Brown  Bag  Check Up
Brown  Bag  Check Up

Tribe's Health Services Hosting Brown-Bag Check-Up on November 3rd

Oct 31, 2016

Clients to Bring Medications, Meet New Physician and Nurse Practitioner

AKWESASNE — On Thursday, Kentenhkó:wa/November 3, 2016 the Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services will be hosting a Brown-Bag Check-up from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Tribe’s Diabetes Center for Excellence. It will be an opportunity for clients to update their medical records and pharmacy profiles, as well as to meet their newest physician and nurse.

“Often patient’s will be prescribed medications by different physicians, particularly if they visit a number of specialists,” said Health Services Director Michael Cook. He noted, “As a safety measure, it is important to have a single doctor aware of all of the medications and products that an individual is taking. The November 3rd event is intended to have our patient’s medical records up-to-date to help ensure an individual’s health.”

A brown-bag check-up is when you gather all of your current medications and over-the-counter products into a "brown-bag" and show them to your doctor or pharmacist so he/she can look for any potential problems. They will review all of the medications and products you are currently taking, to see if they are the same as those listed on your medical record or pharmacy profile.

The doctor or pharmacist will double check these medications for the correct dosage strength, frequency, or identify if you are using outdated or discontinued medications. Health professionals will also screen the medications and products for potential duplication of therapy or side effects. To help, they are asking individuals to also include non-prescription, or over-the counter products in their brown bag; including herbal or mail order prescriptions.

At the November 3rd Brown-Bag Check-Up, individuals will also have a chance to meet Health Service’s newest physician and nurse practitioner. Doctor Brian Cole, MD, MPH, MPA/MC; and certified Nurse Practitioner Wendy Frank will be available to introduce themselves to clients.

Doctor Cole received his Doctor of Medicine from Boston University’s School of Medicine; Master in Public Health from Yale University School of Medicine in Health Policy, Resources and Administration; and Master in Public Health/Master of Surgery from Harvard University. He did his medical residency at University of Massachusetts and Metro-West Medical Center.

Wendy Frank has more than 30 years of critical care and emergency room experience as a registered nurse. She has worked in different areas of the medical field—enhancing her skills to work with a diverse age and population of patients. She joins Health Services following work at The Alice Center, where she was the onsite health care provider for a 135-bed nursing facility.

Clients are encouraged to attend the November 3rd Brown-Bag Check-up at the Diabetes Center for Excellence located at 66 Business Park Road in Akwesasne. Come meet the newest members of Health Service’s team of professional health care providers, as well as to have your medications looked at. A light lunch will be provided.

Individuals are encouraged to bring all their medications with them each time they attend an appointment at Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services.

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The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and federally recognized government of the Saint Regis Mohawk People.