Dr. Harry Keefe: The Month of March Designated as Red Cross Month

Dr. Harry Keefe is a longtime supporter and contributor to the American Red Cross. Beyond his charitable interests, Dr. Harry Keefe serves as a primary care physician in Pueblo, Colorado. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine and the Colorado Academy of Family Medicine.

Since 1943, every United States president has designated the month of March as Red Cross Month, and 2013 is no exception. This year, President Barack Obama declared that the month of March is a time to honor the individuals at the American Red Cross who provide compassion and relief to underserved communities around the world. During this time, the organization is encouraging all of its supporters to join them in honoring the heroes in their communities. Since its inception, the American Red Cross has helped thousands of people around the world by providing disaster relief, safety training, nutritional education, and a national blood program.

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Dr. Harry Keefe in Pueblo, Colorado

A family practice physician with three decades of experience, Dr. Harry Keefe serves patients in Pueblo, Colorado. He has privileges at Parkview Hospital, where he sits on the Family Medicine Quality Assurance Committee. Dr. Harry Keefe also maintains courtesy privileges from Saint Mary Corwin. He has been with his current private practice since 2000, and is a graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Dr. Harry Keefe is actively involved in his profession. Before joining the quality assurance committee at Parkview, he served as Chief of Staff for Salida Hospital in Salida, Colorado. He also spent 11 years as an emergency room physician. Dr. Keefe has extensive experience treating patients of advanced age, and served as the Medical Director for the Columbine Manor Nursing Home in Salida.

An avid supporter of the American Red Cross, Dr. Harry Keefe has also donated his time to organizations that support people with visual impairments. He enjoys golf and holds season tickets to the Denver Broncos. Dr. Keefe also breeds and shows huskies and malamutes.

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Dr. Harry Keefe’s Tips for Beating the Flu

An experienced family physician, Dr. Harry Keefe offers primary care services through a practice based in Pueblo, Colorado. As Dr. Harry Keefe warns his patients, an unusually high number of individuals have caught the flu this year. Below, he has listed some tips for beating the illness.

1. Blow your nose rather than keeping mucous inside or swallowing it. Patients should blow their nose gently to avoid hurting their ears and breaking blood vessels.

2. For throat pain or discomfort, gargling a chemist-formulated wash or a simple warm water and salt mixture can provide instant relief and encourage healing.

3. Pour boiling water in a bowl and inhale the steam. Some patients may want to add some tea tree or eucalyptus oil to the water. Patients can maximize inhalation by draping a towel around the head.

4. Constantly hydrate to replace the fluids lost through mucous. For a fever, patients should choose cool drinks. Hot drinks will soothe a sore throat.

5. Use an extra pillow to elevate the head during the night, which prevents the accumulation of fluids that can keep individuals awake.

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Dr. Harry Keefe’s Advice for Preventing the Flu and Colds

Based in Pueblo, Colorado, Dr. Harry Keefe offers patients a full range of primary care services. Dr. Keefe encourages his patients to play a proactive role in preventing the flu and colds, especially this year when more individuals than usual have caught these illnesses.

As Dr. Keefe explains to his patients, hygiene plays a crucial role in prevention. Individuals should wash their hands often and try to break habits that can introduce germs into the system, such as picking the nose, rubbing eyes, or biting fingernails. Sanitizing gels and lotions can keep people safe from the flu and colds. Also, all individuals should get the flu shot every year and early in the season.

Other tips for preventing illness include exercising regularly, which boosts the immune system; getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep every night; and quitting smoking, which can introduce infections. When coughing, Dr. Keefe recommends that people use their elbow to cover their mouth rather than their hand and should encourage others to do the same. Along the same lines, individuals should consciously wash their hands after handshakes.

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More Information on Dr. Harry Keefe

A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Harry Keefe has been practicing family medicine in Colorado for the past 30 years. After earning his MD with honors and completing a residency in family medicine at the University of Colorado Associated Hospitals, Dr. Keefe spent 11 years working in a two-doctor, rural family practice in Salida, Colorado. He was then employed for three years by the Physicians Network of Colorado Springs, working in the city’s Network Health Centers and at two local hospitals.

In 1999, Dr. Harry Keefe relocated to his current hometown of Pueblo, Colorado. After working for just over a year at the Southern Colorado Clinic, he transitioned into private practice, becoming a self-employed member of Pueblo Family Medicine, his present group practice. He also holds full privileges at Parkview Hospital and courtesy privileges at Saint Mary Corwin Hospital, and he provides services to several local nursing homes.

Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Keefe is an avid breeder and shower of Siberian huskies and Alaskan malamutes. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Siberian Husky Club and a member and previous National Specialty Winner of the Siberian Husky Club of America.

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Physician Dr. Harry Keefe

Dr. Harry Keefe is a physician at Pueblo Family Medicine, a primary care group practice in Pueblo, Colorado. In addition to providing medical services at this facility, Dr. Keefe serves with full privileges at Parkview Hospital and with courtesy privileges at Saint Mary Corwin Hospital. Dr. Harry Keefe is certified by both the American Board of Family Practice and the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Prior to working with the family practice in 2000, Dr. Harry Keefe was employed by the Southern Colorado Clinic. He previously served as a physician for Network Health Centers of Colorado Springs, during which time he possessed full privileges at Memorial Hospital and Penrose Hospital. Further, Dr. Keefe has experience as a Medical Director, a Staff Emergency Room Physician, and a Family Medicine Quality Assurance Committee member.

A graduate of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Dr. Keefe has been a recipient of the prestigious Merck Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement. Dr. Harry Keefe maintains current memberships in the Colorado Academy of Family Medicine and the American Academy of Family Medicine.

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Life and career of Dr. Harry Keefe

Dr. Harry Keefe earned his MD with honors from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 1982 and has worked as a family physician in Colorado ever since. Today, he practices family medicine as a primary care physician at Pueblo Family Medicine. His work as a family doctor has led to multiple board certifications from the American Board of Family Medicine, which has named him as one of the top 10% of family medicine physicians. Aside from his work at Pueblo Family Medicine, he maintains a hospital practice at Parkview Hospital in Pueblo and is credentialed to work at other area medical care institutions, including St. Mary-Corwin Hospital and many skilled nursing facilities.

When not working as a physician, Dr. Harry Keefe trains and shows AKC-registered purebred Siberian Husky dogs. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Siberian Husky Club, as well as the Siberian Husky Club of America. In 1993, he won the National Specialty award from the Siberian Husky Club of America with his Best in Specialty Show champion, Koyla of the Midnight Sun. He also maintains an active interest in golf and belongs to the Patty Jewett Men’s Golf Association.

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