TAKE CARE OF YOUR KIDNEYS

APRIL 4, 2013
April is National Kidney Month, and Bozeman Deaconess Health Services encourages you to maintain your kidney health. More than 26 million American adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and most don’t even know it. Millions of others are at increased risk for developing CKD and its complications.

CKD increases your chance of premature death, according to the National Kidney Foundation, because people with CKD are more likely to develop heart and blood vessel disease. People with diabetes, hypertension or a family history of CKD are at increased risk.

Good kidney function is important because your kidneys keep your body healthy by balancing your fluids and filtering out excess in the form of one to two quarts of urine a day. Your kidneys also regulate important minerals in your blood, such as sodium, potassium, phosphorus and calcium; remove drugs, toxins and waste produced by the breakdown of food and normal muscle activity from your blood; and release hormones into your blood that control blood pressure, make red blood cells and keep your bones healthy.

Symptoms of CKD may include less energy, trouble thinking clearly, poor appetite, trouble sleeping, dry and itchy skin, muscle cramping at night, swollen feet and ankles, puffiness around your eyes and the need to urinate more often.

Dr. Gerald Groggel at Bozeman Deaconess Nephrology can perform simple tests to see if you have CKD. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 414-2410.

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Recognized by National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Physician Practice Connections—Patient-Centered Medical Home program for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. Practices receiving recognition are Bozeman Deaconess Belgrade Clinic, Bridger Internal Medicine, Spinelli Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Associates, and Family Medicine and Pediatrics.
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Generally speaking, a family medicine doctor is a full spectrum physician who treats all members of the family providing continuous and comprehensive health care.

Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine physicians deliver a range of acute, chronic, and preventive medical care services. In addition to diagnosing and treating illness, they provide preventive care, including routine checkups, health-risk assessments, immunizations, and screening tests, as well as personalized counseling on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Family physicians manage chronic illness, while coordinating care provided by other sub specialists.

Our family medicine physicians enjoy being a part of the whole family. Knowing the dynamics of multiple generations and caring for each is part of their approach to good medical care for the entire family.

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Medical Home is a team-led, patient-centered approach to health care, where the patient is the most important player on their healthcare team. The patient and the medical home team develop a plan of care created specifically for the patient, focuses on wellness and prevention, keeps the patient connected with the health care team and coordinates care with other health care providers.

Bozeman Deaconess Health Group clinics each received NCQA Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home honors
Bozeman Deaconess Belgrade Clinic, Bridger Internal Medicine, Spinelli Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine Associates and Family Medicine and Pediatrics are recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on highly coordinated care and long-term participative relationships. 


Recipient of 2011 Lighthouse Award for Innovation and Excellence in Immunization
Bozeman Deaconess Family Medicine and Pediatrics was awarded a 2011 Lighthouse Award for Innovation and Excellence in Immunization from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The award, presented to a medical clinic in recognition of an outstanding immunization project, recognizes strategies that are evidence-based, evaluated for success and able to be replicated in other clinics.
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