Health and Wellness


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October events set for Cancer Coalition of South Georgia

Divas and Desserts, Cancer STOMP, Buddy Check 10K and Pretty in Pink Extravaganza set during the month

The Tift County Cancer STOMP is taking place at the Tiftarea YMCA soccer fields at 1657 Carpenter Road South in Tifton from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday. The annual Cancer STOMP series will wrap up with an event at the Meredyth Place complex located at 2709 Meredyth Drive from 9 a.m.-noon on Oct. 24.

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Anthony Jones, Albany-Dougherty leaders to host health fair/public safety event

Emergency, medical personnel to take part in weekend gathering

District 6 Dougherty County Commissioner Anthony Jones will host a community health fair and public safety event Saturday.

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Community partners gather for women's health summit

Summit addresses issues related to womens health and social determinants that contribute to them

It was a meeting of health providers and various community leaders — including a panel of women from the Southwest Georgia community — to discuss the needs of women in the community and determine the available and needed resources.

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Phoebe Putney Hospital recognizes its Volunteer of the Year

Top volunteer Harriett Haskins has worked nearly 5,000 hours of volunteer service

Harriett Haskins, 72, was named Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital’s Volunteer of the Year on Tuesday.

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State can't confirm cancer cluster in Waycross area

Georgia health officials say more data is needed to make determination

State public health officials said Monday that based on their initial analysis, unusual childhood cancer cases in the Waycross area do not constitute a cancer cluster.

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Project One at Phoebe Putney set for Thursday launch

Recent credentials report shows four physicians looking to gain privileges

By Wednesday, 94 percent of providers are expected to be considered qualified to use the system. As of Monday, 92 percent had accessed the training in some way.

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Family young cancer survivor working to 'Pay It ForWARD'

Pay It ForWARD helping Southwest Georgia families impacted by childhood cancer

The assistance, Maranda Wright said, can include utility payments, certain health payments, expenses for other children in the family, travel assistance, hotel accommodations, car repairs and emotional and prayer support. When a child loses his or her battle to cancer, Pay It ForWARD has also helped with funeral costs.

Dance Dash 5K canceled due to low participation

Second annual event was to be held Saturday

The event was planned to serve as a fundraiser for Childrens Miracle Network needs at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. At each mile, participants learn a dance move that are combined at a flash mob dance party at the end.

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Albany Area Primary Health Care conducting community resource, health fair

Second event to include all AAHPC clinics set for Oct. 3 at Exchange Club Fairgrounds

The event will include health screenings, a presence from community vendors, family activities, refreshments and live entertainment, coordinators of the event said. It is free and open to the public.

Georgia sees decline in rate of uninsured people

Georgia’s rate fourth highest in country

Georgia’s uninsured rate in 2014 fell by three percentage points, to 15.8 percent, mirroring a national trend linked to new coverage from the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Census Bureau reports.

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Shelley Spires takes the helm of Albany Area Primary Health Care

Shelley Spires named new Albany Area Primary Health Care CEO

Longtime Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) employee Shelley Spires has recently taken over as company’s CEO following the September semi-retirement of Tary Brown, who held that position for the past 30 years.

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Cancer Ties hosts flagship event in Albany

Event raised money for Albany nurse and family

Cancer Ties Inc., a not for profit Albany organization hosted its ninth annual fall event on Thursday.

Flu clinics Sept. 25 at Worth County Elementary, Oct. 8 at Worth County Agricultural Pavilion

School clinic meant to boost school disaster preparedness, reduce absenteeism

Vaccine will be made available to children at the school clinic regardless of their insurance status, and takes place ahead of the Worth County annual community disaster drill — in the form of a drive-thru shot clinic — from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 8.

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Nursing home provides lunches for responders

Albany nursing home provide complimentary lunches to first responders.

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Teddy bears donated to Phoebe Putney Hospital, Albany Fire Department

The 113 donated bears were made by Retired Senior Volunteer Program based at SOWEGA Council on Aging.

The Teddy Bear Group, comprising about 20 SOWEGA Council on Aging Retired Senior Volunteer Program — or RSVP — volunteers, sews 100 bears per week to donate to Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.