South County Health News

Vigilance urged as flu approaches peak

Vigilance urged as flu approaches peak

Published 02/08/2018

Special by Colin Howarth, Staff Writer, Independent Newspaper  As the flu season nears its peak, South County Hospital is urging local residents to watch for symptoms of the virus, particularly among those who are most vulnerable. According to state officials, Rhode Island has seen 11 flu-related deaths so far this season. Lee Ann Quinn, South County Health’s...

Nurse Practitioners offer a different approach to primary care

Nurse Practitioners offer a different approach to primary care

Published 01/31/2018

Healthcare consumers who are looking for a primary care provider have a choice – see a physician or a certified nurse practitioner. South County Health has both on its medical staff, giving consumers more choices and greater accessibility to primary care. Certified nurse practitioners, Jennifer Avedisian, RNP and Mary Joyal, FNP-C, are among the board certified...

What is a concussion?

What is a concussion?

Published 01/24/2018

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to...

Emergency Room versus Express Care. What's the difference?

Emergency Room versus Express Care. What's the difference?

Published 01/24/2018

When illness strikes, is an Express Care or an Emergency Room your go-to destination for treatment? Your condition is serious, but does it warrant Emergency Room level care? What's the difference between Express Care and Emergency Room care? We answer these questions and more below. Express Care can treat virtually any non-emergency need, such as lacerations,...

Students: Apply for the Conrad-Nestor Scholarship

Students: Apply for the Conrad-Nestor Scholarship

Published 01/18/2018

David Chronley, MD, created the Conrad-Nestor Scholarship honoring two country doctors in 1999 at South County Hospital (SCH).  Robert L. Conrad, a general surgeon, was on staff from 1965 to 2000 and was instrumental in improving the facilities, staff, and patient care at SCH.  He served as both President of the Medical Staff and Chief...