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FastMed's Jason Williams Receives TBJ Health Care Heroes Award

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This year, the Triangle Business Journal (TBJ) held the 13th annual Health Care Heroes Awards. The awards program recognizes various leaders in health care field. This year, TBJ honored 13 inspiring individuals who proved themselves to be trailblazers in the health care industry.

FastMed Urgent Care’s founder and CEO of the Eastern Region, Jason A. Williams, MPAS, PhD is the recipient of the 2014 Rising Star award. According to TBJ, the rising star award goes to someone who “shows real promise in the fields of scientific research or in the practice of medicine”.

Congratulations, Jason, on an award well deserved!

Read more about Jason's award here.

Wear Red for American Heart Month

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February is a month marked with the color red and all things heart-shaped. It’s no surprise that February is also American Heart Month. Many of us have been, or know someone who has been, affected by heart disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the US. Heart disease has no preference to one’s race, ethnicity, sex or age.

 Friday, February 7 is National Wear Red Day, a day in which everyone is encouraged to wear red in an effort to raise awareness of heart disease in women. Raising awareness helps to increase knowledge on how to live more heart-friendlier, and how to look for signs of heart disease.

According to the American Heart Association, over half a million Americans will suffer from a heart attack annually. Knowing the symptoms can save your life or the life of a loved one.

  • Chest pains or pressure (it may go away, then come back)
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest pains
  • Pain or discomfort in the arm, back, neck or jaw
  • Cold sweat

 A healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and correct diet are essential to preventing heart disease. Contact your doctor or health provider before you begin any health regime, and most importantly, wear red on February 7, 2014 to support your loved ones!

FastMed Holds Holiday Food, Clothing and Toy Drive

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This holiday season, FastMed Urgent Care in North Carolina is proud to partner with The Salvation Army to sponsor a food and clothing drive from December 2, 2013 through January 15, 2014. Beginning this week, stop by your nearest FastMed and drop off any toys, nonperishable, canned food and/or gently used or new clothes to help those in need. The clinics will feature two barrels: one for food and one for clothing and toys.

The following North Carolina FastMed locations will feature donation barrels:

  • Aberdeen
  • Apex
  • Boone
  • Burlington
  • Cary at Cornerstone Dr.
  • Cary at Ten-Ten Rd.
  • Chapel Hill
  • Clayton
  • Durham
  • Fayetteville
  • Garner
  • High Point
  • Kernersville
  • Lumberton
  • Raleigh at Creedmoor Rd.
  • Raleigh at Millbrook Rd.
  • Sanford
  • Wake Forest

 For questions or for more information, please contact: nc_market@fastmed.com.

Thank you for helping FastMed Urgent Care to support such a great cause!

 

FastMed Sponsors Women in Business Series

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 FastMed Urgent Care is proud to be an event sponsor of the Garner Chamber of Commerce’s Women in Business Luncheon in Garner, NC.

The luncheon highlights working women and the strides that have been taken to insure equality in the workforce. Each semi-annual luncheon host professional women throughout Garner, NC and features a keynote speaker. This year’s keynote speaker was Jan Fields, former president of McDonalds USA. Jan chronicled her experience as president of McDonalds USA, and described some of the challenges she faced as a female executive in a male-dominated field.

The luncheon, held on November 5, also raises money for scholarships for local high school girls. Special thanks to the Garner Chamber of Commerce for coordinating such an uplifting event!!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, which raises awareness and advocates for equality in school and community activities.

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that causes delayed mental and physical development. People with Down syndrome are born with 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46. According to the National Association for Down Syndrome, this conditions occurs in one out of every 691 people. Children born with Down syndrome are more prone to severe health problems, such as congenital heart defects. Others with the condition may only have mild health issues.

Most importantly, the purpose of Down Syndrome Awareness Month, is to educate people about the condition. People diagnosed with Down syndrome are more similar to others born without it than they are different. Most children with Down syndrome are able to play with other children in the community and many adults are able to work within the community.

On October 13, FastMed was a proud sponsor of the Buddy Walk in Raleigh, NC. The Buddy Walk raises money for local programs and services. It also serves to promote diversity and inclusion among every walk of life. Over $76,000 was raised to support, educate and connect individuals with Down Syndrome

For more information on Down syndrome and to find out how you can help raise awareness, visit the National Association for Down Syndrome at http://www.nads.org/.!  Though our participation in the Buddy Walk, FastMed assisted the National Down Syndrome Society in the fund raising effort and contributed to the ultimate success of the event.

FastMed Joins BCBSNC For Their Grand Opening in Asheville

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On October 5, FastMed helped Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina celebrate their newest store grand opening in Asheville, NC off of 1854 Hendersonville Road, next to Earth Fare and across from Skyland Plaza

The event ran from 11am-3pm, and featured free food, give-a-ways, games and other activities. BCBS staff answered visitors questions  talk to people about any insurance inquiries that they may have. The Charlotte Bobcats cheerleaders were on site to take pictures alongside the team mascot, Rufus.

FastMed Urgent Care participated in grand opening event and ribbon cutting by administering free blood pressure checks and BMI checks along with providing give-a-ways to guests.

FastMed Urgent Care’s Asheville location is less than 5 miles from the BCBSNC Retail store, is open 365 days a year and accepts most insurance, including Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina.

For more information on the BCBSNC’s newest stores, hours and services, visit www.bluestoreashevillenc.com or click here to find the location nearest to you.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which serves as a national annual campaign to increase awareness. According to the Center for Disease Control, over 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer annually, making it one of the leading causes of death in the nation. Various organizations throughout the US hold events that promote breast cancer awareness, encourage women to get checked regularly and raise money to find a cure.

Symptoms of breast cancer include (but are not limited to):

  • A new lump in the breast or armpit
  • Swelling in part of the breast
  • Redness or flaky skin on the breast
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk
  • Pain in any area of the breast

Knowledge is the best way to combat breast cancer, which is why women, especially those over the age of 50, are encouraged to receive regular mammograms. A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that allows doctors to check for signs of cancer. Early detection plays a vital role in lowering the risk of death.

Locate your local Breast Cancer Awareness organization to find out ways you can volunteer, donate and support the cause!!

FastMed Now Offers Flu Shots at All Locations

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This fall, go flu-less.

Every year, approximately 5-20% of U.S. residents fall ill with the flu, and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications.

The flu virus is a very contagious respiratory illness that can last one to two weeks causing fever, aches, headaches, fatigue and other symptoms. Severe cases on the flu can be life-threatening or even cause other illnesses, such as pneumonia. Because new strains on the flu can evolve annually, it is important to receive the flu shot every year. Both adult and children are encouraged to get vaccinated.

If you and your family are in need a flu vaccination, stop by your nearest FastMed Urgent Care where our caring health care providers can take care of you and your family in one quick trip.

FastMed Urgent Care is currently offering flu shots for $20 at all of their North Carolina and Arizona locations.

Click here to find the location near you!

The following North Carolina locations are offering discounted flu shots for a limited time: