Dr. Tony Giefer of Orcas Medical Center has announced that Dr. Camille Fleming will be joining him and Jean Bried, PA-C, at Orcas Medical Center later this year.
Camille Fleming, MD, MBA, is an experienced family physician with a passion for promoting wellness, developing a relationship with each patient, and providing high-quality health care throughout the life span. She says, “I want to help people get and stay healthy. I have a team approach to health care, which starts with the patient as leader and goal-setter in working toward better health. Few of us, myself included, have a completely healthy lifestyle, but each day we can work in that direction.”
She has spent the last decade living and practicing in the small community of Marshall, Michigan. She says, “My husband John and I prefer to live and work in a small community. As a family physician I see how community life influences health and well being.” As a mother of three children—Anneke 13, Sofia, 10, and Quinn 7—she also understands the needs and concerns of parents and families. She has a strong interest in women’s health and pediatrics and plans to provide prenatal care on the island. Read More→
Here’s a clever, nine-minute video posted by Dr. Mike Evans, an associate professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital.
In this video, Dr. Evans presents convincing evidence for a single treatment or “intervention” that can have a positive impact on your health and improve your quality of life.
Visit Dr. Mike’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/DocMikeEvans
Physician Assistant (PA-C) Jean Bried of Orcas Medical Center has practiced women’s and men’s healthcare for most of her career. She trained in primary care and worked during the 80’s and 90’s in adult medicine and surgery at Emory University. She also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Emory.
“Each of us has an opportunity every day to do something good for our health.”
Bried believes in helping patients take good care of themselves. In her words, “Whether this involves making a small but tough change or continuing an established healthy lifestyle, we recognize and own that moment. Hearing patients’ stories and helping them determine how to reach their goal is my favorite mission. As I often say, ‘You are the captain of your own ship; my main job is helping you navigate.’ ”
Five members of the Orcas Medical Center (OMC) medical staff have been subjects of a recent OMC ad series in The Islands’ Sounder, the weekly newspaper distributed widely on Orcas Island. A sixth ad in the series is coming soon.
With a different medical staff member featured in each ad, the series has included Dr. Tony Giefer, MD, MPH (Master of Public Health); and Jean Bried, PA-C (Physician Assistant—Certified), MPH (Master of Public Health).
OMC staff members Ravin Williams, HCA (Health Care Assistant), and Carol Boring, RN, have also been featured. Each ad includes a photo and brief history of the OMC staff member.
Orcas Medical Foundation (OMF) invites “anyone interested in health care on Orcas Island” to its annual meeting on Tuesday, April 23, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Madrona Room at Orcas Center. “Members and non-members alike are welcome,” said OMF Board President Norm Zimlich.
OMF is the non-profit organization that owns the Orcas Medical Center (OMC) building. The OMF organization was founded 57 years ago to attract quality medical care to Orcas Island. Tony Giefer, MD, MPH (Master of Public Health) is Medical Director of the OMC practice, which is managed by Island Hospital of Anacortes. Read More→
A new and simpler, “hands-only” method of CPR, known as Continuous Chest Compression CPR, doubles a person’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest, according to doctors at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where it was developed.
“It’s easy and does not require mouth-to-mouth contact, making it more likely bystanders will try to help,” according to the UA Sarver Heart Center, which created this step-by-step, six-minute demonstration video.
“This video is worth sharing,” said Gordon A. Ewy, MD, director of the UA Sarver Heart Center and one of the research pioneers who developed this method.
“Every three days, more Americans die from sudden cardiac arrest than the number who died in the 9-11 attacks,” says the UA website. “You can lessen this recurring loss by learning Continuous Chest Compression CPR.”
“We want the parents of Orcas Island to know that we’ll be here for their children,” said Dr. Anthony Giefer of Orcas Medical Center. “That’s one of the main reasons we’ve created the most fully equipped medical facility on Orcas and staffed it with physicians and practitioners who have extensive experience in treating children of all ages.”
”From infants to teens, from performing sports physicals to treating fractures, cuts, sprains and burns, our Medical Center has the facility and trained staff to provide medical care for our community’s children, according to Dr. Giefer. “Of course, we also have a full line of childhood immunizations.”
Alison Shaw, practice administrator of Orcas Medical Center, added, “We provide 24-hour access to a physician – supported by computerized X-ray equipment, streamlined lab-testing and specific experience in dealing with issues such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). We can even provide autism screening.” Read More→
“Most skin conditions that cause Orcas Island residents to make appointments with mainland dermatologists now can be addressed at Orcas Medical Center,” said the Medical Center’s Dr. Anthony Giefer, “thanks in part to equipment such as our new palm-sized Dermatoscope.”
Dr. Giefer continued, “We’re able to do annual skin checks, diagnose and prescribe treatments for conditions such as eczema (dry, itchy skin), rosacea (pronounced rose-ay-shah, a persistent redness of the skin), psoriasis (silvery, scaly build-ups often on the scalp), precancers (most common is actinic keratosis, a small crusty bump or horn that arises on the skin) and do minor surgery to remedy many skin conditions.”
“Of course, we screen for skin cancer in every annual physical,” added Giefer, “but there’s no need to wait for an annual physical if a patient has a concern. We’ll gladly do a thorough skin check at any time.” Read More→