SPECIAL PROGRAMS

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE SPECIAL PROGRAMS

SMOKING CESSATION AT VALLEY MEDICAL GROUP

Your relationship with tobacco can be complicated.
Get support that’s competent, comprehensive, and compassionate!

Valley Medical Group is here to offer support to our patients in all efforts to reduce or quit smoking. We know that quitting smoking isn’t easy and that quitting can present many challenges so we offer a variety of supports to our VMG patients.

Please watch this short video by our tobacco treatment specialist Tim Sweeney that describes our program.

Click here for the video. 

Provider Appointments 
Your primary care provider is available to talk with you about stop smoking treatment options including Nicotine Replacement and other prescriptions which can support your efforts to quit or reduce. We also have a Tobacco Cessation Specialist  and Integrated Behavioral Therapists who can meet with you when you are in the office. Carbon monoxide testing can be performed during your office visits to assess levels of CO and to track improvement.

Telephone Support - There is no charge for this service
Along with the support and advice of your provider, talking with someone who knows what you’re going through can be helpful. We have a Tobacco Cessation Specialist available to assist you by telephone most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. As a former three pack per day smoker, they can relate to your challenges, so please call them to build a Quit Plan that works for you. 

 

Please call Tim Sweeney at 800-2334 and leave a confidential message.

 

Text Message Support - There is no charge for this service
A few times each week you can receive a positive text message from our Tobacco Cessation Specialist. Those messages may help you stay on track and they will certainly make it easier for you to remember that our Tobacco Cessation Specialist is here to help. Even if you’re “not quite ready” to try to quit, the hopeful messages can be helpful, so sign-up today.


Please call Tim Sweeney at 800-2334 and leave a confidential message. 

Weekly QuittersWin Classes - There is no charge for this service.
Each Wednesday at 4:00pm brave folks getting ready to quit or in the process of quitting, meet using *Zoom. Learning together with people who really understand the journey is “good medicine!” QuittersWin helps each person understand their unique relationship and build a Quit Plan that’s right for them. Everyone works at their own pace and is free to attend the meetings for as long as they wish. These facilitated groups offer competent advice and compassionate support. First-timers should schedule an orientation session at 3:30 prior to their first meeting. 

       *To install a free version of  Zoom on your tablet, computer, or smartphone, visit

https://zoom.us/download
Please call Tim Sweeney at 800-2334 and leave a confidential message so he can send you the links to join the meetings.
 
NOTE: For scheduling purposes, the QuittersWin Zoom meeting is scheduled at 
Greenfield Health Center - 329 Conway Street
If you receive an appointment reminder or notification listing that address, you can disregard it. QuittersWin is a virtual meeting. 

 


 

Valley Medical Group is committed to supporting and educating our patients

as they consider end-of-life options for health care.

We encourage you to think ahead about your future healthcare wishes. Do you know about the various choices available: palliative care, hospice care, the ability to document which treatments you would agree or not agree to undergo in the event of life-threatening illness? If you should be unable to speak for yourself, have you chosen who will speak for you, and do they know your wishes?  

 

VMG supports the work of The Conversation Project at: The Conversation Project which provides valuable resources and assistance in helping people initiate and engage in these conversations.  This site can help put many issues into perspective and help families learn how to begin to share their thoughts and questions.

HEALTH CARE PROXY

All adults are encouraged to fill out a Health Care Proxy form. This legal document allows you to name the person(s) you want to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to speak for yourself. This form gives no one any authority if you can speak for yourself. VMG encourages you to sit down with family members or trusted friend and discuss what your preferences would be, and then choose someone to be your health care agent who you think will abide by your wishes, not their own preferences, should those be different. You may obtain this form at VMG or download in English and eight other languages at: Honoring Choices


You may fill this form out at home with two witnesses. When your health care proxy form is completed, please bring it to VMG to be included in your medical record.

MOLST

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) is a medical document which outlines your instructions about specific forms of life-sustaining treatments. You and your primary care provider sign this form together after thorough discussion. The MOLST is intended for those of more advanced age or with serious illness. You may obtain this form at VMG or download in English and nine other languages at: MOLST

 

When you and your provider have discussed and signed this form, it will be included in your medical record at VMG. Please note: Medical orders, like the MOLST, which communicate instructions between health professionals, must be filled out and signed by the provider and patient on the English version to be valid.

ADVANCE CARE PLANNING (ACP) APPOINTMENTS

VMG encourages you to discuss your advance care planning questions, concerns and preferences with your primary care provider. Should you wish to make an appointment to review advance care planning, please call your health center and request an ACP appointment. This will insure you are scheduled enough time for a thorough discussion. We also encourage you to bring a family member or your health care agent to join you at this appointment

THE SHARED MEDICAL APPOINTMENT

INTRODUCING A NEW MODEL OF CARE
THE SHARED MEDICAL APPOINTMENT

Do you wish that you had more time with your provider?


Would you benefit from more in depth discussion about managing your health?


Would you like to gain tools to help manage your health challenges that will improve your quality of life?


A Shared Medical Appointment (SMA) is extended time with a primary care provider in a supportive and interactive group visit with other patients who share a similar health issue. The provider will be joined by a team that may include a behavioral specialist, physical therapist, nutritionist or others with expertise in the particular SMA topic. 


The cost for these visits is the same as your usual office visit copay.


VMG currently offers the following SMAs:
Diabetes: The focus is on optimizing blood sugar control through nutrition and lifestyle changes. At the Easthampton and Northampton Health Centers, Diabetes SMAs are offered monthly; at the Greenfield Health Center, the SMA meets every 2 weeks.


Weight Management: This is a weekly appointment for 10 weeks. The focus is on sustainable lifestyle changes for weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight. Topics include nutrition, emotional eating, fad dieting, social events, and exercise. 


Healthy Living: This is a continuous monthly appointment that can be attended as needed to support and follow up on the progress initiated in the weight management SMA. 


Pain Management: This is a weekly appointment for 6 weeks for patients who have ongoing issues with chronic pain. Topics include understanding the nature of chronic pain, the importance of safe movement, and understanding the role of emotions and thoughts. Specific skills and strategies are taught to effectively manage chronic pain.


Interested? Please contact your provider or your health center for more information and to learn what is available at your center. Registration is required.

YOGA AND TAI CHI CLASSES

COMPLEMENTARY SERVICES TO HELP REDUCE PAIN AND

IMPROVE OTHER MEDICAL CONDITIONS

Valley Medical Group is offering services for our patients who may be suffering from chronic pain or other chronic conditions, which are affecting the quality of their life. 


Yoga and Tai Chi have been found to be a successful complementary medicine for chronic conditions. As a result of these findings, Yoga and Tai Chi classes are held weekly in our Amherst, Easthampton and Greenfield offices.


These services are free to our patients who may benefit due to their medical condition. Please speak to your practitioner to see if these services would be helpful to you.

YOGA

Yoga is an ancient Sanskrit word that translates literally to "yoking" or "uniting". It denotes a comprehensive method for developing vitality and freedom. Yoga is the practice and process of integrating ourselves as human beings. This implies bringing meditation - full awakeness - into motion and into our lives. Through the practices of postures, breath, concentration and meditation, it brings together our bodies, hearts and minds. While this description might sound lofty, yoga can fit the needs of anyone who wishes to try it. The practice has a variety of very concrete, present day benefits, as described in the list below:


 Benefits of Yoga
•    Develops physical strength
•    Increases flexibility
•    Improves breathing
•    Deepens relaxation
•    Renews energy reserves

Yoga classes are held at the Greenfield Health Center at 5:30 PM for one hour, Monday evenings. Please call your health center to register.

 

 

 

For more information on Yoga and the instructor, go to: www.originalbodywisdom.com

•    Improves balance and coordination
•    Brings a sense of inner peace
•    Increases mental focus
•    Promotes healing from physical injuries 

Greenfield Health Center
329 Conway Street
Greenfield, MA 01301
(413) 774-6301

TAI CHI

Tai Chi is a gentle movement practice that promotes natural healing, strengthening, and flexibility. There is growing scientific and anecdotal evidence that this "meditation in motion," with roots in China and influences from around the world, has value in preventing and treating a variety of health issues. Tai Chi, Qigong, and Liangong, related therapeutic methods, are beneficial for people of any age, ability, skill or fitness level. Following exercises and forms with poetic names including "Wave Hands Like Clouds," "Strum the Lute," and "Peace Crane Spreads Its Wings," we can learn more about selfcare, protection strategies, empowerment, mindfulness, and the next level of balance. 
 

Benefits of Tai Chi
•    Encourages muscle strength
•    Increases flexibility
•    Reduces stress
•    Enhances energy, stamina and agility
•    Interrupts anxiety and depression
•    Generates positive thinking and attitude

 

Weekly Tai Chi classes are held at the Easthampton Health Center on Monday evenings and at the Amherst Medical Center on Thursday evenings at 6 PM for one hour. Please call your health center to register.


 

For more information on Tai Chi and the instructor, Janet Aalfs, please go to: www.vwma.org
 

•    Inspires balance, coordination and focus

•    Improves sleep quality
•    Lessens high blood pressure
•    Expands cardiovascular fitness
•    Relieves chronic pain
•    Deepens enjoyment of life

Easthampton Health Center                                          Amherst Medical Center
238 Northampton Street                                              31 Hall Drive
Easthampton , MA 01027                                           Amherst, MA 01002
(413) 529-9300                                                        (413) 256-8561

 
 
 
 

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