Honoring Choices: Preparing an end-of-life care plan

Honoring Choices: Preparing an end-of-life care plan

The Kittitas County Medical Society (KCMS) supports the recommendation that all adults in Kittitas County have a complete advance end-of-life care plan. To accomplish this, the KCMS would like to support the Honoring Choices program, an initiative of the Washington State Hospital Association and the Washington State Medical Association. The purpose of increasing the number of adults with comprehensive advance end-of-life care plans is to improve...

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Developmental screening, what’s it all about?

Developmental screening, what’s it all about?

By Annaliese Stone, originally published on Daily Record News Developmental screening involves a questionnaire that looks for signs of delay in achieving developmental milestones and identifies children who should have further evaluation for delays or who might benefit from intervention or education services. Developmental milestones are specific activities or behaviors that are seen in other children the same age. These milestones include...

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Letter: Ellensburg rural residency program helps train doctors

Letter: Ellensburg rural residency program helps train doctors

Originally published on Daily Record News To the Editor: Returning from attending the annual Northwest Rural Health Conference, which included the John Anderson Award for outstanding contribution to rural health in the Northwest, I read the Daily Record’s article about Drs. Anderson, Schmitt, and Wise and their service to Upper County communities. Residents in Upper County have been fortunate to have these fine doctors. The article commented...

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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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