Appalachian Family Care is currently accepting new patients.
Appalachian Family Care was established in 2006 with the goal of providing primary healthcare based on wellness protocols and sound all-natural interventions.
The personal attention you would expect from a small practice, with the screening and disease management you would expect from a large group.
At Appalachian Family Care, we offer a personalized and friendly atmosphere. We tailor our care to accommodate each individual patient's needs.
At Appalachian Family Care in Johnson City, Tennessee, we treat and diagnose a wide range of medical conditions for children (age 2 and older), adults, and geriatrics. We provide our patients with a wide range of primary care medical services.
Our list of treatment services includes:
Nausea and Vomiting
Sports and School Physicals
In order to make our clinic as convenient and affordable as possible, we accept the vast majority of health insurance plans and even offer self-pay options for patients without insurance. For more information, call us at 423.282.2516 .
Mary Ellen Clever
About the coronavirus:
* We have not yet seen a major increase in coronavirus symptoms in our office and there are no confirmed cases in our region.
* It is similar to the flu. Symptoms include fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, cough.
* It is transmitted like the flu through cough and contact.
* Like the flu, the majority of people who contract the coronavirus will recover within 2 weeks.
* If you have chronic health problems such as asthma, COPD, CHF, or other serious chronic health problems, you would be at an increased risk for pneumonia caused by coronavirus.
* Patients age 65 and older seem to be at an increased risk of pneumonia caused by coronavirus.
* Babies and small children seem to recover better from coronavirus than adults and have a much lower risk of complications such as pneumonia.
*According to the most recent reports, it can be transmitted BEFORE the patient shows symptoms and many patients do not realize they have been infected.
* Tests for the coronavirus are currently limited and we are not able to screen patients in our office.
How to protect yourself and others:
Wash your hands frequently and for at least 30 seconds, with soapy water, multiple times throughout the day. Good hand washing is your best defense against coronavirus.
Alcohol based hand sanitizers work well to prevent infection between hand washings.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
Clean hard surfaces at home, work, car, etc with Lysol or a 1 part bleach to 6 parts water solution daily.
Masks won’t necessarily protect you from getting the virus and should be reserved for patients who are known to have the coronavirus and for healthcare workers.
Cover your cough with the inside of your elbow.
If you develop flu like symptoms, and you are otherwise healthy, STAY AT HOME FOR 2 WEEKS AND ISOLATE YOURSELF FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE AT GREATER RISK OF COMPLICATIONS.
If you develop flu like symptoms and are experiencing difficulty breathing, seek care from the emergency department.
Avoid unnecessary travel and large gatherings of people until approximately Memorial Day
Use common sense and be alert just like you would for a local flu outbreak.
Pay attention to any advisories from the CDC, State of Tennessee Department of Health, and your County Health Department. We have included links to these and other helpful sites.
What we can do for you:
• If you develop flu like symptoms, call our office and let us know. We will assess your risks and try to treat your symptoms WITHOUT bringing you into the office if possible.
Use our e-mail to contact our office if the phones are busy email@example.com
If necessary, we can send in medication such as steroids, albuterol nebulizers, Ibuprofen, cough medications, etc. to help you with the symptoms and to help improve your breathing.
If you develop symptoms and need to stay at home to self-quarantine for two weeks, we can provide you with a work excuse.
If necessary, we will refill your non controlled medications without an office visit.
We will update our website and social media with additional information on the coronavirus on a weekly basis every Friday, and more often if necessary.
We will continue to use antiviral disinfectants in the office and exam rooms, but with much greater frequency through the day. This could cause some patients minor irritation of the eyes, or cause difficulty breathing. If you are having a hard time tolerating the presence of disinfectant, let our staff know.
As always, we will do our best to serve you and your families. We are hopeful that the coronavirus will have less impact than the normal flu virus has in our region. If we are fortunate, the coronavirus will be a minor event compared to the regular flu season and it will be limited to regional “hot spots” through containment efforts.
However, there is no vaccine currently available for this virus, and it may take up to a year or more to have a vaccine available to the general public. We don’t know if the virus will fade away as the weather warms up, and even if it does fizzle out by Memorial Day or sooner, it could still come back in the Fall.
We expect that there will continue to be more cases confirmed in multiple locations around the country as testing becomes more available in the coming weeks.
We will be sending out a postcard to our more vulnerable patients advising them that they may be at a higher risk of complications from the coronavirus, and steps that they can take to protect themselves.
We are here to serve our patients and we take that responsibility to heart. Each of you is precious to us and we want to keep you healthy and pursuing happiness throughout your life. While it’s certainly true that the coronavirus has the potential to be a significant public health issue, it is important to remember that you have some control over your own health. Use the same basic prevention practices you would for the flu, and you can help yourself and your family stay healthier.
William Clever, FNP
Amanda Cardin, FNP
Thatcher Card, FNP