Health and Wellness


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Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital reviews medical staff applicants

A number of resignations and reappointments were listed on a recent credentialing report from Phoebe

The most recent credentialing report, approved by the Professional Affairs Committee on Monday, went before the Credentials and Bylaws Committee on Dec. 22 and the Medical Executive Committee on Jan. 6.

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Bus drivers, cafeteria workers may lose health insurance coverage

Disturbing news for group of school workers

The Department of Community Health’s $13 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2016 would eliminate health insurance coverage for 11,500 “non-certificated’’ school personnel, such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers.

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Georgia given poor grades in fight against smoking

Georgia currently has the third-lowest state cigarette tax in the nation at 37 cents per pack. The average nationally is $1.54, according to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.

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Night for Hope event scheduled Feb. 14 at Hilton Garden Inn

Annual cancer fundraising event to feature TV personality as honoree

Ruthrie Garner has taken the platform of encouraging people to pay attention to their bodies. She is expected to bring that message to supporters of the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia as the honoree of its signature fundraising event.

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Business Portfolio - Jan. 25, 2015

News about Albany area business leaders

Marc Skalla, president of SASCO Chemicals in Albany, has elected to the National Association of Manufacturers Executive Committee.

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PERRY BUCHANAN: Stand up for overcoming 'sitting disease'

HEALTH & FITNESS: For good health, spend less time in the chair

Most of us realize we need to be more active, but there is evidence that we need to spend less time sitting down also. A recent report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined 47 studies showing that “heavy sitters” were in poorer health, regardless of how much exercise they did.

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Hospital Authority of Albany-Dougherty County approves bond resolution, briefed on indigent care

Authority educated on Indigent Care Trust Fund as it relates to the Affordable Care Act

Roughly half a million dollars will be saved in interest costs as a result of the remarketing process for bonds in 2008 and 2010, Kerry Loudermilk, chief financial officer for Phoebe Putney Health System, said.

Resource fair for families of children with special needs set for Saturday in Albany

Fair will be conducted at Porterfield Memorial United Methodist

Representatives from various organizations will be at an upcoming special needs fair so families can browse, chat and collect information on how they or their children can benefit from the services the organizations provide.

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Albany Area Arts Council, Council on Aging pleased with Empty Bowls turnout | VIDEO

The annual event is meant to raise hunger awareness and generate funds for both organizations

The 4th annual Empty Bowls event, a joint outreach for the Albany Area Arts Council and the SOWEGA Council on Aging, draws a crowd of enthusiastic participants.

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Trends and surprises in Georgia health care outlook

What to watch for Georgia in healthcare for 2015

The rural health care crisis will continue to grip Georgia in 2015.

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DR. STEVE KITCHEN: Tough flu season is not over yet

OPINION: Proper hand hygiene and staying home when sick are key to containing the spread of flu

Flu season is far from over. It’s extremely important to understand the illness and continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of germs.

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MARY GANZEL: Be part of the movement in 2015

HEALTH AND FITNESS: get your body in motion is critical to good health

This time of year, we often find ourselves making New Year resolutions that involve physical activity. So let’s talk about physical activity movement.

Exchange enrollment in Georgia nears 400,000

Georgia ranks No. 5 among 37 states

Bill Custer, a health insurance expert at Georgia State University, said Wednesday that the 398,000 enrollment figure “is a little higher than I would have predicted.”

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Kim Gilman named Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center CEO

Phoebe Worth CEO to head Cuthbert hospital

Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center is a non-profit, county owned facility managed by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital with oversight from the Hospital Authority of Randolph County.

Georgia Hospital Association drafting proposal to support Medicaid expansion

Unlike similar organizations in other states, GHA has not advocated Medicaid expansion

The GHA proposal, obtained by Georgia Health News, calls for the state to take advantage of the federal government’s commitment to absorb 100 percent of the costs of expanding the program until 2017.