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Beat the Heat!
August 3, 2015
Living in Florida means we are no strangers to hot and muggy days especially in the summer months, but as the temperature climbs so does our risk of heat illness. SIMED Primary Care's Eric Svestka, M.D. looks into what ways we can manage "Exertional Heat Illness" and reduce our risk during the growling dog days of summer. SIMED Primary Care | Eric Svestka, MD

Exertional Heat Illness is a continuum, from irritating muscles cramps to life-threatening heat stroke.  The American College of Sports Medicine has guidelines to help recognize who is at the greatest risk and what we can do to prevent falling victim to the heat.
Some factors that increase your odds of being affected include:
  • Being active outdoors on warm, humid days
  • Poor physical fitness
  • Dehydration
  • Being over weight
  • Certain medications
The way to stay out of trouble with the heat is to plan ahead and follow these simple rules:
  • Gradually increase the duration of time spent in the heat and the intensity of the work you are doing.  It takes about two weeks for your body to adapt.
  • Hydrate before going out into the heat and keep hydrating through out your activity.
  • When possible try to plan your outdoor activities when temperatures are at their coolest, early mornings are best.
  • Wear clothes that are designed to help keep your body cool.
  • If you are beginning to feel exhausted or lightheaded while you are outside STOP what you are doing.  Go inside, or get to a shaded area, and cool off with a cold water or sports drink. 
When beginning a new workout program, or just increasing your activity level, be sure to include a chat with your Primary Care Physician in your preparations.  Not only can they help you come up with a personalized plan, but they can help you recognize potential risks in your medical history and with any medications you may be taking.

Whether we are out having fun in the sun, exercising, or our jobs have us working in it, let's come up with a plan to beat the heat!

For locations and contact info please visit us at SIMED Primary Care or to request an appointment online with Dr. Svestka please click on link appointment online.

Urgent Care or Emergency Room? Which Choice is the Right Choice?
July 27, 2015
Urgent Care | First Care | SIMEDWhen an acute injury or illness strikes, as a patient, you have some important decisions to make.  Sometimes the injury or illness isn't serious enough to warrant going to an Emergency Room, but it certainly needs medical attention. Often it's difficult for you to be seen at your Primary Care doctor's office so what are your choices?

With the increase in the number of Urgent Care clinics which have opened many patients see this as a unique alternative to their healthcare.  They are able to be seen without an appointment (although the payoff is that there might be an extended wait depending on how many other patients had the same idea), and many Urgent Care centers offer a variety of services.

Employers also look to Urgent Care centers to help employees who have been injured on the job.  Employers are able to have their employees examined, treated and are able to have more direct lines of communication with the provider so they can work together to make sure the employee is recovering and back to work as quickly as possible.

Urgent Care centers are a great alternative to busy Emergency Rooms.  They're outpatient medical clinics (in most cases) and are able to charge non-ER rates.  Urgent Care centers can also offer basic preventative treatments such as some vaccinations and medications for travel, flu shots, sports or employment physicals and more. At First Care (SIMED's Urgent Care Center) we have the added benefit that if you are unable to be seen at your Primary Care doc


SIMED becomes the first physician-owned practice to join the Institutional Partners Council of the AAPM&R
July 20, 2015
Institutional Partners Councils of the AAPM&R | SIMEDSIMED has joined the Institutional Partners Council of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R).  According to the AAPM&R, “This has been developed as a way to formalize engagement between institutions and AAPM&R so that together we can help transform the focus of health care.”  In other words, AAPM&R has recognized the importance of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation providers in the community and at prominent facilities in helping to shape the future direction for this specialty.

Oscar DePaz, MD, SIMED Chairman of the Board and a practicing Rehabilitation Medicine physiatrist, is proud that SIMED is the first physician-owned practice to join the Council.  “When you get recognized by the AAPM&R along with NYU and the University of Louisville, you know you’re supporting the specialty.  And that benefits our physicians, patients and community”.

For locations and contact information please visit us at SIMED Rehabilitation Medicine, or to request an appointment online click here.

SIMED Welcomes Michael Rozboril, MD
July 13, 2015
SIMED is pleased to announce that beginning August 3, 2015, Michael Rozboril, MD. will be joining SIMED Arthritis Center.
Dr. Rozboril is currently accepting new patients.  To schedule your appointment, please call (352) 374-9790 or request an appointment online.
Michael Rozboril, MD | SIMED Arthritis Center | SIMED Health

SIMED welcomes Sarah Osian, Ph.D.
July 8, 2015
SIMED is pleased to announce that beginning August 3, 2015, Sarah Osian, Ph.D. will be joining SIMED Psychology.
Dr. Osian is currently accepting new patients.  To schedule your appointment, please call (352) 332-9441 or request an appointment online.Sarah Osian, Ph.D. | SIMED Psychology | SIMED Health

SIMED Patient Portal
June 2, 2014
The SIMED Patient Portal is a unique way for you to view your health information, request appointments, request prescription refills or search for billing information on your patient account all at the click of a button.  The Patient Portal is secure and contains your health information from all of your SIMED doctors. You can even download and print out your health information from the comfort of your own home.

To begin using the Patient Portal you will need to visit your SIMED physician's office and request your PIN#.  PIN numbers are unique and may only be used once to setup your personal portal account.  For security reasons, and to ensure that only you have access to your portal account, PIN numbers may not be given over the phone or via email.

Once you have your PIN# you can click on the
PATIENT PORTAL link here or on the button found on the right hand side of this website to register.

We've put together this brief video to show you some of the things you can do with your new patient portal account.


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