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Why Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer

Castro County Healthcare wants to extend educational material to the community that will not only improve their health, but help them understand why their provider’s will either prescribe or not prescribe them antibiotics.   “A common cold and a bacterial infection are very different,” stated Linda Aguero, Clinic Director. “Your common cold or flu is a viral infection and antibiotics will not work.”   The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises patients and their families to use antibiotics only when necessary to further reduce antibiotic resistance, the spread [...]

January 30th, 2019|

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|

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|

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|

Let’s Fiesta Fundraise

DIMMITT – Castro County Healthcare invites the community to help support a family, friend, and team member of CCHD next Thursday, May 10thfrom 11 AM to 1:30 PM. There will be a ‘fiesta’ fundraiser to help support Betty Oltivero during her kidney transplant journey. CCHD will be hosting the fundraiser east of the Medical Center of Dimmitt, with the expectation of raising money to help the Oltivero family with the cost of travel to and from appointments in Dallas, and any medical cost that may arise. “It makes me feel [...]

May 3rd, 2018|
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