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SIMED Thanksgiving Schedule
November 22, 2015
SIMED will be observing the following Thanksgiving week holiday schedule.  Due to increased requests, we encourage you to contact your clinics early if you need prescription refills or other assistance.

Monday - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday - 8:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday - 8:30am - 5:00pm*
Thursday - Closed
Friday - 8:30 - 2:00pm*

For your convenience, First Care Urgent Care is available to assist you with no appointments needed.

Monday - Wednesday - 8:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday - Closed
Friday - 8:00am - 2:00pm

From all of us at SIMED, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Raising Suicide Awareness For Veterans
November 20, 2015

Every day, 22 veterans in America commit suicide.

This astonishing number is what SIMED Lady Lake Division Manager and US Army Retired CPL/Combat Medic Jeremy Caldwell (seen right during his Iraqi deployment and most recently with his daughter at an Orlando City soccer game) is hoping to change.  “The number 22 is a number we want everyone to remember.  We want to bring awareness to the thousands of current and former servicemen and women who have stories similar to mine.”

During a tour of duty in 2006, Jeremy says that things "got too dark" and he attempted to take his own life. Fortunately he was unsuccessful.  Jeremy is now using his life lesson to help others who may be struggling.  He shares his travels down the road to recovery to help aide other veterans by advocating for them and letting them know they don’t have to face it alone.

Jeremy’s story will be televised nationally as part of the NFL Today on CBS Pregame Show before the Cowboys vs. Panthers game on Thanksgiving Day.  To hear more about Jeremy and for more information, check your local listings.  Be sure to tune in to learn how you can help support veterans in your community.

If you are or know a veteran who needs help, please call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Concussions and the Risk of Traumatic Brain Injuries
November 15, 2015
Concussions are a common occurrence for athletes.  Both the young and the more experienced athletes are susceptible to these traumatic brain injuries.  Concussions require prompt attention by health care professionals trained in the diagnoses and management of traumatic brain injuries.  In 2013 the American Academy of Neurology issued a new evidence-based guideline for evaluating and managing athletes with concussions.  The new guidelines recommend:
  • Athletes with suspected concussion be taken out of the game immediately and not return until assessed by a licensed health care professional trained in diagnosing and managing concussion
  • Athletes with concussion should return to play gradually and only after all symptoms are resolved.
  • Athletes of high school age and younger with a concussion should be managed more conservatively than others before returned to play, as evidence shows they take longer to recover than college age athletes.
  • Although the guideline indicates that an athlete should immediately be removed from play following a concussion, there is insufficient evidence for absolute rest after concussion.  Activities that do not worsen symptoms and do not pose a risk of repeat concussion may be part of concussion management.
The Urgent Care, Neurologists and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Medicine physicians at SIMED are trained in the diagnosis and management of traumatic brain injuries and are available to evaluate and manage your acute and post-concussi


Advances in Medicine: Improving Survival Rates for Treatable Diseases
November 8, 2015

In 1900 the leading causes of death in America included:
Current leading causes of death in the America include:
  1. Flu and pneumonia
  2. Tuberculosis
  3. Gastrointestinal infections with significant deaths from diarrhea
  4. Heart disease
  5. Cerebrovascular disease – stroke
  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancers
  3. Chronic lung disease
  4. Cardiovascular diseases

In analyzing the differences and causes of death in 1900 vs. today is readily apparent that the issues in 1900 greatly involved the infectious diseases.  With the advances in medical technology, treatments and common medications the top three causes of death in 1900 have been greatly minimized in developed countries. Unfortunately, there are still significant childhood deaths in undeveloped countries from something as simple and as preventable as diarrhea. 
If you take it a step further and look closely at the causes of death in 1900 and compare them to today's current top four causes of death, it is readily apparent how much lifestyle choices play a role in survival rates.  There is a current epidemic of obesity, hypertension, coronary artery disease, chronic lung disease, kidney disease and cancers.  It has been estimated in multiple studies that over 2/3 of the healthcare dollars spent at this time are due to these top four diagnoses.  It is also noted that in 1900 that it was external sources that led to the highest levels of mortality whereas today the top four cause of mortality are greatly impacted by o


SIMED Welcomes William Palmer, MD and R. Cenk Pekis, MD
November 2, 2015
Special Information for Medicare Patients
October 20, 2015
SIMED Recognized by UnitedHealthcare for Improving Service to Medicare Advantage Members.
September 30, 2015
SIMED is proud to announce that it has recently earned the 2014 UnitedHealthcare PATH Excellence in Patient Service Award.2014 UnitedHealthcare PATH Excellence | SIMED

The PATH program was developed by UnitedHealthcare to help improve outcomes for its Medicare Advantage members by encouraging greater use of preventive health care services. The PATH Excellence in Service Award is based on clinical results that measure how successfully practices have closed gaps in patient care.

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than half of adults 65 and older are up to date with their core preventive services, despite the fact that nearly all of 2014 UnitedHealthcare PATH Excellence | SIMED ACOthese services are covered by Medicare and Medicaid,” notes Sam Ho, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of UnitedHealthcare. “We’re grateful for SIMED’s efforts to close gaps in care for our Medicare Advantage members by encouraging them to come in for their annual visits and to get their recommended screenings. We appreciate SIMED’s collaboration in helping our members become engaged with their preventive health care.”

Through the PATH program physicians track and identify gaps in patients’ care with the goal of improving health outcomes. Physicians who meet the PATH program’s clinical and quality goals for patient health outcomes are recognized annually for their efforts. In 2014, SIMED was among approximately 1,000 practices nationwide that successfully met the program’s goals. 

“At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is patient outcomes,” sa


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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