Health and Wellness


Hospitals cutting payrolls to cope with hard times

Biggest cuts come at two hospital systems in Columbus

The two Columbus companies have cut about 300 positions.

Medical grants being made available to Georgia children through UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation

Qualifying families can receive grants for medical expenses not covered by medical plan

Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 per grant with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids, officials say.

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Santa visits young patients at Albany Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

An Albany Cub Scout pack donates Christmas presents for ill children at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

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MARY GANZEL: Keeping it simple alleviates Christmastime stress

HEALTH & FITNESS: People add pressue on themselves during the holidays

Make a resolution this season to reduce your stress during Christmas 2014 by keeping it simple and doing things that make memories with family and friends.

National Alliance on Mental Illness affiliate in Albany offering family education program

NAMI Family to Family Education Program coming to Albany Jan. 12

The class will meet weekly on Monday evenings from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m, and is open to family members and close friends who have a loved one living with mental illness.

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Joe Farris making trip to St. Jude Children's Hospital with contributions from Deerfield-Windsor Lower Campus

Farris, known as Santa Joe, is travel to the Memphis hospital with toys and monetary donations

Joe Farris was at the Deerfield 35th annual holiday program to receive donations from the student body to take with him for what will be his 104th trip to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital to give to the children who are spending Christmas there instead of in their own homes.

Georgia, South still low in health rankings

Southern states rank near bottom

The report says Georgia has strengths that include a low prevalence of binge drinking; a low rate of drug deaths; and a low occupational fatality rate.

Even in Southwest Georgia, more sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage

Region sees significantly lower premiums

The Albany area of southwest Georgia will have a 23 percent drop for the second-lowest silver plan, according to Bill Custer, a health insurance expert at Georgia State University.

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Resignations, reappointments taking place on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital staff

More than 180 physicians, midlevels completing two-year reappointment process

The most recent report, lists six physicians and three midlevel providers looking to come onboard, 11 physicians and midlevels resigning or retiring and a combined total of 187 physicians and midlevels seeking their two-year reappointment.

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MICHELE MOULTON: Tips for avoiding workout burnout

HEALTH FITNESS: December is a month when many let their exercise program slide

Gym members tend to slack off between Thanksgiving and the end of the year. There are Christmas parties every week, and everyone has shopping that needs to be done. It’s so easy to blow off a workout that you don’t really want to do to begin with. It’s dark early, and it’s cold outside. Let’s just stay at the house and put on our comfy clothes. Do you ever feel like this? How do you fight

Southwest Georgia hospitals ranked in Georgia Trend

Hospitals in Albany, Americus and Sylvester ranked among Top Hospitals

The magazine said that it grouped hospitals of similar size and mission together and compared them with their peer institutions.

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Lights of Love honors cancer patients at annual ceremony Monday | VIDEO

Lights of Love tree, representing more than $61,000 in donations, lit outside Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital

The event, a collaboration of the Junior Womans Club of Albany and Phoebe Foundation, celebrated its 31st year on Monday.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Finance Committee reviews audited financial statements

Hospital committee reviews statements from Fiscal Year 2014

The Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Finance Committee recommended for approval the audited financial statements for the hospital for Fiscal Year 2014 at its most recent meeting on Tuesday.

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Flu activity increasing in Southwest Georgia

Clusters of flu reported in area schools, most cases Influenza A

The vaccine contains three or four viruses depending on whether it is trivalent of quadrivalent. During the week of Nov. 22, 91.4 percent of flu positive tests reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were Influenza A, the agency said.

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Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society names 2014 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar

The scholars are chosen based on scholastic achievement, community service and leadership potential

Darton nursing student Ralph "Buck" BuckMueller selected to receive $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as a 2014 Coca-Cola Leader of Promise Scholar.