Vaccines and Masking remain Critical Components as COVID-19 Pandemic Continues
By James Whelan, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital
As we enter the second year of this deadly pandemic, there is light at the end of the tunnel. With just a couple of months of sacrifice we can put this terrible time behind us. What is the best path forward? The dedicated providers listed below are unified in our conviction that getting vaccinated and continued masking in public are the most important components of the path forward.
We urge you to mask for others. Hospitalizations in Cadillac are skyrocketing and Wexford, Osceola and Missaukee counties continue to have very high rates of transmission. Masking slows transmission and will give us time to get more people vaccinated and save lives. Even those who have already had Covid-19 and recovered and those fully vaccinated can carry and spread the virus. We wear our masks so we are less likely to spread the virus to others, please do the same for each other.
We realize many are hesitant to get the vaccines, for various reasons. This is not a political crisis but a medical one. The healthcare providers below have dedicated well over a thousand years taking care of you and your families. Our hearts have broken watching families suffer the isolation and loss that has dominated our work this past year. Yet, we continue to have members of our community fall ill, almost universally unvaccinated people at this point, and we worry that if not enough people get vaccinated, the cycle of sickness, suffering and death will continue. Everyone listed here believes the approved vaccines are safe and effective. Please discuss your individual concerns with your provider, a much more trusted source than the internet, ask all your questions and then please decide. Vaccine supply is rapidly rising and the local practices, pharmacies and Health Department have sign-ups available. Once enough people are vaccinated we can put this fearful, uncertain time behind us by summer.
Thank you for your trust and the privilege of allowing us to care for you and your family.
Cadillac Family Physicians – Munson Healthcare Cadillac Primary Care – Munson Healthcare McBain Primary Care – Munson Healthcare Urology – Munson Healthcare Orthopedics – Cadillac ENT – Advanced Foot and Ankle – SOUND Hospitalist Group – Family Practice of Cadillac – Family Health Care of Baldwin – Munson Healthcare Cadillac Surgical Care – Emergency Physicians Medical Group – Reimer Eye Associates – Orthopedic & Sports Medicine of Cadillac – Mackinaw Trail Pediatrics
February is American Heart Month, this is a good time to think about healthy choices to improve your overall heart health.
Many factors contribute to an individual’s heart health. Your diet and activity level play a major role and can impact your risk of heart disease.
Here are a few heart healthy ideas found from around the web:
Healthline offers 15 Incredibly Heart Healthy Foods
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares these facts about Hypertension
Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital provides excellent information and resources for heart health.
During the COVID 19 pandemic, Cadillac Family Physicians asks that you follow these safety protocols upon entering our building.
Please wear a mask upon entering our office. You will be screened for COVID-19 prior to entering the office. Please preregister for your appointment when possible. (Contact the office to learn more about Follow My Health Portal and Pre-registration.) If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please call the office for instructions.
Our office has been approved as a COVID vaccine center. The vaccine has not yet arrived and the date of delivery is pending. We will follow CDC guidelines for scheduling vaccine clinics based on age and chronic conditions. We will contact our patients to schedule appointments as soon as possible.
If you are having symptoms that could be related to COVID-19, please call our office at 231-775-2493 for a virtual/telehealth visit for evaluation and to schedule an appointment for drive-up testing.
Now Accepting New Patients
Dr. Anne Broad, MD
Board Certified Family Medicine Physician
Dr. Broad was born and raised in Hubbell, a small town located up north in Michigan’s Copper Country. She earned her Bachelor in Science from Michigan Technological University, majoring in pre-medicine and minoring in psychology. Following her undergraduate education, Dr. Broad earned her medical degree at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, spending her clinical years in Traverse City, Michigan.
Loving all that Northern Lower Michigan had to offer, she stayed and completed her residency training at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. Following residency, Dr. Broad was looking forward to getting back to the small-town life that she grew up with and moved to the Manton area with her husband, and her bulldog, Fudge.
Dr. Broad cares for patients of all ages with all conditions. She has a special interest in women’s health, diabetic management, adolescent health, pediatrics, and loves doing office procedures.
Now accepting new patients.
Dr. Kayla Stefanko, DO
“Board Certified” Family Medicine Physician
Dr. Stefanko was raised in Ludington, MI and loved growing up in a small, “up-north” town. She attended Michigan State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Human Biology. Following her undergraduate education, she continued with medical school at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine Residency training at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, MI.
She is married, has a son and a family yellow lab named Charley. The Stefanko family recently moved to the Cadillac area and are very excited to settle into their new “up-north” town.
Treating patients of all ages with all conditions, Dr. Stefanko has a special interest in women’s health, pediatrics, and mental health.
Here at Cadillac Family Physicians, we offer a Video Visit using Follow My Health Secure Patient Portal.
You can schedule a Video Visit with a Health Care Provider at Cadillac Family Physicians.
A Video Visit is easiest to accomplish by using your smartphone, tablet or laptop. You can use a computer if you already have a camera and a microphone set up.
Call us to request a video visit appointment or for more information.
If you require assistance in setting up your Follow My Health patient portal account you may email email@example.com and we will do our best to contact you by the next business day.
Important information for patients that need to see a physician.
Cadillac Family Physicians have instituted precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Please follow these instructions:
If you have a fever, cough, and/or respiratory difficulties, please call our office at 231-775-2493 for instructions.
All patients and visitors that are coming into our office, please be prepared to have your temperature taken as you arrive at the front door. This measure is being taken to minimize exposure and spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19.)
Please do not bring additional people with you to your appointment unless you need their assistance.
Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus for more information about limiting exposure and spread of the Corona Virus (COVID-19.)
Valuable information regarding Corona Virus (Covid-19) in our state can be found by visiting Michigan Department of Health
Thank you for your cooperation as we work together to reduce the spread of this virus. Please call with any other questions or concerns that you may have.