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 this...

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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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Community health: A new approach to pain

By Andrew DeGiorgio Suppose you are one of the approximately 100 million Americans with chronic pain. You go to see your doctor and, in the course of the visit, he or she starts asking you questions about your mood, your sleep, and about whether you smoke. The doctor introduces you to a behavioral health professional to work on ways to cope with the anxiety that has been weighing on you in the last year. That same behavioralist wants to see you...

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September 2017 Newsletter

September 2017 Newsletter

Family Medicine Residents Contribute to the Community The second year medical residents recently completed a one-month Community Medicine rotation. This rotation focuses on resident community and cultural immersion in Central Washington to promote culturally-sensitive healthcare and community collaboration and activism. Part of the rotation experience included work on community improvement projects. Drs. Aldaw, Foster, Ish-Shalom and Turner...

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Newsletter Aug 2017

Newsletter Aug 2017

Service and Education.  All of us came through an educational system to end up where we are.  As a learner, we don’t often let our teachers know about their impact on us.  Last week I received a letter from a Peace Corps volunteer I met briefly in Togo, West Africa 4 years ago.  Now she is in medical school and wrote to let me know how that brief encounter led to a career change and entry into medical school. You all have these impactful...

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