Sunnyside clinic reaches out to local community

Ava Westfall looks at a polyp inside “Casper the Colon,” which was set up by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Center for Community Health Promotion during Lincoln Family Medicine’s open house event.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Ava Westfall looks at a polyp inside “Casper the Colon,” which was set up by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Center for Community Health Promotion during Lincoln Family Medicine’s open house event.



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Nancy Leahy of Yakima Valley Hearing and Speech Center (left) visits with Maria Castro during the open house event hosted by Lincoln Family Medicine in Sunnyside.

Staff from Lincoln Family Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Center for Community Health Promotion were on-hand this past Saturday to help Sunnyside residents learn more about the services available in the community.

Suzy Kephart is the clinic manager at Lincoln Family Medicine, which hosted the free open house event.

“With health care reform, we wanted to break through barriers,” she said.

Some community members, Kephart said, don’t understand health care reform and aren’t comfortable seeking out medical professionals for health care needs.

She said the staff at Lincoln Family Medicine was available to help people navigate the Medicare and Medicaid enrollment process.

The providers, too, were available at the open house event so people could meet them.

“We want people to become more comfortable and let them know we are here for support,” said Kephart.

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Maria Castro of Sunnyside Community Hospital applies a bandage to the finger of Avigail Galvan after testing Galvan’s glucose levels at this past Saturday’s open house hosted by Lincoln Family Medicine.

Also during the open house, people could take advantage of free glucose and blood pressure screenings, learn about colon cancer and nutrition for preventative maintenance, according to Kephart.

She said Lincoln Family Medicine is home to six providers. The doctors at the clinic include Thomas Mueller, Lincoln Westfall and Tatiana Antoci.

Nurse practitioner Deborah Titus also provides medical care to those visiting the clinic.

The clinic is home to Lower Valley OB/GYN, as well. The two doctors serving patients there are Carey Ann Leeds and Miguel Brizuela.

At the open house, the staff of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Center for Community Health Promotion were available to explain how cancer develops in the colon, using “Casper the Colon.” The air-filled replica of a colon gives people a visual idea of the organ and how polyps develop.



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