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Colds, Allergies and Sinusitis get the 411 for this Winter season?
December 15, 2014
As winter season approaches, the cool air is a perfect setting for stuffy noses, sore throats and watery, itchy eyes. These are all traditional signs that you might be developing a cold however, depending on the characteristics of these symptoms you may actually be experiencing allergies or sinusitis.

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has put together this easy to follow chart to help you identify the differences between colds, allergies or sinusitis.






Similar to allergies, but may also include sore throat, fever and body aches

Runny or stuffy nose; sneezing; wheezing; watery or itchy eyes

Swollen, painful feeling around forehead, eyes and cheeks stuffy nose with thick, colored mucous; bad tasting post nasal drip; bad breath; sore throat; cough; tiredness and occasional light fever

 Warning Time

Develops over several days

Begins shortly after exposure to an allergen

Stuffy nose and cough lasting longer than one or two weeks


Should clear up within several days

Lasts as long as exposure

Acute sinusitis refers to symptoms that last less than four weeks. Chronic sinusitis is when symptoms last three months or longer.


It is important to remember that colds are caused by a virus where allergies are caused by exposure to allergens. Colds and allergies can both lead to sinusitis which occurs when the sinuses become swollen and block mucous from draining leading to painful pressure and infection.

Proper diagnosis and treatment can help speed up the recovery process and allow you to return to your day to day activities. SIMED offers both general family and internal medicine physicians as well as allergy and asthma specialists in various locations.

SIMED Primary Care:
Gainesville- (352) 224-2225
Ocala – (352) 401-7575
Chiefland – (352) 490-5100
Lady Lake / The Villages – (352) 259-2894

SIMED Allergy & Asthma:
Gainesville – (352) 331-3502
Ocala – (352) 547-1016
Chiefland – (352) 493-2305

If your condition is urgent please visit First Care our Walk-In/Occupational clinic in Gainesville. If you would like to request an Appointment Online please visit us here.

SIMED Starfish Award Winners Announced
December 8, 2014

Three of SIMED's finest employees and one exceptional division were presented with SIMED's Starfish Customer Service Awards by members of Administration.  Over 25 individual employees were nominated based upon the comments and feedback we received from the Customer Service surveys, online Patient Surveys and nominations by their SIMED colleagues. The three individual winners were selected based on the example they have demonstrated in customer service and patient care.

The Starfish individual winners are:
Lisa Anguish, Clinic Assistant - SIMED Rehabilitation Medicine, Gainesville
Kelly Brown, Clinic Assistant - SIMED Primary Care, Chiefland
Laura Fryling, Pharmacy Tech - SIMED Community Pharmacy, Gainesville

In addition, based upon the number of responses received and top rated scores including "Would Recommend", one division was selected overall for best Customer Service.

The winning Divisional award is presented to SIMED Arthritis Center Ocala!

The Starfish Award is part of SIMED's commitment to Customer Service based upon the FISH! philosophy which encourages organizations to:

  • Provide amazing service that makes customers want to come back again and again.
  • Build a culture where employees love to give their best every day.
  • Build effective leaders who inspire through their example.
  • Improve teamwork and build trust.
Congratulations to each of our outstanding employees!

SIMED Health | Community Pharmacy SIMED Health | RMA Gainesville
(L to R) Michele W, Renee C, Meshawn H, Christine B, Diane W, Laura F, Lynn B., Susan K.
(L to R) Latoya S, Isabelle S, Meshawn H, Sharon B, Anthony A, Lisa A, Christine B, Diane W, Becky B, Michele W
SIMED Health | Primary Care Chiefland SIMED Health | Arthritis Center Ocala
(L to R) Sklyer G., Christine B., Diane W., Kristy A., Kelly B., Amber D., Darla H., Dr. Svestka, Michele W.
(L to R) Dr. Lafferty, Dr. Ingram, JJ C., Saudia A., Tabitha M., Karla S., Trudy S., Chris N., & Donna W.

Congratulations to all of our winners!

SIMED Welcomes Jenny Chen, MD
December 8, 2014
SIMED Health | Primary Care Ocala

SIMED Participates in Annual “Hope for the Holidays” Gift Giving Campaign
December 3, 2014
Over 400 physicians and employees of SIMED, as part of its annual “Hope for the Holidays” campaign collected andSIMED Health | Hope for the Holidays donated toys and gifts to children from the Guardian Ad Litem programs for Marion, Lake, Sumter, Alachua and surrounding counties. 70 children will receive toys, clothing and other necessities thanks to the generosity of our employees.

Employees and their families will also be sending holiday greeting cards to the service members from the Florida area serving oversees in conjunction with the Alachua County chapter of the American Red Cross, as part of SIMED’s “Hope for the Heroes” project.

“This is our opportunity to give back to the members of our communities who have trusted us to provide their healthcare services.  Our employees are honored to be able to give to those who may need it most” said Daniel Duncanson, MD, CEO of SIMED.

For more information on these programs, please visit Guardian Ad Litem and Voices for Children.

World AIDS Day Facts and Stats
December 1, 2014
December 1st is World AIDS Day; it gives us a moment to reflect on how this terrible disease has plagued the world SIMED Health | Primary Carein the last 30 plus years. AIDS is a disease that has affected millions of people world wide, this day reminds us that we should never take this disease lightly and we should be aware of it 365 days a year.

, which stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, is a world-wide epidemic that claims an estimated 2 million lives each year.  Unfortunately AIDS is also a big problem here in the state of Florida where we were third nationally in total number of AIDS cases with over 126,000 in 2012. SIMED Primary Care's Eric Svestka, MD sheds some insight on this terrible global epidemic.
  • AIDS is the last stage of a chronic illness with many serious health complications that results from infection with a virus called the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).  HIV is usually spread through intercourse, but can also cause infection through exposure from contaminated blood and, in newborns, from exposure during birth with an infected mother.
  • If detected early and treated appropriately the progression from HIV infection to AIDS can be slowed significantly, allowing for a longer and healthier life.  Additionally, treatment can substantially reduce the risk of spreading HIV to loved ones and others.  
  • Detecting an HIV infection early is difficult though because 10-60% of people have no symptoms at all, and when symptoms are present the most common symptoms are the


The Essential Facts and Myths of Lung Cancer
November 21, 2014
Lung cancer is a disease that effects more then 174,000 SIMED Health | PulmonolgyAmericans each year. With so many different myths and rumors about lung cancer, we have decided to find out the facts and debunk the myths by sitting down with SIMED Pulmonology physician Runi Foster, MD.

  • Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in men and women. In the past 35 years, the lung cancer death rate has fallen 21% among men but has increased 116% among women. 
  • Cigarette smoking is linked to about 90% of lung cancers. 
  • People who smoke are 15-30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer. Even smoking a few cigarettes a day or smoking occasionally increases the risk of lung cancer. 
  • Secondhand smoke also causes lung cancer. In the United States, 2 out of 5 adults who don't smoke and half of all children are exposed to secondhand smoke.
  • 7,300 people who never smoked died from lung cancer due to second hand smoke.
  • Other risk factors include Radon, Asbestos, Arsenic, Diesel exhaust and some forms of Silica and Chromium.
  • Lung cancer is stigmatized and is sometimes called "Invisible Cancer." 
  • Lung cancer is a very deadly disease and 50% of people with lung cancer die within one year of being diagnosed.
  • Only 16% of patients diagnosed with lung cancer are still alive after 5 years, compared with over 90% of breast and prostate cancer patients.
  • Symptoms of lung cancer usually do not become apparent until the cancer is in the late stages and difficult to treat. 
  • The suc


SIMED Patient Portal
June 2, 2014
The SIMED Patient Portal is a unique way for you to view you 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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