http://bestneighborsever.com Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:55:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Be Sun Smart http://bestneighborsever.com/be-sun-smart/ Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:55:08 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4963 Summer is when we spend more time outdoors, mostly for family gatherings and recreational sports. But some people are outdoors in search of a deep sun tan. Those damaging amounts of Ultraviolet rays on skin can cause not only a sunburn, but long term damage to skin that can also lead to skin cancer. Exposure…

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UV Rays

Summer is when we spend more time outdoors, mostly for family gatherings and recreational sports. But some people are outdoors in search of a deep sun tan. Those damaging amounts of Ultraviolet rays on skin can cause not only a sunburn, but long term damage to skin that can also lead to skin cancer.

Exposure to UV radiation is the main factor that causes skin cells to become cancer cells. Almost all skin cancers are caused by too much UV radiation from the sun.

Skin cancer develops in the epidermis cells, the top layer of the skin, when the body is unable to repair this damage. The cell can begin to divide and grow in an uncontrolled way. This growth can eventually form a tumor.

Neighbors Emergency Center is dedicated to your well-being. If you have to be outside, there are a broad spectrum of sunscreens and preventative measures to let you enjoy summer in a sun smart way.

Sunscreen
• Use sunscreen. This is the best way to protect your skin if you will be outside in direct sunlight for any extended period of time.
• 20 minute rule. Coat all exposed areas of skin with sunscreen at least 20 minutes before you head outside. This gives the sunscreen time to start protecting your skin before the first ray of light hits it.
• Be generous. It is estimated that seven teaspoons of sunscreen (one teaspoon per area) are needed to coat both arms, legs, torso, back and your face and neck before sun exposure starts.
• Reapply often. Put more sunscreen on after two hours if you will be swimming, sweating or toweling off.

Choose the right sunscreen
• Choose a “broad-spectrum” protection. Sunscreens with this label protect against both UVA and UVB rays. All sunscreen products protect against UVB rays, which are the main cause of sunburn. But UVA rays also contribute to skin cancer and premature aging.
• Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. The SPF number is the level of protection the sunscreen provides against UVB rays. Higher SPF numbers mean more protection. SPF 15 filters out about 93% of UVB rays; SPF 30 filters out about 97%; SPF 50 filters about 98%, and SPF 100 filters about 99%. No sunscreen protects you completely.
• “Water resistant” does not mean “waterproof.” No sunscreens are waterproof or “sweatproof”. If a product’s front label makes claims of being water resistant, it must specify whether it lasts for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating.

Cover up
• Wear pants and long sleeve shirts. Shirts with collars provide the best protection.
• Hats are necessary. The most sensitive skin is on your face and neck. Wide brim hats work the best; a brim all the way around the hat helps protect your nose, eyes, cheeks, ears and neck.
• Protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses that have 100% UVA and UVB protection. The tighter they fit and the more they wrap around the sides of your eyes, the better. Sunglasses also help protect the sensitive skin around your eyes and can help prevent wrinkles and crow’s feet.

It’s good to love the sun. But love your skin more. It will thank you for it and give you years of protection into the future.

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Don’t Feel the Burn http://bestneighborsever.com/dont-feel-burn/ Sun, 01 Jul 2018 09:00:57 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4958 July is a great time of year. A patriotic holiday, family barbeques and watching beautiful firework displays. But this is also a dangerous time of year because of those fireworks. The vast majority of injuries are burns, mostly to the hands, fingers, head, face, eyes and ears. Many people will celebrate at family-sized gatherings and…

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Burn blog

July is a great time of year. A patriotic holiday, family barbeques and watching beautiful firework displays. But this is also a dangerous time of year because of those fireworks. The vast majority of injuries are burns, mostly to the hands, fingers, head, face, eyes and ears. Many people will celebrate at family-sized gatherings and shoot off purchased firecrackers of all sizes.

Though sparklers and firecrackers seem innocent enough, they account for almost 40 percent of all fireworks-related accidents. In contrast, people that attend community firework celebrations make up only four percent of Fourth of July injuries each year. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 34 percent of people hurt will be between the ages of 25-44 and most will be males who handle firecrackers, sparklers, bottle rockets, novelty devices, Roman candles and reloadable shells.

As July goes on, many people will be at risk of burns when they camp, barbeque at home, get severely sunburned and even suffer chemical burns in highly chlorinated swimming pools.

Neighbors Emergency Center wants this part of summer to be a safe time for all of your celebrations. Here are some burn safety tips to keep in mind throughout the hot days ahead.

Fireworks
• Light all fireworks away from people, homes and flammable surfaces.
• Children should always be supervised when fireworks are present. As mesmerizing as sparklers are for kiddos, adult supervision is necessary.
• Avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket. They can be set off with the slightest friction.
• Keep youngsters away from picking up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and could explode.
• Have water close by and soak all fireworks in water before throwing them in the trash can.

Barbeque grills
• Wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on a grill.
• Use long-handled barbeque tools.
• Keep a 3-foot safety zone around the grill when in use.

Camping
• Keep the campfire away from tents, tablecloths on picnic tables and other combustible materials.
• Build the campfire downwind and in fire rings or fire pits if available.
• Properly extinguish the campfire before turning in for the night, breaking camp or anytime it will be unattended.

Sunburns
• Apply sunscreen to all exposed skin before you go out in the sun. Reapply every two hours.
• Reapply often when swimming or playing sports that cause sweat to wash sunscreen away.
• Limit time in direct sunlight to avoid burning your skin.

Pool chemical burns
• Many caustic chemicals, including chlorine used to treat swimming pool water, can cause chemical burns if they come into contact with skin.
• Keep all chlorine and other chemicals used to keep swimming water clean stored under lock and key when not in use.

Treatment
Always err on the side of caution and seek medical care for any burn, regardless of its depth or size. Burns are progressive injuries that will worsen over a 24 hour period after the initial injury. For serious burns from fireworks, an electrical burn, a chemical burn or if the burn is on the face, hands, feet, genitals or a major joint area—seek immediate medical attention. Our board-certified physicians and experienced medical staff is ready 24/7 to help you with your medical emergency.

There are 22 Neighbors Emergency Center locations in Texas. Each is staffed with dedicated professionals, on-site imaging of CT scan, Ultrasound and X-ray as well as a laboratory to be of service in your time of need. We hope you have a wonderful celebration and if you need us, we will be your best Neighbors ever.

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4 Steps for Better Men’s Health http://bestneighborsever.com/4-steps-better-mens-health/ Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:00:21 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4954 Every June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the United States. Whether young or more mature, Men’s Health Month is a time to provide the encouragement and education necessary to promote preventable health problems and their solutions. Neighbors Emergency Center encourages early detection, treatment and lifestyle changes that can change the lives of men everywhere.…

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Men's Health

Every June, Men’s Health Month is celebrated across the United States. Whether young or more mature, Men’s Health Month is a time to provide the encouragement and education necessary to promote preventable health problems and their solutions. Neighbors Emergency Center encourages early detection, treatment and lifestyle changes that can change the lives of men everywhere. Learn some practical steps you can take to improve your health starting today.

Get Screened
If you are 50 years or older, it is recommended you start getting tested for prostate cancer as your age has put you at a higher risk. It is important to discuss both the benefits and risks of a screening with your doctor and decide whether you feel a prostate screening is right for you. There are two main types of prostate screening tests. The first is a digital rectal exam, or DRE. During a DRE, the doctor will insert a gloved, lubricated finger into your rectum. Your doctor will be searching for abnormal textures in the shape or size of the prostate gland. The second option is the prostate-specific antigen test, or PSA. PSA testing involves a blood sample being drawn from your vein and tested for PSA, a substance your gland naturally produces. Although a small amount is normal, higher levels may indicate an infection, inflammation or perhaps cancer.

Get Active
Exercise is one of the best ways to keep your heart and body strong. Just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity can make a huge difference in your life. Studies have found that men who are physically active in their midlife are more likely to continue on the habit as they age. Don’t just stop at keeping yourself healthy. Bring your coworkers or neighbors together for a consistent time where everyone can participate in activities while being health conscious. Some activities include walking, tennis, basketball, flag football and hiking.

Get Healthy
If you don’t already, it’s time to start watching your diet. Avoid processed foods and focus your diet towards fruits, vegetables and lean meat. You should also consume fats, cholesterol, sugar, and sodium in moderation. This will naturally save you from a plethora of health issues, including heart disease. If you do find yourself gaining weight as you age, remember balance is key. Monitor your portions and increase your physical activity.

Mental health is also important to evaluate in relation to your well-being. Working too many hours is associated with a greater risk of anxiety and depression. It is important to pay attention to signs of your mental state, especially if you have a history of mental illness in your family.

Get Involved
During Men’s Health Month, you can plan a “Wear Blue Day” that helps spread awareness. These events spread knowledge and can be used to raise money in the fight against prostate cancer. All you have to do is pick a day that works for the group of people planning on participating. Next, set a goal for the amount of money you want to raise. This way you have an objective the team can strive for. Spread the word about your “Wear Blue Day” and ask people to donate to the cause. Finally, wear your blue! Have fun with it and deck yourself out from head to toe.

Show your support for Men’s Health Month by sharing this article. It’s time for men and boys everywhere to take their health seriously. If you do find yourself in need of emergency services, remember that we have several Neighbors Emergency Center locations throughout Texas. Our board-certified physicians and state-of-the-art technology make it easy for us to care for your family’s medical emergencies.

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Migraines: Are They All in Your Head? http://bestneighborsever.com/migraines-are-they-all-in-your-head/ Fri, 01 Jun 2018 15:17:40 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4947 Some people know the feeling all too well. Throbbing pain and nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Several symptoms can mark the beginning of a migraine. Over 38 million Americans experience migraines, each with their own unique set of triggers and side effects. As those who experience migraines know, they can be extremely debilitating and…

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Migraine Month

Some people know the feeling all too well. Throbbing pain and nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Several symptoms can mark the beginning of a migraine. Over 38 million Americans experience migraines, each with their own unique set of triggers and side effects.

As those who experience migraines know, they can be extremely debilitating and painful. June is Migraine Awareness Month. Neighbors Emergency Center encourages you to share this article and spreading awareness. Here are five important migraine questions to help you understand more.

When Do Migraines Begin?
For most people, migraine headaches begin between the ages 10 and 40. Although they do occur in men, they are three times more common in women. Most women report their migraines improve or even disappear by age 50.

What Causes Migraines?
Migraines are caused by brain cells that are overly sensitive to certain triggers. Several factors can set off these triggers such as intense emotion, foods and even certain smells and sounds. These triggers cause the brain to release chemicals that cause inflammation and pain.

What are Common Migraine Triggers?
Weather changes- This is one of the most difficult migraine triggers to control as changes in humidity, temperature and air pressure can be problematic.

Anxiety and stress- Migraines commonly occur during periods of anxiety and stress for many people. If you can reduce your stress and relax, the migraine can subside.

Wine and aged cheeses- Both alcohol and cheese contain a compound called tyramine that is known to trigger migraines.

Perfumes and scents- Perfume can cause a sudden and adverse reaction – especially if the scent is strong.

Medication- Several types of medication can cause migraines and the most common is birth control pills or estrogen-related treatment.

Monosodium glutamate- Commonly known as MSG, foods prepared with this should be avoided. This includes seasonings, frozen foods, processed meat, premade soups and condiments.

Nitrates- This can be found most commonly in deli meats like pepperoni, salami, hot dogs and lunch meats.

Hunger and Caffeine- The body’s needs are extremely sensitive and missing a meal or experiencing caffeine withdrawal can be a migraine trigger.

Many women find their migraine symptoms are heightened before their menstrual cycle, leading doctors to believe a lack of estrogen may also cause migraines.

What are the most common types of migraines?
Aura
About 25% of those who suffer have migraines with aura and are plagued by these painful but not life-threatening attacks.

Auras tend to start about an hour before the headache and have the ability to affect your senses. They can cause blind spots, vision loss and cause you to see flashing lights or zigzag patterns. You may also see and smell things that are not there and experience tingling or numbness. These symptoms are brief, normally fading as the headache phase emerges. Migraine pain with aura includes steady throbbing that is usually located in the front or side of the head. These headaches can last from one hour to three days. Additional symptoms include upset stomach, vomiting, hot flashes and chills, runny nose, dizziness, sore neck and confusion.

Scientists are not exactly sure what causes this specific type of migraine but it is believed that nerve cell activity spreads throughout the brain, causing the trigeminal nerve to release a variety of neurotransmitters. This then causes a change in the size of blood vessels leading to inflammation and pain.

Without Aura
Migraines without Aura are the most common and account for about 75% of all migraines. The most common symptom is a throbbing headache that generally worsens with time. You may also experience nausea and vomiting, sensitivity to light, noise, and smell, blurred vision and stiffness of the neck and shoulders. These migraines can last from 4-72 hours.

Scientists are not fully aware of what causes these migraines. They believe two key brain chemicals play a role: serotonin and dopamine. It is suggested that something in the brain goes awry, causing an upset in the way these chemicals regulate the brain. In response, the brain and the body’s immune system overreact causing a flood of immune cells to flow through the blood vessels and into the brain. The result is a severe, throbbing headache.

How do I treat migraines?
When you experience migraines try and find a quiet, dark room. Pain relievers like ibuprofen or aspirin may help lessen your symptoms. You can also use a cold compress on areas of your head that are experiencing pressure and pain. If your symptoms persist, speak with your doctor about prescribing other medicines that may help with nausea or vomiting. Most importantly, avoid your triggers. If you are aware of what causes your migraines, steer clear. If you don’t know your triggers keep a headache diary, so that you can identify what is causing them.

If you are experiencing migraine symptoms, see your doctor for a physical exam. They can check your muscles, speech, reflexes and symptoms to test the nerves in your head. Blood tests, CT scans, X-rays and MRIs can also be used to rule out other causes of concern such as infection and bleeding. If you do find yourself in need of emergency services, remember there are 22 Neighbors Emergency Center locations throughout Texas to help you. Our board-certified physicians and state-of-the-art technology make it easy for us to care for you or your family’s medical emergencies.

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Women’s Health Month http://bestneighborsever.com/womens-health-month/ Mon, 14 May 2018 19:28:21 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4941 May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it’s also the celebration of Mother’s Day. In today’s age, women face increasing demands on their time from taking care of their families, juggling their career, to possibly caring for aging or unhealthy parents. This can create stress and anxiety which has a negative impact on a woman’s…

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Womens Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and it’s also the celebration of Mother’s Day. In today’s age, women face increasing demands on their time from taking care of their families, juggling their career, to possibly caring for aging or unhealthy parents. This can create stress and anxiety which has a negative impact on a woman’s health.

Neighbors Emergency Center is dedicated to helping women reduce stress and live a healthier life. Some form of stress will always be there. Even though there is no way to avoid it, there are plenty of ways to manage it. Follow these tips to find time for you.

Reduce
1. Recognize the feeling. Don’t deny the feeling when stress starts to rise. Acknowledge it and accept it.
2. Know your body. Does stress first manifest with the tightening of your chest or an accelerated heartbeat? However it surfaces, a quick mental body scan can bring your mind back to the present and attempt to stop those physical alerts.
3. Remember to breathe. Take a few deep, cleansing breaths. This will help you feel calmer and clear your head.
4. Be kind to yourself. It is easy to blame ourselves for stressful feelings like anger, sadness, self-blame and doubt. Instead do something, even something small like listening to a song you really like, to help you feel better.

Stress-related Health Problems
Stress and anxiety can trigger specific health conditions such as psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. A Mayo Clinic report discusses how long-term exposure to high stress can take a toll on the body with increased risk to health problems. If not controlled, stress and anxiety can trigger:
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Digestive problems
• Headaches
• Heart disease
• Sleep problems
• Weight gain
• Memory and concentration impairment

Stress Management
With so much research on stress and anxiety, doctors and patients have a clearer understanding of how and why symptoms occur. Our board-certified physicians will recommend exercise to help combat stress and anxiety. But what if exercise isn’t an option? There are ways to de-stress and decompress which can relieve tension and add quality and quantity to the life in front of you:
• Be with friends and family. Special people give you a sense of belonging and purpose.
• Write. Put thoughts down on paper or in a journal and experience a calmer mind.
• Get out. Time outside and fresh air can clear a head full of thoughts.
• Try meditation. The practice of deep breathing can reduce stress quickly.
• Make a necessary change. If possible delete the stress causing factors from your life.

All 22 Neighbors Emergency Center locations hope these tips help you, your mother and other special women in your life to live a healthier, more stress-free life. Because every woman deserves to be cared for.

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Stroke: It Happens in an Instant http://bestneighborsever.com/stroke-happens-instant/ Tue, 01 May 2018 16:18:47 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4937 May is Stroke Awareness Month and according to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes may be preventable. Neighbors Emergency Center believes it’s essential you are fully informed on what a stroke is, steps to prevent a stroke and how to act F-A-S-T if you think someone is having a stroke. What is a Stroke?…

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Stroke Awareness

May is Stroke Awareness Month and according to the American Stroke Association, 80 percent of strokes may be preventable. Neighbors Emergency Center believes it’s essential you are fully informed on what a stroke is, steps to prevent a stroke and how to act F-A-S-T if you think someone is having a stroke.

What is a Stroke?
Simple…an attack on the brain. Blood vessels, carrying nutrients and oxygen to the brain, are either blocked by a blood clot or the blood clot has burst. This result is a lack of oxygen to the brain causing brain cells to be damaged or die.

Types of Strokes
Hemorrhagic Stroke is a weakened blood vessel leak known as a brain aneurysm. The result of this type of stroke is that blood leaks into and around the brain causing swelling and pressure damaging cells and brain tissue. There are two types of Hemorrhagic Strokes: 1) Intracerebral hemorrhage which is caused by a genetic condition, arteriovenous malformation, characterized by abnormal connections between arteries and veins in the brain or spine. 2) Subarachnoid hemorrhage involves bleeding in the subarachnoid space, an area between the brain and tissue covering the brain. This type of stroke is typically caused by a burst aneurysm, bleeding disorder, head injury or blood thinners.

Ischemic Strokes are the most common, accounting for 87% of all strokes. These types of strokes occur when blood vessels in the brain are blocked by a blood clot resulting in the lack of blood reaching the brain. Individuals with high blood pressure are at greater risk of experiencing an Ischemic stroke. Ischemic strokes are classified as either an embolic stroke or a thrombotic stroke. An embolic stroke occurs when a blood clot or a fragment of plaque, forms in the body, most likely in the heart, and travels to the brain causing a blockage in a small blood vessel.  Thrombotic strokes occur when a blood clot forms inside an artery supplying blood to the brain.  This type of Ischemic stroke occurs in people with high cholesterol and atherosclerosis.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) takes place when blood flow to part of the brain stops for a short period of time producing stroke-like symptoms typically lasting less than 24 hours. Generally, these attacks do not cause permanent brain damage but should be taken seriously as they are a warning sign. TIAs are normally caused by blood flow to a narrow artery in the brain, when a blood clot from another part of the body travels to the brain or narrowing of small blood vessels in the brain caused by fatty buildup of plaque.

Effects of a Stroke
The effects of a stroke depend on where specifically the stroke occurs in the brain, as well as how much damage the brain endures. While some people recover completely from strokes, about 2 out of 3 stroke survivors have some type of disability. For example, people who have a smaller stroke may only have minor problems, such as temporary leg or arm weakness, while people who have suffered larger strokes may be permanently paralyzed on one side of their body, or completely lose their ability to speak.

Stroke Prevention
Medical Risk Factors
High Blood Pressure is the number one cause of strokes as it causes your heart to pump harder, which weakens your blood vessels and damages major organs, like the brain. People with high blood pressure have almost double the chance of having a stroke. The optimal blood pressure level is 120/80.

Atrial Fibrillation, or AFIB, is an irregular heartbeat which can occur at any age but is more common in people over 65. Individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease are susceptible to AFIB as well. Because AFIB allows blood to pool in the heart, it can form clots, which eventually can travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Treatment for AFIB can be done through medications or electrical stimulation.

High Cholesterol, excessive fatty substance found in the blood, leads to blockage of the arteries which impacts the flow of blood to the brain. It is recommended that your cholesterol be below 200 and can be controlled with healthy eating habits, physical activity or medication.

Diabetics are four times more likely to have a stroke. This is due to the risk factors often associated with diabetes such as high blood pressure, AFIB and high cholesterol. Diabetics must control their eating habits, monitor their medications and insulin shots and exercise.

Our lifestyle habits put us at risk of stroke as well.  Exercise and eating a healthy diet full of vegetables, fruits and grains along while avoiding excess fats, sugars and sodium are key to maintaining a healthy weight. These things are important because excess weight makes people more likely to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, which can all increase your risk of stroke.

Smokers and tobacco users have double the risk of experiencing a stroke. When you smoke you increase clot formation and plaque build-up in the arteries and thicken the blood. Alcohol intake should also be limited as it has been linked to strokes in several studies. Drinking too much can increase your blood pressure, and ultimately the risk of stroke.

Act FAST
Using the acronym F-A-S-T is an easy way to determine the symptoms of a stroke. If you believe you, or someone is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. The faster someone receives treatment and gets to the hospital, the more likely they can have a better recovery.

F– Face- Ask the person to smile. Is one side of their face drooping?

A– Arms- Ask the person to raise both arms. Is this difficult for them? Does one arm drift downward?

S– Speech- Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is this difficult for them? Does their speech seem slurred?

T– Time- If these signs happen call 9-1-1!

Show your support for Stroke Awareness Month by sharing this article. If you do find yourself in need of emergency services, remember we have several Neighbors Emergency Center locations throughout Texas. Our board-certified physicians and state-of-the-art technology make it easy for us to care for your family’s medical emergencies.

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Administrative Professionals Week – The People Behind Our Patients http://bestneighborsever.com/administrative-professionals-week-people-behind-patients/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 19:29:29 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4910 After the medical emergency has happened, after the fear has turned to chaos, you are looking for help when you or a loved one is in need. You want a welcoming person that will treat you like family. You will meet that smiling, caring face when you enter Neighbors Emergency Center. The first person to…

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After the medical emergency has happened, after the fear has turned to chaos, you are looking for help when you or a loved one is in need. You want a welcoming person that will treat you like family. You will meet that smiling, caring face when you enter Neighbors Emergency Center.

The first person to greet you will be one of our outstanding Administrative Assistants (AA), trained professionals that quickly assist you with seeing a board-certified physician, registration and insurance information.
As we celebrate Administrative Professionals Week, we are excited to introduce you to just a few of the amazing AAs that have chosen to be part of the Neighbors family.

Capture-2Lisa in Odessa
A trusted and dependable team member and heralded as one with a big heart, Lisa has been part of the Neighbors family since Neighbors Odessa opened in December 2015. One factor that stands out when working with Lisa is her positive attitude. She thinks of our patients even after they have left the center, calling to follow up on their progress.
“She greets everyone with a smile and goes above and beyond to make everyone that walks in our doors feel welcomed,” stated Neighbors Odessa Marketing Liaison Eve Gamboa. “She is always available to answer any questions and is a great asset to our Permian Basin Neighbors team.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Chelsea Hatfield_BaytownChelsea in Baytown
Chelsea has been part of the Neighbors family for over 3 years and recently taken on the role as Neighbors Baytown‘s Lead AA. Her co-workers note her phenomenal job of transitioning from a regional role back to working in the clinical setting.

“Chelsea leads by example, exemplifies team work, and embraces the Neighbors culture,” said Neighbors Baytown Facility Director Krystal Wickliff. “Besides our Baytown center, she is an asset to the entire Neighbors organization. Multi-tasking, problem-solving, and most importantly, her fun personality are just a few attributes that Chelsea possesses that are not replaceable. She deserves to be recognize today and every day.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


Alyson Hernandez_AmarilloAlyson in Amarillo
As a freestanding ER, all types of medical emergencies present themselves at the Neighbors front desk. Being able to adjust and work under stress is a must for the position. Alyson excels at being friendly, juggling multiple projects and staying organize, as well as taking care of patients from the moment they step into our center seeking medical care.
“Alyson exceeds expectations in the role of Administrative Assistant,” stated Neighbors Amarillo Lead AA Kara Emery. “Alyson adapts to change easily, works well under pressure with a positive attitude and is detail-oriented. Her constant positive attitude serves as an example for everyone on her team. Alyson is a valued member of our Neighbors family and we look forward to continually working with her.”

 

 

 

 


CaptureLaurie in Pearland
Not only do our Neighbors AAs greet and register patients, its also important they exemplify the Neighbors values of having a compassionate heart, a nurturing mentality complete with a welcoming smile. Those very traits you will find in Laurie at Neighbors Pearland.
“Laurie possesses the tenacity and forward-thinking mindset which embodies our Neighbors values and culture,” said Neighbors Pearland Facility Director Tina LeVert. “Laurie is an excellent communicator who delivers outstanding customer service to our patients and to everyone who comes into our Pearland center. She truly embodies the heart and window of Neighbors Emergency Center. Laurie is an asset to us and is definitely an integral factor in our success. We are honored to have Laurie on our team.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Glynnis Ford_PorterGlynnis in Porter
Glynnis has been part of the Neighbors family for seven years and actually started with the company at Neighbors Kingwood. Part of the original team when Neighbors Porter opened two years ago, Glynnis is the Lead AA and has made a lasting impression on many that come into contact with her.
“Glynnis does a great job and is always willing to help when needed,” shared Neighbors Porter Marketing Liaison Claire King. “She has a great personality and knows how to always make our patients feel welcome.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Kristie in Austin
Crafty and creative is great gifts to have. It’s even better when those artistic people share their talents with their team members. Such is the case of Kristie, who as recently as Easter made holiday gifts for her teammates at Neighbors Mueller. But it’s her strong work ethic that makes her a stand-out.
“Kristie is our Lead AA and is an awesome example of diligence and dedication to the position,” commented Neighbors Mueller Facility Director Michelle Tribble. “Kristie has a desire to do her job well and that shows in her tenacity to always strive for excellence. She performs the job of the AA exceptionally well and leads her team to do the same.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Capture-3Marisol in Midland
Outstanding patient customer service and great team work are just a few of the ways Marisol with Neighbors Midland has been described.
“Marisol is friendly to everyone and smiles constantly,” commented Neighbors Midland Facility Director Lisa Powers. “She always has a good attitude and is ready to help out anyone that needs or asks.”

 

 

 

 

 


Geneva_LubockGeneva in Lubbock
Born in Wichita Falls but she considers herself a native of Lubbock, Geneva treasures time with her kids and hopes to spend some time travelling with them. But when she is on duty at Neighbors Lubbock, rest assured she is ready to help patients.
“When you have a family emergency and walk through the doors of Neighbors Lubbock, you will be glad that you were met by Geneva,” said Neighbors Lubbock Marketing Liaison Tom Slowik. “Her infectious smile, caring attitude and her empathetic expressions make you feel that you are in the right place with the right people to ease your pain and concerns. Geneva has been part of the Neighbors family since we opened in December 2016. She is best described as someone who is willing to help whomever, wherever and whenever she can. Always without complaint and always with a positive, uplifting outlook.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Joanne Tien_CopperfieldJoanne in Houston
As a testament to her great work and example of Neighbors values, Joanne was recently promoted to Lead AA at Neighbors Copperfield. Known as attentive and highly dedicated to patients, Joanne is that friendly, knowledgeable person you first encounter when entering the center.
“Joanne is always the best at what she does and we are so happy she chooses to share her talents with us,” said Neighbors Copperfield Marketing Liaison Claire King. “She is a ray of sunshine and brightens the day for those coming to us in a medical emergency.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


HarlingenChristina, Denise and Angela in Harlingen
Everything we do at Neighbors is a team effort, and our friends at Neighbors Harlingen have a dynamic AA team. Lead AA Christina, along with Denise and Angela, are known for their commitment and effectiveness as a team and individually to each patient we are privileged to serve in the community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We applaud each of our AAs that are part of the Neighbors family and thank them for the work they do. They are the friendly, welcoming people that our patients count on when they walk into any of the 22 Neighbors Emergency Center locations. Thank you, AAs, for being the warm greeter and knowledgeable person our patients first meet and for being the beginning of the Neighbors difference.

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Have Your Kids Leap into a Healthy Spring http://bestneighborsever.com/5-ways-keep-kids-healthy-spring/ Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:47:57 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4905 Spring is finally here! That means the days are getting longer, the plants are beginning to bloom and outdoor play time is in full swing. Although the springtime is exciting, as a parent it is important to know the health and safety concerns that may affect your children. Neighbors Emergency Center offers these tips to…

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Healthy Kids

Spring is finally here! That means the days are getting longer, the plants are beginning to bloom and outdoor play time is in full swing. Although the springtime is exciting, as a parent it is important to know the health and safety concerns that may affect your children.

Neighbors Emergency Center offers these tips to keep your kids healthy during the spring.

1. Always Apply Sunscreen
After the cold winter months, everyone is excited to spend some much-needed time in the sun. Although there are benefits to soaking up the sunlight, excessive exposure can have damaging effects. Unprotected sun exposure can lead to burns, changes in skin texture and skin cancer. Make sure your kiddos are well covered with sunscreen. Whether they are spending the day at the park, or playing a game of outdoor soccer, this is a step you don’t want to miss. What should you look for in a sunscreen? Make sure the sunscreen you choose contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These ingredients are effective, safe and work well with children who have sensitive skin. You will also want to make sure you have a sunscreen with an SPF of 30-50. Although sticks and sprays are popular types of sunscreens, lotions and creams provide better overall coverage on the skin.

2. Closely Monitor Outdoor Sports and Activities
Springtime sports are now underway. From soccer and track, to baseball and swimming, your kids will be involved in a lot of physical activity. Although it is recommended that kids who play sports stay active year-round, it is common for the winter months to bring children to an inactive halt. If your child has been dormant during the winter and is beginning a new springtime sport, it is important they ease themselves into the activity slowly for the upcoming season. Make sure they warm up properly, as well as stretch afterwards on a regular basis. Be mindful of any injuries they may get and emphasizes that they should never play through injuries. If your child does acquire a nagging pain that won’t go away (after resting and icing), a doctor’s visit will be necessary. Of course, if an emergency injury arises on the field, seek emergency care immediately. In addition, children tend to overheat much faster than adults. This is why it is important they stay hydrated and drink plenty of water prior to playing sports, as well as during and after sporting events.

3. Make Sure They Get Extra Rest
With Daylight Savings time in full effect, our clocks have officially moved up an hour. For children, the transition of losing an hour of sleep can be difficult. Although an hour may seem like a small amount of time, it can deeply impact if children feel sleepy or exhausted during the day. It is tempting as a parent to let your children sleep in the first few weeks of this time change so they can catch up on sleep. However, it is suggested that what is most important for children is to keep their sleep schedule consistent. Wake your children up at the same time, and keep their bedtime the same, even if they insist they are not tired. The same strict schedule applies to children who take naps during the day. In addition, the more your kids play during the springtime, the more time they will need to rest their bodies and their minds at night. Remember, the recommended sleep time for children is more than the average 6-8 hours for an adult. The suggested sleep times for children is:
10-13 hours for preschoolers (ages 3-4)
9-11 hours for school aged children (ages 6-13)
8-10 hours for teenagers (ages 14-17)

4. A Balanced Diet
Keeping your children’s diet balanced and healthy is a great way to keep them active year-round. Incorporate in-season fruits and vegetables into your kids’ snacks, lunches and dinner.  An important part of staying healthy includes keeping junk foods to a minimum. Because you and your family are bound to be on the go more this spring, plan ahead when picking out snacks, and beware of “sneaky” junk foods at the grocery store. These include foods like crackers, fruit gummies and fruit drinks. Although seemingly healthy snacks, or labeled as “low-fat” snacks, they are full of high amounts of sugars and syrups. It is better to simply offer your child a piece of fruit, or a small bag of veggies. Springtime snacks that are easy to take on the go include carrots, pineapples and mangos. Vegetables you can incorporate into dinner are artichokes, avocados, peas, potatoes and spinach.

5. Prepare for Allergies
When the springtime comes, airborne allergies go on the rise. From weeds and grass, to tree pollens, just standing outside can cause children to have itchy, watery eyes and begin sniffing and sneezing. For others with more extreme allergies, coughing and wheezing will begin. Being proactive is key to fighting springtime allergies. Don’t wait for children to start experiencing symptoms before you introduce their nasal sprays and antihistamines back into their daily routine. Start giving your children their daily dose of medicine in the morning, so that by the time they arrive at school, they will be protected from the day’s allergies. But be aware of the side-effects of your children’s allergy medicine, such as eye and sinus disease. Additional information can be found through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We hope you and your family enjoy all the wonderful experiences that springtime in Texas has to offer!

If you find yourself in need of emergency medical services, remember we have several Neighbors Emergency Center locations throughout Texas. Our board-certified physicians and state-of-the-art technology make it easy for us to care for your family’s medical emergencies.

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Doctor’s Day – The People Behind Our Patients http://bestneighborsever.com/doctors-day-people-behind-patients/ Fri, 30 Mar 2018 16:26:05 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4885   When neighbors turn to us in their medical emergency, there are many people they meet at Neighbors Emergency Center. But it’s our doctors who are the foundation of the Neighbors experience. These compassionate, dedicated, board-certified professionals care for our patients and have the experience that thousands of people have trusted when injury or illness…

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 Doctors Day

When neighbors turn to us in their medical emergency, there are many people they meet at Neighbors Emergency Center. But it’s our doctors who are the foundation of the Neighbors experience. These compassionate, dedicated, board-certified professionals care for our patients and have the experience that thousands of people have trusted when injury or illness strike.

March 30 is National Doctor’s Day and we are honored to share with you some of the finest physicians in Texas that have chosen to be part of the Neighbors family.

Eric Roberson NEC_3-minDr. Roberson in Pearland

Neighbors Pearland is led by Medical Director Dr. Eric Roberson. A native Houstonian, Dr. Roberson grew up just 10 minutes north of Pearland and is a proud graduate of James Madison High School. A United States Air Force veteran, Dr. Roberson is a board-certified Internal Medicine physician and been practicing medicine for 20 years. Dr. Roberson joined the Neighbors family in 2014 and was drawn to the freestanding ER industry because it would allow him more time to interact and treat his patients, as well as work in a special environment that is customer service driven and patient-centered.

Dr. Roberson embodies the Neighbors values and culture on a daily basis,” said Neighbors Pearland Facility Director Tina Levert, RN. “His bedside manner is second to none as it puts the patients at ease by taking the time to thoroughly explain his treatment plan and procedures. The patients and staff can easily see his compassion shining through.”

“Dr. Roberson is not only knowledgeable in health-related issues, he is also a savvy businessman with many spectacular ideas in moving our Pearland team forward. It is evident Dr. Roberson has a passion for his work as an ER physician.”

Dr. Mitchell in Orange

Lylieth MitchellDoctors lead busy lives and Dr. Lylieth Mitchell, Neighbors Orange’s Medical Director, is no exception as she also supports the operations at Neighbors Beaumont and Neighbors Port Arthur. Her extensive ER medicine background and her focus to always keep the patient first is what members of the Neighbors family appreciate most about Dr. Mitchell.

“She is sympathetic, empathetic, caring and acts in the best interests of the patient,” stated Neighbors Beaumont Marketing Liaison Kim Cao. “Dr. Mitchell has a great bed side manner, is a good communicator, she’s current with latest scientific information and is a natural leader. I know how respectful of others she is and that she goes out of the way to help patients.”

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jaiyebo in Brownsville

Omotola Jaiyebo_2As a child Dr. Omotola Jaiyebo of Neighbors Brownsville couldn’t stand the site of blood, but she wanted to be a physician. She was able to overcome that fear and is now a leader at Neighbors Brownsville as well as in her local community.

“It gives me joy seeing the smile on my patients’ faces when they start feeling better after an illness,” Dr. Jaiyebo said. “I particularly enjoy working at Neighbors as it affords me and other physicians the quality time we need to address each patient’s concerns and issues.”

“As a doctor we don’t feel rushed. We can actually sit with the patient at the time when we are seeing them and take our time to explain their diagnosis and treatments unlike the traditional hospital ER, which is so busy.”

 

 

 

 

Dr. Hott in Kingwood

A career path that started in Chicago has led Neighbors Kingwood’s Medical Director Dr. Kimberly Hott through nearly a decade of academic Emergency Medicine at a Level 1 trauma center. She then spent seven years as the Assistant Director/Director of a busy Level 2 trauma center in Waco, and seven years in busy community hospital ERs, including three years in administrative roles. For the past eight years Dr. Hott has had the opportunity to practice medicine in freestanding ERs.

“I came to Neighbors during a time of personal crisis and found an amazing group of people who not only embraced the philosophy that we can provide better care for our patients, but also offered their friendship and support,” commented Dr. Hott. “At the end of the day, being surrounded by people who respect and appreciate you makes all of the challenges feel like hills not mountains. I am truly blessed to be part of the Neighbors family.”

 

 

 

Dr. Hubbard in Amarillo

Donald HubbardAn Amarillo native, Dr. Donald Hubbard is Neighbors Amarillo‘s Medical Director. A proven leader with years of ER experience, Dr. Hubbard’s Neighbors staff calls him the voice of comfort and reason. He always makes himself available when needed and he has never missed a staff meeting. His dedication to Neighbors Amarillo has been evident as he has personally paid for and built the Neighbors Christmas float for the city’s holiday parade.

“For the last two Christmas’ Dr. Hubbard has gifted every employee and opened his house to the staff for a Christmas Party,” shared Neighbors Amarillo Facility Director Christopher Heath. “Dr. Hubbard is not just a great doctor, he is a good person. He truly cares for his patients as well as for his staff. We all feel honored to work alongside him and we do it with a smile.”

 

 

 

Dr. Thomas in Copperfield

Bobby ThomasDr. Bobby Thomas, Neighbors Copperfield’s Medical Director, decided to become a physician because he wanted to help people in their time of need. With a reputation as one of the nicest people to meet, Dr. Thomas is also the first to lend a hand and pitch in.

When he’s not at Neighbors saving lives, Dr. Thomas enjoys spending time with his wife, 7-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Miryala in Porter

Rad_2Dr. Radheshyam Miryala, Neighbors Porter’s Medical Director, is an amazing doctor but also a stand out in his community, as well as a strong supporter of the New Caney ISD Education Foundation. What his Neighbors family admires most about him is the dedicated person he is and how he gives so much to everyone around him.

“Rarely do you meet someone that shines a light on the people around them by uplifting them through their examples and positive actions,” commented Neighbors Porter Marketing Liaison Claire King. “Dr. Miryala is such a supporter of all people. He is always available to help out a cause and feels passionately about always doing what is right for his fellow man.”

“He literally encompasses every core value that Neighbors stands for: a friendly smile, a compassionate heart, a nurturing mentality, a creative spark and always accessible and transparent. His actions truly speak louder than words. We are so lucky to have him at Porter.”

We celebrate each of the nearly 200 physicians that are part of the Neighbors family and thank them for the work they do for their patients and for the communities they work in. It is the effort and dedication every Neighbors Emergency Center physician possesses that helps each of us, or someone we love, in a medical emergency. Thank you doctors for being behind our patients and enriching the Neighbors difference.

 

 

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4 Food Trends Taking Over in 2018 http://bestneighborsever.com/4-food-trends-taking-2018-2/ Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:31:36 +0000 http://bestneighborsever.com/?p=4881 The new year is in full swing, and that means new healthy food trends have arrived. This year is all about making wholesome and delicious foods in your own kitchen. It may seem like a lot of work but investing in simple ingredients that taste delicious will fuel your body and your mind for a…

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The new year is in full swing, and that means new healthy food trends have arrived. This year is all about making wholesome and delicious foods in your own kitchen. It may seem like a lot of work but investing in simple ingredients that taste delicious will fuel your body and your mind for a productive 2018. Your friends at Neighbors Emergency Center are dedicated to helping you live at your healthiest potential. Try these easy tips to keep your 2018 a nutritious one.

Homemade Soups
Grabbing a can of soup is easy, but you’ll end up with extra sugar and artificial flavoring. You can puree your own soup and enjoy the plethora of vitamins and nutrients that come from using fresh ingredients. The great news is most homemade soups will be both vegan and gluten-free. Pureeing your own soup is fast, easy and delicious. Most standard soup recipes involve cooking your base ingredient (like tomatoes or squash) and then adding in flavorful components before blending up the mixture. Keep yourself warm tonight with this recipe for roasted butternut apple soup.

Veggie Chips
Push those potato chips aside and crunch into something a little less greasy. Several healthy food stores are offering alternative snack options that are healthier, while still satisfying your need to munch on something salty. The options are endless and include crowd favorites like crispy snap peas, brussels sprout chips and salt and vinegar roasted edamame. The best part is, you can make most of these treats at home with a few simple ingredients. Check out this recipe for homemade snap pea chips.

Carb Replacements
This year it’s out with the carbs and in with the veggies. The base for many of our favorite meals are filled with carbohydrates like pasta and rice. Nutritionists have found that you can easily use vegetables to create the same texture and flavor of rice and pasta. Rice can be replaced with cauliflower by simply breaking it down in a food processor and cooking it in additional flavors. You can also invest in a spiralizer, a new kitchen tool that can turn veggies into “noodles”. Although one of the most popular things to spiralize is zucchini, you can spiralize anything from cucumbers and bell peppers, to carrots and sweet potatoes. Check out this video and learn the basics of how to use a spiralizer with several different vegetables.

Vegan Desserts
Vegan desserts are the perfect way to indulge in a sweet treat, while allowing you to avoid dairy. Vegan foods are free of animal products including eggs and dairy items such as butter and cream. While it may seem like dairy products are essential for moist desserts like cookies or cake, plenty of recipes have easy substitutes that ensure your dessert will still have an indulgent end result. Examples include using coconut oil instead of butter, and cashew milk in lieu of cream. Enjoy this delicious recipe for vegan chocolate stuffed blondies.

We hope you find a way to introduce these new healthy food trends into your life. Neighbors Emergency Center supports your start to a healthier lifestyle. Check our Facebook page to stay updated on what Neighbors is doing in your community. With our 24-hour emergency rooms in Texas we can treat you quickly and effectively so you can get back to doing what you love.

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