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Hepatitis C: The Silent Epidemic

July 31, 2018 by Katie Brock


By Sean L’Huillier, F.N.P., North Country HealthCare We’ve seen the TV commercials and read the advertisements about Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) that affects the liver and the recommendation to get tested for the disease, especially for those born between 1945 and 1965 (commonly known as baby boomers). But is there really a need to be concerned or are the advertisements just a way for drug companies to promote their products? Sean L’Huillier. F.N.P The truth is yes there is a reason to be aware and get tested. Hepatitis C has been called a silent epidemic because most people with Hepatitis …

Early Widespread Flu in Arizona – Preventing, Treating and Avoiding

January 19, 2018 by Starla Collins


By Cindy Martin, M.D., North Country HealthCare Cindy Martin, M.D. A dominant strain of the flu came early and fierce this season, signaling a severe flu season. A huge spike in the number of reported and confirmed cases in Arizona means a particularly bad year for the flu in the Grand Canyon State. What makes the numbers so alarming has to do with the timing: Flu numbers usually peak in February, not December and January. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services: 2,455 confirmed cases of influenza from 15 counties were reported between Dec. 31, 2017, and Jan. 6, …

Men’s health: Why you should get a regular check-up

June 28, 2017 by Jessica Gee


Jesse Crane, DO is accepting new patients at North Country HealthCare’s Flagstaff 4th Street location. By Jesse Crane, DO, family medicine physician at North Country HealthCare Men are more likely than women to die from 14 out of the 15 leading causes of death. In fact, men have a life expectancy five years shorter than women, and many experts believe this can be attributed to men’s personal beliefs about their own health. They go to the doctor less than women and are more likely to have a serious condition when they finally do go. According to a recent survey by …

Breastfeeding Basics: Part 2

August 22, 2016 by Jessica Gee


By Anna Singleton, IBCLC Anna Singleton with her baby. North Country HealthCare has board certified lactation consultants on staff to help you and your baby in the breastfeeding journey. We understand returning to work after having a baby can be a stressful time for women as they learn to juggle their time in the office and time with their baby. Not only is it difficult to maintain a schedule that works for everyone, it can also be especially challenging for women who are breastfeeding and who plan to pump while at work. Many moms have a hard time knowing how …

Breastfeeding Basics: Part 1

August 1, 2016 by Jessica Gee


By Anna Singleton, IBCLC Anna Singleton with her daughter. Most new parents have seen the lists of breastfeeding benefits and recommendations. However, despite having a plethora of information at our fingertips, the basics of breastfeeding often elude us. Throughout pregnancy, parents are presented with so much information that those lists often become a blur, and the motivation to delve into the research sometimes falls by the wayside. The purpose of this blog is to shed light on two commonly asked questions about breastfeeding: how long should I breastfeed, and what are the benefits of breastfeeding? Both the American Academy of …

Tania’s Story: Fearless in the Face of Cancer

April 19, 2016 by Jessica Gee


Tania Gonzalez (left) with Josie Escoto, patient navigator with the Well Woman HealthCheck program at North Country HealthCare. “When I found out I had breast cancer, I was very scared. My first thought was ‘who will take care of my children?’ I was so worried and upset that I stayed in bed for two days after I was diagnosed. On the third day, I got out of bed, wiped away my tears and said, ‘Okay, what do I need to do?’ I was ready to do whatever I needed to do to get better. I knew I could do this!” …

HealthPartners, a New Approach to Health

January 1, 2016 by Katie Brock


“Too often, my patients do not have money to buy their medications, do not have the glasses they need to read the directions on their bottles or don’t have a way to keep themselves warm over the winter. Regardless of what I do in the exam room, these patients are unable to improve their health because of the social factors surrounding their lives,” says Dr. Shipra Bansal, a family physician at North Country HealthCare.  In fact, this is a concern that is being echoed across the country.  In a 2011 survey of primary care doctors across the US, the Robert …

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