New England Urgent Care Shares the Spirit of the Season with its Second Annual Holiday Toy & Coat Drive
New England Urgent Care is accepting new, unwrapped toys and new or gently used and clean coats for its annual holiday toy & coat drive to benefit area families. The event runs from November 18th to December 18th at all four of its locations — Bristol, Enfield, Manchester and West Hartford. Donations can be dropped off daily during business hours.
“New England Urgent Care participates in many events throughout the year in support of our community. There is no better way to get into the holiday spirit than helping those in need,” explains Luciane Mastrangeli, New England Urgent Care Lead X-ray Technician and Marketing Coordinator.
The collected items will be distributed during the holidays to families in Manchester, West Hartford and surrounding towns by two area nonprofits — the Manchester Area Conference of Churches (MACC) and the Bridge Family Center in West Hartford.
Mastrangeli added, “Last year was our first year doing the drive. We collected approximately 30 coats and 20 toys. I think we will be able do more this year.”
New England Urgent Care staff — X-ray tech Cori, Front Desk Staff member Kelly, Lead RN Melissa and PA Leila — are pictured left to right with its 2017 toy and coat drive collection.
Every day, the New England Urgent Care team provides quality care for its patients. They also provide loving care to the community by participating in service projects each holiday.
This is the second year New England Urgent Care has chosen to support Operation Christmas Child by donating and assembling goodie boxes for kids in over 100 countries around the world.
Each team member can choose to assemble a shoe box for a girl or boy in three age groups. Gift suggestions include one “wow” item such as a stuffed animal, clothing or a soccer ball with a pump, and other items like school supplies, toiletries, other fun toys, and a personal note.
New England Urgent Care Registered Nurses Carlos Paulo and Kathy Williams have volunteered to coordinate the box collections.
“Our team will begin to collect and assemble the boxed gifts at the end of October and deliver them to the Rockville Baptist Church in Vernon during the third week in November,” commented Luci Mastrangeli, Lead X-Ray Technician at New England Urgent Care. “Our team really enjoyed helping last year and wanted to do it again this year,” added Mastrangeli.
Operation Christmas Child is a ministry run by Samaritan’s Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.
The first day of fall did not disappoint — cooler temps have arrived along with the changing color of leaves. But do you know how cooler weather can affect your overall health?
Consider these three things when the weather gets cold:
- An increase in blood pressure. When the outdoor temperature drops, blood vessels tend to constrict in an effort to conserve body heat. That can make blood pressure increase a bit. If you’re healthy you might say, ‘no big deal.’ But, if you have hypertension, it might be something to monitor.
A 2015 study found up to a 31 percent increase in heart attacks in the coldest months of the year compared with the warmest.*
That’s why it’s a good idea to avoid sudden strenuous activities, like snow shoveling, if you have high blood pressure.
- You get thirstier — and so does your skin! Dry skin, “alligator legs,” and cracked lips are not just from dry heat.
It’s common to drink more water in the summer months when you feel the heat. But did you know you’re more likely to get dehydrated in the colder months? That’s because people tend to drink more hot coffee and tea (diuretics), which contribute to dry skin. So, make sure you keep up your water intake in the colder months.
- Dry air can make a cold or flu feel worse. That’s because dry air can worsen symptoms if you get a cold or the flu. Nasal passages tend to plug up more easily in winter months. When there is a lot more mucous, they can get irritated, especially in the back of your throat (post-nasal drip) and dry air only makes it feel worse.
Using a room humidifier can help add moisture back into the air. Make sure it is cleaned regularly.
Read more: Is it a cold or the flu?
Source: Seasonal Variations of Complete Blood Count and Inflammatory Biomarkers in the US Population – Analysis of NHANES Data Published November 6, 2015
Each year from October 6-12, we celebrate National PA Week, which recognizes the PA profession and its contributions to the nation’s health. New England Urgent Care is proud of its unique, emergency medicine-experienced PA staff who are all trained in Emergency Medicine.
Here’s a message from Dr. Gutman:
About 50 years ago a handful of Navy Corp Men, who had probably seen and treated more trauma than the vast majority of Physicians at the time, having returned from the battle fields of Vietnam, graduated as the Unites States first Physician Assistants. Forward looking Physicians of that day recognized the potential of taking Men and Women of the armed forces who had done battlefield medicine and training them further so that they could assist in what was then viewed and continues to be a crisis of shortage of Physician Generalists. The rest is history.
This thumbnail history reminds me very much of my own experience with battlefield medicine and for that matter Navy Corp Men. In 2003/4 I was deployed to Iraq and was assigned the dubious task of being Battalion Surgeon for Abu Ghraib prison. Were it not for the competence and sense of purpose that a dedicated group of Navy Corp Men whom I led at the time,we would not have been able to accomplish the daunting task of treating and maintaining the health of 1500 American Soldiers and Six thousand Iraqi Prisoners. We managed to do this under the austere and stressful environment of the battlefield were we were being mortared on a regular basis. It was a true privilege to serve alongside and lead these amazing people.
I believe it was my experience with the Navy Corp Men which truly opened my eyes to the potential of working with Personnel who had substantive medical training and real life experience yet were not Physicians. It was thus not a huge leap of faith when Yahel and I decided to delegate the most sacred responsibility we have for our patients care and welfare to what are euphemistically called Physicians’ Assistants.
Our faith as it turned out has not been misplaced. As I often tell anyone who wants to listen, the PA’s that are part of New England Urgent Care can run circles around most Internists and Family Physicians that I know. Like those whom I served with in Iraq, our PA’s are highly competent and deliver their care with a sense of purpose. Also, they come together as a team delivering exceptional care under sometimes stressful circumstances as evidenced by that 80 year old man whose life was saved two weeks ago by an amazing team of PA’s, RN’s, MA’s, X-ray Techs and Front Desk Personnel. It also is a very true honor and privilege to serve and lead such an august team in New England Urgent Care. Please make sure you show your appreciation to our wonderful and talented Physician Assistant team not just this week, but also year round.
With the Greatest Respect and Admiration,
Yahel and Michael
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Learn more about PAs at https://www.aapa.org/what-is-a-pa/
Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a contagious respiratory illness that can cause mild to severe illness resulting in hospitalization or death. Those at risk for serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, heart conditions, diabetes, and those with weakened immune systems.
The best way to prevent or lessen the effects of the flu is to get vaccinated every year. In fact, a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-supported study shows:
- Getting a flu shot lessened the risk of severe influenza among adults;
- Reduced the risk of hospitalization and admission to the intensive care unit (ICU); and
- Lessened the severity of illness.*
The CDC recommends getting vaccinated before the end of October.
For the upcoming 2018-2019 flu season, vaccines have been updated to better combat the most common forms of the virus. Flu viruses are around all year, but most flu activity is at its peak between December and February. However, last season high activity lasted until May!
The best defense is offense — get your flu shot today.
* Source: Science Direct
For more information, read more about Influenza or visit the CDC website