Family Practice Services

Our team of Family Practice providers partner with you to maintain and improve your health. We offer knowledgeable care to all generations in the family. Whether you need a yearly physical or frequent visits to monitor a temporary or chronic health condition, we are here for you. Throughout life there are developmental milestones. While working with you, we can assure you and your family receive immunizations on schedule as well as timely health screenings that prevent problems down the road. These screenings offer early detection of many health conditions that may require attention. For specific information on your annual exam with a schedule of screening recommendations.

Our well trained OB team is happy to travel the journey with you from first news of pregnancy to delivery of that precious infant. They will monitor the progress of your pregnancy with keen focus on mother’s and baby’s health carefully tracking development of the baby. We provide a satisfying experience that prepares mom and the growing family with support, information and education. Our state of the art OB suite provides an inviting and calming atmosphere that promotes a safe and comfortable delivery.

 

Making The Most of Your Medical Exam

Because clinic visits can be very short, it’s in your best interest to come prepared. Patients who are active and involved in their own health care decisions get better results – so get involved!

You should expect your healthcare provider to have reviewed your chart before your appointment, so he or she is aware of anything you’ve been treated for in the past and the medications you’re taking. It’s reasonable to expect your doctor to know who you are and to form some sort of relationship with you.

Before your visit, write down important information about your family and medical history – especially any information that might have changed since your last visit. Make a list of all the medications you’re taking, along with specific dosage information. Also, write down any concerns you have about your health, or any new symptoms you’re experiencing.

Bring a family member or friend if you’re worried you might not remember or understand the doctor’s recommendations. Another person can help you remember your concerns, or ask important questions you may not think of. Also, a friend or family member can take notes so you remember when to expect test results and what your next steps are.

Your wellness visits are an important step toward maintaining your health, so do what it takes to make the most of them.

Medication Refills
Please call your drugstore and allow two full business days for medication refills.

Your Adult Wellness Exam

For most people, annual physicals have been replaced by periodic wellness exams based on age and general health. While it may be tempting to think of these visits as optional, they provide a unique opportunity for exchanging vital information with your doctor. A physical exam gives your doctor/healthcare provider a basis for comparison as your physical condition changes with age – and it gives you the chance to ask questions and build a relationship with your doctor.

During your checkup, you should expect both conversational probing and physical screenings for various conditions, as well as more general tests for body mass index (BMI) and to spot hearing loss or visual impairment.

Together, these screenings represent a shift in focus from early diagnosis to prevention. Your doctor wants to identify high-risk behaviors to help you maintain wellness and avoid more serious health problems. As part of this goal, he or she may also administer vaccinations such as influenza and pneumococcal immunizations.

If your family history or recent symptoms send up any red flags, your doctor may recommend additional testing. Many insurance policies pay for preventive visits without charging a copay or deductible. If you have such a plan, you may want to check with your insurance company to determine which labs and tests are included in those ‘preventive services’. If tests are done that aren’t covered under ‘preventive services’, you may be responsible for a copay or deductible payment.

What To Expect
Most doctors/healthcare providers spend a good portion of the wellness appointment counseling patients about ways to improve their health. After taking a thorough history and asking about any specific problems, the doctor generally will discuss:

•  Your dietary habits and how to improve them
•  The amount of physical activity you should be getting
•  Any stress in your life or symptoms of depression
•  Tobacco, alcohol and recreational drug use
•  Safety precautions like seat belt use and helmet use for cyclers
•  Your sexual habits and any risks they pose
•  How to protect yourself from the sun
•  The need for regular eye exams
•  Any medications you are taking
•  Recommended screening tests and immunizations for your age, and risk factors fordisease

General Recommended Screenings
Recommended screenings follow a flexible schedule, which can change depending on your health and family history. Here are some recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force:

Blood pressure – At least every two years for adults 18 and older.

Cholesterol – Regular screenings beginning at age 35 for men and 45 for women – or younger if you have risk factors like diabetes, high blood pressure, family history of heart disease or you’re a smoker.

Skin Exam – Self-exams at least annually; talk to your doctor about screening, particularly if you’re fair skinned or spend a lot of time outside.

Diabetes – Regular tests if you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol; talk to your doctor about other risk factors.

Colorectal Cancer – Starting at age 50; talk to your doctor about the right test for you.

 

Women’s Recommended Screenings

Mammogram – Every one to two years for women 40 and older, with or without a breast exam.

Pap test – Every one to three years if you are sexually active and between the ages of 21 and 70.

Osteoporosis – Screen routinely starting at age 65, or starting at age 60 for women with risk factors (like a small frame or weight of 154 pounds or less).

Chlamydia – Routine screening for all sexually active women age 25 and younger; talk to your doctor about screenings for other sexually transmitted diseases.

 

Men’s Recommended Screenings

Colorectal Cancer
– Starting at age 50; talk to your doctor about the right test for you.

Sexually transmitted diseases – Talk to your doctor about how often.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm – Once between the ages of 65 to 75 if you have ever smoked.

Medication Refills
Please call your drugstore and allow two full business days for medication refills.

Annual Medicare Wellness Visit

Did you know that Medicare covers a one-time “Welcome to Medicare” screening visit and an “Annual Wellness Visit?” Both of these visits have no co-pay or deductibles applied and are a great way to improve your health. Your Wellness Visit will include a complete health history review and many other services. To make an appointment for more info about your annual Medicare Wellness Visit call 800.916.1836 to make an appointment.

If you need help selecting a primary care provider call our patient care provider, Brenda Miller, RN at 320.523.3009.

Medication Refills

Please call your drugstore and allow two full business days for medication refills.

Advance Care Directives

Advance care directives are written instructions regarding your medical care preferences. You can contact RC Hospital & Clinics Social Worker for more information about Advanced Directives at 320-523-3427.

Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning helps anyone, healthy or ill, communicate their wishes for medical treatment.

At any age, a medical crisis could leave someone too ill to make their own medical decisions. An advanced care plan provides information to others about your wishes in case illness or injury prevents you from telling them yourself.

Advance Care Planning is a Process of:

  • Clarifying your values and health care goals
  • Understanding  your treatment options
  • Weighing your options about what kind of care and treatment you would want or not want
  • Making decisions about whether you want to appoint a health care agent or complete a health care directive
  • Communicating your wishes in writing in a document called an advance directive or health care directive.
Bridget Anton, RN - Clinic Director

Family Practice Services

Bridget Anton, RN is Clinic Director at RC Hospital & Clinics. This service includes the Family Practice Clinics in Olivia, Hector and Renville. Bridget has years of bedside nursing experience as well as clinic nursing. She has been privileged to hold positions of clinic and nursing leadership for about 15 years. Her previous experience was in the Twin Cities. She feels fortunate to serve as Clinic Director at RCHC since May, 2016. Rural healthcare is a great fit for her professional interests and expertise.

 

Care Coordinators

Two of our RNs Jen Kramer and Brenda Miller have trained to become Certified Care Coordinators. Working together, the clinic practitioners and these Care Coordinators identify patients who would benefit from support in addition to the traditional support the clinic and practitioners provide. These are patients who have two or more chronic conditions that interfere with living independently and could worsen over time. They may suggest the addition of other healthcare professionals to the patient’s care team. Through frequent contact, and helping the patient understand their condition and what they can do to care for themselves, they aim to help patients return to a healthier state or to live as well as possible with their condition.

Family Practice
Jen Kramer, RN
Care Coordinator

Family Practice
Brenda Miller, RN
Care Coordinator

 

 

Our Caring Values

Culture of Care – We will carry out our mission with compassion and empathy. We believe that how a person is treated is as important as the medical care they receive.

Accountability and Trust – We will strive to build a reputation within the communities we serve by listening, being responsive, and being consistent in our actions.

Respect – We will treat our customers, business associates, and each other with fairness and confidentiality with considerations for varying opinions, values, backgrounds, cultures and religions.

Integrity – We will act responsibly with professional spirit and character at all times.

Needs Focused – We believe that health care is a commitment to provide services to those in need. Patients’ needs are our top priority.

Grace, Dignity and Honesty – We are committed to conduct ourselves with grace, dignity and honesty to promote the well-being of all patients, visitors and staff.

Parking

Parking on the south side of the building is reserved for Emergency Room patients only. All others are asked to park their vehicles in the North parking lot.  Access is available through the Main Hospital entrance for visitors and families during our posted visiting hours.

To Make An Appointment Call 800-916-1836 or 320-523-1261

Family Practice ServicesBridget Anton, RN
Clinic Director

 

What To Bring To Your Appointment

•  Driver’s License
•  Insurance Card
•  A list of the current prescriptions you are taking

 

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