Hypertension when left untreated is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke. Knowing your numbers is the first step in managing this treatable condition.
During the month of December Pentucket Medical is offering free blood pressure walk-in clinics at the dates/ times below. If you cannot get to one of our locations during these times, you can provide your latest BP numbers by posting them on https://pmaonline.com/patient-guide/patient-gateway/or calling your clinician’s office.
When I was in the first grade, I was having difficulty in school. I told my mother that I could not hear the teacher. A test indicated that my hearing was significantly impaired.
Further investigation revealed that my adenoids were enlarged and were affecting my hearing. As a result, my adenoids were surgically removed. During the operation it was discovered that the allergic cells in my body were extremely elevated.
My surgeon recommended that I be evaluated by an allergist.
Allergy testing showed that I was allergic to many molds and other environmental allergens.
After frequent doctor visits and treatments in childhood, my health and school performance greatly improved. And this experience opened my eyes to the career I have chosen for my life: I was inspired to pursue a career as an allergist.
I am extremely happy to be in the profession that I am today, a field of medicine in which a physician can make life-changing differences in lives of our patients. My life goal is to help others like myself, because I know from my own experience how allergies can miserably impair someone’s life.
Working as an allergist puts you in a field of work where you can actually cure people. You can really watch them go from being very sick to becoming very healthy, and it’s really gratifying as a physician to see this.
I would like to do everything possible to improve the health and quality of life of my patients.
John Hein, MD, AAAAI, is a member of Pentucket Medical’s Allergy Department. Dr. Hein practices in Newburyport and Haverhill. For an appointment, please call 888-227 3762.
Our newest Endocrinologist, Elizabeth Ensminger, is a native of West Palm Beach, Florida, who grew up in Tampa and earned her MD from the University of Miami. She is now wrapping up a residency at Boston Medical Center.
Recently married Dr. Ensminger and her husband have just closed on a home in North Andover.
“It’s been an incredibly busy time,” she says, “between finishing my residency, getting married, buying our home, and starting a new job!”
Describing her experience at BMC as an “incredible experience” where she saw “everything under the sun, from adrenal, thyroid and pituitary problems to every stage of diabetes,” Elizabeth describes it as “great training to go on and start my own practice.”
Usually, she says, she likes to see her patients as part of a team, working with the patient, their primary care physician and diabetes educators. Pentucket, she notes, has an excellent group of dietician/educators and well-integrated communication among clinicians.
“Diabetes,” she says, “can be a really hard diagnosis for a patient to get. It’s a lifelong disease and it requires a lot of lifestyle modifications…
“But sometimes a diagnosis of diabetes can be a life-changing event for someone, for example, as they see their blood sugars start to improve. That’s actually one of my favorite moments as a physician, to watch patients actually get their lives back.”
Elizabeth calls Pentucket “a fantastic practice…they sold me from Day One when I walked in the doors. The practice is really patient-centered. All the doctors are friendly and they focus on the patient, which is also my focus.”
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We Screen, We Clean and We Protect.
To everyone who needs us now, come get the care you deserve. Our Safe Care Commitment is in effect at all of our locations providing you with the safest possible environment for our patients and staff.
We screen to protect you, your families, and our staff
We screen all employees daily for symptoms. Anyone with symptoms of a possible respiratory illness is not allowed to work until they are better.
We screen visitors to our offices for symptoms. Any visitor with symptoms is restricted from entering our offices.
We test and screen patients for COVID-19.
Patients visiting our offices for healthcare appointments are screened for symptoms upon arrival. If symptomatic, patients are cared for via virtual visits.
We also provide urgent care services at our Expresscare Riverwalk location which has a separate area where we use preventative measures.
We adhere to best practice safety protocols in those settings.
We clean our hands and spaces and make it easy for you to do the same
We have increased the frequency and intensity of cleaning of all high-touch areas throughout our locations.
We require frequent hand-cleaning and have added hand sanitizer stations so patients and staff can clean their hands easily and frequently.
We follow special infection prevention guidelines for care provided to protect our patients and our staff.
We require all people — employees, patients, and visitors — at our locations to wear a mask.
We have rearranged spaces to accommodate physical distancing and prevent transmission of infections by removing chairs from waiting rooms, and in some high-use areas, installing plexiglass barriers.
We wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines when providing care in the home.
We also provide telehealth services via video so you can access care and get the treatment you need from the comfort of your home or office.