Archives Hamilton providing safe care in middle of pandemic 7:44 pm

Though processes, services and visitation look and feel different, you can be confident that Hamilton Health Care System (HHCS) will continue to provide safe care.

“We are seeing a lot more people coming back into the hospital for screenings, surgeries and other necessary healthcare,” said Sandy McKenzie, COO. “It’s important to remember that delaying care, whether testing or treatment, could be detrimental to your health, or at least cause extended discomfort in some cases. We’re taking many extra steps to keep you and our associates safe.”

HHCS is following CDC guidelines and has put a number of measures in place to help keep patients and support people safe. When patients arrive at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC), they are greeted by a staff member who take their temperature, screen for COVID-19 symptoms and provide hand sanitizer.

In addition, staff have the same screening procedures in place and wear masks and other appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as needed.

“We’ve seen that masks and other appropriate PPE have been very effective in protecting patients and staff members as well as preventing the spread of the virus,” said Peri Correll, director of Infection Prevention.

Bill Evans recently traveled to HMC from Atlanta to have his total knee joint replacement surgery. “I felt very safe,” he said. “The hospital is the safest place to be. I never once felt uncomfortable.” Evans said that everything went well. “Everyone was super nice. It couldn’t have been a better experience.”

 

HMC continues to practice social distancing (including decals on floors and furniture) to prevent people from getting within 6 feet of each other. There are additional sanitizing stations throughout the facility, and Xenex germ-zapping robots use high-powered UV light to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria and viruses on surfaces. Staggered appointments are used to minimize the number of people in a given area, and patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 are kept in a separate, protected area in the hospital.

 

In addition to HMC, other Hamilton Physician Group and other Hamilton Health Care System locations have added screening, social distancing, additional sanitizing, staggered appointments and face mask requirements for all patients, support people and staff.

“We understand that many people have delayed care during the last few months due to COVID-19,” said McKenzie. “But it’s important to get the healthcare that you need. We are totally committed to providing the safest and highest level of care.”

 

Phyllis Stephens, chief operating officer for the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce, recently had an endoscopy procedure. “I’m glad I didn’t delay my procedure,” said Stephens. “As a patient, I felt very comfortable and safe when I arrived. The check-in and admittance were quick and my nurse took great care of me as she prepped me for the procedure.”

 

HHCS is encouraging everyone to continue taking precautions to avoid an increase in infections. “Please continue to take precautions when going out into the community,” McKenzie said. “Avoid crowded areas, wear a mask when in public, wash your hands often and remember to social distance. We all want this virus to be gone. Please be safe.”

 

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Navicent Health Invests $1.2 Million in the Lives of Teammates, Raises Internal Minimum Wage 2:48 pm

Navicent Health has increased its internal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.00 per hour, investing $1.2 million into the lives and careers of its teammates. Hourly workers will benefit from the increase, which exceeds the federal government’s minimum pay requirements.

“At Navicent Health, we base our decisions on three categories – strategy, operations and people. Of these, our people are the most important. The decision to increase our internal minimum wage moves hundreds of teammates payed by the hour to a living wage. We’re thrilled to make this investment in our people, particularly during a time when so many individuals and organizations are struggling,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, President and CEO of Navicent Health.

Navicent Health, in partnership with its collaborative partner Atrium Health, is beginning the process of transitioning teammates from a minimum wage to a living wage. The first step in this process is establishing an internal minimum wage for all Navicent Heath teammates. Any teammate currently earning less than $10.00 per hour will receive a pay increase to align with the health system’s new internal minimum wage of $10.00 per hour. The increase went into effect on September 6, 2020 and will appear on affected teammates’ paychecks on September 25, 2020.

The pay increase ensures that starting wages at Navicent Health are competitive among local employers and within the healthcare field. Navicent Health is currently hiring for a number of positions at locations across central Georgia. To view available job opportunities, please visit https://navicenthealth-careers.hctsportals.com/.

As a major employer and catalyst for the local and state economy, the increase also demonstrates Navicent Health’s and Atrium Health’s shared commitment to invest in the region’s economy.

About Navicent Health
Navicent Health, the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia, is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Providing more than 1,000 beds and offering care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region, Navicent Health provides care for healthcare consumers’ through an academic medical center; community, pediatric and rehabilitation hospitals; urgent care centers; physician practices; diagnostic centers; home health; hospice and palliative care; and a life plan community. Navicent Health is dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.

 

 

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Diagnostic mammography comes to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital 8:26 pm

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, diagnostic mammography has come to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. Diagnostic mammography can help provide women and their doctor with the answers they need after a screening mammogram shows an area of concern.

 

“This is great news for the roughly 10 percent of women who have a call-back after an area of concern is identified on their screening mammogram,” said Tanya Adcock, RN, President of St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital. “Instead of having to travel to Athens, Augusta or the Atlanta area for a diagnostic study, they can now get the testing they need right here, close to home.”

 

Diagnostic mammography uses the same state-of-the-art Hologic 3D machine that Good Sam uses for screening mammograms. But the diagnostic study is personally directed by a radiologist who specializes in breast image interpretation. The radiologist and Good Sam’s mammography team work personally with the patient to obtain new, more targeted images, and then use a powerful new computing system, the Hologic SecurView, to analyze those images while the patient waits.

 

Because the radiologist is on site during the exam, they can review images in real time and obtain additional images immediately from angles that best highlight the suspicious areas. They can also order same-visit ultrasound studies, which provide different diagnostic information and are also available at Good Sam.       

 

“The key to our new service is the combination of the SecurView technology and the radiologists’ commitment to come to Good Sam on a regular basis,” Adcock explained.

 

Funds for the purchase of the $73,000 SecurView workstation came through donations to the Good Samaritan Foundation’s Breast Health Fund.

 

“Our Foundation Board was eager to support this purchase so that we could bring diagnostic breast imaging to our community,” said Becky Smith, Foundation Board Chair. “It’s another great example of how the generosity of local people and businesses is helping St. Mary’s bring state-of-the-art services to our families, friends, and neighbors.”

 

Diagnostic mammography is an essential step in determining if an area of concern is normal breast tissue or an area that needs additional follow-up or biopsy, according to St. Mary’s Health Care System Mammography Supervisor Lori Daniel.

 

“Screening mammography is a quick, low-dose test that can detect lesions that need more detailed testing,” she said. “Screening is all most women need most of the time. But for that 10-11 percent who require additional testing, having diagnostic mammography available at Good Sam is a huge step forward and will provide a lot of peace-of-mind.”

 

Daniel explained that diagnostic imaging is necessary because an early-stage cancer may look nearly identical in a screening mammogram to other structures that are harmless.

 

“Hearing that you have an ‘area of concern’ on a mammogram is stressful,” she said. “Having diagnostic mammography at Good Sam can help patients get answers locally. Now, we can tell them on the same day as their call-back whether there’s nothing to worry about or if they need a biopsy.”

 

Adcock agreed. “Can you imagine finding out you need a biopsy and then having to drive an hour to get home? Plus, if the patient needs a biopsy, our staff is right here to help them understand their choices and make arrangements with our radiologist and biopsy team in Athens before they leave the building. That’s huge. It takes away some of the fear that comes with being told you might have breast cancer.”

 

To schedule your screening mammogram, go to www.stmaryshealthcaresystem.org, choose “Find Service or Specialty,” select “Women and Maternity” and click “Schedule a mammogram.” Or call 706.389.2700. You do not need a doctor’s order, but you do need to specify which doctor should receive the results of your exam. Also, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital is proud to partner with Oconee Valley Healthcare to provide 25 free screening mammograms to uninsured women from Greene County this October. Please call 706-453-5005 to apply.

 

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Hamilton Physician Group offering rapid flu test 12:52 pm

Hamilton Physician Group (HPG), part of Hamilton Health Care System, is offering ID NOW™ Influenza A & B 2, the fastest rapid molecular flu test, at its Convenient Care locations.

The ID NOW™ delivers flu results in 13 minutes or less, making it faster than other molecular methods and more accurate than conventional rapid tests.

“This rapid flu test is reliable, and it allows us to make quick, effective treatment decisions,” said Holly Andrews, director of business administration for HPG.

Positive results are delivered in as few as 5 minutes, with 95 percent detected within 7 minutes.

The speed and reliability of the test help target antiviral therapy and antimicrobial stewardship, a coordinated program that promotes the appropriate use of antimicrobials (including antibiotics), improves patient outcomes, reduces microbial resistance and decreases the spread of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms.

 

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St. Mary’s Health Care System has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines that are based on the latest scientific evidence.

 

St. Mary’s has received the Stroke Gold-Plus quality achievement award 11 years in a row and has been named to the Target: Stroke Honor Roll nine years in a row, elevating its achievement to Honor Roll Elite for the first time.

 

St. Mary’s earned the awards by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period. These measures include evaluation of the proper use of medications and other stroke treatments aligned with the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Before discharge, patients should also receive education on managing their health, get a follow-up visit scheduled, as well as other care transition interventions

 

“St. Mary’s is dedicated to improving the quality of care for our stroke patients through our ongoing implementation of the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke initiative,” said Montez Carter, St. Mary’s President and CEO. “The tools and resources provided help us track and measure our success in meeting evidenced-based clinical guidelines developed to improve patient outcomes.”

 

At the same time, St. Mary’s received the Association’s Target: StrokeSM Elite recognition. To qualify for this honor roll, hospitals must meet quality measures developed to reduce the time between the patient’s arrival at the hospital and treatment with the clot-buster tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. Ischemic stroke is the most common kind of stroke, affecting about 80 percent of stroke patients. It happens when a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked, interrupting blood flow to brain tissue. Up to 2 million brain cells can die each minute unless blood flow can be restored with clot-busting medication or mechanical thrombectomy, a procedure that physically removes clots from large blood vessels, that is available at St. Mary’s in conjunction with neurosurgeon Neil Woodall, MD.

 

St. Mary’s additionally received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, hospitals must meet quality measures developed with more than 90 percent of compliance for 12 consecutive months for the “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.” Diabetes is a common condition that can damage blood vessels if not well managed, leading to complications such as heart attack and stroke.

 

St. Mary’s has also met specific scientific guidelines as a Primary Stroke Center, featuring a comprehensive system for rapid diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients admitted to the emergency department.

 

“We are pleased to recognize St. Mary’s Health Care System for their commitment to stroke care,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., national chairperson of the Quality Oversight Committee and Executive Vice Chair of Neurology, Director of Acute Stroke Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. “Research has shown that hospitals adhering to clinical measures through the Get With The Guidelines quality improvement initiative can often see fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates.”

 

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

  

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About St. Mary’s

St. Mary’s Health Care System is a faith-based, not-for-profit health care ministry whose mission is to be a compassionate and transforming healing presence in the communities it serves. Part of Trinity Health, St. Mary’s puts special focus on neurosciences, cardiac care, orthopedics, general medicine, general surgery, women’s and children’s health, and care for older adults. St. Mary’s includes hospitals in Athens, Lavonia and Greensboro, as well as a multi-practice medical group, a retirement community, outpatient care facilities, graduate medical education, and a region-wide home health care/hospice service. St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens is a certified chest pain center, a gold-plus hospital for stroke care, and was named Georgia’s Large Hospital of the Year in 2006, 2010, 2015 and 2018 For more information, visit St. Mary’s website at www.stmaryshealthcaresystem.org.

 

About Get With The Guidelines®

Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with tools and resources to increase adherence to the latest research-based guidelines. Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 9 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality.

SGMC Distributes 10K Masks to Community Partners 2:08 pm

South Georgia Medical Center presented the Greater Valdosta United Way with 5,000 reusable cloth masks as part of its 10K Mask Challenge. The hospital’s Foundation launched the fundraising appeal in July, seeking to raise enough funds to purchase 10,000 masks to distribute to community members in need. The Foundation reached its goal in August making the purchase possible.

SGMC will distribute the remaining 5,000 masks to a variety of community organizations and locations who serve those in need.

“We are pleased to announce that we have reached our goal and are overwhelmed with the response of participation. Over 75 donors, individuals and businesses, stepped up during this short time frame and helped us fill this need with their monetary support. Our community truly knows how to give back,” said Elizabeth Vickers, SGMC Foundation Executive Director.

“We are honored to partner with SGMC to distribute masks out in the community through our partner agencies. We want to keep the spread of COVID down and allow the economy to recover,” said GVUW Chief Executive Officer Michael Smith. “SGMC is a great partner of ours and we are proud of their leadership in keeping South Georgia safe.”

The rate of new positive covid-19 cases in Lowndes County has declined in recent weeks and SGMC believes this can be attributed to the community acting responsibly to prevent the spread. This includes wearing a mask while in public places or when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Approaching the Labor Day holiday, SGMC encourages everyone to remember the acronym WWW- Wash your hands, Wear your mask, and Watch your distance.

For more information on the SGMC Foundation or to view a list of donors, visit sgmcfoundation.org.

Senior Care Center Visitor Cottages Keep Families Connected 1:27 pm

In difficult times, necessity becomes the mother of invention. Southeast Georgia Health System’s Senior Care Centers in Brunswick and St. Marys have taken that to heart. Outside of each facility stands a collection of diminutive white cottages, each featuring a covered porch.

 

“Because of the pandemic, it was necessary to restrict visitors at the Senior Care Centers for the safety of our residents,” said Gary Trullinger, administrator of the Senior Care Center-Brunswick. Trullinger worked with the Health System’s leadership to launch the concept. “Up till now, family and loved ones have connected with residents through window visits and with the use of a tablet for Skype calls. The Visitor Cottages can restore some normalcy by providing a private, safe and climate controlled space to reunite and spend quality time together.”

 

Each cottage allows two visitors to spend time with their elderly relative in a safe, private atmosphere. Residents enter through a back entrance, which has a wheelchair-accessible ramp and door. Visitors enter in the front door under a covered porch.

 

“Isolation was already one of the biggest challenges for long term care and elder care facilities prior to COVID-19,” said Rhondia Grant, LNHA, administrator, Senior Care Center-St. Marys. “COVID-19 made an already challenging situation worse with mandated shelter in place orders eliminating regular family visits for the past six months. While the Brunswick and St. Marys Senior Care Centers connect families through FaceTime and Skype, some families find the technology challenging. So the Visitor Cottages are a very exciting approach to helping our residents and their loved ones adapt to our ‘new normal.’”

 

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, a protective plexiglass shield divides the climate controlled sitting area but stops short of the ceiling. “It’s easier for residents to hear their visitors through a thin plexiglass shield than through a window,” said Chasitee Chambers, activities specialist, referring to the window-to-window visits Senior Care Center residents have participated in since March.

 

Window visits have several drawbacks, weather being one. Visitors must stand outside in the hot sun and rainstorms can cancel a much-anticipated visit.

 

“Some residents have difficulty hearing visitors through the window. Others with cognitive decline get confused and tell their family to come inside,” Chambers said.

 

Cozy, Comfortable and Safe

Extra safety precautions aside, a cottage visit is like chatting in a living room. “The cottages are a lot more comfortable and personal than a window-to-window visit,” Trullinger said.

 

Family and friends can call the Center to schedule a visit with their loved one. For now, visits are scheduled in 15-minute increments to give all residents an opportunity to use the cottages and to allow time for cleaning between visits. The Senior Care Center-Brunswick has four cottages; St. Marys has two.

 

A Sense of Well-Being

“Making residents feel loved and cared for has always been our goal; that’s especially important now, because their mental state affects their physical state. We want to make their experience here the best it can be. The cottages are one more way to keep residents connected with families,” Chambers said. The cottages are small, but Chambers hopes they will have a big impact on the residents’ well-being. Many residents are already excited, which makes Chambers feel supported by the Health System’s efforts. “It’s a great place to work,” she said.

 

Her gratitude extends to the community, as well. “We have had an outpouring of gifts, mail and support from the community. Our residents are always so excited when they receive the gifts and cards.”

 

If you would like to brighten a resident’s day, contact the Senior Care Centers at 912-265-8528 in Brunswick or 912-882-4281 in St. Marys to ask how you can help.

 

About Southeast Georgia Health System
Southeast Georgia Health System is a not-for-profit health system comprised of two acute care hospitals, two long term care facilities, three immediate care centers, five family medicine centers and numerous employed physician practices. The Health System has multiple outpatient specialty care centers, including the only CyberKnife® M6 Program in Georgia, and a Cancer Care Center accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The Health System is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health and Southeast Georgia Health System forming a highly integrated hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. For more information, visit sghs.org.

 

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SGMC Stroke Program Receives Top Award 1:48 pm

The Stroke Program at South Georgia Medical Center was recognized, yet again, for excellence in stroke treatment. The hospital was just awarded the 2020 Get with the Guidelines- Stroke GOLD PLUS award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for the seventh consecutive year.

The award recognizes SGMC’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.

Additionally, SGMC received the Association’s Target: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll award. To qualify for this recognition, SGMC met quality measures developed with more than 90% compliance for 12 consecutive months for its “Overall Diabetes Cardiovascular Initiative Composite Score.”

SGMC is also the only hospital in South Georgia with an Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission.

Georgia is in the center of what is called the “stroke belt,” the region in the southeastern United States with an unusually high incidence of stroke. Because of this, SGMC committed nearly a decade ago to make stroke care a priority. The hospital welcomed Dr. Brian Dawson, a stroke neurologist, in 2011 to launch and develop an enhanced patient care protocol known as Code Stroke. 

SGMC began participating in the Get with the Guidelines program in 2012, receiving Bronze the first year, Silver Plus the next year, and Gold Plus recognition every year since.

“From the consistent hard work of many remarkable professionals over the years, SGMC has developed and maintained one of the best stroke programs in South Georgia. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve as the region’s Joint Commission Accredited Primary Stroke Center,” said Dr. Brian Dawson, Chief Medical Officer.

According to Dawson, through an enhanced partnership with community neurologists Drs. Mahmood Eisa, Bipin Patel, Hernan Posas, and Vipul Parek, and neurosurgeons Drs. Kimberly Mackey and Hitham Khalil, SGMC intends to keep taking neurological care to the next level.

According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States. On average, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke every 40 seconds and nearly 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

For more information on stroke treatment and capabilities at SGMC, visit sgmc.org.

The Medical Center, Navicent Health Nationally Recognized for AFib Care 2:57 pm

The Medical Center, Navicent Health (MCNH) has received the Get With The Guidelines®-AFIB Silver Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association and Heart Rhythm Society guidelines for the management of patients with atrial fibrillation (AFIB).

 

Get With The Guidelines-AFIB was developed to assist healthcare professionals to provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines for patients with AFIB, an irregular heartbeat that can lead to stroke and other complications.

 

MCNH earned the award for meeting specific quality achievement measures at a set level for a designated period. These measures include proper use of medications and aggressive risk reduction therapies such as safe anticoagulants to prevent stroke. Also evaluated is the use of medications to stabilize the heart rate and rhythm and other medications needed to treat additional heart disease. Before they are discharged, patients also receive education on managing their condition and stroke risk, counseling if needed, and plans on follow-up care.

“The Medical Center, Navicent Health is dedicated to providing the highest standard of care for heart patients, including those with AFIB. Research has shown there are benefits to patients who are treated at hospitals that have adopted the Get With The Guidelines program, including lower risk of rehospitalization and reduced mortality rates. Using this program also allows us to track and measure our success in meeting internationally-respected clinical guidelines,” said Patrice Walker, MD, Chief Medical Officer for MCNH.

 

According to the American Heart Association, more than 2.7 million adults suffer from atrial fibrillation.  The condition accounts for about one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbance and is associated with a five-fold increase risk of stroke. Proper AFIB treatment can reduce these risks.

Symptoms of AFIB include irregular heartbeat, heart palpitations, lightheadedness, extreme fatigue, shortness of breath and chest pain. People of European ancestry are more likely to be affected by AFIB than other races and ethnicities. Other risk factors include age, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and smoking. AFIB may be managed with medication to control the heart rhythm and rate and certain lifestyle changes to control risk factors. Surgical options are also available.

About Navicent Health
Navicent Health, the leading provider of healthcare in central and south Georgia, is committed to its mission of elevating health and wellbeing through compassionate care. Providing more than 1,000 beds and offering care in 53 specialties at more than 50 facilities throughout the region, Navicent Health provides care for healthcare consumers’ through an academic medical center; community, pediatric and rehabilitation hospitals; urgent care centers; physician practices; diagnostic centers; home health; hospice and palliative care; and a life plan community. Navicent Health is dedicated to enhancing health and wellness for individuals throughout the region through nationally recognized quality care, community health initiatives and collaborative partnerships. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.

 

 

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Early Detection of Prostate Cancer Saves Lives 8:41 pm

It may surprise you to learn that prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death in American men, behind only lung cancer. It doesn’t have to be. With early detection, prostate cancer is very treatable. In fact, more than 3.1 million men have survived their diagnosis, thanks to screenings that led to early intervention.

 

To improve the health and longevity of our community, Southeast Georgia Health System will offer free prostate cancer screenings in Brantley, Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month this September.

 

The early stages of prostate cancer usually show no symptoms, which underscores the importance of screenings. Eventually, the disease can lead to symptoms such as frequent urination (especially at night), being unable to urinate, difficulty starting or stopping urination, weak or interrupted urine flow, painful or burning urination, erectile dysfunction, painful ejaculation, blood in urine or semen, and chronic pain or stiffness in the lower back, hips or upper thighs. Prostate cancer can also numb or weaken the legs or feet or cause a loss of bladder or bowel control.

 

The key to defeating prostate cancer is early detection. “Statistics show that if found and treated early, the relative survival rate for prostate cancer is quite high. In fact, if the cancer is localized, meaning it has not spread beyond the prostate, the five-year survival rate is nearly 100 percent. This proves that screenings save lives,” says David Kranc, M.D., Ph.D., a board-certified urologist at Southeast Georgia Physician Associates–Urology.

 

The Health System’s free screenings include a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test. This test detects elevated proteins produced by the prostate. A physician will review the PSA results to see if additional tests are needed.

 

Risk factors for prostate cancer include:

“If cancer is found, there are many treatment options offered at the Health System, from ‘watchful waiting’ for slow-growing cancers, to surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or immunotherapy. We also have CyberKnife, an advanced radiation therapy that directly target cancer cells without harming surrounding healthy tissue,” says Kranc.

 

“For patients with localized prostate cancer and who are a surgical candidate, we use the da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System which offers patients a number of significant benefits over traditional open surgery,” explains Kranc. “Survival, continence, and potency rates have been excellent in those undergoing surgery using the Robot.”

 

Men age 40 and older, or those with any risk factors, are encouraged to participate in the free screening. Test results will be mailed to each participant. Due to COVID-19, appointments and social distancing are required to help keep everyone safe. The screening schedule is as follows:

 

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 4–7 p.m.

Brantley Family Medicine Center, 21300 Hwy. 82, Ste. C, Waynesville

McIntosh Family Medicine Center, 1022 Miller Lane SW, Darien

 

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 4–7 p.m.

Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus, 2000 Dan Proctor Dr., St. Marys

 

Thursday, Sept. 10, 4–7 p.m.

Southeast Georgia Health System Outpatient Care Center, 2500 Starling St., Brunswick

 

For more information or to make an appointment, call 855-ASK-SGHS (855-275-7447).

 

About Southeast Georgia Health System
Southeast Georgia Health System is a not-for-profit health system comprised of two acute care hospitals, two long term care facilities, three immediate care centers, five family medicine centers and numerous employed physician practices. The Health System has multiple outpatient specialty care centers, including the only CyberKnife® M6 Program in Georgia, and a Cancer Care Center accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The Health System is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health and Southeast Georgia Health System forming a highly integrated hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. For more information, visit sghs.org.

 

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