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ANN ARBOR, Mich.– IHA, the region’s leading multi-specialty medical group, transitioned the urgent care on the campus of Livonia-based Schoolcraft College into IHA Urgent Care on Monday, February 4, 2019. In conjunction with this change, IHA has also established an internal and family medicine practice within the same building to offer the community additional access to primary care. St. Mary Mercy Hospital, St. Joe’s Medical Group and Schoolcraft College leadership teams have come together with IHA to leverage IHA’s infrastructure to benefit students, staff and the broader community.

During the last six years, IHA has invested in the infrastructure and expertise around operating, managing and growing urgent care services. In fiscal year 2018, they recorded over 65,000 visits across five urgent care locations and have plans to open three more urgent care locations by the end of 2019. IHA successfully co-locates all of their urgent care locations with primary care offices. Research indicates that offering primary care and urgent care services within the same building significantly raises patient satisfaction and improves the overall continuum of care.

According to Jason Harris, Vice President of Planning & Development at IHA, “This partnership with Schoolcraft College will not only increase access to health care for students and staff, but the greater Livonia community by offering patient-centered care when and where it is needed.”

The urgent care team, led by IHA Urgent Care, Occupational Medicine and Virtual Care Division Head Matthew Ajluni, DO, will maintain the services previously being offered at the Schoolcraft urgent care as well as additional extended services. The family & internal medicine team includes family medicine physician Jessica Haddad, MD and internal medicine physician Li Li, MD, PhD.

The new IHA Schoolcraft offices are located on the first floor of the Jeffress Center at 39201 W. Seven Mile in Livonia. IHA Family & Internal Medicine @ Schoolcraft is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments can be made online at www.IHAcares.com/Schoolcraft or by calling 734-213-3685. IHA Urgent Care @ Schoolcraft is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. You can skip the urgent care wait by saving your spot online at www.IHAcares.com/saveyourspot.

About IHA

Established in 1994 and celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding in 2019, IHA is one of the best and largest multi-specialty groups in Michigan delivering more than one million patient visits each year. IHA employs more than 2,400 staff, including more than 700 providers consisting of physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives in approximately 74 practice locations across Southeast Michigan. Recognized as Metro Detroit’s Top Physician Group by Consumer Reports magazine. IHA offers patients extended office hours and urgent care services, along with online patient diagnosis, treatment and appointment access tools. IHA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System and a member of Trinity Health. For more information about IHA, visit www.ihacares.com.

 

News Release
February 12, 2019
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
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Is Tamiflu Right For You?

 

 

KEEPING YOUR COLON HEALTH IN CHECK IS IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE

Did you know that nearly 100,000 people are diagnosed with Colon Cancer and 40,000 with rectal cancer each year? In other words, one in 24 men and one in 22 women will develop colon or rectal cancer in their lifetimes.  March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, a time to evaluate the state of your colon health and learn how to monitor colorectal health going forward. Stay in touch with your colon!

COLONOSCOPY 101

Unlike other cancers screening tools, colonoscopy is unique in that it can both diagnose and help prevent colorectal cancer by removing polyps before they progress to cancer.

WHO SHOULD GET A COLONOSCOPY?

Common misconceptions are that you only need a colonoscopy if you have a family history of colorectal cancer or polyps. However, 80-90% new colorectal cancer cases have no family history - this means that the vast majority of new cases will be the first person in their family to be diagnosed.

Others think that if they have no symptoms, they can’t possibly have colorectal cancer. But by the time patients develop symptoms of weight loss, abdominal pain or changes to their bowel habits, the cancer has often already progressed to a very late stage.

This is why screening is so important. We want to find polyps and early cancer that are easily treated.

WHEN SHOULD I GET MY FIRST COLONOSCOPY?

Every adult should undergo their first screening by the age of 50. Some patients should start earlier, depending on other factors. It is best to talk to your doctor about when you should start screening.

Some people delay or avoid screening because they are afraid of the test. A focus of Colon Cancer Awareness Month is to spread the word about colonoscopy - the test is not painful and is very safe.

SCHEDULE YOUR COLONOSCOPY

It’s easy to schedule your colonoscopy with IHA – simply visit our online appointment tool to request your colonoscopy appointment. Our team will verify that you’re eligible for colonoscopy screening with your primary care provider and will confirm your appointment.

Is Tamiflu Right For You?

 

With this year's widespread influenza outbreak, you may have heard of Tamiflu, an antiviral medicine used as a treatment option for influenza. While Tamiflu may minimize flu symptoms, it won't help everyone with the flu. Galen Engel, CNP, a trusted provider at IHA Urgent Care locations advises on common questions about Tamiflu - learn why it may or may not be the right option for you this flu season. 

I visited an IHA Urgent Care location and was tested for the flu - it turns out I have it. Why didn't the Urgent Care provider prescribe me Tamiflu? I want to feel better, stat. 

Tamiflu isn't a cure-all treatment for influenza. First, it is only recommended within the first 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends prescribing Tamiflu for "high risk" populations like those with chronic conditions (including asthma and diabetes), immunocompromised individuals, children less than 2 years of age (and some children less than 5 years of age), and pregnant women. Learn more about "high risk" populations. Finally, it is very important to have a conversation with the provider you are seeing at an IHA Urgent Care location to review your medical history and the length of your illness, so the best medical decision can be made for you as an individual. 

My kids / coworkers / classmates have the flu - can I get Tamiflu so that I don't get sick too? 

Tamiflu as a preventive measure should be considered for populations who are "high risk" (see above) for complications from influenza - Tamiflu and other antiviral drugs may prevent serious complications and can make you feel better, faster. If you are concerned about exposure to the influenza virus, contact your primary care provider for guidance about possible preventive treatment. 

I've been sick for days - I heard Tamiflu is the only thing that works! Can I get it? 

Tamiflu is recommended within the first 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. 

I just started experiencing flu-like symptoms a few hours ago - what should I do? 

If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a "high risk" group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your primary care provider as soon as possible for guidance about treatment. Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. 

Please seek medical attention immediately if you have any of the following: difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, purple or blue discoloration of the lips, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, seizures or flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough. Learn more about taking care of yourself & others through the flu. 

I'm breastfeeding my baby - will Tamiflu help me keep her safe from the flu? 

Tamiflu is advised to take during pregnancy and breastfeeding if necessary. There is a very low concentration of Tamiflu in breast milk. However, if you have the flu it is important to take precautions to avoid spreading the flu to your infant as babies cannot get a flu shot under 6 months old. Influenza may cause serious illness in postpartum women and prompt evaluation for febrile respiratory illnesses is recommended. Learn more about protecting your baby from the flu. 

 

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The 2017 - 2018 flu season is beginning to wane, but it is always important to protect yourself and others from the spread of the flu. If you haven't had a flu shot since September 2017, it's not too late - learn more & schedule your flu shot at IHA. 

 

Information for this blog post was interpreted from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's resources on influenza. 

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