Health and Wellness


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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviews medical staff applicants

Critical care, emergency medicine account for potential new specialists at Albany hospital

The medical staff at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital primarily takes on the role of looking into a physician applicants’ qualifications, in turn making a recommendation to the Professional Affairs Committee before the hospital’s full board makes a final decision at its following meeting.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Shoot for a sustainable workout program

HEALTH AND FITNESS: If you are too extreme, you quickly can burn yourself out

Developing a reasonable, sustainable workout program is the best chance for maintaining a healthier lifestyle.

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MARY GANZEL: End of summer vacations can be healthy ones

HEALTH COLUMN: You can stay fit, even on vacation

Vacationing doesn’t mean you have to come home feeling guilty for overindulging or skipping your workouts.

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MICHELE MOULTON: Don't let detours put a stop to fitness journey

HEALTH FITNESS: Cyclist program pedals many miles in order to help others

The mission of the Hope For The Warriors is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

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SOWEGA Suicide Prevention Coalition working to make a difference | VIDEO

Suicide a growing concern among middle age and eldery

Babs Hall, Gateway/ADRC program manager with the SOWEGA Council on Aging is one of those concerned citizens and she recently shared a little about suicide and the work of the SOWEGA Suicide Prevention Coalition with members of the Kiwanis Club of Dougherty County.

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Southwest Georgia hospitals achieve high Hepatitis B vaccination rates among newborns

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital achieves 100 percent vaccination rate

The national standard of care to prevent Hepatitis B infection in babies is to administer the vaccine to all newborns before they leave the hospital or birthing center. Officials say this standard is being adopted by centers of health care excellence nationwide as a safety net to protect newborns.

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KIRSTEN LUPINSKI: Make sure summer fun is safely done

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Takes some commonsense safety approaches ensure summertime is a fun time

Wearing protective equipment when needed, watching for motorists, staying hydrated, keeping a close eye on the kids and using sunscreen are important steps to take in keeping the good times going.

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Insurance exchange rates for 2015 in Georgia encouraging

At least three insurers want to offer insurance plans statewide next year

This year, only Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia offered statewide coverage in the federal insurance exchange. Next year, BCBS is looking at decreasing its rates by an average of 7 percent.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County appeal Georgia Department of Community Health letter

Hospital officials to appeal determination letter responding to request from North Albany Medical Center

Phoebe officials are appealing the determination from DCH based on the contention that it was incorrect on the facts and the law.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Sweating is healthy, but not an indication an weight loss

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Sweating helps the body maintain temperature, but water loss does not mean fat loss

Sweating has many benefits, but is not a sign that you are burning calories.

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NAMI looks to have impact in Albany | VIDEO

The National Alliance on Mental Illness plays important role in Albany

Georgia offers the Georgia Crisis and Access Line where anyone can call (800) 715-4225 any day of the week, 24 hours a day, if they are in crisis and need assistance or have concerns about themselves or a loved one.

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MICHELE MOULTON: Three meals are critical for athletes

HEALTH FITNESS: Proper fueling and refueling are necesaary to get the most out of your workout

What you eat before and after you work out can go a long way toward determining how successful your exercise program will be.

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Georgia Department of Community Health: CON law would not prevent sale of Phoebe North

North Albany Medical Center receives response from DCH

The attorney representing North Albany Medical Center said that North Albany has expressed interest in the property but would wait until the Federal Trade Commission makes its decision to decide what to do.

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Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf empahsizes bond between her nation and America | VIDEO

Phoebe physician Dr. James Sirleaf is looking to rebuild Liberia’s shattered medical infrastructure

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says the HEARTT initiative championed by her physician son is one that spans the Atlantic Ocean, connecting the United States and Liberia.

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A new transparency tool to let Georgia consumers compare costs of health care

The Health Care Cost Institute expects more insurers will join the pricing data push by UnitedHealthcare, Humana and Aetna

UnitedHealthcare’s parent company, along with Humana and Aetna, are leading an industry initiative to make medical price information available to consumers on the Internet. The independent nonprofit Health Care Cost Institute will create and administer this online portal, expected to be available in January.