New To Better Serve You?
time passes and technology advances, medicine also progresses.
Bringing those advancements that improve early diagnosis and
modernize treatments for our patients has always been a priority with us.
We have recently placed into service audiovisual devices that do
not require individual feedback to insure accurate results.
This means that we can screen infants and toddlers as well has
handicapped and disabled individuals for hearing loss and visual problems
that can lead to language problems and amblyopia (lazy eye).
The “Suresight” Vision Screener is a hand held device that can
be used on infants as young as 1 year and is quite effective after age
two. This should reduce the incidence of “lazy eye” which is the most
common cause of monocular blindness under age 70.
Any detected abnormalities would be confirmed at a later date and
appropriate referral made should there be a high suspicion of abnormality.
The “Audiopath” hearing tester relies on Evoked Otoacoutic
Emissions (EOAE) to measure auditory acuity in infants as young as one day
old. The devise generates a
sound in three separate frequencies and then measures the
response of the hair cells in the cochlea to these sounds.
This eliminates the need for active patient response as in
traditional audiological testing. It is very sensitive
and detects all hearing loss, even that associated
with fluid in the middle ear and wax and debris in the ear canal.
It does require a certain amount of individual “stillness” to
be accurate. That is
something not necessarily associated with this age group so we anticipate
a certain amount of repetition will be needed to finalize a diagnosis.
Hearing loss is associated with delayed language development and
when diagnosed in the first year of life can be ameliorated.
High blood pressure is a condition that affects a large number of
middle aged and older people. It
is associated with an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and kidney
improves longevity and quality of life.
With estimates of ‘white coat’ hypertension running as high as
25% the diagnosis of borderline hypertension is especially difficult.
For the past year we have been loaning out automatic blood pressure
cuffs for a month at a time so that our patients can monitor their blood
pressure at home. This allows
us to differentiate between white coat hypertension and true hypertension,
as well as monitor response to treatment.
Our new Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring System takes this
concept one step further. The
patient wears an inconspicuous cuff and recorder that automatically
records the blood pressure every 15 minutes for 24 hours.
This can then be printed
out as a permanent record for evaluation.
It will also be useful for the
dizziness that may be related to intermittent low blood pressure.
These three new
instruments join a growing number of
instruments that we have purchased lately to improve diagnosis and
care. These include the Sahara bone density testing ultrasound
machine for detecting osteoporosis, flexible
laryngoscope for evaluating nasal and laryngeal (voice box)
video colposcope and surgical generator for evaluating abnormal PAP smears
and doing LEEP procedures, HgbA1C tester for real-time evaluation of
diabetic control, and a host of other updates that allow us to serve you
better and more efficiently.
Clinic & Planned
Parenthood Are Teaming Up!
Planned Parenthood and the Plentywood Clinic have teamed up to offer a
dynamic program, PP-WOW (Planned
Parenthood Without Walls). This
program, run locally by Dr. Kirk Stoner and Amber Skorpil, PA-C of the
Plentywood Clinic, provides confidential contraceptive care on a sliding
fee scale to the women and men of Plentywood and the surrounding
communities. PP-WOW will also be providing educational materials, classes
for women in mid-life, and the popular growing up workshops “It’s a
Girl Thing” and “It’s a Guy Thing”.
Intermountain Planned Parenthood clinics have offered services in
Montana’s larger cities for over 30 years.
However, the majority of Montana counties, including Sheridan
County, do not have a Title X Family Planning Program. By teaming with
local providers in rural areas, PP-WOW eliminates the distance barrier,
allowing easier access to affordable contraceptive care.
InterMountain Planned Parenthood is a nonprofit health agency
governed by volunteer board of directors.
An affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, they have
clinics in Billings, Great Falls, Helena and Missoula as well as PP-WOW
partnerships around the state. If
you have any questions about this new program, call the Plentywood Clinic
Old... Something New...
are once again changing at the clinic.
Sherry Sebastian has left to take a job at the Plentywood High
School as a teachers aide. We
would like to wish her the best of luck, and are really going to miss her
Lisa Fawcett, RN will be working with Dr. Stoner on Mondays and
Tuesdays, as well as doing the patient education clinics.
Karen Linder, RN, will now be working with Amber Skorpil, PA-C, on
Mondays and Tuesdays. With
these new changes, we are confident that you will continue to receive the best patient care possible.
Shots Are Still Available
will be closed on the following days
25th, Thanksgiving Day
24th and 25th, Christmas
31st & January 1st New Years