News & Events
The Pershing Clinics now offer WebviewWebview allows for patients to see their private health data collected within our clinics on the web. You can not only view your list of meds, but diagnosis and notes as well. You can also send secure notes to the clinic staff at any time. Please ask the Personal Care Representatives about signing up for this free service. All your clinic visits data can be just a click away. To access our webview feature just click the link below.
Be sure to check out the Career ListingsJob postings are updated on a regular basis, be sure to check back often for positions available. You can also download an application from that same page.
Financial Assistance PolicyPershing Health Systems has created a new Financial Assistance Policy click the link below to view our FAP information page.
Linn County Community Health Needs Assessment.We just finished a complete revision of our CHNA plan, click the links below to see the new plan for 2016.
Pershing CHNA Document 2016
Pershing CHNA Document 2013
CHNA Impelmentation Plan
Pershing Health System Outpatient ClinicsWe are please to include for your use a printable copy of our Outpatient clinic schedule. This will be a simple image file you can download to your pc or mobile device by simply right clicking on the link below. Please be sure to check back from time to time as clinic dates can and do change.
Pershing OP Clinics
Please check out our information on Estimate of Expected Prices. We will be offering this option to all our patrons upon request. Please click the link below to learn more.
Click here to access our patient portal
Estimate of Expected Prices Info
Flu Season is Around the Corner
Everyone 6 months and older should get an annual flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for your body to develop full protection against the flu. Get vaccinated to protect yourself and your loved ones!
Shorter days and cooler evenings. It is fall—and often the time that we start seeing people get sick with flu. By getting a flu vaccine for yourself and your entire family every season, you can help prevent flu-related illness, missed school and work and even more serious flu-related illness.
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory disease that infects the nose, throat, and lungs and can lead to serious complications, hospitalization, or even death. Pneumonia and bronchitis are examples of serious flu-related complications. The flu also can cause certain health conditions, like diabetes, asthma, and heart and lung disease, to become worse. Even healthy people can become sick with the flu and experience serious complications. But even if you are one of the lucky ones who bounces back quickly from a bout with the flu, people around you might not be so lucky. Getting a flu vaccine is the single best way to protect yourself and your family from this serious disease.
Watch this fun video [0:30 seconds] to learn why everyone needs a flu vaccine!
Everyone Needs a Flu Vaccine – Every Flu Season
Flu viruses are constantly changing, and different flu viruses can circulate and cause illness each season. Flu vaccines are made each year to protect against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common. Also, immunity from vaccination declines after a year. This is why everyone needs a flu vaccine every season.
While everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine this season with rare exception, it’s especially important for some people to get vaccinated.
Those people include the following:
For a complete list of those recommended vaccination, as well as those who are not recommended for flu vaccination, visit Who Should Get Vaccinated.
Some children 6 months through 8 years of age will require two doses of flu vaccine for adequate protection from flu.
A Reminder for Parents
Some children 6 months through 8 years of age need two doses of influenza vaccine. Children in this age group who are getting vaccinated for the first time, as well as some who have been vaccinated previously, will need two doses. Your child’s doctor or other health care professional can tell you whether your child needs two doses of flu vaccine.
Flu vaccines are made to protect against three or four different flu viruses (called “trivalent” or “quadrivalent” vaccines).
Trivalent flu vaccines protect against two influenza A viruses and an influenza B virus. The following trivalent flu vaccines are available:
The quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The following quadrivalent flu vaccines are available:
- A quadrivalent flu shot that is manufactured using virus grown in eggs. There are several different flu shots of this type available, and they are approved for people of different ages. Some are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age.
- An intradermal quadrivalent shot, which is injected into the skin instead of the muscle and uses a much smaller needle than the regular flu shot. It is approved for people 18 through 64 years of age.
- A quadrivalent nasal spray vaccine, approved for people 2 through 49 years of age.
The flu vaccine is safe. People have been receiving flu vaccines for more than 50 years. Vaccine safety is closely monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Hundreds of millions of flu vaccines have been given safely to people across the country for decades.
A common misconception is that a flu vaccine can give you the flu. They cannot. The most common side effects from a flu shot are soreness and/or redness where the shot was given, maybe a low fever or achiness. The nasal spray flu vaccine might cause congestion, runny nose, sore throat, or cough. These side effects are NOT the flu. If you do experience them at all, these side effects are usually mild and short-lived.
"Flu Season is Around the C." www.CDC.gov. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Sept. 2016. <http://www.cdc.gov/Features/FLU/>.
A Little bit about the Swing Bed Program
Aleta Boyd RN, BSN
Chief Nursing Officer
Pershing Health System
When it comes to your health and your family’s health, be pro-active and don’t be afraid to ask!
The current Swing Bed program paid under Medicare and some private insurance was developed in the 1970’s to assist hospitals in utilizing unused beds to provide care to the elderly who might otherwise have to seek nursing home placements far from home.
The term “Swing Bed” refers to transitioning or “swinging” from acute care to a skilled care status. The actual room or bed does not change, what changes is the level of care the patient receives.
Qualifying criteria for Swing Bed service includes an acute care stay of three (3) consecutive days. The key is consecutive days and does not include hospital stays that are considered observation stays. The three consecutive days can occur anytime 30 days prior to admission to Swing Bed. In addition, the patient must be covered by Medicare Part A or have pre-authorization from private insurance. Lastly, the patient’s needs must meet a skilled level of care, that is to say the care requires supervision of professional or technical personnel.
Once the criteria is met, Medicare Part A pays the first 20 days of care at 100%. However, private insurance coverage may vary. Beginning on the 21st day, a daily co-pay is applicable and this fee is covered by most supplemental plans. You may continue to receive skilled care under the Swing Bed program as long as you are making measurable progress as determined by rehabilitative services, nursing and the physician. Your stay may be as short as 3 days or as long as 100 days, with the ultimate goal for the patient to return home.
Pershing Health System offers Swing Bed services that provide a variety of skilled services including but not limited to Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Wound Care and Extended IV therapy. The Swing Bed program offers the additional benefit of an in-house pharmacist and registered dietician. Swing Bed patients can enjoy a day at home with family when provided a therapeutic pass by the attending physician. These passes are often helpful in identifying additional areas of rehabilitation needs prior to discharge to home. In addition, discharge planning meetings are held three times weekly and an interdisciplinary group measures progress toward goals and identify ongoing needs at discharge.
If you find yourself or a family member in the hospital, inquire if Swing Bed might be appropriate for your diagnosis or injury. If you are in an out-of-town facility, their social worker, case manager or discharge planner can assist in making arrangements for transfer to Pershing’s Swing Bed program at discharge.