News And Alerts For FamilyCare Medical Group

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know that early detection through prevention and screening is proven to dramatically reduce fatalities from colorectal cancer? Help me in growing awareness of this preventable disease and take the pledge to #GetScreened for colorectal cancer at pledge.getscreened.org #ColorectalCancerAwarenessMonth

FamilyCare Medical Group Doctors Appear in National Video Urging Patients to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

Syracuse, NY., Feb. 25, 2021 -- With nearly a third of the U.S. population still admitting they won't or may not get the vaccine, FamilyCare Medical Group has teamed up with physicians across the nation in a viral video initiative. inciting Americans to "roll up our sleeves together" and help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Feeling a duty to their patients and fellow Americans, FamilyCare Medical Group physicians joined forces with other physician practices from Wilmington, North Carolina, to Honolulu, Hawaii, and created the “Roll up Our Sleeves” website and video campaign.  The goal is to educate those who are expressing doubt or opposition and urge everyone that “it’s time” to get vaccinated and help save lives.

Already, COVID-19 has taken the lives of over 500,000 Americans and over two million worldwide. Despite this staggering and growing number, a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Research shows about one in three Americans definitely or probably will not get a vaccine.

“Some patients are reluctant to get the vaccine,” says Dr. Mitchell Brodey, President and CEO of FamilyCare Medical Group. “We are actively encouraging all of our patients to get vaccinated and created a video to distribute to them. But we were excited to participate in a national campaign urging Americans to get the vaccine and help create herd immunity, which ultimately will stop the infection.”

'Herd immunity,' or 'population immunity,' happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through the previous infection. The World Health Organization recommends creating herd immunity by vaccination. Anthony D. Fauci, M.D., Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Advisor to the Biden Administration, reports that 70 to 85 percent of the U.S. population would have to be vaccinated in order to obtain herd immunity.

Reasons for the opposition are varied, ranging from concerns about safety and effectiveness to the belief that the vaccine has not been thoroughly tested.  For people of color, who have made up nearly 60 percent of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S., the message is especially urgent. According to research released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 35 percent of black Americans have expressed hesitancy towards getting vaccinated.

The public service initiative is a combined effort between agilon health, an organization that champions the roles of independent physicians, and primary care doctors representing more than 50 independent physician practices across the country. Their goal is to combat the doubt felt by an alarming percentage of Americans who say they have no plans to get vaccinated.

The "Roll Up Our Sleeves" video highlights the effectiveness of vaccinations over the past century, such as polio, mumps, and measle vaccines, which have wiped out infections and drastically reduced mortality rates. The website contains information about the effectiveness of the vaccine, side effects, phases of eligibility, tips about how to sign up for vaccines, and resources for healthcare professionals.

Watch the national video here.

Watch the FamilyCare Medical Group video here.

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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

On Monday January 11, 2021, NYS entered Phase 1B meaning the largest group, 3.2 million people, will be eligible for the vaccine, including people 75 and older, first responders, public safety workers, public transit workers, and education workers (see NYS DOH website for specific eligibility).

We currently DO NOT have the vaccine. We recommend those who become eligible in Phase 1B group that live in Onondaga County go to the health department website – covid19.ongov.net/vaccine to schedule an appointment with the county or if you live in another county call the NYS Hotline (315)349-3330 to determine where you can access vaccine in your county.

The CDC, NYS Dept of Health, etc., is continuing to develop guidance on how the vaccine should be distributed amongst the population and we will look to them for distribution direction if and when we receive the vaccine to be given to our patient population.

We are in the process now of securing vaccine to provide to our patients and will let you know when it is your turn as we need to follow NYS guidelines. Our clinical teams are also trying to work out the details of how to administer the vaccine to our patients who are in an eligible group. Please check our website at www.fcmg.org for further updates.

We ask that you please refrain from calling your PCP office regarding the vaccine as we need to keep our phone lines open to care for ill patients.

For more information please visit: https://www.health.ny.gov/ and https://www.cdc.gov/

FCMG Letter to the Community

November 16, 2020

 

Dear FamilyCare Medical Group family,

This week we had the highest number of COVID infections in Onondaga county. Onondaga county has more people testing positive than New York City. We need to stop the spread of COVID or we threaten our ability to continue in-person learning.  We want to remind you how to keep your families safe and our community safe. We need you to be extra careful, especially now.

 We ask you to do the following:

 - Reduce your social circle: Limit your social interactions to the people who you live with and a small group of close friends who are also committed to preventing the spread of COVID.

 - Wear masks: Masks prevent the spread of COVID. If you go out in public wear a mask at all times.  IF you socialize with people outside of your inner circle and cannot be physically distant from them (more than 6 feet) wear a mask, all the time. Your children should follow the same advice.

 - Stay home if you are ill: Do not try to self-diagnose your runny nose, headache, or scratchy throat. In 2020, any of these symptoms could represent a COVID infection. If you or your children have any of these symptoms, stay home, see your medical provider, and get tested for COVID.

 - Holidays: This is a year to consider not traveling for the holidays and to limit the size of your gatherings. Recent holidays have resulted in clear spikes in COVID activity locally and we need to try and prevent this from happening again. New York state has strict rules regarding traveling and travelers. (https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/covid-19-travel-advisory)

 If we can, as a community, consistently apply these simple interventions we can keep the spread of COVID low in our community and keep all of us healthy.

 Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Stronger together,

 

Mitchell V. Brodey, MD

President and CEO

FCMG Welcomes New Physician

FamilyCare Medical Group would like to welcome Dr. Kristine Faulknham to the Fairmount office.

Worried About COVID 19? Quit Tobacco

While smoking cessation has long been important for improving health, it is perhaps even more timely now, given our current public health crisis. Experts suggest that smokers – with their compromised respiratory systems – may face increased risk of developing a serious infection from COVID 19. Quitting now decreases your vulnerability to the disease.

We care about your health and well-being. That is why we are offering the program free of charge. The seven-week group program, led by a trained facilitator, will meet one hour a week. There are two groups to choose from: participants can join either a lunchtime or evening group.    

IMPORTANT NOTICE: regarding CORONAVIRUS disease 2019 (COVID 19)

If you are experiencing a FEVER, RUNNY NOSE, COUGH or any RESPIRATORY ISSUES, YOU MUST CALL your primary care physician office to be screened. Please do not come into our office unless you have been screened by your primary care physician office.

To learn more and stay informed about COVID 19, we suggest you visit the United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

FamilyCare Medical Group Achieves PCMH Recertification

FamilyCare Medical Group recently complete the recertification process for patient centered medical home.