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SGMC Hosts Nursing Career Fair

April 21, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center is hosting the hospital’s first in-person Nursing Career Fair of the year on April 22, 2021 from 10 AM – 3 PM at Mathis City Auditorium in Valdosta. Representatives from all nursing units will be available to provide interviews and give job offers. Candidates are required to bring their resumes and be an RN or LPN …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center participating in national Talk With Me Baby program

April 16, 2021

Beginning this month, all parents of babies born at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) will take home a “Talk With Me Baby” book.   HMC is participating in Talk With Me Baby, a national program designed to help young parents and family members understand the importance of talking and communicating with their newborn babies.  The hardcover books show families in various …Read More


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Mobile Food Pantry to Provide Food for Families in Need

April 13, 2021

Atrium Health Navicent, in partnership with the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank, The Akbar Family, and the Navicent Health Foundation, will hold a community drive-thru food distribution event on Friday, April 16. Event Details When:              Friday, April 16 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where:             Family Health Center, Navicent Health 3780 Eisenhower Parkway Macon, GA 31201 Please use the Bloomfield …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Provides COVID-19 Vaccines to Brookdale Warming Center Residents

April 12, 2021

As part of its commitment to serve vulnerable residents, Atrium Health Navicent partnered with Macon-Bibb County to vaccinate Brookdale Warming Center residents on Friday, providing protection against COVID 19.   “Atrium Health Navicent is proud to partner with Macon-Bibb County to vaccinate these residents and help slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Atrium Health Navicent President and CEO Delvecchio Finley. …Read More


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Community Partners Host Eighth Annual Child Abuse Prevention Symposium

April 8, 2021

Each April — in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month — Crescent House, Navicent Health encourages discussion of this important topic through an annual Child Abuse Prevention Symposium. The in-person event planned for 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but has been transformed into a virtual event for 2021.   In partnership with Resilient Middle Georgia, this year’s …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent’s Hip Fracture Program Seeks to Shorten Hospital Stays, Improve Patient Outcomes

April 6, 2021

A new multi-disciplinary Hip Fracture Program at Atrium Health Navicent is seeking to shorten hospital stays and reduce complications and readmission rates.   Launched in 2020, the program helps patients who sustain hip fractures from a variety of causes ranging from falls at ground level or from a ladder to car crashes. Injured patients, typically aged 50 and older, enter …Read More


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Donate Life: Southeast Georgia Health System Encourages Community to Register as an Organ Donor

April 5, 2021

Did you know that one organ and tissue donor can save or enhance the lives of up to 75 people? More than 112,000 people in the United States await the gift of life through organ donation, and over 4,900 of those people are our friends and neighbors in Georgia. April is Donate Life Month, the month long celebration that commemorates …Read More


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Floyd Connect to Purpose

April 5, 2021

“If I were Tyler Perry I’d write a movie about y’all. If I were Garth Brooks, I’d write a song.” A grateful mother wrote those words in a Facebook post commending the work of Floyd EMT Desiree Hartmann, Floyd County Police Officer Blake Puckett and other good Samaritans who helped free her daughter from the cab of a burning pickup …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Provides COVID-19 Vaccine to Homebound Residents

April 1, 2021

Atrium Health Navicent is partnering with the Georgia Department of Public Health to vaccinate homebound individuals in four counties who otherwise wouldn’t have an opportunity to receive a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.   Nurses began visiting the homes of individuals identified by the Area Agency on Aging and Department of Public Health on Thursday, April 1.   “As a …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER COMPLETES FIRST AVM TREATMENT, ADVANCING BRAIN CARE FOR THE REGION

March 30, 2021

The radiation oncology and neuroscience teams at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) recently partnered to provide the region’s first treatment for arteriovenous malformation (AVM), a tangle of abnormal blood vessels in the brain. Because of the high risk for stroke and myriad neurological conditions associated with AVM, patients have traditionally been sent elsewhere for care – but now they can …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Offering COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccines

March 25, 2021

Effective March 25, 2021, Southeast Georgia Health System is offering COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines for all individuals age 16 and older at its Brunswick and Kingsland Vaccine Clinics. Pfizer is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for those aged 16-18. Appointments can be scheduled online at sghs.org/covid19-vaccine.   Brunswick Campus, Linda S. Pinson Conference Center 2415 Parkwood Drive, Brunswick Every Wednesday …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent to Provide COVID-19 Vaccines to all Georgians Aged 16 and Older

March 24, 2021

Atrium Health Navicent stands ready to provide public COVID-19 vaccinations to all Georgians aged 16 and older beginning Thursday. Georgia announced plans to expand the vaccine eligibility group on Tuesday.   “Atrium Health Navicent has been steadily expanding our public vaccination program as supply has allowed. We’re now vaccinating hundreds of people each clinic day, helping to slow the spread …Read More


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Tanner Crests 10,000 Public Vaccines Administered

March 18, 2021

The Cracker Barrel better get a table ready for Elsie Pinyan — she’s coming for supper.   The 92-year-old Winston resident received the 10,000th dose of COVID-19 vaccine that Tanner Health System has administered to the public since it began hosting vaccination clinics in January. And Pinyan said the first thing she wanted to do was go out to eat. …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in recognizing March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 17, 2021

The community is invited to join Navicent Health in recognizing March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer, also known as colon cancer, is the second most common cause of cancer death in the United States and affects 1 in 20 Americans. Incidence rates are particularly high among African-Americans, and the disease is very prevalent in the Southeast.   …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Offering COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Brunswick and Kingsland

March 15, 2021

Southeast Georgia Health System is offering Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine appointments for residents meeting current eligibility criteria at their Brunswick and Kingsland Vaccine Clinics. Appointments can be scheduled online at sghs.org/covid19-vaccine.   Brunswick Campus, Linda S. Pinson Conference Center 2415 Parkwood Drive, Brunswick Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.   Camden Community Recreation Center 1050 Wildcat Drive, Kingsland …Read More


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SGMC Shines a Light After One Year of COVID-19 Fight

March 12, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021 marks one year since South Georgia Medical Center received confirmation of its first positive COVID-19 patient and entered the battle against the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. As a public show of support for its healthcare workforce and to honor the lives lost, SGMC launched 30 days of light.           For 30 days, the Dasher Memorial Heart Center will don a blue glow, the color of hope to many, …Read More


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Tanner Provides COVID-19 Vaccinations to Area School Districts

March 11, 2021

On Wednesday, March 10, Tanner Health System provided COVID-19 vaccines for staff from Carroll County Schools, Carrollton City Schools, Oak Mountain Academy and Oak Grove Montessori.   “Tanner Health System’s partnership has been instrumental in allowing us to offer our employees the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine promptly,” said Scott Cowart, superintendent for the Carroll County School System. “We …Read More


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Wayne Memorial Hospital Receives $10,000 in Georgia HEART Funds via Windham Brannon, LLC

March 11, 2021

Through the Georgia Rural Health Tax Program, Georgia HEART, Wayne Memorial recently received $10,000 via Windham Brannon, LLC. Pictured are Hospital Chief Financial Officer Greg Jones (left) and Windham Brannon Healthcare Advisory Business Development Director Chris Andersen (right) at the check presentation. The state of Georgia’s rural hospitals have long been facing a financial crisis, jeopardizing the access of rural Georgians to …Read More


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SGMC Completes $6 Million Investment in Cancer Treatment Technology

March 10, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center recently completed a $6 million upgrade of its two linear accelerators. Located in the Pearlman Cancer Center, the versatile linear accelerators deliver customized external beam radiation treatments to cancer patients. These units are an essential part of cancer treatment with two-thirds of Pearlman’s patients receiving radiation therapy at some point during their care. Dr. John Devine, …Read More


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St. Mary’s marks anniversary of start of COVID-19 pandemic

March 10, 2021

Today, St. Mary’s Health Care System will begin its observance of the first anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic by planting hundreds of white flags on the lawns of its hospitals in Athens, Lavonia and Greensboro. The flags will recognize the nearly 1,500 inpatients with COVID-19 who have received care at the three hospitals over the past year. …Read More


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SGMC Foundation Receives $175,000 Grant to Fund ‘AngelEye’ Camera System in SGMC Birthplace

March 8, 2021

The South Georgia Medical Center Foundation received a $175,000 grant from the Roots and Wings Foundation to support AngelEye, the new technology recently installed in the SGMC Birthplace. AngelEye cameras allow families to check on their babies 24/7 through secure livestreaming video over a computer, phone or tablet. The application also has a one-way patient update tool that allows doctors …Read More


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Georgia House of Representatives Recommends Funding for Southeast Georgia Health System Physician Residency Program Planning

March 8, 2021

The Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations Act approved today by the Georgia House of Representatives includes $180,000 to support Southeast Georgia Health System with the initial planning work to establish a Graduate Medical Education (GME) program for resident physicians.   “Rural hospitals in Georgia are experiencing major doctor shortages, especially primary care physicians,” stated Michael D. Scherneck, president and chief executive …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Offering COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Brunswick and Kingsland

March 5, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Criteria to Expand on March 8 BRUNSWICK, Georgia: March 4, 2021 – Southeast Georgia Health System has available COVID-19 vaccine appointments for residents meeting current eligibility criteria at their Brunswick and Kingsland Vaccine Clinics. Appointments can be scheduled online at sghs.org/covid19-vaccine.   Brunswick Campus, Linda S. Pinson Conference Center 2415 Parkwood Drive, Brunswick Saturday, March 6, 8 …Read More


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SGMC Hosts Vaccination Event for Educational Workforce

March 3, 2021

Last week Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced that beginning March 8, the eligibility for Georgians to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be expanded. This expansion will include workforce in licensed or exempt childcare programs, Pre-K, and K-12 education; adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers; and parents of children with complex medical conditions. South Georgia Medical Center currently …Read More


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A Special Kind of Cupid

March 2, 2021

​Until last November, Gene and Jane Mitchell, married for 51 years, had seldom been apart. Their union has produced four children, 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a legacy of togetherness that was abruptly interrupted by an automobile wreck last year. Mrs. Mitchell was admitted to Floyd Medical Center at a time when COVID-19 numbers were rising and hospital visits were …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center recognized for quality medical excellence, patient safety

February 26, 2021

Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) was recently recognized for medical excellence and patient safety quality by CareChex®. HMC was ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in four categories for 2021. The awards are based on a comprehensive quality scoring system that compares inpatient quality performance across general, acute and non-federal U.S. hospitals. For Medical Excellence, HMC was recognized …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center offering new COVID-19 treatment to qualified patients to make hospital admission less likely

February 25, 2021

A new COVID-19 treatment, bamlanivimab, that recently began being offered by Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) may help certain patients from developing a more severe case of the disease. The research so far shows that for certain people, taking this drug may help limit the amount of virus in the body. This may help their symptoms improve sooner — and they …Read More


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St. Joseph’s/Candler, Savannah-area churches begin vaccinations in underserved communities

February 18, 2021

A new effort is bringing the power of local Black and Latino churches to the fight against  the coronavirus. “We’ve been impacted in a major way by the pandemic, said Rev. Da’Henri Thurmond of his congregation of about 2,500 at St. Paul CME Church. “We’ve had a number of persons in our congregation who either have suffered from the virus or have ultimately died from …Read More


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Georgia Trend honors Veazey as ‘Notable Georgian’

February 18, 2021

Georgia Trend magazine recognized Tifton’s Monty Veazey, the CEO of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, as one of its 60 “Notable Georgians” for 2021 in its January issue.   “I’m honored to have my name mentioned alongside so many great Georgians who have accomplished so much for our state,” Veazey said. “I’m incredibly lucky to work every day with …Read More


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Georgia Alliance Adds Trio of Hospital Executives to Leadership Posts

February 18, 2021

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals announced today that it’s added a trio of Georgia hospital executives to leadership posts. Daniel Owens, CEO of the Emory University Hospitals in Midtown and Smyrna, has joined the Alliance’s Executive Committee, and Darcy Craven, CEO of Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville, and Ronald Dean, CEO of South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, have …Read More


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Northside BMT Program ‘significantly’ exceeds expected survival for 12th consecutive year

February 12, 2021

For a 12th consecutive year, The Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program at Northside Hospital has been recognized as having among the very best survival outcomes in the United States for bone marrow transplants.   The data were provided by the Centers for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) in their Final 2020 Transplant Center Survival Report, which tabulated patient survival following transplantation …Read More


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SGMC Birthplace Adds New Camera System to Connect Families with Newborns

February 12, 2021

The Birthplace at South Georgia Medical Center recently installed 32 live-streaming video cameras to keep parents and family members connected to their newborns. The cameras, located across various departments including Labor and Delivery, Nursery, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Surgery and select Post Partum rooms, are part of a platform known as AngelEye Health.   AngelEye includes advanced camera technology, a …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center receives national recognition for support of perioperative nursing certification

February 11, 2021

Hamilton Medical Center recently earned the CNOR® Strong designation from the Competency & Credentialing Institute (CCI). The Certified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR) credential is the only accredited certification for perioperative registered nurses. Earning the CNOR is a mark of distinction and demonstrates a commitment to upholding the highest standards in patient safety.   The CNOR Strong designation is awarded annually to …Read More


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St. Mary’s achieves accreditation for echocardiology procedures

February 1, 2021

St. Mary’s Cardiac and Vascular Services Laboratory has achieved accreditation from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) on Echocardiography for procedures that use sound waves to detect and diagnose numerous heart conditions. With this accreditation, St. Mary’s becomes one of only a handful of providers in Georgia accredited for adult Transesophageal Echo (TEE) procedures. “This accreditation is a huge achievement,” said …Read More


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Tanner Provides More Than 7,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses

February 1, 2021

Carrollton vaccination event draws almost 1,500 senior adults   Tanner Health System is continuing to expand the availability of COVID-19 vaccine in accord with state guidelines, topping 7,000 doses administered.   This week, the health system held second-dose vaccine clinics for its healthcare workers, as well as a massive first-dose vaccination event for area adults age 65 and older.   …Read More


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SGMC Enhances Labor Experience with Revolutionary Birthing Beds

January 22, 2021

The Birthplace at South Georgia Medical Center recently upgraded its fleet of birthing beds to bring a new level of comfort and efficiency to the labor experience. The investment includes new patient beds, suitable for labor, delivery, recovery and post partum, which include many features that make the process easier for both mothers and their providers.    “This is just …Read More


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One Organ Donor Can Save up to 75 Lives: Now is the Time to Donate Life

January 22, 2021

The patient was only 68 years old, but a stroke ended her life. As a registered organ donor, her passing was not in vain. Her generosity, and the efforts of Southeast Georgia Health System professionals, gave three people the gift of life. One of her kidneys was transplanted into a fellow Georgian, a mother of two. A 60-year-old man received …Read More


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Second Round of Covid-19 Vaccine Given in Wayne

January 20, 2021

“Peace of mind” and “thankful.” Words given by Wayne Memorial Hospital Employee Janet Keith when describing her reaction to receiving her second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. She adds that she is “praying it is available to all who want to get the vaccine soon.” Keith says, “We need 2021 to start being Covid-free as everyone needs ‘peace of …Read More


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SGMC Expands Vaccination Sites to Berrien and Lanier Counties

January 20, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center will expand its COVID-19 vaccination efforts to its Berrien and Lanier Campuses beginning Monday, Jan. 25. Vaccinations will be by appointment only and recipients must meet the qualifications outlined by the Georgia Department of Public Health.   Appointments can be made online at sgmc.org. Eligibility includes: healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Administers 4,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Doses in 8 Days

January 19, 2021

Since January 11, the effective date of Governor Kemp’s expansion of the COVID-19 vaccine beyond health care workers and long term care facility residents, Southeast Georgia Health System has administered nearly 4,000 vaccine doses. “We are very pleased at the response of our team members and community to receive the vaccine,” says Michael D. Scherneck, president and CEO. “The vaccine …Read More


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Northside Hospital recognized as a “Best” employer by Comparably.com

January 18, 2021

Northside Hospital was recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the last quarter of 2020 by workplace culture and compensation monitoring site  Comparably. Among all Top Large employers (more than 500 employees) across the United States, Northside ranked for Best Company Culture, Best Companies for Women and Best Companies for Diversity. Comparably’s annual “Best” lists showcase companies …Read More


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Sacred Heart Hospital recognized with Leapfrog ‘A’ safety grade

January 18, 2021

January 18, 2021 – St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Gradea national distinction recognizing Sacred Heart’s achievements  protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.   The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, …Read More


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SGMC Begins COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Thru Site

January 12, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center will begin to vaccinate Georgians this week at the new COVID-19 vaccination drive thru. This comes after Georgia expanded its eligibility to include citizens 65 and older, area law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders. Vaccinations will be by appointment only and can be scheduled at sgmc.org.    SGMC’s vaccination site allows citizens to schedule an appointment …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM ANNOUNCES FIRST COVID-19 VACCINE CLINIC EVENTS

January 11, 2021

Residents across northeast Georgia who are 65 or older can now schedule an appointment to receive a COVID vaccine at one of several events hosted by Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS). Seven COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic events have been planned through the end of January, along with follow-up events at which participants will receive their second dose.             “It’s exciting to …Read More


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St. Mary’s President & CEO addresses COVID vaccine questions

January 8, 2021

St. Mary’s is receiving numerous questions about COVID-19 vaccinations. We want to answer those questions as best we can in this fast-changing situation. The following reflects the best information we have at this moment.   First, most hospitals in Georgia – including all three hospitals in our system – are experiencing the highest number of COVID patients we have seen …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Participates in COVID-19 Vaccination Phase 1a Expansion

January 8, 2021

Southeast Georgia Health System has announced it will begin providing COVID-19 vaccines to individuals age 65 and over, as well as police officers, firefighters and other first responders, on Monday, Jan. 11, based on guidelines established by Governor Kemp on Dec. 30, 2020. Vaccines are only available by appointment. Due to the current limited vaccine supply, prioritization will be given …Read More


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Covid-19 Vaccine Arrives in Wayne

December 29, 2020

Jesup – An early Christmas present arrived this year for healthcare workers at Wayne Memorial –   the first installment of Moderna’s Covid-19 Vaccine. Among the first in the group to receive the vaccine was Dr. Bill Headley. He shares he has experienced no real side effects, lest a sore arm for a couple of days. “I encourage folks to get …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus Makes Georgia Trend’s Top Hospital List

December 29, 2020

Southeast Georgia Health System’s Camden Campus was recently named one of the 2020 Top Hospitals in the state by Georgia Trend. This leading business and lifestyle magazine featured the hospital rankings in the December 2020 issue; the Camden Campus ranked 14th in the small hospital category (fewer than 100 patient beds). “It’s an honor to be recognized as one of …Read More


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Good Samaritan Hospital begins vaccinating frontline staff

December 23, 2020

As part of the nationwide effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital received a partial shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday and began administering it to front-line colleagues and providers this morning. Among those working to administer the shots was hospital President Tanya Adcock, a registered nurse.   “We are excited about the safety and effectiveness …Read More


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Tanner Receives First Round of COVID-19 Vaccine

December 23, 2020

On the morning of Dec. 22, the two nondescript delivery trucks backed up to the docks of Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton and Tanner Medical Center/Villa Rica, offloading the first doses of the vaccine that — along with continued public health measures — will give the region a chance to turn around the COVID-19 pandemic.    The hospitals received almost 2,000 doses of …Read More


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St. Mary’s provides first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

December 22, 2020

As part of the nationwide effort to end the COVID-19 pandemic, St. Mary’s received a partial shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine Monday and began administering it to front-line colleagues and providers. Among those working to administer the shots was St. Mary’s President and CEO Montez Carter, a licensed pharmacist.   “We are excited about the safety and effectiveness of this …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM PROVIDING FIRST SHIPMENT OF COVID-19 VACCINE TO FRONTLINE WORKERS

December 18, 2020

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is now offering nearly 5,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline staff and physicians.             “It feels like Christmas came early,” says Carol Burrell, NGHS president and CEO. “It’s been a long eight months for our organization and our community, as we continue to see record numbers of COVID patients. We still have a …Read More


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Rural Hospitals: Fighting for Survival

December 16, 2020

The COVID crisis has worsened the plight of the state’s most vulnerable hospitals. November 30, 2020 Susan Percy Addressing Crises: Monty Veazey, president and CEO of Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, at Tift Regional Medical Center in Tifton Credit: Todd Stone When the doors closed at Cuthbert’s Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center (SGRMC) last month, Randolph County lost more than …Read More


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Wireless Monitoring System Improves Labor Experience at SGMC

December 9, 2020

The Birthplace at South Georgia Medical Center recently added advanced wireless technology for monitoring that provides mothers the freedom to safely move around during the labor process. The maternal/fetal wireless patch technology is a single patch system placed on the expectant mother’s abdomen. This cord-free, belt-free solution monitors maternal and fetal heart rate and uterine activity while offering patients more …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER NOW CERTIFIED AS PRIMARY STOKE CENTER AT THREE CAMPUSES

December 9, 2020

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Barrow and NGMC Braselton were recently certified for the first time as Primary Stroke Centers by DNV GL Healthcare, shortly after NGMC Gainesville was recertified as a Primary Stroke Center. “Our health system continues to prove that it is dedicated to ensuring stroke patients in our region are offered the best care close to home,” …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus Introduces Robotic Knee Replacement Surgery

December 7, 2020

Robotic knee surgery data indicates the technology has the potential to speed recovery and improve accuracy compared to standard procedures. If you live in Camden County and need knee surgery, Southeast Georgia Health System has some good news– robotic knee surgery technology is now available at the Health System’s Camden Campus.   The ROSA® Knee System provides precision guidance for …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM PLANS TO ADD NEW TOWER, EXPAND CLINICAL SERVICES, ENHANCE CARE AT NGMC GAINESVILLE

December 3, 2020

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) plans to grow its hospital in Gainesville to meet the growing needs of the surrounding region by adding a new, multi-story tower as early as 2024. This future tower is part of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville’s continued evolution into one of the state’s largest and most advanced community-based, non-profit hospitals. The tower, which …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM SEES RECORD NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES AND BRACES FOR SURGE IN TESTING

December 2, 2020

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) saw a surge in COVID-19 cases over the holiday weekend with 181 confirmed cases admitted on Tuesday, December 1, at its hospitals and long-term care facilities combined. The numbers of those needing testing and care are expected to continue rising in the coming days and weeks. “Both the percentage of tests coming back positive and …Read More


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St. Mary’s donates 3 tons of frozen turkeys to those in need

December 1, 2020

St. Mary’s Health Care System and its colleagues and volunteers on the Monday before Thanksgiving donated 365 turkeys – weighing more than 6,200 pounds and with a value of more than $9,300 – to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, the Greene County Food Pantry and Iris Chandler Ministries to help families in need this holiday season.   Each year, …Read More


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MALCOLM BALDRIGE NATIONAL QUALITY AWARD – NATION’S HIGHEST RECOGNITION FOR PERFORMANCE EXCELLENCE – AWARDED TO WELLSTAR PAULDING HOSPITAL

November 25, 2020

Hospital is first healthcare organization in Georgia – and second organization in the state – to receive the award   Wellstar Health System, one of Georgia’s largest and most integrated healthcare systems, today announced that Wellstar Paulding Hospital has been awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest level of recognition for performance excellence. Wellstar Paulding Hospital is …Read More


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November is National Home Care and Hospice Month

November 25, 2020

During November, the National Association for Home Care (NAHC) encourages all communities to celebrate National Home Care and Hospice Month, honoring the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists and social workers who make a difference for the patients and families they serve. “For the aged, disabled or ill, staying in the homes they know and love can become increasingly …Read More


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SGMC Lab Professionals Honored as Hospital Heroes

November 18, 2020

South Georgia Medical Center honored its laboratory professionals as the November Hospital Heroes at its monthly Board of Directors meeting.    According to Chief Nursing Officer Randy Smith, “Nurses and doctors all over the world are doing a phenomenal job day in and day out, but the role of lab professionals can not be overlooked as they have truly been …Read More


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The Future of Hometown Health Care

November 16, 2020

Although coronavirus has brought some aspects in life to a standstill, the Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus Master Renovation and Expansion Project has not missed a beat. “We’ve been very fortunate that coronavirus has minimally impacted the project. Years of planning were dedicated to this project, and good planning often creates good luck,” said Tripp Stephens, vice president, Support …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM NOW PROVIDING STROKE PROCEDURES THAT SAVE LIVES, KEEP PEOPLE CLOSER TO HOME

November 9, 2020

When it comes to strokes, seconds could be the difference between full recovery and long-term effects. For decades, people could rely on Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) to provide clot-busting drugs that might save their lives, but they would have to be transferred to other hospitals outside the region if other critical procedures were needed. Now – thanks to NGMC …Read More


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Georgia HEART Gives Taxpayers Opportunity to Earn Tax Credit When Supporting Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus

November 9, 2020

You have to pay taxes, but do you know what your tax dollars are used for? It’s your money, and whether you’re taxed $50 or $50,000, you should have a choice on how it’s used or who it benefits, and now you do. Georgia is the only state in the nation which is afforded the opportunity to financially support its …Read More


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Celebrate a COVID Safe Halloween

October 27, 2020

Halloween is traditionally a fun night for children across the U.S., but the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has left parents wondering if they should celebrate this year, and if so, how to celebrate safely. Pediatricians from Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health offer tips to celebrate a COVID Safe Halloween. “It’s important to create as much normalcy for children …Read More


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St. Mary’s providing free, fresh food to those in need

October 21, 2020

This October, St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens and St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital in Lavonia are providing free, fresh food to people in need in our community.   Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that the Farmers to Families Food Box Program will distribute up to $3 billion worth of fresh produce, …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER NAMED ONE OF THE NATION’S MOST WIRED HOSPITALS FOR SEVENTH TIME

October 12, 2020

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is the only hospital in Georgia to receive one of the highest levels of recognition for using technology to improve healthcare quality and cost. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) included NGMC on its annual list of Healthcare’s Most Wired for 2020. This is the seventh year NGMC has made the list, and …Read More


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Gov. Kemp Tours Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton

October 9, 2020

Thanks front-line healthcare workers, learns about open heart expansion   Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was in Carrollton Wednesday, paying a visit to Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton to learn more about how community hospitals have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and to talk to the healthcare workers on the front lines of the pandemic.   “COVID-19 has presented unprecedented challenges across our …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM JOINS LHC GROUP TO FORM HOME HEALTHCARE SERVICE

October 1, 2020

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is happy to offer a new service to help patients transition from the hospital to their homes. Effective Oct. 1, NGHS and LHC Group, the preferred in-home healthcare partner for 350 leading hospitals around the country, will partner to launch Northeast Georgia Home Health in Gainesville. “We are thrilled to partner with LHC Group to …Read More


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SGMC Recognizes Hospital Heroes

September 24, 2020

South Georgia Medical Center honored the Emergency Department and Emergency Medical Services as Hospital Heroes at the Hospital Authority of Valdosta Lowndes County Board meeting last week. According to Chief Nursing Officer Randy Smith, “We are currently in the middle of a worldwide pandemic of unprecedented proportions and today it truly is fitting to recognize these healthcare professionals as our …Read More


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Hamilton providing safe care in middle of pandemic

September 16, 2020

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 …Read More


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

September 16, 2020

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 …Read More


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Diagnostic mammography comes to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital

September 15, 2020

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 …Read More


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Hamilton Physician Group offering rapid flu test

September 11, 2020

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 …Read More


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September 8, 2020

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 …Read More


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SGMC Distributes 10K Masks to Community Partners

September 4, 2020

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 …Read More


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Senior Care Center Visitor Cottages Keep Families Connected

September 3, 2020

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 …Read More


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SGMC Stroke Program Receives Top Award

September 2, 2020

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 …Read More


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The Medical Center, Navicent Health Nationally Recognized for AFib Care

August 27, 2020

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 …Read More


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Early Detection of Prostate Cancer Saves Lives

August 26, 2020

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 …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

August 26, 2020

Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) 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 based on the latest scientific evidence.   HMC earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Wound Care Center Recognized with National Award for Excellence in Wound Healing

August 25, 2020

Southeast Georgia Health System Wound Care Center physicians, leaders and clinicians recently gathered to celebrate the Robert A. Warriner III, M.D., Clinical Excellence Award. The Wound Care Center has scored in the top 10 percent of eligible Healogics® Wound Care Centers® on the Clinical Excellence measure, which is the Comprehensive Healing Rate weighted by wound mix. This is a way …Read More


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Collaborative Partners Bring New Virtual Care Option to Midstate

August 24, 2020

Virtual Behavioral Health Integration Available to Midstate Residents   MACON, GA (Monday, August 24, 2020) – When Charlotte-based Atrium Health and Macon, Ga.-based Navicent Health announced their strategic combination in January 2019, one primary objective of the partnership was to improve the depth and breadth of services offered to healthcare consumers in the Georgia market, particularly in the area of …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center opens internal medicine clinic

August 19, 2020

Hamilton Medical Center began seeing patients in its new internal medicine clinic on Aug. 17. The clinic is a component of Hamilton’s new internal medicine physician residency program. Eighteen resident physicians will be treating patients at the clinic, under the supervision of an attending physician. The attending physicians are Daniel Grace, MD, Sarbjit Masson, MD, and Deidre Pierce, MD, program …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Receives Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award

August 14, 2020

Southeast Georgia Health System has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver 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 based on the latest scientific evidence.   The Health System earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement …Read More


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Northside Hospital Gwinnett begins $57 million expansion of emergency department; completion in fall of 2021

August 13, 2020

ATLANTA– Northside Hospital will expand the emergency department at Northside Hospital Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia, marking a significant milestone as the Northside-Gwinnett Medical Center merger approaches its first anniversary.   The project, which was approved by the Georgia Department of Community Health on Aug. 10, includes renovation of the existing emergency department and adjacent imaging services. A two-story addition adjacent …Read More


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Atrium Health Brings Virtual Care Delivery System to Georgia

August 10, 2020

Patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) may be able to receive hospital-level treatment in the comfort of their own homes. Today, Navicent Health – in collaboration with Atrium Health – announced its new and innovative virtual care delivery system, which is designed to protect the patient’s health, the health of others and prevent further spread of the virus. “We …Read More


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Draffin Tucker Contributes $615,000 To Rural Hospitals Over Last Three Years Through State’s Tax Credit Program

August 7, 2020

In response to Georgia’s Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program, Draffin & Tucker, LLP has announced that with its 2020 contribution of $175,000, the firm has contributed $615,000 to eligible rural hospitals within the state over the last three years. “As a firm that has worked with rural hospitals for over 40 years, we understand just how important these hospitals are …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER GAINESVILLE AND BRASELTON RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN STROKE CARE

August 6, 2020

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville has been recertified as a Primary Stroke Center by DNV GL Healthcare (DNV) while NGMC Braselton received a stroke quality award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). “At NGMC Gainesville, we’re honored to have been able to serve our community and the entire North Georgia region as a Primary Stroke Center since …Read More


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Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion Welcomes Wm. Edward Richards, MD, as new Medical Director

August 5, 2020

As a gynecologic oncologist and principal investigator for the Gynecologic Clinical Research Program, Dr. Richards has served in Savannah and the Low Country for the past 8 years A leader in new medical technologies and the latest cancer treatments is stepping into a new role as Medical Director for the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion (LCRP) …Read More


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A Decade of World Class Stroke Care!

August 3, 2020

The Medical Center, Navicent Health (MCNH) has earned its tenth consecutive “Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus” Quality Achievement Award, an annual award presented by the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association (AHA) for excellence in stroke care.    In addition, MCNH has also been named to AHA’s “Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite” for the fourth consecutive …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Launches #COVIDendswithme Challenge

July 30, 2020

In an attempt to help mitigate the increasing spread of COVID-19, Southeast Georgia Health System continues to strongly encourage everyone to protect their friends, family and neighbors by wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing when in public. Hopeful that sharing personal stories on social media will serve as an influential tool to flatten the curve, the Health System …Read More


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Northside Hospital BMT Program ‘significantly’ exceeds expected survival rates for 11th year

July 14, 2020

For an 11th consecutive year, The Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute has been recognized as having among the best survival outcomes in the United States for bone marrow transplants.   The data was reported in the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research Final 2019 Transplant Center Survival Report and from Be The …Read More


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GEORGIA CANCER CENTER AMONG PROVIDERS AWARDED FIVE-YEAR GRANT FOR COLORECTAL CANCER PREVENTION

July 10, 2020

Administered through Georgia CORE, the CDC-funded program will bring colorectal screening, navigation and colonoscopies to 15,000 people in southeast and southwest Georgia.   ATLANTA – The Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University is on a team of cancer care providers that received a five-year grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the amount of $795,560 per year to provide …Read More


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Seeing a Need, Fulfilling a Need

June 22, 2020

“If you build it, they will come.” Most everyone is familiar with this takeoff of the phrase used in the 1989 film Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner. And most likely, one has also heard of the nursing shortage countrywide. Reasons for that shortage vary from an aging Baby Boomer population (including nurses nearing retirement) to advancements in medicine lengthening …Read More


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St. Mary’s resuming services with focus on safety

June 11, 2020

Due to the success of preventive measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our region, all hospitals, outpatient centers and physician offices in the St. Mary’s system are taking steps to safely accommodate ongoing patient needs, including elective surgeries, tests and procedures, and patient visitation.   “We are prepared so that our patients are protected,” said President and CEO …Read More


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Peeples Cancer Institute treating patients, providing hope

June 10, 2020

When guests enter Peeples Cancer Institute (PCI), they are welcomed by a greeter who is equipped to answer questions and escort them where needed. The institute has a spacious lobby that was specifically designed to provide a calm, relaxing atmosphere.   “First impressions are important and our intent is to clearly convey confidence, tranquility and healing,” says Ernie Elemento, vice …Read More


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In a BRG | Prism webinar, nurse leaders share their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic:

June 9, 2020

Gara Edelstein, MSN, RN, NE-BC, System Chief Nursing Officer, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, and Chief Nursing Officer, Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip, New York Kim Richard, MHA, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, Connecticut The objective of the Nurse Executive Forum series is to share information concerning the onset, peak, and decline …Read More


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Bringing Intensive Care to Rural Areas…Virtually

June 8, 2020

New Program Brings Virtual ICUs to Hospitals in Baldwin, Monroe, Peach Counties Access to health services is difficult for many Georgians, particularly those in rural areas of the state. Many Georgians have to travel long distances from home to access basic medical services. When the need is critical, accessing the proper level of care can become even more challenging. Navicent …Read More


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Telescope Health Expands Telehealth Services Into Georgia in Collaboration with Southeast Georgia Health System

June 4, 2020

Digital health service is designed to increase access to quality health care     JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 4, 2020 – Telescope Health is bringing its virtual health care services to Georgia through a collaboration with Brunswick, Georgia-based Southeast Georgia Health System to provide COVID-19 testing to residents across the health system’s six-county service area. Telescope Health will also introduce wide-spread …Read More


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COVID-19 Challenges and Rapid Recovery Podcast

June 2, 2020

BRG’s Mukesh Gangwal and Paul Osborne moderated a discussion with Dr. K. Ranga Krishnan (CEO, Rush University System for Health), Daniel DeBarba Jr. (CFO, Catholic Health Services of Long Island), and Tri MacDonald (president, BRG). In this extract from their COVID-19 Challenges and Rapid Recovery podcast, they discuss COVID-19 governmental funding sources and how health systems will restart operations under a new-normal environment.    


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Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Tours Temporary Medical Unit at Navicent Health

June 2, 2020

On Wednesday, May 27, Gov. Brian Kemp visited Macon-Bibb County to tour the temporary medical unit (TMU) at The Medical Center, Navicent Health. At the request of the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA), Macon-Bibb County and Navicent Health worked closely with the state to stand up a temporary medical unit in Macon-Bibb County.   “Constructing the TMU was a precautionary …Read More


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LOCAL MARTIAL ARTIST, PERSONAL TRAINER BACK TO NORMAL AFTER STROKE

May 26, 2020

Greg and Jeri Mansur were away for a little bit of a staycation when a stroke struck. Greg was out buying some medicine for Jeri’s headache. They exchanged a few texts. But, when he returned to the hotel, he found Jeri, her face against the ground. “He came back, and he saw me on the floor,” Jeri, now 63, said. …Read More


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Hospitals encourage donations in hour of need

May 26, 2020

HEART program allows Georgians to direct their state income tax to save local healthcare access   Even as they continue to heroically respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, community hospitals are facing critical financial distress that puts their futures in doubt. They need help to ensure our critical healthcare infrastructure survives to serve their region’s ongoing healthcare needs long after we’ve …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center reminding community members to B.E. F.A.S.T.

May 26, 2020

Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) is encouraging community members to be aware about the dangers of stroke and steps to take to avoid stroke. May is National Stroke Awareness Month. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures. When that happens, part of the brain cannot …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center recognized for quality medical excellence, patient safety

May 20, 2020

Hamilton Medical Center was recently recognized for medical excellence and patient safety quality by CareChex®. HMC was ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation in five categories for 2020. The awards are based on a comprehensive quality scoring system that compares inpatient quality performance across general, acute and non-federal U.S. hospitals. For Medical Excellence, HMC was recognized in …Read More


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How to Help Your Local Hospital during COVID-19

May 19, 2020

Georgians Benefit from Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program In the best of times, it’s important that rural communities have access to health care. In the worst of times – one could argue that describes the COVID-19 outbreak – it’s especially critical. But coronavirus isn’t just a threat to public health, it also impacts infrastructure, such as the rural hospitals communities …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Resumes Elective Surgeries

May 7, 2020

Southeast Georgia Health System resumed elective outpatient surgeries on May 4; elective inpatient surgeries will resume on May 11. The services are subject to specific safety guidelines and patients must test negative for COVID-19 within four days of their procedure.   “Over the last several weeks, we have developed effective and efficient operations to manage our COVID-19 patients,” says Vincent …Read More


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SGMC Partners with Mayo Clinic Study for Treatment of COVID-19 Patients

April 30, 2020

Convalescent Blood Donors Needed Locally South Georgia Medical Center treated it’s first COVID-19 positive patient with convalescent plasma on Tuesday as part of the Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Study. Convalescent plasma refers to blood plasma collected from people who have recovered from COVID-19. That plasma is then used to treat inpatients with advanced COVID-19 illness. According to Chief Medical …Read More


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Urgent Health Care Needs Should Be Prioritized Even During A Pandemic

April 22, 2020

Across America, people worry about being exposed to the coronavirus. Hospitals and doctors, straining to cope with the outbreak, have postponed elective surgeries and some routine procedures. Unfortunately, accidents and other health concerns will still happen, and usually at the worst times. What should you do if you have an emergency or urgent medical issue during these uncertain times? “We’re …Read More


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Collaborative Partners Bring Virtual Care Options to Midstate

April 13, 2020

When Charlotte-based Atrium Health and Macon, Ga.-based Navicent Health announced their strategic combination in January 2019, one primary objective of the partnership was to improve the depth and breadth of services offered to healthcare consumers in the Georgia market, particularly in the area of virtual care.   At that time, the two health systems announced that Atrium Health would invest …Read More


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SGMC Receives In Hospital COVID-19 Testing Capability

April 10, 2020

South Georgia Medical Center’s Laboratory has received its initial supply of COVID-19 testing kits and beginning next week will have the ability to preform tests with a rapid turnaround of less than two hours.   SGMC maintains a state-of-the-art full service lab which is accredited by The Joint Commission and operates both the Cepheid and BioFire Molecular Diagnostic Testing platforms, …Read More


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SGMC Opens ER Triage Tent

April 9, 2020

As a part of South Georgia Medical Center’s COVID-19 Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), SGMC has now opened an Emergency Room Triage Tent to help coordinate care for a higher volume of Emergency Room patients with COVID-19 symptoms. The 1,500 sq. ft. air-conditioned tent is designed to accommodate a larger number of patients seeking medical evaluation and care in an efficient …Read More


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Young and Healthy? You’re Not Immune to Coronavirus

April 8, 2020

You’re young, healthy and bored. Before you tempt fate by throwing a coronavirus party, consider these current numbers from the Georgia Department of Public Health:   60% of people who tested positive for coronavirus were between 18-59 years old 294 people have died from the virus in Georgia Georgia has over 7,500 cases 101 cases have been reported in Southeast …Read More


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Augusta University Health extends COVID-19 testing to rural hospitals

April 6, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak sweeps across the United States, rural areas are at risk of getting hit hard by the pandemic.   Augusta University Health has expanded its capacity for COVID-19 testing and is now acting as a reference lab to provide medical centers in rural Georgia and South Carolina with accurate results more timely.   “We know that having more timely …Read More


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Georgia Alliance For Community Hospital Statement Following Gov. Kemp’s Announced Plan to Increase Coronavirus Testing Capacity to 3,000 Per Day

April 1, 2020

(Atlanta, GA) – The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals (GACH) today released the following statement from Monty Veazy, spokesman of GACH’s “Georgia Alliance for Community Hospitals” initiative, after Governor Brian Kemp’s announcement to increase coronavirus testing in the state of Georgia:   “I first wish to extend my gratitude to the hospital workers who are battling this pandemic on the …Read More


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Disaster Distress Helpline Provides Immediate Crisis Counseling to People Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 30, 2020

Jesup, GA – Natural disasters – including such pandemics as the coronavirus outbreak – can be overwhelming and seriously affect emotional health. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who is seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects caused by developments related to the coronavirus pandemic. The Helpline is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week and …Read More


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COVID-19 Virtual Screenings Available at Wayne Memorial

March 30, 2020

Contain the Strain with Smart Care 24/7   Jesup, GA – With the global spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), social distancing has become an important tool to stop the spread of the virus. In order to make screenings more accessible to our community, Wayne Memorial/St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Group is offering a virtual option for those with respiratory symptoms seeking evaluation and …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Opens COVID-19 Screening Hotline

March 30, 2020

On Monday, March 30, at 8 a.m., Southeast Georgia Health System will begin screening patients for coronavirus symptoms through a free COVID-19 Screening Hotline, 912-466-7222.  The Hotline will be staffed with Health System nurses and advanced practice providers and will offer immediate access to Southeast Georgia Physician Associates health care providers, if needed. Patients who meet the criteria for an in-person …Read More


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Telemedicine Allows Southeast Georgia Physician Associates to Deliver Safe, Effective Care during Coronavirus Outbreak

March 27, 2020

Seeing a doctor without leaving the comfort of your home is convenient any time of year. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it’s absolutely vital to public health and safety. “Our goal is to give patients access to care as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Telemedicine helps us achieve that goal,” says Adam Brown, CMPE, director of Physician Practices …Read More


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Emory helps build free online tool to assess COVID-19 risk

March 26, 2020

ATLANTA – Do I have COVID-19? Emory doctors have helped create a new online tool allowing people everywhere to assess how likely it is that they have contracted the novel coronavirus.   C19check.com makes it easy for the general public to self-triage and is designed, in part, to prevent a surge of patients at hospitals and healthcare facilities.   The free tool …Read More


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St. Mary’s COVID-19 update for March 24, 2020

March 25, 2020

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread in our communities, St. Mary’s remains committed to implementing the latest state and national guidelines to protect patients, colleagues and the community, including tighter visitation and delivery policies.   Here are key updates:   To protect our patients, colleagues and providers, St. Mary’s has further restricted visitation at all three of our hospitals. …Read More


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SGMC Clinics Expand Telemedicine

March 23, 2020

SGMC Clinics Expand Telemedicine In an effort to limit potential unnecessary COVID-19 exposures, South Georgia Medical Center clinics are expanding the use of telemedicine as an alternative to traditional appointments. Telemedicine involves the use of electronic communications through devices, such as cell phones, tablets and computers, to provide clinical services to patients without an in-person visit. According to SGMC Family …Read More


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Emergency Care that Cares

March 21, 2020

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Novel coronavirus test provides fast, accurate results

March 20, 2020

  CONTACT: Toni Baker, 706-721-4421 Office, 706-825-6473 Cell, tbaker@augusta.edu   AUGUSTA, Ga. (March 20, 2020) – The Georgia Esoteric and Molecular Laboratory at the Medical College of Georgia Department of Pathology has developed a novel, accurate coronavirus test that can tell patients if they are infected within about two hours instead of waiting typically days to hear from remote testing facilities. “We want patients and physicians in our community …Read More


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Augusta University Health offers pre-scheduled drive-through COVID-19 specimen collection

March 20, 2020

CONTACT: Danielle Harris, 706-522-3023, deharris1@augusta.edu   AUGUSTA, Ga. (March 17, 2020) — As the number of cases of COVID-19 rise throughout Georgia, Augusta University Health is offering drive-through testing atChristenberry Fieldhouse, 3109 Wrightsboro Road, for pre-selected patients.   Beginning Wednesday, March 18, the drive-through clinic will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is only available for patients who receive a positive …Read More


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SGMC announces opening of COVID-19 screening station

March 16, 2020

South Georgia Medical Center announced today the opening of a drive thru COVID-19 Screening Station at its Smith Northview location at 4280 North Valdosta Road.  The drive thru COVID-19 Screening Station will allow members of the community to conveniently drive through a covered station and safely receive a free basic assessment of their symptoms by a healthcare professional while remaining in their …Read More


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COVID-19 SCREENING BEGINS FOR VISITORS AT NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITALS AS TWO PATIENTS TEST POSITIVE

March 16, 2020

Only select entrances will be open for patients and visitors at each Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) hospital starting the afternoon of Sunday, March 15. Each patient and visitor will be screened for COVID-19 as they enter. You can see a complete list of open entrances, updated visitation limitations and other helpful information at www.nghs.com/covid-19.             “These simple screening questions will …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Hosts Breastfeeding Conference For Health Care Professionals and Community

February 18, 2020

Breastfeeding has been proven to be the best source of nutrition for babies to grow and stay healthy. It also benefits mothers by lowering their risk of breast and ovarian cancer, diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis.   Committed to being a resource to mothers who choose to breastfeed, as well as helping health care professionals and the community understand the …Read More


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Free Childbirth Class Offered Saturday, March 7 at Wayne Memorial Hospital

February 14, 2020

A free class on childbirth is offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital Saturday, March  7th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria conference room. This class is ideal for those expectant mothers 25 weeks pregnant or later by the class date. Those interested in registering may do so by calling (912) 530-3118 or (912) 530-3117.   Topics of …Read More


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Anna Shaw Children’s Institute helping children, families

February 10, 2020

Hamilton Health Care System’s Anna Shaw Children’s Institute (ASCI) has helped more than 400 children with developmental delays and their families since opening last April. There have been approximately 3,800 patient visits. “We have had an amazing beginning,” said Terri Woodruff, executive director. Most of the patients are Georgia residents, however some patients have come from Tennessee and Florida. Dedicated …Read More


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St. Mary’s partners with statewide collaborative to maximize maternal safety

February 6, 2020

St. Mary’s Family Birth Center is part of a statewide collaborative that is working to improve Georgia’s maternal death rate, currently ranked as one of the worst in the United States.   “The safety of mothers is vitally important to us,” said Jackie Iley, director of St. Mary’s Family Birth Center. “Our birth center is an extremely safe place to …Read More


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World’s Smallest Pacemaker Debuts at Southeast Georgia Health System

February 3, 2020

On December 6, 2019, Southeast Georgia Health System became the only hospital between Savannah and Jacksonville to offer heart patients the world’s smallest pacemaker. Assisted by the Health System’s Heart Catheter team, cardiologist Mark T. Watkins, M.D., FACC, successfully implanted the new device in two patients. The minimally invasive procedures each took less than 20 minutes. Both patients suffer from …Read More


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Surgeon Uses Innovative Technique to Repair Premature Infant’s GI Tract

January 29, 2020

Mariha Spencer of Warner Robins, Ga. was approximately six months pregnant with her first child, Amillia, when she learned her daughter had a rare congenital defect, known as esophageal atresia, which is characterized by an improper or absent connection between the esophagus and stomach that makes feeding impossible. The abnormality makes it impossible for the affected child to eat, and …Read More


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Hamilton’s Peeples Cancer Institute open, planning community open house

January 27, 2020

Hamilton Medical Center’s Peeples Cancer Institute began welcoming patients Jan. 6. A community open house is planned for Saturday, Feb. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. With an entrance on Memorial Drive, off Thornton Avenue, the 64,000 square-foot facility, estimated at $46.5 million, houses outpatient cancer diagnostic and treatment services in one location. The team of medical and radiation oncologists, …Read More


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Alliance Members named to Georgia Trend’s 100 Most Influential Georgians of 2019

January 15, 2020

“There are no secrets to success,” said former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell. “It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure.” His description could apply to the individuals included in Georgia Trend’s 22nd annual listing of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. It’s a remarkable assemblage of people who prepare, work hard and have contributed to …Read More


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SGMC Hosts Dementia Education Seminar

January 13, 2020

In an effort to address the needs of seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in South Georgia and North Florida, a free educational seminar is being offered by South Georgia Medical Center’s Dogwood Senior Health Center. This free community lecture on the diagnosis and treatment of dementia will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 at the James H. Rainwater Conference …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Promotes Cervical Health Awareness

January 9, 2020

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Jan. 7, 2020 – Every New Year, many women resolve to be proactive about their health, whether it be improving their diet, exercising more, or being more mindful about health screenings. It’s no coincidence, then, that Cervical Health Awareness Month falls in January. With nearly 13,000 women diagnosed annually, Southeast Georgia Health System encourages women to take the …Read More


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Wayne Memorial’s New GE CT System Will Enable Scanning in Even the Most Challenging Situations

January 9, 2020

Jesup, GA – With the convergence of whole organ coverage, image quality, and speed found in GE Healthcare’s Revolution* CT scanner, Wayne Memorial’s physicians are now able to diagnose in even the most challenging situations.  This innovative technology can help enable clinicians to diagnose more patients with erratic or high heart beats and also provide pediatric patients with sedation free …Read More


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Free Childbirth Class Offered Saturday, January 25 at Wayne Memorial Hospital

January 7, 2020

A free class on childbirth is offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital Saturday, January 25th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria conference room. This class is ideal for those expectant mothers 25 weeks pregnant or later by the class date. Those interested in registering may do so by calling (912) 530-3118 or (912) 530-3117. Topics of the …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER’S ROBOTIC SURGERY PROGRAM SURPASSES MAJOR MILESTONE

January 2, 2020

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) closed out 2019 by marking off a major milestone: more than 10,000 NGMC patients have now benefitted from robotic surgery, thanks to specially trained surgeons and state-of-the-art technology known as the da Vinci Surgical System. NGMC offers patients a robust robotic surgical program that includes more than 30 surgeons representing a multitude of specialties: bariatric, …Read More


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Hospital Redirects Funds to Wayne County Toy Drive In Lieu of Christmas Gifts to Physicians

December 20, 2019

Jesup – In lieu of buying Christmas gifts for their physicians, Wayne Memorial Hospital donated $1,000 to the Wayne County Toy Drive. Employees joined the effort by donating 268 new, unwrapped toys. A physician donated an additional $150. Gathering for the check presentation were, from left to right:  Jesup Mayor and Hospital Authority Member David Earl Keith, City Employee and …Read More


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St. Mary’s donates more than 200 frozen turkeys to area food banks

December 4, 2019

St. Mary’s Health Care System colleagues and volunteers on the Monday before Thanksgiving  donated 218 turkeys – weighing about 3,700 pounds – to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and the Greene County Food Pantry to help families in need this holiday season.   Each year, St. Mary’s gives a free turkey to each colleague and volunteer as a token …Read More


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SGMC Receives Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission

November 21, 2019

South Georgia Medical Center received a “no recommendations for improvement” result after a recent two day survey by The Joint Commission. The Joint Commission Gold Seal is a symbol of quality and safety that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to the needs of higher patient safety standards in the industry.   “Given The Joint Commission’s past reviews of our performance, …Read More


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For Third Consecutive Year, Navicent Health Among “Most Wired” Health Systems

November 18, 2019

Most Wired Hospitals Use Technology to Partner with Patients on Health   The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is pleased to announce that Navicent Health has earned 2019 CHIME HealthCare’s Most Wired recognition as a certified level seven health system. This is the third consecutive year that Navicent Health has been named a Most Wired health system, recognized …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Now Provides Genius™ 3D Mammography™ Exams and Softer Mammograms

November 18, 2019

Patients benefit from enhanced image quality and comfort of breast cushion The American Cancer Society (ACS) reports that early detection of breast cancer greatly increases a woman’s chances for survival, and the best opportunity to discover cancer early is to have an annual mammogram.   Southeast Georgia Health System is committed to providing the communities it serves with the highest …Read More


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Leap For The Kids To Make Life Better for Our Community’s Hospitalized Children

November 12, 2019

AJ Donohue would be proud. His name is now connected with a fundraising campaign to renovate the Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick Campus pediatric inpatient unit. In partnership with the Health System Foundation, the AJ Donohue Foundation is launching the “Leap For The Kids” fundraising campaign and will match every dollar donated, up to $100,000.   If you give $25, …Read More


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Free Childbirth Class Offered Saturday, November 16 at Wayne Memorial Hospital

November 12, 2019

A free class on childbirth is offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital Saturday, November 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria conference room. This class is ideal for those expectant mothers 25 weeks pregnant or later by the class date. Those interested in registering may do so by calling (912) 530-3118 or (912) 530-3117. Topics of the …Read More


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New Patient Health Record, MyChart Patient Portal Advance Health for Tanner Patients

November 6, 2019

“One patient, one record” is now a reality across Tanner Health System. On Sunday, Nov. 3, the entire health system went live with the new Epic electronic health record. With Epic, each patient’s entire health record is immediately accessible from providers throughout the organization. Whether a patient’s needs lead them to one of Tanner’s five hospitals, almost 40 physician practices, …Read More


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Atrium Health, Navicent Health Physicians Deliver Joint Presentation on Broadband Access

November 4, 2019

Nearly one in four Americans – most of whom live in rural areas – do not have access to adequate broadband internet services. Physician leaders from Atrium Health and Navicent Health recently addressed the National Rural Health Association’s Critical Access Hospital Conference, discussing “Broadband Access is Key to Improving Rural Health” to call attention to this important issue.   Patrice …Read More


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In Case of Fire, Are You Prepared?

October 30, 2019

Time Change is Perfect Time to Review Your Family’s Plan   MACON, GA (Wednesday, October 30, 2019) – As part of Navicent Health’s ongoing commitment to community safety and preparedness, the health system reminds the public to be prepared in the event of an unexpected fire.   Navicent Health’s Safety, Emergency Management and Physical Environment Manager Steve Ramsey offers the …Read More


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Local Blood Drive

October 29, 2019

Monday, November 4, 11 am – to 4 pm   Jesup, GA –  On Monday, November 4, the staff at Wayne Memorial Hospital is rolling up their sleeves to save lives in a different way and are inviting the public to join them. The hospital is partnering with the American Red Cross to hold a blood drive from 11 a.m. …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center to add open heart surgery

October 28, 2019

Hamilton Medical Center, flagship of Hamilton Health Care System, was recently granted the Certificate of Need (CON) to develop an open heart surgery program by Georgia’s Department of Community Health (DCH).   Lamar Lyle, president and CEO of Lyle Industries and chair of Hamilton Health Care System’s Board of Trustees, found himself in the unenviable position of being a heart …Read More


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Tanner to Offer Open-heart Surgery

October 28, 2019

Clinical expansion will give region comprehensive heart care   Tanner Health System is moving ahead with its plans to establish an open-heart surgery program in Carrollton.   With open-heart surgery, residents will be able to receive services — like coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery — without having to travel out of the area. More than 200,000 CABG procedures are …Read More


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Hamilton Emergency Medical Services receives 2019 Region 1 Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award

October 21, 2019

Hamilton Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) recently received the 2019 Region 1 Emergency Medical Service of the Year Award. The award is given by Northwest Georgia Region 1 Emergency Medical Services System in recognition for an excellent record and contributions to the community.   Region 1 includes Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, …Read More


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St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital offers free mammograms in October to women in need

October 4, 2019

Lavonia, Ga. – October 4, 2019 – For the seventh year in a row, St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital will provide no-cost mammograms to uninsured women and raise awareness about breast cancer during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.   No-cost 3D mammograms will be provided to women in need at St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital, 367 Clear Creek Parkway, Lavonia, …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER PART OF STATE CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM AWARDED $11 MILLION

October 3, 2019

GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is a partner of a statewide cancer research group that recently received substantial funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to help improve care for cancer patients. The NCI awarded its Georgia-based Community Oncology Research Program – known as Georgia NCORP – a six-year, $11 million grant aimed at increasing enrollment and …Read More


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As Hunting Seasons Approach, Navicent Health Physicians Encourage Safety

October 2, 2019

ATV Accidents, Falls from Stands, Snake Encounters Contribute to ER Visits Each Year   As the days grow shorter and the temperatures grow cooler, many Georgians are preparing for an autumn tradition – hunting season. Regardless of the game sought and the weapon of choice, physicians at Navicent Health encourage hunters of all ages to observe proper safety precautions to …Read More


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Wayne Memorial Hosts “Women’s Wednesday” Events in Lobby during October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

September 30, 2019

Jesup – Two events in the main lobby of Wayne Memorial will highlight the importance of Breast Cancer Awareness next month. On Wednesday, October 9 and Wednesday, October 16, hospital associates will staff the breast cancer education booth in the lobby from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Information about breast cancer, giveaways and pink refreshments will be provided. The public …Read More


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Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation launches $3 million capital campaign

September 25, 2019

GREENSBORO, Ga. – September 25, 2019 – At an event that brought together dozens of community supporters, the St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation recently launched a $3 million capital campaign to raise funds for a state-of-the-art CT scanner, permanent MRI system, a dedicated cardiac stress lab, and a 2,200-square-foot expansion to house them. The Expanding Technology, Elevating Care Campaign …Read More


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WAYNE MEMORIAL AND BONE & JOINT INSTITUTE PHYSICIANS NOW OFFERING ADVANCED ROBOTIC-ARM ASSISTED JOINT REPLACEMENT PROCEDURES WITH STRYKER’S MAKO SYSTEM

September 24, 2019

Wayne Memorial Hospital and the Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia bring robotic-arm assisted total knee replacements to rural Georgia with the addition of Stryker’s Mako System. This highly advanced robotic technology transforms the way joint replacement surgery is performed, enabling surgeons to have a more predictable surgical experience with increased accuracy.   The demand for joint replacements is …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Celebrates Topping Off of New Surgical Services and Inpatient Tower

September 24, 2019

Southeast Georgia Health System hosted a topping off ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20, to celebrate the structural phase completion of its new surgical services and inpatient tower. Following a brief ceremony, a white steel beam, adorned with an American flag, a small evergreen tree and hundreds of signatures, was lifted into place at the top of the new Inpatient Tower. …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center expands capabilities with EKOS treatment for patients with pulmonary embolisms

September 23, 2019

Hamilton Medical Center, part of Hamilton Health Care System, recently began using a procedure called EKOS to treat pulmonary embolisms (PE), allowing patients to receive the advanced care close to home. Hector Dourron, MD, and Michael Hartley, MD, have performed the procedure. “We’re very proud to be using this advanced technology at Hamilton,” said Jeff Hughes, cardiovascular service line administrator. …Read More


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SGMC Marketing Efforts Receive Statewide Recognition

September 23, 2019

The Georgia Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations (GSHMPR) recently awarded its annual healthcare marketing and public relations awards. South Georgia Medical Center (SGMC) received three awards in this statewide contest for its marketing efforts. SGMC received the Gold Target Award in the “Radio” category for its “March Madness Vasectomy” campaign, Silver Target Award in the “Digital/Online” category for …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center is first in the US to use advanced kidney therapy technology

September 17, 2019

Hamilton Medical Center, part of Hamilton Health Care System, recently became the first in the U.S. to use PrisMax, an advanced kidney therapy system to treat critically ill patients. Developed by Baxter International, the technology was designed with real-world input from more than 650 healthcare providers around the world, the PrisMax system offers innovative technology used in the intensive care …Read More


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Georgia cancer partnership to receive $11M in research funding from National Cancer Institute

September 16, 2019

After a successful first five years, a statewide cancer research consortium has been awarded a six-year grant expected to result in more than $11 million in funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to enroll even more Georgians in important clinical trials.   The Georgia NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) is a collaboration between the two largest community oncology …Read More


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St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital awarded accreditation by The Joint Commission

September 16, 2019

St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®for community hospital accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with Joint Commission performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe, high-quality patient care.   Sacred Heart Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review earlier this year. During …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Hosts RN Hiring Event

September 13, 2019

Southeast Georgia Health System will host an RN Hiring Event on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus, 2415 Parkwood Drive, Brunswick.   The Health System has several opportunities for RNs, including long term care, maternity, medical/surgical, oncology, orthopaedics, operating room, post surgical, telemetry and flex team. A sign on …Read More


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Free Childbirth Class Offered Saturday, September 21 at Wayne Memorial Hospital

September 12, 2019

A free class on childbirth is offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital Saturday, Sept 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria conference room. This class is ideal for those expectant mothers 25 weeks pregnant or later by the class date. Those interested in registering may do so by calling (912) 530-3118 or (912) 530-3117.   Topics of …Read More


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SGMC offers Support to Stop Smoking

September 10, 2019

South Georgia Medical Center will be offering its popular “Freedom From Smoking” cessation program at the SGMC Main Campus as part of its ongoing efforts to help smokers kick the habit and live smoke free. The Freedom From Smoking program features sessions led by trained, certified American Lung Association facilitators who understand the motivations and rationalizations of smoking, and use …Read More


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SGMC Hosts Prostate Cancer Screening

September 9, 2019

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and South Georgia Medical Center will be holding a free prostate cancer screening on Tuesday, September 17 at 5:30pm at the Pearlman Cancer Center. The screening will include a lab test for the prostate specific antigen (PSA test) and a prostate exam provided by SGMC affiliated Urologist Dr. Mike Chiang, Dr. Patrick Parker, Dr. …Read More


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St. Mary’s Life After Loss support group helps grieving adults

August 27, 2019

The loss of a loved one can be an emotional roller coaster, filled with an intense and sometimes debilitating mix of emotions such as sadness, relief, anger, depression, worry, and loneliness. For adults grieving the loss of a loved one, St. Mary’s Health Care System offers Life After Loss, a free bereavement and grief support group, on the first, third, …Read More


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Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System to begin combined operations August 28

August 21, 2019

ATLANTA – Northside Hospital and the Gwinnett Health System are completing arrangements to combine their health care operations. The effective date of the new system is Wednesday, August 28. The expanded Northside Hospital system will have 1,636 inpatient beds; more than 250 outpatient locations throughout Georgia; and nearly 21,000 employees and 3,500 physicians on staff. Debbie Mitcham, longtime Chief Financial …Read More


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Youth Grief Camp Opens for Registration

August 15, 2019

Registration has opened for Camp Lean On Me, a children’s grief support event for kids who have lost a loved one.  The camp will be held on October 5th and 6th at the 4H Campground in Lake Park.  During this camp, kids will be engaged with professional counselors in age appropriate activities, including arts and crafts, that help explore and …Read More


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Volunteer Auxilians Fund Projects Benefitting Patients & Community

August 14, 2019

The Volunteer Auxiliary at South Georgia Medical Center recently contributed funds for hospital-based and community projects. The funds came from various Auxiliary fundraisers.   The Volunteer Auxilians, or Pink Ladies and Red Coats as they are called, work hard to sponsor fundraising projects at SGMC such as book sales, jewelry sales, linen sales, uniform sales and the Golden Galleria Gift …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center receives Get With The Guidelines Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

August 12, 2019

Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus 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 based on the latest scientific evidence.   (HMC) earned the award by meeting …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S HPV PARTNERSHIP AWARD

August 12, 2019

Award recognizes NGMC’s efforts to prevent HPV-related cancers Gainesville, Ga. – Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is one of only three hospitals in Georgia – and 24 hospital systems in the Southeast – to receive the American Cancer Society’s HPV Cancer Free Partnership Award for 2019. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently recognized NGMC for its efforts to prevent human …Read More


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The Medical Center, Navicent Health Leads State in Innovative Pacemaker Implant Procedure

July 31, 2019

The Medical Center, Navicent Health (MCNH) is again leading the way in innovative heart care, becoming the first hospital in the region to perform His-bundle pacing (HBP) procedures.   Traditionally, pacemakers are implanted with a lead (wire) positioned to deliver the electrical impulses to the heart’s right ventricle to regulate a slow or irregular heart rhythm. However, MCNH’s Felix Sogade, …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER LUMPKIN CELEBRATES FIRST WEEK OF LIFE-SAVING CARE

July 29, 2019

When John Fisher went to work on July 16, just like he does every work day, he didn’t realize a new hospital would save his life just a few hours later. As a roofer based in Dahlonega, Fisher is always careful about working at extreme heights, on dangerous slopes and in severe weather.  But, on Tuesday, July 16, the unexpected …Read More


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St. Mary’s recognized for quality stroke care

July 18, 2019

St. Mary’s Hospital’s stroke program has received its 10thconsecutive Gold Plus quality achievement award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and another 2-year certification as a primary stroke center from The Joint Commission. In addition, AHA/ASA named St. Mary’s to its Target: Stroke Honor Roll for the eighth year in a row. All three awards recognize St. Mary’s commitment …Read More


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St. Mary’s, AU/UGA Medical Partnership welcome 11 new physician residents

July 1, 2019

St. Mary’s Health Care System and the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership are welcoming 11 new physician residents to the Internal Medicine Residency Program (IMRP) this summer.   The new residents will begin practicing at St. Mary’s on July 1 under the supervision of advanced resident physicians and physician faculty from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University …Read More


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Sacred Heart Hospital named a remote treatment stroke center

June 24, 2019

St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital has been designated as a Remote Treatment Stroke Center by the Georgia Department of Public Health Office of EMS and Trauma.   The designation recognizes Sacred Heart’s quality care for stroke patients, especially its use of telemedicine to provide state-of-the-art emergency treatment locally. Using the REACH telestroke system, doctors at Sacred Heart can consult in …Read More


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Navicent Health EMS Awarded American Heart Association’s “Mission Lifeline” Award

June 24, 2019

Navicent Health Emergency Medical Services (EMS) has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® EMS Silver Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.   Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart …Read More


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Tanner Heart Care Awards Four AEDs in Giveaway

June 19, 2019

Four local nonprofit organizations are keeping the safety of their visitors close to their hearts.   First Baptist Church of Franklin, Pinetucky Baptist Church in Heflin, Reliant Ministries Church in Dallas and the Refuge Ministries of West Georgia in Tallapoosa each received a free automated external defibrillator, or AED, from Tanner Heart Care.   The four organizations were among several …Read More


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St. Mary’s recognized for care of breastfeeding families

May 22, 2019

– The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners®(IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association®(ILCA®) have recognized St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens and its Family Birth Center for excellence in lactation care. St. Mary’s has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition of staffing professionals who hold International Board Certified Lactation Consultant®(IBCLC®) certification and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding …Read More


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Celebrate National Stroke Month with Navicent Health

May 6, 2019

Navicent Health invites the community to observe National Stroke Month during May by learning to recognize and react to the signs of stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stroke takes the lives of approximately 140,000 American each year, or an estimated 1 in 20 deaths. It is also the leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  …Read More


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Pacemaker procedures now available at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital

May 3, 2019

A pacemaker can be a lifesaver for people with dangerously slow heart rates, Now, pacemaker implantation and follow-up is available at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in partnership with cardiologist John Layher, MD, of Oconee Heart and Vascular Center. “This is a great day for our entire community,” said Tanya Adcock, President of Good Samaritan Hospital. “Patients can now receive …Read More


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Off-duty Nurse Saves Life and Is Recognized as Hospital Hero

May 1, 2019

Nurses are heroes to many people, but to Howard Duval, SGMC Registered Nurse Janice Oliver is his guardian angel. Several weeks ago, Janice and her husband, Gary, were taking a stroll around the golf course near their Lake Park home.  They noticed two golfers, one of the golfers collapsed and was being eased to the ground by the other.   As …Read More


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The Medical Center, Navicent Health Recognized as Top Hospital by Newsweek

April 29, 2019

Macon Hospital Earns Top Billing in “World’s Best Hospitals 2019” The Medical Center, Navicent Health (MCNH) has been recognized as a top Georgia hospital and as one of the best hospitals in the nation by Newsweek. MCNH ranked second in the state in this year’s ranking and is the only top performer in central Georgia. Nationally, the Macon hospital ranked 110 in …Read More


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Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health is Raising Awareness of Parkinson’s Disease

April 16, 2019

Many Central Georgians May Be Undiagnosed April is recognized as Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month in the U.S., and Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health is calling attention to this chronic condition, and variety of available services that can help those with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and their loved ones.  Parkinson’s disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms start gradually, and progress …Read More


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Community Partners Host Seventh Annual Child Abuse Prevention Symposium

April 1, 2019

Symposium Promoting End of Abuse and Neglect to Be Held April 10 Each April – in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month – Crescent House, Navicent Health encourages discussion of this important issue through an annual Child Abuse Prevention Symposium.  The seventh annual Child Abuse Prevention Symposium, scheduled Wednesday, April 10 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., will take place …Read More


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Northside Hospital wins award for Best Company Outlook

March 29, 2019

ATLANTA– Northside Hospital employees are overwhelmingly optimistic about Northside’s future. The hospital has won an award for Best Company Outlook for 2019 from workplace culture and compensation monitoring site Comparably. Northside ranked 17th on the list of top large companies (more than 500 employees) across the United States, was the 2nd highest Georgia company ranked and the only hospital. In addition to Northside, five …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Mammograms in Motion Program Receives Komen Coastal Georgia Affiliate Grant

March 27, 2019

Each year, the Coastal Georgia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen  awards grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct community care for breast health services such as cancer screening, education, diagnostic exams and patient navigation.  In March 2019, during its annual awards banquet, Komen awarded the Southeast Georgia Health System Mammograms in Motion program with a grant for the ninth consecutive year. This …Read More


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Health System Hosts “Breastfeeding: The Gift of Life” Seminar For Health Care Professionals and Community

March 21, 2019

Breastfeeding has been proven the best source of nutrition for babies to grow and stay healthy. Southeast Georgia Health System is committed to being a resource to mothers choosing to breastfeed, as well as helping health care professionals and the community understand the importance of breastfeeding. Nursing professionals and community members are invited to attend acontinuing education seminar, “Breastfeeding: The …Read More


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Northside Hospital Cancer Institute expands its immunotherapy treatment for patients with certain cancers

March 20, 2019

ATLANTA— Northside Hospital Cancer Institute (NHCI) Immunotherapy Program now offers access to another chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell immunotherapy for treatment of adult acute lymphoid leukemia and certain types of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Kymriah® CAR T-cell therapy is made from a patient’s own white blood cells, the prescription cancer treatment is used in patients up to 25 years old who have acute lymphoblastic …Read More


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Ribbon Cutting March 26 for Cancer Center in Jesup

March 15, 2019

Jesup, GA – A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26 at 10 a.m. for the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at Wayne Memorial Hospital. The cancer center is located at 228 Memorial Drive in Jesup. The public is invited to attend. The ribbon cutting will kick off with remarks by cancer center officials, followed …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER EARNS COMMISSION ON CANCER’S OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

March 7, 2019

NGMC is the only hospital in Georgia to earn the designation for 2018 GAINESVILLE, Ga. – Northeast Georgia Medical Center’s (NGMC) Cancer Services is the only program in Georgia – and one of only 24 programs in the nation – to receive the 2018 Outstanding Achievement Award by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). “We’re extremely …Read More


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SGMC Ranks 4-Stars for Quality

March 7, 2019

South Georgia Medical Center recently received a 4-star overall quality rating from the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The rating can be found on the website, www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare.  “The star ratings provide a glimpse into a hospital’s quality-of-care based on the sum of seven individual measures of hospital performance set by CMS,” explained Bill Forbes, SGMC Chief Executive Officer. …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System-Brunswick Campus Receives Prestigious International Award

March 5, 2019

There’s nothing like a new baby to bring out the worrier in a first-time mom. She’s got so many choices to make, and it’s normal for her to question whether she’s making the right decisions. But she can feel confident in the decision to breastfeed. Breast milk helps babies develop stronger immune systems and reduces their risk of allergies, asthma, diabetes, …Read More


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