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Dr. Johnson awarded as compassionate doctor

Dr. Clark Philogene Award

Drs. Nereida Diaz-Johnson and Clark Philogene of Union, Medical Group have each been ranked among the top physicians in the nation, based on patient reviews.

A select few physicians were honored with the prestigious 2013 Patients' Choice Award and this year they include Dr. Nereida Diaz-Johnson.

Only doctors who have received top scores by their patients and pass other quality measures are awarded the award. Of the nation's 720,000 active physicians, just 5 percent were accorded this honor in 2013.

PRIOR AWARDS

Baseball Glove
Share The Glove is a community program that collects used baseball equipment and donates it to inner city youth programs. Learn more

Healthy ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving to all our patients and friends of Union Medical Group. We wish you a healthy holiday celebration!

 




Drs Philogene & JohnsonYOUR PARTNERS IN HEALTH

Good Health requires a combination of personal responsibility and medical expertise. It is a partnership between patient and physician.

Dr. Clark Philogene and Dr. Nereida Diaz-Johnson are board-certified in Internal Medicine. Between them, they speak English, Spanish, French and Creole. They combine a concern for their patients with a knowledge of the health care system and a respect for all cultural backgrounds.
We are your partners in health.

MONTHLY HEALTH TIP

AppleNOVEMBER
Diabetes Awareness Month

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimates that one third of all children born in this country after 2000 will develop diabetes during their lifetime. African Americans and Hispanics have even higher risks.

Diabetes often goes undiagnosed because many of its symptoms seem so harmless and some adults notice no symptoms. Recent studies indicate that the early detection and treatment can decrease the chance of developing the complications of diabetes.

Symptoms include frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, unusual weight loss, extreme fatigue and irritability, frequent infections, blurred vision, cuts/bruises that are slow to heal, tingling or numbness in the hands or feet, recurring skin, gum, or bladder infections. If you have one or more of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor right away.

Diet and exercise both can help prevent this growing epidemic.

For more information about diabetes prevention and management, visit the ADA Website,
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A simple flu shot provided by your doctor can go a long way to shielding you and your family from unnecessary sickness. A flu shot is quick, inexpensive and relatively painless. A vaccine for pneumonia is also available.

And ask if you woud benefit from the "T-dap" vaccine, fordiptheria, tetanus and pertussis.


 

Preventive Care and Healthy Living. Preventive care begins with a physical.  If you haven't had one in the past 12 months, schedule one today. 

There are lots of ways you can improve your health and enjoy life more. In this space we provide suggestions periodically. Two important things you can do involve diet and exercise. Diet can make a dramatic improvement to your health.

Recommended by the National Institute of Health, two diets have been shown to significantly improve health, reduce blood pressure and stop hypertension. Click on them for more information and discuss them with your doctor on your next visit.

The TLC Diet (For “Therapeutic Lifestyle Change”) will help reduce LDL (aka “bad” cholesterol); and

The Dash Diet (“For Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”) can reduce high blood pressure and hypertension.

The TLC Diet DASH Diet

HEALTH SCREENS

in our Office
For your convenience we now offer health screenings that previously required a visit to another office. These tests provide important health information and give you peace of mind by getting results quickly. Click the links below to learn more.

Breath/Lung Testing
24-hour blood pressure
24-hour heart monitor
EchoCardiograms, including a Carotid Doppler
Circulation to legs & toes

New

ColonSentry™ from Enzo Labs determines the odds of your having colorectal cancer. By adding this risk stratification tool to your annual checkup, you can determine your need for having further diagnostic testing, such as a colonoscopy. Colorectal cancer is far more treatable when detected in its earliest stages. Read more.

ABI Testing
In-office screening for Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD), which evaluates circulation to the lower legs and feet.

and, in your Home
Complete the questions at the following link to evaluate your risk of heart attack within the next 10 years. Then, bring your form with you on your next visit. Framingham Risk Assessment

See whether you are at risk for bone fracture. The following risk assessment tool could help you avoid the pain and inconvenience of a broken bone. Go to the site, click the tab for "Calculation Tool," then select from the drop-down menu your ethnic category ... there are four shown, e.g., U.S. Caucasian; U.S. Black; U.S. Hispanic; and U.S. Asian. FRAX Assessment Tool

Other home screenings are for:
Depression
Diabetes
Heart Health
Prostate
Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)

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