The Weekly Dose           Bexar County Medical Society

Week of Feb. 9,  2014 

Vol. 3, No. 22



BCMS Alliance


New Member Luncheon and General Membership Meeting


 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14

The Argyle Club


Guest Speaker:

Mary Sue Koontz Nelson

Living ... and Loving It Texas Style!


 For information and reservations,

click here




Texas Public Health Coalition Applauds CVS Action

   BCMS is a proud supporter

of the coalition



By Mary E. Nava, MBA

Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer 


CVS Caremark's decision this week to stop selling tobacco products by Oct. 1 was applauded by the Texas Public Health Coalition, of which BCMS is a member.


The coalition, which focuses on legislative issues each session common to a number of health organizations, has had a statewide smoking ban as one of its priority topics.   


Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, chair of the Texas Public Health Coalition and deputy chief medical officer, American Heart Association, said the decision is good for the health of Texas.


"Other tobacco retailers, particularly pharmacies, should follow this example and discontinue the sales of these deadly products."


John Nava, MD, chair of the Bexar County Medical Society Public Health and Patient Advocacy Committee, said: "I thought this was a bold move by CVS, to basically forego profits in order to emphasize efforts to support a public health issue. I agree with Dr. Sanchez, and I hope other corporations follow suit and emphasize the concept of health promotion to all of our citizens."


For more information, contact Mary Nava.





Metro Health STD/HIV Clinic moves to new East Side location

Downtown STD/HIV Clinic closed as of Jan. 31


The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) STD/HIV clinic located at 332 W. Commerce St., closed its doors to the public on Jan. 31 The clinic relocated to 512 E. Highland and will open its doors on Feb. 10.


The new, 12,000-square-foot clinic is easily accessible to bus routes, in close proximity to Highway 90 and offers ample free parking for its customers, and it represents Metro Health's overall goal to be more neighborhood based. The location features six exam rooms and an on-site laboratory and will be able to serve more clients with additional staffing.


The Metro Health STD and HIV Prevention and Control Program provides evaluation and diagnosis of STDinfections, as well as treatment and counseling for STDs. Infections requiring ongoing medical care will be referred to a primary care provider. The clinic sees patients on a walk-in basis only. To be examined, clients must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to closing and bring a current photo ID.


For more information on Metro Health STD/HIV services, click here.



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