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Sore Throat vs. Strep Throat

Nobody likes the idea of having their winter activities interrupted by a scratchy or irritated throat. While a sore throat is a common symptom of the cold or flu, it could also be symptomatic of a streptococcus bacteria, or strep throat. This bacteria causes an infection in the throat that is very painful, and typically requires an antibiotic for treatment.

What are the symptoms?
A cold-related sore throat is typically:

  • Accompanied by sneezing or a runny nose
  • Lasts 2-3 days

Strep throat symptoms can include:

ER vs Urgent Care: Know the Differences

It’s natural to want to use the emergency room when you or your family has an accident, gets sick or needs medical assistance. For life-threatening emergencies, the ER is the appropriate care choice. But for broken bones, lacerations requiring stitches, flu and cough, allergies, infections, and more, Primary Health Medical Group clinics are a more convenient and affordable choice.

NEW Downtown Clinic Now Open!

Primary Health Medical Group is proud to announce our brand new clinic has opened in Downtown Boise. The new clinic is located on Myrtle and 3rd Street in a building that was retrofitted to better serve our patients. The new Downtown Clinic provides better access to those working and living near downtown Boise, the north end, and elsewhere in the Treasure Valley. Urgent Care, Family Practice and Occupational Health are offered at the new clinic along with labs, digital x-ray and more.

New Location for Caldwell Clinic

Caldwell urgent care clinic

The Primary Health Medical Group Caldwell Clinic has relocated. The new clinic is located on Cleveland Blvd near Ustick Road in Caldwell. This clinic allows for better access for patients while giving Primary Health the opportunity to remain in the community.

 

Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records

James Weiss, M.D.

Primary Health Medical Group is not only the first health care organization in the state of Idaho to have a physician successfully attest to the Meaningful Use of electronic health records, but also have multiple physicians. Twenty-two, in fact.

New Urgent Care Provider

Jenna Maffey, urgent care provider

Primary Health Medical Group is pleased to announce the addition of a new Urgent Care provider to our practice. Jenna Maffey, P.A. will be working in our Urgent Care clinics. Jenna graduated from Greenville College in Illinois, as well as Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. She has worked as a P.A. for Northwest Emergency Physicians of Teamhealth in Pasco, WA for the past few years. Welcome!

 

 

But It's a DRY Heat

Granted, the weather in the Boise area has finally gotten warm (okay, hot). But truly, it is a DRY heat. While the rest of the country is melting (currently the temperature in St. Louis is 97F with 49% humidity - making it feel like 109F), Boise is enjoying the summer (and not to rub it in, but today's high will be 89F).

One of the BEST Places to Work in Idaho - Again!

Congratulations to the team members at Primary Health Medical Group for earning the distinction of the 3rd Best Place to Work in Idaho (among large employers). The awards were revealed on April 21 in Boise.

Employees are given anonymous surveys that measure workplace satisfaction and are scored in each of the following categories:

Emergency Department vs. Urgent Care

There are many situations when the Emergency Department is the right place for patients to go: serious head injuries, chest pain - true emergency situations. But research shows that time and time again many of the patients visiting the Emergency Departments at hospitals could be served at Urgent Care clinics. And in faster time. And for less money.

Welcome to Idaho - 2011

Idaho is a great state to live in - and especially the Treasure Valley (which encompasses Boise and the surrounding area). But don't just take my word for it.

The State of Idaho Department of Commerce tracks all good news Idaho-related. And just what is the good news?
-#6 Least Polluting State in the Nation: 24/7 Wall Street, December 2010
- #9 Healthiest State: America's Health Rankings.org, November 2010
- #5 Lowest Crime Rate in the Country: CQ Press, 2010

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