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FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC GETS NEW HEART VALVE IN A NEW TYPE OF ROBOTIC SURGERY PERFORMED IN GEORGIA FOR THE FIRST TIME

January 18, 2024

A Habersham County firefighter/paramedic is back on the job after getting a new heart valve in a robotic surgery that was the first of its kind ever done in Georgia. Brian Mills underwent a totally endoscopic aortic valve replacement (TEAVR) at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville, and he was able to go home just 48 hours later. “I asked …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR ITS SIMULATION CENTER

January 10, 2024

Patients of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) can expect improved, safer patient outcomes as well as reduced costs thanks to leading training practices that recently received national recognition. NGHS’ simulation center was recently accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, an international organization that promotes the advancement of simulation-based education for healthcare professionals, for providing a safe environment that …Read More


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St. Mary’s awarded on Newsweek’s America’s Best Physical Rehabilitation Centers 2023 list

September 18, 2023

The Center for Rehabilitative Medicine (Inpatient Rehab) at St. Mary’s Hospital has been recognized on Newsweek’s list of America’s Best Physical Rehabilitation Centers 2023. This prestigious award is presented by Newsweek and Statista Inc., the world-leading statistics portal and industry ranking provider. The awards list was announced on Aug. 23, and can currently be viewed on Newsweek’s website. The America’s …Read More


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Two St. Mary’s hospitals nationally recognized for commitment to high-quality stroke care

August 16, 2023

St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens and St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital in Lavonia have received the American Heart Association’s 2023 Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability.   St. …Read More


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HABERSHAM MEDICAL CENTER IS NOW NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER HABERSHAM

July 5, 2023

The next era of health care for people in Habersham County and surrounding areas is here, as Habersham Medical Center officially became Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Habersham and joined Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) on July 1, 2023. Kevin Matson, who has been with NGHS since 2000, was recently named vice president of regional hospitals for NGHS. This role …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center residents graduate

July 5, 2023

Twelve internal medicine physicians recently completed their residencies at Hamilton Medical Center (HMC). “We are excited to have had another successful academic year and to graduate such exceptional physicians,” said C. Brian Delashmitt, DO, chief medical officer. “Residency training can be very challenging and rigorous. I expect great things from all of them.” Hamilton has been partnering with medical schools …Read More


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Hamilton pilot program supports region’s youngest, most vulnerable babies

June 27, 2023

Inside a conference room with dimmed lighting at Anna Shaw Children’s Institute, seated rows of health care workers and community volunteers take turns picking up and swaddling dolls the size of a human newborn. Instructor Kathi Frankel, owner of Bear With Me Family Physical Therapy in Atlanta, explains in detail where to place the babies’ tiny limbs, how to position …Read More


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SGMC Designated as a Level III Trauma Center, Strengthening Emergency Care Services in South Georgia

June 26, 2023

South Georgia Medical Center is proud to announce its designation as a Level III Trauma Center by the Georgia Department of Public Health, a significant milestone in the provision of emergency care services in South Georgia and the surrounding areas. This designation signifies SGMC’s enhanced capabilities to provide comprehensive and specialized care to patients with traumatic injuries.    As a …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER EARNS ACCREDITATION FOR PAIN AND ADDICTION CARE

June 21, 2023

Patients in north Georgia now have another reason to trust Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) when emergency pain and addiction care are needed. NGMC Gainesville and NGMC Lumpkin are the first hospitals in the state to become accredited by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) in Pain and Addiction Care in the Emergency Department (PACED).             PACED accreditation recognizes …Read More


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SGMC Lanier Campus Named Top Critical Access Hospital

June 13, 2023

South Georgia Medical Center is proud to announce that the SGMC Lanier Campus has been named a 2023 Top 20 Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Best Practice in Quality. The prestigious distinction was awarded by the National Rural Health Association based on data produced by The Chartis Center for Rural Health.    To determine the Top 20, NRHA evaluated performance-based metrics …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center nationally recognized for commitment to providing high-quality stroke care

June 6, 2023

Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) has received the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus quality achievement award for its commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines, ultimately leading to more lives saved and reduced disability. Stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center recognized for quality medical excellence, patient safety

May 19, 2023

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 five categories for 2023. 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 expanding with 175,000-sq.ft. Cardiovascular Pavilion

May 17, 2023

Hamilton Medical Center, not-for-profit hospital and flagship of Hamilton Health Care System, announced plans today for a record-setting facility expansion, approximately 175,000 square feet, to serve the growing cardiovascular needs of the region.   The Robert E. Shaw family has provided a gift of support for the cardiovascular pavilion, which will house cardiovascular surgery and an array of cardiovascular specialty …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Offers Tips to Help Improve Women’s Health

May 16, 2023

The community is invited to join Atrium Health Navicent in recognizing May 14-20 as National Women’s Health Week. Beginning on Mother’s Day each year, this week serves as a reminder for women to take care of themselves and to make their health a priority. Doctors at Atrium Health Navicent encourage women to use this week to reflect on their individual …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Launches Program to Help Georgians Start Careers in Health Care

May 8, 2023

Atrium Health Navicent is helping Georgians who want to start their health care careers through its new Bridge to Success program. This program helps selected applicants earn an associate degree by offering up to three years of up-front tuition and book assistance, with a maximum $5,250 tuition cost. To be eligible, applicants must have a high school degree, but not …Read More


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AU/UGA Medical Partnership, St. Mary’s fill all positions in Internal Medicine Residency Program

March 27, 2023

The Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency Program (IMRP) at St. Mary’s has announced another successful Match Day. The program filled all residency positions to welcome its eighth class of internal medicine residents in Athens. “We are honored once again to have received so many truly exceptional applicants to our program,” said Dr. Lela Ward, program director …Read More


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SGMC Maintains Gold Recognition for Cardiac Care

March 21, 2023

Each year the American College of Cardiology (ACC) recognizes hospitals for their participation in the National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR). South Georgia Medical Center received the Chest Pain- MI Registry Award (Gold) for the care of cardiac patients for the second consecutive year.     This accomplishment demonstrates sustained, top-level performance in quality of care and adherence to guideline recommendations for …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER’S CANCER SERVICES EARNS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

March 3, 2023

Patients in north Georgia have yet another reason to trust Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) in their fight against cancer. NGMC’s Cancer Centers in Braselton, Gainesville and Toccoa are now the only accredited radiation oncology locations north of Atlanta. “It is an honor to be recognized for the high-quality radiation oncology care we provide,” said Geoffrey Weidner, MD, a radiation …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER GAINESVILLE VERIFIED AS A LEVEL I TRAUMA CENTER

February 24, 2023

Patients north of Atlanta can now rest assured that they will receive the highest level of trauma care as soon as they need it, as Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Gainesville was recently verified as a Level I trauma center. This makes NGMC Gainesville one of five state-designated Level I trauma centers in Georgia and only the fourth nationally-verified Level …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Launches Rise to Success Program to Help Train Health Care Workers of the Future

February 13, 2023

Graduating high school seniors are eligible to apply for entrance into Atrium Health Navicent’s new Rise to Success Program which will provide part-time employment and financial support for students pursing health care careers. Participants have the opportunity to earn an associate degree at a local community college while gaining valuable on-the-job experience, and with Atrium Health Navicent helping to pay …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Raising Awareness About Birth Defects, Prevention and Early Detection

January 17, 2023

In observance of Birth Defects Awareness Month, physicians at Atrium Health Navicent encourage expectant mothers and women of child-bearing age to become educated about steps they can take to prevent and detect birth defects. Birth defects — structural changes present at birth that can affect almost any part of the body — affect 1 in every 33 babies born in …Read More


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LEADERS AGREE FOR HABERSHAM MEDICAL CENTER TO OFFICIALLY JOIN NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM IN 2023

January 11, 2023

People living in and around Habersham County can look forward to healthier tomorrows and continued access to local hospital care for years to come, thanks to a decision reached Tuesday night for Habersham Medical Center (HMC) to officially join Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) in 2023.             “This is the best possible scenario for the future of Habersham Medical Center …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Raising Awareness about Cervical Cancer

January 5, 2023

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and doctors at Atrium Health Navicent invite the community to help raise awareness about cervical cancer by encouraging women to make their annual gynecology visits a priority. The American Cancer Society (ACS) has estimated about 14,100 new cases of invasive cervical cancer would be diagnosed in the United States in 2022, leading to …Read More


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Northside Hospital first in country to receive Maternal Levels of Care Verification from The Joint Commission

January 2, 2023

The Joint Commission, in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), today announced that Northside Hospital, Atlanta, is the first in the country to receive Maternal Levels of Care (MLC) Verification. Northside Hospital also is the first in the state to receive a Level IV Maternal Center Designation from DPH.   The United States has a higher maternal …Read More


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Physicians at Atrium Health Navicent Offer Safety Tips for Celebrating New Year’s Holidays

December 22, 2022

When making plans to ring in the new year, Atrium Health Navicent physicians urge the community to stay safe behind the wheel. Since 2000, more than 230,000 people have lost their lives in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In 2020, an estimated 11,654 fatalities occurred in alcohol-impaired crashes. This number represented 30 percent …Read More


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SGMC Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Smith Northview Campus

December 20, 2022

South Georgia Medical Center commemorated the grand re-opening of its SGMC Smith Northview hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 7 with a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The hospital is slated to fully reopen in January 2023, becoming the second fully operational hospital in Lowndes County.    SGMC leadership welcomed community leaders, state and local legislators, physicians, and staff to recognize the significant …Read More


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PINK PROMISE UNITED PARTNERS WITH ATRIUM HEALTH NAVICENT AND HOUSTON HEALTHCARE

December 12, 2022

As part of its Pink Promise United initiative, United Way of Central Georgia has announced a new partnership with Atrium Health Navicent and Houston Healthcare to provide breast cancer screenings and treatment to uninsured and underinsured women in 15 Central Georgia counties. United Way of Central Georgia created Pink Promise United (PPU) in 2018 to fill the void left by …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Hospitals Granted National Certification for Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

December 2, 2022

Programs are leaders in their field due to offering the most advanced practices available and having proven track records of high-quality patient care Atrium Health Navicent is proud to announce that the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) has granted national certification to Atrium Health Navicent Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehabilitation, a Facility of Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin, and renewed …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER MATCHES NEW CLASS OF FELLOWS IN CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE MEDICINE

December 2, 2022

More physicians are on the way to care for patients in high-demand specialties, as Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) learned on Wednesday who is joining the Cardiovascular Disease and Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship programs.  Six Cardiovascular Disease fellows have matched with NGMC, bringing the total to 12 fellows training in heart health. With the launch of Georgia Heart Institute …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER BRASELTON TO ADD ADDITIONAL INPATIENT BEDS, EXPAND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT AND ENHANCE CARE

November 15, 2022

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) plans to expand its hospital in Braselton to meet the growing needs of the surrounding communities by adding inpatient beds and expanding the Emergency Department. The expansion paves the way for several anticipated improvements at Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Braselton including: 235,000 square feet of new clinical space, including two new patient care floors …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Preventing Premature Births

November 15, 2022

The community is invited to join Atrium Health Navicent in recognizing November as Prematurity Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about the 380,000 babies born premature in the United States each year, and what we can do to help prevent premature births. Each year, 1 in 10 babies is born premature, which means they are born prior to 37 …Read More


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Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals recognizes Deb Bailey from Northeast Georgia Health System as first recipient of “Outstanding Women of Healthcare”

October 25, 2022

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, which represents 104 not-for-profit hospitals in Georgia, presented their first “Outstanding Women of Healthcare” award to Deb Bailey, Executive Director of Government Affairs for Northeast Georgia Health System.   “Georgia has been fortunate to have Deb Bailey watching out for our patients and our hospitals. Her career encompasses the changes in Georgia, our population, …Read More


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Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals names Piedmont Atlanta Hospital 2022 Large Hospital of the Year

October 24, 2022

Piedmont Atlanta, with 643 licensed beds, is widely viewed as a leader in providing high quality healthcare in its hometown of Atlanta, and was named 2022 Large Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, which represents 104 not-for-profit hospitals in Georgia.   “Piedmont Atlanta Hospital has shown it has the scale to provide world-class health care …Read More


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Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals names Effingham Health System 2022 Small Hospital of the Year

October 24, 2022

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals named Effingham Health System as our 2022 Hospital of the Year at their Annual Conference on October 13, 2022. The Alliance represents 104 not-for-profit hospitals in Georgia.   “I am pleased to announce that Effingham Health System was named 2022 Small Hospital of the Year for their focus on providing top-notch patient care, and …Read More


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Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals names Phoebe Putney Health System CEO Scott Steiner as 2022 CEO of the Year

October 20, 2022

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, which represents 104 not-for-profit hospitals in Georgia named Phoebe Putney Health System President and Chief Executive Office Scott Steiner as their 2022 CEO of the Year.   “Early 2020 brought new challenges for hospitals as COVID-19 up-ended the nation’s economy, killed more than a million Americans, and threatened our state and nation. Phoebe Putney …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Observing National SIDS Awareness Month

October 17, 2022

Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital invites the community to observe National SIDS Awareness Month during October by learning about how SIDS risk can be reduced. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of a child less than 1 year old that remains unexplained after a complete investigation. These deaths often occur during sleep, or …Read More


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NGHS RECOGNIZED NATIONALLY AS “BEST EMPLOYER” BY FORBES MAGAZINE

September 29, 2022

Because of Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS)’s commitment to staff and the surrounding region, NGHS was recently named to Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Best Employers By State. The list ranked 1,382 employers across the nation and ranked NGHS among the top 15 organizations in Georgia.             “To be recognized as one of Georgia’s Best Employers by Forbes Magazine is …Read More


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SGMC Cuts Ribbon at Internal Medicine Practice on Park Avenue

September 20, 2022

outh Georgia Medical Center and the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting for SGMC Internal Medicine located at 604 East Park Avenue in Valdosta. SGMC Internal Medicine is part of SGMC’s growing primary care network that serves residents in Lowndes, Lanier, Berrien, and beyond.    This new practice is a component of SGMC’s graduate medical education program in partnership …Read More


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Wayne Memorial Wins Two State Level Awards Focused on Maternal and Infant Health

August 10, 2022

Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup has been awarded two state level awards due to their increased focus on maternal and infant health. As part of their commitment to quality improvement and as a member of the Georgia Perinatal Quality Collaborative (GaPQC), Wayne Memorial was a winner of the Dedication to Maternal Quality Improvement Award from GaPQC, as the hospital achieved …Read More


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Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton Ranks on Newsweek’s List of Top Maternity Hospitals

July 15, 2022

When it comes to birthing babies, one local hospital is among the best.   Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton was one of just four hospitals in Georgia named to Newsweek’s list of the top performing maternity hospitals in the nation.   The evaluation is based on three data sources: A nationwide online survey of hospital managers and maternity healthcare professionals (neonatal care …Read More


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Northside Hospital system and Anthem reach agreement on contract terms in Georgia

July 13, 2022

The Northside Hospital system and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Georgia today announced they have finalized a new agreement that provides access to care at Northside for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s members.   “Northside Hospital has an unwavering focus on patients and their families, and that always is our mission,” said Scott Wade, vice president of …Read More


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SGMC and Hospice of South Georgia to Host ALS Awareness Event

July 11, 2022

Hospice of South Georgia, an affiliate of South Georgia Medical Center, is hosting Living with ALS, an educational session for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) patients and their caregivers. The event will be held on Tuesday, July 26, at 6pm at SGMC’s Smith Northview campus. Dr. Hernan Posas, Jr., SGMC Neurologist, and Emily DeCesare, NP-C, Hospice Palliative Care Nurse will share insights …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM BRINGS URGENT CARE, MORE SERVICES TO JEFFERSON AS NEW MEDICAL PLAZA OPENS

July 11, 2022

Patients in and around Jackson County now have more convenient access to urgent and specialty healthcare, as Northeast Georgia Health System’s (NGHS) new Medical Plaza opened in Jefferson on Monday, July 11. “We’re thrilled to finally see this building come to life, as we continue to invest in improving care across the region,” said Carol Burrell, President and CEO of …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center among nation’s top performing hospitals for treatment of heart attack patients

July 6, 2022

Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Gold Performance Achievement Award for 2022. HMC is one of only 81 hospitals nationwide to receive the honor.   The award recognizes HMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients and signifies that HMC has reached …Read More


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SGMC Introduces First Class of Resident Physicians

June 29, 2022

South Georgia Medical Center, in partnership with Mercer University School of Medicine, is pleased to welcome its inaugural class of Internal Medicine residents.  Over the next three years, the resident physicians will complete their training under the guidance of Internal Medicine Program Director Dr. Gregory Beale and a host of skilled physicians and staff. They will see patients both in …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Encourages Fireworks and Gun Safety for Independence Day Holiday

June 29, 2022

Physicians urge caution in fireworks use and discourage celebratory gunfire As our nation prepares to celebrate the Independence Day holiday, Atrium Health Navicent physicians urge everyone to keep safety in mind. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 15,600 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2020. Two thirds of those injuries occurred …Read More


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NGMC LUMPKIN BREAKS GROUND ON FUTURE HOSPITAL IN DAHLONEGA

June 23, 2022

The future of healthcare in Lumpkin County and the anchor of the Gateway Corridor is now officially under construction. Hundreds of people, community leaders, healthcare workers and project members gathered this morning to break and bless the ground at the future campus of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Lumpkin.             “This hospital is a big win for rural healthcare, in …Read More


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Morris Bank Donates $150,000 to Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin through Georgia HEART Rural Tax Credit Program

June 13, 2022

Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin is pleased to announce its receipt of a $150,000 donation from Morris Bank in partnership with the Georgia HEART Rural Tax Credit Program. “This contribution through the Georgia HEART Rural Tax Credit Program will help Atrium Health Navicent Baldwin continue to provide high-quality care to patients in Milledgeville, and elevate the services we offer as we …Read More


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SGMC Advances Plans for Berrien Hospital Expansion

June 10, 2022

On June 7, Nashville, Georgia and Berrien County elected officials, community leaders, and South Georgia Medical Center representatives met at Chaparral Boats to discuss the future healthcare needs for Berrien County and surrounding communities. Plans for a major expansion to the SGMC Berrien Campus and enhancements to SGMC’s healthcare delivery system for South Georgia were discussed. The $14.5 million project entails a new two-story Emergency Room addition that will expand the current campus …Read More


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Northside Hospital Gwinnett celebrates construction start of new patient tower

June 8, 2022

Expanding on its commitment to strengthen health care resources in the Gwinnett region, Northside Hospital held a ceremonial crane christening and groundbreaking event June 7 to mark construction of a new patient tower on its Northside Gwinnett campus in Lawrenceville.   Hospital leadership joined representatives from the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, Hospital Authority of Gwinnett County, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Expands Virtual Care to Support Infants’ Healthy Weight Gain

June 7, 2022

Atrium Health Navicent has expanded its virtual care delivery system to include a new “Get Growing” program to support infants’ healthy weight gain after hospital discharge. Since 2021, patients diagnosed with COVID-19 have been able to receive hospital-level treatment in the comfort of their own homes thanks to the health system’s innovative Hospital at Home virtual care delivery system. Earlier …Read More


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Lower Your Skin Cancer Risk with Safety Tips from Atrium Health Navicent

May 24, 2022

While spending time outdoors is a great way to be physically active, get vitamin D, reduce stress and have fun, physicians at Atrium Health Navicent caution that too much unprotected sun exposure can be dangerous. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, an opportunity to remind individuals to be sun-safe when planning summer activities. Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, an invisible …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Observing National Stroke Month in May

May 17, 2022

Atrium Health Navicent 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), someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every 3.5 minutes, someone dies of stroke. Every year in the U.S., about 795,000 people …Read More


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

May 13, 2022

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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Atrium Health Navicent Physicians Urge Women to Prioritize Their Health During National Women’s Health Week

May 10, 2022

The community is invited to join Atrium Health Navicent in recognizing May 8-14 as National Women’s Health Week. Beginning on Mother’s Day each year, this week serves as a reminder for women to take care of themselves and to make their health a priority. National Women’s Health Week is a week-long health observance led by the U.S. Department of Health …Read More


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NGHS IS FIRST HEALTH SYSTEM IN NATION TO PROVIDE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SAFETY THROUGH VIRTUAL REALITY SIMULATORS

May 10, 2022

Patients and visitors can now feel even safer when visiting Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is the first health system in the nation to provide the highest level of safety by training its security team with the Apex Virtual Reality Simulator. “Our hospitals are now busier than ever,” said Rosetta Wright, Security Supervisor at NGMC …Read More


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St. Mary’s certified as Georgia’s first Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center

May 5, 2022

St. Mary’s has become the first hospital in Georgia to earn The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for certification as a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center. St. Mary’s simultaneously received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check mark for meeting specific standards of care for patients with stroke. The Athens hospital provides a full continuum of stroke services including emergency care, …Read More


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NGMC LUMPKIN JOINS PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES TAX BREAKS FOR PEOPLE & BUSINESSES WHO SUPPORT RURAL HOSPITALS

May 2, 2022

You or your business can now get a tax credit while supporting your local hospital and health system at the same time, thanks to Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) Lumpkin qualifying for Georgia’s rural hospital tax credit program. This program, also known as Georgia HEART, was established to help rural and critical access hospitals increase their funding and ability to …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Observing Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month

April 27, 2022

Atrium Health Navicent invites the community to observe Esophageal Cancer Awareness Month during April by learning more about the risks posed by persistent gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) and smoking, and how adopting healthy lifestyle habits reduce esophageal cancer risk. Esophageal cancer affects the esophagus, which is the long, muscular tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach. According to …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center again receives ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation

April 14, 2022

The American College of Cardiology has again recognized Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. HMC was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI in March based on rigorous virtual evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.   According …Read More


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With Hospitals Under Fire, Tanner Raises Nearly $10,000

April 11, 2022

“Tanner United With Ukraine” Supports Doctors Without Borders   Tanner Health System physicians, nurses, staff and community have donated nearly $10,000 to Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières to provide aid and medical supplies to Ukrainian healthcare providers working under grave conditions. A month into the war in Ukraine, hospitals and aid workers in Ukraine are being targeted by artillery and …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center recognized for quality medical excellence, patient safety

April 11, 2022

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 three 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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SGMC Birthplace Begins Public Cord Blood Banking

April 6, 2022

Mothers who deliver their babies at South Georgia Medical Center will now have the opportunity to publicly bank their umbilical cord blood, at no cost, in a heroic effort to help patients with life-threatening diseases.        Cord blood, which is normally discarded by most following delivery, can be used to save lives by effectively treating more than 80 diseases. Life-threatening conditions …Read More


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SGMC Reaffirms Support for Partnership Health Center

April 5, 2022

South Georgia Medical Center announced its continued support and investment in the Partnership Health Center at the March meeting of the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, Georgia. Since 2006, SGMC has invested nearly $8.5 million in the organization, which offers low-cost medical and dental care to the area.     The PHC provides primary care, urgent care, pharmacy assistance, …Read More


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SGMC Donates Lifesaving Overdose Treatment to Berrien County Sheriff’s Office

April 4, 2022

South Georgia Medical Center recently provided a donation of Naloxone, commonly known as Narcan®, to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Office.    Narcan is a prescription medicine used to treat overdose from opioids, including heroin, fentanyl, and prescription opioid medications. It quickly blocks the effects of the drug and restores normal breathing within a matter of minutes. There are three types …Read More


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Hamilton to hold women’s event

April 1, 2022

Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) will host an in-person “For Her” women’s event on Thursday, April 21, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Dalton Convention Center.   For Her registration opened April 1.   “We’re excited to host this event again, and be able to have it in person,” said Rachel Ogle, community outreach manager for Hamilton.   Screenings for the …Read More


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SGMC Experiences Single-Digit COVID-19 Inpatient Counts and Urges Focus on Routine Medical Screenings

March 29, 2022

As COVID-19 cases decline dramatically across the country, South Georgia Medical Center is seeing its COVID-19 inpatient numbers near zero.     At its highest peak in August 2021, SGMC had 113 positive COVID-19 patients. As of March 28, 2022, SGMC had only three positive inpatients and reported zero percent testing positivity rates three times in the past week.     Studies have …Read More


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

March 29, 2022

The community is invited to join Atrium Health Peyton Anderson Cancer Center in recognizing March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer, a combined term for colon cancer and rectal cancer, is the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Calls Attention to Diabetes on National Alert Day

March 22, 2022

Atrium Health Navicent Diabetes Healthways encourages individuals to learn more about diabetes and ways of combatting the chronic disease by observing National Diabetes Alert Day on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Diabetes, a condition affecting an estimated 537 million people worldwide, is a metabolic disease in which the body is unable to produce enough insulin to regulate glucose levels in the …Read More


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SGMC Offers Robotic System for Total Knee Replacement

March 4, 2022

Total joint replacement is one of the most commonly performed elective surgical procedures in the United States. South Georgia Medical Center recently began using new technology that allows physicians to better control surgical instrument movement during these surgeries.    SGMC now offers the Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA® Knee System, which couples robotic technology and industry-leading knee implants to help surgeons personalize surgical procedures …Read More


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Tanner Promotes Breast Health with Walk-In Wednesday Mammograms

February 23, 2022

No appointment needed for screenings at Tanner Breast Health in Carrollton   Tanner is making it easier for women to check their annual mammogram screening off their to-do list.   Each Wednesday throughout the year, women can walk into Tanner Breast Health’s Carrollton location — on the first floor of the Tanner Health Pavilion across from Tanner Medical Center/Carrollton — …Read More


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Advanced MRI system now available at Hamilton Diagnostics Center

February 23, 2022

Advanced MRI is empowering physicians and improving the patient experience at Hamilton Diagnostics Center (HDC), the first location in Georgia to begin using the MAGNETOM Lumina 3T MRI.   The MAGNETOM Lumina includes groundbreaking BioMatrix technology. The system accommodates patients’ anatomical and physiological differences – as well as technologist differences. This decreases the need for rescans and increases scan consistency across a diverse patient population.   …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Observing American Heart Month

February 15, 2022

The community is invited to join Atrium Health Navicent in observing American Heart Month, a time for everyone to learn how to be heart-healthy and to learn more about how individuals with heart conditions can live their best lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System CEO Michael Scherneck Retires After 18 Years of Successful Leadership

January 7, 2022

After nearly two decades of leadership roles with Southeast Georgia Health System, including more than six years as president and chief executive officer, Michael D. Scherneck retired on January 7, 2022. Scherneck joined the Health System in 2003 as executive vice president and chief financial officer. In 2015, he was appointed president & chief executive officer by the Southeast Georgia …Read More


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Veazey named to ‘Most Influential Georgians’ list

January 3, 2022

In its January edition, Georgia Trend has named Tifton’s Monty Veazey, President and CEO of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians.   “Georgia Trend’s 24th annual list of Most Influential Georgians features a group of remarkable leaders who have had a tremendous positive impact on the strength and character of our state,” …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Brunswick and Camden Campuses Make Georgia Trend’s Top Hospital List

December 23, 2021

Georgia Trend has recognized Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick and Camden campuses as two of the 2021 Top Hospitals in the state. The leading business and lifestyle magazine featured the hospital rankings in its December 2021 issue; the Brunswick Campus ranked 9th in the large hospital category (250 or more patient beds) and the Camden Campus ranked 5th in the …Read More


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SGMC Continues to Encourage Vaccinations for COVID-1

December 21, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center continues to make vaccinations available at its Smith Northview campus and encourages all eligible citizens to receive their COVID-19 vaccination or booster shot.     According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recent data shows that those unvaccinated are at 10-times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19, and 20-times greater risk of dying from the …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Hosts Healthy Communities Food as Medicine Market Grand Opening

December 20, 2021

Food insecurity is a major barrier to health for central and south Georgia residents   Community partners joined Atrium Health Navicent on Monday for the grand opening of the health system’s new Healthy Communities Food as Medicine Market and Food Farmacy program. “Our most recent community health needs assessment identified food insecurity as a major barrier to health care in …Read More


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St. Mary’s donates 2 tons of frozen turkeys to those in need

December 9, 2021

Just before Thanksgiving, St. Mary’s Health Care System and its colleagues and volunteers donated 250 turkeys – weighing about 4,000 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 partners with its food service provider, Metz Culinary, to give a free turkey …Read More


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Georgia Trend Names Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center a Top Teaching Hospital

December 7, 2021

Hospitals are ranked based on scores calculated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services   Georgia Trend, a regional business publication offering business analysis to more than 50,000 subscribers, recently released its “Georgia Trend 2021 Top Hospitals” listing, including Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center as one of the top teaching hospitals in Georgia. Georgia Trend ranked the state’s …Read More


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SGMC Sleep Center Receives Accreditation

December 7, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center’s Sleep Center recently became accredited by the American Commission for Health Care (ACHC). ACHC offers a patient-focused approach to sleep accreditation with principles developed with direct input from industry professionals to ensure relevant and realistic standards. The accreditation ensures a higher quality of patient care is provided while also enhancing business efficiencies.   South Georgia Medical …Read More


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St. Mary’s Hospital earns national recognition for promoting organ, eye and tissue donation

December 3, 2021

St. Mary’s Hospital has earned platinum-level recognition for its work in support of organ, eye and tissue donation and public health, while continuing to serve on the frontlines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Workplace Partnership for Life (WPFL) program is a national initiative that unites the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Celebrates 13 Years of World Class Stroke Care

November 16, 2021

Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center has earned its 11th consecutive “Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus” Quality Achievement Award, an annual award presented by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (AHA) for excellence in stroke care.  Atrium Health Navicent The Medical Center earned the “Get With the Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus” Quality Achievement Award …Read More


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Northside Hospital developing new Cumberland medical center

November 8, 2021

Offering convenient access to high-quality care for more than 230,000 area residents   Northside Hospital is pleased to announce its development of a new medical campus, further extending clinical excellence to the residents of Smyrna / Vinings and surrounding communities. The three-story, 60,000 square foot state-of-the-art medical office building is expected to open in January 2023.   “This beautiful facility …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Recognizes Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 4, 2021

In observance of Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Atrium Health Navicent encourages men and women to know their risks for lung cancer and to get annual screenings if they are at a high risk for developing the disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Overall, the chance that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime …Read More


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Radiation Innovation at Tanner’s Roy Richards, Sr. Cancer Care Protects Breast Cancer Patients from Long-term Heart Damage

November 2, 2021

Millions of breast cancer survivors are alive and thriving today because of innovations in the detection and treatment of the disease — technologies that are continuously improved for safety and effectiveness.   A recent innovation – deep inspiration breath hold – introduced earlier this year at Tanner’s Roy Richards, Sr. Cancer Center, protects women from a potential side effect of …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Preventing Premature Births

November 1, 2021

Pregnant women are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID   Join Atrium Health Navicent in recognizing November as Prematurity Awareness Month, an opportunity to raise awareness about the 380,000 babies born premature in the United States each year, and what we can do to help prevent premature births. Each year, 1 in 10 babies is born premature, which means they …Read More


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Floyd is Now Atrium Health Floyd

October 28, 2021

New branding reflects integration, opportunity with Southeast’s leading health system   Floyd is now officially Atrium Health Floyd. Today marks the introduction of a new brand resulting from the strategic combination of the Floyd health system and Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health.   The new Atrium Health Floyd brand reflects and acknowledges the importance of each organization’s legacy and strength, …Read More


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Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Gives “Eagle” Award to Governor Brian Kemp

October 25, 2021

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals gave its first-ever Eagle Award to Governor Brian Kemp for his leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.   Introducing Governor Kemp, WellStar Health System Executive Vice President and General Counsel Leo Reichert said, “When Governor Kemp was elected, I’m sure he didn’t think he’d be spending as much time on healthcare related issues as he …Read More


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Loy Howard passed gavel to Joe Ierardi as Chairman of Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

October 21, 2021

Loy Howard, CEO of Tanner Health System and outgoing Chairman of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals passed the gavel to incoming Chairman Joe Ierardi, CEO of Wayne Memorial Hospital at the 38th GACH Annual Conference last week.   “The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals has been blessed with the steady leadership of Loy Howard during the past year of …Read More


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Northside Hospital Gwinnett doubles size of its Emergency Department, receives approval to build 10-story patient tower

October 20, 2021

Building on its commitment to strengthen health care resources in the Gwinnett region, Northside Hospital Gwinnett has completed a major expansion of its emergency department, begun work on a new patient tower, and is deepening its already significant community partnerships.   On Oct. 18, Northside Hospital Gwinnett cut the ribbon on its newly expanded emergency department in Lawrenceville. The hospital’s …Read More


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Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals names 2020 and 2021 Legislators of the Year

October 19, 2021

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals named its 2020 and 2021 Legislators of the Year in their first Annual Conference since 2019. The 2020 Annual Conference was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   “It is exciting to gather again with the leadership of our Georgia community not-for-proft hospitals and thank them for the daily acts of heroism performed by …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center providing the highest level of safety, comfort, convenience for healthcare providers

October 18, 2021

Hamilton Medical Center has begun using the MAXAIR® controlled air purifying respirator (CAPR) system to provide unprecedented protection and comfort for healthcare workers who have extended exposure to patients with COVID or other highly transmissible diseases. MAXAIR CAPR® Systems are advanced powered air purifying respirator systems approved by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Hazard (NIOSH) for protection …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Observing National SIDS Awareness Month

October 11, 2021

Health system seeks to educate the community about SIDS and how to reduce SIDS risk   Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital invites the community to observe National SIDS Awareness Month during October by learning about how SIDS risk can be reduced. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden, unexplained death of a child less than 1 …Read More


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Atrium Health Named to 2021 Joy in Medicine™ Health System Recognition Program

October 8, 2021

The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced Atrium Health is one of 44 health systems named to the 2021 Joy in Medicine™ Recognition Program. This distinction recognizes the Atrium Health enterprise – including the greater Charlotte area, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Atrium Health Navicent in Macon, Georgia and Floyd health system in Rome, Georgia – …Read More


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Hamilton Emergency Medical Services earns advanced recertification

October 8, 2021

Hamilton Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) has received reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services for its compliance with national standards of excellence. HEMS initially was certified in 2018.   HEMS is one of more than 180 ambulance services in the nation to successfully complete the voluntary review process, which includes completion of a comprehensive application and on-site review …Read More


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My Health, My Way, MyChart

October 5, 2021

Tanner’s patient app makes managing healthcare easy   For Carrollton resident Beverly Parkman, an app from Tanner Health System is an answer to the anxiety she’s often felt awaiting a test result.   With more than 50,000 Tanner patients now using the app to schedule medical appointments, get test results, message their medical providers and pay their bills, Tanner’s MyChart …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Offers Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Shots

October 5, 2021

Vaccines are available for eligible individuals who completed the Pfizer vaccine series   Atrium Health Navicent is now offering Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to eligible individuals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended booster shots for certain groups of people who completed the Pfizer vaccine series at least six months ago, including individuals aged 65 and older, …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Month of Events to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

October 4, 2021

Physicians encourage screening for early detection and treatment   Atrium Health Navicent invites the community to participate in a month of Breast Cancer Awareness events to help raise awareness and encourage screening for early detection and treatment. Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among American women. Women have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer in …Read More


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SGMC Recognizes October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 1, 2021

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, South Georgia Medical Center is encouraging all eligible women to get their annual mammogram screening during the month of October and raising awareness of Breast Cancer prevention, screening and treatment with its Pamper and Prevent campaign.   Breast cancer still remains one of the most common forms of cancer found in women within …Read More


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Pfizer Booster Shots Now Available

September 29, 2021

Southeast Georgia Health System Provides Free Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Vaccines   Southeast Georgia Health System has begun administering free Pfizer COVID-19 booster shots to a larger segment of the general population as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).   The Health System began administering third dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines …Read More


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St. Joseph’s/Candler paying transportation costs for those seeking COVID-19 vaccine

September 29, 2021

For more than a year and a half, we have all been living in the stark reality of this insidious disease, as well as the devastating collateral damage that it has caused in our lives and in the lives of those we love. Last week, our country reached an unprecedented milestone: nearly one in eight people have been infected since …Read More


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SGMC Sees Growth Across Physician Network

September 28, 2021

Unequaled access to quality healthcare is one of South Georgia Medical Center’s main priorities, of which the system is making vast headway. Since officially organizing in 2020 SGMC’s Physician Network has more than doubled in its number of physicians and tripled in its number of specialties.   According to Jim Zacharias, SGMC Vice President of Network Development, this is a result …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES INITIAL ACCREDITATION FOR CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE AND HOSPICE PALLIATIVE MEDICINE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMS

September 24, 2021

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) is taking the next step in its journey to empower the physician leaders of tomorrow, now that it received initial accreditation for Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship and Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship programs by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).             With the launch of the state’s most forward-thinking heart and vascular program earlier …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent President and CEO Delvecchio Finley Named to Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Diversity Leaders List

September 22, 2021

List honors top healthcare executives influencing policy and care delivery models across the country   Atrium Health Navicent President and CEO Delvecchio Finley has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of the magazine’s 2021 Top 25 Diversity Leaders in Healthcare.   The Top Diversity Leaders award honors top healthcare executives from diverse backgrounds and the organizations influencing policy and …Read More


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SGMC Raises Awareness of Peripheral Artery Disease

September 22, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center is raising awareness of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) during September in an effort to save limbs through early detection. PAD is a leading, and preventable, cause of death in the United States, affecting nearly 20 million Americans each year.   PAD develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms and legs become …Read More


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SGMC Nationally Recognized for Cardiac Care

September 20, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Gold Adult Get With The Guidelines award for its commitment to treating in-hospital cardiac arrest, ultimately helping to improve patient survival rates. SGMC has received the gold award for adult patients consecutively for the past six years.   Every year around 475,000 Americans die from cardiac arrest and more …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Observing Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September 20, 2021

Ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women   In observance of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Atrium Health Navicent encourages women to learn the risk factors and symptoms of ovarian cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cancer is a disease in which cells in the body grow out of control. When cancer starts in …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Employee Giving Program Awards $189,000 in Grants to Benefit Central Georgia Communities

September 16, 2021

Since inception, the program has awarded more than $9 million in grants to healthcare charities and programs   Atrium Health Navicent’s employee giving program, Healthcare Employees Achieving Tomorrow (H.E.A.T.) recently awarded 23 grants to healthcare charities and programs totaling $189,000. The grant funds directly impact central Georgia communities though the provision of scholarships, food and literacy supplies for children, mental …Read More


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Tanner Receives Support from Georgia National Guard

September 15, 2021

Georgia National Guard deployed to Tanner hospitals, supporting nutrition services and environmental services departments amid critical staffing shortages. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities across the nation experienced severe staffing shortages. The pandemic has compounded the problem. To help alleviate the issues in Georgia, Gov. Brian Kemp issued an emergency order last month to …Read More


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SGMC Hosts Saturday COVID-19 Vaccine Drive-Thru

September 9, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center will host a COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru event at the SGMC Main Campus on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 9am-3pm. All eligible persons are encouraged to visit the site to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine.   SGMC has administered more than 40,000 vaccinations since they became available last December. However, Lowndes County is currently only at 31 percent …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM LAUNCHES NEW HEART & VASCULAR INSTITUTE

September 7, 2021

Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) continues to lead the way in innovative heart care with the launch of the state’s most forward-thinking heart and vascular program: Georgia Heart Institute.   “While NGHS has a long and rich tradition of providing exceptional heart and vascular care, Georgia Heart Institute represents a bold new vision for the future of our region – …Read More


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Hamilton Health Care System residency program

September 2, 2021

Hamilton Health Care System (HHCS) is early on in the second year of its Residency Program. Thirteen physicians have started their internal medicine residency, and six have started a family medicine residency. HHCS recently hosted its second White Coat Ceremony, a rite of passage for resident physicians to emphasize the importance of compassionate patient care at the very start of …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Offers Monoclonal Antibody Treatments for COVID-19

September 2, 2021

Atrium Health Navicent is now offering outpatient COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (mAb) treatments at five central Georgia locations. If administered within the first week of COVID-19 symptoms onset, the one-time therapy is highly effective in neutralizing the virus and preventing symptoms from worsening, helping prevent progression of the disease that might otherwise require hospitalization. The treatment is administered through intravenous infusion, …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Physicians Urge Patients to Consider Virtual, Primary and Urgent Care Options for Non-Emergency Care

August 30, 2021

Physicians urge patients to seek out the best care option for their needs   With the local rise of COVID-19 cases and subsequent increase in hospital emergency room patient volumes, Atrium Health Navicent encourages patients to consider virtual, primary and urgent care options for non-emergency care. In the event of an emergency, patients should call 911 or visit the nearest …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Expands Access to COVID-19 Antibody Therapy Treatment

August 27, 2021

Vaccines are still the very best way to prevent COVID-19 or to avoid severe illness, hospitalization or death from the virus. However, for those individuals who test positive for coronavirus and have underlying health conditions, Southeast Georgia Health System offers an outpatient monoclonal antibody therapy that may help avoid hospitalization or severe illness.   Regeneron monoclonal antibody therapy (Regeneron infusion) …Read More


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SGMC Offering Two COVID-19 Vaccine Drive Thru Locations on Saturday

August 24, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center will operate two COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru locations on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 9am-3pm. All unvaccinated persons 12 and older are encouraged to visit either the SGMC Main Campus or SGMC Smith Northview Campus to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine.       The hospital says they already have 500 people scheduled to receive their second COVID-19 dose at the …Read More


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SGMC Offering COVID-19 Third Dose to Immunocompromised People

August 23, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center is now offering an additional shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised as per CDC guidelines.     According to the CDC, people who are currently receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood, have received an organ transplant and are taking medication for their immune system, have …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Offers Third Dose to Immunocompromised Individuals

August 20, 2021

Following the recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Southeast Georgia Health System is now offering a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to individuals with specific immune conditions at its Brunswick and Camden Campus vaccine clinics. Currently, the CDC is only recommending moderately to severely immunocompromised individuals …Read More


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SGMC Relaunches Drive Thru COVID-19 Testing

August 10, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center re-opened its drive thru COVID-19 testing at a new location to provide area residents safe and convenient access to testing. The drive thru is located on the main campus in the parking lot of the Surgery Center Building at 2417 N. Patterson St. in Valdosta, and is available Monday-Friday, from 8:30am-4pm.   SGMC has seen a …Read More


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Southeast Georgia Health System Offers Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing

August 10, 2021

Southeast Georgia Health System offers free nasal swab PCR (molecular polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 testing at its Brunswick and Camden campuses for symptomatic and asymptomatic (no symptoms present) individuals. The PCR test detects if an individual is infected with COVID-19. Rapid testing and antigen testing are not available. The Health System’s outpatient COVID-19 testing sites are available to anyone experiencing …Read More


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Protect Yourself from Heat-Related Illnesses this Summer

August 9, 2021

As temperatures soar this summer, it’s important to be on the lookout for symptoms of heat-related illnesses and to take preventative measures. Young children, those aged 65 and older, overweight individuals and those who are ill or taking certain medications are most at risk of developing a heat-related illness. Physicians at Atrium Health Navicent warn the community of the following …Read More


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Hamilton Medical Center using technology to clean air within hospital

August 9, 2021

Needlepoint bipolar ionization (NPBI) technology has been installed in every air handler system in Hamilton Medical Center. This improves the air quality in patient rooms, lobby areas, the cafeteria and offices. NPBI complements the already existing air filtration within the hospital.   NPBI technology helps reduce particles in the air by introducing ions into the space via the airflow in …Read More


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St. Mary’s nurse David Gladys honored for extraordinary care

August 5, 2021

Neuroscience critical care nurse helps young man nearing end of life   As the mother of a son diagnosed with Duchene’s Muscular Dystrophy at age 3, Deirdre Gusek always knew every moment with her son was precious. When he developed severe breathing problems in spring 2020 at age 22, she feared he was nearing the end of life.   Sadly, …Read More


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SGMC Opens COVID-19 Treatment Center

August 5, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center opened a COVID-19 Treatment Center to provide area residents who are positive with COVID-19, with an important treatment option—monoclonal antibody infusions. The clinic will be located on the main campus in the Surgery Center Building at 2417 N. Patterson St. in Valdosta, and be open Monday-Sunday, from 11am-9pm.    SGMC began offering monoclonal antibody infusions to patients …Read More


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“We’re tired.” Nurses Plead With Community to Get Vaccinated

August 5, 2021

Health System Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Hours, Postpones Elective Surgeries and Limits Hospital Visitation   With the number of positive COVID-19 patients increasing every day at its Brunswick and Camden Campus hospitals, Southeast Georgia Health System nurses and physicians are pleading with the community to get vaccinated.   “We’re tired, and we’re at our wits’ end,” says Jan Jones, R.N., …Read More


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SGMC to host Saturday COVID-19 Vaccination Drive-Thru

August 2, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center will host a COVID-19 vaccination drive-thru event at its Smith Northview Campus on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 9am-3pm. All unvaccinated persons 12 and older are encouraged to visit the site to receive their free COVID-19 vaccine.     SGMC has seen a dramatic increase of COVID-19 positive hospitalizations over the past weeks, with the majority of those patients …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Partners with Schools to Vaccinate Students, School Staff

July 29, 2021

Atrium Health Navicent is partnering with schools in Baldwin and Wilkinson counties to vaccinate eligible students, school staff and their families against COVID-19 during special vaccination events this week.   Vaccinations will be offered at: Wilkinson County High School – Thursday, July 29, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Baldwin County High School – Friday, July 30, from 9 a.m. …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM RECOGNIZES PHYSICIANS NAMED TO ATLANTA MAGAZINE’S 2021 TOP DOCTORS LIST

July 27, 2021

Atlanta Magazine recently announced its 2021 Top Doctors list, which includes many physicians who are part of Northeast Georgia Health System. The list, created in partnership with Castle Connolly Top Doctors, is determined after a rigorous screening process of online nominations from licensed physicians across the United States. Click here to see a complete list of Atlanta Magazine’s 2021 Top …Read More


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August Covid-19 Vaccine Offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Friday, August 6, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

July 27, 2021

Wayne Memorial Hospital is offering the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to those 18 and older on Friday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its main conference room. The public may enter through the front doors of the hospital or the side entry at the cafeteria patio. There is no charge and no need for an appointment. Masks should …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA PHYSICIANS GROUP URGES COMMUNITY TO GET COVID-19 VACCINE AT UPCOMING VACCINE CLINIC

July 26, 2021

The Delta variant has already caused COVID-19 surges in other states, and it’s here in Georgia now. Thankfully, the difference between these surges and what we saw last year is the fact that we have access to a better weapon in the fight: the COVID-19 vaccine. Next week, Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG) is hosting an event to distribute the …Read More


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St. Mary’s, AU/UGA Medical Partnership welcome 12 new physician residents

July 19, 2021

St. Mary’s Health Care System and the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership are welcoming 12 new physician residents to the Internal Medicine Residency Program (IMRP) this summer.   The new residents began 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 and …Read More


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SGMC Among Nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for Treatment of Heart Attack Patients

July 8, 2021

South Georgia Media Center has received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Silver Performance Achievement Award for 2021. SGMC is the only hospital in the region and among only eight in the state of Georgia and 132 nationwide to receive the honor.   The award recognizes SGMC’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard …Read More


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Lower Your Skin Cancer Risk with Safety Tips from Atrium Health Navicent

July 7, 2021

Spending time outdoors is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress and have fun, but too much unprotected exposure to the sun can be dangerous. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Most skin cancers are caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, an invisible type of radiation that comes from the …Read More


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SGMC Now Offering Advanced Wound Care Therapies

July 1, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony with the Valdosta-Lowndes Chamber of Commerce on June 28 to celebrate its new partnership with Healogics and the subsequent enhancement of SGMC Wound Care and Hyperbarics.    SGMC partnered with Healogics, the nation’s leading provider of advanced, chronic wound care services to enhance the treatment options available for people living with chronic, …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Encourages Fireworks and Gun Safety for Independence Day Holiday

July 1, 2021

Physicians urge caution in fireworks use and discourage celebratory gunfire   According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 15,600 people were treated for fireworks-related injuries in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2020. Two thirds of those injuries occurred in the weeks immediately before and immediately after the Independence Day holiday. The most common injuries include burns to the …Read More


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St. Mary’s resumes Life After Loss support group

June 30, 2021

The loss of a loved one can be an emotional roller coaster, filled with an intense and sometimes debilitating mix of emotions – especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. For adults grieving the loss of a loved one through death, St. Mary’s Hospital is resuming Life After Loss, a free bereavement and grief support group.   The group’s …Read More


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Atlas Health and Wayne Memorial Partner to Enhance Community Access to Critical Health Care

June 21, 2021

Atlas Health, the leader in medical financial aid for vulnerable populations, today announced that Wayne Memorial Hospital is on track to match its patients with more than $1 million in financial medical aid this year, a year-over-year increase of more than 500 percent. To date, the partnership has enabled the award-winning, rural hospital to reduce the financial burden of critical …Read More


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Hamilton Physician Group practices certified as Patient-Centered Medical Homes

June 21, 2021

Three Hamilton Physician Group (HPG) practices related to primary care have earned Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) certification through the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The patient-centered medical home is a model of care that puts patients at the forefront of care. PCMHs build better relationships between patients and their clinical care teams. In this setting, patients are encouraged to …Read More


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SGMC Enhances Neurosurgery Procedures with New Surgical Navigation Technology

June 16, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center now offers enhanced neurosurgery and spine procedures with the StealthStation™ S8, a surgical navigation system designed to help surgeons perform more accurate procedures in the operating room.   The device allows surgeons to track the location of surgical instruments during procedures, offering better visuals and quantified information for surgeons during neurosurgery to assist them in avoiding …Read More


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

June 1, 2021

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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Atrium Health Navicent Encourages Summer Water Safety

May 26, 2021

With summer starting and Georgia’s temperatures soaring, Atrium Health Navicent encourages the community to take care when cooling down in pools and natural bodies of water such as rivers, lakes and the ocean to reduce drowning risk.   According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is a leading cause of injury and death for young children aged …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Raising ALS Awareness

May 25, 2021

The community is invited to join Atrium Health Navicent in raising awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, during ALS Awareness Month this May.   Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. As neurons controlling voluntary movement are attacked, ALS patients gradually lose the ability to …Read More


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SGMC EMS Named 2020 Georgia Emergency Medical Service of the Year

May 17, 2021

South Georgia Medical Center was recently awarded the Georgia Emergency Medical Service of the Year award for 2020 by the Georgia Emergency Medical Services Association (GEMSA).   This award is given to a Georgia licensed emergency medical service (EMS) team that has gone above and beyond in delivering the best patient care and maintaining the best professionalism to communities locally, …Read More


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Atrium Health Navicent Begins Vaccinating 12 to 15-Year-Olds Against COVID-19

May 17, 2021

As part of an ongoing commitment to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Atrium Health Navicent has begun vaccinating children aged 12 to 15.   “We are excited that children and teens aged 12 and up will be able to receive a COVID vaccine. Children are able to contract COVID-19 and we have seen some children with long-term problems related …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Observing National Stroke Month

May 11, 2021

Health System Seeks to Decrease Central Georgians’ Stroke Risk   Atrium Health Navicent 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), someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies …Read More


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Join Atrium Health Navicent in Recognizing National Women’s Health Week

May 10, 2021

The community is invited to join Atrium Health Navicent in recognizing May 9 thru 15 as National Women’s Health Week. Beginning on Mother’s Day each year, this week serves as a reminder for women to take care of themselves and to make their health a priority. “Many times, as women, we tend to put others’ needs in front of own …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM URGES COMMUNITY NOT TO DELAY CARE

May 5, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic enters its second year, Northeast Georgia Health System (NGHS) is reminding people it’s safe to go to the doctor and encouraging you to not delay care. In addition to traditional physician visits, urgent care and emergency care, patients can now receive care from trusted physicians on your cell phone or tablet. “We are still seeing patients …Read More


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Tanner Women’s Care, Community Partners Launch ‘Better Birth Days’ Campaign To Keep Region’s Moms and Their Babies Safe and Healthy

May 4, 2021

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Tanner Women’s Care and several community partners are launching a new effort to keep moms and their babies safe and healthy.   The new public awareness campaign, “Better Birth Days,” will provide education on the potential life-threatening health risks and complications for moms during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum — especially among Black and Latina …Read More


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NORTHEAST GEORGIA MEDICAL CENTER ANNOUNCES ACCREDITATION FOR OB/GYN RESIDENCY PROGRAM

May 3, 2021

Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC) has received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for its OB/GYN residency program. This is NGMC’s sixth Graduate Medical Education (GME) program to receive initial accreditation, following the announcement in April that the Emergency Medicine and Psychiatry residency programs have been accredited. “The OB/GYN residency program is an integral part …Read More


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Sacred Heart Hospital receives second consecutive Leapfrog ‘A’ safety grade

April 30, 2021

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


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SGMC Employee Donates Kidney to Save a Life

April 28, 2021

In 2017, Timothy Daugherty started having sudden attacks of pain in his feet. The pain was persistent and after a few months Tim decided it was time to see a doctor. A blood test was administered and when the results came back he was diagnosed with stage 3, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), kidney disease.   FSGS occurs when the kidneys …Read More


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SGMC Launches Kindness Campaign

April 26, 2021

It’s been said that kindness is the best medicine. With the past year being particularly challenging for health care professionals, South Georgia Medical Center is launching a campaign asking the community to help spread kindness among its team members.      The campaign features a video of healthcare employees taking a moment to thank a fellow team member who made an …Read More


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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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