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Georgia’s leading water advocacy organizations released its “Dirty Dozen” for 2018 in a 29-page report highlighting 12 of the worst offenses to Georgia’s waters.

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Dialysis has extended Michael Wilson’s life enough for him to be able take advantage of some of the things he might not have otherwise, including art and driving his dream car — a 2012 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.

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Albany Internal Medicine is considered a leading participant in an accountable care organization called Privia Quality Network-Georgia. This ACO received national recognition from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services for providing care at lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries.

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Georgia Southwestern State University and Georgia Military College signed a new articulation agreement recently on GSW’s campus that is designed to ensure a smooth transition from associate’s degree programs at GMC to GSW’s new Long-Term Care Management program.

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Tift Regional Medical Center unveiled a portrait in the hospital’s lobby of retired golfer Nanci Bowen on Oct. 15 in honor of her years of charitable fundraising for hospice and cancer patients.

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Officials from Tift Regional Health System said grief expert and author Kenneth Doka will discuss “Grieving Through the Holidays” at a free lunch-and-learn lecture sponsored by Hospice of Tift Area. This event will be held from noon-1:30 p.m. on Nov. 8 at the Tift Regional Community Events Center.

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A mother-to-be was prepared to give birth at 27 weeks in Early County shortly after Hurricane Michael hit. The neonatal intensive care unit at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital was called in to help, but no medical transport helicopter could get to the area due to high winds — and trees in the road made it difficult for ambulances to get through.

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Jennifer Olsen’s position as executive director of the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving became effective Oct. 1. She will replace Brian Adler, retired Georgia Southwestern State University provost, who served as interim executive director after Leisa Easom left the position in June to lead GSW’s long-term care management program.

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The fundraising goal for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s event in Albany is set at $112,000, and the money raised will go to offset the costs of educational and outreach efforts taken on by the Alzheimer’s Association.

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The Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program was created 25 years ago with the goal of addressing the crisis rural areas often face concerning access to health care. That program, now known as Phoebe Family Medicine Residency, has since graduated 120 physicians.

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Cook Medical Center will hold its annual “Day for Divas” event at Cook Middle School from 10 a.m.-noon on Oct. 20. This health fair for women includes free medical screenings, a fashion show with cancer survivors, hand-and-arm massages, a complimentary meal, giveaways, information booths and a breast cancer seminar.

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Taylor Sanders of Albany became known as Navicent Health’s “Miracle Child.” He was chosen to be the 2015 Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Champion Ambassador for the state of Georgia.

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In March, Live Oak and Robert Harvey elementary schools opened school-based health centers as part of the Dougherty County School System’s wrap-around services. Superintendent Ken Dyer initiated these services in 2014 as a way to meet non-academic needs — such as food, health care, etc. — that may prevent a child from learning.

Those most at risk of severe illness from West Nile Virus are individuals with pre-existing medical conditions and older adults. So far this season, one person has died in Georgia from the infection.

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Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination, providing protection against infection from the viruses that are in the vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming flu season.

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A drive-through clinic is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Worth County Agricultural Pavilion. It takes an average of six minutes to drive through the clinic, during which time the public can come up in their vehicles and receive flu shots.

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The programs and services funded by a planned NAMI walk include support groups, educational materials and training. What does not go to the Albany and Moultrie affiliates from the southwest Georgia event is sent to the state level.

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A diabetes seminar is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Thursday at The Club at Thornton Park at 210 Thornton Drive. The presentation will be given by Heather O’Connor, educator with the Phoebe Diabetes Resource Center.

Located off Interstate 75 in Tifton, a new 80,000-square-foot musculoskeletal facility next to Affinity Clinic consolidates orthopedics, sports medicine, rheumatology, pain management, chiropractic care and therapy services into one location.

Potential emergencies to prepare for include pandemic flu and man-made disasters, which could be accidental, such as a railcar spill of a hazardous chemical, or deliberate, such as a terrorist attack.

The Georgia Department of Public Health Office of Health Indicators for Planning shows that the 14-county Southwest Public Health District saw 790 emergency room visits due to sickle cell anemia in 2016, down from 839 visits the previous year.

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Right at Home has services that include providing care for needs such as grocery shopping, companionship, transportation and around-the-clock care. Officials with the company are looking to bring those services to Albany, provided the right person is found to head a franchise.

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Trolling the surface of the Flint River, casting for brim or bass among clumps of reed grass, fishermen would never suspect that the main course being caught for the fish fry may have undergone gender mutations because of an invisible enemy: pollution, in the form of pharmaceuticals and chemicals, leaching into the watershed and causing radical changes to fish biology.

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Georgia Department of Public Health’s commissioner said at a health care coalition meeting in Albany last week that the opioid epidemic is not something that can be solved in one year or two years, but rather it is a dilemma that will last for some time.

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In 1993, Wil-Power therapeutic massage owner Wil Carpenter moved to Albany and became involved in the local plantation business as a guide. That move, and two subsequent back surgeries, changed his life forever.

To earn the StormReady Supporters designation, an institution must prove it has a means to receive and relay severe weather warnings, maintain a hazardous weather response plan, have a safe sheltering location and conduct preparedness activities and drills.

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Alisha Lewis, founder of the Genesic Nonprofit Organization, is planning the “Iron Up” run for sickle cell at Riverfront Park on Sept. 15 that will include a 5K and 10K beginning at 7:30 a.m. — and a one-mile walk that will start at 8:30 a.m.

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Carolyn Maschke, a spokeswoman for the Southwest Public Health District, said the district’s 14-county region has had no confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in humans, and one case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis — or EEE — in a horse in the district this season.

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The Center for Learning and Innovation is a joint initiative between Phoebe Putney Health System’s human resources and nursing services focusing on creating strong programs for organizational and talent development, strengthening academic partnerships and implementing best practices in education.

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A primary care practice and division of the faculty practice of Mercer University School of Medicine has been accepting patients at 107 Main St. in downtown Plains since July, and Mercer officials said the clinic’s schedule of appointments is currently near capacity through October.

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