(October 19, 2020)–After completing the necessary due diligence and operational preparations, IHA, the area’s leading multispecialty medical group, and Infinity Primary Care, PC, have finalized terms for the integration of Primary Care Internal Medicine and the Center for Family Care into IHA.
“Our goal in integrating these practices is to partner with the outstanding providers of Infinity Primary Care with to promote high-quality, patient-centered care to the Livonia community,”states Mark LePage, MD, and CEO of IHA. “We intend to hold true to our core mission of compassionate, patient-centered carethat delights our patients.”
“We are confident that the nearly 20,000 patients under the care of these two practices will be able to count on IHA to provide access to an extensive range of high-quality services,” adds Dr LePage. “And as the Medical Group for Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, we are very excited to partner with Infinity Primary Care to extend our geographic reach into Livonia and western Wayne County as we furtherthe mission of our integrated delivery system in partnership with our hospital partner, St Mary Mercy Livonia.”
The integration with IHA brings together 15 providers and several dozen staff members from the following two IPC practices:
Primary Care Internal Medicine
Lisa Harston-LeDoux, MD
Pranay Korpole, MD
Jennifer Kuc, CNP
Sangeetha Nathabalan, MD
David Steinberger, MD
Center for Family Care
Stacy O’Dowd, MD
Christine Brenner, MD
Andrew Gush, DO
Nicole Kohnen, MD
Mark Michaels, MD
Nicole Rothenberg, MD
David Smeenge, MD
Stacy Smith, MD
Michael Wowk, MD
“This is an important step in aligning these twoIPC practices with IHA, and their associated residency practices connected with St. Mary Mercy Livonia, toenable us tobettermeet patient needs and provide efficient, cost-effective care,” notes Rob Casalou, president and CEOof Trinity Health Michigan. “By collaborating as a truly integrated health care delivery system, we will create a unified clinical and operational infrastructure with coordinated protocols and best practices, which will lead not only to better clinical outcomes but also to an improved patient experience across the continuum of both outpatient and inpatient care.”
IHA offers a breadth of capabilities thatis virtually unrivaled in the region, giving patients a single, trusted source for more of the medical services that they need at every stage of life.
“As we see IHA continuing to welcome new partners in the Livonia area, whether primary care or specialty care, it enables all of us to expand our regional footprint of services,” adds Dave Spivey, president of St. Mary Mercy Livonia. “We are not only preparing for the April 2021 opening of the new IHA/SJMHS Livonia Medical Centeron the Schoolcraft campus, but also actively making highly specialized services such as orthopaedics and plastic surgery available to our communities now.”
The timeline for the transition of these practices into IHA is December 1, 2020.
Halloween and everything that surrounds it –
trick-or-treating, costume parades, bobbing for apples – are fun, but can
spread COVID-19 or other seasonal infections, like influenza. While celebrating
Halloween this year will look very different from every other year, there are
still ways to enjoy all that Halloween has to offer, while protecting yourself
and your family from picking up a virus.
Giving Out Candy
Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters
Give out treats outdoors, if possible
Set up a station with individually bagged treats
for kids to take
Wash hands or use hand sanitizer before handling
treats, and in between trick-or-treaters
Wear a cloth mask
Wear a mask
Make your cloth mask part of your costume
A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth
Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It
can make breathing more difficult
should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble
Wash your hands
Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it after
touching objects or other people
Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
Parents: supervise young children using hand
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20
seconds when you get home and before you eat any treats
Stay at least 6 feet away from others who do
not live with you
Indoors and outdoors, you are more likely to get
or spread COVID-19 when you are in close contact with others for a long time
Make sure you are always doing the following. Every.
Wear a mask
Stay 6 feet away from anyone that does not live
with you – indoors and outdoors
Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently
If you decide not to take your kids trick or treating this
year, here are some ideas how you can enjoy Halloween safely.
Decorate and carve pumpkins
Decorate your home for Halloween.
Carve pumpkins with members of your household or outside with neighbors or friends.
Walk from house to house, admiring Halloween decorations at a distance.
Visit an orchard, forest, or corn maze. Attend a scavenger hunt.
Go on an outdoor Halloween-themed scavenger hunt.
Visit a pumpkin patch or orchard. Remember to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently, especially after touching frequently touched surfaces, pumpkins, or apples.
Go to a one-way, walk-through haunted forest or corn maze.
Hide Halloween treats in and around your house. Hold a Halloween treat hunt with household members.
Hold a socially distanced outdoor costume parade or contest so everyone can show off their costumes.
Host a socially distanced outdoor Halloween movie night with friends or neighbors or an indoor movie night with your household members.
Flu Before Boo!
Protect yourself and your family during flu season by getting your flu vaccine before Halloween. Scheduling your flu shot is easy! Click below and choose an appointment time that works for you.
Flu season is here,
which means Flu SHOT season is also here. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will
be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to
help conserve potentially scarce health care resources in the wake of the COVID-19
What are the benefits of the
Receiving the flu vaccines
reduces flu illnesses, sick appointments, hospital stays, and missed time from
work or school. It can also be lifesaving for high risk patients like children,
seniors, and pregnant women.
Can the flu vaccine give me
The viruses in the flu shot
are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. However,
you may experience some minor side effects like, soreness, redness or swelling
at the shot site, a low-grade fever, and some aches.
For those that receive the
nasal spray, the viruses are weakened and do not cause severe symptoms often
associated with influenza illness. Side effects from the nasal spray may
include, runny nose, sore throat, cough, wheezing, headache, vomiting, muscle
aches, or fever.
Who should get vaccinated
Everyone six months of age
and older should receive a flu vaccine at the beginning of the flu season,
typically every fall.
Who should not be vaccinated
against seasonal flu?
A patients age, health or allergies may determine they should not receive the flu vaccine. Talk with your physician to ensure you or your children should receive the flu vaccine.
Should a flu vaccine be given to someone
with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19?
No. Vaccination should be deferred
(postponed) for people with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, regardless of
whether they have symptoms, until they have met the criteria to discontinue
their isolation. While mild illness is not a contraindication to flu
vaccination, vaccination visits for these people should be postponed to avoid
exposing healthcare personnel and other patients to the virus that causes
COVID-19. When scheduling or confirming appointments for vaccination, patients
should be instructed to notify the provider’s office or clinic in
advance if they currently have or develop any symptoms of COVID-19.
Additionally, a prior infection with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 or flu does not protect someone from future flu infections. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year.
Why should I get my child
The flu is dangerous for all
people, but children under five years old are at an especially high risk when
they get sick with the seasonal flu. The flu vaccine is your children’s best defense against contracting and
spreading the flu.
When should I get a flu
For people receiving one
dose of the flu vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that people
get the flu vaccine by the end of October. If your child requires two doses,
they will need to be given four weeks apart, so chat with your pediatrician on
the best time to give the first dose. Getting the vaccine in the summer months
may result in reduced protection later in the flu season, especially for high
risk patients. There are benefits to receiving the flu vaccine later in
the season, so it’s never
too late to be vaccinated!
How effective is the flu
The patient’s age and health status will determine the
effectiveness of the flu vaccine, as well as how well the flu in the vaccine
matches the flu circulating in your community. The CDC estimates that the flu
vaccine reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the
overall population, when the seasonal flu circulating is well-matched with the
Besides vaccination, how can
people protect themselves against the flu?
Getting the flu vaccine
every year is your best defense against the flu. People should also take
preventive actions every day. These include, frequently washing hands, covering
coughs using the inside of your elbow, not your hand, and avoid having contact
with people who are sick (even if they haven’t been diagnosed with the flu).
Where can I get the flu
This year’s flu shot is available at IHA Primary Care and
Ob/Gyn practices and pediatric doses are available at IHA Pediatric practices.
Adults and children may receive the flu shot at any IHA Urgent Care location.
Click below to schedule your flu shot.
Can the flu vaccine prevent
No, the flu vaccine cannot
prevent you from becoming infected with COVID-19. You and your family should
continue practice CDC recommendations to minimize your risk of contracting
COVID-19, including, wearing masks outside of your home, social distancing and
frequent hand washing.
What is the difference
between Influenza and COVID-19?
Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both
contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses.
COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2) and
flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Because some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are
similar, it may be hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms
alone, and testing may be needed to help confirm a diagnosis. Flu and COVID-19
share many characteristics, but there are some key differences between the two.
There are some key differences between flu
and COVID-19. COVID-19 seems to spread more easily than flu and causes more
serious illnesses in some people. It can also take longer before people show
symptoms and people can be contagious for longer. Another important difference
is there is a vaccine to protect against flu. There is currently no vaccine to
prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed
to the virus.
Can getting the flu shot increase your
risk of getting COVID-19?
Currently, there is no evidence that
getting the flu vaccine can increase your risk of getting COVID-19.
Is it safe to go out to
get the flu shot during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes. Getting a flu
vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family’s health this season. To protect your health when getting a
flu vaccine, follow CDC’s recommendations for running
essential errands and doctor visits, like wearing a mask outside of
your home, social distancing and frequent hand washing. Continue to take
everyday preventive actions.
What is IHA doing to ensure it’s safe for
me and my family to come into the office for a flu vaccine?
Patient safety is, now more than ever, our
top priority. We’re taking several precautions to minimize your risk of
exposure to COVID-19 while visiting an IHA practice in person, including:
patients, guests, staff, and providers to wear masks in our practices
providers and staff
wear personal protective equipment
temperature of all patients, providers, and staff upon entry into our practices
limiting the number
of people in our practices, which means you may be asked to wait in your car instead
of our waiting room
spacing the timing of
acceptable (greater than 6 foot) distance between patients in all common areas
cleaning protocols laid out by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to ensure
safe, sanitized environments
practices, we’re scheduling sick and well patients at different times of the
Scheduling your flu shot is easy! The flu shot is available at IHA and St. Joe’s Medical Group primary care and OBGYN practices, as well as, urgent care locations. Click below to find a time and location that work for you.