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Food, Health and Fitness Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, June 19, 1997 15 Pillsbury to Award $1 Million Create an original recipe for the Pillsbury Quick & Easy Bake-Off Contest and you much: the grand prize winner will Fla. For the 38th BakOff Coiite, st, all the utes or less. ready to serv Tuscan-style Pork 'N Pasta 3/4 lb. pork tenderloin, cut into l/2-inch - pieces 1 (1-1b) pkg. Green Giant Pasta Accents Garlic Seasoning Fzen Vegetables witli Pasta 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper , flakes 1 (15.5oz) can Great Northern beans, undrained 3 Italian plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped 1 oz. (1/4 cup) grated fresh Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley Spray large non-stick skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium-high heat until hot. Add pork; cook and stir 10 to 12 minutes or until browned. Add frozen vegetables with pasta, pepper flakes and beans; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until pork is no longer pink and vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring occasion- ally. Add tomatoes; cover and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle wi cheese and basil. Garnish as desired. 4 (1 1/4-cup) servings. Summit Healthcare provides quality care, service by L.H. Stronach Gazette Staff "We try to make a comfortable schedule at Summit Family Healthcare because we are not an urgent care facil- ity, but we are turning away 20-30 patients daily, said Paula Tomkowiak, who was appointed clinic office manager in October 1996. Tomkowiak, whose medical background be- i gan at age 16 and includes Ii I Rochester New York Gen- eral Hospital states, " i [i "There's room in the Pahr- .- . ump Valley for all of us '  (meaning all local health [j::!$': care providers)and we [ ;!. need to work together to F deliver quality health care for our residents." This attitude pervades the entire facility at Sum-" mit Family Healthcare from the smiling face and caring demeanor of Cathy Carney, front office recep- tionist, to the patient and caring attendance by Summit's medical profes- sionals. "We are a family practice with a family atmosphere," said Tomkowiak "To accomplish our main goal, which is the patient and their well-being, we will happily stay until 7 p.m. The building that houses Summit Healthcare at 1151 S. Highway 160, was built by Wulfenstein Construction. Dr. Dennis Campton occupied the clinic until the summer of 1992. After Dr. Campton left, Brian Olsen operated Family Emergency Medicine Until Desert Springs Hospital, a divi- sion of Quorom Healthcare, took over the practice Feb. 8, 1996. Summit Heaithcare, a new division ot  Desert gprlngs Hospital, was formed to operate asia rural health care facility to establish, maintain and operate'ii suitable facility provid- ing primary medical care for persons suffering illness or disabilities. The objective is to maintain a primary health care program for residents desiring services, especially those with limited access to adequate medical care. Additionally, they will continually strive to conduct a community responsive program, develop a viable practice, continue to improve, expand quality and comprehensive- ness of services by qualified, responsible health care profes- sionals working in cooperation with other public and private health resources. Other staff members at the facility include: Ed Kelly, back-office certified medical assistant; Patti Jaggers, front-  office CMA; Faye Trapp, back-office Licensed Vocational Nurse; John Saylers, physician assistant-certified; and Angelo Meloro, osteopathic physician. Weekly review of medical charts is accomplished by Dr. Robert W. Shreck, facility medical director. Oasis Management Directions, which is directly responsibleto Desert Springs to accom- plish the hospital's objectives, currently manages the clinic. Summit performs routine laboratory work which is sent out to Associate Pathology Laboratory per CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment) regulations; x-rays are taken and initially read at the clinic, then sent to Desert Radiologists for definitive interpretation. Additionally, su- turing, minor excisions of moles, skin tags and lesions and biopsy procedures are done. They have the capability to perform electrocardiograms and breathing treatments. The clinic "flights" patients drectly out of its facility and has ;flown nearly 10 patients since January 1997. The hospital's commitment to the community is long- term to include increased patient capability, expanded ser- vices and general family practice. They are in the midst of Joint Commission on Accreditation for Hospital Organiza- tions accreditation which should be effective August 1997 and rural certification tentatively schedule to occur Decem- ber 1997. This will allow more laboratory facilitation and addition of staff members. Both are a stringent process and, at this writing, the paperwork is in for JCAHO. A third primary care provider, Jane Davis, Physician assistant accepted the newest Summit position May 30, 1997. She began her duties Monday, June 2, 1997. Since the retirement of Jean Bradley, nurse practitioner, women were either forced to commute to Las Vegas for exams and pap smears or merely allowed essential gyneco- logical health care to take a back seat because a female practitioner was preferred. The addition of this female' physician assistant means that this under served area no longer exists. The clinic currently has a visiting specialty program consisting of board certified physicians. The schedule for June 1997: *.Cdlr.0J.O.19g - Dr. Stephen Savran -This may include as many as three separate groups alternating Wednesdays. * r_U_LO.!.qg- Dr. Michael Kaplan - Thursday June 19, p.m. * Gastroenterology - Dr. Uday Saraiya - Thursday, June 26, p.m. *OB-GYN - Dr. Scott Olds and Dr. Sheldon Baroff- First Tuesday a.m. and third Thursday a.m. *Hearing Specialist - Tobin Heating Center Tuesday, June 24 * Dermatology - Dr. Jan McDonald - Schedule pending. Appointments for the above can be scheduled by calling the clinic during regular hours Monday- Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at 727-5509. At present, orthopedic or podiatry specialists are not scheduled, but it is hoped that sometime in the near future those specialties will again be available. In July 1997, Summit is planning a three-day health fair special with Tobin Hearing Center in affiliation with Shear- ing Eye Institute. The notification as to actual dates and times will be published in the Gazette when details are in place. Macular Degeneration: Knowing the facts could save your sight You are at increased risk for macular degeneration if you: * Are over age 60, have your eyes checked once a year * Have a family history of the disease *Smoke a pack of cigarettes a day or more * Are female * Are caucasian * Have elevated blood cholesterol Macular degeneration does not necessarily cause pain. See a doctor if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: * blurred vision * straight lines appearing wavy or crooked * a blind spot in the middle of the field of vision For more information on living with macular degenera- tion, contact Macular Degeneration Research, a program of the American Health Assistance Foundation, at 1-800- 437-2423. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of irreversible, legal blindness among elderly Americans. Close to 25 percent of people aged 65 years and older have some manifestation of this disease, and as America's population ages, that number could rise to 6.3 million by the year 2030. Unfortunately, the majority of Americans know very little about macular degeneration and its devastating effects on otherwise healthy, independent people. The disease dam- ages the central area of the retina, called the macula, which is responsible for our central vision. Without central vision, it becomes difficult and even impossible to perform every- day tasks such as reading, driving, and recognizing faces. Though there is no known cause or cure for macular degeneration, early diagnosis can lead to successful treat- ment in some cases, and preventive measures can be taken to reduce risk of getting macular degeneration in the first place. J