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$42 million to boost physician shortage challenges

The good news is that Georgia is growing. The bad news is the state has a huge shortage of doctors. Dr. David Hess, Dean of the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) made that point clear in his annual State of the College address. He said Georgia currently ranks 40th in the country in the number of primary care physicians. “All these counties, which are blue, or yellow are short, so there’s hardly any place that has enough physicians,” he said, using a slide to demonstrate the shortages. “And even worse,

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Mental Health Matters: Love yourself, the helpers high

Next week marks the annual celebration of the national commercialized day of love, Valentine’s Day. A day to celebrate the ones we love through sharing cards, flowers, candy, gifts, and amazing dinners at our favorite restaurants. The cards, flowers, candy, gifts, and dinners will come and go within 24 hours. Will the impact of that day last and give us that ULTIMATE feel good to get us through another 365 days until the next Valentine’s Day? Probably not. Valentine’s Day is a day of giving, sharing, and love. The fact

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Mental Health Matters: Love Yourself

Checkmark both boxes for New Year’s resolutions and the longest month of the year in January being completed. At the start of February, we all are hopefully off to a new great start for the year with our hopeful resolutions, goals, and dreams…..maybe. Following the hype and joy of the holiday season, January becomes one of the longest months of the year. As we navigate through our excitement for what the next year of life may bring, alongside the lull of getting back into the swing of everyday life, the

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Georgia to follow suit in healthcare changes?

A recent change in a South Carolina law is credited with opening the door for a new, multi-million dollar healthcare facility in North Augusta. Now, Georgia is considering a similar change. The change was cited during Friday’s announcement of a new multispecialty clinic being developed by Augusta Oncology in the former Medac Building on Bluff Avenue. “That begins with the Lieutenant Governor and the legislators that you see behind me,” said Brett Brannon, President and CEO of Palmetto Peach Development, which is preparing the building. “Without their efforts over many

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Medical/Economic partnership to create 250 jobs

An 8% increase in cancer patients over the last two years at Augusta Oncology Multispecialty Clinic is leading to a state-of-the-art cancer treatment center in the former Medac Building on Bluff Ave. A partnership with AOMSC, Coronis Health, and Palmetto Peach Development was announced there Friday afternoon in North Augusta. Medac, a medical billing company, opened in 2015. When Coronis acquired Medac, Brett Brannon (pictured at far left) saw an opportunity. He’s President of Palmetto Peach Development and also chairman of the board of the non-profit North Augusta Forward, which

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New crop of nurses hitting the job market

A new cohort of 50 nurses and patient care technicians is ready to be snapped up by a healthcare industry hungry for staff. Aiken Technical College (ATC) held the traditional pinning ceremony on Dec. 11 for the most recent graduates of their healthcare programs. Dr. Hannah Williams, Dean of the School of Nursing, said current and growing job openings make for an extremely bright future for graduates. “We know in healthcare, there are so many deficits, that we’re short nurses, we’re short patient care techs, often, our students have a

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Saving lives earns awards for CSRA hospital

Aiken Regional Medical Centers has been awarded four Certified Zero Harm Awards for 2023 by the South Carolina Hospital Association. These awards recognize a commitment to quality of care for hospitals which have successfully eliminated some of the most common medical errors in healthcare including surgical site infection (SSI) and central line bloodstream infection (CLABSI). The awards for Aiken Regional are in the areas of: SSI Abdominal Hysterectomy CLABSI: Cardiac Unit CLABSI: Acute Medical and Oncology Unit CLABSI: Orthopedic and Stroke Unit   In a medical emergency, it’s good to

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New athleisure brand opens to the pickleball-loving public

Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the CSRA and America. It’s easy to learn and fun to play. It’s a racquet sport and a cross between tennis, badminton, and ping pong, but played on a smaller court. Pickleball is also good for your health which is what brought brothers, Dan and Jon Lawson and David Pope together to form the athleisure company Good Get Apparel. Jon is a pulmonologist, Dan and David were in the technology side of healthcare. “We all understood the health benefits of playing pickleball,

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CSRA business support helps crown cancer queens

Whitney O’Connor, founder of the Boobie Queen Company, is a force of nature and there are many breast cancer patients and survivors that are very grateful for her drive and passion. ABD first interviewed her last year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We thought it would be great to catch up with her nonprofit progress. This month, CSRA businesses have reached out to her to partner with fundraising events including Sole’ Augusta’s Rockin’ for Boobies, The Pink Boutique’s Donations, Drinks and Hors d’oeuvres event, and Amp the Alley Crowns for

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Financing for the Columbia County hospital takes a major step forward

Members of the Columbia County Hospital Authority have approved the funding mechanism for the 100-bed hospital planned for the Grovetown area. Earlier this year, the Columbia County Commission and the authority finalized a contract to issue up to $375 million in bonds to pay for construction. On Oct.19, authority members unanimously approved a supplemental resolution for the bonds. “So, the supplemental resolution you’ve got in front of you, it’s easy to look at the red line, the final amounts for the series A bonds, I keep saying bonds, but they

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