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Antibiotics Do Not Work on Colds and the Flu

This week, November 12 – 16 is Antibiotic Awareness Week. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is advising patients and their families to use antibiotics only when necessary to further reduce antibiotic resistance, the spread of superbugs, and protect patients from side effects from antibiotics. During U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and throughout the year, CDC promotes Be Antibiotics Aware, an educational effort to raise awareness about the importance of safe antibiotic use.The Be Antibiotics Aware initiative educates the public about when antibiotics are needed, when they are not, how to take [...]

November 15th, 2018|

Cologuard and DNA Stool Testing

Castro County Healthcare introduces Cologuard DNA stool testing through the Medical Center of Dimmitt. This DNA stool testing is intended to screen adults of either sex, 50 years or older, who are at average risk for colon cancer. Cologuard is also covered by Medicare. Cologuard was approved by the FDA in August of 2014. It is not for everyone and is not considered a replacement for diagnostic colonoscopy or surveillance colonoscopy in high – risked individuals. So how does it work? Cologuard uses a special kind of innovative technology, called [...]

November 12th, 2018|

Starbuck’s in Dimmitt provided by Country View Living

Castro County Hospital District is pleased to announce their partnership with Luby’s Culinary Services, a foodservice division of Luby’s Inc., that provides foodservice operations at healthcare, business and industry and higher education facilities.  Luby’s Culinary Services will be the foodservice provider for Country View Living resident’s and the community. “We are very excited about partnering with Luby’s and opening our home to the community to enjoy as well” said Laura Kimball, Country View Living’s Administrator.  “This will not only give Dimmitt another place to dine but will help our residents [...]

November 12th, 2018|

New Medicare Cards and Fighting Fraud

Don’t wait till fraud happens! The fight can begin now to protect yourself against fraudulent Medicare Card activities. Castro County Healthcare District wants to help you prepare and know what to look for. Medicare has begun sending out new Medicare cards. This means there could be a whole set of new scams. Be aware that Medicare or Social Security will not call, text, or email to tell you they are issuing these new cards, reprocessing cards, or assigning new numbers. If you are a current Medicare participant, know that all [...]

October 23rd, 2018|

Country View Living Hires a Director of Nursing

Lacey Bethke was welcomed to the Country View Living team as the Director of Nursing on October 15, 2018. Bethke and her family recently moved to Dimmitt when her husband, Bret, was offered a coaching opportunity with Dimmitt High School which brought her closer to family. Bethke grew up on a farm outside of Happy, Texas. She continued her education at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon, Texas, where she received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. While attending WTAMU she worked at an assisted living facility, Connor [...]

October 22nd, 2018|

Laura Kimball named Administrator at Country View Living

Country View Living is set to finish construction by December 27, 2018. With this date quickly approaching, Castro County Healthcare District (CCHD) has hired Laura Kimball as the Administrator at Country View Living. Kimball’s dreams and goals of becoming an Administrator for a long-term and assisted living facility led her back home. She spent her childhood growing up in Nazareth, Texas, and now can continue her passion for caring for the elderly while getting to care for them in her own community. “My aspiration with County View Living is that [...]

October 22nd, 2018|