Nova Health Offering $25 Sports Physicals Throughout August

Nova Health $25 Sports Physicals the entire month of August

It’s nearly back to school season, which means you’ve got lots to do to prepare your student-athlete for a new academic year and sports season. Your to-do list likely includes new sneakers and sports equipment, sign-ups for tryouts, and obtaining the required sports physical. To help busy parents send their student-athlete back to school and onto the field safely, throughout August Nova Health is offering $25 sports physicals at any of our clinic locations throughout Lane and Douglas Counties.

Affordable and Trusted Care

Depending on your insurance coverage, obtaining your school’s required sports physical may be costly, which is why Nova Health is offering appointments at only $25 to help ensure every student-athlete can receive an affordable physical with a trusted health care team. Even if you’re not already a Nova Health patient, you can still take advantage of this limited-time offer at any of our 14 clinic locations. Please note that students under 18 must have parental consent.

The Benefits of an Annual Sports Physical

Annual sports physicals ensure your child is healthy enough for athletic competition. During the exam, our health care team will perform an exam to identify potential health risks that may restrict or prohibit your son or daughter’s ability to safely participate in athletics. Such conditions may include a previous bone, joint, or muscle strain or sprain, a previous concussion, or a previously undiagnosed chronic health condition such as asthma or a bleeding disorder. Sports physicals also give you and your child a dedicated and safe setting to discuss health risk and concerns with our team before heading back to school and deciding what sports to pursue throughout the year.

Join Us for a Community Open House

To celebrate the final days of summer, we also invite all members of our community to attend our upcoming Community Open Houses at our Pleasant Hill location on Friday, August 2 and our Junction City location on Friday, August 6 from 2 to 6 p.m. Our events will offer free hot dogs, cotton candy, games, and your chance to win a ticket to the Oregon Jamboree or a two-night stay at Shilo Inn.
Our $25 sports physical appointments are filling up. Schedule your appointment, or walk-in to any of our urgent care centers today and start your new school year and sports season off safely.

Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Room and Choosing the Right Care Setting

Urgent Care vs Emergency Room
You wake up on a Saturday morning, and your skin is on fire. Your throat burns, your body aches, your muscles are weak, and you know what you’re experiencing is more than the common cold. You also know that your doctor’s office is closed on Saturdays. What do you do? Do you go to an urgent care setting, or straight to the emergency room? Both care settings are designed to treat sudden illnesses and injuries, but how can you decide which is right when something goes wrong? To help you make the most appropriate decision from a treatment and cost perspective, we’ve outlined the primary differences between these two facility types, and when to seek care from each.

What is an Emergency Room?

An emergency room is typically open 24 hours a day and is designed to treat patients who are suffering from a life-threatening illness or injury. Emergency departments are staffed by medical providers and designed with equipment to accommodate emergency surgeries and other advanced treatments, including MRIs, radiology labs, ultrasounds, and CAT scans.

What is Urgent Care?

An urgent care setting is typically open five to seven days a week and is designed to treat patients who are not able to make a same-day appointment with their primary care provider when experiencing a non-life threatening sudden illness or injury. Urgent care centers are staffed by medical providers able to prescribe medications. Staff is usually able to obtain x-rays and blood work.

​Where to Seek Treatment?

Illness or Injury
Urgent Care
Emergency Room
Allergies
Mild asthma attack
Back pain
Severe bleeding
Bumps, cuts, and scrapes
Minor burn
Chest pain
Cough
Difficulty breathing
Earache
Eye irritation, swelling, or pain
Fever (adult)
Minor fracture
Minor headaches
Severe head trauma
Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
Foreign objects in the eyes or nose
Poisoning
Rash
Sinus pain
Sore throat
Sprains or strains
Vision loss

Where to Go if You’re Unsure?

Use your best judgment when deciding if you should go to urgent care, the emergency room, or call an ambulance. If you arrive at urgent care, and the staff determines that you need a higher level of care, then they will direct you to an emergency room. Keep in mind that there are some cases where symptoms, such as chest pain, may make you fear you are experiencing a heart attack—a condition that should be treated in an emergency room. However, chest pain may also be attributed to heartburn or anxiety. Fear of a heart attack that is, in reality, a non-life threatening condition is a common reason why individuals will visit an emergency room when an urgent care center may have been most appropriate. When you are unsure what is causing your symptoms, however, and you fear you may be experiencing a life-threatening emergency, use your best judgment and seek immediate care.

The Benefits of Visiting an Urgent Care Center for Non-Life Threatening Conditions

If you have never been to an urgent care setting and are not sure if such a facility is best suited to treat a sudden, onset condition, know that:

  • Urgent care centers can treat patients faster and more quickly, sending them home to rest and recover.
  • Whether you have insurance coverage or will be paying out-of-pocket, the cost to obtain treatment from an urgent care center is typically less than the cost to visit an emergency room
  • Like an emergency room, you do not need an appointment; walk-ins are welcome, and many are open during evenings and on weekends when primary care offices are often closed.

Walk-Ins Welcome at Nova Health Urgent Care

Nova Health Urgent Care Centers are conveniently located in Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Veneta, Cottage Grove, Florence, and Roseburg. We accept walk-ins, or you may schedule an appointment online to reduce your wait time. For times when you cannot immediately see your primary care provider, or for non-life threatening injuries or illnesses, our team of care professionals is here to provide a diagnosis and treatment plan. Find a Nova Health urgent care location near you.

Erin Cassidy, FNP Joins Nova Health, Roseburg Location

Nova Health, a comprehensive provider of quality urgent care, primary care, physical therapy, hand therapy and musculoskeletal services in Lane and Douglas Counties, has announced the addition of Erin Cassidy, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) to its team of healthcare providers. Cassidy will be providing patient care at Nova Health’s Roseburg primary care clinic located at 780 NW Garden Valley Blvd Suite 310, which opened its doors on April 15, 2019. 

Cassidy’s nursing career began in Colorado at Parkview Medical Center she worked in the emergency department and the cardiovascular intensive care unit from 1998 until 2004. From 2004 to 2007 Cassidy led student instruction at Colorado State University at Pueblo’s Nursing Program as a visiting professor. In 2005 she began practicing as a Family Nurse Practitioner with Southern Colorado Emergency Specialists. From 2007 to 2018 Cassidy held positions at Pueblo Cardiology Associates in Pueblo, Colorado, Salem CardioVascular Associates in Salem, Oregon, and Shaw Heart and Vascular Specialists in Roseburg. From 2017 to 2019, she cared for patients at the Park Medical Group Family Practice in Roseburg. 

“I am thrilled to be part of the Nova Health care team,” said Cassidy. “Nova Health is committed to providing high quality medical care. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working with others and having a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities. The ability to continue caring for patients, and to do it among a team of professional caregivers who relentlessly champion individual patient care is extremely rewarding.” 

According to Dr. Lyle Torguson, Nova Health Medical Director of Primary Care Services, Cassidy brings both the patient dedication and collaborative approach to care that Nova Health looks for in its care providers. 

“At Nova Health, we are committed to being the place where patients are most comfortable seeking medical treatment, and the place where the most talented professionals want to work,” said Dr. Torgusson. “Erin brings to our Roseburg Clinic a positive, team-player attitude, and the type of compassion and collaborative approach to care that our patients’ value.” 

Cassidy earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Colorado State University and a dual Master of Science Degree in Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner Studies from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She lives in Roseburg with her family.  

About Nova Health 

Celebrating over ten years of serving patients throughout Lane County and Roseburg under the names Prime Care Partners, Eugene Urgent Care, Roseburg Urgent Care, and Atlas Physical Therapy we have established a new brand name and identity, Nova Health. Our look and name have changed, but one thing has been the same since the beginning: Our commitment to quality patient care and our commitment to each other. Nova Health is a medical company that provides urgent care, primary care, physical therapy services, and musculoskeletal clinic services in Lane and Douglas Counties. Our focus is providing high- quality patient care to the neighborhoods and communities we serve. Nova Health is a growing company that was established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees and has grown to 13 clinics all within the Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Veneta, Oakridge. Cottage Grove, Florence, and Roseburg areas. For more information, please visit novahealth.com. 

Contact:
Kristine Rice, Marketing Director
Nova Health
458.215.6673
91302 Coburg Industrial Way, Suite 122
Coburg, OR 97408
krice@novahealth.com

Zachary Tomasoski, PA-C Full-Time at Nova Health’s Oakridge Clinic

Nova Health (formerly Five Rivers Medical Clinic), a comprehensive provider of quality urgent care, primary care, physical therapy, and musculoskeletal services in Lane and Douglas Counties, has announced that Zachary Tomasoski, PA-C, will transition to full-time patient care at its Oakridge clinic, located at 48134 Hwy 58 in Oakridge, effective July 19, 2019 Tomasoski was previously providing patient care at both Nova Health’s Oakridge and Cottage Grove clinic locations. As a certified physician assistant with expertise in rural medicine, Tomasoski says he is pleased for the opportunity to build lasting relationships with patients in the Oakridge community.

“I have long been passionate about caring for the needs of patients in rural settings,” said Tomasoski. “While I have valued the opportunity to work with patients at multiple clinic locations, I look forward to the opportunity to fully leverage my expertise where I believe I can do the most good, and that is in the Oakridge community.”

Dr. Lyle Torguson, Nova Health Medical Director of Primary Care Services, said that Tomasoski’s unique understanding of the needs of patients in rural settings, combined with his philosophy of comprehensive and holistic patient care will make him an asset to the patients and staff at the Oakridge Clinic.”

“Since Zach joined our team, we have known the value that he brings to Nova Health and our patients,” said Torguson. “Given his background and intense focus on rural healthcare, it only makes sense to reallocate him fulltime to the Oakridge clinic. His patients in Oakridge already value his insights and compassion, and we are confident he will continue to build lasting relationships and make a lasting impact in that community.”

Tomasoski earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biomedical Science from Central Michigan University and his Master of Science Degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of New England. Before completing his master’s and moving to Oregon, Tomasoski worked in Michigan as a certified nursing assistant at Tendercare Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Genesys Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Tomasoski is currently accepting new patients at Nova Health’s Oakridge clinic, to schedule an appointment call 541.640.7625.

About Nova Health

Celebrating over ten years of serving patients throughout Lane County and Roseburg under the names Prime Care Partners, Eugene Urgent Care, Roseburg Urgent Care, and Atlas Physical Therapy we have established a new brand name and identity, Nova Health. Our look and name have changed, but one thing has been the same since the beginning: Our commitment to quality patient care and our commitment to each other. Nova Health is a medical company that provides urgent care, primary care, physical therapy services, and musculoskeletal clinic services in Lane and Douglas Counties. Our focus is providing high- quality patient care to the neighborhoods and communities we serve. Nova Health is a growing company that was established in 2008 with one clinic and nine employees and has grown to 13 clinics all within the Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Veneta, Oakridge. Cottage Grove, Florence, and Roseburg areas. For more information, please visit novahealth.com.

Contact:
Kristine Rice, Marketing Director
Nova Health
458.215.6673
91302 Coburg Industrial Way, Suite 122
Coburg, OR 97408
krice@novahealth.com

Choosing the Best Baseball Safety Gear for Your Child

choose baseball safety gear

Your ideal Saturday afternoon with your child should include singing, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” not saying, “Take me to urgent care.” Whether your child will be lacing up for his or her first year of little league or preparing for an advanced season, it’s always the right time to ensure your child has the safest gear available to protect against injury. Below we outline the key factors to consider when choosing gloves, cleats, bats, and helmets for your little league all-star.

Fits Like a Glove

Start your baseball glove shopping by choosing a material. Synthetic leather does not require a break-in period and will better suit younger players. Genuine, oil-treated leather offers better game-day comfort and is the step-up choice for more advanced players. Make sure the glove fits snugly without being too tight or too loose. The key is to be like Goldilocks and find a glove that fits just right. It should also be stiff enough to offer some resistance, but flexible enough to provide control for both pitchers, catchers, and fielders. If your child’s glove is a few years old and has lost too much of its form and structure, it may be time for an upgrade.

Batter Up

Your future MVP will need a bat for use at home and possibly for practices and games.  Regardless of your child’s age or experience level, choosing the right bat is all about size. Youngsters between 3’ and 3’4’’ are well-suited for a 26-inch bat. Increase the bat size one inch for every four to five inches your child grows (yes, that may mean multiple purchases during those exciting growth spurt years). Make sure when measuring your child that you do so when he or she is wearing baseball cleats.

Lace ‘Em Up

Just like with running shoes, cleats make a significant impact on performance, safety, and minimizing the risk of injury. Once your child is playing competitively, you will want to select cleats that offer the flexibility to make quick, explosive movements (think stealing a base), superior traction, and proper support. To protect a player’s ankles, it’s all about the height of the shoe. As the name implies, high tops extend above ankle-height to provide extra support for too easily sprained ankles. If your child is looking to set a new speed record, you will want to consider low tops that enable faster lateral movements. 

Protecting Your Most Valuable Asset

The helmet will be the most critical safety item you will purchase for your player. It is vital to minimizing the risk of concussions and other head and neck injuries. To help you gauge your product purchase, know that typically the more money you spend on a helmet, the better quality product you’ll get in return. Higher-end helmets are usually made with high-impact padding and are often more comfortable. Just like with gloves, follow the Goldilocks rule when choosing a helmet. It should fit snugly, but not be too tight, and shouldn’t wobble around your child’s head—no matter their age.

A weekend of little league games should never end in an injury, but if it does, rely on the compassionate care experts at Nova Health. Click here to view Nova Health’s urgent care locations in Lane and Douglas Counties.

Should You Immunize Your Baby?

Should I Immunize my Baby?

As of June 24, the United States recorded 33  new Measles cases in one week. With a total of 1,077 cases documented so far this year, experts are now calling this the worst Measles outbreak since 1992. Concerns about the growing risk of Measles across the nation has resurfaced dialogue surrounding a decision every parent must face: Should I vaccinate my baby?

Health experts say the current Measles outbreak is spreading among adolescents whose parents chose not to immunize their children by issuing the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine during early developmental years. The recent trend of parents passing on the MMR vaccine is the result of concerns by some parents that the vaccine may cause Autism; however, no formal studies have ever confirmed a link between the two. Today, with the resurgence of a disease the U.S. declared eliminated in 2000 resurfacing with deadly consequences, parents of newborns and couples who are pregnant should educate themselves about the benefits of immunizations so they can talk to their doctors and make informed decisions regarding the best health protections for their babies.

Health Benefits of Childhood Immunizations

Prevention is always more effective than reactive treatments, which is why immunizations remain the most powerful defense against known, contagious diseases. Children can be vaccinated against fourteen known serious childhood diseases within the first two years of their lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these diseases include:

  • Diphtheria
  • Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Influenza (flu)
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Pertussis (Whooping cough)
  • Pneumococcal disease
  • Polio
  • Rubella (German measles)
  • Tetanus (lockjaw)
  • Rotavirus
  • Varicella (chickenpox)

Certainly, every parent wants to protect their child and keep him or her safe for the entirety of the child’s life. From a communicable disease perspective, vaccinations are the best way to safeguard your child’s health. Here are four reasons why:

The 14 Diseases Listed Above Are Still a Threat

Yes, Polio still exists, even if it feels like no one has talked about the realities of the disease since the 1940s. While vaccines have limited the number of cases of the conditions listed above, strains still exist—including in other countries—and are still a threat unless a child receives appropriate vaccinations. As we see today with the current, Measles outbreak, it is only through consistent, mass immunization that we can keep these diseases contained.

Vaccines are Safe and Proven Effective

Despite the myths that may be circulating among some social circles or the social stratosphere regarding adverse risks of cognitive disabilities associated with vaccines, such rumors have never been validated. Currently, The United States has the safest vaccine supply in its history, which means it has never been safer to immunize your child.

Your Doctor Can Advise You of Any Known Risks

When it comes to making any decisions regarding the health and wellness of your child, your doctor will always be your best, more trusted health advocate. There may be some instances in which your doctor may not recommend vaccinating your child—such as cases of allergies, a weakened immune system, or recent medical treatments. Always consult and collaborate with your doctor to decide what course of treatment is best for your baby.

Vaccinations Mean Fewer Sick Days

Not every disease or communicable illness poses a risk of death, however, every illness does pose a risk of sick time and missed days of school that could be detrimental to your child’s development and education. Plus, unvaccinated children can pose health risks and contagion threats to other children to which they are exposed, which could result in a further spread of disease.

Talk to Your Doctor

Before making any decisions about your family’s immunization strategy, talk to your doctor about immunization benefits and risks and what’s best for your baby. By understanding the facts about immunizations, and knowing you have a health care expert committed to your family’s long-term wellbeing, you can make informed decisions that will give you comfort and confidence throughout your child’s development

Seven Tips to Sleep Better Starting Tonight

Seven Tips to Sleep Better Starting Tonight

If you’ve suffered through a miserable night’s sleep, then you know the importance of quality, uninterrupted Zzzs. The morning after insufficient sleep can leave you feeling mentally fuzzy, lethargic, and even give you a headache. Persistently lacking enough sleep can also lead to weight gain, reduced exercise performance, heart disease, or stroke. The average adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep every night. If you’re struggling to reach this minimum effective dosage, follow the tips below to regain your nights and improve your days.

  1. Be consistent. Make it a point to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day—even on weekends. Consistency helps to set your body’s internal clock and maximize sleep quality. Set your bedtime for the time of the evening when you naturally feel tired so that you’re not frustratingly tossing and turning for weeks while your body adjusts to your new schedule. You may need to gradually move up your bedtime to reach that critical eight-hour mark and get up early enough for work or to get your kids off to school on time.
  1. Increase your exposure to bright light. Daily exposure to natural sunlight or artificial bright light has been proven to help improve sleep for insomniacs. Bright light exposure during the day helps to keep your circadian rhythm—your body’s internal clock—healthy. A recent study found that two hours of bright light exposure during the day increase the amount of participants’ sleep by two hours, and sleep efficiency by 80 percent. If your busy schedule is keeping you indoors, make it a point to get outside every day, even if only for twenty minutes. Take one work phone call a day while walking outside, walk your dog around the block before dinner, or trade in your treadmill for your sidewalk. If the weather isn’t cooperating, make the switch to artificial bright-light bulbs.
  1. Set a routine. Your body will begin to naturally transition to sleep if you create a nighttime ritual that gradually slows down your body and mind. Consider a routine that includes pre-bedtime yoga, reading, or meditation. Limit your smartphone screen time, though. Using your phone stimulates your brain. Plus the light emitted from an LED screen interferes with your brain’s ability to produce the sleep hormone melatonin, which means scrolling through your Insta feed before bed may be making it harder to wind down and fall asleep. 
  1. Skip the late night latte. If you are a daily caffeine consumer, commit to cutting off the java drip at least six hours before bed. Caffeine stimulates your nervous system, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Studies have found that caffeine can remain in your bloodstream for six to eight hours, worsening sleep quality. If you have to have something warm in the evening, switch to decaf.
  1. Limit nap time. Naps are not meant to be second sleep shifts. If you nap for too many hours during the afternoon or early evening, it may be difficult to fall into a deep sleep at night. If you must nap, limit it to 15 to 20 minutes and rest in the early afternoon only.
  1. Exercise daily. It should be no surprise that exercise can make you tired; however, don’t feel like you need to run a 10K or power lift for 45 minutes to boost your sleep quality. Even light exercise can help you power down at the end of the day.
  1. Ask your doctor about taking a melatonin sleep aid. Often used to treat insomnia, melatonin supplements can help some people to fall asleep faster. A recent study found that 2 mg of melatonin before bed can improve sleep quality, help you sleep more quickly, and make you feel more energized the next morning. As with all supplements, never begin a new medication routine without first discussing with your doctor.

Sleeping better each night is within your control. By adopting some consistent routines and behaviors, and leading a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and healthy eating habits, you can kick your