he Plentywood Clinic has been busy giving school
kindergartners needed a DTaP, OPV, and MMR immunizations.
Sixth graders should have a tetanus booster and possibly a 2nd MMR
if they havenít already had one. After
that tetanus boosters are recommended every 10 years.
season will be starting soon. We
will begin vaccinations in late
October. Watch The Sheridan
Co. News and The Greeter for this yearís Flu Clinic schedules.
Flu shots this year will again be $10.
Pneumonia shots are also available for $21.
It is recommended that anyone over the age of 65, those with high
risk diseases, such as COPD, asthma, diabetes, etc., should also be
vaccinated. If you have had a
pneumonia shot within the last 10 years, it is good for a lifetime.
If it has been longer
than 10 years, you should have a booster.
If you havenít already noticed, Maurice Street which runs on the
west side of the clinic is undergoing some construction.
They are in the process of replacing the water lines to the clinic
and hospital. This is a very
old water line and usually guarantees several water breaks each winter.
So the city has decided it is time to replace the entire water
line. Construction started
around August 11th and will continue until approximately September 1st.
At that time the construction is scheduled to be complete and
Maurice Street will be drivable, but not paved.
The paving will be done at a later date.
mean time parking has become a great challenge.
We would like to save parking spots around the west side door for a
handicap entrance. There are
a few parking spots on Highland Ave, Laurel Ave, and also in front of the
swimming pool. We
apologize for the inconvenience and hope now we wonít have to deal with
water breaks this winter.
Did You Know?
Last year the Plentywood Clinic purchased a Sahara Clinical Bone
Sonometer. The Sahara
Clinical Bone Sonometer fulfills a unique role in the assessment and
management of osteoporosis. The
intended use of the Sahara Clinical Bone Sonometer is to perform
quantitative ultrasound measurement of the calcaneus (heel bone), the
results of which can be used in conjunction with other clinical risk
factors as an aid to the physician in the diagnosis of osteoporosis and
medical conditions leading to reduced
bone density, and ultimately in the determination of fracture risk.
takes approximately 20 seconds and the Saharaís internal printer
produces a hardcopy documentation of the results.
The fee for the Sahara is approximately $40.
Bone loss is something that all women should be concerned about. Protect yourself from bone loss, call today and schedule your
appointment for a Sahara.
had such good results from our Diabetic and INR Disease Management
Clinics, that we are going to add to them.
We are now adding Congestive Heart Failure and Hypertension Clinics
to our Disease Management program.
The goal of the program is to educate the patient
about their disease, help them understand the disease process, explain
diagnostic tests required to manage the disease, recognize treatment
options and identify lifestyle modifications to reduce the risk of
complications. This is all
done through individual appointments with a nurse educator.
During these visits, the patient will be given the tools necessary
to take control of their disease and manage it themselves.
will be able to ask questions, have their test
results explained to them on an individual basis, and given education
material to take home with them. All
education is provided through the nurse and Dr. Stoner will continue to do
all medical management for the patient.
In return what we hope to do is reduce the number of hospital
admissions and overall costs of care for the patient.
All patients with hypertension or congestive heart failure will be
receiving a letter in the near future with
If you would like to schedule an appointment with the Disease
Management Clinic, please call the Plentywood Clinic at 406-765-1501 and
tell the receptionist that you would like to schedule an appointment with
the Disease Management Clinic.
management nurse educators are Lisa Fawcett, RN and Nancy Lasar, RN. If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of them
during office hours.
doctor visits are by appointment only.
The following is a schedule for the Plentywood Clinic.