Affinity Health Blog Preview Read health-focused articles, learn about Affinity Medical Home, connect with real patients’ stories and even request an appointment. Check it out! We’re right here. And always there. Fri, 28 Oct 2011 16:33:46 +0000 en hourly 1 Did you know that integrative medicine can improve your symptoms? Thu, 05 May 2011 16:18:44 +0000 Dr. Jennifer Norden Do Yoga in New Colours
Many people are looking for additional ways to treat chronic medical problems.  Integrative medicine offers a range of treatment options, including nutrition supplements, mind-body therapies, massage and acupuncture.  Often the integrative approach helps patients manage their medical problems with fewer side effects than conventional medications and interventions.

Medical problems that respond well to this approach include:

  • headaches
  • chronic pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • high cholesterol
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • heart disease
  • anxiety and depression
  • cancer
  • rheumatic diseases

When I meet with a patient, we discuss all their medical problems and past treatments, as well as lifestyle, nutrition, stress management, and any other concerns.

Integrative medicine offers a variety of treatments that can help patients heal at any stage of illness, and can be especially important for prevention of disease.

I’ll follow up this post with a look at treatment options and where integrative services are offered. If you need more information in the meantime, call (920) 223-7366.

Dr. Jennifer Norden, provides integrative medicine services, including medical acupuncture and guidance on nutrition and lifestyle. She is board-certified in internal medicine.

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Beginning blogging Wed, 04 May 2011 20:57:37 +0000 Sue Marquardt, RN If you asked me one month ago if I would ever use the words, “post a comment on my blog,” I would have denied it.  But, here I am writing my first blog and may actually get a chance to use the phrase from time to time. I’ve gotta tell you, I’m kind of excited about it!  My name is Sue Marquardt and I have been a registered nurse with Affinity Health System for 30 years.

I was not even sure I could do this and had mixed feelings about accepting this task.  As I mulled it around in my head, I began to envision the fun it could be and the benefits that could arise from it.  For the last 17 years I have worked at NurseDirect and have helped countless people with hundreds of health concerns, one family at a time.  It has been incredibly rewarding. With this blog, it will be possible to share these same concerns over a wider audience.

So, with all that in mind, I am ready to begin blogging! I am interested in blogging about health topics that are “in season.”  Sunburns and bee stings in the summer, influenza and vaccines in the fall, and frostbite, colds and flu in the winter.  With the original purpose being informational, but as a bonus- a format for discussion, questions, and of course some fun banter; could make this blog a whole lot of fun!  And, as always, you can certainly call NurseDirect 24/7 at (920) 738-2230  with any health questions!

So, and I cant resist saying it…post a comment on my blog and let me know what you would like to hear about!

Sue Marquardt is a registered nurse with Affinity NurseDirect. She has worked at NurseDirect for 17 years and has been with Affinity for 30 years.

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Welcome to the Affinity Medical Group blog Wed, 27 Apr 2011 19:45:20 +0000 Dr. Christine Griger

Welcome to our blog where you’ll find information on health topics, features on our doctors and providers, and stories about patients just like you.

We developed this blog with our patients in mind and want to provide information that is relevant to you and your family. We want this blog to be a dialogue between our providers and our patients, so please give us your feedback. We want to know what topics you want to learn more about – are you wondering what options there are for managing your diabetes or what treatments there are for headaches? Let us know what you’d like to learn more about by commenting on this post.

You can look forward to hearing more about the Affinity Medical Home, our way of delivering personalized primary care, and how we put you, partnered with your provider, in the center of your health care team. We’ll also be giving you information on how to manage chronic conditions and will introduce you to our Affinity providers and new ways of providing care.

We’ve made it really easy to schedule an appointment online or find a doctor using our online tool. If you have questions about Affinity’s providers, programs, classes or want more information on Affinity Medical Home, you can always call Affinity NurseDirect at 1-800-362-9900.

While you’re here, make sure to check our YouTube videos and Facebook updates, which will give you even more health information. If you’d like to have updates delivered directly to your inbox or RSS reader, click here. As always, be sure to provide us your feedback.

We’re looking forward to interacting with you, and value the opportunity to provide care for you and your family.

Dr. Griger is the president of Affinity Medical Group, which includes more than 250 providers practicing in 26 clinic locations throughout the Fox Valley. Dr. Griger also has more than 30 years of experience as a pediatrician.

Dr. Christine Griger

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The various roles of medical home Wed, 27 Apr 2011 18:57:45 +0000 John Chastain Who do you picture when you think of visiting your primary care provider?  I’d guess most of us key in on our physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant.  We refer to these professionals as primary care providers, or PCPs.  While it’s true that your PCP is the leader of your medical home care team, she or he is only one of many highly trained team members who must work seamlessly to ensure the level of personalized care that you expect and deserve.

Your Affinity Medical Home has been busy re-engineering your care team with new roles and even new types of providers who work together with you to manage your health.  One of our guiding principles is to align roles so that everyone is working at the top of their license or skill set.  We want the right people working with you at all times.

Let’s take a look at the members of your health care team:

  • Patient!  That’s right—YOU are, without a doubt, the single most important member of your health care team.  You are the key ingredient in your long-term health and we have positioned you at the center of this dedicated team.  You make the biggest difference.  Welcome to your team!
  • A PCP: Whether your PCP is a physician, a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant, the Affinity Medical Home is designed to optimize your time with your personal primary care provider.  Our redesign of primary care involves far better preparation for your visit.  You’ll find your PCP better prepared to address your issues and to create a better working relationship with you to manage your health.
  • A registered nurse specialist(RN specialist): The RN specialist collaborates with your PCP on disease management, preventive care and wellness coaching.  We created this position so you will be working with some of the first RN specialists ever.  Your RN specialist might be involved in a part of your preventative or wellness visits—along with your PCP, or you might visit her independently for education, nutrition advice, or management of chronic issues.  She is specially trained in all these areas to broaden your access to our team of professionals.  And of course, she works under the supervision of your PCP.  Your RN specialist is a major difference that sets the Affinity Medical Home apart from the traditional model of primary care.
  • A behavioral health coordinator: In many of our medical homes, an experienced, licensed, professional social worker (LCSW) is on board as an integrated member of your health care team. Imagine being able to quickly, quietly and confidentially consult with someone who is trained and understands how to help you and yours through such issues as mood disorders, depression or attention deficit disorder.  Our patients and our physicians are raving about the extra dimension of personalized, quality care these professionals bring to the team.
  • Health care associates: Health care associates help ensure your time is used efficiently and effectively by taking down information and performing various duties before you see the physician, so that your time with the physician can be spent addressing your health issues and developing a plan of care.
  • Patient service representatives: Patient service representatives help schedule appointments and help coordinate other visit needs. They help keep the team up-to-date and informed so that you have a more personalized experience.  Like all other members of the team, their roles have been expanded and their responsibilities include accountability to the team and to you.

John Chastain is the director of clinic operations at the Brillion, Chilton, Kaukauna, Kiel and Little Chute clinics. He has been with Affinity for 5 1/2 years and has more than 18 years of health care experience. He enjoys the outdoors and water activities, especially fishing.

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