We provide quality, accessible and affordable family health care, dental services, and behavioral health services in three locations throughout Madison Co.
ANDERSON 1547 Ohio Ave. ALEXANDRIA 101 N Harrison St. ELWOOD 1518 Main St. We provide primary medical care, women's health care, pediatric health care, dental health care, and behavioral health services. We have three locations: Anderson, Alexandria and Elwood, however services available may vary based on location. The Health Center also has several outreach locations including several school based activities. Additional services and products offered at the Anderson facility Include: -Outreach & Enrollment -Radiology Services -Nutritional Services Services and Programs to look for in the near future: -Onsite pharmacy -Optical services -Physical Therapy -Lab Services
Mission: Meridian Health Services is a progressive healthcare organization that believes in treating the “whole person” integrating physical, mental and social well-being to help people achieve their optimum health. This approach connects treatments and doctors working together to heal both the body and mind for total well-being. Not only does Meridian’s spectrum of services connect medical and behavioral health, but also delivers programs focused on human services like independent living support, job skills training, foster care for special needs children, to counseling and support services for victims of child abuse. Simply, Meridian helps people cope and gives families hope to make the most of their lives.
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Did you know ... Meridian Health Services in Anderson now has Meridian Women's Health?
"Women Caring for Women"
Call 765-641-7499 to schedule an appointment with Maleeha Khalid, MD, FACOG.
Our own Elizabeth Simpson, DMD, of Meridian Dental—Family Dentistry discussed with American Dental Association the value of Federally Qualified Health Centers.
“FQHCs are federally qualified health centers and therefore must serve as that: health centers,” she said. “We aren't esthetic centers, we aren't the place where someone can go for whitening. We are the place that people who have few to no options for affordable treatment can go to have their oral health and physical health restored.”
ada.org Dr. Alex Barrera, a general dentist at Avenue 360 Health & Wellness, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Houston, said FQHCs are vital as the country tries to move forward in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Statewide Indiana mask requirement effective July 27.
Anyone age 8 or older will be required to wear a face mask:
- while in indoor public spaces
- in commercial entities (retail stores, businesses, etc.)
- while using transportation services (city busses, taxis, school busses, etc.)
- when in outside public spaces where social distancing is not possible
Check out our newest feature, Meridian Matters, a video podcast hosted by CEO Hank Milius. In this edition, we hear from Meridian Board member Nancy Green on the topic of race and inclusion and how an early life experience in a march with Martin Luther King Jr. shaped her outlook. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF6VMrq4xQM&feature=youtu.be
Meridian Health Services presents: Meridian Matters This episode focuses on Social Well-Being as Nancy Green, Meridian Health Services Board Member, remember...
Going to the dentist can bring about anxiety and stress for some—Paired with recent face mask covering requirements it can feel even more intimidating. In a recent article published by the American Dental Association (ADA) featuring Meridian Health Services’ own Elizabeth Simpson, DMD—Dr. Simpson speaks on how she and her team are going the extra mile to ensure their patients feel at-ease, welcome and safe during their appointments.
ada.org While reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic can be daunting, Dr. Elizabeth Simpson feels confident treating nonemergency patients once again at the dental clinics where she works outside Indianapolis.
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The leading causes of death for men are heart disease and cancer, and early detection of both can save lives.
During Men's Health Week and throughout every week ... We encourage men to have an annual physical to help live longer, healthier lives.
In honor of National Men’s Health Week make an appointment – either in-person or as a Virtual Visit -- with a Meridian physician. Call 886-306-2647 or schedule online at MeridianHS.org/COVID19VirtualVisits
Hot summer days are here and we're still under two weeks from officially being into summer! Don't let a bad sunburn rain on your outdoor fun.
The Skincare Foundation wants to help everyone stay safe while enjoying the sunshine with their
KNOW THE 5 W’S (& H) OF SUNSCREEN:
WHO: Everyone under the sun should use sunscsreen
WHAT: Broad spectrum SPF 15 or higher; SPF 30 or higher for a day outdoors is recommended
WHEN: Every day; 30 minutes prior to going outdoors. Reapply sunscreen every two hours
WHERE: All over exposed skin
HOW (Much): One ounce (shot glass full) to entire body for each application
WHY: Sunscreen helps reduce your risk of skin damage and skin cancer!
If you or your child DO end up with more sun than intended and it's causing severe pain or other symptoms of severe burns ... contact 866-306-2647 for a Virtual Visit with one of our physicians to assess and provide care from the comfort of your home! OR go to https://billpay.meridianhs.org/virtual-visits/ to schedule a Virtual Visit.
For more helpful tips to stay safe in the sun, visit https://www.skincancer.org/skin-cancer-prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen/?fbclid=IwAR0NDCXYAhQXpFqlph_WoD6tmDNiGlwdu-gES7e7DmlcYuFWEDBtPG8EbKI
skincancer.org Sunscreen is an important part of a complete sun protection strategy to safeguard yourself against skin cancer. Get the facts about sunscreen.
Tune in to the Governor's latest updates on the Back On Track Indiana Phases.
Governor Holcomb provides updates in the fight against #COVID19
Wearing a mask out in public helps reduce the chance of you spreading germs to others. In order to ensure you are using cloth masks effectively, it's important to know how to clean them.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I CLEAN MY FACE MASK OR COVERING?
-You should clean your mask after every wearing. This reduces the risk of spreading the coronavirus or other germs.
HOW DO I CLEAN THE MASK/COVERING?
-Bandannas, face scarves, and masks made of fabric, such as cotton, can be washed in your regular laundry using hot water.
-Disposable, blue surgical masks cannot be laundered or cleaned and should be thrown away when it is visibly soiled or damaged.
-After laundering your fabric masks, tumble dry them in the dryer on a high setting.
-You might consider using a non-scented laundry detergent if you are sensitive to perfumes so it is easier to wear the masks.
-You can also hand wash your mask, using hot, soapy water. Scrub the mask for at least 20 seconds, and dry them on high heat in the dryer.
Store clean masks in a clean place when you are not using them.
HOW MANY FACE MASKS DO I NEED
-If using washable face masks, it's a good idea to have at least two. This way, you will have a fresh mask if one is in the wash.
Above information provided by Johns Hopkins University, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Health System.
Today’s youth have been stymied by COVID-19 and many, who had planned on internships or jobs over the summer to fill the time, may think the economy will rob them of the opportunity.
That’s not necessarily true. Realign your thinking when it comes to a summer opportunity and don’t be picky. Look for “micro internships,” shorter stints in industry, and non-profits who will benefit from the extra help. Take a nonpaid internship in exchange for the experience.
Look for a need in your community—Many nonprofits have found their services in even greater demand and need interns in a variety of functions. While these may be lower-paying or volunteer positions, it’s the experience that will pay off in the long run. Also, check with your university or college career center for a job board.
Teenagers feel invincible. They always do. They’re not.
Parents may find it more difficult to keep them focused on safety in a COVID-19 world. Their social lives are fully forming and, by now, they may be longing for interaction with their peers.
With adolescents, it’s important to review where your family stands on alcohol and substance use, and the ways they can affect choices and judgment. These are good conversations to have with the young adults in your family while you and your family are still confined to home much of the time is a great opportunity to engage talks on these topics.
Reminding our families that kindness goes a long way, won’t hurt either. Being respectful to everyone creates a better environment for all. People are also going to have different ideas when it comes to social distancing and even wearing a mask. Be considerate of others, as you decide what’s right for your family.
Be sure to stay updated on all CDC recommendations during this time.
Now that we’re well into summer along with COVID-19 isolation—online school/classes have ended, our children are getting restless and parents are searching for answers about keeping their kids and families safe. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
First, remember there’s still no vaccine. The COVID-19 virus remains a threat. The activities in which you permit your children to participate will vary in risk and reward, the only two metrics that might help you with your decision.
A quarantine discussion should be much like any safety discussion in your home. It’s a talk about keeping yourself and others safe. Explain to your kids and family that we’re all in this together but that all families may have slightly different safety rules.
Here are some risk/safety guidelines:
· Outdoor activities are least risky. Pools are reasonably safe
but 6-foot social distances should be observed
· Opt for abbreviated indoor activities vs. sleepovers
· Keep time spent together with those outside your family
· Remind children of the importance of hand-washing. Send
hand sanitizer with your children when they leave the home
· Wear a mask when around people outside your immediate
· Don’t share food or drinks
· Remain cautious especially if you are an at-risk group like
African Americans, Hispanics, and those with pre-existing
health conditions, anyone over the age of 65 or elderly
· Be kind to others as everyone is at a different mental stage
of coping with COVID-19 isolation and information
Eating disorders are serious but treatable illnesses that affect people of every age, gender, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic group. It is estimated that 20 million women and 10 million men in America will have an eating disorder at some point in their lives. An eating disorder involves the development of irregular eating habits and a severe concern about body weight, shape, or overall appearance. No one knows for certain what causes eating disorders, but a growing consensus suggests a range of biological, psychological and sociocultural factors contribute to the illness.
Not everyone who has an eating disorder will exhibit all the signs and symptoms of the disorder, but common behavioral symptoms include:
• Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, carbohydrates, fat grams, and dieting
• Refusal to eat certain foods, progressing to restrictions against whole categories of food (e.g., no carbohydrates, etc.)
• Being uncomfortable eating around others
• Food rituals (e.g. eats only a particular food or food group, excessive chewing, not allowing foods to touch)
• Skipping meals or taking small portions of food at regular meals
• Extreme concern with body size and shape
• Extreme mood swings
Common physical symptoms can include:
• Noticeable fluctuations in weight, both up and down
• Stomach cramps, other non-specific gastrointestinal complaints (constipation, acid reflux, etc.)
• Menstrual irregularities — missing periods or only having a period while on hormonal contraceptives
• Difficulties concentrating
• Abnormal laboratory findings (anemia, low thyroid and hormone levels, low potassium, low white and red blood cell counts)
• Dizziness, especially upon standing
• Cuts and calluses across the top of finger joints (a result of inducing vomiting)
• Dental problems, such as enamel erosion, cavities, and tooth sensitivity
• Dry skin and hair, and brittle nails
Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America
We know these times are challenging and it may feel like there is no “normal”. But we are so grateful for all you have been giving up to ensure we move toward a healthier and safer future for all.
Thank you for doing your part and making a such a positive difference for our communities, Indiana, the nation, and the world. We are #INthisTogether
For more information and resources regarding Meridian's efforts during COVID-19, visit MeridianHS.org
A poor night’s sleep is not uncommon, but for many, the battle to get a good night’s sleep is a challenge they face every night. More than 40 million Americans suffer from chronic, long-term sleep disorders, and an additional 20 million report sleeping problems occasionally, according to the National Institutes of Health. Sleep disorders are characterized by abnormal sleep patterns that interfere with physical, mental, and emotional functioning.
The risks of inadequate sleep are great and can include poor performance at work or school, increased risk of injury, and health problems such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.
Experts suggest the following tips for getting sound sleep:
• Block out seven to nine hours for a full night of uninterrupted sleep, and try to wake up at the same time every day, including weekends.
• Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Avoid stimulants like coffee, chocolate, and nicotine before going to sleep, and never watch TV, use the computer, or pay bills before going to bed. Read a book, listen to soft music, or meditate instead.
• Make sure your bedroom is cool, dark, and quiet, with a comfortable mattress and pillows. Consider using a fan to drown out excess noise.
• Use your bedroom as a bedroom only — not for watching TV or doing work — and get into bed only when you are tired. If you don’t fall asleep within 15 minutes, go to another room and do something relaxing.
• Regular exercise will help you sleep better, but try to limit workouts to mornings and afternoons.
• Avoid looking at the clock, which can make you anxious in the middle of the night. If you suspect you have a sleep disorder, contact your doctor for additional guidance in developing a plan to deal with your specific sleep issues.
Call 866-306-2647 or visit https://www.meridianhs.org/COVID19VirtualVisits/ for a FREE Mental Health Screening to get you back on track to feeling great!
Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America, National Institutes of Health
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“It is difficult to provide and address issues related to Meridian when we are experiencing social unrest throughout the country. The death of Mr. George Floyd can only be viewed as absolutely horrific. It is difficult for me to find the words to express my anger, sadness, and frustration regarding this pattern of racist behavior.
I know I can never fully understand the depth of racism experienced by persons of color. Racism isn’t just police brutality. It is seen in everyday life and through the disparities in access to healthcare, employment, housing and education.
Given the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many other African-Americans, it is apparent we as a nation, unfortunately, have a long way to go. I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
The first value that we identify at Meridian is “Dignity – All are Worthy.” Let’s not remain quiet. Let’s live our lives as a model for others. Let’s make sure there is less struggle and progressively work daily toward eliminating racism in any way we can.”
CEO/President of Meridian Health Services
We eat well-balanced meals, exercise, and go to the doctor when we feel sick, but what are we doing to better our mental health? Now is the time to start tending to your mental health and we're here to help you on this path to mental well-being. Start by scheduling a FREE mental health screening.
Call 866-306-2647 or visit MeridianHS.org/COVID19VirtualVisits to schedule your appointment.
The Patient is Priority. Now that we have been able to safely open our doors to all patients with our extensive list of safety measures, our patients can choose if an in-person or telehealth visit is best for them. Take a look at this article to see how Meridian and other health providers are doing their part to keep patients their #1 priority.
heraldbulletin.com ANDERSON — Local community health centers have responded to the COIVD-19 pandemic by ramping up telehealth while seeing patients who couldn’t be cared for remotely and retooling operations to keep
We want to assure you we are doing our part to help keep you safe when you visit one of our facilities. If you need to come in for an appointment, here's what you can expect upon arrival:
The number of entrances will be limited per location. These doors will be marked with signs asking visitors to return to their car and call the office phone number if they have symptoms related to COVID-19. Those without symptoms can enter.
-Temperature and Mask
All Meridian staff and visitors, who enter the building must have their temperature taken and wear a mask. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided. The Meridian staff member taking your temperature will also ask if you have any symptoms. If you do, you will be asked to leave the building and contact the office first.
1. All magazines and pamphlets have been removed from the waiting room.
2. Floor decals for waiting in line are spaced 6 feet apart
3. Seating is spread 6ft apart
4. There is a limit to the number of patients who are allowed in the lobby and also the bathroom, at the same time.
5. No visitors are allowed to accompany a patient unless they require assistance with mobility or communication.
6. The lobby area, including chairs, are cleaned after each use and daily.
All Meridian staff members will be required to wear a mask. Staff members working in the lobby area are required to also wear gloves. Sanitizing is done between each entering visitor by a dedicated staff member. Staff will also remind patients to maintain a social distance of 6 ft and will provide a mask if the patient does not have one.
-Therapist and Exam Rooms
All therapy and exam rooms have been set up to ensure the patient and Meridian employees are more than 6 ft apart. Both the medical provider and the patient will wear a mask. Anything the patient touches is cleaned once the patient leaves the office.
We look forward to seeing even more of our patients in person. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 866-306-2647 or visit our website at MeridianHS.org.
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Welcome to the office of Harris Family Dentistry, the home of Dr. Bradley A. Harris and Dr. Phillip S. Frist.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30am-5:00pm
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