Health and Wellness


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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital committee looks over medical staff applicants

Five physicians looking to gain privileges at Albany hospital

The Professional Affairs Committee serves as liaison between the medical staff and the hospital’s full board and handles matters relating to applications for medical staff membership. The committee is also meant to watch over and report to the board on matters of quality and safety within the hospital.

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Health rankings report shows how Southwest Georgia fares

Rankings report released by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute

The rankings are a snapshot comparing the health of nearly every county in the nation. The local level data allows each state to see how its counties compare on 30 factors influencing health including education, housing, violent crime, jobs, diet and exercise.

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Blood donation opportunities upcoming in Albany

Blood donors encouraged to roll up sleeves during National Volunteer Month

Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions, and more are being encouraged by the American Red Cross to join the ranks.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: It's important to know your numbers

HEALTH FITNESS: There are important numbers you should be aware of

There are some numbers everyone should know about themselves, including weight, blood pressure, waist size, cholesterol and fasting blood sugar level.

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Oncologist Dr. Chirag Jani named Phoebe 2015 Physician of the Year

Dr. Chirag Jani wins first Phoebe Physicial Group award

Having completed medical school in India at age 22, Jani brought his knowledge to the United States. He went on to earn board certifications in internal medicine, geriatrics, hospice and palliative care and hematology and oncology. He serves as the medical director of the Phoebe Cancer Center.

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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital physicians donate to Cancer Coalition of South Georgia

Donation in memory of late physician comes from Doctors Day funds

Donating the extra money that would have been given to the medical staff has been a tradition at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital since it was first suggested by the late Dr. Hasan Rizvi, who was chief of the medical staff at the time. The Cancer Coalition was chosen due to its role in providing screenings to the underprivileged and promotion of prevention efforts.

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MARY GANZEL: Planning, hard work help create change

HEALTH & FITNESS: As weather warms, a healthier lifestyle becomes a consideration

Moving forward applies to anything in life. Moving forward requires changing the old ways and embracing the new ways. This means change has to happen.

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Amerigroup hosts breakfast Tuesday for Southwest Georgia community partners

Breakfast in downtown Albany gives opportunities for community partners to network

Amerigroup Georgia helps improve health care access and quality for more than 355,000 low income Georgians who rely on Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids, while also providing ongoing community relations and outreach to encourage members to become active participants in their health care.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Don't wait for a tomorrow that never gets here

HEALTH AND FITNESS: Today is the best day to start improving fitness

One thing that I’ve found to be extremely beneficial is a gradual mindset shift, treating tomorrow not like a guarantee but more as a bonus. With that perspective, we’re much less likely to treat tomorrow as a closet where we toss the things we choose to put off doing today. Instead, it becomes an opportunity, something we get to do, not just feel obligated to do.

Second Night for Hope event raises funds for Cancer Coalition of South Georgia

Planning to start soon for 2016 Cancer Coalition of South Georgia event

The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia provides cancer related services, education, research and outreach exclusively for south Georgia communities.

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Veterans demonstrate for better health care in Albany

Demonstrators say money is primary concern of VA officials

A small contingent of U.S. military veterans demonstrated Wdnesday for better VA health care services.

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Georgia nation's health IT capital

Boom statewide, but particularly strong in metro Atlanta

More than 250 health IT companies are located in the state, employing more than 30,000 workers, according to the Technology Association of Georgia.

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Maurya Lacey top female in 2015 Albany Half Marathon

Maurya Lacey gets late recognition for Albany Half Marathon performance

After some confusion with preliminary results posted just after the finish of the Saturday’s Albany Half Marathon, runner Maurya Lacey has been recognized as the true winner of the female division of this year’s race.

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Albany Marathon sees best ever turnout | PHOTO GALLERY | VIDEO

1509 runners participate in Albany Marathon

More than 1,500 runners filled the streets of Albany on a brisk Saturday morning as part of the ninth annual Albany Marathon.

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SOWEGA Council on Aging receives funding for fall prevention among seniors

The $4,689 grant will be used for items such as grab bars and shower chairs for the elderly

In an early launch of the program from 2012-14, SOWEGA decreased the number of falls by 70 percent.