Thanksgiving Day Holiday Notice

thanksgiving 2014.shutterstock_158314841On Thursday, November 27th, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates will be closed for the Thanksgiving 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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Atrius Health demonstrates highest quality care in New England for Medicare beneficiaries

AtriusSig1Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and the other medical groups in Atrius Health demonstrated the achievement of the highest quality care in New England among Pioneer ACOs and second highest quality care nationally among Pioneer ACOs when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released scores for quality among the 237 organizations participating in a new model of caring for Medicare beneficiaries. Atrius Health is one of 23 organizations nationally participating in the highly selective Medicare Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model. Continue reading

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Anxiety in Overdrive

Anxiety buttonIf a world existed where we all happily chilled on a beach day in and day out, we would probably never feel anxious, but we would also never get anything done. The reality is that many of us have a lot to do each day, and a little anxiety can sometimes motivate us to get it done.

However, there is a fine line between anxiety pushing you to meet or exceed the demands on your plate and being so anxious about them that you cannot work efficiently, have fun with friends, spend quality time with family, or fall asleep.

When anxiety impacts your life in negative ways, we refer to this as an anxiety disorder. There are several types of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. Continue reading

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Guilt-Free Holiday Eating

holiday party eatingThe holidays can be the most difficult time of the year for those who are trying to maintain a healthy regimen. After all, food is a part of every gathering, and between the parties with co-workers, friends and family, there tends to be a lot of eating involved. It’s not necessary to put a damper on the holiday spirit and completely discourage the food celebration, but whether you’re the one cooking or going to a party, it’s important to have a strategy to make it easier to stay on track.

Although this may not sound like much, research has indicated that the average person gains about 1 lb each holiday season. The same research shows that people never lose the extra weight. Over the years, these pounds can add up.

Below, I’ve outlined some tactics for the upcoming six weeks to help you a have a healthier and guilt-free holiday season, a balance between tradition and nutrition! Continue reading

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Diaphragmatic Breathing: A Technique to Release Stress

Stress, either to mind or body – a deadline at work, a very bad headache, presenting to a crowd,  chronic pain – often causes very physical reactions: your muscles tense and can even cramp, your heart rate rises, you cannot easily concentrate, and often your breathing becomes faster and shallower.

Diaphragmatic breathing is a style of breathing that can release stress from your body, helping you to calm, relax, and ultimately feel better.  It can be used to treat anxiety disorders and sleep problems, and in the Department of Pain Management at Harvard Vanguard, we teach our patients how to use it to lessen physical pain effectively.

Dr. Linda Bolle, a clinical psychologist in the Department of Pain Management, has created 3 short videos to explain what diaphragmatic breathing is Continue reading

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Better Care for a Better Life: Lauren

1st birthday.shutterstock_208012522Lauren puts a lot of energy into caring for her family. With two small children and a part-time job (luckily from home), some days are busier than others, with trips to the grocery store, school, and soccer practice. Like most mothers, the last thing she wants to do is to waste time in the emergency room with unexpected minor injuries and illnesses.

The day before her daughter’s first birthday party, Lauren found herself facing a laundry list of chores: prepare food for the party, pick her mother-in-law up from the train station, clean and decorate the house. As she stood in the kitchen chopping vegetables, the sharp knife she was holding slipped, and she severely sliced her index finger. She knew she needed medical attention—and fast. Clearly she did not have all afternoon to spend in an emergency room. A patient at the Braintree practice of Harvard Vanguard, she picked up the phone and called her doctor’s office. She was told to come in right away for an urgent care appointment. Continue reading

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Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Named LGBT Healthcare Equality Leader

HEI 2014_bug finalHarvard Vanguard Medical Associates has been recognized for the fourth year as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Harvard Vanguard earned top marks in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who often face significant challenges in securing the quality health care and respect they deserve.

“We are honored to be recognized once again as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality,” said Harvard Vanguard Interim CEO Dr. Daniel Burnes. “Our clinicians and staff understand that there are unique health care needs for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and we are committed to providing high quality, equitable care to all patients.” Continue reading

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Welcome to Kenmore!

Kenmore from their siteDo you live or work in Boston? Do you know someone who does and who might be looking for a doctor? If so, our Kenmore practice, located on Brookline Avenue just down the street from Fenway Park, has created a wonderful video introduction of their practice to help prospective patients get a look inside, meet some of their terrific staff, and learn about the many, many specialties and services that Kenmore has to offer its patients.

Please watch the video – we hope you enjoy it! – and share this with friends or family. For more information about the Kenmore practice – including a full list of specialties and services, hours of operation, phone numbers and a detailed map of the practice’s location – please click here.

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Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates Welcomes Dr. Marcelo Campos

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates proudly welcomes Dr. Marcelo Campos to the internal medicine department at our Post Office Square practice.  He is accepting new patients to his practice.  To see his video profile, please watch it here:

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Ebola Screening Protocols at our Practices

While the present case count for Ebola in the U.S. and the likelihood of a significant outbreak of the disease both remain extremely low, out of an abundance of caution and to support the health and safety of our patients and staff, we have developed Ebola screening protocols and patient education materials that you can expect to see and hear about as you visit or call our practices.

CALL US FIRST

Should you or a family member who is a patient meet any of the criteria below, please call us first. We can triage your needs and then direct you to the most appropriate care setting as quickly as possible.

Please call the office if in the past 21 days… Continue reading

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