Urgent Care vs. Emergency: What's the difference?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 13, 2018 1:29:29 PM

What is the difference between the treatment you receive in Urgent Care vs. Emergency Care? Why is Urgent Care can sometimes as busy as an Emergency Department? Read the tips below to help you choose the right type of care and the best time to seek it .

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Men's health matters: Be proactive about your health and stay active

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 6, 2018 1:30:50 PM

This is the fifth in a series about Men's Health.

Dean Porter, director, Ridgeview Medical Center Laboratory, has struggled with his family-history-related high blood pressure along with sleep apnea and migraines. His advice to others is if you know you have a family history of medically related conditions, “Get ahead of it, get tested if needed and don’t wait until symptoms start.”  That’s what Porter did eight years ago when he began taking medications for high blood pressure and using a CPAP machine at night to help with his sleep apnea.  “You have to be your own advocate and, if you can’t, find someone who can be an advocate for you.”

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How to dress for cold weather in Minnesota

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 31, 2018 12:43:07 PM

AdobeStock_72274394.jpegAre you planning to spend time outside during frigid winter temperatures? Remember, weather can quickly change from mild temps to extreme temps. Minnesotans are used to it, but that doesn’t mean you should take it lightly. It’s crucial to pay attention to how you dress for cold weather, for hypothermia prevention and to avoid frostbite. It doesn’t have to be -25o for these problems to affect you.

Hypothermia is serious

The term “hypothermia” means your body is too cold – lower than 95oF (35oC). You can lose the ability to think and move. This can happen so gradually you don’t realize what’s happening to you, or that things have worsened to the point that you need emergency treatment. That’s why hypothermia prevention is critical. You’re at risk in cold weather if you:

  • Don’t wear adequate protective clothing.
  • Wear wet clothing, especially when it’s windy.
  • Fall into a body of water.
  • Are exercising heavily.
  • Are not eating enough or staying hydrated.

Certain people are more vulnerable to hypothermia, those who are:

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Topics: Wellness

Men's health matters: Find a primary care provider

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 27, 2017 11:00:00 AM

“It’s important to me to stay physically and mentally healthy and fit so I can enjoy life to its fullest for as long as possible.” Mike Phelps, president & CEO, Ridgeview Medical Center

Self-described as “middle-aged,” Phelps challenges his body with regular workouts and competitive sports while challenging his mind at work and home. “Having mental and physical balance is important, as is assuring my body is maintained properly by getting regular checkups and screenings.” Though a hospital CEO, Phelps – like many men – doesn’t like going to the doctor; however, with colon cancer in his family history he started regular screenings at an early age.  He also says having a primary care doctor identified as his regular provider has made it easier and more comfortable seeing that person for physicals, screenings and even asking the odd or uncomfortable questions over time as they get to know each other. “The occasional reminder from home and the doctor’s office doesn’t hurt either,” Phelps shared.

Questions to ask a family physician during a meet & greet

Finding the right family doctor is important, because ideally, you’ll establish a long-term relationship. Make an
appointment for a Ridgeview Meet & Greet to learn more about the health care providers you’re considering. 

For most clinics, there may be no charge for an introductory session, or you may need to pay a fee or co-pay amount. Either way, it’s worth investing your time in the discussion to make sure you make the right decision for your family.

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Topics: Primary Care

Men's health matters: Be proactive, schedule annual physicals

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 21, 2017 11:30:00 AM

“You don’t think about your health until you don’t have it. And if you don’t have your physical health, everything else – including your mental health, mindfulness and the ability to enjoy life – suffers as well.” Darel Radde, Director of Ridgeview Ambulance.

Even with a family history of cancer and heart issues – and having worked in the medical field since he was a teenager – 58-year-old Darel Radde didn’t have regular annual exams or recommended health screenings because he didn’t think it was necessary. It wasn’t until he started to have symptoms that interfered with family vacation plans that he took action and had a colonoscopy. “That’s when I got nervous, thinking that the doctor would find something that could have been caught or addressed earlier – and avoided additional testing and costs – if I had regular screenings. Thankfully, everything was fine.” Radde pays more attention to his health now, and is glad that his children are more proactive in taking care of their health than he was as a young adult. “Little things become big things if you don’t have regular check-ups or pay attention to symptoms.”

Getting an annual physical is one of the simplest ways to ensure you’re staying healthy. Preventing disease or other problems is always ideal, and it’s certainly better to uncover potential issues early. If you’re grappling with a chronic health condition, it’s even more important to see your doctor regularly. This article will help you identify questions to ask your doctor during an annual physical.

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Avoid holiday weight gain with these 15 tips

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 19, 2017 2:27:49 PM

Do you anticipate the holidays but dread the "inevitable" holiday weight gain? Do your holiday events revolve around eating more than the meaning, people, presents, decorations or travel?

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Topics: nutrition/diet

Men's health matters: Know your numbers

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 14, 2017 12:55:19 PM

As a registered nurse and Director of Ridgeview’s Surgical Services department, B.J. Buckland has seen and cared for the full spectrum of patients in his 40-plus years working in health care. An avid outdoorsman, runner and motorcycle enthusiast, Buckland took just two personal sick days in his career. “I was in good physical shape, took care of myself physically and mentally, and could do all the activities I enjoyed. I never expected to be ‘that guy,’ that patient who – very quickly – became extremely sick.”

Buckland, who admits he “ignored some symptoms” last fall and should have been more proactive about regular annual visits and screenings, spent a couple weeks recovering and rehabilitating from a hospital stay.

Married and the father of three, Buckland advises his adult children and others to understand your health history and take advantage of the “power of information we have today to help us, especially men. Schedule annual physical exams, have lab work done and pay attention to your numbers – blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and more. Get those screenings done, make nutrition or lifestyle changes if you need to and pay attention to your body, every day.”

For someone who never thought he’d have to think about his health, Buckland now carries a copy of “my numbers and lab results with me every day. I’ve made changes to my diet, exercise and other activities to get those numbers to where I want them and need them to be.

Buckland strongly emphasizes the importance of goal-setting when it comes to one’s health. He encourages other men to identify what “healthy” means to you, today and as you move through your 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. “Then take those proactive steps to get there and achieve that optimal health you want, for yourself and your family.”

 “Take it from me, guys. You’re not invincible,” Buckland says. “It’s easier to stay healthier than fix a problem or reverse something that could have been prevented.”

Regular health screening for men can help you stay ahead of any problems that may be developing without you realizing. You may have heard the phrase "know your numbers" before but what does it really mean to you and your primary care provider? The numbers primary care providers discuss with patients include blood pressure, height and weight, triglycerides, cholesterol and glucose. These numbers, known as biometrics, can provide the information you and your health care provider need to make the right decisions for a healthier life.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

Learn how to manage your holiday stress with these tips

Posted by Kimberly Schneider, LICSW, Ridgeview Clinics on Dec 12, 2017 3:32:16 PM

While a certain amount of stress this time of the year is unavoidable, other stress associated with the holidays can be minimized, if not avoided altogether.

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Topics: Wellness

Men's health matters: Schedule your colonoscopy

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Dec 8, 2017 2:01:08 PM

When John Zaske was asked about colonoscopies he was quick to reply with a chuckle, “It’s not something as guys we talk about.”

Born and raised in Arlington, John is the facilities manager at Ridgeview Sibley Medical Center and the Fire Chief of the Arlington Fire Department. He has many friends and family members in town, but doesn’t know whether or not his buddies have had colonoscopies. However, he has and he’s ready to talk about this important cancer screening.

Although John doesn’t have any family history of colon cancer, he suggests, “Not knowing your family history is a reason in itself to get screened.”

Since colonoscopies are currently not a topic of conversation at the fire station, John fully expects to get “razzed” by the guys when they discover that he’s promoting the procedure. “There’s honestly nothing about the screening that’s a big deal—none of it. But cancer IS a big deal. Get screened.”

Colon cancer is one of the five most common types of cancer, but because of increased awareness about the importance of colonoscopy, the death rate from colorectal cancer has been steadily declining, according to the American Cancer Society.

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Topics: Colon Cancer

Don't wait. Create your Advance Care Plan today.

Posted by Sue Degolier, Director, Social Services and Spiritual Care, Ridgeview Medical Center on Dec 5, 2017 1:22:08 PM

Unexpected things can happen to those we love. Everyone's worst nightmare is getting a call that their loved one has had some type of medical crisis (trauma, stroke, aneurism), and decisions need to be made immediately regarding their care. Would you know what to do?

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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