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High Desert Medical Group, CEO Dr. Richard Merkin, Host Over 4,000 Seniors at 19th Annual Senior Health Expo, Discuss Savings Using Electronic Medical Records...

LANCASTER, Calif., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Richard Merkin, High Desert Medical Group and Heritage Health Care hosted over 4000 seniors at their 19th annual Senior Expo October 1 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Seniors lined up prior to the 9:00 am start, ready for free health screenings including screenings for bone density, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body fat, vision screenings and of course, seasonal flu shots. The theme for this year's Senior Expo was "Life in the Fabulous 50s." June Lockhart, star of "Lassie" and Tony Dow and Elinor Donahue, stars of "Leave it to Beaver" came out to chat with the seniors as well, remarking on their long television careers and on being seniors themselves.

There was food, music and plenty of entertainment, including a senior talent show. Charles Towner was named 2009 Senior of the Year for his incredible dedication to the communities of Lancaster and Palmdale. Mr. Towner is a long-time volunteer, known in the community as "Mr. Christmas" picking up and delivering Christmas trees to needy families and organizations that work with needy families. He was among the 5 finalists, all wonderful volunteers in their own right. Dr. Anthony Dulgeroff, assistant Medical Director for High Desert Medical Group, applauded all the volunteers, noting, " Our volunteer program is very active and we have found a direct correlation to increased volunteering and community service contributing to longevity, wellness and overall improved health." According to the Corporation for Volunteering and Community Service, the benefits of community service and volunteering lower hypertension, reduce the risk of heart disease, lower the rate of depression, decrease chronic pain, lower blood pressure, diabetes and osteoporosis. In fact, they found that those who volunteer are in better health than those who work because they feel they are more fulfilled. According to a study Duke University did, those who did volunteer work after they had heart attacks had less reoccurrence of heart disease than those who did not.

Dr. Merkin spoke to the crowd, "Lancaster and Palmdale- there are no two better cities in the United States to do this, both have been so cooperative in our efforts to improve health care in the Valley and they are truly concerned about the health care of their citizens." He further talked about recent trips to Washington DC with seniors to interact with legislators, one on one, letting lawmakers know of the importance of programs that HDMG implements. "Managed, coordinated, accountable health care that is patient doctor centric keeps our seniors healthier, out of the hospital and is cost effective," said Dr. Merkin. "It is critically important to us that we reach out to our lawmakers, and our communities to let everyone know we are responsive to current health care demands with programs and solutions."

One such cost saving solution was highlighted by Dr. Dulgeroff, letting seniors know the importance of using electronic medical records. "We've been using electronic medical records for the last 30 years and we know how important this time saving device is for us. It allows us to have all the information on the patient instantly in front of us, giving us the needed opportunity to spend more time with our patients listening and responding to their concerns and less time filling out repetitive forms and paperwork, passing the savings on to our patients. This puts us at the forefront of our patient first care."

About High Desert Medical Group (HDMG)

High Desert Medical Group has a long-standing promise to provide residents of the Antelope Valley with the highest quality health care possible. Living up to our promise is an on-going commitment, which necessitates our growth as a multi-specialty medical group providing a wide range of health care services for our patients. For more than 25 years, we've been fortunate to have an impressive team of health care professionals, administrators, support personnel and dedicated volunteers who work in unison to help us deliver on our promise. Together, we partner with local hospitals, medical experts and business leaders, and we actively support numerous organizations, educational, cultural and recreational events. Our team of healthcare professionals is available and ready to help you with all of your medical needs. We accept over 85 different health plans, including HMO, PPO, POS, EPO, Private and Medicare plans. Our Lancaster facility offers the convenience of having your Primary Care Physician, Lab, X-Ray, Urgent Care, Pharmacy, a Health Education Department, Infusion Center, and a multitude of subspecialties all under the same roof. In addition, our Urgent Care is now open 24 hours a day 7 days a week including holidays. We also have a full service Occupational Medicine Center on-site.

Heritage Provider Network, Inc. (HPN) represents the cutting edge of accountable, coordinated, managed, patient-doctor centric, cost effective health care systems offering the future of medicine and health care in the United States. HPN develops programs and services that are responsive to the health care needs of today's patient. HPN designs its networks to offer patients a comprehensive range of medical care in convenient locations. It organizes and manages medical groups and independent practice associations, which it integrates with hospitals and ancillary care providers to form integrated health care systems that represents a working, successful business model mastering keeping the quality of health care up and the costs down, and has been duplicated with medical groups and IPAs with 25 medical facilities in California and one based in New York. HPN is comprised of 3,500 primary care physicians, 13,000 specialists and 36 hospitals. HPN is dedicated to quality, affordable health care and putting patients' wellness first.

SOURCE Heritage Provider Network, Inc.

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