Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body’s ability to produce and/or use insulin. In short, diabetes is a medical condition that prevents your body from using food normally. There are three types of diabetes; Type 1, Type 2, and Gestational. If you have type 1 diabetes, your body is no longer making insulin; type 2 is where your body may still make insulin, but it doesn’t work like it should, and gestational diabetes occurs during pregnancy. As of 2011, there were 25.8 million children and adults in the United States that had diabetes. The total costs associated with the diagnosis of diabetes in the United States in 2012 was $245 billion.  Diabetes can be prevented or delayed with a few simple lifestyle changes. These changes include: changing your diet, increasing your level of physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight.

Complications that are associated with diabetes include:

  • Heart disease and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Blindness
  • Kidney Disease
  • Nervous System Disease

As a part of the chronic disease management program at NMC, there is a monthly diabetes education seminar hosted by Dr. Otis Kirksey. This four hour active learning class gives more information related to the disease and the proper steps to take to manage the disease. The class encourages having a support system and is available to those who are current patients of NMC that have diabetes. For more information regarding the diabetes class please call 850.224.2469. To learn more about diabetes and ways to prevent it visit www.diabetes.org.

 

 

 

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NMC… Keeping In Touch

Keeping you in touch with NMC’s service offerings… You can find out more about us through our events calendar, newsletter, promotional features, such as our Mom’s Everyday programming and other client-centric activities throughout this website.

We have added two new programs, Smoking Cessation and Couples Therapy – both of which are featured under our Other Services page.

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View our promotional video/television spot which has been aired on local television in the Big Bend area: Neighborhood Medical Center Promotional Video

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The Best Fruits for Good Health

All fruits offer health benefits, but the following provide nutrient-dense power with the most disease-fighting potential. Add hem to your diet today!

KIWI:
Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE:
An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoid which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY:
Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE:
Sweetest medicine, eating 2 to 4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON:
Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a huge dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system and lycopene, a cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA:
Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

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Welcome to Neighborhood Medical Center

The mission of Neighborhood Medical Center is to provide compassionate, comprehensive, community healthcare for the medically underserved, uninsured and persons who are homeless. Our mission, as well as our vision and values, serves as a guideline for daily decision making and represents the principles and practices that we constantly apply. The comfort and care of our patients is a major focus of ours. We want to be your healthcare “safety net”–providing expert and cost effective care in a “neighborhood” atmosphere. An objective of ours is to provide education that will increase health awareness. One of our main goals is to continually put the “care” in healthcare. More healthcare information is now available on our Web site, which also provides patient education resources for you, your family, and friends to explore. We want you to review the services that we provide, and to be assured that we are here to provide expert and compassionate care for our patients. We will continue to grow and adapt to exceed your current and future healthcare needs. We hope you enjoy your journey visiting our website and clinic. Thank you for choosing Neighborhood Medical Center, located in Tallahassee (Florida’s Capital City), Leon County, Florida – we’re the safety net for your total healthcare needs!

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Expanding the ‘Neighborhood’

On August 12, 2013, Neighborhood Medical Center (NMC) began offering services in Havana, Florida. Services are available to those who are underinsured or have no insurance. The facility will be located at 604 E. 5th Avenue. NMC in Havana will be a full serviced clinic offering:

  • Primary Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Mental Health care
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Women’s Health
  • Other Services that will be offered include:

  • HIV/STD Testing
  • Social Services
  • Case Management
  • For more information or to make an appointment please call 850.224.2469

    NMC has also expanded its services to the Smith-Williams Center located on Pasco St. The services offered at that location will include Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), pediatrics, and limited primary care. The facility will be open from 8am to 6pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday , and Friday and from 8am to 8pm on Thursday’s. Walk-in hours for the clinic will be from 8am to 11am. This satellite location will offer the opportunity for more individuals who are uninsured or underinsured to seek medical care outside of an Emergency Room (ER).

    NMC currently has over 13,000 patient encounters per year and we look forward to the opportunity to increase this number by branching out to a different community in Tallahassee. Executive Director Oretha Jones says, “We are very pleased to have an opportunity to provide these valuable services to the community. We look forward to serving you.” Services at the Smith-Williams location begins on August 26, 2013.

     

     

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    Featured Partner

    MOMSEVERYDAY.COM – Periodically, Neighborhood Medical Center (NMC) will feature one of our partners in this section. This time, we will feature our partnership with MomsEveryday.com – a site which makes Mom’s life easier through a variety of news sources, community journalists, and comments and suggestions from everyday Moms.

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