National Heart Awareness Month, which takes place every February, is designated as the perfect time to remind Americans to focus on their hearts and encourage them to get their families, friends and communities involved.
There are many ways to spread the word, and they include encouraging your coworkers to participate on National Wear Red Day, to holding fundraisers with heart-healthy treats, to raising awareness by simply wearing a Red Ribbon.
Men and women of all ages can be affected by heart disease so Physicians First Messages is here to share some tips with you on staying heart healthy.
First, get active! If you don't already have an exercise routine you can start today with a few simple tricks.
Maybe you can get off the subway or the bus one stop sooner and walk that extra block.
If you drive, why not park a little further than usual, or if you can swing it, why not bike to work once a week?
Not everyone lives close to work, but there are other ways to sneak some heart healthy activities into your day. Taking the stairs, standing from your desk and moving around for 5 minutes every hour, walking for 5-10 minutes at breaks and lunch time, these are tried & true methods of keeping fit.
As always, consult your doctor before setting up any rigorous fitness regimens if you have any other health conditions that need attention.
Next, eating healthy has long been established as the foundation of your overall health, not just your heart health.
If the old adage "You Are What You Eat" holds true, then what better way to keep your heart healthy than to nourish it with vitamin-rich foods like lean meats, nourishing proteins, natural organic vegetables and fruits, balanced with essential grains & dairy items?
Don't forget to keep your body hydrated and your heart happy and pumping by drinking lots of water!
Finally, keeping your every day life stresses at a minimum is a must. Some people manage their stress load by giving themselves breaks and catching a movie with a friend, reading a new book, listening to music, even just stopping and watching the sunset. And if you smoke for stress relief... quit now. Your heart will thank you!
What works for others might not work for you, so if you find yourself especially stressed with no relief in sight, don't give up! Simply take a breath and try another solution. You're sure to find the best one for you, especially if you put your heart into it!
Owner and operator
Dennis Harris, owner of ACSI Business Machines faced a problem. His office machine business had a high number of calls at certain times of the day and during particular times of the year that he couldn’t keep up with. He was losing customers who couldn’t get through due to busy signals or whose calls they weren’t able to answer in time.
Additionally, Dennis knew many of his customers were entrepreneurs who often worked late and on weekends, sometimes needing a service tech outside of regular business hours. If he was to ensure his business maintained the high level of service it had become known for, he needed someone to answer calls and dispatch service technicians during their busy times, as well as after hours and on weekends.
An astute businessman, Dennis was painfully aware his growing business could not afford additional staff at this time. He analyzed several options and discovered that an answering service might be the ideal solution.
To his surprise, he discovered professional answering services offered much more than friendly operators to handle calls 24x7. He also learned answering services could answer his calls using his business name, screen calls according to his instructions, and dispatch service technicians per his protocols. They could also provide first-level customer support, freeing his in-house staff to handle situations that were more pressing.
Two years after hiring his answering service, Dennis has an even faster growing business, servicing 5,000 pieces of office automation equipment across three states. He still uses his answering service and credits them for his ability to grow so fast.
“Our telephone answering service has been a critical part of our business. We are able to have our customers talk to real people any time of the day or night. It makes us sound like one of the big guys, even though we are a smaller, newer company,” said Dennis. “Our answering service has really helped us contain costs, and we’re not worrying about missed calls and lost customers. I would recommend this service to anyone!”
If your medical practice is feeling the pinch to keep up with the increased call load this flu season, contact Jim Sweeney at 866-737-1132 to learn how a telephone answering service can answer your medical calls 24/7 to better serve your clients AND grow your practice!
Peter DeHaan is a freelance writer from Southwest Michigan.
When it comes to medical professionals, I’m proud to say they have my company’s undivided attention. And I’m a firm believer that’s the way it's supposed to be.
You see, after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, I made a conscious decision to exclusively service medical professionals despite having the opportunity to also take on lawyers, contractors and tow truck drivers as well.
Although my colleagues considered it foolish at the time, my decision to take a simple approach has paid major dividends. In fact, as of today, Physicians First Messages services over 5,000 doctors.
Just how confident am I about my company? Well, I believe there are very few owner-operators that know the call center industry the way I do and furthermore, I can comfortably say no owner-operator knows the medical call center the way I do.
With my vast experience and expertise, I can save doctors, clinics, medical groups and hospitals thousands of dollars. In fact, I’m so confident of that assessment, I guarantee I’ll beat my competitor’s prices by 20 percent.
How can I do this, you ask?
For starters, we’re able to absorb new accounts because we’re already staffed. When it comes to our smaller competitors, we’ll beat them by simply offering a better price for better service. As for our larger competitors, we’ll top them because we’re owner-operated and known for customizing our pricing.
One thing I take deep pride in is our second-to-none customer service. I’m proud to tell you my staff is extremely proactive as we constantly check-in with our clients. It’s our top priority to not only make sure our customer care calls are handled immediately, but to follow them up with additional phone calls.
And don’t be surprised to hear from my mom or my partner Joe’s mother for periodic check-ins as well.
It’s no secret that customer care and satisfaction are everything to us. You might find it interesting to know that over 80 percent of all of our new customers are referrals from our current customers. And we say ‘thank you’ by not only offering a 10 percent recurring discount off their bill for every colleague they refer, but by giving them a $200 American Express gift card as well when they sign up.
If one of our current customers refers just 10 colleagues, they get our service for free!
Not too shabby if you ask me. With that being said, I’m hoping you’ll consider making Physicians First Messages your answering service.
Owner and operator
Summer is on the way out and with those scorching hot days goes your constant awareness to stay hydrated via water. But should it? We acknowledge that occasionally chugging a bottle of Gatorade when competing in a sporting event or working long hours in the sun is good. You need those electrolytes!
But Physicians First Messages is here to remind you there’s no better way to stay properly hydrated than by drinking
H2O, every day, all year long.
And lots of it.
Here’s a handful or reasons why the consumption of water should be a priority:
1. Did you know drinking water could help prevent cancer? According to breakingmuscle.com, staying hydrated can
reduce risk of colon cancer by 45 percent, bladder cancer by 50 percent and possibly reduce breast cancer as well.
2. Drinking water can help you think clearer and by happier! According to research, dehydration can affect your
mood and make you grumpy and confused.
3. Here’s an old favorite … drinking water can help you lose weight! Drinking plenty of H2O can serve as an
appetite suppressant and help with weight loss.
4. Our digestive systems need water to properly function. Because waste is flushed out via urine and sweat, if we
don’t drink enough of water, it’s not flushed out properly. What’s more, if we don’t flush out waste, it collects
in our body and could potentially cause problems. Combined with fiber, water can help prevent constipation.
5. Finally, drinking water can prevent headaches! Because dehydration can cause that annoying head pain, consuming
aqua may spare you the pounding associated with headaches.
Remember, you’ll stay hydrated by drinking 64 ounces of water a day. Need a reminder? Constantly carry a water
bottle with you and keep in mind, raw fruits and vegetables are dense in water. So eat up!
Owner and operator
What Our Customers Are Saying
"I have used many answering services in my 30 years of practice. Since joining Physicians First Messages, I can finally sleep at night knowing my calls are being handled correctly."
- Dr. Cohen
"Thank you! Not only did I get a great answering service that understands my practice, but I save thousands of dollars a year, too! Flat-rate billing allowed me to plan my budget."
- Dr. Patel