Health and Wellness


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Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County updated on financials, student housing

Money being raised to build medical student housing complex

The physician-to-patient ratio in Georgia is already unfavorable, and with physicians either retiring or relocating, there is potential for the situation to get even more dire. This could create a perfect storm, which officials have said needs to be addressed.

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Albany has three hospice options

Affinis Hospice offers different care options

For many families trying to help a loved one with a terminal or life-limiting illness can be a difficult process, but in Albany there are multiple options for assistance.

Southwest Georgia public health officials pushing immunization awareness

August is National Immunization Awareness Month

Certain people may be at higher risk for getting some diseases or having more serious illness if they were to get sick, like young children, older adults and those with health conditions, Southwest Public Health District Director Dr. Jacqueline Grant said.

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Inspiring Lee County child reminder of need for pediatric specialists in Southwest Georgia

Sibley Heart Center opens permanent clinic in Albany

Bennett Jones, 3, was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect known as critical aortic valve stenosis at 33 weeks gestation. He was delivered at 38 weeks at Northside Hospital and transported that same day to the Sibley Heart Center at Children’s at Egleston Pediatric Hospital, where he went through multiple surgeries and procedures.

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MARY GANZEL: Setting goals creates a healthy outlook

HEALTH & FITNESS: Setting goals helps keep bodies and minds healthy

As a result of the multiple moves I’ve experienced over the past 30 years, I’ve gone to school with, worked with, and become friends with many individuals from all walks of life.

Briefs from Southwest Georgia

Phoebe hosting support group for diabtics

The drop-in event will be held Wednesday from 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Phoebe North Campus in the large education classroom. For more information call Phoebe Diabetes Care Center at 312-1392.

State health plan choices for 2015 draw praise

State workers can choose among plans from three health insurers

The State Health Benefit Plan covers 650,000 state employees, teachers, other school personnel, retirees and dependents. With those numbers, the members of the health plan have proved to be a potent political force in this election year.

Southwest Georgia hospitals make Georgia Hospital Association honor roll

Several area hospitals named in GHA Partnership for Health and Accountability Core Measures Honor Roll

The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services, which administers the national Medicare and Medicaid programs.

Medicaid, PeachCare enrollments up in Georgia

Federal and state numbers differ on how many have been added to Georgia Medicaid rolls

Federal figures show Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare enrollments jumped 16 percent since October, while state stats indicate a much smaller increase of 5.6 percent for that period.

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Death of Robin Williams shows link between depression and suicide

Depression can be devastating, even if the person has wealth

The work of a comedians can be a cover for distress and pain, one expert says.

Dance Dash 5K with a Twist coming to Albany

Race on Aug. 23 in Albany to benefit Childrens Miracle Network

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is one of 20 nationwide that trying out the Dash with a Twist fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network. Officials with the organization hope it will grow in popularity to become their singature event of the year.

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Figures on Georgia child deaths highlight stubborn problem

There was an 18 percent increase in child deaths in families with DFCS involvement in 2013

One hundred and eighty children whose families had involvement with the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services died in 2013, up from 152 in 2012.

Breastfeeding still too low in Georgia, report says

Hospitals in Albany, Tifton among 5-Star facilities

Seven Georgia hospitals have successfully completed the second level of training to become Baby-Friendly 5-STAR hospitals, Public Health said recently. These hospitals promote and support breastfeeding with policies and practices, staff education and post-discharge community referrals.

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Vacation good for your mental health

Getting away may be just what you need to relieve stress.

Americans take much less vacation than other people in the industrialized world.

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Metro Albany Kitchen Inspections - Aug. 11, 2014

Weekly report on health inspections of restaurants and kitchens in metro Albany

These are inspections conducted in Dougherty, Lee and WSorth counties Aug. 1-7.