The Plentywood Clinic will be closed on April 21st
which is Good Friday, as well as Saturday April 22nd. We will be open for regular hours on Monday April 24th.
Asthma is a lung disease that can be treated.
Asthma differs from person to person and from one episode (attack)
to another. For some, asthma
causes only mild symptoms once in a while.
For others, every day can be a struggle to breathe. Some asthma attacks last only a few minutes - others go on
for days. Some asthma attacks
are just a bother, while others quickly become life-threatening.
When a disease is as unpredictable as asthma, it can be hard to
understand and control. But,
with proper education, millions of people with asthma lead full, active
lives with little disruption of work, school, family, and social
The end of April or the beginning of May, we will begin our Asthma
Clinics. Chuck Welch, a Respiratory Therapist from Billings, will be doing
an initial assessment and teaching. After
that, patients will be scheduling 1/2 to 1 hours appointments with the
Nurse Asthma Clinic. During
this time we will review previous test results, do prevention education,
and evaluate effects of respiratory medication.
It is our goal to educate the patient in order to cut down on the
amount of “severe asthma attacks” which require
emergency room or hospital admissions.
We feel very fortunate to have Mr. Welch, RT, assist us in
educating our patients. He
will also be available in the future for review and follow up information. Information letters will be sent out later this month to all
asthma and COPD patients. If
you have any questions, you can call the clinic.
Due to the positive response we have been getting from our
patients, Dr. Stoner and his nurse’s continue to provide the best
education programs possible.
Currently we have in place the Diabetic Clinic which we have done
extremely well with. The
Mountain Pacific Diabetic Foundation audits our patient charts and in just
over a year our patient Hemoglobin A1Cs have gone down by 1.4 points.
This is a tremendous improvement and reassures us that our clinics
are improving our patients health.
With INR-Protime Clinics, we have blood results in approximately 2
minutes. We then can make the
appropriate changes and have the patients back on their way much quicker. This is more convenient than in the past when we had to draw
the blood, send it to the lab, and wait 2-3 days for results.
With the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic we have been able to
monitor our patients more closely, educate them regarding their disease
process, prevent complications and decrease hospitalizations
As a courtesy The Plentywood Clinic
assists qualified patients in applying for Indigent Drug Programs.
Indigent Drug Programs are offered by various drug companies and
generally supply the medication at no cost or low cost.
Each drug company has their own application form and
qualifications requirements. Once
one qualifies, they then need to re-apply every 90 days for refills. The pharmaceuticals do not automatically send additional
General guidelines for qualifying for this program are:
1) Income requirements
of $15,000 gross annual income for one person household and $25,000 gross
annual income for a two person household.
2) Only a minimal
amount in a savings or checking account.
3) No IRA’s, CD’s,
retirement funds, or other income producing assets.
4) If you have a
prescription insurance plan, are a VA patient, or have other medication
assistance you will not qualify.
These programs require proof of income, including income tax
returns, social security statement, paycheck stubs for the previous last
three months, etc.
With the rising cost of medication, we realize how important these
programs are to our patients. Therefore,
we do our best in assisting patients with the application process. The biggest responsibility still remains with the patient to
ensure they complete the application request and re-applications in a
timely manner. This is a
courtesy service. The clinic
itself has no affiliation with the individual drug companies or input into
their policies or financial qualifications.
In January of this year, Planned Parenthood and The Plentywood
Clinic presented a Menopause Workshop.
The guest speaker was Jean Braden, APRN,
who has been working in women’s health for the past
15 years. There were 35 women
who attended the workshop and since then we have had nothing but excellent
comments and request for another workshop. Therefore, in the near future
we will be presenting another Menopause Workshop.
When a definite date has been scheduled, we will be advertising
this in the local papers and on the radio.
So watch the paper and listen to the radio so you don’t miss out
on this one!
The Plentywood Clinic is now giving Hyalgan (Synvisc) injections.
This approved medication acts somewhat like a lubricant which is
injected into the knee. In
patients with osteoarthritis the synovial fluid begins to decrease
therefore, the bony prominence above and below the knee begin rubbing on
each other, causing pain and decrease mobility.
In cases which simple analgesic or acetaminophen have been
unsuccessful, this is another option.
Hyalgan (Synvisc) is given in a regimen of 5 injections.
One injection per week for 5 weeks.
This may be repeated after 6 months if they have proven successful
for the patient.
doctor visits are by appointment only.
The following is a schedule for the Plentywood Clinic.