Could it be allergies?

In this part of Texas, if you have a dull ache behind your eyes, stuffy nose, and itchy throat, it’s likely that your sinus has had a run in with what’s in the air. More than 50 million people in United States suffer from allergies, and an estimated 55 percent of all U.S. citizens test positive to one or more allergens.

You can start by treating your symptoms with an over-the-counter allergy medication, irrigate your nasal passages with warm water solution from a neti pot and drink lots of water. Around the house, keep windows and doors closed as much as possible to keep pollens from coming inside, vacuum carpets and rugs regularly and change your air filters monthly. If you don’t find relief from home remedies, the Allergy Clinic at SMSC can help.

We partner with Allergy Services of America, LLC (ASA) that enables us to provide a full spectrum of allergy testing and immunotherapy to patients. Testing and treatment is done at the clinic. We have a state-of-the-art facility where we conduct our allergy testing procedure. We have a dedicated staff trained as allergy technicians under the supervision of ASA’s Director of Clinical Allergy Services. This makes the process efficient removing the need to outsource the allergy testing procedure.

If you think that you may be suffering from allergies and the symptoms are recurring, consult your Primary Care Physician. If your doctor confirms you are susceptible to environmental allergens, contact us at (254) 968-6051 Extension 4223.

National Immunization Awareness Month

Stay on track with your child’s vaccinations.

As a parent, you want to keep your children safe. Routine childhood vaccinations are an important way to ensure that your child and community remain healthy and protected against serious diseases, like measles and whooping cough.

Now that in-person activities and play have resumed, the providers at Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic, PA encourage parents to make sure children are up to date on routinely recommended vaccines. Well-child visits and check-ups are essential for routine vaccination, even during the pandemic.

You can also review the 2022 easy-to-read immunization schedule recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  If you’re pregnant, now is a great time to find a doctor for your baby and schedule a visit to discuss any questions you have about vaccines.

For more information about vaccines and the diseases they prevent, visit these resources from the CDC:

If you have questions about vaccines, talk to your child’s healthcare provider.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/partners/childhood/stayingontrack.html#social-media

Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

Give Life – Give Blood

The Carter BloodCare donation bus will be at Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic on Thursday, August 4 from 2-6PM.

Texans need blood donations now. Did you know when you donate blood with Carter BloodCare, your blood goes to a fellow Texan in need?

As the community blood center for North, Central and East Texas, the impact your donation makes could be closer than you think. Our community’s blood supply needs blood donations and patients need Texans like you.

Join us and schedule your donation on August 4th by visiting Carter BloodCare.

Chamber Mix – August 4

Please join us for a Chamber Mix!
Thursday, August 4th from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the main entrance of Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic.
Everyone is Welcome!
Guests are welcome to visit the clinic and attend the Chamber Mix!
Yum!
Enjoy delicious summer refreshments.
Give Blood!

The Carter BloodCare Bus will be here from 2-6 PM.  #GiveforTexans  #GiveforLife

Register here to secure your blood donation!

The Buzz About Research

Did you know RSV infections cause the most risk for older adults who are ages 65 plus, live with chronic lung and heart disease and have weakened immune systems?  Every year, in the U.S., about 177,000 elderly are hospitalized and 14,000 of them pass away due to RSV infection¹.

Javara provides clinical research access for patients at the point of care by embedding staff and infrastructure into large healthcare organizations, resulting in greater access to cutting-edge innovations while expediting FDA approval through reliable, robust data.

Consider joining Dr. Ben Marcum, Josh Carswell, PA, Cortney Fanning, FNP, Lesslie Bull, CNM, and the Javara staff in a clinical research study to help us learn more about treatment options.

There are currently four trials underway.  To learn more call (254) 227-5686 or email infostephenville@javararesearch.com.

¹RSV information gathered from cdc.gov/RSV

Expanding Contraception Choices for all Women

Not all birth control options are right for everyone. The OG-8175A-023 Study is hoping to provide a birth control option that may work for women of all body types in the future. We are looking for study volunteers 35 years of age or younger who do not wish to become pregnant within the next year. To find out if you are eligible, please email infostephenville@javararesearch.com or call us to learn more: (254) 262-0837.

Javara brings Research to SMSC

We are excited to partner with Privia and Javara Research Group to bring clinical research studies to SMSC!

Dr. Marcum completed training and is now a Lead Investigator, with Cortney Fanning, FNP, Josh Carswell, PA and Lesslie Bull, CNM able to assist, as needed. Open enrollment has started for patients and the public for the first trial.

Now seeking participants for a Hypertension Research Study.  Participants must:

  • Be 18-75 years of age
  • Have mild to moderate high blood pressure

If you are interested in learning more about this trial, please call 469-638-9896 or email infostephenville@javararesearch.com.

 

Complete Care for the Whole Family

Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic, your Erath County all inclusive healthcare clinic. Primary care doesn’t have to be inconvenient – with a plethora of options from pediatrics, family medicine, and internal medicine to radiology, lab and pharmacy, SMSC provides a convenient way to care for your family. Call today to see how one of our providers can help you take control of your health this year and take advantage of bringing the whole family.

Haley Banks, MD joins SMSC

We are excited to announce Dr. Haley Banks has joined Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic! She is seeing patients of all ages in our Family Practice Department.

Dr. Banks played collegiate softball and earned her Bachelors and an MBA from The University of Texas at Dallas, and her Doctorate from Texas Tech University Health Sciences School of Medicine in 2018.  She completed residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock in July 2021.

Dr. Banks is married with two kiddos. Both are originally from TX, with family around Central Texas. Dr. Banks enjoys personal fitness, Pit Bull & Canine Advocacy and both Dr. Banks and her husband are avid hunters and prefer country/lake living.

Patients interested in establishing care with Dr. Banks can contact our Family Practice Department at 254-968-6051, Option 2.

 

Early Detection Saves Lives

As the only ACR Designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in the Cross Timbers area, the Breast Clinic at Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic is ready to help you detect breast cancer early.  Dr. Nanette Evans, Director of Radiology & Mammography, voiced concern that because of COVID, standard detection mammograms may be being postponed.  Early detection is always the goal; we don’t want to wait on our preventative exams.

At SMSC, we are taking extra precaution with our patients who are scheduled for routine exams.  Masks are required for both patients and staff.  When you get into the exam room, our machines are sanitized after every use, staff uses sanitizer for hands and surfaces and masks remain on at all times.

An order from your doctor is not required for private pay individuals to receive screening exams and most insurance plans allow preventative mammography services once per year.  Call now to schedule your appointment, don’t wait.

We have also partnered with the Moncrief Cancer Institute to offer an assistance program for 3D mammography, for those who qualify.   This is a great deal for our community!  Simply call us and we can get you in contact with Moncrief for the qualification process.

We will offer our October mammogram special of $75 for a 2D screening mammogram and $125 for 3D screening mammogram but you must call to schedule your visit in October.  This fee also includes the reading of the exam.  Call us at (254) 968-6051 ext 4282.

October Mammogram Special

October is breast cancer awareness month and we are once again offering mammograms at a special rate of $75.00 (2D) or $125.00 (3D) for patients without insurance or patients with a high deductible. Call us at 254-968-6051 ext 4282 to see if you qualify.

Dr. Nanette Evans reads and consults on all mammograms performed at the SMSC Breast Clinic.

Dr. William R. Witham, General Surgeon

Did you know Dr. William R. Witham, General Surgeon, joined our SMSC team November of 2020? You no longer need to travel out of town for your General Surgery needs. Dr. Witham offers a wide variety of services, both in-office and at Texas Health Harris here in Stephenville and Fort Worth. Call today to schedule your consultation: 254-968-6051 ext. 4340.

2021 Flu Shot Clinic Dates

Thursday, Sept 16, 2021

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Ages 65 years and up

Drive-through

Women’s Health Building: 160 River North Blvd, Stephenville

Medicare and most insurance plans accepted

More dates and times to come, including flu shot clinics for all ages (as vaccine shipments arrive). Check back for updates.

 

Dr. Haley Banks to join our team this November

Dr. Haley Banks will be a great addition to our Family Practice team, seeing patients of all ages and also offering OB. Her expected start date is November 16, 2021.  We are now accepting schedule requests for Dr. Banks. Please call 254-968-6051 Option 2 to be added to the list.

Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic Joins Privia Medical Group

Community’s 90-year-old group to remain in private practice, adding enhanced patient services through new partnership.
STEPHENVILLE, TX (February 28, 2019) Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic (SMSC), a multi-specialty practice serving Stephenville and the surrounding community for nearly a century, announced today that it joined Privia Medical Group – North Texas.
“This partnership allows us to continue providing high-level, quality care to our patients and their families,” said SMSC Family Physician Benjamin Marcum, MD. “Our partnership with Privia Medical Group brings new resources to help us maintain the health of our community and improve care coordination both in and outside the doctor’s office. We are looking ahead to the next 90 years and collaboration with Privia makes SMSC stronger.”
Stephenville Medical & Surgical Clinic provides extensive services, including family medicine, OB GYN, general surgery, pediatrics and podiatry. The clinic offers extended evening hours, walk-in appointments and welcomes new patients.
“We’re proud to partner with such a dedicated, compassionate group of physicians who’ve maintained their long-standing commitment to this community,” said Larry Tatum, MD, CEO Privia Medical Group – North Texas.“ Our resources and technology improve the patient experience while supporting the trusted care team at Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic.”
Privia Medical Group – North Texas’ parent company, Privia Health, includes a network of more than 2,000 providers in multiple states. Privia’s proprietary cloud-based technology platform and innovative approach to patient engagement and physician-driven wellness help to improve healthcare delivery and create healthier patient populations.
About Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic
Stephenville Medical and Surgical Clinic exists to provide unparalleled multi-specialty medical care to those in Erath county and beyond. We provide compassionate, holistic and complete care for patients and their family. For more information: https://www.smsc.org/
About Privia Medical Group – North Texas 
Privia Medical Group, a national, high-performance medical practice, combines technology, team-based care, and unique wellness programs, to help leading doctors better manage the health of their populations. Privia Medical Group is a multispecialty practice, with a large number of primary care physicians and medical specialists integrated to manage complex chronic disease. The medical group enjoys close partnerships with many leading national payers, with reimbursement programs that reward our doctors for improving outcomes and delivering high-value care. For more information, please visit: www.priviamedicalgroup.com.
About Privia Health
Privia Health is a national physician organization meeting providers where they are to transform the healthcare delivery experience. Through high-performance physician groups, accountable care organizations, and population health management programs, Privia works in partnership with health plans, health systems and employers to better align reimbursements to quality and outcomes. Our physician-led model, scalable systems and proprietary technology reduce unnecessary healthcare costs, achieve better outcomes, and improve the health of patients we serve. For more information: www.priviahealth.com. Twitter account: @PriviaHealth.