For You & Your Family Since 1987
For more than three decades, St. Thomas Community Health Center has been providing help to you, your family, and your community. With same day and next day appointments now available, we’re dedicating to offering you services you need, when you need them.
Do You DASH?
DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for life. The DASH eating plan is perfect for many, because it requires no special foods and instead provides daily and weekly nutritional goals. On the DASH eating plan:
🫑 Eat vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
🐟 Include fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, and vegetable oils
You should limit:
🥛Foods that are high in saturated fat, such as fatty meats, full-fat dairy products, and tropical oils such as coconut, palm kernel, and palm oils
🍦Sugar-sweetened beverages and sweets
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Keep Your Heart Healthy 💓
Use these three tips to keep your heart healthy!
🏃🏿♀️ Exercise regularly. Getting adequate physical activity can help strengthen your heart and control risk factors like high blood pressure and cholesterol.
🍽️ Eat a healthy diet. A diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats can help manage weight and reduce the risk of heart disease. Limit saturated fats, trans fats, sodium, and added sugars.
🚭 Don’t smoke. Cigarette smoking damages blood vessels and can lead to atherosclerosis. Avoiding tobacco use is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Quitting smoking, even later in life, can rapidly reduce heart disease risk.
Employee of the Month
We are pleased to announce Vilma Landeverde as St. Thomas Community Health Center’s Employee of the Month.
As a Patient Services Representative, Vilma was nominated by her colleagues for her outstanding work ethic, dedication to our patients, and commitment to making St. Thomas CHC a positive environment. Vilma has proven herself to be an invaluable team member who consistently goes above and beyond her regular duties. She has volunteered her personal time on multiple occasions to decorate for clinic events and make them truly special with her creative balloon displays. Her cheerful attitude and dedication to providing excellent customer service do not go unnoticed. Vilma is someone who embodies our core values of compassion, community, and excellence. We are thankful for all she does for our patients, her coworkers, and St. Thomas CHC as a whole. Her hard work and positive spirit are an inspiration.
Please join us in congratulating Vilma on being named Employee of the Month!
Thank you to Renea in the billing department and several others for the nomination.
Ready to PrEP?
Most insurance plans and Medicaid cover PrEP! Even if you don’t have insurance, it’s possible to get PrEP at an affordable cost.
We’ve got specialists who can break it all down for you – they know the scoop on financial assistance programs, co-pays, and plans that could even make PrEP 100% free for you.
Bottom line, don’t let money worries stop you from looking into PrEP. Give us a call and we’ll work with you to figure out the best options for your situation.
New Nurse Practitioner Fellowship Offered
This paid fellowship program is a 12-month postgraduate transition-to-practice fellowship designed for Family Nurse Practitioners (FNPs) who recently have graduated, or will be graduating from a FNP program, or Physician Assistants who recently have graduated, or will be graduating from a PA program. The NP/PA fellowship program is designed for a new FNP or PA transitioning into clinical practice.