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SCH Introduces Advanced Wound Care Center – September 25, 2021

Sheridan Community Hospital offers a comprehensive, quality approach to wound healing for the local community through the newly added SCH Advanced Wound Care Center. The new, state-of-the-art center treats patients with non-healing wounds that require an advanced level of expertise, such as those that are chronic and often difficult to heal caused by diabetic, venous and pressure ulcers.

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Opioid Withdrawal Management Program     By: Jenny Kipp DNP, AGNP-C  |  July 20, 2021

Road to Recovery

Here at Sheridan, we recognize the tremendous increase in opioid addiction and substance use disorders and the burden it causes individuals, their families and the community. Opioids can be presented in prescription form, as well as, synthetic heroin, methadone and fentanyl. In Michigan, about 78% of drug overdose deaths involved at least one opioid in 2018 - a total of 2,011 deaths.*

To help, Sheridan Care Clinic has developed an opioid withdrawal management program. The program was created from evidence based research on treatment that resulted in the highest success rates of sobriety and reduced overdose and relapse rates. The program involves medication assisted treatment (MAT) and requires that the patient be actively involved in therapy, group therapy, 12-step programs and have a recovery coach in order to continue receiving MAT. MAT therapy can include vivitrol, suboxone and sublocade. Patients are seen frequently and given the support they need to work through barriers that they may encounter on the road to recovery.

Sheridan Care Clinic provides a non-judgmental therapeutic environment free of the stigma and shame that prevents many individuals from seeking treatment.

If you or anyone you know may need or is seeking help for opioid dependence, contact Sheridan Care Clinic to discuss treatment options and schedule an appointment with a provider. Receive the help you need today!

*NIDA. 2020, April 3. Michigan: Opioid-Involved Deaths and Related Harms. Retrieved from


Why Do I Need to Get Screened for Colon Cancer?                                                        By: Dr. Eva Bartlett, MD | June 29, 2021

Colon Cancer Screenings

Most people are unenthused at the mention of a colonoscopy. We often hear things like “I have no symptoms, so I don’t need that” or “I feel fine, why should I have one?” The average American has a 4% chance of developing colon cancer. With appropriate testing and follow ups, we could be preventing many of these cases, or even catching them early enough to treat effectively.

Screening tests are designed to detect cancer in patients who have no symptoms. The colonoscopy is one of the best screening tests out there for any type of cancer – it is one of the few options where patients can be screened and potentially diagnosed or even treated at the same time. In most cases, if a patient has a polyp, it can be removed during a screening colonoscopy. Once it is tested, if there are pre-cancer or cancer cells in that polyp and they are still contained, patients have those bad cells removed from their body.

Patients often opt for a test called Cologuard, which is a stool DNA sample done at home and mailed in for testing. Cologuard detects over 90% of cancers, but it does not detect polyps or provide any type of treatment. If a patient attains a positive Cologuard test, they will need to have a colonoscopy. It is a good option but statistically, the colonoscopy remains a better choice.

But the question remains, how often will patients need testing? The age of colon cancer risk has trended younger, with over 10% of cases occurring in people under the age of 50. Due to this shift, the new recommendations encourage patients, with an average risk and no symptoms, to receive screening colonoscopy at age 45. If a patient has no family history and no findings on their first colonoscopy, they would generally be due again for a screening colonoscopy in 10 years. However, a variety of factors can affect that timing – if patients had some polyps, a family history, or acquire a disease like Crohn’s. Overall, your doctor will let you know when they need to see you for your next scope. You should continue to receive screenings until age 75 routinely, but it may extend past age 75 depending on the individual patient.


Sheridan Care Clinic Specializes in Serving a Rural Community – June 26, 2021

Sheridan Care Clinic provides personalized healthcare services and access close to home for their patients and families. All the providers offer a wealth of knowledge and experience in family and preventative medicine.

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Why Do Inhalers Change Often?     By: Nicole Falatic DNP, FNP-C  |  June 23, 2021

Inhalers Changing

We have all been there. You go to pick up your Pro Air Rescue Inhaler only to find out it has been switched to Ventolin. Frustration is the word and it occurs with us, as providers, as well. Insurance companies every year come together, often times more than once, and create changes to their formularies. These are lists of medications that are covered, or partially covered with copays through your insurance plan. What was once covered 6 months ago, may not be covered now. Part of this is due to generic replacements, additional clinical restrictions, medications being less effective than other similar medications, or medications being effective as similar medications, but at a higher cost. Just as medicine is ever evolving with recommendations and guidelines, so too do health insurance coverages.

At Sheridan Care, we do our best to ensure that we prescribe medications that are covered by your plan, and may be why you often see changes to things like inhalers based on coverage.


How Can I Develop Good Sleeping Habits?        By: Dr. Eva Bartlett, MD | June 16, 2021

Screening Tests and Exams

Trouble sleeping is one of the most common complaints we often see in primary care. Difficulty sleeping can be caused by many reasons, including physical, emotional, mental and behavioral. Poor sleep hygiene is a large part of sleeping troubles. Although some factors are not easy to control, there are a number of things that you can do at home to help yourself sleep better.

  • Try to keep a sleep schedule – even if you have time to stay up later on weekends or vacations, don’t. Train your body to a sleep and wake time.
  • Pick a bedtime that is at least 7-8 hours before you need to wake up.
  • Find a bedtime routine that helps you relax.
  • Avoid electronics, even as much as 30 minutes before bedtime, if possible. Try not to watch television in bed.
  • Exercise regularly and eat well.
  • Reduce fluid intake before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon or evening and don’t eat a large meal right before bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol, nicotine, or medicine for panic attacks (like Xanax, Ativan, Valium) just before bedtime. It may seem that the alcohol relaxes you, but alcohol stimulates the alpha brain waves that should not normally be present during sleep and all three reduce delta waves that are necessary for restorative sleep. Your body will experience less REM sleep and more NREM slow wave sleep. You might fall asleep but the sleep you get will be less quality and make it easier for you to wake up more often and earlier.
  • Use your bed only for sleep or sex and make your bedroom cool, comfortable and quiet.
  • If you go to bed and cannot fall asleep within 20 minutes, get up and do a quiet activity with low light and no electronics. When you feel sleepy, return to bed.

If you snore heavily or quit breathing during sleep, see your doctor. These can indicate sleep apnea, a serious condition where your body stops breathing during sleep. This increases the pressure on your heart and blood vessels and can cause long term consequences.

Using these tips can help improve your sleep, if you are patient and consistent!


Visitor Restrictions – Effective June 15, 2021

Sheridan Community Hospital will allow up to two visitors per patient, in all departments, at the discretion of the nurse/physician overseeing patient’s care. All visitors will be screened, temperature checked and required to wear a mask or face covering upon entrance and throughout their entire visit. If a visitor has symptoms, they will not be allowed to stay/visit with the patient.

We do not want patients to delay care; our facilities are safe.

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What is the Best Birth Control Option?     By: Nicole Falatic DNP, FNP-C  |  June 8, 2021

Birth Control Options

There are numerous methods and forms of birth control these days. While there are some that provide better protection than others, the choice of which birth control is best depends on your specific needs, lifestyle, and medical history. This is why it is important to have a consultation with your primary care provider to help choose the most appropriate and safe option. The most common forms of birth control our office prescribes and sees are oral contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, implants, and injections. Each form of birth control comes with its own benefits such as how it is administered, or length of time it is effective.

For example, a woman who is 20 without any medical history, who does not plan on having kids within the next 5 years, has a busy life, and doesn’t like shots, may choose to get a Mirena IUD because of its length of effectiveness and not having to worry about injections or pills with her lifestyle.

I encourage anyone interested to always research options. A great reference website is through The Department of Health and Human Services. This website provides accurate and easy to understand information about the options that are available.

For further information or questions regarding birth control options, contact your primary care provider.


What Types of Screening Tests or Exams Do I Need As a Woman?                            By: Dr. Eva Bartlett, MD | June 2, 2021

Screening Tests and Exams

All women have different screening needs at different stages in their lives. Young women, in their teens, should be screened yearly for gonorrhea and chlamydia, generally with a urine test. The current recommendations include all sexually active women ages 13-24 and women older than 24 at increased risk of infection. Some providers choose to screen adolescents regardless of reported sexual activity, because not all younger patients feel comfortable disclosing that information.

Gone are the days of going for your yearly pap smear, from middle school to retirement. The newer, more accurate, liquid based pap tests have reduced the need for testing frequently. They also allow a single sample to be tested for cancer cells, HPV virus, and several other infections when needed. 21 years old is the age for an initial pap test, whether you have been sexually active or not. From ages 21-29, it is recommended to have a pap smear every three years. Women ages 30-65 can have a pap smear with HPV testing, and if both of those results are negative, they can go five years between tests. Pap smears are generally discontinued at age 65, if they have been normal. Since medical providers understand that cervical cancer is caused by the HPV virus, we can expect that a women, who has reached age 65 without having abnormal cells or cancer cells caused by HPV, will be at extremely low risk of having an abnormal pap in the future.

Mammograms are another female screening that has changed over the years. The current recommendation is to start yearly mammograms at age 50 and continue until age 74. Women who have a first degree relative (sibling, parent, or child) with a history of breast cancer are at higher risk and should consider a mammogram starting at 40. For other patients ages 40-49, the decision to have a mammogram should be discussed with your provider and made individually. Performing mammograms on routine risk patients, in that specific age group, can increase the chance of overtreatment, over-diagnosis, and more biopsies than necessary.

Screening recommendations are based on thousands of people followed over many years, but you should always talk to your provider and make sure that the plan you choose to follow fits you as an individual!


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