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    The Doctor is in!

    LaSalle Medical Associates Nurse Elisabeth gives Eduaido Torres 13 a vaccination.

    LaSalle Medical Associates Nurse Elisabeth gives Eduaido Torres 13 a vaccination.

     

    “Some people are still hesitant, but it’s time to get back to normal. Like any other transition, there’s still some uncertainty, but it’s time to get back to normal.”

    (Redlands, Calif.)  Patients and parents of patients should call their doctor as soon as possible to schedule appointments for childhood immunizations, school physicals and overdue adult exams, said Dr. Albert Arteaga, president and founder of the Inland-Empire based healthcare provider.

    During the Covid-Pandemic shutdown, LaSalle advised people to stay home, and not come in for checkups, immunizations and other preventive care, Dr. Arteaga said. But with restrictions easing as vaccinations numbers increase, it’s time again for preventive care.

    Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that California will lift all restrictions June 15, prompting many school districts in the Inland Empire to prepare for in-person classes starting this fall.

    Schools will reopen, so kids will be required to have their immunizations, and that means getting them now,” Dr. Arteaga said. “Don’t wait until the day before school starts. Immunizations should be given now.”

    LaSalle Medical Associates operates two clinics in San Bernardino and clinics in Fontana, Hesperia, Rialto, and Victorville.  Dr. Arteaga said appointments are available for preventive care.

    It’s safer now for parents to bring their non-vaccinated children in to LaSalle clinics for immunizations and other treatments because LaSalle’s staff is all fully immunized against Covid, he said. Also, LaSalle doctors, nurses and staff members still observe all health-safety precautions by wearing face masks and face shields, washing and sanitizing hands and carefully cleaning the exam rooms and clinic facilities.

    “I know that some people are still hesitant, but it’s time to get back to normal. Like any other transition, there’s still some uncertainty, but it’s time to get back to normal” Dr. Arteaga said.

    “The pandemic has produced a long hiatus in preventive care, particularly for children, and we need to get caught up,” Arteaga said.

    “Otherwise, what was a good idea in the wake of the pandemic is going to give rise to childhood diseases that would have been prevented by immunizations. And this isn’t a theoretical possibility. They will come back,” he said.

    Dr. Arteaga is a nationally recognized expert on childhood immunizations. In 2012, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention selected him as California’s first “Childhood Immunization Champion.”

    Aiden Cruz 4 receives a vaccination from LaSalle Medical Associates Nurse Megan

    Aiden Cruz 4 receives a vaccination from LaSalle Medical Associates Nurse Megan

    As national health experts study Covid vaccines for possible use in children, Dr. Arteaga said he is monitoring research reports to determine when it will be safe to immunize children against Covid.

    “I believe Covid vaccinations will be approved for children over the coming months, and we will eventually have it for everybody,” he said.

    “But in the meantime, we shouldn’t just wait around doing nothing,” Dr. Arteaga said. “We need to get the preventive care that we usually do, and we need to immunize our children against serious childhood diseases,” Dr. Arteaga said.

    Adults also need to take care of themselves by scheduling overdue physicals and screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, colorectal disease and diabetes, he said. And they need to get vaccinated against Covid.

    “Those who don’t, I assume we’ll see a rise in Covid infections with them,” Dr. Arteaga said. “That’s something that kind of goes with their choice.”

    To schedule an appointment with LaSalle Medical Associates, call 1-855-349-6019.

     

    About LaSalle Medical Associates: LaSalle Medical Associates is one of the largest independent minority-owned healthcare companies in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The corporate office is in Redlands.

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    Don’t Stop NOW – We’re Almost Past This Deadly Crisis

    Vicki Creighton, of Riverside, checks in for her COVID-19 vaccination appointment, Recently,at the LaSalle Medical Associates medical office located in Rialto, Calif. Creighton will receive the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine

    April Reya a medical assistant, gives the COVID-19 vaccination shot to Vicki Creighton, of Riverside, recently at the LaSalle Medical Associates medical office located in Rialto, Calif. Creighton received the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. (Photo by Valda Wilson) 

    “It’s not politics. It’s about keeping people alive and getting past the pandemic. We are almost there. When you protest everything, that doesn’t make you a patriot. It makes you a misfit.”

    (Redlands, Calif.)  Southern California is finally emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic, but people must continue to follow health precautions until the threat is gone, said Dr. Albert Arteaga, president and founder of LaSalle Medical Associates.

    That means washing your hands, following social-distancing guidelines, wearing masks indoors and also when you’re among large groups outdoors.

    Also, get vaccinated and recognize that the pandemic is a health crisis, not a political issue, said Arteaga.

    It’s all about attitude, he said.

    “We do have a public health problem. No question,” he said. “There is a pandemic that can turn rather deadly, and the fact is that around a half million lives have been lost in the United States even though we’re the most advanced country in the world.”

    Vicki Creighton, of Riverside, checks in for her COVID-19 vaccination appointment, Recently, at the LaSalle Medical Associates medical office located in Rialto, Calif. Creighton will receive the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. (Photo by Valda Wilson)

     

    That happened because one group of people made it a loyalty test problem, he said.

    “If you’re loyal to this political party, you won’t wear masks. If you’re loyal, you will protest any business closures because that hurts the economy. Some people stopped thinking about the public good.

    “Another way to look at it is, ‘Gosh, this is a pandemic. Let’s get together to do what it takes to lick this problem.’”

    If people had that attitude, they would recognize that recent reports about vaccine side effects and problems were important to keep people informed, not as ammunition for political arguments.

    “We needed a vaccine, and it was rushed because people were sick and dying,” he said. “So now, when we hear of problems with the vaccine, we must realize this is science. This is not a political belief. The alerts and warnings are important to inform the public, and we all need upgrade to our knowledge.

    LaSalle Medical Associates operates two clinics in San Bernardino and clinics in Fontana, Hesperia, Rialto, and Victorville.

    Some of the clinics have been administering Covid-19 vaccines for several months, and Dr. Arteaga said they are safe and effective. He’s been vaccinated and encourages others to do the same.

    LaSalle Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccanations

    April Reya a medical assistant, gives the COVID-19 vaccination shot to Alicia Cazenave, of San Bernardino, Recently, at the LaSalle Medical Associates medical office located in Rialto, Calif. Cazenave received the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. (Photo by Valda Wilson)

     

    He applauded recent updates to CDC guidelines saying fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks at small family events, when gathering with other fully vaccinated people or in many outdoor situations.

    “There is no contradiction, no deception with updating the guidelines,” he said. “It seems like masks, social distancing, and closures of businesses and schools have made a difference holding back the tide while the vaccine was put into production, and then we rushed to put it into people’s arms.

    “And rushing the vaccine is same as rushing an ambulance through traffic to save lives. Don’t complain about the ambulance driving too fast or complain that pulling over for it infringes on your ability to drive fast on the same streets.”

    It’s not politics. It’s about keeping people alive and getting past the pandemic, he said.

    “We are almost there. When you protest everything, that doesn’t make you a patriot. It makes you a misfit,” he said.

    About LaSalle Medical Associates: LaSalle Medical Associates is one of the largest independent minority-owned healthcare companies in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The corporate office is in Redlands.

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    LaSalle Gives 220 Covid Shots to Local Black Residents

    Dr. Albert Arteaga, president and founder of LaSalle Medical Associates, speaks with Baron Jordan, of San Bernardino, March 20,2021 at the LaSalle Medical Associates medical office located in Rialto, Calif. Jordan is sitting in the observation area after receiving the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. After receiving the vaccine, patients are observed for 15 minutes for any immediate adverse effects.  (Photo by Valda Wilson)

    “I had to try to get around the bureaucracy myself, so I appreciate that our health partner LaSalle engaged with trusted community partners like churches… “It’s good to offer clear access from familiar people to the community. It helps” said Dr. Michael Andrew Owens, pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church

    (Rialto, Calif.) Nurses from LaSalle Medical Associates vaccinated more than 220 people Saturday during a Rialto clinic designed to give the Black community better access to COVID-19 vaccinations.

    LaSalle teamed up with San Bernardino’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and The Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches to put at a recent clinic, part of an innovative approach in which the church gathered a list of interested people, and LaSalle staff members contacted them to make appointments.

    Alicia Cazenave of San Bernardino was happy that her church worked with LaSalle to bypass the bureaucratic roadblocks she experienced earlier when trying to make appointments for family members through government agencies.

    She arrived early Saturday morning and was third in line to get her shot.

    “I am relieved to be getting it,” said Cazenave, 59. “Having the church organize it helped as far as access. The church gave us better access.”

    She was also happy to be getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is just one dose.

    “The shot was good. No pain,” she said after being inoculated.

    Dr Michael Andrew Owens, pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, was thankful that LaSalle worked directly with the church to set up vaccination appointments.

    “I had to try to get around the bureaucracy myself, so I appreciate that our health partners engaged with trusted community partners like churches, and I appreciate the respect for the church, knowing that we have influence in the community,” he said. “It’s good to offer clear access from familiar people to the community. It helps.

    “And the one shot, that sold itself. I think a lot of people were waiting,” he said.

    “Today we are giving Johnson’s vaccine. It’s just one shot and you’re done. We just got it last week,” said Dr. Albert Arteaga, LaSalle’s president and founder.  “It’s as effective as the others at preventing serious disease or death. That’s up to nearly 100 percent.”

    During Saturday’s clinic, he stood outside, answering questions and sharing light-hearted banter with people waiting in line.

    Dr. Michael Andrew Owens, pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist

    Dr. Michael Andrew Owens, pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, speaks with Edward Hoffman III, of Redlands, March 20, 2021 at the LaSalle Medical Associates medical office located in Rialto, Calif. Hoffman is sitting in the observation area after receiving the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine. After receiving the vaccine, patients are observed for 15 minutes for any immediate adverse effects. 
    (Photo by Valda Wilson)

    “After your shot, you may get a slight fever tonight. But don’t worry. It’s just a case of Saturday Night Fever,” he joked with one man.

    Vicki Creighton, from Riverside, said she was eager to get vaccinated Saturday.

    “I feel confident, and I feel it’s going to be great. My mom and dad are 88 and they had their shots,” she said.

    Deborah Neal, from Lake Elsinore, said she learned of Saturday’s clinic when a friend shared a flier from New Hope.

    “I sure am relieved, especially since it’s one shot,” she said.

    Dr. Arteaga told her, “You notice that we are taking everyone who comes and not finding reasons to turn people away.”

    The Rialto clinic, San Bernardino clinic on Mount Vernon Ave., and Hesperia clinic are certified vaccination centers.  For more information on LaSalle Medical associates at http://www.lasallemedicalassociates.com

     

    About LaSalle Medical Associates
    LaSalle Medical Associates is one of the largest independent minority owned healthcare companies in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The corporate office is in Redlands.

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