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It’s the Final Countdown!

The U.S. Capitol may be hundreds of miles away but readers should understand the actions our leaders take have a direct and immediate impact on our community.

A case in point is an imperiled health care program that already delivers results for the American taxpayer: Community Health Centers. They now serve 1 in 12 Americans, or 27 million people.  Health centers don’t just save lives, they also lower health care costs, create jobs, and reduce hospital visits so that fewer dollars are spent on “sick care.”   But unless Congress acts by the end of this month to extend their funding, the consequences for these health centers and their patients will be drastic.

The program would be reduced by approximately 70%. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) itself has projected that the impact would be dramatic: closure of 2,800 health center locations, elimination of more than 50,000 jobs, and a loss of access to care for more than 9 million patients.  Keep in mind this is a program that has been in place for more than 50 years and enjoys broad bipartisan support in Congress.  Right now more than 75 national organizations,  representing doctors, nurses, hospitals, health centers, children, patients, the faith community, financial institutions and health care industry partners, are banding together and calling on lawmakers to extend health center funding before September 30.

Please help us bring this end of month deadline to our lawmakers attention and ask them to act now. Time is running out! For information on how you can get involved and contact your elected leaders, visit www.hcadvocacy.org today.

Live Well Wednesday

Get in the Know about Pneumonia, and Get Your Vaccine at Compass

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At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

During the month of September we will be focusing on vaccinations and keeping you healthy this winter. Be sure and check back each Wednesday in September to get helpful information and tips from Compass Community Health Care Center Pharmacist Andy Pierron, on keeping yourself, and your family healthy all winter long.

Pneumonia can be a very serious illness if left untreated. One million hospitalizations occur each year due to pneumonia, and one in four of those patients hospitalized will die. Do you know the signs and symptoms of pneumonia? How to tell if you have just a common cold or pneumonia?

The most common sign is coughing, due to the lungs filling with fluid and infection. Other symptoms include, fever, chilling, difficulty breathing, chest pain and fatigue. It isn’t always obvious that it’s pneumonia, so be sure and see your provider should you experience these symptoms. More importantly, take extreme caution if you have asthma, diabetes, a heart condition, or other chronic illnesses, as pneumonia may set in faster and be more problematic those with chronic conditions.

Good news! There is a vaccine available to help prevent and reduce the chance that you and your loved one will suffer from pneumonia, and even better, this vaccine is available at Compass. Vaccinations are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm at the Compass Pharmacy, and no appointment is necessary. The vaccine is covered by most insurance plans or at a very reduced cost for those paying out of pocket.

For additional information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please contact our office at 740-351-7102.

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Live Well Wednesday

Don’t Let the Flu Get the Best of You This Winter- Get Your Flu Shot at Compass

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At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.

During the month of September we will be focusing on vaccinations and keeping you healthy this winter.  Be sure and check back each Wednesday in September to get helpful information and tips from Compass Community Health Care Center Pharmacist Andy Pierron on keeping yourself, and your family healthy all winter long.

Each year the flu vaccine prevents millions of people from getting sick! Over two million medical office visits are avoided, as well as tens of thousands of hospitalizations.  According to the CDC, receiving a flu vaccination is the best way to guard yourself against getting the flu.  Don’t let the flu bug you this winter! Flu vaccinations are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm at the Compass Pharmacy, no appointment is necessary.  The vaccine is covered by most medical plans or a very reduced cost for those paying out of pocket.

For additional information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers please contact our office at 740-351-7102.

#LiveWellWednesday                           #CompassCares                                    #RealPeopleCompassionCare