CVMC opens Coumadin Clinic


first_imgCentral Vermont Medical Center,Central Vermont Medical Center s Outpatient Anticoagulation Coumadin Clinic provides patients with a complete and organized approach to anticoagulation therapy, using established protocols. Protocols to manage therapy are followed by anticoagulation clinic nurses under the medical supervision of Dr. David Ospina. A comprehensive assessment by a registered nurse along with intervention and education provide patients the tools they need to have successful outcomes.Physicians prescribe the anticoagulation medication coumadin to reduce the blood s tendency to form clots. It is important to regularly check the medication s effect to ensure that the patient s blood is not too thin or too thick. Therefore physicians will provide a referral to the clinic and set up a patient s first appointment.The clinic is located in the CVMC Ambulatory Care Unit (ACU) located immediately off of the main lobby. Patients first go to registration and then to the ACU waiting room. The clinic is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.Medicare and most major insurance companies cover clinic visits with varying co-pay amounts. Check with Medicare or your insurance company for details.last_img read more

For the second night in a row, Mike Trout’s two homers not enough for Angels


first_imgPreviousSeattle Mariners special assistant to the chairman Ichiro Suzuki, center, greets teammates after the Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 in a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger follows through on a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners’ Mitch Haniger (17) is greeted at the dugout by Dee Gordon, right, after Haniger hit a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Mike Leake throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim strikes out against Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inningat Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout watches his solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run off of Ryan Cook #46 of the Seattle Mariners in the seventh inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)Seattle Mariners left fielder Ben Gamel loses his glove after he jumped but failed to catch a solo home run hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout rounds the bases as Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon rests behind him after Trout hit a two-run home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. It was Trout’s second home run of the game. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds third after hitting a home run off of Mike Leake #8 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Ian Kinsler #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim greets Mike Trout #27 after his home run in the seventh inning off of Ryan Cook #46 of the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 12: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners hits a home run off of Jaime Barria #51 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on June 12, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)Angels relief pitcher Oliver Drake, right, walks away from the mound as the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run – his second of the game – during the eighth inning Tuesday night in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon, left, greets Mitch Haniger after Haniger hit a solo home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. Haniger also homered in the fifth inning as the Mariners won 6-3. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Fans in the stands watch as Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Seattle Mariners special assistant to the chairman Ichiro Suzuki, center, greets teammates after the Mariners defeated the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 in a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout leaps for and catches a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)ExpandSEATTLE — Mike Trout did everything he could to carry the Angels on Tuesday.But a baseball team, as it turns out, is pretty heavy.Trout couldn’t do it by himself. The Angels lost 6-3 to the Seattle Mariners, despite Trout’s second straight two-homer game and his spectacular run-saving catch.Unfortunately for the Angels, the hitters besides Trout came up empty too often in the clutch, and four of the five pitchers gave up runs, including four homers. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros After winning six in a row, the Angels have now lost three in a row, including the first two of this series against the AL West-leading Mariners.“It’s tough,” Trout said. “We were playing good games. It seems like we go through a stretch and then have a couple bad games. (The Mariners) are hitting the ball well and they’re pitching good.”The Mariners have done enough to beat the Angels, even though they haven’t been able to stop Trout. He is now 14 for 22 with five homers against Seattle this season. His 31 homers against the Mariners in his career are his most against any opponent.“That’s a good club over there and they have a pretty good player on their team too,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We saw it again tonight. Mr. Trout is really tough to pitch to. Some of the pitches he hit out tonight were kind of where we wanted to throw them and he still does damage.”Sign up for Home Turf and get 3 exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Mike Leake threw Trout an 0-and-2 slider below his knees in the fifth, and he hit it out. In the seventh, Ryan Cook threw a 2-and-2 changeup over the inner half, and Trout blasted it 412 feet. His two-run homer pulled the Angels within 4-3. “We just didn’t get anything going tonight,” Zack Cozart said. “Usually you have a couple guys in a slump and everyone else is carrying everything. Right now it feels like it’s more than a couple guys (in a slump), myself at the top of the list.“We’ll get it going. Our pitchers have been keeping us in the game so much. We can’t keep relying on them. We’ve got to start getting some stuff going offensively.”It wasn’t such a great night for the Angels pitchers either.Jaime Barría got hit hard over his five innings, and he was fortunate to get out of the game with only three runs allowed. The Mariners hit nine balls at 100 mph or harder against Barría. Two of them were homers by Mitch Haniger, a solo shot in the first and a two-run blast in the fifth.Barría would have given up at least one more run if Trout didn’t grab Nelson Cruz’s drive with a leaping catch at the fence in the third.“Jaime had to work hard,” Scioscia said. “Some of the mistakes caught up to him.”center_img Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Those were all the Angels runs, though.“We’re more than Mike,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “One guy can’t carry you. Mike is swinging the bat very well, but we need some other guys to get into their game.”The rest of the Angels combined for three hits, although they also hit a few balls hard that were right at fielders. Luis Valbuena had two of the hits, and he wasted one when he was thrown out at second trying to stretch his leadoff single in the sixth.The Angels were 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position, with Trout’s second homer being the only hit.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

If Lakers have a top-five pick, here are the top five players


first_imgThe Lakers are in freefall, a needed, potentially fortuitous freefall that could land them a premium lottery pick in next summer’s draft.By now, you know the drill. The Lakers promised the Phoenix Suns a 2015 first-round pick in the Steve Nash trade. But the Lakers keep it if they finish within the top five of the lottery. They currently have the fourth-worst record in the NBA, meaning they have an 82.8% chance of staying in the top five, a 37.8% chance of landing in the top three and an 11.9% chance of getting the top pick overall. The Lakers’ rebuilding project depends on importing as many young, talented players as possible and adding them to a couple of established veterans via free agency or trades.The lottery pick, coupled with the first-round pick they get from the Houston Rockets from the Jeremy Lin trade and the two second-round picks they’ll likely have, means adding four players with upside to promising youngsters like Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. And with the money they will have to play with in free agency, they can add one or two impact veterans. By October, we could be looking at a completely different Lakers team.So while you keep one eye on the Lakers’ plunge, it’s probably time to start looking at whom the Lakers might be considering pick within the top five selections. And while they desperately needing a big-body presence to anchor the defense or an explosive playmaker, expect the Lakers to target an elite post player or a play-making wing or guard.With the help of two high-ranking NBA team executives who spoke on the condition of anonymity, here are five players the Lakers should be considering. JAHLIL OKAFORFreshman center, Duke, 6-11, 18.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.5 blocks The lowdown: Without question, the most polished offensive big man available, and though there are questions about his ability to consistently protect the basket, his defense has improved during the course of his freshman season and he is an efficient rebounder. His calling card is an advanced, offensive game, an NBA body, big hands and terrific footwork. The Lakers have always built from the inside out, and in Okafor they’d have their center for the next decade.NBA executive: I think he’s going to go with the top pick. Does he have some aspects of his game that need to improve? Yes. But offensively, the way he can score in the low post, his foot work, and he’s actually a really good passer, he’s a very good rebounder and while he’s not a tremendous athlete, he’s sneaky. Are there other guys who can go before him? Maybe. Maybe if you have a big already on your roster, maybe you’d go in another direction or maybe you pick him anyway, just to have as an asset. I just don’t know if there are enough guys who can challenge him at this point.EMMANUEL MUDIAYPoint guard, China, 6-5, 17.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assistsThe lowdown: One of the true wild cards in the draft, Mudiay originally committed to Larry Brown and SMU but opted to play professionally in China this year. A minor ankle injury cut short his season after just 10 games — although some suspect a short season was the plan all along — curtailing his exposure to scouts. In the time he did play, Mudiay put up outstanding numbers. Coming out of high school, Mudiay was considered the potential top-pick overall while drawing comparisons to elite point guards like John Wall, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose. The Lakers desperately need a new star and dynamic playmaker, and Mudiay checks both boxes.NBA executive: Haven’t seen him since high school, but, you know, he’s talented. With the injury, it’s going to be interesting to see how he does in the draft just because teams might be a bit leery of drafting a guy like that without seeing him, and depending on whether he works out for them or not. I think he’ll still go pretty high, but it might hurt him that he’s injured. The guys you’re seeing now that are playing, let’s be honest, they’re getting more exposure. Of course, there’s something to be said sometimes about the mysterious guys. Sometimes that actually helps.D’ANGELO RUSSELLFreshman point guard, Ohio State, 6-5, 19.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.4 assistsThe lowdown: No one is shooting up the draft board faster than Russell, an explosive, creative playmaker who is showing he can handle point-guard duties but also take over games with his scoring. Some wonder if he is tall enough to be an NBA two-guard — he is listed at 6-5 but some think he is closer to 6-3 or 6-4. Nevertheless, he’s been an awakening with his combination of scoring and passing ability. And at this point he’s a lock in the top five. In fact, with Mudiay still somewhat of a wild card on some boards, there are some who think Russell can overtake him as the second overall pick.NBA executive: I think he’s really made a push recently. He came in originally more as a two guard. And when we saw him in high school, at the McDonald’s All-America game and things like that, we saw him as a two. But now, the way he’s playing, I think he’s one of those guys that doesn’t really have a true position. He’s a combo guy. He can run a team, or at least make plays. He can score and make plays. He’s pretty unique. And that’s really boosting his stock because there aren’t a lot of point guards out there. People are looking at him, he’s 6-3, 6-4, and he rebounds, he shoots it pretty decently and he’s really good off the dribble. He can make plays and score off the dribble. The lack of point guards is helping him, and I think people are looking at him differently, someone they can convert to point guard in the NBA. He’s not quite big enough to be an NBA two, but he can run a team and he’s certainly creative enough off the dribble, and that’s I think what’s so intriguing about him. Russell is an impressive player, he can really go and he makes things happen. KARL-ANTHONY TOWNSFreshman center, Kentucky, 6-11, 9.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.3 blocksThe lowdown: It’s tough sometimes getting a read on Kentucky players. There is so much talent in Lexington it forces individuals to sacrifice personal numbers and exposure for the good of the team. So don’t get caught up in the stats, they don’t tell the whole story. That said, Towns has flashed enough offensive game, defensive mastery and basketball I.Q. to thrust himself into top-five consideration. On the right team, he could develop into the premier player in this draft.NBA executive: I like him a lot. He’s probably the most skilled inside-outside kind of guy, for a big. I think he can make mid-range shots and threes. He’s pretty good around the basket. He’s a good athlete, although I’m not sure he’s a great athlete. He knows how to play, he’s got a high I.Q. One thing that’s underrated is his shot blocking. He plays on a team with a great shot-blocker, but he’s a pretty dang good shot-blocker himself. I think he can be a little bit stronger, add a little more strength. He’s not super chiseled, he’s sort of got that baby fat thing still going. But if he can improve his rebounding, and his defense — not just shot blocking but individual defense — it will help. He kind of reminds me a little bit of Al Horford in how he can step out and shoot. Al shoots more of a set shot, but from that 18-, 19-foot range he’s deadly. Al’s legs are spread out and he doesn’t jump, but his release is deadly and I think Towns has a little bit of that going on. He’s got a great stroke and he can hit college threes. I think a lot of guys were looking at him as a potential No. 1, but I think Okafor and some other guys have maybe nudged ahead of him. But I wouldn’t sleep on him.WILLIE CAULEY-STEINJunior center, Kentucky, 7-0, 8.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocksThe lowdown: Again, if you play at Kentucky, expect to sacrifice some of your game. And in Cauley-Stein’s case, that means offense. However, there isn’t a prospect in the draft who can impact the defensive side of the court more than this elite, 7-foot athlete who flashes incredible speed, lateral quickness and shot-blocking ability that extends from the rim to the perimeter. Cauley-Stein would make an immediate impact with the Lakers on the defensive end — arguably their biggest weakness — while finishing on the break.NBA executive: I think he might be a sleeper. He’s going top 10 for sure, but I think guys like him, the way he can run and moreover his lateral quickness are off the chart. I’m not sure there are a lot of guys in the NBA, if any, that have that combination. He’s not super strong, he can definitely get stronger. And I know people criticize him offensively, but he’s a weapon because on pick-and-roll defense, he can guard the bigs but also switch down on the guard. He can play in front of guards. Maybe not for long periods but certainly enough in a shot clock or long enough for guys to rotate back and help them out. He can contain on the perimeter, even on some guards, and that’s a big weapon to have. Rim protectors and defenders like that are really at a premium. Look, if you had a great offensive team, he might be the No. 1 pick. But Okafor has all the footwork and huge hands and skill around the basket, but Stein is, and if you’re just talking (defense), that’s a huge component of being a good player. Most people would look at it like he isn’t great offensively. But he can run and finish and he’ll get better. I think his ability to defend and his ability to contain pick-and-roll, which is the staple of the NBA, makes him really, really intriguing.OTHERSStanley JohnsonFreshman small forward, Arizona, 6-7, 14.6 points, 6.8 reboundsKristaps PorzingisPower forward, Latvia, 7-0, 10.2 points, 4.6 reboundsKevon LooneyFreshman power forward, UCLA, 6-9, 12.3 points, 10.0 reboundsMyles TurnerFreshman power forward, Texas, 6-11, 11.0 points, 6.3 reboundsKelly OubreFreshman small forward, Kansas, 6-7, 8.2 points, 4.7 reboundscenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more