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January 9, 2007 > Union City Clinic Celebrates First Anniversary of Providing Quality Care

Union City Clinic Celebrates First Anniversary of Providing Quality Care

Services Include Primary and Urgent Care, Occupational Medicine

A good New Year's resolution to stick to in 2007 is better health for the entire family. For the past year, Nakamura Clinic, Union City has been providing exactly that. In the beginning of 2006, the clinic, which is located on the corner of Dowe Avenue and Alvarado-Niles Road, opened its doors to the residents of Union City and has grown rapidly ever since.
Medical Director Dr. Hoang Trinh says he has enjoyed meeting a diverse group of patients of all ethnicities and ages. The clinic's patients range from newborns only days old to those 90 years young.
Because of his training as a family practice physician, Dr. Trinh is equipped to treat the entire family, focusing on each patient's overall health and well-being.
"We definitely have filled a need within the community based on what I've seen as far as the primary care and urgent care services we have performed, as well as from an occupational medicine standpoint," he says. "I'm seeing a lot of employees of the businesses and industries here. Overall, the clinic sees a diverse group of patients on a daily basis."
A majority - about 95 percent of the clinic's patients - visit for primary care and occupational medicine services, while the rest are mainly urgent care patients, many of whom become regular patients at the clinic, Dr. Trinh says. The clinic offers appointments and walk-in care, making it convenient for patients to receive care when they need it.
"Patients have a one-stop shop here in terms of medical services," he explains. "For example, a new mom has access to women's health care like pap tests, care for her infant, as well as urgent care services that include immediate X-rays and lab testing onsite. I think our services speak for themselves. Seeing the clinic expand has been very rewarding, but another marker of success is retaining our patients and receiving referrals from those who come to us for care."
Nakamura Clinic, Union City has already forged strong relationships with many of the Tri-City area's businesses that send their employees to the clinic for a variety of services, including pre-employment physicals, treatment of on-the-job injuries and drug screenings.
Dr. Trinh works closely with managers and human resources staff when treating injured employees, making sure they get well or are promptly referred to the appropriate specialist for further treatment.
The clinic has already hired a part-time physician to assist Dr. Trinh with the growing number of patients, and has begun searching for another full-time physician as the number of patients increases.
Dr. Trinh says a handful of his patients - who originally visited the clinic with urgent care needs - had not seen a physician for regular care in many years. In some of these cases, he has gone on to diagnose and treat chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.
For patients who have not received regular medical attention, Dr. Trinh often recommends a full physical examination to help identify potential underlying health concerns before they become serious.
The New Year is a good time for patients to take stock in their overall health and see if, with the help of regular medical attention, they can improve their well-being.
"I would say two of the main New Year's resolutions to make for better overall health are weight management and quitting smoking because these are issues that can contribute to other health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and high cholesterol," says Dr. Trinh. Better diet and exercise, as well as quitting smoking, also can play a role in preventing the development of certain types of cancers, he notes.
A good way to get started on the road to a healthier future is by visiting the clinic to identify any problem areas and devise a solid plan to get your health back on track. Better yet, the clinic makes good health for the entire family that much easier when everyone can be seen in the same location.
"I think my scope of practice and training clearly provides an advantage because of the range of services I can offer families as a whole," Dr. Trinh says. "From treating the common cold to chronic disease management, the clinic offers flexibility that is convenient for local residents."
The road to better health starts here
The clinic sees patients 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. To make an appointment call (510) 487-6000 or visit at 33077 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City, CA 94587.
For more information about Washington Hospital's facilities throughout the Tri-City area, visit www.whhs.com and click on "Our Facilities," or tune in to Comcast Channel 78 - InHealth, A Washington Hospital Channel for up-to-date health programming.

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Stay Healthy This Year with Regular Medical Care

Nakamura Clinic, Union City's services for the entire family include:
* Preventive care, including physical exams for adults and well-child checks
* Management of chronic medical problems including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
* Treatment for colds, coughs, flu and flu-related symptoms
* Immunization for children, adults and for travel
* Minor surgery
* Minor orthopedic care
* Treatment of minor injuries, such as cuts and bruises
* Urgent care
* Care for job-related illness and injury, as well as other occupational health needs through Washington Hospital Healthcare System's Well For Work Program
* On-site X-ray and laboratory services
* Bilingual physician available
* Convenient scheduling, same day appointments and walk-in medical care
* The clinic accepts most insurance plans and will bill them as a courtesy to patients

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