Heatstroke prevention


July 31 is national heatstroke prevention day. On average, 37 children die in hot cars every year in the US. 87% of those are ages 3 and younger. Vehicular heat stroke is largely misunderstood, with the majority of parents believing they could never forget their child in the backseat of a car. Even the most cautious parent can be thrown off by a change in routine, lack of sleep, stress or fatigue.

2/3 of the increase in temperature happens within the first 20 minutes, and a child’s body overheats 3-5 times faster than that of an adults. Even with windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can reach 125 degrees in minutes.

To help make sure you keep your child safe, we’d like to give you some ideas to always check for baby.

Make it a routine to open the back door of your car every time you park (at work, home, grocery, etc.) to make sure no one has been left behind. Put your purse, bag, cell phone or something else important you always need in the backseat to remind yourself to check every day, every time. Send your significant other a photo of your child inside daycare every day when you’ve dropped them off, or send them a photo at home once you’ve picked them up and have them inside the house.

Additionally, make sure your child cannot get into a parked car. Keep vehicles locked at all times, even if they’re parked in the garage or driveway. Keep car keys and garage remotes up and out of reach of your children. Ask your neighbors, friends, family and guests to do the same.

If your child goes missing, immediately check all vehicles- inside the trunk and front and back seats carefully, even if they’re locked. A child may lock the doors after entering on their own and may not be able to unlock them.

If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. Call 911 immediately. If the child seems hot or sick, get them out of the vehicle as soon as possible.

Walk With a Doc: Mlive feature article

Check out this recent article about Walk with a Doc featured on Mlive!

“The results of taking a walk each day are similar to the phrase “an apple a day”; it could make your trips to the doctor’s office less frequent. Walking for thirty minutes each day can produce big results and it’s simple to do. If you have a pair of tennis shoes you can start making healthy changes to your body today… (Read more)

Talking to children about tragedies


After a horrific event like a mass shooting or terrorist attack, parents find themselves trying to make sense of the event, all while trying to figure out what, if anything, they tell their children. Each child has unique needs in a crisis. Often, it will depend on their age, if they knew anyone affected by the crisis and how much they have been exposed to the news. Allow your child to give you clues about how to meet their needs, and remember that all children are different. One may ask you many, many questions, whereas another may only want extra hugs and to watch a movie. Both of these reactions are OK!

Ask your child what they’ve heard. Allow them to tell you what, if anything, they heard. Once they’ve told you, ask them if they have any questions. Keep your answers straightforward and direct. In general, it is best to share basic information, no graphic or unnecessary details. It’s important to understand that they’re asking you questions because they need someone they trust to listen to their questions, accept their feelings and be there to support them while they work through their emotions. Staying silent on the issue won’t protect them from these events, as much as we’d prefer for them to not have to hear about what’s happened.

While it may be possible to limit your child’s exposure to media within your home, it is difficult when you’re not within your own home, or if your child is older and has access to a cell phone, social media or news accounts.

Even your youngest child will hear about tragic events, and it’s better for them to hear information from a parent or caregiver than another child or general media. Additionally, younger children may respond with forms of dependence, like acting clingy, refusing to sleep alone and experiencing separation anxiety. They may also throw temper tantrums or wet the bed. An older child may respond with anxiety, sadness, risky behavior or outbursts at school.

Feelings of sadness, fear and confusion are normal reactions. However, if your child seems very upset and unable to recover from fear, starts having trouble in school or home, or isn’t able to get up and go to school, you may want to contact your child’s doctor for additional advice. Additionally, if you are concerned they need more information or support than you’re able to provide, you can reach out to their teacher, school counselors or doctor for additional support.

IHA WestArbor Medical Center Nears Completion

IHA WestArbor Medical Center Nears Completion

7/14/2016 – IHA is pleased to announce that its newest medical center, located west of the Ann Arbor Auto Mall at 4350 Jackson Road in Scio Township, is proceeding on schedule and will begin a phased opening on Monday, August 15.

IHA WestArbor Medical Center tops out at 77,000 square feet and will be home to multiple primary and specialty care practices and numerous ancillary services. Over 215 staff and providers will call the WestArbor facility home and expect to provide care for more than 150,000 patients during the first year of operation.

“IHA practices have enjoyed extraordinary growth over the years in recognition of IHA’s patient-focused capabilities and quality as documented by Consumer Reports, which found that IHA was metro Detroit’s top medical group. IHA will be moving many well- established practices into this new center in order to improve access and convenience for our patients, provide for needed expansion space, enable new developments and provide future growth options. Among the major IHA practices which will relocate to this center include: IHA Ann Arbor Family Medicine, IHA Child Health – Ann Arbor, IHA WestArbor Internal Medicine, and IHA WestArbor OB/GYN,” states Bill Fileti, IHA’s CEO. “In addition, urgent care services, general dermatology, orthopedic surgery, maternal-fetal medicine, pharmacy, clinical lab, radiology, physical therapy and other clinical services will be added. We envision that this comprehensive medical center will be extremely attractive as a one-stop health center to the community.”

The new 77,000 square foot, three-story facility will blend a contemporary exterior design full of windows with both first and second floor walk-out entrances. The new medical center, similar to IHA’s highly-regarded Domino’s Farms location, capitalizes on wooded views and an interior design that uses natural light to make patients feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the facility.

“The completion of this new medical center will certainly be among our 2016 highlights, as we continue to expand our primary and specialty care presence across the communities we serve. Through this new facility, patients will once again physically see us forging ahead to actively live our mission of always focusing on new and better ways to deliver health care to the patients we serve,” adds Fileti.

Beginning Monday, August 15, the first of nearly one dozen new services and programs opens at the facility. The following week, Monday, August 22, the new Urgent Care Center opens along with several other primary care and ancillary services. By Labor Day, all three floors of the center will open and welcoming area residents.

“We are extremely proud to be launching our fourth urgent care – after hours location and are confident that all of the services, which we are bringing into the area, will have a positive and immediate impact on the health and well-being of the residents,” notes Matthew Ajluni, DO, Medical Director, After Hours, Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine program for IHA. Our urgent care center will be open 365 days a year and will offer an extensive list of services and treatment options allowing residents to find all the care they need close to home.”








Healthy living: walking


Today, activity trackers like Fitbit, Jawbone or even phone apps are all the rage. These trackers help individuals keep track of their daily activities by monitoring the distance walked, calorie consumption and, in some cases, heartbeat and quality of sleep. Never before have people had such obtainable access to their basic personal health information on a day-to-day basis.

One of the easiest ways to stay in shape, live a healthy lifestyle and get some use out of those activity trackers, is walking. According to Physical Activity Guidelines of America, adults should engage in 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity each week. That means an adult walking for at least 30 minutes, five days a week can reach that goal, while also reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and increase longevity.

Engaging in regular physical activity like walking is one of the most important things that people of all ages can do to improve and maintain their health. A few of the many benefits of walking include strengthening bones and muscles, improving balance and coordination, helping maintain a healthy weight and even improving a person’s mood. Another great benefit of walking is that it requires minimal to no equipment. Taking a 30 minute walk is as easy as going outside.

IHA WestArbor Medical Center Updates

Updated 8/22/2016 Null

In summer 2015, we broke ground on our new 77,065 square foot multi-specialty medical center located on Jackson Road, just east of Zeeb. The new center will be home to dermatology, family medicine, imaging, internal medicine, lab, maternal-fetal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, urgent care, pharmacy, physical therapy, and other specialty services.

The building contains:
• 490 tons of structural steel
• 40 trucks of concrete per floor
• 57,500 bricks

IHA Urgent Care – WestArbor is now open at our newest location in the IHA WestArbor Medical Center.

IHA Family & Internal Medicine – WestArbor
(formerly known as IHA Ann Arbor Family Medicine and IHA WestArbor Internal Medicine) is now welcoming patients in the IHA WestArbor Medical Center.
IHA Associates in Gynecology & Obstetrics – WestArbor
(formerly known as IHA WestArbor Obstetrics & Gynecology) is now welcoming patients in the IHA WestArbor Medical Center.
IHA Child Health – WestArbor
(formerly known as IHA Child Health – Ann Arbor) will begin seeing patients at their new location Monday, September 19, 2016.

In addition, IHA Maternal-Fetal Medicine – WestArbor will begin seeing patients in their new location on Monday, September 12, 2016. This is in addition to their current location, IHA Maternal-Fetal Medicine – Arbor Park. IHA Dermatology – WestArbor will begin seeing patients in their new location on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. This is in addition to their two other locations, IHA Dermatology – Domino’s Farms and IHA Dermatology – Brighton.