called hepatitis B virus (HBV), can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death. Hepatitis B vaccine is available for all age groups to prevent HBV infection.**

Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)

  • There are two options for protecting children who are 12 months through 12 years old against measles, mumps, rubella (German measles) and varicella (chickenpox):
    • Getting two shots: the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine AND the varicella vaccine**
    • Getting one shot: the measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella (MMRV) vaccine**

Meningitis

  • All 11-12 years olds should be vaccinated with meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4). Now, a booster dose should be given at age 16 years. For adolescents who receive the first dose at age 13 through 15 years, a one-time booster dose should be administered, preferably at age 16 through 18 years, before the peak in increased risk. Adolescents who receive their first dose of MCV4 at or after age 16 years do not need a booster dose.**

Shingles

  • The vaccine for shingles (Zostavax®) is recommended for use in people 60 years old and older to prevent shingles. The older a person is, the more severe the effects of shingles typically are, so all adults 60 years old or older should get the shingles vaccine.**

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Whooping Cough

  • Children should get 5 doses of DTaP, one dose at each of the following ages: 2, 4, 6, and 15-18 months and 4-6 years. DT does not contain pertussis, and is used as a substitute for DTaP for children who cannot tolerate pertussis vaccine.**
  • Td is a tetanus-diphtheria vaccine given to adolescents and adults as a booster shot every 10 years, or after an exposure to tetanus under some circumstances. Tdap is similar to Td but also containing protection against pertussis. Adolescents 11-18 years of age (preferably at age 11-12 years) and adults 19 and older should receive a single dose of Tdap. Women should receive Tdap during each of their pregnancies (preferably in the third trimester between the 27th and 36th week). Tdap should also be given to 7-10 year olds who are not fully immunized against pertussis. Tdap can be given no matter when Td was last received.**

**Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – http://www.cdc.gov/

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Patient Review

My experience with Urgent Care MD has been great!  Everyone (from the receptionist to the doctor and the ultrasound lady) was very caring, intelligent, thorough and professional.  Thank you and I wish you much success in your new location as you deserve it!

-C. Eager

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