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For Men Only: Bio-Male Preventative Healthcare Center Opens in West Chester, Ohio


WEST CHESTER, Ohio (PRWEB) March 20, 2015

Bio-Male Center, the first preventative healthcare center “for men only” in central and southwest Ohio, has opened in West Chester, Ohio.

The center will focus on healthcare for the 21st century man, said owner Jeff Hogrefe, a pharmacist with an advanced degree in functional medicine.

Hogrefe also owns the Piqua Compounding Pharmacy in Piqua, Ohio.

Working out, vitamin and mineral supplementation and testing and treatment to optimize male hormones will be the focus of long term health strategies at Bio-Male.

“We want to treat the whole person biologically, helping men manage insulin, cortisol and thyroid levels,” said Hogrefe. “Our bodies are complex and dynamic systems. Drug therapy tends to disrupt normal functions to treat symptoms of disease, and symptoms develop long after disease is present. Fifty percent of men who have fatal heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. This is not acceptable. Our men will be tested on more than 60 meaningful parameters that can identify cardiovascular risks at early stages. Our goal is to identify risks and develop lifestyle and nutritional strategies to modify these risks.”

Cardiovascular labs will also be conducted to identify a man’s risk for stroke or heart attack based on extensive bloodwork because standard lipid profiles fail to adequately identify cardiac risk, said Hogrefe. A male physician’s assistant will perform testing and personal training services will be available.

Three often-overlooked hormones in the body are cortisol, insulin, and thyroid. Most men do not usually have these hormones tested and addressed, yet they have a great impact on men’s overall health, he added.

“We will do comprehensive testing on these hormones,” said Hogrefe, “because there is a significant link between low thyroid and heart disease, depression, and metabolic syndrome.

“Identifying and managing high insulin levels and insulin resistance is critical for the prevention of diabetes and all the long-term, damaging effects to the body that occur. Cortisol is the hormone of stress and has dramatic effects on testosterone levels, body fat composition, sex drive, energy, and sleep patterns.”

Other hormones Bio-Male will address are testosterone and DHEA. DHEA levels decline in men as they age, leading to decreases in mood, energy and memory.

Falling testosterone levels lead to declines in mood, sex drive, muscle size and strength, and bone development. “In keeping with our core values of mimicking normal human biology, dosing of hormones will be based on physiological dosing– exactly the amount each body needs based on lab testing and symptoms,” said Hogrefe. “If you are coming to us for a testosterone fix, we are not the place for you.”

If low testosterone is treated in a vacuum, without addressing the whole body, and supra-physiological dosing, or more than the body needs, is used, men suffer more negative health consequences, said Hogrefe.

“We know this from treating hormone imbalances in women for the past 12 years,” he said. “You have to address the major hormones in the body—not just one– to have success with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.”

Supplements and other prescriptions at Bio-Male will be additional charges, but Hogrefe said his goal is to offer the best and most affordable options.

“Healthcare should be consumer driven,” said Hogrefe. “I want our members to feel like this is a great value and a great service. We do expect our guys to have health insurance, as the labs that we use will want to bill for services.”

Hogrefe said he has negotiated with labs to keep billing costs low so there are no out-of-pocket charges to members.

“Philosophically, I think that this is important,” he said. “Healthcare costs have gotten extremely expensive and we should all be doing our part to reign costs in.”

A Bio-Male initiation fee will cost $ 350, plus a $ 60 monthly fee for as long as a man stays in the program.

Fees cover extensive lab testing worth several thousand dollars two to three times per year; an initial, hour-long consultation and two, follow-up, 30-minute consults; direct email access to staff for questions; and a comprehensive, individualized healthcare strategy.

“We hope to include testosterone therapy as part of the package eventually,” said Hogrefe, “but there are conflicting laws that need to be ironed out by state and federal regulators before we can fully commit to that.”

Hogrefe is married to Lyn Hogrefe, CEO of Happy Hormone Cottage(HHC), which has offices in Mason, Kettering, Vandalia and Piqua, Ohio and Crestview Hills, Ky. HHC tests and treats women for hormone imbalances with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy and strategies that include exercise, diet and supplementation.

The Hogrefes are advocates of functional, or preventative medicine, which focuses on testing to determine the cause of disease, then working with clients to prevent it.

Bio-Male is located at 7908 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Suite J, in the West Chester Professional Office Complex near Cincinnati Dayton and Tylersville roads. Men are free to stop in any time to sign up, ask questions and meet the staff. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception is planned for April.

For more information or to make an appointment, go to http://www.cincinnatiwellnesscenter.com or call 888-418-2037.

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Contact: Darrell Dodge

Email: info(at)biomalecenter(dot)com

Phone( (888) 418-2037

About Bio-Male Center:

Bio-Male Center is a preventative healthcare center for men located in West Chester, Ohio. The center focuses on helping men avoid disease and attain good health through strategies that include exercise, nutrition, vitamin and mineral supplementation and optimization of male hormones.







New Survey Finds Staff Turnover Top Concern for Healthcare Recruiters in 2015


CENTENNIAL, Colo. (PRWEB) March 31, 2015

A new study by Health eCareers found that nearly one-third of healthcare recruiters in the U.S. rank employee turnover as their greatest staffing concern this year and say hiring the best healthcare employees is only half the battle – once you have them, you need to keep them. The findings are part of Health eCareers’ new trends in healthcare recruiting blog series, which profiles the results of the 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey.

Turnover in hospitals has high numbers and results in high costs in the industry. According to 565 healthcare employer respondents in Health eCareers’ 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey, almost 30 percent expect that they will have more job openings in 2015 than last year, and 45 percent expect to have about the same. But forty-three percent of respondents say finding qualified talent is their number one obstacle.

Retention is the Solution

Employee retention should be the first line of defense to combat the challenges created by turnover and is a key strategic imperative for 90 percent of hospitals.

“According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the healthcare unemployment rate is 3.5 percent. Many economists feel full healthcare employment is between two and three percent, so this means we are very close to full employment,” says Bill Thomson, a healthcare staffing expert and account representative at Health eCareers.

This finding raises the question: where will healthcare get its new workers?

Thomson says because most healthcare professionals are currently employed, it’s much more effective and efficient to invest in retention than to go out, recruit and train new employees.

Tips for Recruiters to Shape Retention

Thomson offers healthcare recruiters the following tips to help hospitals with employee retention.

1. Hire someone who’s a good fit, not who comes at a low cost

Employee productivity, a direct result of the quality of hires, is a key issue within the hospital and healthcare workforce. Thomson cautions that recruiters should beware of promoting employees who do not have good leadership skills.

2. Push for impactful talent-management funding

Nearly 80 percent of Health eCareers’ survey respondents say employer brand and culture are “important,” while 17 percent say they are “not priorities at this time.” A report by PricewaterhouseCoopers found that healthcare systems invest significantly less in HR programs than other industries, and Thomson says it’s time for healthcare systems to step up to the plate and push for funding.

3. Emphasize the organization’s reputation in the recruiting process

Although the recruitment industry spent a whopping $ 16 billion dollars on advertising last year, Thomson questions the value of advertising if a brand evokes little name recognition or positive emotional value. Instead, he says using differentiation and affinity are key when trying to appeal to an increasingly limited talent pool.

4. Recognize and own a few key goals at a time

Thomson warns that abrupt change can destroy a positive work culture, so it’s key that leadership and the marketing teams identify the most important reasons why the facility is in business.

“There are so many forces that change the focus within a hospital,” he explains. “If patient satisfaction surveys are down, focus shifts. If costs get out of hand, focus shifts. The focus for recruiters mirrors the changing focus of the organization as a whole, and that’s unsustainable.”

Thomson says that changing goals frequently is confusing and unsettling and the decline in morale it induces trickles down from employees to patients.

He adds that the more services a hospital can provide to employees, such as flexible work schedules, employee referral bonuses and free concierge services, the more retention, and positive morale become established in the culture.

Learn More: Read the Health eCareers’ 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Blog Series and Download the Full Survey Report

To learn more about hiring the best healthcare talent, visit the 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey blog series and download the full 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey Report.

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