December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Newsletter

It will soon be the darkest day of the year.  Yet it is also the season to give thanks. One of my patients has lost much in his life, but not his optimism.  Last week he noted that as each day goes by this winter we are one day closer to spring.  Optimism for the future. I don’t think we are in dark days, but the health care system is in great flux. Yet CHCW keeps looking toward the future. Don’t we look different in our 25th year. When I...

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How to stave off weight gain this holiday season

How to stave off weight gain this holiday season

By: Ben Keggi, DO Let’s start with some nutrition basics and focus on one of the main ingredients that make up a typical holiday treat: carbohydrates. These are a necessary part of a healthy diet, but eating too much or the wrong kind can cause real health issues. Carbs come in two basic forms; simple and complex. Simple carbs come from things like sugar, starchy foods and white bread. When you eat something that contains a large amount of...

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November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 Newsletter

Each year I give an annual update to our medical staff.  I cover some of the highlights of our past year, and a preview of changes for next year. Here is a synopsis of what I’ll present. Our residency program is going strong, with full accreditation from the ACGME with Osteopathic Recognition.  At this point in time we have trained and graduated 148 physicians. One core areas of service include our inpatient family medicine service, which...

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Kittitas County air quality and you

Kittitas County air quality and you

Written by Dr. Anna Elperin (Community Health of Central Washington, Ellensburg) Daily Record News In the United States, air quality is monitored under the federal government law known as Clean Air Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors certain pollutants in the air and releases yearly reports. States have to maintain air quality within the mandates of “attainment” set forth by federal government. If the area of the state...

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Physician’s Friendship Eases Pain After Pregnancy Loss

Physician’s Friendship Eases Pain After Pregnancy Loss

Close-ups: A Patients Perspective Original article found on http://www.aafp.org/afp/2017/0201/p185.html?cmpid=em_57776440_L9 Earlier this year, my doctor confirmed I was pregnant. I was very happy to tell my husband of eight years the news later that day. Healthy and active and in my mid-30s, I was pleased to have become pregnant for the first time so easily after stopping contraceptives. However, all of our dreams for this long-awaited child...

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Living with asthma

Living with asthma

Written by Sheri Finn for Daily Record News Asthma affects 24 million people in the U.S., including 6.3 million children under 18, with rates increasing annually. It is likely if you do not suffer from asthma, then you know someone who does. Understanding what asthma is, what can provoke an attack and the management of asthma can help keep asthma controlled and improve the lives of those that live with asthma. Asthma is a medical diagnosis that...

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