Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Measles Outbreak

Christmastime at Disneyland in California was a time for families to enjoy the magic of Disney, however it was also time that was spent spreading the Measles virus. 42 confirmed cases have been linked to the initial exposure in Disneyland, of which, 5 cases are present in Arizona at four healthcare facilities in Maricopa, Pinal, and Gila counties. This recent spread of Measles could have been significantly lessened or even prevented if more people had received their MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. Now is a time to reiterate the importance of vaccinating your children. Some diseases which once injured thousands of children, such as Measles, are close to extinction because of vaccines. Talk to your health care provider today or make an appointment with MHC Healthcare (520-682-4111) if you have any questions or concerns about vaccinating your child.

See what Measles looks like here: http://www.cdc.gov/measles/about/photos.html

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Flu in Arizona

The following message was sent to MHC Healthcare by the Arizona Health Alert Network:

Influenza activity has been increasing in Arizona. As of January 14th, Arizona Department of Health Services categorized activity as "Widespread" (highest category). Laboratory-confirmed influenza cases have been identified in fourteen counties, and an estimated 761 cases were reported by laboratories in the past week. Most cases have been caused by influenza A, predominantly influenza A (H3).

It is not too late to vaccinate against influenza. In Arizona, influenza activity usually lasts through the spring months. Vaccination remains the best prevention against the flu, even in seasons of imperfectly matched vaccines. For a list of influenza vaccine clinics, visit www.StopTheSpreadAZ.org.

Regardless of vaccination status, clinicians should encourage all patients with influenza-like illness, especially those who are at high risk for complications (i.e. older persons, young children and people with certain chronic conditions), to seek care promptly to determine if influenza testing and antiviral treatment are warranted. Decisions about starting antiviral treatment should not wait for laboratory confirmation of influenza.

More information can be found in the influenza surveillance reports, posted weekly at http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/oids/epi/flu/index.htm.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Fall 2014 Newsletter

 Welcome Clint!

On October 1, 2013 MHC Healthcare welcomed Clinton Kuntz as the new Chief Executive Officer. After serving as the Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Kuntz was appointed to his new role at the Board of Director’s Annual Meeting.

“I am proud to be part of such an innovative organization. MHC is a proven champion for those with chronic diseases and for those who need behavioral health services. I have a personal understanding of the trials and challenges of those who must navigate the road of chronic disease. In 2012 my daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. As a father and as the CEO of MHC Healthcare, I am here to bring the compassion, commitment and resources to the communities we serve,” says Kuntz.

For over half a century MHC healthcare has been providing quality healthcare with a heart. MHC has 14 locations throughout Marana, Catalina, Picture Rocks, Pima County and Tucson Metro areas and together we serve over 40,000 individuals every year. MHC Healthcare offers primary care to individuals of  all ages, no matter their ability to pay. “We are committed to programs where we are able to focus on the total person and make a positive impact on the wellness of the community,” says CEO, Clint Kuntz.

Many of our health center locations offer a one-stop service model, which provides patients with easy access to a multitude of medical services including: Medical, Behavioral Health, Dental, WIC (Women, Infants & Children), Insurance Screening/Outreach, Women’s Health, Radiology, Quick Care and Pharmacy along with state-of-the-art medical equipment. “We believe the personal relationship between a patient and doctor is the key to quality health. It is our goal to treat all patients with the care and respect we would expect for our own families,” Kuntz explains. MHC Healthcare is dedicated to proving the best possible health care to you and your family.

Carl's Story

When Carl first came to MHC in 2005, he had just had a pulmonary embolism, was diagnosed as a food addict and diabetic, and he weighed 446 pounds. His body was breaking down and he was no longer able to work. “My doctor put the paperwork in for social security disability, and four months later I had it!,” Carl exclaimed. Over the 9-year journey Carl has spent with us, we have helped him take control of his diabetes and his eating disorder. In the past 18 months he has lost 100 pounds and plans to lose an additional 140 pounds over the next couple years. 

“Everything is feeling better – my sight’s clearing up, my head isn’t foggy anymore, I’m getting clearer days and more sleep … I got to know everyone at MHC Healthcare, and they all know me. Every patient here isn’t just a number, MHC is trying to help you … I’ve been treated well here, I really have,” Carl said. In a few years, Carl sees himself walking, keeping his diabetes under control, and achieving his goal weight of 200 pounds. “I’m going to be here until I can’t move anymore!”

MHC Healthcare is recognized as a PCMH (Patient-Centered Medical Home), which is a healthcare model where primary care providers coordinate their patients’ entire medical care. This means that we will follow-up and stay engaged with you throughout your medical processes. MHC Healthcare has worked hard to gain recognition as a PCMH, and because of this we are able to provide higher quality healthcare while also lowering costs. 

Patient Portal

MHC Healthcare’s Patient Portal is a way for our patients to easily communicate with their doctors safely and securely.  With the Patient Portal you can:
•  Contact your doctor
•  Pay your bill online
•  Request test results
•  Request an appointment
•  And more!

Cotton Blossom Thrift Store

The Cotton Blossom thrift store is sponsored by MHC Healthcare and is dedicated to providing high quality, gently used merchandise at great prices. The Cotton Blossom accepts new and used items from local charities, businesses, department stores, estate sales, and community members. Proceeds generated from the resale of goods provide additional and vital funding for MHC’s healthcare, nutrition and wellness programs.

The thrift store also employs our MHC Healthcare Behavioral Health clients, which helps them prepare to enter the work force again.  Our amazing team members along with community volunteers make the Cotton Blossom a place you want to shop.

Come join us for a “treasure hunt” shopping experience … you never know what you are going to find day-to-day! Or better yet, become part of the Cotton Blossom team and volunteer!

Phone: 520-682-1094     Hours:  Mon-Fri  9am-5pm
Location: 11851 W. Marana Rd., Marana, AZ 85653

Contact us!
Phone: 520-682-4111
Email: info@mhchealthcare.org
Website: www.mhchealthcare.org