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Fri 6/29Hi everyone, apparently Comcast has a nationwide outage again so our phones are down. Please text us at 410-552-8126 or email us at drkuomd@gmail.com if you need anything.

Wed 6/27Hi everyone, we will be closed on the Fourth of July to celebrate!

Thu 6/7Hi everyone, it looks like Comcast is still having intermittent service problems. Our phones are only intermittently working. If you can't get through, please text us 410-552-8126 or e-mail drkuomd@gmail.com. We're going to start looking into alternative phone providers...

Wed 6/6Hi, everyone! Comcast has an outage in our area, so our phones are out. If you need anything, you can email drkuomd@gmail.com or text 410-552-8126.

Thu 5/31American Cancer Society now has a qualified recommendation for colorectal cancer screening at age 45 given the uptick in younger people being diagnosed. The options for colorectal cancer screening are: fecal immunochemical test annually; high-sensitivity, guaiac-based fecal occult blood test annually; multitarget stool DNA test every 3 years; colonoscopy every 10 years; computed tomography colonography every 5 years; and flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years.

https://doi.org/10.3322/caac.21457

Wed 5/23Hi everyone! We will be closed Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day.

Sleep, comrades, sleep and rest
On this Field of the Grounded Arms,
Where foes no more molest,
Nor sentry's shot alarms!

Ye have slept on the ground before,
And started to your feet
At the cannon's sudden roar,
Or the drum's redoubling beat.

But in this camp of Death
No sound your slumber breaks;
Here is no fevered breath,
No wound that bleeds and aches.

All is repose and peace,
Untrampled lies the sod;
The shouts of battle cease,
It is the Truce of God!

Rest, comrades, rest and sleep!
The thoughts of men shall be
As sentinels to keep
Your rest from danger free.

Your silent tents of green
We deck with fragrant flowers
Yours has the suffering been,
The memory shall be ours.

-- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Decoration Day, June 1882

Tue 4/24Hi everyone, FYI, we're starting to see cases of this in Maryland.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/15/business/egg-recall-salmonella.html

Thu 4/12Comcast is having some issues with the internet connection in our area. They are currently working on fixing it.
If you have called or emailed us, you might experience some problems this afternoon. Please TEXT our main office number (410-552-8126) at the mean time, if you need our assistance. Thank you!

Wed 4/4Hi everyone! Quite the wind storm! Hope everyone is ok! Our power, phones, and internet service are back up.

Wed 4/4Due to unexpected power outage in surrounding area, our phone and internet are both down. If you need to contact us, please "text" our office main number. We will check the text frequently using offsite method. Thank you!
I will post again when power is back.

Margaret Kuo

Sun 3/25Hi everyone, we will be closed on Good Friday, March 30th, 2018. God bless, and a have a wonderful Easter!

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
- 1 John 4:9-12

Tue 3/20Hi everyone, we are closed due to snow and ice. Currently it looks like we will reopen Thursday, March 22, 2018. We will be checking messages periodically; you can call or text 410-552-8126 or e-mail drkuomd@gmail.com. Stay warm and safe!

Fri 3/16We are now offering the shingrix vaccine to help prevent shingles! Shingles is a blistering rash that can cause chronic nerve pain, blindness, pneumonia, and brain infections. The new vaccine is two shots given 2-6 months apart for patients 50 years of age and older. Unlike the previous vaccine (zostavax), shingrix is not a live virus and therefore most patients can receive this vaccine. It is more than 90% effective at preventing shingles. CDC recommends that even if you already received the old shingles vaccine (zostavax), that you receive the new vaccine as well. Most private insurances will start covering the vaccine on April 2, 2018. Unfortunately, Medicare will not cover the vaccine if it is given in the physician's office! For more information, you can also check: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/shingles/public/shingrix/index.html. You can call, text (410-552-8126), or email us for an appointment for the vaccine.

Fri 3/16Our phone and internet service is back up!

Fri 3/16Hi everyone! Phone and internet service went down for the entire building. Comcast is saying service will be back around 4 pm. We can still check email and text messages to 410-552-8126. Thanks for your patience!

Tue 3/13Hi! We had some issues with our phone system but our service provider should have full service restored shortly! Thanks for your patience. Please remember you can always email us at drkuomd@gmail.com or text us at 410-552-8126

Sun 2/25Hi, we found a couple of organizations that can help with meeting the cost of medications and vaccines:

Patient Access Network Foundation, https://www.panfoundation.org
Patient Advocate Foundation, http://www.patientadvocate.org

Mon 1/8Hi everyone! Due to the forecast for freezing rain and icy roads, we are closing at noon today, Monday, January 8th. Stay safe and warm if you're out!

Wed 12/27Hi everyone, we will be closed December 29th and January 1st for the New Year's holiday. May you have a blessed 2018!

Wed 12/20Hi everyone, we will be closed Friday, December 22nd, and Monday, December 25th, for Christmas.

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight


Merry Christmas!

Thu 12/14Due to the overnight snow in Sykesville, our office will be open two hours late (at 11 AM) today.

Sun 11/19Hi everyone! In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, we will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. We will reopen at 9am on November 27th. Have a blessed holiday!

Tue 10/24We are proud to announce that Mr. Casey Davis, a board-certified physician assistant, has joined our practice. Casey brings 15 years of broad experience in emergency medicine, orthopedics, urgent care, and internal medicine. He has a passion for helping people improve their health through nutrition and exercise and runs a health coaching practice. He lives in Westminster with his wife and two children, enjoys baseball, and has completed an Ironman.

Wed 9/13Hi! Our flu shot clinic is now starting. You can stop by from 930-1130 am and 3-4pm Tuesdays-Thursdays for a flu shot. We carry the pediatric shot for our patients aged 13-18, the quadrivalent for patients aged 18-65, and the high dose for patients 65 and older. If you like, before you come over, you can text us at our main number 410-552-8126 to confirm that we haven't run out.

Tue 9/12Hi everyone! As you know, we try to encourage great communication between our patients and staff so you can have the best health possible.

You can now text our office directly at our main number, 410-552-8126. Use it to request refills or appointments, send us questions or concerns, send us results from other offices, etc.

Sun 9/10Hi everyone! We have the flu shot for patients 65 years and older. However, the flu shot for patients under 65 is still on back order. We'll let you know when it becomes available!

Tue 8/15Our flu shot clinic will run from 930-1130 am and 3-4pm Tuesdays-Thursdays starting September 12th. We will have the high dose flu shot for people over age 65 as well as the intradermal shot for people under 65. Please call to reserve your shot.

Sat 6/24To help consolidate my phones, I'm going to be disconnecting the 443-280-5118 cell number soon. Please private message me if you need an alternative direct number for me. The office number remains the same as always, 410-552-8126. Thanks!

Sun 5/28We will be closed Monday, May 29th, for Memorial Day.
"...they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue"
-- Pres. James Garfield (then Ohio Congressman)
Arlington National Cemetery
1st Memorial Day: May 30, 1868

Sat 5/20Hi! I think some of you might find this link helpful. It'll calculate your stroke/heart disease risk over the next ten years, and provides some guidance on whether to start aspirin or a cholesterol-lowering medication. We'll calculate your results at your office visits
http://www.cvriskcalculator.com

Wed 5/17Traffic:
Rt 26 between Rt 32 and our office is under construction.
Please plan for a 10-15 minute delay. Rt 26 East is less congested, but may also have a slight delay. We don't know how long the construction will last. If we find out, we will post again.
Thanks!
Office Manager


Thu 4/20To help our patients cope with the rising costs of health insurance and deductibles, our office has partnered with carecredit.com to provide micro loans.
From their website:
CareCredit helps you pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for you, your family, and even your pets! Once you are approved, you can use it again and again to help manage health, wellness, and personal care costs not covered by insurance. For more info, contact us or check out http://www.carecredit.com

Fri 4/7Our office is open from 9 am to 4:30 pm, 4/8/17 (Sat).

Wed 4/5We will be offering free alpha-1-anti-trypsin deficiency testing on April 26, 2017, to our patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), chronic bronchitis, or poorly controlled asthma. Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic disorder which can mimic COPD or asthma and probably affects about 1% of patients with COPD. It tends to be under diagnosed, and newer treatments for it can now prevent progressive lung damage. Contact our office if you have any questions.

Mon 3/20You can now pay your balance online with a credit card from your smart phone, tablet, or computer!

You can access online bill pay by:
Clicking on "Patient Portal" near the top of the website, then clicking on "Make a Payment"
OR
Clicking on this link: https://www.myupdox.com/portal/drkuomd/html/bppayments.html

Tue 3/14Hi! We had been planning on being closed today, but the storm didn't turn out that bad. We've gotten some calls already so we decided to open from 12 p to 4 pm today for sick appointments. Take care

Mon 3/13Our office will be closed Tuesday 3/14/2017 and Wednesday 3/15/2017 for the snow. Stay warm and safe! My son is excited because he finally gets to sled and build snowmen this winter.

Sun 3/12Due to the forecast for the snow starting the evening of 3/13 into 3/14 and 3/15, our office will be monitoring the road conditions. Our office closing notice will be post on the Facebook and our office phone message.

However, if you have appointments after 3:30 pm tomorrow, or on Tuesday and Wednesday this week and you would like to reschedule now, you could contact us through patient portal and email. Please give us 3 options for the new appointment time. We will confirm with you as soon as possible.

Our office is still OPEN tomorrow until we post closing notice. Thank you!

Office Manager

Wed 1/11Due to the icy road conditions in some surrounding areas, our office will open at 9:45 am, 01/11/17.

Fri 1/6Due to inclement weather we are closed until 10 am.

Thu 12/29Our office will be closed tomorrow and 1/2 to celebrate New Year. Dr Kuo will be away from 1/3 to 1/7 for a continuing medical education course on endocrinology and psychiatry for the internist. Our office will be staffed and we will be responding to messages. Have a wonderful new year!

Tue 11/29Our office will be closed from 12/23-12/26 for Christmas. If you need appointment or prescription refill, please plan accordingly. Thank you!
Have a Merry Christmas!

Dr. Kuo and staff

Sun 11/20Our office will be closed 11/23-11/25. Dr. Kuo and the staff wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thu 10/272017 Saturday clinics

1/21/2017 PM only
2/4/2017
3/4/2017
4/8/2017
Please call the office (410-552-8126) to schedule your appointment. There are only a few spots left.

Sat 6/25The June Saturday clinic was very popular. We are announcing the upcoming Saturday clinics for the rest of the year. Some of these Saturdays are almost full. Email or call us soon.
7/16
8/13
9/10
10/15
11/19
12/10

Tue 4/26Saturday clinics news-
6/18-taking waiting list
7/16-only a couple of spots left
8/13-afternoon appointments open


Fri 4/22Our online patient portal is up and running! You can register for your account at drkuomd.myupdox.com If you have given us your e-mail address, you will automatically be registered.

From the patient portal, you can:
1. Schedule an appointment
2. Sign up to become a new patient!
3. View, cancel, or reschedule your upcoming appointments
4. View your medical records and lab results
5. Send us a secure online message
6. Update your contact and insurance information
7. Receive e-mail reminders of upcoming appointments.

Please be aware, however, that our current schedule has not been uploaded yet into the system, so at this time, we will need to verify the availability of any appointments you schedule online. Hopefully, we'll get everything transferred in the next few days!

Fri 4/22Dr. Kuo is still providing health care to patients before we move into the new office building. As we promised, there will be No GAP in your healthcare during this transition period!
Many patients have called our office number 410-552-8126 to ask questions and to get their prescriptions refilled. If necessary Dr. Kuo has even made home visits to patients who need care during this transition time!

Mon 4/11Saturday clinics-
June 18 clinic is full. There is a waiting list.
Now we open:
July 16 and Aug 13
Please call office at 410-552-8126 for details.
Thanks!

Margaret Kuo

Fri 4/8
Our sign is up! Looks like HVAC is in and the trenching for the water is done!

Tue 4/5Saturday Clinics-
We are opening some Saturday clinics by patient requests.

6/18-only one spot left
8/13-is now open

Please call office 410-552-8126 for details.
Thanks!

Office Manager,
Margaret Kuo

Thu 3/24Johns Hopkins is participating in a clinical trial of a novel treatment for sleep apnea for people who cannot tolerate CPAP. For more information, see thnstudy.com/

Wed 3/23Per patients request, we are opening June 18 (Saturday) to see patients. If you can only come on Saturdays, we still have a couple of appointment spots on that day. Please call and make appointments. First come, first serve!

Our Saturday clinic is open for those patients who truly cannot make it at regular office hours. Thank you!

Office Manager,
Margaret Kuo

Tue 3/22
Framing is starting! Sign is up on the door

Wed 3/9
Our new building and new suite. Parking is right in front of the door, both handicapped and non-handicapped.

Thu 3/3The appointment book is NOW open! Please call 410-552-8126 or email drkuomd@gmail.com to schedule your appointment!

Thu 3/3
Signed the lease for our new office. Opening early June! Stay tuned!!

Dr. Wilbur Kuo & Associates Internal Medicine, LLC.
5963 Exchange Drive, Suite 112, Sykesville, MD 21784
410-552-8126 & additional hours upon request
Fax 443-458-7220

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