Labor Day Holiday Notice

Labor DayOn Monday, September 1st, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Labor Day holiday except for those practices listed below, which are open for pre-scheduled urgent care appointments. If you feel you need medical advice or think that you may need to be seen, call your doctor’s office at any time, day or night. Your call will be directed to our 24/7 medical staff and triaged as needed. If it is determined that you need an urgent care appointment, the medical staff can schedule you for an appointment.

As always, if you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency access number. Continue reading

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel.shutterstock_114444253You start to wake up in the middle of the night with hand numbness.  Then, after spending several days doing house renovations with power tools, you begin to experience numbness and burning sensations in your thumb and fingers.  Finally, you begin to notice you are having difficulty holding objects.  This is one of many scenarios that could indicate you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). Continue reading

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Better Care for a Better Life: Paula

Patient Story - PaulaAfter Paula and her husband Chris had their son Grayson three years ago, they struggled to get pregnant again. After months of frustration and a very emotional period in their lives, Paula and Chris turned to Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Dr. Christine Skiadas, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and a subspecialist in reproductive endocrinology and infertility in our Fertility and Reproductive Health Department, to get to the bottom of the problem and explore their options.

Watch here to learn more about Paula’s inspirational journey.

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National Immunization Awareness Month

multigenerational familyAugust is National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM), and it’s a great time to make sure everyone in your family is up-to-date on their vaccines.  Although many people think about children when they think about vaccines, getting vaccinated and staying current with your vaccines is important for people of all ages.   That includes getting the seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine, too, and August is a good time to think ahead and make a plan for when members of your family can receive this important annual vaccine.

Our clinicians at Harvard Vanguard believe very strongly in the need for vaccines and educating our patients and families about how important vaccines are to prevent harmful diseases. Here are some of the vaccine-related topics they have written about: Continue reading

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, North Shore Style!

Staff at our Peabody/Lynnfield practice – 29 of them, to be exact – took on the Ice Bucket Challenge started by Peter Frates, former Boston College baseball player, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012. The Ice Bucket Challenge has been sweeping the nation and almost every department of the Peabody/Lynnfield practice had a representative who poured a bucket of ice water on their heads to raise awareness of this devastating disease.

And in true ALS Ice Bucket Challenge protocol, Dr. James Brown, Chief Medical Director at Peabody/Lynnfield, has challenged Katie Loomer, one of our clinical pharmacists, as well as the Beverly practice of Harvard Vanguard and any other Harvard Vanguard practice ready to take the challenge!

Please watch the video to see their human ice bucket “wave”: Continue reading

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Better Care for a Better Life: Laura

When she was pregnant with her first and only child in 1996, Laura developed gestational diabetes. With the help of a special diet prescribed by her doctor, her diabetes went away after her daughter was born. But almost four years to the day after she had her daughter, Laura’s diabetes returned. With a healthy diet, good lifestyle habits, and Metformin, she was able to keep her blood sugar under control. She didn’t need to take insulin regularly. Everything seemed to be fine.

But life sometimes gets in the way. Continue reading

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Our Medford Practice Receives PCMH 2011 Recognition

MedfordWe are excited to share that the Medford practice of Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates has received recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home 2011 (PCMH 2011).

PCMH 2011 sets the newest standards for a model of healthcare delivery that encourages improved quality and enables greater involvement of patients in their own care. It is based upon standards that assess whether a physician practice functions as a “patient-centered medical home.” A patient-centered medical home is a setting where each patient has an ongoing relationship with a personal physician who leads a team and an organization that takes collective responsibility for patient care. Continue reading

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Clinical Pharmacists on your Harvard Vanguard Care Team

clinical care teamWhen patients choose a new primary care physician (PCP), most expect the doctor’s care team might include a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, a registered nurse and a medical assistant. At Harvard Vanguard, as at all of the Atrius Health medical groups, a clinical pharmacist also plays a key role on your medical team. Continue reading

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Better Care for a Better Life: Rosey

Patient Story - Rosey v2Living in constant pain can be debilitating. Just ask Rosey.

For much of her life, Rosey, who is 77 years old, was an active, independent, self-sufficient woman.

“I bought a 107-year-old, three-family house, and I got up on a ladder and scraped the 14-foot ceilings myself,” Rosey reflects. “In 10 months, I got my whole apartment rehabilitated while I was working full time. I would wake up in the morning, put on my fancy business suit, and slide out my apartment sideways so I wouldn’t touch anything covered in plaster dust. And I would come back home after a long, long day, take off my fancy suit, put on my grungy jeans and work for another four or five hours on the house.”

But after battling and beating uterine cancer 20 years ago, Rosey was left in crippling pain. The radiation therapy, though a crucial part of her cancer treatment, left Rosey with fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition. Continue reading

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Happenings at our Kenmore practice

Kenmore from their siteOur Kenmore practice is certainly abuzz with a lot of activity right now! While we highlighted the beautiful, modern new suite for our Oncology Department a month ago in this blog, there are many more new and exciting changes underway at Kenmore.  If you haven’t been to visit us in a while, here’s a quick list of what’s happening: Continue reading

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