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  • Central Georgia Health System CEO to Address National Healthcare Conference for Women
    Central Georgia Health System CEO to Address National Healthcare Conference for Women

    Central Georgia Health System CEO to Address National Healthcare Conference for Women

    Dr. Ninfa Saunders to Discuss Her Journey as a Female Healthcare Executive 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, August 7, 2014) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) Chief Executive Officer Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, will provide the keynote address at Modern Healthcare’s 2014 Women Leaders In Healthcare Conference, a gathering of women leaders from across the nation.

    Dr. Saunders, whose career has taken her across the United States and around the world, will share her personal journey, the way it has shaped who she is and how it influences the decisions she makes for CGHS. Dr. Saunders continues to position CGHS as a national healthcare leader through her strategic leadership, by pursuing meaningful partnerships and by engaging employees and partners towards sustainable and relevant success. Her inspirational message will wrap up Modern Healthcare’s conference for females in healthcare leadership.

    “I am grateful for this opportunity to speak to women in leadership roles. I believe that a woman, or a man for that matter, should continue to learn and grow intellectually by seeking every opportunity to use her gifts and skills, training and education, to make a critical difference in all that she does professionally and personally. More importantly, I would advise women in the workplace to remember the things that truly matter, the things that will last after 5:00 and after retirement – the love of family and friends, faith, and giving back to others,” said Dr. Saunders.

    The conference will take place on Thursday, August 14 in Nashville, Tenn. and will address topics including mergers and acquisitions, patient safety and quality, and balancing career with life.

  • Tickets On Sale for Summer's Night Picnic and Dance
    Tickets On Sale for Summer's Night Picnic and Dance

    Tickets On Sale for Summer’s Night Picnic and Dance

    Event to Benefit Pine Pointe Hospice and Palliative Care, the Hospice of Central Georgia 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, August 7, 2014) – Tickets are now on sale for the Summer’s Night Picnic and Dance, to be held Saturday, August 16, 2014. The event, presented by the Charles H. Jones Family Foundation and supported by the Medcen Community Health Foundation, will benefit Pine Pointe Hospice and Palliative Care, the Hospice of Central Georgia.

    Attendees should pack their own picnic basket and bring their beverage of choice to the Macon City Auditorium for a night of fun and dancing to the sounds of The Grapevine. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the band begins playing at 7:30 p.m.

    For tickets and more information, please visit www.pinepointehospice.org.

  • Advanced Home Care Merges with Central Georgia Home Care Services to Expand and Enhance Care to Patients and Communities in Georgia
    Advanced Home Care Merges with Central Georgia Home Care Services to Expand and Enhance Care to Patients and Communities in Georgia

    Advanced Home Care Merges with Central Georgia Home Care Services to Expand and Enhance Care to Patients and Communities in Georgia

    (High Point, NC – August 4, 2014)  Advanced Home Care is pleased to announce that Central Georgia Home Care Services, based in Macon, Georgia has merged with Advanced Home Care.  Central Georgia Home Care Services has been a quality provider of home infusion, specialty pharmacy, home medical equipment, and services for many years in a 20 county region of central Georgia.

    Elbert McQueen, Senior Vice President of Post Acute Services and Regional Development for Central Georgia Health System, said, “The partnership between Advanced Home Care and Central Georgia Home Care Services will allow us to expand our capabilities in order to provide enhanced services to the communities and the patients we serve. We look forward to a close working relationship with Advanced Home Care, one that will ensure that Central Georgia Home Care Service’s patients continue to receive state-of-the-art home medical equipment and comprehensive home care services.”

    Merging with Central Georgia Home Care Services further strengthens Advanced Home Care's position as a leading home health care provider in the Southeastern United States.  This merger provides patients and customers the highest level of care with greater efficiency. Through this merger Central Georgia Health System will join 13 other health systems and hospitals as a member of Advanced Home Care.

    “The addition of Central Georgia Home Care Services to the Advanced Home Care family enables us to expand our commitment of providing extraordinary care to patients in central Georgia,” said Joel Mills, CEO of Advanced Home Care.  “Our innovative care will help thousands of patients continue their recovery in the comfort of their own homes. This is an exciting addition to our service area with quality leaders and staff members joining our team.”

    Advanced Home Care will work closely with all patients, partners and employees to make the integration process as smooth as possible.  Central Georgia Home Care Services will now become Advanced Home Care.  The integration of both companies will take place over the next few weeks. All patients will continue to receive the same high quality care and service which they have come to expect. 

     Advanced Home Care will continue to operate Central Georgia Home Care Services’ existing Macon, Georgia location.  Advanced Home Care also has locations in Norcross and Marietta, Georgia. This merger allows the company to broaden its services in support of the Central Georgia Health System.

  • Medcen Foundation Partners with Museum of Arts and Sciences to Offer First Saturday
    Medcen Foundation Partners with Museum of Arts and Sciences to Offer First Saturday

    Medcen Foundation Partners with Museum of Arts and Sciences to Offer First Saturday

    Collaboration Provides Free Museum Admission for Public on First Saturday of Each Month 

    MACON, GA (Friday, August 1, 2014) – The Medcen Community Health Foundation has collaborated with the Museum of Arts and Sciences to bring central Georgians First Saturday, a day of scavenger hunts, nature walks and hands-on activities. Thanks to Medcen’s generous support, admission to the museum will be free to the public on the first Saturday of each month.

    First Saturday will premier at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road in Macon, on Saturday, August 2 with a program on “Space and Robotics.” The event will showcase The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s (MCCG’s) Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System, used for pediatric and adult spinal patients. Pediatric orthopedist Dr. Eric Lincoln will be available from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. to discuss the Mazor system’s use in complex spinal procedures.

    The Mazor Renaissance system was introduced at MCCG in May 2014 when pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Eric Lincoln, D.O. and orthopaedic surgeon William Dasher, M.D. successfully performed the first two minimally-invasive spine surgeries using the system. The surgical teams were pleased with the clinical results in the complex spinal deformity cases. The robotic system improves patient safety and patient outcomes by allowing the surgeon to safely place instrumentation and hardware in the spine. The increased accuracy improves patient outcomes by minimizing the risk of neurologic injuries. The Mazor Renaissance system also allows the surgeon to move more quickly, shortening the patient’s time in surgery and potential blood loss.

    “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Museum of Arts and Sciences to provide the community with First Saturdays. This is a wonderful educational opportunity that central Georgian’s should take advantage of, and our hope is that, by viewing the Mazor Robotics Reinaissance Guidance System, our community will realize that the future is now,” said Dottie Houser, interim CEO of The Medcen Community Health Foundation.

    MCCG and The Children’s Hospital at MCCG utilize one of three Mazor robots in the state of Georgia and are two of only 35 hospitals in the U.S. to adopt this state-of-the-art technology. MCCG’s Mazor system was funded through philanthropic contributions.

  • Medcen Foundation Partners with Museum of Arts and Sciences to Offer First Saturday
    Medcen Foundation Partners with Museum of Arts and Sciences to Offer First Saturday

    Medcen Foundation Partners with Museum of Arts and Sciences to Offer First Saturday

    Collaboration Provides Free Museum Admission for Public on First Saturday of Each Month 

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, July 29, 2014) – The Medcen Community Health Foundation has collaborated with the Museum of Arts and Sciences to bring central Georgians First Saturday, a day of scavenger hunts, nature walks and hands-on activities. Thanks to Medcen’s generous support, admission to the museum will be free to the public on the first Saturday of each month.

    First Saturday will premier at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road in Macon, on Saturday, August 2 with a program on “Space and Robotics.” The event will showcase The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s (MCCG’s) Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System, used for pediatric and adult spinal patients.

    The Mazor Renaissance system was introduced at MCCG in May 2014 when pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Eric Lincoln, D.O. and orthopaedic surgeon William Dasher, M.D. successfully performed the first two minimally-invasive spine surgeries using the system. The surgical teams were pleased with the clinical results in the complex spinal deformity cases. The robotic system improves patient safety and patient outcomes by allowing the surgeon to safely place instrumentation and hardware in the spine. The increased accuracy improves patient outcomes by minimizing the risk of neurologic injuries. The Mazor Renaissance system also allows the surgeon to move more quickly, shortening the patient’s time in surgery and potential blood loss.

    “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Museum of Arts and Sciences to provide the community with First Saturdays. This is a wonderful educational opportunity that central Georgian’s should take advantage of, and our hope is that, by viewing the Mazor Robotics Reinaissance Guidance System, our community will realize that the future is now,” said Dottie Houser, interim CEO of The Medcen Community Health Foundation.

    MCCG and The Children’s Hospital at MCCG utilize one of three Mazor robots in the state of Georgia and are two of only 35 hospitals in the U.S. to adopt this state-of-the-art technology. MCCG’s Mazor system was funded through philanthropic contributions.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Places on Quality Honor Roll
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Places on Quality Honor Roll

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Places on Quality Honor Roll

    MCCG 1 of Only 18 Hospitals in Georgia to be Recognized

    ATLANTA (Monday, July 28, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) in Macon has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. MCCG is one of 18 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from January 2013 to December 2013.

    Hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) core measures. These measures are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for surgical patients and patients who have suffered heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure.

    For instance, a recommended treatment to help prevent a heart attack is to take aspirin either before or upon arrival at the hospital, as well as at discharge. It is recommended that surgery patients are given an antibiotic one hour prior to surgery to prevent infection. The VBP core measure is a composite measure that determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time. A hospital’s adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.

    “We are pleased to recognize The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s commitment to patient safety. Compliance with these important core measures ensures that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible,” said Earl V. Rogers, president of GHA.

    “We constantly strive to maintain the highest standard of patient care, and are committed to providing access to the right care at the right time. This honor validates that and is a tribute to the dedication of our physicians and our employees, who ensure that great patient care is made even better,” said Dr. Stephen Mayfield, Chief Quality Officer for MCCG.

  • STS Awards The Medical Center of Central Georgia Prestigious 3 Star Rating
    STS Awards The Medical Center of Central Georgia Prestigious 3 Star Rating

    STS Awards The Medical Center of Central Georgia Prestigious 3 Star Rating

    Society for Thoracic Surgeons Honors MCCG’s Open Heart Surgery Program

    MACON, GA (Monday, July 21, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) recently earned the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) prestigious 3 Star rating. The 3 Star rating represents the highest award for heart surgery practices participating in STS’ national specialty database, which features more than 1,000 facilities.

    MCCG received the award based on analysis of first time isolated coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) and isolated aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery patients during 2013.

    “The 3 Star rating confirmed by the STS is widely regarded as the gold standard by which cardiac surgery programs are evaluated. It is the highest honor achievable. The 3 Star rating is a testament to the expertise of our surgeons and the commitment of our physicians and staff to quality and excellence,,” said Dr. Fady Wanna, Chief Medical Officer for MCCG. 

    The comprehensive rating system was developed on evidenced-based best practices proven through research. It allows for comparisons regarding quality cardiac surgery among participating hospitals across the U.S. The categories of outcome measurement include the following:

    1. Absence of Mortality
    2. Absence of Morbidity – avoiding post-operative complications such as renal failure, stroke, infection, re-operation during the same stay or prolonged time on a ventilator
    3. Use of the Internal Mammary Artery (IMA).
    4. Appropriate use of Medications

    “The STS database is the only one that is uniform and consistent for all patients throughout the country. It compares a facility nationally with its peers. Our cardiac patients can rest assured that we provide the highest level of excellent care at The Medical Center of Central Georgia,” said Dr. Wanna.

    Of MCCG’s 674 total open heart surgery cases in 2013, 396 were CABG patients and 146were AVR patients, while 124patients were both CABG and AVR. 

  • The Medical Center of Peach County Invites You to Enjoy Cool Summer Events
    The Medical Center of Peach County Invites You to Enjoy Cool Summer Events

    The Medical Center of Peach County Invites You to Enjoy Cool Summer Events

    Event Series will Promote Physical, Mental Well-Being

     

    BYRON, GA (Friday, July 18, 2014) – As summer sizzles, The Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC) offers the community a series of cool events that promote physical and mental health and wellness.

    The following events are scheduled:

    • Free women’s self defense class
      • Saturday, July 19
      • 10:00 a.m.
      • MCPC board room
      • Call 478-654-2240 for reservations and information.

     

    •  “Pamper Me Pink” Mammography Night
      • Dates:
        • Thursday, July 24
        • Thursday, August 14
        • Thursday, August 28
        • Thursday, September 11
        • 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
        • Call 478-654-2011 for appointments and information.

     

    • Peach Open Air Market
      • Each Tuesday, July through October
        • 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
        • MCPC parking lot
        • A variety of locally grown fruits, vegetables and dairy products as well as arts and crafts by local artists.

     

    •  “Popcorn at the Peach” Movie Night
      • Dates:
        • Saturday, August 23
        • Saturday, September 20
        • 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
        • MCPC dining room patio
        • Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics!

     

    • “Rocking with the Peach” outdoor concert series
      • Dates
        • Saturday, July 19 with A2Z Band
        • Friday, August 1 with The Grapevine Band
        • Saturday, September 6, with Class Act
        • 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
        • MCPC dining room patio
        • Bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics!

     

    • “Serving Those Who Served” free screenings for veterans.
      • Dates:
        • Thursday, July 17 – Angioscreens
        • Determine risk for heart disease – call 1-800-627-2393 for  appointments and information.
        • Wednesday, September 17 – prostate screenings
        • Call 478-654-2240 for appointments and information.
        • 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
        • MCPC Lab

     

    MCPC is located at 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron.

  • For Third Consecutive Year, MCCG Nationally Recognized by U.S. News for Cardiology, Heart Surgery
    For Third Consecutive Year, MCCG Nationally Recognized by U.S. News for Cardiology, Heart Surgery

    For Third Consecutive Year, MCCG Nationally Recognized by U.S. News for Cardiology, Heart Surgery

    MCCG Ranked Second Best Hospital in Georgia, Performs Highly in 11 National Categories 

    WASHINGTON (Tuesday, July 15, 2014) - U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Hospitals rankings for 2014-2015. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. For the third consecutive year, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been recognized as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation in the Cardiology and Heart Surgery category.

    MCCG was also listed as high-performing in the following 10 adult specialties: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

    “This recognition is a testament to the quality of care that we provide for our patients. Central Georgians can take pride in having a nationally recognized healthcare provided right here at home. We are and will continue to be a healthcare destination, and we will continue to challenge our processes and foster continued performance improvement,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and MCCG.

    MCCG is the second highest ranking hospital in the state of Georgia and is recognized as one of the best hospitals on the coastal plain.

    “To be nationally recognized for the third consecutive year is a testament to the consistency with which The Medical Center of Central Georgia provides world-class care. To be recognized among the nation’s top hospitals in one specialty would be a great achievement, but to be recognized in 11 specialties is extraordinary, and defines the caliber of care that we provide,” said Dr. Fady Wanna, Chief Medical Officer of MCCG.

    For 2014-15, U.S. News evaluated hospitals in 16 adult specialties and ranked the top 50 in most of the specialties. Just three percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitals that were analyzed for Best Hospitals 2014-15 earned national ranking in even one specialty. U.S. News also recognizes hospitals that perform nearly at the level of their nationally ranked peers and represent valuable regional sources of quality care.

    “The data tell the story – a hospital that emerged from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of. A Best Hospital has demonstrated its expertise in treating the most challenging patients,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.

    U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition or extra risk because of age or multiple health problems. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.

    The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

    The rankings are freely available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in the U.S. News “Best Hospitals 2015” guidebook, available in August.

  • Protect Children from Heat Related Illnesses this Summer
    Protect Children from Heat Related Illnesses this Summer

    Protect Children from Heat Related Illnesses this Summer

    Be aware of symptoms and preventative measures 

    MACON, GA (Monday, July 14, 2014) – As temperatures soar in central Georgia, it is important to remember that infants and children are at high risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Each summer, children fall victim to heat related illnesses that can be prevented with proper caution and care.

    “As the temperatures in central Georgia climb, parents should be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and how to prevent these potentially life threatening illnesses,” said Dr. Tony Pearson-Shaver, Medical Director and Chief of Pediatric Medical Education at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG.

    Parents should be aware of the following heat related illnesses:

    • Heat exhaustion is an acute reaction to heat exposure. Signs include weakness, dizziness, nausea, headache and finally, collapse. The skin becomes cold and clammy while pupils dilate, and body temperature and blood pressure become lower.
    • Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, a far more serious condition, if the body is unable to cool itself. The person may become confused and lethargic, the body ceases to sweat, body temperature will rise rapidly, and seizure may occur. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition.

    A pediatrician from The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia is available to discuss ways that parents can safeguard their children from the heat related illnesses, including:

    • Remaining indoors during the hottest parts of the day, generally 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Remaining hydrated by consuming water and sports drinks that replace electrolytes.
    • Wearing proper clothing in the heat.
    • Not leaving children in car seats or unattended in hot cars, even for short periods of time.

    To schedule an interview, please contact The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

  • Putnam General Hospital Announces Partnership with Macon Health System
    Putnam General Hospital Announces Partnership with Macon Health System

    Putnam General Hospital Announces Partnership with Macon Health System

    PGH to Unite with Central Georgia Health System, Medical Center of Central Georgia

    MACON, GA (Monday, July 7, 2014) – Putnam General Hospital (PGH) in Eatonton, along with Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) and The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) in Macon, today announced their intent to enter a strategic partnership that will allow the two hospitals to create and expand healthcare services for Putnam County and the surrounding region.

    “The primary goal of our partnership is to create a medical neighborhood for those who live in Georgia’s lake country, allowing us to recruit physicians and expand services to cover the continuum of care. The management arrangement will allow The Medical Center of Central Georgia, with the strength and leadership of Putnam General’s CEO Alan Horton,  to bring resources directly to the community, develop new opportunities, and retain Putnam’s talented physicians while recruiting new talent as necessary. All of this is in an effort to keep healthcare local,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of CGHS and MCCG.

    Dr. Eddie Richardson, Chief of Staff at PGH, agreed that expanded services will attract new physicians to the area.

    “Our partnership with The Medical Center of Central Georgia will enable us to expand our service offerings, making Putnam more attractive to highly trained physicians and giving the community increased access to a plethora of specialists,” said Richardson. 

    According to Alan Horton, CEO of PGH, the Putnam County hospital has been seeking a larger health system to partner with for some time.

    “We’ve been exploring our options, and The Medical Center of Central Georgia is a good fit. The Medical Center is well respected and well recognized by the citizens of Putnam County. Furthermore, we have similar goals and a similar approach to healthcare – placing the patient at the center of all that we do. Management relationships such as these are a path to sustainability for rural hospitals,” said Horton.

    Horton said the arrangement will allow PGH to develop opportunities PGH otherwise would be unable to afford. Saunders agreed.

    “Putnam General Hospital has been a pillar in the lake country community for almost 50 years. The hospital is foundational to the healthcare needs of the community. Strategic partnerships between community partners ensure the viability and longevity of healthcare providers, increasing a community hospital’s capabilities while keeping healthcare close to home,” said Starr Purdue, Chairperson of CGHS’s Board of Directors. 

    Due to recent changes in the healthcare industry, alliances among healthcare providers have become a positive and necessary national trend. In a statement released last August, Earl Rogers, President of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), addressed the many challenges hospitals face today.

    “When you combine the uncompensated care burden with continued reductions in Medicare and Medicaid payments to hospitals, there are several hospitals in the state facing great difficulty staying financially viable,” said Rogers.

    According to GHA, a Georgia Department of Community Health Hospital Financial Survey found that 55 percent of Georgia’s rural hospitals lost money in 2011,

    “We realized a partnership was necessary. Without a larger partner, Putnam General would not be able to survive current trends in healthcare, including decreased reimbursement. The Medical Center is our long time neighbor, and a wonderful choice for this partnership,” said Jerry Gregory, Chairperson of PGH’s Board of Directors.

    CGHS, MCCG and PGH are members of Stratus Healthcare, a strategic non-equity network of health systems, hospitals and physicians that was formed in July 2013. Horton and Saunders recognize that this partnership may not have been realized without their connection through Stratus.

    “The purpose of Stratus Healthcare is to permit members to strengthen one another. The partnership with Putnam General Hospital is very much Stratus based. The developing relationship between The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Putnam General Hospital will allow the two healthcare entities to work together in a more formalized manner,” said Saunders. 

  • GRAChIE Announces Inclusion of New Members from Across State
    GRAChIE Announces Inclusion of New Members from Across State

    GRAChIE Announces Inclusion of New Members from Across State

    Secure network improves patient-centered care and health outcomes in Georgia

    Sandersville, Ga. (Wednesday, June 25, 2014)  –The Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange (GRAChIE) announced the inclusion of nine new members to further augment continuity of care through the secure electronic exchange of patient health information. Through GRAChIE, these new members will streamline communications with hospitals, physicians, and other healthcare providers to improve patient care.

    GRAChIE enables healthcare providers to share helpful patient information, including medications, pre-existing conditions, allergies, immunizations, lab results, appointment history and more with other physicians and hospitals across the state—all from within the electronic medical record system at the point of care—minimizing manual and often time-consuming processes. As a result, providers can gather information from multiple sources and access it at the time of service. This improves the coordination of care, which can help reduce adverse events, complications, hospital readmissions and duplicate tests.

     “In the past, patient health information was difficult to share across care settings. By connecting our members to our exchange platform, physicians and clinicians can access and share the most comprehensive and up-to-date information when making care decisions for their patients,” David S. Hefner, CEO and Executive Vice President of Georgia Regents Health System, said. “GRAChIE is working with providers across the state of Georgia to build a network that offers meaningful information across the care continuum in a highly secure manner.”

    “By joining GRAChIE, members ensure that they have access to accurate data. Through immediate access to accurate patient records, clinicians spend less time gathering information and more time delivering improved care outcomes, while avoiding the duplication of services. GRAChIE is the key to interoperability between healthcare providers. This interoperability positively benefits the patients who rely on us for their healthcare needs,” saidDr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System, a founding partner of GRAChIE.

    The following healthcare providers, along with their respective medical staff physicians, join Georgia Regents Health System and Central Georgia Health System in GRAChIE:

    • Center for Primary Care (Augusta)
    • Houston Healthcare
    • Houston Medical Center (Warner Robins)
    • Perry Hospital (Perry)
    • Meadows Regional Medical Center (Vidalia)
    • Newton Medical Center (Covington)
    • Oconee Regional  Health System (Milledgeville)
    • Pediatric Partners of Augusta
    • Upson Regional Medical Center (Thomaston)
    • White’s Pediatrics (Dalton)

    “GRAChIE is thrilled to be the HIE of choice for these organizations and the many that will soon join them.  We are working hard to be a tool that these providers and health systems can use  to make a difference in Georgia’s healthcare landscape,” said Tara Broxton Cramer, Executive Directorof GRAChIE.

  • Independence Day Safety Tips
    Independence Day Safety Tips

    Independence Day Safety Tips

    Fireworks Injuries Drastically Increase in Month Surrounding July 4 

    MACON, GA (Monday, June 23, 2014) – According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 200 people per day will visit emergency rooms across the U.S. in the month surrounding Independence Day. Children younger than age 15 accounted for approximately 26 percent of those injured. The most common injuries include burns to the hands and fingers, followed by injuries that involve the head, face, eyes and ears.

    Fireworks, including sparklers and flares, can cause serious burns as well as blast injuries that can permanently impair vision and hearing. A physician from The Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia is available to discuss ways that parents can protect their children from firework injuries this summer. Tips include the following:

    • Handle and use fireworks in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and all warning labels.
    • Light fireworks on smooth, flat surfaces, and aim them away from buildings, dry leaves, flammable materials and spectators.
    • Do not try to relight fireworks that malfunction.
    • Do not modify fireworks or use homemade fireworks.
    • Light fireworks one at a time, then quickly move back.
    • Do not shoot fireworks from a metal or glass container.
    • Keep a phone and a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher handy, and know first aid for burns.

    As with any activity involving hazardous equipment, adults should actively supervise all children when they are near fireworks.

    To schedule an interview, please contact The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

  • Skin Screenings, Mental Health Highlight Code Med Health Fair
    Skin Screenings, Mental Health Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    Skin Screenings, Mental Health Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    Over 35 Community Organizations to Attend 

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, June 23, 2014) – Code Med, an annual health fair sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) provides a day of healthy learning and fun for the entire family. Free health screenings for adults and children, health and safety tips and demonstrations, exhibits and education from more than 35 community organizations and agencies are features of the event.

    The annual health fair is scheduled for Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy., across from Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State College).

    The following are highlights of the Code Med Health Fair:

    • GACHIP gives families a measure of protection against the disappearance of a child and provides law enforcement with important tools to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of a child. A single photo, fingerprinting, short video interview and DNA sample (from a mouth swab) of the child are compiled to a CD and given to the parents.
    • Breast and skin exams will be performed by appropriately trained and certified healthcare professionals, who will also provide education and training for self-examination. Appointments are required for these private exams. To schedule an appointment, please call 478-633-6336.
    • AngioScreen ® is a service designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in this country, through an integrated and non-invasive cardiovascular screening program that takes 12 to 15 minutes. Screenings cost $50. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment.
    • Free health screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat analysis, cholesterol and depression. Health topics to be addressed include cancer, diabetes, heart disease, living wills, mental health, stroke and more.

    Giveaways and photographs with MCCG’s affable mascot, Medi Tedi, will also be available.

    Screenings are subject to change.

  • Skin Screenings, Mental health Highlight Code Med Health Fair
    Skin Screenings, Mental health Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    Skin Screenings, Mental health Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    Over 35 Community Organizations to Attend

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, June 10, 2014) – Code Med, an annual health fair sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) provides a day of healthy learning and fun for the entire family. Free health screenings for adults and children, health and safety tips and demonstrations, exhibits and education from more than 35 community organizations and agencies are features of the event.

    The annual health fair is scheduled for Saturday, June 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy., across from Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State College).

    The following are highlights of the Code Med Health Fair:

    • GACHIP gives families a measure of protection against the disappearance of a child and provides law enforcement with important tools to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of a child. A single photo, fingerprinting, short video interview and DNA sample (from a mouth swab) of the child are compiled to a CD and given to the parents.
    • Breast and skin exams will be performed by appropriately trained and certified healthcare professionals, who will also provide education and training for self-examination. Appointments are required for these private exams. To schedule an appointment, please call 478-633-6336.
    • AngioScreen ® is a service designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in this country, through an integrated and non-invasive cardiovascular screening program that takes 12 to 15 minutes. Screenings cost $50. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment.
       
    • Free health screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat analysis, cholesterol and depression. Health topics to be addressed include cancer, diabetes, heart disease, living wills, mental health, stroke and more.

    Giveaways and photographs with MCCG’s affable mascot, Medi Tedi, will also be available.

    Screenings are subject to change.

  • Celebrate Fathers, Celebrate Men's Health
    Celebrate Fathers, Celebrate Men's Health

    Celebrate Fathers, Celebrate Men's Health

    Series of Educational Events Geared Toward Men Planned for June 

    MACON, GA (Monday, June 9, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will host a series of educational men’s health events during the month of June, in conjunction with Father’s Day and Men’s Health Month.

    Events are designed to encourage men to increase their personal wellness, and will focus on a variety of topics. The following events are scheduled:

    • Tuesday, June 10 at 12:30 p.m.- Heart Health Information for Men
      • Led by Wendell Ellis, M.D., Central Georgia Heart Center
    • Tuesday, June 17 at 12:30 p.m.- Improving Mental Health for Men
      • Led by Richard Camino-Gaztambide, M.D., Mercer University School of Medicine – Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    • Tuesday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. – Men’s Sexual Health
      • Led by Jason Burnette, M.D., Urology Specialists of Georgia

    Each event is free and open to the public. All three events will take place at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Drive in Macon.

    “Oftentimes, men are so busy with their daily lives that they neglect their health. Father’s Day is a wonderful time for people to encourage the men in their lives to take a time out for health. By emphasizing healthcare for men, The Medical Center of Central Georgia is encouraging men to pursue personal wellness before a serious illness occurs,” said Charles Krauss, Community Health Educator for MCCG.

    To RSVP for Men’s Health Series events, please contact 478.633.4733 or rsvp@mccg.org.

    June is nationally recognized as Men’s Health Month, and Father’s Day will be observed on June 15.

  • Surgeons at MCCG Perform First Successful Spine Surgery Using Mazor Robotics Renaissance
    Surgeons at MCCG Perform First Successful Spine Surgery Using Mazor Robotics Renaissance

    Surgeons at MCCG Perform First Successful Spine Surgery Using Mazor Robotics Renaissance®

    Orthopaedists Debut Mazor Robotic Spine Surgery on 13-year-old Patient

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, June 4, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and The Children’s Hospital at MCCG are pleased to announce the addition of the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System for pediatric and adult spinal patients.

     

    Pediatric orthopaedic surgeon Eric Lincoln, D.O. and orthopaedic surgeon William Dasher, M.D. have successfully performed the first two minimally-invasive spine surgeries using Mazor Robotics Renaissance. The surgical teams were pleased with both the clinical results and the integration of Renaissance® into their spine surgery program.

    “The Renaissance system has been very useful for placing hardware in complex spinal deformity cases. This robotic system not only improves our accuracy, but also allows us to reduce surgical time and potential blood loss for the patient. In our first cases, the improved accuracy of hardware placement as well as the shortened operational times were very evident,” said Dr. Lincoln.

    “We are able to improve patient safety and patient outcomes through the use of the Renaissance system. Renaissance allows us to safely place instrumentation in the spine. The increased accuracy improves patient outcomes by minimizing the risk of neurologic injuries. Renaissance also allows the surgeon to move more quickly, shortening the patient’s time in the operating room,” said Dr. Dasher. 

    MCCG and The Children’s Hospital at MCCG are two of only five hospitals in the state of Georgia to offer this new form of spine surgery to patients and two of 36 hospitals in the U.S. to adopt this state-of-the-art technology.

    “We see Mazor Robotics technology as ushering in a new era in spine surgery, the same way laparoscopies transformed general surgery in the 1990s. By decreasing operative time, blood loss and recovery time, Mazor Robotics offers a much better option for both our pediatric and adult patients,” said Fady Wanna, M.D. Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Medical Officer at MCCG.

    Renaissance is Mazor Robotics’ surgical guidance system for spine surgery, ensuring <1.5mm accuracy and a high level of safety for patients. Before entering the operating room, surgeons use Renaissance to pre-plan the optimal surgery in a CT-based 3D simulation of the patient’s spine. During surgery, Renaissance guides the surgeon’s hand and tools to the precise pre-planned location. In a recent multicenter study published in Spine journal,investigators stated that Mazor Robotics technology “offers enhanced performance in spinal surgery when compared to freehand surgeries, by increasing placement accuracy and reducing neurologic risks.”1 It also may reduce the use of fluoroscopy in minimally-invasive procedures.2

    MCCG and The Children’s Hospital at MCCG have reputations as established leaders in spine surgery as well as in adopting the latest technologies for patient care.

    For more information about Mazor Robotics spine surgery with Renaissance® visit www.MazorRobotics.com.

    1Devito DP, Kaplan L, Dietl R, et al. Clinical acceptance and accuracy assessment of spinal implants guided with SpineAssist surgical robot: retrospective study. Spine. 2010;35(24):2109-2115.

    2Kantelhardt SR, Martinez R, Baerwinkel S, Burger R, Giese A, Rohde V. Perioperative course and accuracy of screw positioning in conventional, open robotic-guided and percutaneous robotic-guided, pedicle screw placement. Eur Spine J. 2011;20(6):860-868.

  • Registration Now Open for Camp fun n' fit
    Registration Now Open for Camp fun n' fit

    Registration Now Open for Camp fun n’ fit

    Day Camp Promotes Healthy Lifestyle for Children 

    MACON, GA (Monday, June 2, 2014) – Registration is now open for Camp fun n’ fit, a health and fitness summer day camp for children ages 6-11.

    Camp fun n’ fit is designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles by encouraging campers to participate in activities that are fun and playful, including swimming, Zumba, yoga, sports and games. Campers will also learn about nutrition and participate in weekly field trips.

    The camp will take place June 2-27 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Children may attend one, two, three or all four weeks of the camp. The cost is $165.00 per week and the registration fee includes all field trips, classes, supplies and a t-shirt.

    To register, pick up a registration form at The Wellness Center (3797 Northside Drive, Macon) or Macon Health Club (389 First Street, Macon), or visit www.thewellnesscentermacon.com

    The camp is hosted by entities of Central Georgia Health System, including The Wellness Center and The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Places on Quality Honor Roll
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Places on Quality Honor Roll

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Places on Quality Honor Roll

    MCCG 1 of Only 23 Hospitals in Georgia to be Recognized

    ATLANTA (Thursday, May 29, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) in Macon has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) Core Measures Honor Roll. MCCG is one of 23 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list. The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS), which administers the nation’s Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from October 2012 to September 2013.

    Hospitals are required to submit care data to CMS, which details how well a hospital’s caregivers adhere to a list of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) core measures. These measures are the clinical processes of care that are known to be the most effective methods of treatment for surgical patients and patients who have suffered heart attacks, pneumonia and heart failure.

    For instance, a recommended treatment to help prevent a heart attack is to take aspirin either before or upon arrival at the hospital, as well as at discharge. It is recommended that surgery patients are given an antibiotic one hour prior to surgery to prevent infection. The VBP core measure is a composite measure that determines whether or not a patient received the right care at the right time. A hospital’s adherence to these recommended clinical practices usually leads to better outcomes.

    “We are pleased to recognize The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s commitment to patient safety. Compliance with these important core measures ensures that every patient receives the best, most effective health care possible,” said Earl V. Rogers, president of GHA.

    “We constantly strive to maintain the highest standard of patient care, and are committed to providing the right care at the right time. This honor validates that and is a tribute to the dedication of our physicians and our employees, who ensure that great patient care is made even better,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System.

  • Would You Recognize the Signs of Stroke?
    Would You Recognize the Signs of Stroke?

    Would You Recognize the Signs of Stroke?

    Be Prepared to Act F.A.S.T 

    MACON, GA (May 27, 2014) – The Georgia Neuro Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital (CGRH), services of Central Georgia Health System, recognize the importance of educating central Georgians about stroke. According to the Centers of Disease Control, stroke is a leading cause of death and the leading cause of long term disability in America. The country’s highest death rates due to stroke are in the Southeast.

    The Georgia Neuro Center and CGRH seek to help the community better understand stroke risk factor management, recognition of and response to stroke symptoms, and recovery from stroke.

    Both entities remind the community to act F.A.S.T. in the event of a stroke:

    • Facial weakness - Can the person smile? Is the mouth or eye drooping?
    • Arm or leg weakness - Can the person raise both arms?
    • Speech difficulty - Can the person speak clearly and understand what is being said?
    • Time to act - Call 911 immediately if the person demonstrates any of the signs listed above.

    The Georgia Neuro Center at MCCG is an American Heart Association (AHA) “Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award” winner and a member of AHA’s Target Stroke Honor Roll. The awards recognize MCCG’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

    “While our community can trust us to deliver the care they need if a stroke is suffered, we would much rather prevent stroke than treat it. We hope to impact our community by minimizing stroke risk throughout Stroke Awareness Month,” said Shantel King-Whitby, M.D., rehabilitation physician at CGRH.

    May is nationally recognized as Stroke Awareness Month.

  • Medical Center, Community Partners Host Hepatitis C Educational Program
    Medical Center, Community Partners Host Hepatitis C Educational Program

    Medical Center, Community Partners Host Hepatitis C Educational Program

    Free Events Scheduled for Thursday, May 22 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, May 14, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG)  - along with partners including the Bibb County Health Department, Daybreak Shelter , First Choice Primary Care, Georgia College and State University Graduate School of  Nursing, and the Macon Volunteer Clinic – have come together to form the Hepatitis C Community Collaborative. The Collaborative is leading an effort to educate the community about the causes and treatments of hepatitis C.

    The Collaborative will sponsor two free community events on Thursday, May 22 at Daybreak Shelter, 174 Walnut Street in Macon. The educational events will take place at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

    Local physicians will provide free information on the behaviors that contribute to infection, the importance of vaccination and treatment options for those who have contracted the disease. A number of experienced healthcare professionals will be available to answer questions after the presentation, and refreshments will be served.

    “Hepatitis C is a hidden epidemic with significant public health consequences. Hepatitis C is largely preventable, but is the leading cause of liver cancer and liver cirrhosis. At this time, there is not a coordinated education and outreach program for the local community. Through the Hepatitis C Community Collaborative, we hope to change that,” said Roz McMillan, Assistant Vice President of Population Health and Community Health Education for MCCG.

    The event is linked to the Collaborative’s efforts to establish the only community hepatitis C clinic in central Georgia. Physicians, psychologists, nurses, case managers, and other staff will donate their time to the clinic. The clinic’s proposed location is  the Macon/Bibb County Health Department.

    “There are a number of known uninsured or underinsured individuals in our area who are infected with hepatitis who are not receiving care at this time. Treatment for this illness is long term and requires commitment. Without a primary care physician, infected individuals rarely seek treatment,” said McMillan. 

    An estimated 65 to 75 percent of those infected with hepatitis C are unaware of their infection status and are not receiving care or treatment. Without timely care, one in four persons with chronic hepatitis will develop liver cirrhosis or liver cancer, both of which are deadly.

  • Peach Road Race to Benefit Local Hospital
    Peach Road Race to Benefit Local Hospital

    Peach Road Race to Benefit Local Hospital

    New Course for 10.5k, 5k and One Mile Fun Run  

    BYRON, GA (Monday, May 12, 2014) – The Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC) invites the community to participate in the second annual Peach Road Race on Saturday, May 17.

    Those wishing to participate will have three different races to choose from:

    • A 10.5k race begins at 7:30 a.m.
    • A 5k race begins at 8:00 a.m.
    • A one mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m.

    The race will begin at MCPC, 1960 Highway 247 connector in Byron, and will take a different course from last year’s inaugural race. All participants will receive a micromesh shirt, and awards will be given to the top three finishers overall, as well as the top three finishers in various age groups.

    To register for this event, please visit www.tmcpc.org.

    MCPC has been serving the patients of Peach and the surrounding counties since July 2013.

    “We invite runners and walkers from across Georgia and the Southeast to participate in this beautiful run through Peach County. We ask the community to please come out for a morning of fun in support of their local hospital,” said Nancy Peed, CEO of MCPC.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Affiliated Hospitals and Physicians Prepare to Terminate Contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Affiliated Hospitals and Physicians Prepare to Terminate Contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Affiliated Hospitals and Physicians Prepare to

    Terminate Contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield

    UPDATE:

    5/15/2014

    Central Georgia Health System and Central Georgia Health Network are pleased to announce that we have signed an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield for our physicians, with a commitment from BCBS to sign the agreement for the hospitals by end of business today.

    This assures that we are in network and business will continue as usual for each of our BCBS patients.  We are extremely pleased that their care will continue as usual with no interruptions. We are grateful to the community for their patience and understanding during this negotiation period. We will continue to provide world-class care for the patients in our region at the most affordable cost. 

     

    MACON, GA (Monday, May 12, 2014) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) and its affiliated entities announced today that they are preparing for termination of their contracts with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS). CGHS will continue to accept BCBS insurance, but will do so as an out-of-network provider as of May 15, 2014. Affected CGHS entities include: 

    • Central Georgia Health Network’s (CGHN) 841 providers
    • Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital
    • The Medical Center of Central Georgia
    • The Medical Center of Peach County

    After almost nine months of negotiations with BCBS, CGHS announced on April 25 that it had reached a one year agreement with BCBS on a reimbursement structure for both the physician and hospital contracts, protecting in network status for CGHS and its affiliates. At that time, a notice of extension was filed to allow the involved parties to finalize the amendment language.

    “While it has been our strong desire to continue our partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield in order to continue providing care for Blue Cross Blue Shield patients in our community, the lack of effort invested by Blue Cross, one of the state’s largest health insurers, toward good faith resolution has seriously jeopardized our agreement. Regrettably, unless Blue Cross Blue Shield provides an acceptable amendment, their actions have left us with no choice but to prepare to terminate our contract,” said Rhonda Perry, Chief Financial Officer for CGHS.

    Throughout the negotiation process, CGHS and CGHN offered to continue substantial discounts to BCBS in hopes of continuing the contract renewal seamlessly. However, the changing healthcare landscape required CGHS and CGHN to seek additional safeguards within the contract.

    “At this time, the proposed terms we have received from Blue Cross Blue Shield are very different from the principles to which we had agreed on April 24, putting both the hospitals and physician network in extremely unfavorable positions. While we continue to work diligently to meet the objectives of our agreement, Blue Cross Blue Shield has failed to demonstrate a commitment to resolving the remaining contract issues, “ said Steve Barry, Chief Executive Officer of CGHN.

    CGHS and CGHN strongly believe in providing the central Georgia community with a continuity of care.

    “In order to achieve optimal patient care, we must address medical inflation and substantial declines in reimbursement. We are also sensitive to concerns about future premium increases and have kept our proposals well within range for the Georgia market,” said Perry.

    CGHS has established a dedicated call center to address questions and concerns. The call center may be reached at (478) 633-8888 or for more information, please visit www.mccg.org. In spite of the potential contract termination, CGHS is committed to creating financial arrangements for out-of-network care during this transition period.

  • MCCG Kicks Off 2014 Women's Health Series
    MCCG Kicks Off 2014 Women's Health Series

    MCCG Kicks Off 2014 Women's Health Series

    “CEO of the Household” Events Commence with Barbara Dooley, Women’s Health Fair 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, May 8, 2014) – Women’s Services and The Family Birth Center, services of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), invite the women of central Georgia to participate in “CEO of the Household,” a series of events designed to increase personal wellness.

    MCCG will kick off the 2014 wellness series with the Women’s Health & Maternity Fair, on Saturday, May 17 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Wesleyan College in Macon. This free event is open to the public.

    In addition to free health screenings, special guest Barbara Dooley will speak during breakfast and lunch sessions. Each session costs $25.00. Dooley, wife of legendary football coach Vince Dooley, is a cancer survivor and inspirational speaker who rivets audiences with her gifted storytelling.

    The Women’s Health & Maternity Fair is the first in a series of events MCCG will offer to promote women’s health. “CEO of the Household” lunch and learn events will be held throughout the year, and will address topics including “The Sandwich Generation,” “Hormonal Hostage” and “Mental Health Makeover.” Events are currently scheduled for August, November and February 2015.

    “We were pleased with the success of this series in its first year, and pleased to continue to offer these events for the women in our community. Women, for the most part, are the CEO’s of their households. By emphasizing healthcare for women, we are ensuring the wellbeing of the entire family,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System.

    For more information and to register for “CEO of the Household” events, please visit www.womensservicesmacon.org.

    May is National Women’s Healthcare Month. In recognition, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will proclaim May Women’s Healthcare Month at Macon City Hall on Friday, May 9 at 11 a.m. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend.

  • Health System to Participate in National Compliance and Ethics Week, May 4-10
    Health System to Participate in National Compliance and Ethics Week, May 4-10

    Health System to Participate in National Compliance and Ethics Week, May 4-10

    Planned Events will Focus on Importance of Acting Lawfully, Ethically

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, May 7, 2014) – Keeping up its tradition of encouraging employees to behave according to the highest of standards, Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) is currently participating in Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week,  organized each year by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics and Health Care Compliance Association. As a part of its efforts, CGHS will focus on “Awareness, Recognition and Reinformation” throughout the week.

    “Central Georgia Health System is committed to consistently doing the right thing for our patients. We hold our employees to the highest ethical standard. This week highlights the commitment that we demonstrate throughout the year,” said Judy Ware, Chief Compliance Officer for CGHS.

    CGHS has a code of conduct that all employees are expected to follow. The code calls on employees to, “Do the Right Thing.”  Annual system-wide compliance and ethics education provides the opportunity to roll out new and updated compliance program policies and reinforces employees’ compliance and ethics obligations.

    “While Central Georgia Health System’s Audit Services and Corporate Compliance department oversees and guides the organization with regard to compliance matters, the dedication of our employees to ‘Do The Right Thing’ demonstrates our commitment to our patients and their privacy. As a system, we are committed to pursuing the values of excellence, integrity, diversity, service, quality and compassion,” said Ware.

  • Peach Road Race to Benefit Local Hospital
    Peach Road Race to Benefit Local Hospital

    Peach Road Race to Benefit Local Hospital

    New Course for 10.5k, 5k and One Mile Fun Run  

    BYRON, GA (Monday, May 5, 2014) – The Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC) invites the community to participate in the second annual Peach Road Race on Saturday, May 17.

    Those wishing to participate will have three different races to choose from:

    • A 10.5k race begins at 7:30 a.m.
    • A 5k race begins at 8:00 a.m.
    • A one mile fun run begins at 8:30 a.m.

    The race will begin at MCPC, 1960 Highway 247 connector in Byron, and will take a different course from last year’s inaugural race. All participants will receive a micromesh shirt, and awards will be given to the top three finishers overall, as well as the top three finishers in various age groups.

    To register for this event, please visit www.tmcpc.org.

    MCPC has been serving the patients of Peach and the surrounding counties since July 2013.

    “We invite runners and walkers from across Georgia and the Southeast to participate in this beautiful run through Peach County. We ask the community to please come out for a morning of fun in support of their local hospital,” said Nancy Peed, CEO of MCPC.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Affiliated Hospitals and Physicians Prepare for Contract Termination with Blue Cross Blue Shield
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Affiliated Hospitals and Physicians Prepare for Contract Termination with Blue Cross Blue Shield

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Affiliated Hospitals and Physicians Prepare for Contract Termination with Blue Cross Blue Shield

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, April 23, 2014) – After almost nine months of negotiations with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBS), Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) and its affiliated entities are now preparing for contract termination. The current contract is scheduled to terminate on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

    If the contract is allowed to terminate, CGHS will continue to accept BCBS insurance, but will do so as an out-of-network provider as of April 25, 2014. Affected CGHS entities include: 

    • Central Georgia Health Network’s 841 physicians
    • Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital
    • The Medical Center of Central Georgia
    • The Medical Center of Peach County

    "Throughout this process, Central Georgia Health System has offered to continue substantial discounts to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia in hopes of continuing our contract renewal seamlessly. However, in order to achieve optimal patient care, we must address medical inflation and substantial declines in reimbursement. We are also sensitive to concerns about future premium increases and have kept our proposals well within range for the Georgia market," said Rhonda Perry, Chief Financial Officer for CGHS.

    CGHS strongly believes in providing the central Georgia community with a continuity of care. CGHS has established a dedicated call center to address questions and concerns. The call center may be reached at 478-633-8888 or for more information, please visit www.mccg.org. In the event of contract termination, CGHS is committed to creating financial arrangements for out-of-network care during this transition period.

    CGHS continues good faith efforts at negotiations with BCBS, and remains hopeful that terms may be reached before contract termination.

  • Registration Now Open for Camp fun n' fit
    Registration Now Open for Camp fun n' fit

    Registration Now Open for Camp fun n’ fit

    Day Camp Promotes Healthy Lifestyle for Children 

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, April 15, 2014) – Registration is now open for Camp fun n’ fit, a health and fitness summer day camp for children ages 6-11.

    Camp fun n’ fit is designed to promote healthy, active lifestyles by encouraging campers to participate in activities that are fun and playful, including swimming, Zumba, yoga, sports and games. Campers will also learn about nutrition and participate in weekly field trips.

    The camp will take place June 2-27 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Children may attend one, two, three or all four weeks of the camp. The cost is $165.00 per week and the registration fee includes all field trips, classes, supplies and a t-shirt.

    To register, pick up a registration form at The Wellness Center (3797 Northside Drive, Macon) or Macon Health Club (389 First Street, Macon), or visit www.thewellnesscentermacon.com

    The camp is hosted by entities of Central Georgia Health System, including The Wellness Center and The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

     

  • Medical Center Hosts Two Community Events for National Healthcare Decisions Day
    Medical Center Hosts Two Community Events for National Healthcare Decisions Day
    April 15, 2014 1:23 pm
    April 15, 2014 1:23 pm

    Medical Center Hosts Two Community Events for National Healthcare Decisions Day

    Free Events Scheduled for April 15 and April 16 

    MACON, GA (Monday, April 14, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making — an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16 as National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD).

    As a participating organization, MCCG is providing information and tools for the public to talk about their wishes with family, friends and healthcare providers, and execute written advance directives, which include a healthcare power of attorney and treatment preferences for end of life, in accordance with Georgia state laws. 

    Julia Magda, attorney at law with Sell & Melton, L.L.P., will provide free information about advance care planning and completing advance directive forms at free events on the following dates:

    • Tuesday, April 15 (11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
    • Wednesday, April 16 (6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.)

    Both events will take place at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Drive in Macon. Experienced healthcare professionals will be available to answer questions after the presentation and to assist people who choose to fill out advance care planning documentation.

    “As a result of National Healthcare Decisions Day, people in our community can be expected to have thoughtful conversations about their healthcare decisions and complete reliable advance directives to make their wishes known. Fewer families and healthcare providers will have to struggle with making difficult healthcare decisions in the absence of guidance from the patient, and healthcare providers and facilities will be better equipped to address advance healthcare planning issues before a crisis and be better able to honor patient wishes when the time comes to do so,” said Roz McMillan, Assistant Vice President of Population Health and Community Health Education for MCCG.

    For additional resources or more information about National Healthcare Decision Day, please visit www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org.

  • Medical Center a Finalist for LIVESTRONG Music Therapy Project
    Medical Center a Finalist for LIVESTRONG Music Therapy Project

    Medical Center a Finalist for LIVESTRONG® Music Therapy Project

    Community Votes Needed In Order to Secure Grant 

    MACON, GA (Monday, April 7, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been selected as a finalist to receive the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program as part of the LIVESTRONG® Foundation Community Impact Project, which brings proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S.

    Grant recipients will be determined through a public online voting campaign that runs from Monday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. until Friday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. Sites with the top votes per region will receive financial awards of support to replicate and implement programs that have demonstrated success in improving the lives of people affected by cancer.

    MCCG seeks the support of the local community and requests their votes during this campaign. Those wishing to vote for MCCG may visit http://votemacon.org/

    MCCG is among hundreds of organizations in contention for the award. After the voting comes to an end, the 39 organizations with the top votes in seven geographical regions across the country will receive uip to $15,600 to replicate and implement one of three sustainable programs dedicated to supporting people living with cancer.

    If selected, MCCG will use the awarded funds to begin the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program. The program incorporates music to facilitate relaxation, decrease anxiety and stress, enhance wellness, improve pain management and provide comfort and support for cancer patients and their caregivers. Music therapy is proven to reduce stress and pain levels associated with illness and hospitalization. For many patients, the simple act of listening to music provides a therapeutic release, promoting healing and overall wellness. If MCCG receives funding for the program, it will be implemented in MCCG’s new cancer center, and could also be used in MCCG’s palliative care units and The Children’s Hospital.

    Thanks to the votes of the local community in 2012, MCCG was awarded a grant from the 2012 LIVESTRONG®Community Impact Project for implementation of an artist-in-residence program at MCCG’s Infusion Center. Community support in 2013 allowed MCCG to receive a second grant that permitted the expansion of the program to The Wellness Center, a service of Central Georgia Health System.

    “We are thrilled and honored to once again be selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG®  Foundation’s Community Impact Project. We share their passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to continuing our work together to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families through the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program,” said Nancy White, RN, Director of Oncology for MCCG.

  • Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
    Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

    Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

    Symposium Promoting End of Abuse, Neglect Scheduled for Wednesday April 2

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, April 1, 2014) – In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Crescent House, a service of The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), will encourage discussion of this important issue through a Child Abuse Prevention Symposium.

    The symposium, which is free to the public, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at MCCG’s Peyton Anderson Health Education Center, located at 877 Hemlock Street in Macon. April is a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of local children and families.

    A convocation will be held to renew the Bibb County Child Abuse Protocol at 8:45 a.m. in MCCG’s Eversole Auditorium.  The Protocol is a commitment by the Crescent House, The Children’s Hospital, the City of Macon, the Bibb County Board of Education, the Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services, the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office, the Exchange Club of Macon and local law enforcement, public safety and healthcare organizations to end child abuse. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will announce the city’s commitment to support children and families by ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect through continued partnerships with MCCG and other social service agencies.

    The symposium is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Macon and the Crescent House. The Crescent House is a children’s advocacy center designed to meet the needs of children who have made allegations of being abused. The Crescent House is not a shelter but a facility supplied with state-of-the-art equipment that enables specially trained professionals to conduct effective, consistent, non-threatening interviews and examinations of children who have made these allegations. It is a “one-stop shop,” utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to the investigation, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The Crescent House is proud to staff the only forensic pediatrician in the region, Dr. Yameika Head, who treats these children and works with the multidisciplinary team to ensure an accurate evaluation of the allegations.

  • Children's Hospital Addresses Pediatric Population Health Management
    Children's Hospital Addresses Pediatric Population Health Management

    Children's Hospital Addresses Pediatric Population Health Management

    Conference Scheduled for March 28 & 29 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, March 26, 2014) – The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will offer a two day Pediatric Population Health Management conference on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29.

    The purpose of this conference is to update pediatric practitioners with the latest information regarding medical and emotional conditions that affect children, and to discuss treatment options for various health conditions. The conference will benefit pediatricians, family practitioners, physician’s assistants, pediatric nurses, counselors and social workers.

    Keynote speakers include Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Public Health, who will speak on “State of Georgia Population Health Perspectives” and Dr. Michael Brady, Chair of the Red Book Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who will discuss “Practical Antibiotic Issues in the Pediatric Office” and provide a Red Book update. In addition, breakout sessions will address topics such as asthma, bullying, diabetes, obesity, palliative care and seizures.

    Registration for the conference, which will take place in MCCG’s Peyton Anderson Health Education Center at 877 Hemlock Street in Macon, is now open The conference is open to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, and counselors. For more information or to register, please visit www.tchconferencemacon.org. Both nursing and physician continuing education credits are available for this event.

    This conference is sponsored by The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and the Mercer University School of Medicine.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Affiliated Hospitals and Physicians Work To Avoid Potential Termination of Contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Affiliated Hospitals and Physicians Work To Avoid Potential Termination of Contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Affiliated Hospitals and Physicians Work To Avoid Potential Termination of Contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield

    MACON, GA (Saturday, March 22, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), its hospital affiliates and Central Georgia Health Network (CGHN) announced today that their current contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) is set to terminate on April 24, 2014.

    While BCBS members are likely to receive official notification in the next few days as required by law, MCCG, its affiliates, CGHN and BCBS continue to work hard to ensure no disruption to services will occur.  

    Should the entities not reach a new agreement by that deadline, employers/employees across central Georgia will be affected as The Medical Center of Central Georgia, The Medical Center of Peach County, Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital and CGHN providers, including 841 physicians, transition to out of network status.

    In negotiations for the past few months, all parties remain committed to the patients and employers throughout central Georgia and hope to achieve a positive outcome.  MCCG and CGHN remains cautiously optimistic that continued discussions will lead to a positive outcome before the April 24 deadline.

    Consumers may contact 478-633-1130 or 1-866-669-2769 with questions or concerns.

  • Medical Center a Finalist for LIVESTRONG Music Therapy Project
    Medical Center a Finalist for LIVESTRONG Music Therapy Project

    Medical Center a Finalist for LIVESTRONG® Music Therapy Project

    Community Votes Needed In Order to Secure Grant

    MACON, GA (Monday, March 24, 2014) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been selected as a finalist to receive the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program as part of the LIVESTRONG® Foundation Community Impact Project, which brings proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S.

    Grant recipients will be determined through a public online voting campaign that runs from Monday, March 24 at 11:00 a.m. until Friday, April 11 at 6:00 p.m. Sites with the top votes per region will receive financial awards of support to replicate and implement programs that have demonstrated success in improving the lives of people affected by cancer.

    MCCG seeks the support of the local community and requests their votes during this campaign. Those wishing to vote for MCCG may visit http://votemacon.org/

    MCCG is among hundreds of organizations in contention for the award. After the voting comes to an end, the 39 organizations with the top votes in seven geographical regions across the country will receive uip to $15,600 to replicate and implement one of three sustainable programs dedicated to supporting people living with cancer.

    If selected, MCCG will use the awarded funds to begin the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program. The program incorporates music to facilitate relaxation, decrease anxiety and stress, enhance wellness, improve pain management and provide comfort and support for cancer patients and their caregivers. Music therapy is proven to reduce stress and pain levels associated with illness and hospitalization. For many patients, the simple act of listening to music provides a therapeutic release, promoting healing and overall wellness. If MCCG receives funding for the program, it will be implemented in MCCG’s new cancer center, and could also be used in MCCG’s palliative care units and The Children’s Hospital.

    Thanks to the votes of the local community in 2012, MCCG was awarded a grant from the 2012 LIVESTRONG®Community Impact Project for implementation of an artist-in-residence program at MCCG’s Infusion Center. Community support in 2013 allowed MCCG to receive a second grant that permitted the expansion of the program to The Wellness Center, a service of Central Georgia Health System.

    “We are thrilled and honored to once again be selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG®  Foundation’s Community Impact Project. We share their passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to continuing our work together to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families through the Jeffrey Frank Wacks Music Therapy Program,” said Nancy White, RN, Director of Oncology for MCCG.

  • Children's Hospital Addresses Pediatric Population Health Management
    Children's Hospital Addresses Pediatric Population Health Management

    Children’s Hospital Addresses Pediatric Population Health Management

    Conference Scheduled for March 28 & 29

    MACON, GA (Thursday, March 20, 2014) – The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will offer a two day Pediatric Population Health Management conference on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29.

    The purpose of this conference is to update pediatric practitioners with the latest information regarding medical and emotional conditions that affect children, and to discuss treatment options for various health conditions. The conference will benefit pediatricians, family practitioners, physician’s assistants, pediatric nurses, counselors and social workers.

    Keynote speakers include Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of Georgia Department of Public Health, who will speak on “State of Georgia Population Health Perspectives” and Dr. Michael Brady, Chair of the Red Book Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics, who will discuss “Practical Antibiotic Issues in the Pediatric Office” and provide a Red Book update. In addition, breakout sessions will address topics such as asthma, bullying, diabetes, obesity, palliative care and seizures.

    Registration for the conference, which will take place in MCCG’s Peyton Anderson Health Education Center at 877 Hemlock Street in Macon, is now open The conference is open to physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, and counselors. For more information or to register, please visit www.tchconferencemacon.org. Both nursing and physician continuing education credits are available for this event.

    This conference is sponsored by The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and the Mercer University School of Medicine.

  • MCCG Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite
    MCCG Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite
    March 19, 2014 10:27 am
    March 19, 2014 10:27 am

    MCCG Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

    Fit-Friendly Worksites Decrease Healthcare Expense, Increase Productivity 

    MACON, GA (Monday, March 17, 2014) – For the fourth consecutive year, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been recognized as a Gold level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat healthier and move more.

    ”Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Kevin Carter, Director of Wellness Services at MCCG. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible, and have taken important steps o create a culture of wellness by providing support to employees.”

    The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by encouraging employers to make their employees’ health and wellness a priority. American employers lose an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

    MCCG has taken a number of steps in order to become a Fit-Friendly Worksite, including creating a smoke-free workplace, ensuring stairwells are well lit and free of clutter to promote the use of stairs instead of elevators, and offering healthy cafeteria food options. In addition, the hospital also offers an employee yoga program, an employee weight loss challenge and an employee walking program with marked walking trails,

    “The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health and their employer’s bottom line. Even people who haven’t exercised regularly can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program,” said Carter.

    For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it improves the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, contact the American Heart Association at (800) 257-6941 ext. 6164or visit www.startwalkingnow.org.  

  • Central Georgia Health System Assists Those Needing Health Coverage
    Central Georgia Health System Assists Those Needing Health Coverage

    Central Georgia Health System Assists Those Needing Health Coverage

    Second Enrollment Blitz Scheduled for March 13 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, March 12, 2014) - With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), qualified individuals in the United States may obtain insurance by April 1, 2014. Many people in the central Georgia community now have access to healthcare coverage for themselves and their families for the first time.

    To assist central Georgians in signing up for health coverage on the Healthcare Marketplace Insurance Exchange, Central Georgia Health System will host an enrollment blitz at Central Georgia Home Health, 3780 Eisenhower Pkwy. in Macon, on Thursday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

    A trained health insurance navigator and certified application counselors will be available to assist those who attend in finding individual healthcare coverage that fits their budgets and meets their healthcare needs. Those attending will have the opportunity to ask questions and process their application for enrollment in healthcare coverage.

    In order to obtain coverage through the marketplace for 2014, those in need of insurance must enroll by March 31, 2014. Those who do not enroll by this date will have to wait until open enrolment in October 2014 to apply for coverage that will be effective January 1, 2015.

    “Our first Healthcare Enrollment Blitz, which was held in December, was an enormous success. Many were able to enroll for coverage, and many more were able to have their questions and concerns addressed. This is an exciting time for many people who have never had the opportunity to obtain health coverage, but the insurance exchange can be a bit of a challenge. Central Georgia Health System is committed to helping members of our community as they navigate the exchange, and assisting them in finding the best coverage to meet their needs,” said Peggy Boyles, Assistant Director of Patient Access for The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

    Those taking advantage of these events should come prepared with their Social Security Number (eligible immigrants may bring their document numbers); employer and income information for everyone in the family (for example, paystubs, W-2 forms or wage and tax statements); policy numbers for any current health insurance; and information about any job-related health insurance that may be available. Those with computer access should also have a valid email address and know their username and password.

  • Central Georgia Health System Assists Those Needing Health Coverage
    Central Georgia Health System Assists Those Needing Health Coverage

    Central Georgia Health System Assists Those Needing Health Coverage

    Second Enrollment Blitz Scheduled for March 13

    MACON, GA (Monday, March 10, 2014) - With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), qualified individuals in the United States may obtain insurance by April 1, 2014. Many people in the central Georgia community now have access to healthcare coverage for themselves and their families for the first time.

    To assist central Georgians in signing up for health coverage on the Healthcare Marketplace Insurance Exchange, Central Georgia Health System will host an enrollment blitz at Central Georgia Home Health, 3780 Eisenhower Pkwy. in Macon, on Thursday, March 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

    A trained health insurance navigator and certified application counselors will be available to assist those who attend in finding individual healthcare coverage that fits their budgets and meets their healthcare needs. Those attending will have the opportunity to ask questions and process their application for enrollment in healthcare coverage.

    In order to obtain coverage through the marketplace for 2014, those in need of insurance must enroll by March 31, 2014. Those who do not enroll by this date will have to wait until open enrolment in October 2014 to apply for coverage that will be effective January 1, 2015.

    “Our first Healthcare Enrollment Blitz, which was held in December, was an enormous success. Many were able to enroll for coverage, and many more were able to have their questions and concerns addressed. This is an exciting time for many people who have never had the opportunity to obtain health coverage, but the insurance exchange can be a bit of a challenge. Central Georgia Health System is committed to helping members of our community as they navigate the exchange, and assisting them in finding the best coverage to meet their needs,” said Peggy Boyles, Assistant Director of Patient Access for The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

    Those taking advantage of these events should come prepared with their Social Security Number (eligible immigrants may bring their document numbers); employer and income information for everyone in the family (for example, paystubs, W-2 forms or wage and tax statements); policy numbers for any current health insurance; and information about any job-related health insurance that may be available. Those with computer access should also have a valid email address and know their username and password.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Seeks to Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Seeks to Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Seeks to Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

    Events Scheduled to Provide Education about Valuable Screenings, Wellness 

    MACON, GA (Monday, March 3, 2014) – Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in cancers affecting both men and women.  Colorectal cancer is particularly prevalent in Bibb County, one of 10 counties in Georgia with the highest incidence rates for African-American colorectal cancer. African-Americans in general experience higher incidence rates of colorectal cancer than any other race.

    Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in the U.S. but as many as 80 percent of these cases could be prevented if all men and women age 50 years and older were routinely screened. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screenings can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatments work best.

    In order to educate the community about risk, screenings and other preventative measures, The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will host the following events during the month of March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month:

    • Mayoral Proclamation for Colon Cancer Awareness Month – Monday, March 3

    Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will proclaim March “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” at a ceremony at Macon City Hall at 11:00 a.m.

    • National Dress In Blue Day – Thursday, March 7

    The community is encouraged to wear blue in order to raise colorectal cancer awareness. The All Spice Cafeteria at MCCG will also serve special blue foods, have colorectal cancer displays, and special surprise entertainment.

     

    • “Keep Your Colon in the Pink” Lunch and Learn Event – Monday, March 10

    The community is invited to visit Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon at 12:00 p.m. for a lunch and learn event. Topics of discussion include “What Does My Family’s Colon Cancer Mean for Me,” “Colon Cancer: A Patient’s Perspective” and “Colon Cancer: What is it? How do you detect it? What does family history mean for you?” Please call 478.633.8537 for reservations. Lunch will be provided.

    In addition to these events, the 50th person and the 100th person screened for colorectal cancer at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services during the month of March will receive a $50 Fresh Market gift card. The American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy screening for everyone over the age of 50, especially those who have a family history of colon cancer. To schedule a colonoscopy at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services, contact your physician for a referral.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Seeks to Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Seeks to Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Seeks to Raise Colorectal Cancer Awareness

    Events Scheduled to Provide Education about Valuable Screenings, Wellness 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, February 26, 2014) – Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in cancers affecting both men and women.  Colorectal cancer is particularly prevalent in Bibb County, one of 10 counties in Georgia with the highest incidence rates for African-American colorectal cancer. African-Americans in general experience higher incidence rates of colorectal cancer than any other race.

    Colorectal cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer in the U.S. but as many as 80 percent of these cases could be prevented if all men and women age 50 years and older were routinely screened. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screenings can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatments work best.

    In order to educate the community about risk, screenings and other preventative measures, The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will host the following events during the month of March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month:

    • Mayoral Proclamation for Colon Cancer Awareness Month – Monday, March 3

    Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will proclaim March “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month” at a ceremony at Macon City Hall at 11:00 a.m.

    • National Dress In Blue Day – Thursday, March 7

    The community is encouraged to wear blue in order to raise colorectal cancer awareness. The All Spice Cafeteria at MCCG will also serve special blue foods, have colorectal cancer displays, and special surprise entertainment.

    • “Keep Your Colon in the Pink” Lunch and Learn Event – Monday, March 10

    The community is invited to visit Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon at 12:00 p.m. for a lunch and learn event. Topics of discussion include “What Does My Family’s Colon Cancer Mean for Me,” “Colon Cancer: A Patient’s Perspective” and “Colon Cancer: What is it? How do you detect it? What does family history mean for you?” Please call 478.633.8537 for reservations. Lunch will be provided.

    In addition to these events, the 50th person and the 100th person screened for colorectal cancer at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services during the month of March will receive a $50 Fresh Market gift card. The American Cancer Society recommends a colonoscopy screening for everyone over the age of 50, especially those who have a family history of colon cancer. To schedule a colonoscopy at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services, contact your physician for a referral.

  • Join The Medical Center of Central Georgia for Heart Fest 2014
    Join The Medical Center of Central Georgia for Heart Fest 2014

    Join The Medical Center of Central Georgia for Heart Fest 2014

    MCCG Promotes Awareness and Education during American Heart Month 

    MACON, GA (Friday, January 31, 2014) - Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of both males and females. It is the number one killer in most ethnicities, including Caucasians, African-Americans and Hispanics. Deaths related to heart disease are particularly high in Georgia and the Southeast. The Centers for Disease (CDC) control estimates that 600,000 people in the U.S. die of heart disease each year – that is one in every four deaths. The CDC also estimates that heart disease costs the U.S. almost $109 billion each year through healthcare services, medications and lost productivity.

    While statistics on the deadliness of this disease are staggering, there are steps individuals may take to prevent this chronic disease. The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is dedicated to battling heart disease by raising awareness through increased education. Join MCCG this February, during American Heart Month, for the following “Heart Fest 2014” events:

    Saturday, February 1

    Heart & Soul Health Fair

    7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    Mabel White Baptist Church, 1415 Bass Rd. in Macon

    Free screenings include full blood lipid screening, blood pressure, body mass index, glocos, vision and more.

    Angioscreen, a painless, non-invasive screening for the risk of heart disease and stroke, will be offered for $50. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to reserve your place for this special screening.

    Cooking demonstration with healthy breakfast foods at 10:00 a.m.

     

    Thursday, February 6

    “Be Still My Racing Heart,” Seminar on Atrial Fibrillation Management featuring Dr. Carmine Oddis and Dr. Eric Williams

    6:00 p.m.

    The Medical Center of Peach County, 1960 Hwy 247 Connector in Byron

    To register for this free seminar, please call 478-633-7157

     

    Friday, February 7

    National Wear Red Day

    Women’s Executive Luncheon featuring Mark Ballard

    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    The Library Ballroom, 652 Mulberry St. in Macon

    Please RSVP to rsvp@mccg.org or 478-633-4733. A $5.00 donation is requested.

     

    Saturday, February 8

    Try a TRI for Heart Health

    7:00 a.m.

    The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr. in Macon

    Try an indoor miniature triathlon that will include a 15 minute swim, 15 minute cycle on a stationary bike and 15 minute run or walk. This event is possible for those of all fitness levels.

    Please call 478-477-2300to register. There is a $25.00 registration fee. T-shirt and goodie bag will be included.

     

    Monday, February 10

    “Leg Pain and Vascular Issues” Seminar featuring Dr. William Schroder

    6:00 p.m.

    Carlyle Place Grande Ballroom, 5300 Zebulon Rd. in Macon

    To register for this free seminar, please call 478-633-7157

     

    Wednesday, February 12

    Angioscreen, a painless, non-invasive screening for the risk of heart disease and stroke

    8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    In Milledgeville

    Please call 1-800-627-2393 to register. There is a $50.00 registration fee.

     

    Thursday, February 13

    Angioscreen, a painless, non-invasive screening for the risk of heart disease and stroke

    11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr. in Macon

    Please call 1-800-627-2393 to register. There is a $50.00 registration fee.

     

    Friday, February 14

    Congestive Heart Failure Luncheon for Ladies

    12:00 p.m.

    Fort Valley United Methodist Church, 301 West Church St. in Fort Valley

    Please RSVP to 478-633-7396.

     

    Thursday, February 20

    Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours

    5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

    MCCG’s Luce Heart Tower Lobby, 756 First Street in Macon

     

    Monday, February 24

    “Learning About Heart Failure” Seminar featuring Dr. Erskine James

    6:00 p.m.

    MCCG’s Luce Heart Tower Lobby, 756 First St. in Macon

    Free parking in the Orange Deck

    To register for this free seminar, please call 478-633-7157

     

    Friday, February 28

    Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration

    12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

    The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Drive in Macon

    To register for this free event, please call 478-633-4733.

    For more information on Heart Fest 2014 events, please visit www.heartfestmacon.org.

  • MCCG Partners with Boy Scouts' Learning for Life programs to Offer Career Counseling Course
    MCCG Partners with Boy Scouts' Learning for Life programs to Offer Career Counseling Course

    MCCG Partners with Boy Scouts’ Learning for Life programs to Offer Career Counseling Course

    Seven week “Careers in Healthcare” Course will Assist Bibb Public High School Students 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, January 23, 2014) - The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to partner with Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life national program to offer a course entitled “Careers in Healthcare” for Bibb County high school students considering a career in the healthcare field.

    The group will meet each Thursday evening for seven weeks at MCCG to discuss topics such as:

    • The Role of a Hospital Respiratory Therapist
    • The Role of a Hospital Radiology Technician
    • The Role of a Hospital Pharmacist
    • The Role of a Hospital Clinical Technician
    • The Role of a Hospital Nurse
    • The Role of a Hospital Physician
    • Administrative Services – Defining Career Paths, Licensure Requirements, Resumes, Educational Requirements

    Each week, guest instructors will define their job role and explain the needed education and licensure requirements for that filed. Students will also be able to tour worksites at MCCG, when feasible.

    Approximately 50 students, both male and female, are enrolled in the course. The students were able to enroll in the course after participating in a career assessment conducted in partnership between the Boy Scouts of America Learning for Life programs and the Bibb County Board of Education. Students who expressed an interest in a healthcare career field were invited to participate in the course.

    “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to guide Bibb County students as they make decisions about their careers and higher education. We desire to be a valuable resource for these students, and we are grateful to the Boy Scouts of America’s Learning for Life program for providing The Medical Center of Central Georgia with this opportunity,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and MCCG.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia One of 100 Safest in U.S.
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia One of 100 Safest in U.S.

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia One of 100 Safest in U.S.

    MCCG Selected to SafeCare’s “100 SafeCare Hospitals” List 

    MACON, GA (Monday, January 6, 2014) - The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been selected for The SafeCare Group’s “100 SafeCare Hospitals” list for excellence in patient safety.

    The selection process involved comprehensive analysis of U.S. government data from over 4,500 acute care organizations. The SafeCare Group made its selection for the list based on over 30 key measures covering Don Berwick’s “triple aim of excellence” in healthcare – quality, patient safety and efficiency of care. The review selected hospitals based on the following:

    • lowest risk-adjusted complication rates in medical and surgical care
    • lowest in-hospital and surgical infections
    • lowest risk-adjusted in-hospital mortality rates
    • lowest readmissions
    • lowest overutilization of radiation tests
    • highest care processes
    • highest patient satisfaction scores

    “The Medical Center of Central Georgia, like all Central Georgia Health System entities, bases its processes and procedures on the triple aim. We focus on quality, safety and efficiency in order to provide our patients with the right care at the right cost. To be selected to The SafeCare Group’s ‘100 SafeCare Hospitals’ confirms that our focus is in the right place, and we are doing the right thing for our patients,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System.

    According to The SafeCare Group, if all U.S. hospitals attained the “100 SafeCare Hospitals” level of care, more than 100,000 deaths and 400,000 complications would be prevented. In addition to MCCG, other hospitals chosen for the “100 SafeCare Hospitals” list include the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland; Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C.; Exempla Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge, Colo.; Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit; and Mayo Clinic Methodist Hospital in Rochester, Minn.

    “We are pleased to be listed among such exclusive company, many of whom are Baldrige Award winners and Quest for Quality award winners. The award is based on performance in the three main areas on which we focus – patient safety, quality and efficiency. Our inclusion on this list is affirmation that we are providing high quality care for our patients here in central Georgia, and others across the nation are taking notice,” said Dr. Steve Mayfield, Chief Quality Officer for Central Georgia Health System.

    Hospitals do not apply for this award and the 100 hospitals listed did not pay for this honor.

  • MCCG's Jill Hancock, RN, Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award
    MCCG's Jill Hancock, RN, Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award

    MCCG’s Jill Hancock, RN, Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award

    Hancock Chosen for Commitment to Central Georgia’s Oncology Patients

    ATLANTA (Monday, December 23, 2013) - The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s (MCCG) Jill Hancock, RN, OCN, was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) annual Hospital Heroes Awards luncheon on December 10 in Atlanta. Hancock, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her work in enhancing care for patients at MCCG’s W. T. Anderson Infusion Center.

    Patients are treated at the W. T. Anderson Infusion Center for a variety of reasons, but the majority are oncology patients receiving chemotherapy. Although many would expect a cold, clinical and somewhat depressing setting, through her leadership, Hancock created a welcoming environment with a caring and compassionate staff. Her philosophy is that patients heal faster when their spirits are lifted. She has implemented this philosophy through the Artist-in-Residence program. A local artist, Mary Parks, visits the Infusion Center to instruct and assist patients with painting as they receive chemotherapy. The program was made possible by a grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation.

    Hancock was extremely influential in bringing the program to the Infusion Center, which was intended specifically for patients to help them take their minds off the treatment. Recognizing that caregivers could also benefit from art therapy, Hancock and the staff now invite family members and caregivers to work with the patients. Because of Hancock’s support of the program, it has attracted new oncology patients from central and south Georgia to MCCG.

    “By bringing art therapy to the Infusion Center, Jill Hancock has enhanced patient care,” said GHA President Earl V. Rogers. “She has helped make an unpleasant treatment much more manageable for so many patients and their caregivers, and is a most deserving recipient of this award.”

    GHA’s Hospital Heroes Awards are presented every year to 10 individuals who display outstanding service to the healthcare field. In addition, one individual is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award, signifying at least 30 years of service.

  • Central Georgia Health System Assists Those Needing Health Coverage
    Central Georgia Health System Assists Those Needing Health Coverage

    Central Georgia Health System Assists Those Needing Health Coverage

    Enrollment Blitz Scheduled for December 18 

    MACON, GA (Monday, December 16, 2013) - With the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), qualified individuals in the United States may obtain insurance by April 1, 2014. Many people in the central Georgia community now have access to healthcare coverage for themselves and their families for the first time.

    To assist the central Georgians in signing up for health coverage on the Healthcare Marketplace Insurance Exchange, Central Georgia Health System will host an enrollment blitz at Central Georgia Home Health, 3780 Eisenhower Pkwy. in Macon, on December 18 from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

    A trained health insurance navigator and certified application counselors will be available to assist those who attend in finding individual healthcare coverage that fits their budgets and meets their healthcare needs. Those attending will have the opportunity to ask questions and process their application for enrollment in healthcare coverage.

    “This is an exciting time for many people who have never had the opportunity to obtain health coverage, but the insurance exchange can be a bit of a challenge. Central Georgia Health System is committed to helping members of our community as they navigate the exchange, and assisting them in finding the best coverage to meet their needs,” said Roz McMillan, Assistant Vice President of Population Health Management for CGHS.

    Those taking advantage of these events should come prepared with their Social Security Number (eligible immigrants may bring their document numbers); employer and income information for everyone in the family (for example, paystubs, W-2 forms or wage and tax statements); policy numbers for any current health insurance; and information about any job-related health insurance that may be available.

  • December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
    December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

    December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month

    Children’s Hospital Physicians Encourage Gift Givers to Consider Safety when Purchasing Presents

    MACON, GA (Monday, December 9, 2013) – The holiday season is a wonderful time to give gifts to the children in our lives, but pediatricians at The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) encourage gift givers to exercise caution when selecting presents for little ones.

    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms in the U.S. treated approximately 252,000 toy-related injuries in 2010, with 72 percent of those younger than age 15.

    “People are excited about gift giving at this time of year, and we all want to give our children and grandchildren the new toys they desire, but shoppers need to remember several safety factors before they make their purchases,” said Dr. Anthony Pearson-Shaver, Chief of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. 

    The pediatricians at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG offer the following tips for shoppers:

    • The toy should suit the age and individual skills and abilities of the child who will receive it, especially if the recipient is younger than three years of age. Look for age appropriate labels on toys.
    • Try to avoid toys that shoot, have parts that fly off, have points or sharp edges.
    • Make sure that toys are not too loud and will not cause hearing damage if the child holds it to his or her ear. 
    • Choose sturdy toys that will not break easily.
    • Look for safety inspection labels.
    • Choose crayons and markers that are designated “nontoxic.”
    • Toys made with fabric should be labeled as flame resistant or flame retardant. Stuffed toys should be washable.
    • Include protective equipment with sporting equipment – for example, give a helmet and protective padding when giving a bicycle or skates.
    • Toys with magnets and button batteries may cause serious injury or death if swallowed. Do not give gifts that contain these or any small pats to young children.
    • Avoid toys with ropes, cords and heating elements.
    • Show your children how to use the toy safely, and always supervise children as they play.

    In addition, older toys may contain lead based paint. Try to choose toys that use lead free paint. As a precaution, parents should educate themselves on symptoms of lead poisoning and be aware of toys that have been recalled due to lead exposure. Parents should contact a physician if they believe their child has been exposed to lead.

    “Toys are not only fun, but also an important part of any child’s development. Children are best protected when parents, grandparents or other loved ones carefully choose their toys and supervise their play,” said Dr. Pearson-Shaver.

  • MCCG receives Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
    MCCG receives Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

    MCCG receives Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

    Award Demonstrates MCCG’s Commitment to Quality Care for Stroke Patients  

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, December 3, 2013)   For the third consecutive year,The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes MCCG’s commitment and success in implementing an exemplary standard of care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

    The American Heart Association will present MCCG with the award on Tuesday, December 3 at 10:00 a.m. in MCCG’s Trice Lobby. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend.

    In order to receive the award, MCCG achieved an 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. MCCG is pleased to report that the hospital achieved 90 percent or higher compliance with all 10 guidelines.

    These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.     

    “The Medical Center of Central Georgia is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients. The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. 

    In addition to the Get With The Guideline-Stroke award, MCCG has also been recognized as a recipient of the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for improving stroke care. Over the past year, MCCG has been able to significantly increase the number of  eligible ischemic stroke patients who receive tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

    “With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, and this award demonstrates The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing compassionate, proven stroke care. We will continue to quickly and efficiently treat stroke patients with evidence-based protocols,” said Dr. Fady Wanna, Chief Medical Officer at MCCG.  

    Get With The Guidelines–Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when they are most likely to listen to and follow their healthcare professionals’ guidance.  Studies demonstrate that patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second stroke or heart attack.

    Through Get With The Guidelines–Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives healthcare providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.

    “The number of acute ischemic stroke patients eligible for treatment is expected to grow over the next decade due to increasing stroke incidence and a large aging population. The Medical Center of Central Georgia will remain focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing evidence-based guidelines such as Get With The Guidelines–Stroke,” said Dr. Wanna

    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

  • Children's Hospital Invites Community to Family Friendly Tree Lighting Event
    Children's Hospital Invites Community to Family Friendly Tree Lighting Event

    Children’s Hospital Invites Community to Family Friendly Tree Lighting Event

    Kohl’s Department Stores to Donate More than $37,000 to The Children’s Hospital

    MACON, GA (Monday, December 2, 2013) – The community is invited to join The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) on Monday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. for an annual holiday tradition, the lighting of The Children’s Tree.

    Hayleigh Marks, a 12 year old from Warner Robins anda patient at The Children’s Hospital, will light the tree in honor of all of the hospital’s young patients. The Mercer University Children’s Choir will provide musical entertainment for the event. Representatives from Kohl’s Department Stores will also present a donation of $37,972 to The Children’s Hospital, and also provide giveaways for children and safety awareness information for parents. 

    Festivities will take place at MCCG’s Albert Luce Jr. heart Institute, located at the corner of First and Hemlock Streets. Guests may park in MCCG’s Orange Parking Deck or on the street at no charge.

    Since 2006, the Kohl’s Cares® program has generously given $295,000 to The Children’s Hospital at MCCG. The funds have enabled the establishment and growth of the The Children’s Hospital’s “Kohl’s Cares For Kids® Safety Zone” program, which promotes childhood safety awareness and education.

    Kohl's commitment to The Children’s Hospital at MCCG is made possible through the Kohl's Cares® cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl's has raised more than $231 million dollars through this merchandise program. In addition to the merchandise program, Kohl's Cares® features the Kohl's Cares® Scholarship Program, which last year recognized more than 2,300 young volunteers with more than $400,000 in scholarships and prizes. Through Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteer program, more than 669,000 associates have donated more than 2.2 million hours of their time since 2001, and Kohl’s has donated more than $63 million to youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl’s also offers fundraising gift cards for schools and youth-serving organizations. For more information, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares.

  • 21st Annual Reindeer Run & Santa Stroll Scheduled for December 7
    21st Annual Reindeer Run & Santa Stroll Scheduled for December 7

    21st Annual Reindeer Run & Santa Stroll Scheduled for December 7 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, November 21, 2013) – The 21st Annual Reindeer Run & Santa Stroll, sponsored by Central Georgia Diagnostics, a service of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), will take place on Saturday, December 7. Funds from the race will be used to implement childhood obesity programs at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG.

    Approximately 1,000 participants will race through downtown Macon in the 5K run, 3K Junior run or one mile stroll that will begin and end at Macon’s Tattnall Square Park. The 5K race begins at 8:30 a.m., the 3K Junior race for ages 5-16 begins at 8:45 a.m. and the one mile stroll begins at 9:00 a.m.

    Those wishing to participate may register online at www.reindeerrunmacon.com until midnight on Monday, December 2. The early registration fee is $20.00, and registration on race day is $25.00. Awards will be presented to the winners of the Reindeer Run and participants will receive a complimentary long sleeve t-shirt, while supplies last.

    Race packets may be picked up at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Drive in Macon, on Thursday, December 5 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Friday, December 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Packets may also be picked up at Tattnall Square Park prior to the race from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

    As a nonprofit hospital, The Children’s Hospital relies on donations to provide high quality healthcare to children in central and south Georgia. Past support from the Reindeer Run & Santa Stroll has funded the expansion of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and numerous other projects.

  • MCCG's Cancer Life Center Offers Free Lung Cancer Screenings
    MCCG's Cancer Life Center Offers Free Lung Cancer Screenings

    MCCG’s Cancer Life Center Offers Free Lung Cancer Screenings

    Free Screenings for the First 50 Patients Who Qualify 

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, November 12, 2013) – Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among both women and men in the U.S. and in Georgia. The American Cancer Society estimates 228,190 new cases will be diagnosed in 2013 and 159,480 people will die of the disease this year. Approximately 5,000 of those deaths will take the lives of Georgians, outnumbering deaths related to breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.

    In an effort to increase survival rates for those with lung cancer, the Cancer Life Center  at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will provide 50 free CT scan lung screenings for the first 50 patients who contact the Cancer Life Center. To qualify, patients must be a current or former smoker between the ages of 50 and 74, and must smoke or have smoked two packs a day for 10 years or one pack a day for 20 years.

    “The five year overall survival rate for breast cancer is 90 percent, while the five year overall survival rate for lung cancer is only 16 percent. Early detection through screening is key to improving that statistic. If we can save even one life by offering these free screenings, it will be well worth the effort,” said Nancy White, Director of Oncology for MCCG.

    For more information or to schedule a screening, please call Central Georgia Diagnostics, a service of MCCG, at (478) 633-9111.

  • MCCG to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    MCCG to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month
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    October 30, 2013 12:40 pm

    MCCG to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    Series of Events to be Held in November  

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, October 30, 2013) – Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related death among both women and men in the U.S. and in Georgia. The American Cancer Society estimates 228,190 new cases will be diagnosed in 2013 and 159,480 people will die of the disease this year. Approximately 5,000 of those deaths will take the lives of Georgians, outnumbering deaths related to breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.

    Awareness and early detection are keys to changing these statistics. The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Cancer Life Center at MCCG have prepared a month long celebration to promote awareness and education during November, National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

    The following is a schedule of events:

    • Monday, Nov. 4:
      • “Shine A Light On Lung Cancer” Vigil
        • 6:00 p.m.
        • Macon City Hall, 700 Poplar Street, Macon
    • Thursday, Nov. 14:
      • “Radon 101”
        • 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
        • North Macon Park, 815 North Macon Park Drive
        • Radon exposure is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. but exposure can easily be reduced. This seminar will teach participants how to take action against radon.
        • Free home radon test kits for participants. Please RSVP to (478) 633-8537 by Tuesday, Nov. 12 to ensure enough test kits for all participants.
    • Thursday, Nov. 21:
      • Great American Smokeout
        • Tobacco users are encouraged to quit for the day and make a plan to quit for good. Tobacco users can turn in their cigarettes and tobacco products at the following Macon locations for incentives:
          • MCCG’s All Spice Café, 777 Hemlock St., 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
          • Heartworks at MCCG, 777 Hemlock St., 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
          • The Family Health Center, 3780 Eisenhower Pkwy.,  9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
          • The Macon Health Club, 389 First St., 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
          • The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    In addition, the Cancer Life Center will provide 50 free CT scan lung screenings for the first 50 patients who contact the Cancer Life Center. To qualify, patients must be a current or former smoker between the ages of 50 and 74, and must smoke or have smoked two packs a day for 10 years or one pack a day for 20 years. For more information and to schedule a screening, call (478) 633-91111.

  • Halloween Can Be a Dangerous Night for Children
    Halloween Can Be a Dangerous Night for Children

    Halloween Can Be a Dangerous Night for Children

    Local Pediatricians Encourage Pedestrian Safety, Offer Other Safety Tips

     

    MACON, GA (Monday, October 28, 2013) – Halloween should be a fun night for children, but too often the fun ends with a frightfully real tragedy. Halloween is one of the most dangerous days of the year for child pedestrians. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on October 31 than any other day of the year.

    “Parents need to remind kids about safety while walking before allowing them to go trick-or-treating. Children should also bring flashlights or glow sticks with them, carry reflective bags or have reflective tape on their costumes. Costumes should not include masks, which could inhibit a child’s ability to see hazards. Ensuring kids can see and be seen is essential to keeping this holiday safe and fun for everyone,” said Dr. Tony Pearson-Shaver, Chief of Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. 

    Although Halloween can be a spooky night, parents should not fear for their child’s safety if they follow a few safety tips.

    Tips for Parents:

    • Do not allow children under age 10 to trick or treat without adult supervision. If children are mature enough to go without supervision, ask that they use a well-lit, predetermined route.
    • Cross streets at the corner, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing, and continue to look as you cross. Never cross between parked cars. Walk, do not run.
    • Use well lit sidewalks or paths. Walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
    • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up.
    • Never dart into the street.
    • Only go to homes with a porch light on, and never allow the child to go into a house or a car for a treat.

    Tips for Drivers:

    • Be especially alert. Note your city’s designated trick-or-treating hours.
    • Slow down. Anticipate heavier than usual pedestrian traffic.
    • Drive with headlights fully on so that children can be easily seen at a distance.

    In addition to encouraging pedestrian safety, parents should inspect treats for signs of tampering before children are allowed to eat them. Choose non-flammable costumes and check for non-toxic designation when selecting Halloween makeup. Dr. Pearson-Shaver also suggests that parents let children draw on pumpkins with markers or paint instead of carving. If a pumpkin is carved, only an adult should do the cutting, and a flashlight or glow stick should be used inside instead of a candle.

  • Partnership Addresses Downtown Improvement Project
    Partnership Addresses Downtown Improvement Project

    Partnership Addresses Downtown Improvement Project

    Central Georgia Health System and Historic Macon Foundation Partner for Community 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, October 24, 2013) - Central Georgia Healthy System (CGHS) began the demolition of 700 Spring Street on Thursday, October 17. The removal of this structure will eventually allow for the expansion of healthcare services while acting responsibly to preserve historic downtown architecture.

    “The missions of the Historic Macon Foundation and Central Georgia Health System align in preserving this area’s historic beauty and charm, and revitalizing its neighborhoods for greater safety, attractiveness and occupancy, both for better business and better public health. Central Georgia Health System and Historic Macon have cooperated for many years to assist each other in fulfilling these missions,” said Josh Rogers, Executive Director of the Historic Macon Foundation.

    The Historic Macon Foundation has conducted architectural salvage operations to remove and reuse any architectural elements from the building. CGHS will place a commemorative plaque on the exterior wall of any building that may be constructed on the site in the future to acknowledge the area’s history. 

    “We appreciate the partnership with the Historic Macon Foundation, and will use this opportunity to jointly address mutual goals that preserve history and address future healthcare expansions. At the appropriate time, Central Georgia Health System will replace the structures with a well-designed building befitting a location in a historic area, and intended to serve the community for decades to come,” said Tim Slocum, Assistant Vice President of Hospitality Services for CGHS.

    Demolition is scheduled to be completed in late November. .

  • Two Central Georgia Health System Hospitals Recognized for Safety
    Two Central Georgia Health System Hospitals Recognized for Safety

    Two Central Georgia Health System Hospitals Recognized for Safety

    MCCG, MCPC Named to Georgia Hospital Association’s Hospital Engagement Network Safety Leaders Circle 

    ATLANTA (Monday, October 14, 2013) - The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) in Macon, Ga. and The Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC) in Byron, Ga. – both entities of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) – have been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Safety Leaders Circle, which recognizes hospitals’ improvements in patient care for the second quarter of 2013. MCCG is one of 11 hospitals in Georgia to place in the Chairman’s Circle, and MCPC is one of 13 hospitals to place in the Presidential Circle, two of the highest categories on the list.

    Both hospitals are participants in the GHA HEN, an initiative begun last year that is part of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s (CMS) Partnership for Patients. GHA, through its Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA), is one of 26 organizations nationally to be awarded federal funding to coordinate the implementation of a series of projects with hospitals. The goals of these projects are to reduce hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) by 40 percent and hospital readmissions by 20 percent by the end of 2013. According to data provided by GHA, Georgia hospitals have prevented almost 9,300 incidents of harm, resulting in savings ranging from $59 million to $63 million. MCCG and MCPC were key contributors to this savings.

    To achieve these goals, there are major directives from CMS regarding improved care in

    10 focus areas: Four are related to hospital-acquired infections (HAI); four are related to HACs; one is related to obstetrics (OB) and trying to eliminate elective deliveries before 39 weeks; and one is related to transition of care and reduction of readmissions. As part of their participation in the GHA HEN, hospitals selected two of these areas on which to focus in 2012. Scores for the Safety Leaders Circle are based on several criteria, including a database that measures hospitals’ improvement in their respective selected areas.

    “Thanks to the leadership and commitment of The Medical Centers of Central Georgia and Peach County, we have made great progress in achieving the significant life-saving goals of this important initiative. We are proud to recognize the hard work of  both hospitals’ staffs and applaud Central Georgia Health System’s efforts and commitment to ensuring the reduction of infections and readmissions,” said Earl Rogers, president of GHA.

    “All entities of Central Georgia Health System are committed to providing the highest standards of safety and quality care. To have two of our hospitals selected for this prestigious award is quite an honor, and a testimony to the exemplary patient care that our employees provide on a daily basis. Thanks to their leadership and commitment, we, along with other facilities that support the GHA indicatives to improve care, are contributing to better outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Fady Wanna, Chief Clinical Officer and Chief Medical Officer for CGHS.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Expands Robotics Program
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Expands Robotics Program

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Expands Robotics Program

    Surgeon Performs Ground Breaking Robotic Surgery on Throat Cancer Patient

    MACON, GA (Monday, October 7, 2013) – As part of its commitment to building the most advanced multidisciplinary robotics and minimally-invasive surgical program in the region, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) recently expanded its robotic program to include otolaryngology by performing a robotic surgery on a patient with throat cancer.

    Throat cancer affects more than 30,000 people in the U.S. and 290,000 worldwide each year. Thanks to the new Transoral Robotic Surgery (TORS) procedure with the da Vinci® Surgical System, patients now have a minimally invasive treatment option. MCCG is currently one of only a handful of facilities offering this state-of-the-art procedure.

    “The procedure is performed through the mouth and therefore requires no external incisions. It offers an excellent alternative to traditional treatments and a can lower the risk of unpleasant complications – such as permanent feeding tube – common to traditional throat cancer treatments like radiation and open surgery,” said Dr. Bobby Newman, who performed the first operation at MCCG on Thursday, August 22.  Dr. Newman practices Otolaryngology as part of The ENT Center of Central Georgia.

    Surgical procedures performed with the da Vinci® Surgical System also allow patients to avoid the traumatic aspects of traditional open surgery. Open surgery requires cutting through the throat and jaw, which can mean a long, painful recover. In addition, open surgery can cause disfigurement; difficulty eating, speaking and swallowing; and patients have a significant risk of requiring a permanent feeding tube.

    The TORS procedure may provide early- to moderate-stage throat cancer patients with the following potential benefits:

    • Low blood loss
    • Minimal pain and discomfort
    • Less risk of tracheotomy
    • Low risk of complications
    • Shorter hospital stay
    • No visible scarring or disfigurement

    The da Vinci®  system not only provides benefits to the patient, but the platform is designed to provide surgeons with superior vision, precision, dexterity and access to difficult-to-reach areas of the throat. Its miniaturized instruments can bend and rotate 360 degrees – far beyond the capabilities of the human hand.

    State-of-the-art technology is one of the many ways MCCG is striving for superior outcomes for all patients, both young and old. MCCG was the first hospital in the region to acquire the da Vinci® technology in 2007, and is the only hospital in the area able to offer advanced robotic-assisted surgery in the areas of pediatric, gynecological, general surgery, colorectal, urology and now otolaryngology.

  • Central Georgia Health System CEO 1 of 130 Female Healthcare Leaders to Know
    Central Georgia Health System CEO 1 of 130 Female Healthcare Leaders to Know

    Central Georgia Health System CEO 1 of 130 Female Healthcare Leaders to Know

    Dr. Ninfa Saunders Honored by Becker’s Hospital Review 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, October 3, 2013) – Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly publication reaching approximately 18,000 acute-care hospital leaders and decision makers, has released its annual list of “130 Women Hospital and Health System Leaders to Know.” These 130 women demonstrate outstanding leadership within the hospital and healthcare industry and were chosen based on a wide range of management and leadership skills, including oversight of hospital or health system operations, financial turnarounds and quality improvement initiatives.

    Dr. Ninfa Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS), was the only healthcare leader in the state of Georgia, and one of only a handful of leaders in the southeastern United States, to be included on this list.

    Saunders celebrated her first anniversary at the helm of CGHS on Tuesday, October 1. Under her leadership, CGHS – along with Tift Regional Health System in Tifton, Ga. – founded Stratus Healthcare, one of the nation’s largest collaborations of hospitals, healthcare systems and physicians aligned to develop a clinically-integrated network. Since announcing the alliance in July, Stratus Healthcare has become a model for other health systems across the U.S.

    Through a partnership with Peach Regional Medical Center in Fort Valley, Ga., CGHS opened The Medical Center of Peach County to serve central Georgians closer to home. CGHS has also aligned itself with Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins, Ga. to further improve the value of healthcare for patients, employers and payors in central Georgia.

    “Our organizations are committed to quality patient care and patient safety. Alignments ensures that those in need of healthcare throughout the region receive the right access to care at the right time, using the right resources,” said Saunders.

    In her first year, Saunders has not only focused on strategy and operations, but her chief concern has been people. During her tenure, she has instituted education initiatives for CGHS employees, including the institution of the Center for Learning and Innovation. Through her leadership, CGHS has also established partnerships with Mercer University and other area schools to assist employees with furthering their education. In addition, CGHS has reviewed pay scales, and is taking steps to ensure employees’ pay is competitive with current market rates. Saunders has also established an Employee Advisory Council, made up of non-managerial employees, to partner with administration, and she has regularly held town hall meetings for all employees to discuss the workplace.

    “I accept the recognition from Becker’s Hospital Review on behalf of the many outstanding people of Central Georgia Health System. Our dedicated employees put  patients at the center of what they do each day, and I am privileged to serve our community with these wonderful people,” said Saunders.

    To view the entire list, please visit http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/130-women-hospital-and-health-system-leaders-to-know.html.

  • Dr. Ninfa Saunders Honored By Georgia Diversity Council
    Dr. Ninfa Saunders Honored By Georgia Diversity Council

    Dr. Ninfa Saunders Honored By Georgia Diversity Council

    Council Honors Most Powerful & Influential Women and Multicultural Leaders of 2013 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, October 2, 2013) – Dr. Ninfa Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and The Medical Center of Central Georgia was recently honored by the Georgia Diversity Council as one of the state’s Most Powerful & Influential Women.

    The Georgia Diversity Council hosted its Fourth Annual Diversity and Leadership Conference on Friday, September 27, 2013 at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta. Dr. Saunders, along with former state senator Steen Miles, was a keynote speaker at the event, and spoke on the event’s theme, “Enhancing Innovation, Leadership and Employee Engagement.”

    The highlight of the conference was an awards ceremony honoring individuals from a wide range of organizations throughout the state. The Most Powerful & Influential Women and Multicultural Leadership Awards are presented to women and men who have made a difference through their achievements and exemplify the ability to excel in their field despite the challenges they face in the workforce.

    “It is such an honor to be named among Georgia’s Most Powerful & Influential Women, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to address such a wonderful group of business leaders who are truly making a difference in organizations across our state,” said Dr. Saunders.

    The council seeks not only to uphold and promote the principles of diversity and leadership but also seeks to recognize those individuals who personify those principles.

    “We are proud to acknowledge and honor Georgia’s awardees of 2013. Their display of excellence and leadership contributes to the advancement of their peers in senior leadership positions within the workplace and community,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Council.

    For more information about this year’s conference, please visit www.galeadershipconference.com. Below is the list of distinguished leaders in the state of Georgia who were honored at the Fourth Annual Georgia Leadership Conference.

    Most Powerful & Influential Women

    Kristen K. McGuffey

    General Counsel

    Serta Simmons Holdings, LLC

    Donna N. Peeples

    Chief of Staff, Global Claims O&S

    AIG

    Neeti Dewan

    Managing Director, US Indirect Tax Compliance Practice Leader

    KPMG

    Xia Liu

    Vice President Finance

    Southern Company

    Lynne Zappone

    Chief Talent Officer

    Popeyes® Louisiana Kitchen

    Amy Phuong

    Chief Service Officer

    City of Atlanta - Mayor's Office

    Meredith Hodges

    VP External Affairs and Human Resources

    Gas South

    Angela Nagy

    Vice President & Controller

    AGL Resources

    Alicia Thompson

    SVP, Consumer

    Edelman

    Cynthia Bowman

    SVP Leadership Development & Diversity and Inclusion Executive

    Bank of America

    Dr. Ninfa Saunders

    President & CEO

    Central Georgia Healthcare Systems

    Selina Mustafa

    Vice President, Finance Information Management

    SunTrust Bank

    Multicultural Leadership

    Ferdinand L. Risco Jr.

    Executive Director, Diversity & Equal Opportunity

    Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority - MARTA

    Dexter Wimbish

    Principal

    Dexter Wimbish & Associates

    Letty Ashworth

    Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

    Delta Airlines

    Ileana Arias

    US CDC/ATSD Deputy Director

    CDC

    Ray Ortega

    President, CFO

    Hispanic Marketing Group, INC

    Brandon Poole

    Vice President- Human Resources

    UHS- Pruitt

    Wendell Dallas

    Vice President, Operations

    Atlanta Gas Light & Chattanooga Gas

    In attached photo: Dr. Ninfa Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

  • The Medical Center of Peach County Supports Fort Valley's Free Medical Clinic
    The Medical Center of Peach County Supports Fort Valley's Free Medical Clinic

    The Medical Center of Peach County Supports Fort Valley's Free Medical Clinic 

    BYRON, GA (Wednesday, October 2, 2013) – The Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC) will present a donation of $50,000 on Friday, October 4 at 1:30 p.m.to the Feed Center’s free medical clinic, a division of the Feed Center Outreach Ministries in Fort Valley. The donation will take place in MCPC’s boardroom, at 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend.

    The donation, made possible through a grant from The Medcen Community Health Foundation in Macon, is intended to increase access to healthcare for the uninsured in Peach County and the surrounding area.

    “The Medical Center of Peach County applauds the work done at the Feed Center’s free medical clinic, and we are excited about the opportunity to support their mission. It is vitally important that healthcare organizations within a community work together and constantly look for ways to better manage the health of its citizens,” said Nancy Peed, CEO of MCPC.

    The Feed Center’s free medical clinic is a non-profit facility providing free medical care to working uninsured citizens in Peach and the surrounding counties. The physicians, clinicians and administrative personnel volunteer their time to provide non-emergency primary care services two evenings per month. The clinic depends on donations in order to provide quality medical care at no cost to those who have no other resources for healthcare.

  • MCCG will Paint The Town Pink during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    MCCG will Paint The Town Pink during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG will Paint The Town Pink during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    A Month-long Series of Community Events Planned to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness  

    MACON, GA (Monday, September 30, 2013) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and MCCG’s Central Georgia Breast Care Center (CGBCC) have prepared a month-long celebration to promote awareness and education during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., approximately 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, but thanks to improving treatments and early detection, many of these patients will survive. MCCG and CGBCC encourage the central Georgia community to raise awareness by joining “Paint The Town Pink.”

    The following is a schedule of events and festivities:

    • Monday, Sept. 30:
      • Proclamation with Mayor Robert Reichert at Macon City Hall, 11:00 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Oct. 1:
      • FREE Pink Ribbon Car Painting at MCCG’s Yellow Parking Deck, 1014 Forsyth St.; 6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
      • Life Boutique Open House at The Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
        • Leg screenings, breast prosthesis fittings and special events
    • Thursday, Oct. 3:
      •  “Know Your Genes” genetic presentation for women ages 21-50, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
        • FREE, wine and hors d’oeuvres provided
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-4733
    • Friday, Oct. 4:
      • Breast Cancer Survivor Symposium at Forest Hills Methodist Church, 1217 Forest Hill Rd., 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
        • FREE, breakfast and lunch included
        • Topics include Breast Reconstruction, Sex and Intimacy, Lebed Exercise Therapy and Chemo Brain – Improving Cognitive Function
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-4733
    • Thursday, Oct. 10:
      • “Look Good, Feel Better” at the Lanier Building, 1062 Forsyth St., 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
        • Assistance for cancer patients coping with appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-8537
    • Friday, Oct. 11:
      • Official “Wear Pink Day” in Macon
      • Mammogram Marathon at Central Georgia Breast Care Center, 1014 Forsyth St., and Central Georgia Diagnostics Northwest, 5925 Zebulon Rd., 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
        • No appointment necessary, but a physician’s order is required.
      • Pink Carnations and Cupcakes, Carlyle Place, 5300 Zebulon Rd., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
        • Donate $1 to toss a pink carnation into the fountain of hope
        • Refreshments provided
      • “Tickled Pink” Laughter Class, The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
        • Participants are asked to make a $10 donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation
    • Thursday, Oct. 17:
      • Pink Alliance Survivor Support Group Pink Party in the Lanier Building Conference Room, 1062 Forsyth St., 12 p.m.
        • FREE, lunch provided
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-8537
      • Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Central Georgia Breast Care Center, 1014 Forsyth St., 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
        • For reservations, call (478)  621-2000
    • Wednesday, Oct. 23:
      • “Nutrition, Weight & Breast Health” lunch and learn, Macon Centreplex, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
        • FREE, lunch provided
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-4733
    • Friday, Oct. 25:
      • Bingo for Breast Cancer, The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., 6 p.m.

    For a complete list of events or for more information, please visit www.paintthetownpinkmacon.org.  Events are subject to change.

  • MCCG Hosts Event to Address Men's Health
    MCCG Hosts Event to Address Men's Health

    MCCG Hosts Event to Address Men's Health

    Health Fair Specifically for Men Addresses Physical and Mental Health Concerns 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, September 26, 2013) –The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), invites the men of central Georgia to participate in a health fair designed to increase physical and mental wellness.

    MCCG will host the 2013 Men’s Health Fair on Saturday, September 28 from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Central Georgia Technical College, 3300 Macon Tech Drive in Macon. This free event is open to the public.

    In addition to health screenings – ranging from blood pressure screenings to depression screenings – seminars on cardiovascular health, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and stress management will be held during the health fair. Each seminar is designed specifically with men in mind.

    To further assist men, MCCG has added a Personal Health Record document on its website. This document, along with MCCG’s IQ Health program, will allow both men and women to take control of their health and their healthcare.

    For more information or to register for screenings, please visit www.menshealthmacon.org or call 478.633.6336.

  • Carlyle Place Hosts Fifth Annual Rally for Wellness
    Carlyle Place Hosts Fifth Annual Rally for Wellness

    Carlyle Place Hosts Fifth Annual Rally for Wellness

    Market-like Fair Features Local Author, Offers Valuable Health Information for Community

    MACON, GA (Thursday, September 26, 2013) – Carlyle Place, a continuing care retirement community and a service of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS), will host its fifth annual Rally for Wellness Health Fair on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at 5300 Zebulon Road in Macon. 

    Rally for Wellness combines the traditional elements of a health fair, including a variety of health screenings, with a unique market-like atmosphere that includes healthy cooking and container gardening demonstrations as well as produce sales. This year’s event will also feature Southern author, gardener and designer James Farmer, who will discuss his latest book, A Time to Cook. Carlyle Place chefs will offer tips and recipes for establishing healthy eating habits, and attendees may enjoy refreshments from the smoothie bar.

    Those in attendance are invited to observe the Carlyle lifestyle experience, and take information on the comprehensive healthcare services and living amenities.

  • MCCG will Paint The Town Pink during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    MCCG will Paint The Town Pink during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG will Paint The Town Pink during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    A Month-long Series of Community Events Planned to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, September 24, 2013) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and MCCG’s Central Georgia Breast Care Center (CGBCC) have prepared a month-long celebration to promote awareness and education during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., approximately 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, but thanks to improving treatments and early detection, many of these patients will survive. MCCG and CGBCC encourage the central Georgia community to raise awareness by joining “Paint The Town Pink.”

    The following is a schedule of events and festivities:

     

    • Monday, Sept. 30:
      • Proclamation with Mayor Robert Reichert at Macon City Hall, 11:00 a.m.
    • Tuesday, Oct. 1:
      • FREE Pink Ribbon Car Painting at MCCG’s Yellow Parking Deck, 1014 Forsyth St.; 6:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
      • Life Boutique Open House at The Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
        • Leg screenings, breast prosthesis fittings and special events
    • Thursday, Oct. 3:
      •  “Know Your Genes” genetic presentation for women ages 21-50, Sidney Lanier Cottage, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
        • FREE, wine and hors d’oeuvres provided
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-4733
    • Friday, Oct. 4:
      • Breast Cancer Survivor Symposium at Forest Hills Methodist Church, 1217 Forest Hill Rd., 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
        • FREE, breakfast and lunch included
        • Topics include Breast Reconstruction, Sex and Intimacy, Lebed Exercise Therapy and Chemo Brain – Improving Cognitive Function
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-4733
    • Thursday, Oct. 10:
      • “Look Good, Feel Better” at the Lanier Building, 1062 Forsyth St., 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
        • Assistance for cancer patients coping with appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-8537
    • Friday, Oct. 11:
      • Official “Wear Pink Day” in Macon
      • Mammogram Marathon at Central Georgia Breast Care Center, 1014 Forsyth St., and Central Georgia Diagnostics Northwest, 5925 Zebulon Rd., 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
        • No appointment necessary, but a physician’s order is required.
      • Pink Carnations and Cupcakes, Carlyle Place, 5300 Zebulon Rd., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
        • Donate $1 to toss a pink carnation into the fountain of hope
        • Refreshments provided
      • “Tickled Pink” Laughter Class, The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
        • Participants are asked to make a $10 donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation
    • Thursday, Oct. 17:
      • Pink Alliance Survivor Support Group Pink Party in the Lanier Building Conference Room, 1062 Forsyth St., 12 p.m.
        • FREE, lunch provided
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-8537
      • Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at Central Georgia Breast Care Center, 1014 Forsyth St., 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
        • For reservations, call (478)  621-2000
    • Wednesday, Oct. 23:
      • “Nutrition, Weight & Breast Health” lunch and learn, Macon Centreplex, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
        • FREE, lunch provided
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-4733
    • Friday, Oct. 25:
      • Bingo for Breast Cancer, The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., 6 p.m.

    For a complete list of events or for more information, please visit www.paintthetownpinkmacon.org.  Events are subject to change.

  • The Children's Hospital Hosts Free Camp for Grieving Children, Teens, Caregivers
    The Children's Hospital Hosts Free Camp for Grieving Children, Teens, Caregivers

    The Children's Hospital Hosts Free Camp for Grieving Children, Teens, Caregivers

    Second Annual Bo's Camp to be held September 27-29 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, September 25, 2013) – The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will host its second annual Bo’s Camp, September 27 - 29. Bo’s Camp is a weekend bereavement camp for children and parents or guardians who have lost a loved one. 

    The camp will be held at Hephzibah Children’s Home,6601 Zebulon Rd. in Macon, and is free for participants. Campers and their families will spend time with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The camp is divided into peer groups for children (ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13), teenagers (ages14-18) and parents or guardians. Throughout the weekend, campers are involved in family activities and age appropriate grief sessions, as well as variety of camp activities, including arts and crafts, and a ropes course.

    “We had over 60 participants, from ages 2 to 70, at our inaugural camp last year, and more than 100 have registered to participate this year. The camp allows parents who have lost children and children who have lost significant loved ones to talk about their grief and learn healthy coping skills. We are able to provide hope and healing to families who are experiencing loss. They do not have to grieve alone,” said Rebecca Cogburn, Director of Pediatric Critical Care at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG.

    Bo’s Camp is funded by donations from the community, and would not be possible without volunteer support. The staff and volunteers at Bo’s Camp are specially trained to work with children and their families and include social workers, therapists and counselors, medical staff, chaplains and community volunteers.

  • MCPC to Paint Peach Pink during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    MCPC to Paint Peach Pink during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    MCPC to Paint Peach Pink during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    A Month-long Series of Community Events Planned to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness  

    MACON, GA (Monday, September 23, 2013) – The Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC) has prepared a month-long celebration to promote awareness and education during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In the U.S., approximately 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives, but thanks to improving treatments and early detection, many of these patients will survive. MCPC encourages the central Georgia community to raise awareness by “Painting Peach Pink.”

    The following is a schedule of events and festivities:

    • Tuesday, Oct. 1:
      • Tickled Pink Kickoff Celebration for breast cancer survivors
        • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
        • Please RSVP by calling (478) 654-2240
    • Thursday, Oct. 3:
      • Mammo Marathon mammogram screenings
        • 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
        • Please call (478) 654-2011 for an appointment.
    • Saturday, Oct. 5:
      • MCPC Health Fair
        • 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
        • The entire family is invited for a healthy day of learning and fun. Enjoy health screenings, exhibits, giveaways, and music and face painting for children.
    • Thursday, Oct. 10:
      • “Nutrition, Weight & Breast Cancer” lunch and learn
        • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
        • Please RSVP by calling (478) 654-2240
    • Tuesday, Oct. 22:
      • Mammo Marathon mammogram screenings
        • 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
        • Please call (478) 654-2011 for an appointment.
    • Tuesday, Oct. 22:
      •  “Know Your Genes” genetic presentation, for women ages 18-50
        • 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
        • For reservations, call (478) 654-2240

    All events will take place at MCPC, 1960 Hwy 247 Connector in Byron. For a complete list of events or for more information, please visit www.tmcpc.org. Events are subject to change.

  • MCCG Hosts Event to Address Men's Health
    MCCG Hosts Event to Address Men's Health

    MCCG Hosts Event to Address Men's Health

    Health Fair Specifically for Men Addresses Physical and Mental Health Concerns 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, September 18, 2013) –The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), invites the men of central Georgia to participate in a health fair designed to increase physical and mental wellness.

    MCCG will host the 2013 Men’s Health Fair on Saturday, September 28 from 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Central Georgia Technical College, 3300 Macon Tech Drive in Macon. This free event is open to the public.

    In addition to health screenings – ranging from blood pressure screenings to depression screenings – seminars on cardiovascular health, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and stress management will be held during the health fair. Each seminar is designed specifically with men in mind.

    To further assist men, MCCG has added a Personal Health Record document on its website. This document, along with MCCG’s IQ Health program, will allow both men and women to take control of their health and their healthcare.

    For more information or to register for screenings, please visit www.menshealthmacon.org or call 478.633.6336.

  • Carlyle Place Hosts Fifth Annual Rally for Wellness
    Carlyle Place Hosts Fifth Annual Rally for Wellness

    Carlyle Place Hosts Fifth Annual Rally for Wellness

    Market-like Fair Features Local Author, Offers Valuable Health Information for Community 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, September 18, 2013) – Carlyle Place, a continuing care retirement community and a service of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS), will host its fifth annual Rally for Wellness Health Fair on Saturday, September 28 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at 5300 Zebulon Road in Macon. 

    Rally for Wellness combines the traditional elements of a health fair, including a variety of health screenings, with a unique market-like atmosphere that includes healthy cooking and container gardening demonstrations as well as produce sales. This year’s event will also feature Southern author, gardener and designer James Farmer, who will discuss his latest book, A Time to Cook. Carlyle Place chefs will offer tips and recipes for establishing healthy eating habits, and attendees may enjoy refreshments from the smoothie bar.

    Those in attendance are invited to observe the Carlyle lifestyle experience, and take information on the comprehensive healthcare services and living amenities.

  • MCCG Announces Two New Procedures for Those with Acid Reflux
    MCCG Announces Two New Procedures for Those with Acid Reflux

    MCCG Announces Two New Procedures for Those with Acid Reflux

    Preventative Measures Assist with Reflux, Could Minimize Cancer Risk 

    MACON, GA (Monday, September 16, 2013) - Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as acid reflux, is the most prevalent gastrointestinal disease in the U.S., and one of the most important in terms of its chronicity, overall cost, adverse impact on quality of life, and potential for complications, such as Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. Now, two new procedures at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will help patients with GERD, even to the point of preventing esophageal cancer.

    GERD is a chronic, often progressive disease resulting from a weak lower esophageal sphincter that allows harmful gastric fluid to reflux into the esophagus, causing both pain and injury to the esophageal lining. GERD is associated with a pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus, which increases the risk of esophageal cancer. Barrett’s esophagus occurs when the esophagus is chronically exposed to gastric contents of the stomach. With prolonged acid exposure, normal cells in the esophagus can undergo a genetic change and are then vulnerable to further changes that can lead to cancer. Esophageal cancer is currently the fastest growing form of cancer in the United States.

    A groundbreaking new treatment at MCCG may prevent esophageal cancer. Physicians at MCCG now perform endoscopic radiofrequency ablation therapy, using the BARRX System. The procedure was recently featured in the New England Journal of Medicine as a highly effective treatment for complete eradication of Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that affects one to two million adults in the U.S. each year. The treatment destroys pre-cancerous tissue caused by GERD in the lining of the esophagus.

    “The main purpose of the ablation procedure is to ablate, or remove, the abnormal lining of the esophagus. The tissue then regenerates and normal tissue grows back. This markedly reduces the chances of cancer developing. Data from studies shows that the treatment is highly effective,” said Dr. Adam Levy of Gastroenterology Associates of Central Georgia.

    During the procedure, an ablation catheter (BARRX360 or BARRX90 Ablation Catheter) is positioned on the abnormal esophageal tissue. Using the BARRX Energy Generator, the physician delivers a rapid burst of ablative energy which removes a very thin layer of the diseased esophagus. The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, without incisions, and takes less than 30 minutes on average.

    “Previously, physicians could use ablation therapy to remove or destroy pre-cancerous tissue, but the technology had limitations and wasn’t widely used. The BARRX System provides uniform and controlled ablative therapy, which not only removes the abnormal cells but also allows for regrowth of normal cells. It’s also easier to effectively treat patients using the BARRX System, without injuring healthy underlying tissue,” said Dr. Fady Wanna, Chief Medical Officer at MCCG. 

    Esophageal cancer is often incurable because the disease is frequently discovered in the advanced stages. Esophageal cancer has a five-year patient survival rate of just 16 percent.

    “It usually starts with GERD, which can cause Barrett’s disease, which can lead to esophageal cancer. That’s why it’s important to seek medical treatment for symptoms of GERD, the most common being heartburn,” said Dr. Wanna.  

    Patients suffering from GERD who have not progressed to the point of Barrett’s disease may benefit from  a second therapy now offered at MCCG.

    GERD is caused by a weak muscle in the esophagus that allows acid and bile to splash up from the stomach into the esophagus. By implanting the FDA-approved LINX Reflux Management System through a minimally invasive procedure, physicians at MCCG can stem the effects of chronic acid reflux.

    The LINX System is a small implant comprised of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads augments the existing esophageal sphincter’s barrier function to prevent reflux, restoring the body’s natural barrier to reflux.

    “Although numerous prescriptions are available to treat patients with GERD, the medications minimize the production of gastric acid but do not repair the damaged muscle. Though this reduces the acid content of material regurgitating into the esophagus the LINX system eliminates the reflux stream entirely.” said Dr. William Fackler of The Georgia Gastroenterology Center.

    The LINX system is inserted through a small incision in the abdomen. The procedure generally takes less than one hour, and the device begins working immediately. Following the procedure, patients will see a drastic reduction in the symptoms of GERD, and may resume a normal diet.

    The combined use of the LINXReflux Management System and the BARRX System is changing the lives of those suffering from acid reflux, or GERD, who choose treatment at MCCG. State-of-the-art technology is one of the many ways MCCG is striving for superior patient outcomes.

  • Governor's Office Of Highway Safety Caravan Rolls to Bibb, Peach Counties
    Governor's Office Of Highway Safety Caravan Rolls to Bibb, Peach Counties

    Governor’s Office Of Highway Safety Caravan Rolls to Bibb, Peach Counties

    Multiple Events Planned to Promote Child Passenger Safety 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, September 5, 2013) – On July 1, 2011, Georgia established a new child passenger safety law requiring children under the age of eight to be properly secured in the back seat of a motor vehicle in a car seat or booster seat. This law not only increased child restraint requirements for Georgia’s children, but also created the need for parents and caregivers to reeducate themselves on how to transport children properly and safely.

    In recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 15-21, the 2013 Traffic Injury Prevention Caravan will visit Bibb and Peach Counties from September 9-11. The Caravan is a cooperative effort between The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), MCCG’s Kohl’s Kids Safety Zone, local law enforcement, Bibb County school administrators and teachers, the University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Injury Prevention, Bibb County Health Department, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and many other agencies.

    "We are so excited to be rejoining our partners for such an important event. Our children are our most precious cargo and we need to make sure they're safe and secure every time they get in a car,” said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.

    A week of events designed to increase safety awareness will include law enforcement check points, child safety seat checks, educational classes for caregivers, and school safety presentations.

    Monday, September 9

    • The Caravan will host a car seat and child passenger safety presentation at L.H. Williams Elementary School, 352 Pursley Street in Macon, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
    • The Children’s Hospital and Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute will host a rollover simulation at Tatnall Square Academy, 111 Trojan Trail in Macon, beginning at 8:00 a.m. All students will attend the rollover simulation and participate in an impaired vision demonstration to learn firsthand the dangers of driving while texting or while intoxicated.
    • At 12:00 p.m. at Macon City Hall, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will proclaim September 9 National Child Safety Day in Macon.
    • At 1:00 p.m., The Children’s Hospital and Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute will host a second rollover simulation, at Northeast High School, 1646 Upper River Road in Macon.

    Tuesday, September 10

    • The Children’s Hospital and Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute will host a rollover simulation at Peach County High School, 900 Campus Drive in Ft. Valley, beginning at 1:30 p.m. All high school students will attend the rollover simulation and participate in an impaired vision demonstration to learn firsthand the dangers of driving while texting or while intoxicated.
    • The Caravan will host a car seat and child passenger safety presentation at Byron Elementary School, 202 New Dunbar Road in Byron, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
    • At 12:00 p.m., Byron Mayor Larry Collinsand Ft. Valley Mayor John Stumbowill proclaim September 10 National Child Safety Day in Peach Countyat The Medical Center of Peach County, 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron.

    Wednesday, September 11

    • Representatives will speak to students at Stratford Academy, 6010 Peake Road in Macon, beginning at 8:00 a.m.Students at the elementary schools will learn about proper booster seat use and school bus safety while high school students participate in the rollover simulation.
    • The Children’s Hospital at MCCG, in partnership with their Kohl’s Kids Safety Zone injury prevention program and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will host a Child Passenger Safety Check from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Northway Church on 5915 Zebulon Road (next to Walmart). This is a public event, and the entire community is encouraged to attend.

    “We have found, through child seat checks similar to the one that will be held Wednesday, that three out of four car seats are not installed correctly. It is the hope of all those involved in the 2013 Traffic Injury Prevention Caravan that our community will continue to work together to ensure that our children remain safe and injury-free,” said Ashley Lord, Kohl’s Kids Safety Zone Coordinator for The Children’s Hospital at MCCG.

    The Caravan is supported by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

  • Medical Center of Central Georgia Receives National Recognition for Palliative Care
    Medical Center of Central Georgia Receives National Recognition for Palliative Care

    Medical Center of Central Georgia Receives National Recognition for Palliative Care

    VHA Recognizes MCCG as One of Top Palliative Care Facilities in U.S. 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, August 28, 2013) - The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been selected as a “Leading Performer in Palliative Care” by national healthcare network VHA, Inc. As a Leading Performer, MCCG will play an integral role in the development of palliative care programs throughout the U.S. while improving patient care and lowering healthcare costs.

    MCCG’s palliative care program addresses a patient’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice. A team of VHA experts recently visited MCCG to study and document the hospital’s processes of palliative care. MCCG collaborated with VHA’s team to develop a Leading Practice Blueprint® that maps out each step in MCCG’s process, as well as the cultural factors and social patterns that influence performance. The blueprint will ensure that MCCG’s knowledge in palliative care will be successfully transferred to other hospitals for implementation.

    “VHA’s blueprint approach is unique in our industry. It focuses on conveying complex information in a simple, unique way. The Medical Center of Central Georgia participated in a process that will play a role in shaping leading practices for other hospitals nationwide,” said Remar Thorsness, Senior Director of Knowledge and Blueprint Practice for VHA, Inc.

    VHA recognized MCCG for its adherence to industry-standard criteria, as well as the hospital’s novel approach to patient care. MCCG has taken a different approach to palliative care by expanding the role counselors play in patient care. The approach is unique because it has a strong counseling base in providing the palliative service, rather than major reliance on advance practice nurses or palliative physicians. MCCG employs master's prepared counselors who spend the hours needed to assist families in making difficult end-of-life decisions. Using a family systems therapy approach, counselors have developed the Transitions and Palliative Care Therapy Model, which has proved to be a successful means of providing palliative services.

    “This model is a true bio-psycho-social approach to caring for the patients and their families. Our clinical staff and counselors are dedicated to ensuring our patients receive the highest quality of care, and it’s gratifying to know that other hospitals will be encouraged to duplicate our processes,” said Carol Babcock, MFT, Manager at MCCG’s Center for Palliative Care.

    MCCG was the first Certified Palliative Care Center in the Southeast to receive Advanced Palliative Care Certification from The Joint Commission, and The Children’s Hospital at MCCG is one of four children’s hospitals in the nation to receive the certification. MCCG earned the certification by demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety in palliative care.

    “The growth of The Medical Center’s program over the past seven years is staggering, with outcomes far exceeding the predicted volume. The Transitions and Palliative Care Therapy Model has become an accepted standard of practice at The Medical Center and continues to be a successful means of managing the more complex cases. We are pleased that other hospitals, and their patients, will benefit from the work that we have done here,” said Dr. Richard Ackermann, Director of MCCG’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship.

    According to Steve Miff, PhD, Senior Vice President of VHA IMPERATIV™, MCCG’s willingness to share its palliative care model will improve healthcare and health costs for other hospitals.

    “The sharing of leading practices is one of the keys to improving healthcare across the nation.  As a top performer, MCCG’s willingness to share their knowledge and processes is helping other hospitals move along the path to higher levels of patient experience, outcomes and lower cost of care. This type of knowledge transfer gives member hospitals an advantage in adopting the kind of quality and cost improvements that are now required in the rapidly changing healthcare environment,” said Miff. 

    VHA’s Leading Practice Blueprint library can be accessed through VHA IMPERATIV, which merges analytics about the hospital’s performance with the leading practices recommended for improvement. Advisory services and collaboration opportunities help to accelerate implementation of the leading practices to improve and sustain their clinical, operational and financial performance.

  • The Children's Hospital Hosts Free Camp for Grieving Children, Teens, Caregivers
    The Children's Hospital Hosts Free Camp for Grieving Children, Teens, Caregivers

    The Children’s Hospital Hosts Free Camp for Grieving Children, Teens, Caregivers

    Second Annual Bo’s Camp to be held September 27-29 

    MACON, GA (Monday, August 19, 2013) – The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will host its second annual Bo’s Camp, September 27 - 29. Bo’s Camp is a weekend bereavement camp for children and parents or guardians who have lost a loved one. 

    The camp will be held at Hephzibah Children’s Home,6601 Zebulon Rd. in Macon, and is free for participants. Campers and their families will spend time with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The camp is divided into peer groups for children (ages 5-7, 8-10, 11-13), teenagers (ages14-18) and parents or guardians. Throughout the weekend, campers are involved in family activities and age appropriate grief sessions, as well as variety of camp activities, including arts and crafts, and a ropes course.

    “We had over 60 participants, from ages 2 to 70, at our inaugural camp last year. The camp allows parents who have lost children and children who have lost significant loved ones to talk about their grief and learn healthy coping skills. We are able to provide hope and healing to families who are experiencing loss. They do not have to grieve alone,” said Rebecca Cogburn, Director of Pediatric Critical Care at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG.

    Bo’s Camp is funded by donations from the community, and would not be possible without volunteer support. The staff and volunteers at Bo’s Camp are specially trained to work with children and their families and include social workers, therapists and counselors, medical staff, chaplains and community volunteers.

    If you or someone you know is interested in attending Bo’s Camp, or would like to volunteer, please visit www.boscampmacon.com or call 478-633-7145.

  • Government May Approve CT Scans to Assist High Risk Smokers
    Government May Approve CT Scans to Assist High Risk Smokers

    Government May Approve CT Scans to Assist High Risk Smokers

    Technology for Early Detection of Lung Cancer Offered at Medical Center of Central Georgia 

    MACON, GA (Monday, August 12, 2013) - The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently recommended a screening for lung cancer that could aid in the early detection of the disease for heavy smokers. The government recommendation may pave the way for insurers to finance annual CT scans for those ages 55 to 79 who have smoked a pack a day for 30 years, or the equivalent, such as two packs a day for 15 years.

    “A CT scan is a type of X-ray that allows a clinician to see into the person’s lungs. Having an annual CT scan could lead to the early detection of lung cancer for both current and former high risk smokers. Being diagnosed with lung cancer at an earlier stage does make it more likely that surgery, the best treatment for most types of lung cancer, will be successful,” said Nancy White, RN, Director of Oncology Services at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG).

    The number one cancer killer in the U.S., almost 90 percent of those diagnosed with lung cancer will die of the disease because it is usually found too late for treatment to be effective. Approximately 85 percent of lung cancer in the U.S is attributed to smoking. A 2010 study by the National Cancer Institute found that CT scans may cut the risk of death from lung cancer by as much as 20 percent.

    “The Medical Center of Central Georgia began offering this screening for heavy smokers in November 2011. The screening currently costs $150 and is not covered by insurance, but we are hopeful that the screening will soon be covered under the Affordable Care Act, allowing more high risk smokers the opportunity for early diagnosis,” said White.

    Currently, CT scans may cost up to $1,000, or more, and may not be covered by Medicare or private insurance. Under the Affordable Care Act, however, screenings recommended by the task force are to be covered, and with no co-pay. MCCG’s Cancer Life Center offers CT scans for current and former smokers through a partnership with Central Georgia Diagnostics, 1650 Hardeman Ave. in Macon.

    The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force did not recommend annual CT scans for younger smokers, lighter smokers, those who quit more than 15 years ago or those who would be too frail to undergo cancer treatments. The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force is a government appointed group of independent physicians.

    For questions or to set up an appointment for a CT scan, please contact Central Georgia Diagnostics at (478) 633-9111. For information on lung cancer treatment, pulmonary rehabilitation and smoking cessation, please contact MCCG’s  Cancer Life Center at (478) 633-2614.

  • Blizzards of Miracles: DQ Miracle Treat Day
    Blizzards of Miracles: DQ Miracle Treat Day

    Blizzards® of Miracles: DQ® Miracle Treat Day

    Seventh Annual Fundraiser Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

    MACON, GA (Monday, August 05, 2013) – Buying a Blizzard® treat at 22 participating central Georgia Dairy Queens® on Miracle Treat Day® will benefit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, a charity that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada.  

    At least $1 per Blizzard® purchased on Thursday, August 8 will go toward the proceeds raised nationwide on Miracle Treat Day. Last year, Dairy Queen® locations across the U.S. and Canada raised nearly $5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 1984, Dairy Queen® has raised over $97 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

    The OREO® Blizzard® flavortreat, still the most popular Blizzard® treat flavor of all time, will be featured as the Miracle Treat Day® “Blizzard of the Day.” New flavor Tripleberry®Brownie, the August Blizzard® of the Month, as well as the rest of the Blizzard® Treat flavors, also will be available on Miracle Treat Day.

    Participating Dairy Queen® locations will be bringing Blizzards® to the patients of The Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, August 7 at 3:00 p.m. Media are invited to attend this patient party event.

  • MCCG Implements Comprehensive New Patient Menu, Joins Partnership for Healthier America
    MCCG Implements Comprehensive New Patient Menu, Joins Partnership for Healthier America

    MCCG Implements Comprehensive New Patient Menu, Joins Partnership for Healthier America

    New Low-Sodium, Low-Calorie Menu will Impact up to One Million Meals Within Five Years 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, August 01, 2013) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia, along with its foodservice partner Morrison Healthcare, will implement a comprehensive new patient menu.  This new menu will not only make hospital food healthier than it has ever been, but is also designed to make MCCG  a model of healthful eating and to encourage behavioral change in the hospital and beyond.  MCCG is one of the first hospitals in the country to offer this new menu and expects it to impact one million patient meals annually.

    MCCG  and Morrison Healthcare have also recently announced their partnership with the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) and its Hospital Healthy Food Initiative.  MCCG’s commitment to this organization makes them a true nutrition and wellness leader in the Southeast and nationwide. The PHA Hospital Healthy Food Initiative seeks to move healthcare institutions toward delivering nutritious options to meet the needs of the children, families and communities they serve.

    “Part of our mission is to take exceptional care of those we come in contact with, and our new menu, along with Morrison’s PHA Agreement, will allow us to expand the high level of care we provide within the hospital. The healthcare environment is rapidly changing and we believe further integrating wellness throughout the hospital is a critical component of meeting those challenges,” said Dr. Fady Wanna, Chief Medical Officer for MCCG.

    The new menu at MCCG will include a 44 percent reduction of sodium and a 33 percent reduction in calories from traditional fare.  Using the latest research on healthful eating and incorporating techniques that influence behavioral change in food consumption, MCCG  will:

    • Offer greater choice to patients, allowing them to order from the same menu, regardless of health condition
    • Offer a core menu that fits across four most commonly prescribed diets
    • Reduce the percentage of fried foods offered annually
    • Offer reduced portion sizes of sugar-sweetened beverages
    • Switch to exclusive use of whole grain or legume based pasta
    • Offer whole grains as an alternative to rice
    • Use misted olive oils exclusively in appropriate applications
    • Feature images of healthy nutrient-rich food in its regular marketing promotions

    “Rising healthcare costs and lost productivity within the healthcare setting and community are driving the demand for prevention-based programs. By implementing these changes, The Medical Center of Central Georgia continues its leadership position by making healthful choices easy and accessible to their patients, staff and visitors,” explained Tim Pierce, CEO of Morrison Healthcare.

  • Hospital Leaders Announce Largest Healthcare Alliance in Southeastern United States
    Hospital Leaders Announce Largest Healthcare Alliance in Southeastern United States

    Hospital Leaders Announce Largest Healthcare Alliance in Southeastern United States

    Health Systems Across Georgia Join Partnership 

    Greensboro, Ga. (July 23, 2013) – Hospital and health System CEOs from central and south Georgia announced today their plans to participate in a newly formed alliance which will create one of the nation’s largest collaborations of hospitals, healthcare systems and physicians aligned to develop a clinically-integrated network.  The alliance, to be called Stratus Healthcare, consists of 23 hospitals and approximately 1500 physicians.  Stratus, a non-equity partnership at the outset, expects to form a non-profit limited liability corporation, pooling both human capital and financial resources to meet its mission and vision.  Members of Stratus Healthcare will work together in a formalized partnership to exchange best practices, combine resources, develop coordinated information systems, reduce costs and manage the health of populations.  Member hospitals will take advantage of a shared services model, yet remain independent.

    Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) in Macon, Ga. and Tift Regional Health System (TRHS) in Tifton, Ga. first announced a partnership in April 2012, and respective presidents/CEOs Dr. Ninfa Saunders and William T. Richardson have worked purposely since October to develop the partnership framework and recruit members for the alliance.   Saunders and Richardson said that Stratus Healthcare partners share a common vision for the future and the affiliation provides an alternative to mergers and acquisitions. 

    Stratus Healthcare will consist of the following member hospitals and respective medical staff physicians:

    • Bleckley Memorial Hospital (Cochran)
    • Central Georgia Health System
      • Medical Center of Central Georgia (Macon)
      • Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital (Macon)
      • Medical Center of Peach County (Byron)
    • Coffee Regional Medical Center (Douglas)
    • Columbus Regional Health System
      • Columbus Regional Medical Center (Columbus)
      • Doctors Hospital (Columbus)
      • Hughston Hospital (Columbus)
    • Crisp Regional Hospital (Cordele)
    • Dodge County Hospital (Eastman)
    • Houston Healthcare
        • Houston Medical Center (Warner Robins)
        • Perry Hospital (Perry)
    • Jasper Memorial Hospital (Monticello)
    • Oconee Regional Medical Center (Milledgeville)
    • Putnam General Hospital (Eatonton)
    • South Georgia Medical Center Health System
      • South Georgia Medical Center (Valdosta)
      • Smith Northview Hospital (Valdosta)
      • Louis Smith Memorial Hospital (Lakeland)
      • Clinch Memorial Hospital (Homerville)
      • SGMC-Berrien Campus (Nashville)
    • Taylor Regional Hospital (Hawkinsville)
    • Tift Regional Health System
      • Tift Regional Medical Center (Tifton)
      • Cook Medical Center (Adel)

    Hospital and physician leaders from each hospital system assembled for a news conference in Greensboro today, stating that the goal of Stratus Healthcare is to enhance the health and wellness of residents in their communities by improving the regional coordination of medical services for patients, employers and payors. 

    In the future, primary care doctors and specialists will need to work closer together on a regional scale to develop clinical guidelines and the sharing of outcomes data.  The timely exchange of electronic patient information is becoming increasingly important to improve quality and prevent duplication or over-utilization of healthcare services.  Stratus will coordinate and support physicians in this endeavor.

    “Federal healthcare reform will require that medical care be reimbursed based on a fee-for-value framework rather thanthe fee-for-service model used in the past,” said Saunders. “Stratus Healthcare will create the delivery model for this transformation.”

    Richardson said the name ‘Stratus’ was chosen because of the upward inference of the word and the alliance’s goal to strive for excellence.   “The collaborative wants to elevate health care to a higher level,” said Richardson. “We wanted an organizational title that reflects our mission to enhance the health and wellness of our patients by delivering exceptional care through a connected community of physicians, hospitals and shared services. Each Stratus partner wants to add value for patients and create scale, yet realizes it could be accomplished much easier through a coordinated effort with other health care organizations. Stratus partners are important healthcare leader within the region, and each partner’s contribution is significant.”

    Saunders said that forming a collaborative partnership sets the stage for innovation in the changing healthcare climate.

    She added that Stratus will serve as a vehicle to keep health care local with the goal to improve outcomes, enhance the patient experience and increase efficiency as required by health care reform.

    “It’s about the right care, the right access at the right cost,” said Saunders. “Initially, the Stratus Healthcare work groups will explore primary care, emergency medicine, hospitalist and specialty care networks to include the development of clinical guidelines, telemedicine connections, transfer arrangements and the sharing of outcomes data. Work groups will examine collective purchasing, an integrated clinical network and shared business resources.”

    For more information, visit www.stratushealthcare.org or contact Megan Allen, Media Relations.

  • U.S. News Ranks The Medical Center of Central Georgia Nationally for Cardiology, Heart Surgery
    U.S. News Ranks The Medical Center of Central Georgia Nationally for Cardiology, Heart Surgery

    U.S. News Ranks The Medical Center of Central Georgia Nationally for Cardiology, Heart Surgery

    MCCG Performs Highly in 10 National Categories, Ranked Second Best Hospital in Georgia  

    WASHINGTON (Tuesday, July 16, 2013) - U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Hospitals rankings for 2013-2014. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. For the second consecutive year, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been recognized as one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation in the Cardiology and Heart Surgery category.

    MCCG was also listed as high-performing in the following 10 adult specialties: Cancer, Diabetes and Endocrinology, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Pulmonology and Urology.

    “Central Georgians should take pride in knowing the highest level of care is found right here at home. This recognition is a testament to the quality of care that we provide for our patients. We will continue to challenge our processes and foster continued performance improvement,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and MCCG.

    MCCG has been ranked the second highest ranking hospital in the state of Georgia and is recognized as one of the best hospitals on the coastal plain.

    “The Medical Center of Central Georgia continues to provide exceptional care among an exemplary set of hospitals. To be recognized in even one specialty is outstanding. To be recognized in 10 and nationally ranked in one is phenomenal,” said Dr. Fady Wanna, Chief Medical Officer of MCCG.

    U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties. The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.

    “A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of. Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just three percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor.

    View our announcement video here.

    The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.

    (In the attached photo: The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Albert Luce Heart Tower. MCCG was recently named one of the top hospitals in the U.S. for Cardiology and Heart Surgery.)

  • Peach County Emergency Center Closed for Six Hours
    Peach County Emergency Center Closed for Six Hours

    Peach County Emergency Center Closed for Six Hours

    Peach Regional Medical Center Closes Doors as Care Transitions to New Medical Center 

    MACON, GA (Monday, July 15, 2013) – A historic day that many in Peach County have awaited for almost a decade has finally arrived. On Tuesday, July 16, those at Peach Regional Medical Center will make the move to The Medical Center of Peach County, the area’s new hospital facility located at 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron.

    “This is an exciting time for our community and for everyone who supported Peach Regional’s goal of building a new hospital to provide state-of-the-art care for our area. We are thrilled that, after so many years of dedicated labor, this day has finally arrived,” said Nancy Peed, CEO of MCPC.

    The emergency room at Peach Regional Medical Center will close at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16. The emergency room at The Medical Center of Peach County will open at 12:00 p.m. that same day. Those in need of emergency care between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 are asked to call 911 or report to the nearest emergency center. 

    MCPC will offer the residents of Peach and surrounding counties access to a new, modern, 25-bed hospital complete with a larger emergency center and an operating room suite, expanded outpatient services and all-private rooms. This new facility will be operated through a partnership with CGHS.

  • Peach County Patients Move, Emergency Center Closed for Six Hours
    Peach County Patients Move, Emergency Center Closed for Six Hours

    Peach County Patients Move, Emergency Center Closed for Six Hours

    Peach Regional Medical Center Closes Doors as Patients Transition to New Medical Center 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, July 10, 2013) – A historic day that many in Peach County have awaited for almost a decade has finally arrived. On Tuesday, July 16, patients at Peach Regional Medical Center will make the move to The Medical Center of Peach County, the area’s new hospital facility located at 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron.

    “This is an exciting time for our community and for everyone who supported Peach Regional’s goal of building a new hospital to provide state-of-the-art care for our area. We are thrilled that, after so many years of dedicated labor, this day has finally arrived,” said Nancy Peed, CEO of MCPC.

    The emergency room at Peach Regional Medical Center will close at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 16. The emergency room at The Medical Center of Peach County will open at 12:00 p.m. that same day. Those in need of emergency care between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16 are asked to call 911 or report to the nearest emergency center. 

    MCPC will offer the residents of Peach and surrounding counties access to a new, modern, 25-bed hospital complete with a larger emergency center and an operating room suite, expanded outpatient services and all-private rooms. This new facility will be operated through a partnership with CGHS.

  • Central Georgia Breast Care Center Receives National Recognition
    Central Georgia Breast Care Center Receives National Recognition

    Central Georgia Breast Care Center Receives National Recognition

    Central Georgia Center Certified for Excellence

    MACON, GA (Monday, July 8, 2013) – The Central Georgia Breast Care Center (CGBCC) at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program (NQMBC).

    “This honor represents a commitment by Central Georgia Breast Care Center to provide the highest level of quality breast care to patients in our community. We are honored to be recognized for reaching this national level of excellence,” said Nancy White, Director of Oncology for MCCG.

    In today’s changing healthcare environment, breast centers across the nation are faced with providing quality care while keeping costs reasonable. A breast center’s staff must be familiar with existing standards of care while also learning of new advances in technology. Measuring and comparing quality performance is essential in assessing patient care and allocating resources when improvement is desired.

    “As the treatment of breast cancer has become more complex, there is a need for a more coordinated, multi-disciplinary approach to achieve a successful outcome. This recognition affirms our devotion to members of the central and south Georgia communities who are diagnosed with breast cancer and need access to the best care,” said Sheila Henderson, Manager of CGBCC.

    The American Cancer Society estimates that almost 300,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, and approximately 40,000 women in the U.S. will die from the disease in 2013. Early detection is key, and the treatment options provided by centers like CGBCC is essential to improve these statistics. For more information on CGBCC please visit www.cgbreastcarecenter.org.  

    The National Consortium of Breast Centers promotes excellence in breast healthcare for the general public and is proud to recognize CGBCC as a certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence. The NQMBC were developed by referencing the Health Care Advisory Board’s Clinical Quality Dash Board for breast centers published in 2004. The NQMBC reflect more than five years of work, which has culminated in the adoption of more than 33 National Quality Indicators. For more information regarding the NQMBC, please visit www.breastcare.org.

  • Fireworks Injure Almost 10,000 Last Year
    Fireworks Injure Almost 10,000 Last Year

    Fireworks Injure Almost 10,000 Last Year

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Offers Independence Day Safety Tips

    MACON, GA (Monday, July 1, 2013) – Last year, an estimated 9,600 people were treated in emergency rooms nationwide for injuries involving fireworks. The majority of these injuries – 65 percent – occurred in the few weeks before and after Independence Day. Children younger than age 15 accounted for approximately 26 percent of those injured.

    Fireworks, including sparklers and flares, can cause serious burns as well as blast injuries that can permanently impair vision and hearing. A physician from The Medical Center of Central Georgia is available to discuss ways that parents can protect their children from firework injuries this July, including:

    • Handling and using fireworks in strict accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and all warning labels.
    • Lighting fireworks only on smooth, flat surfaces, and aim them away from buildings, dry leaves, flammable materials and spectators.
    • Not trying to relight fireworks that malfunction.
    • Not modifying fireworks or using homemade fireworks.
    • Keeping a phone and a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher handy, and know first aid for burns.

    As with any activity involving hazardous equipment, adults should actively supervise all children when they are near fireworks.

    To schedule an interview, please contact The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

  • Skin Screenings, GACHIP Highlight Code Med Health Fair
    Skin Screenings, GACHIP Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    Skin Screenings, GACHIP Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    Over 50 Community Organizations to Attend 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, June 26, 2013) – Code Med, an annual health fair sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) provides a day of healthy learning and fun for the entire family. Breast exams, skin exams, AngioScreen® and the Georgia Child Identification Program (GACHIP) are planned for the event.

    The annual health fair is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy., across from Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State College).

    GACHIP gives families a measure of protection against the disappearance of a child and provides law enforcement with important tools to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of a child. A single photo, fingerprinting, short video interview and DNA sample (from a mouth swab) of the child are compiled to a CD and given to the parents.

    Breast and skin exams will be performed by appropriately trained and certified healthcare professionals, who will also provide education and training for self-examination. Appointments are required for these private exams. To schedule an appointment, please call 478-633-6336.

    AngioScreen ® is a service designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in this country, through an integrated and non-invasive cardiovascular screening program that takes 12 to 15 minutes. Screenings cost $50. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment.

    Free health screenings for adults and children, health and safety tips and demonstrations, exhibits and education from over 50 community organizations and agencies, giveaways, and photographs with MCCG’s affable mascot Medi Tedi are also featured.

    Free health screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat analysis, cholesterol and depression. PSA Screenings (for prostate cancer) will be available for men age 45 and older. Health topics covered are cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, stroke, living wills and more. Screenings are subject to change.

  • Protect Children from Heat Related Illnesses this Holiday Season
    Protect Children from Heat Related Illnesses this Holiday Season

    Protect Children from Heat Related Illnesses this Holiday Season

    Be aware of symptoms and preventative measures 

    MACON, GA (Monday, June 24, 2013) – As temperatures soar in central Georgia, it is important to remember that infants and children are at high risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Each summer, children fall victim to heat related illnesses that can be prevented with proper caution and care. As the Independence Day holiday approaches, parents should be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and how to prevent these potentially life threatening illnesses.

    • Heat exhaustion is an acute reaction to heat exposure. Signs include weakness, dizziness, nausea, headache and finally, collapse. The skin becomes cold and clammy while pupils dilate, and body temperature and blood pressure become lower.
    • Heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, a far more serious condition, if the body is unable to cool itself. The person may become confused and lethargic, the body ceases to sweat, body temperature will rise rapidly, and seizure may occur. Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition.

    A pediatrician from The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia is available to discuss ways that parents can safeguard their children from the heat related illnesses, including:

    • Remaining indoors during the hottest parts of the day, generally 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Remaining hydrated by consuming water and sports drinks that replace electrolytes.
    • Wearing proper clothing in the heat.
    • Not leaving children in car seats or unattended in hot cars, even for short periods of time.

    To schedule an interview, please contact The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

  • Skin Screenings, GACHIP Highlight Code Med Health Fair
    Skin Screenings, GACHIP Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    Skin Screenings, GACHIP Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    Over 50 Community Organizations to Attend 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, June 20, 2013) – Code Med, an annual health fair sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) provides a day of healthy learning and fun for the entire family. Breast exams, skin exams, AngioScreen® and the Georgia Child Identification Program (GACHIP) are planned for the event.

    The annual health fair is scheduled for Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy., across from Middle Georgia State College (formerly Macon State College).

    GACHIP gives families a measure of protection against the disappearance of a child and provides law enforcement with important tools to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of a child. A single photo, fingerprinting, short video interview and DNA sample (from a mouth swab) of the child are compiled to a CD and given to the parents.

    Breast and skin exams will be performed by appropriately trained and certified healthcare professionals, who will also provide education and training for self-examination. Appointments are required for these private exams. To schedule an appointment, please call 478-633-6336.

    AngioScreen ® is a service designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in this country, through an integrated and non-invasive cardiovascular screening program that takes 12 to 15 minutes. Screenings cost $50. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment.

    Free health screenings for adults and children, health and safety tips and demonstrations, exhibits and education from over 50 community organizations and agencies, giveaways, and photographs with MCCG’s affable mascot Medi Tedi are also featured.

    Free health screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat analysis, cholesterol and depression. PSA Screenings (for prostate cancer) will be available for men age 45 and older. Health topics covered are cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, stroke, living wills and more. Screenings are subject to change.

  • Peach County Celebrates New Hospital
    Peach County Celebrates New Hospital

    Peach County Celebrates New Hospital

    Event Scheduled for Opening of New Medical Center of Peach County 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, June 12, 2013) – The Peach County community is invited to a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for The Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC), 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron, on Thursday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m. After the ribbon cutting, attendees may tour their new hospital and enjoy refreshments catered by Lanes Southern Orchard in the dining room.

    “Peach Regional Medical Center has played a large role in this community for decades. We want to invite the community to take ownership of the new Medical Center of Peach County, its larger facility and its expanded services,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, CEO of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS).

    MCPC will offer the residents of Peach and surrounding counties access to a new, modern, 25-bed hospital complete with a larger emergency center and an operating room suite, expanded outpatient services and all-private rooms. This new facility will be operated through a partnership with CGHS.

    “We are delighted in all that the partnership between Central Georgia Health System and Peach Regional Medical Center has achieved – the promise of greater benefits to the citizens of this area through the coordination of a tertiary regional hospital and caring professionals at the local level,” said Elbert McQueen, Vice President of Regional Development for CGHS.

    “This is an exciting time for our community and for everyone who supported Peach Regional’s goal of building a new hospital to provide state-of-the-art care for our area. We are thrilled that our partnership with Central Georgia Health System has made this dream a reality,” said Nancy Peed, CEO of MCPC.

  • Two of Region's Leading Healthcare Providers Announce Partnership
    Two of Region's Leading Healthcare Providers Announce Partnership

    Two of Region's Leading Healthcare Providers Announce Partnership

    Alignment to Improve Quality, Safety, Education

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, June 11, 2013) – Houston Healthcare (HHC) and The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) are pleased to announce their agreement to create a strategic alignment that will benefit the central Georgia region. Both organizations will remain independent, but will collaborate in a formal affiliation that HHC and MCCG leaders believe will enhance the level of healthcare delivery in central Georgia.

    “This is a historic alignment of healthcare organizations that have served our communities for years. We look forward to a partnership that will continue to ensure excellent patient care for central Georgians,” said Sonny Watson, Chairman of the Houston Healthcare System Board of Trustees.

    The purpose of the partnership is three-fold.

    “The primary goal of this partnership is to improve the value of healthcare for patients, employers and payors. Houston Healthcare and The Medical Center of Central Georgia will provide the community with joint service focused on cost reduction, as well as increased training opportunities focused on quality and safety,” said Cary Martin, CEO of HHC.

    Recent changes in the healthcare industry have prompted strategic alignments, like the one between HHC and MCCG.

    “As the face of healthcare continues to change, strategic alignments with community partners will ensure the viability and longevity of two of our region’s chief healthcare providers,” said Ken Harper, Chairman of MCCG’s Board of Directors.

    MCCG President and CEO Dr. Ninfa Saunders, FACHE said both organizations came to the conclusion that they share a common culture dedicated to quality care and safety.

     

    “Each of our organizations is committed to quality patient care and patient safety. This alignment ensures that those in need of healthcare throughout the region receive the right access to care at the right time, using the right resources,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and MCCG.

    The two organizations are currently working to bring the initial service offerings of the collaboration to the market. The current development efforts are focused on increased excellence in patient care and medical education.

  • Peach County Bids Farewell to Old, Hello to New
    Peach County Bids Farewell to Old, Hello to New

    Peach County Bids Farewell to Old, Hello to New

    Events Scheduled for Opening of New Medical Center of Peach County 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, June 6, 2013) – Two events have been scheduled during the month of June to allow residents of Peach and surrounding counties to say goodbye to Peach Regional Medical Center (PRMC), and hello to the new Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC).

    A Farewell to PRMC will be held on Thursday, June 6 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Medical and hospital staff, along with friends of the hospital and members of the community, are invited to PRMC, 601 Bluebird Blvd. in Ft. Valley, to share their memories of PRMC and its contributions to the community. Refreshments will be served, and the event will end with a candlelight ceremony, singing and prayer.

    The community is also invited to a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for MCPC, 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron, on Thursday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m. After the ribbon cutting, attendees may tour their new hospital and enjoy refreshments catered by Lane Southern Orchards in the dining room.

    “Peach Regional Medical Center has played a large role in this community for decades. We want to take the time to honor the community’s memories of their hospital, and invite them to take ownership of the new Medical Center of Peach County, its larger facility and its expanded services,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, CEO of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS).

    MCPC will offer the residents of Peach and surrounding counties access to a new, modern, 25-bed hospital complete with a larger emergency center and an operating room suite, expanded outpatient services and all-private rooms. This new facility will be operated through a partnership with CGHS.

    “We are delighted in all that the partnership between Central Georgia Health System and Peach Regional Medical Center has achieved – the promise of greater benefits to the citizens of this area through the coordination of a tertiary regional hospital and caring professionals at the local level,” said Elbert McQueen, Vice President of Regional Development for CGHS.

    “This is an exciting time for our community and for everyone who supported Peach Regional’s goal of building a new hospital to provide state-of-the-art care for our area. We are thrilled that our partnership with Central Georgia Health System has made this dream a reality,” said Nancy Peed, CEO of MCPC.

  • Central Georgians Asked to Join National Bone Marrow Registry
    Central Georgians Asked to Join National Bone Marrow Registry

    Central Georgians Asked to Join National Bone Marrow Registry

    By Joining Registry, Genetically Matched Donors Could Save Lives

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, June 5, 2013) – The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), along with its community partners, invites central Georgians to save lives by joining the national bone marrow registry.

    Patients with leukemia, lymphoma, sickle cell and other blood-related diseases may be saved through a bone marrow transplant, but they must receive marrow from genetically matched donors. MCCG asks the community to register on Friday, June 14 at MCCG’s Ambulatory Surgery Center lobby, 1014 Forsyth Street in Macon. Those wishing to save a life may come between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m., or 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

    “Joining the registry is simple. Potential donors will learn about the two donation methods, sign a consent form, then give a cheek swab for DNA testing. Joining the registry takes less than an hour. The only requirement to join the registry is that you be between the ages of 18 and 44, in good health and willing to donate to any patient in need if you are a genetic match,” said Tommi Gill, Assistant Vice President of Women’s Services and The Children’s Hospital.

    There is no cost to donate, and potential donors may park for free in MCCG’s Yellow Deck. Refreshments will be served. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will visit the drive at 10:00 a.m. to proclaim June 14 Marrow Donor Day in Macon.

    The Children’s Hospital at MCCG has partnered with the Cancer Life Center at MCCG, Jay’s Hope Foundation, Community Healthworks, the Tubman African-American Museum, Mercer University, the College Hill Alliance and 13WMAZ to increase the number of potential bone marrow donors through this drive.

  • 2013 Celebration of Life Art Exhibit Benefits Local Artists, Those Affected by Cancer
    2013 Celebration of Life Art Exhibit Benefits Local Artists, Those Affected by Cancer

    2013 Celebration of Life Art Exhibit Benefits Local Artists, Those Affected by Cancer

    Community Invited to Submit Works for June Exhibit

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, May 15, 2013) – The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) cordially invites the community to submit artwork for display in an exhibit dedicated to those who have been touched by cancer.

    “The 2013 Celebration of Life Art Exhibit will demonstrate the curative forces of creativity and celebrate the courage of all those whose lives have been touched in some way by this disease. The exhibit serves as a visible way to honor those who have experienced cancer,” said Nancy White, RN, Director of Oncology Services at MCCG.

    The 2013 Celebration of Life Art Exhibit will be displayed at the Middle Georgia Art Association Gallery, 2330 Ingleside Avenue in Macon. Artists of all ages and skill levels wishing to express how their lives have been affected by cancer are welcome to participate. Submissions may be individual or collaborative, and the exhibit is open to all forms of art, ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and pottery, from knitting and quilting to writing and poetry. 

    For complete details and to register, visit www.cancerlifecenter.org by Friday, May 31. Each artist may submit up to two entries, and there is no entry fee. Pieces will be displayed from June 7 until June 28.

    An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, June 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Participants may register for the reception at www.cancerlifecenter.org or by calling (478) 633.4733.

    “This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents. In addition, provisions will be made for artists to sell their work. No commission will be charged, but artists may wish to make a donation to the Cancer Life Center’s Art Therapy Fund for the Infusion Center,” said White.

    Patient receiving chemotherapy at MCCG’s Infusion Center may participate in the Artist-In-Residence Program, a therapy program that helps cancer patients with the stress of diagnosis, treatment or recovery through artistic expression. Any patient receiving chemotherapy at the Infusion Center is eligible to participate in the program, and Artist-In-Residence Mary Parks instruct patients as they receive chemotherapy.. Participants in the program agree that the art lessons are therapeutic, and Infusion Center staff have noted that the classes lower patients’ blood pressure.

  • Peach County Bids Farewell to Old, Hello to New
    Peach County Bids Farewell to Old, Hello to New

    Peach County Bids Farewell to Old, Hello to New

    Events Scheduled for Opening of New Medical Center of Peach County 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, May 30, 2013) – Two events have been scheduled during the month of June to allow residents of Peach and surrounding counties to say goodbye to Peach Regional Medical Center (PRMC), and hello to the new Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC).

    A Farewell to PRMC will be held on Thursday, June 6 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Medical and hospital staff, along with friends of the hospital and members of the community, are invited to PRMC, 601 Bluebird Blvd. in Ft. Valley, to share their memories of PRMC and its contributions to the community. Refreshments will be served, and the event will end with a candlelight ceremony, singing and prayer.

    The community is also invited to a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for MCPC, 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron, on Thursday, June 13 at 9:00 a.m. After the ribbon cutting, attendees may tour their new hospital and enjoy refreshments catered by Lane Southern Orchards in the dining room.

    “Peach Regional Medical Center has played a large role in this community for decades. We want to take the time to honor the community’s memories of their hospital, and invite them to take ownership of the new Medical Center of Peach County, its larger facility and its expanded services,” said Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, CEO of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS).

    MCPC will offer the residents of Peach and surrounding counties access to a new, modern, 25-bed hospital complete with a larger emergency center and an operating room suite, expanded outpatient services and all-private rooms. This new facility will be operated through a partnership with CGHS.

    “We are delighted in all that the partnership between Central Georgia Health System and Peach Regional Medical Center has achieved – the promise of greater benefits to the citizens of this area through the coordination of a tertiary regional hospital and caring professionals at the local level,” said Elbert McQueen, Vice President of Regional Development for CGHS.

    “This is an exciting time for our community and for everyone who supported Peach Regional’s goal of building a new hospital to provide state-of-the-art care for our area. We are thrilled that our partnership with Central Georgia Health System has made this dream a reality,” said Nancy Peed, CEO of MCPC.

  • City of Byron Receives Grant to Benefit Medical Center of Peach County
    City of Byron Receives Grant to Benefit Medical Center of Peach County

    City of Byron Receives Grant to Benefit Medical Center of Peach County

    MCPC to Create Over 100 Additional Jobs with Funding 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, May 22, 2013) – The City of Byron has been awarded a $374,377.00 grant from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to benefit The Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC). The grant, taken from the Employment Incentive Program under the Community Development Block Grant Program for Non-Entitlement Communities, will be used to assist with public roadway and sanitary sewer system improvements to benefit Peach County’s new hospital.

    “I am very appreciative that the Department of Community Affairs recognized the importance of the new Peach County hospital and awarded this grant. This award will keep the construction on schedule and I look forward to the grand opening of this new facility this summer. MCPC CEO Nancy Peed and the Byron City Council are to be commended on their hard work for receiving this grant,” said state Rep. Robert L. Dickey, III.

    State Rep. Patty Bentley echoed his words, saying, “I appreciate the hard work that everyone has put into this project and I look forward to touring the new facility. I am excited that the Medical Center of Peach County has received this grant award because these funds are needed for infrastructure development.”

    Specifically, funds from the grant will be used to make the following proposed improvements at MCPC’s facility, located at 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron:

    • A deceleration lane and left-hand turn lane will be added to Highway 247 Connector to improve access to MCPC.
    • A new sanitary sewer line is proposed to extend west, parallel to Highway 247 Connector, to serve MCPC.

    “This grant has made a large impact on the new hospital by providing the funding for much of the needed roadway and sewer line infrastructure at the construction site. For this, we are very grateful,” said Martin Moseley, Vice Chairman of the Peach County Board of Commissioners.

    The proposed public road and drainage improvements will allow MCPC to invest more than $27 million, including $2 million of Peach County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds, in the new hospital facility and new equipment. This investment will foster the creation of an additional 132 new fulltime jobs at MCPC within the next two years. Of the new positions, approximately 51 percent will be made available to workers of low and moderate incomes.

    “The City of Byron is very excited about the new hospital, the creation of over 100 fulltime jobs, and the economic impact this will have on our community. We thank the Department of Community Affairs for their involvement and assistance,” said Larry Collins, Mayor of the City of Byron.

    Robert D. Smith of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission said, “The new Medical Center will be a great economic boon to not only Byron and Peach County, but to the entirety of Middle Georgia.”

    MCPC, operated through a partnership with Central Georgia Health System, will offer the residents of Peach and surrounding counties access to a new, state-of-the-art 25-bed hospital complete with a larger emergency center and an operating room suite, expanded outpatient services and all-private rooms. The facility is scheduled to open this July.

    “The citizens of Peach and the surrounding counties are very fortunate to have a brand new hospital in our community.  On their behalf, I’d like to personally thank Mayor Collins and the Peach County Board of Commissioners for their leadership in making this grant possible,” said Nancy Peed, Chief Executive Officer of MCPC.

  • 2013 Celebration of Life Art Exhibit Benefits Local Artists, Those Affected by Cancer
    2013 Celebration of Life Art Exhibit Benefits Local Artists, Those Affected by Cancer

    2013 Celebration of Life Art Exhibit Benefits Local Artists, Those Affected by Cancer

    Community Invited to Submit Works for June Exhibit 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, May 15, 2013) – The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) cordially invites the community to submit artwork for display in an exhibit dedicated to those who have been touched by cancer.

    “The 2013 Celebration of Life Art Exhibit will demonstrate the curative forces of creativity and celebrate the courage of all those whose lives have been touched in some way by this disease. The exhibit serves as a visible way to honor those who have experienced cancer,” said Nancy White, RN, Director of Oncology Services at MCCG.

    The 2013 Celebration of Life Art Exhibit will be displayed at the Middle Georgia Art Association Gallery, 2330 Ingleside Avenue in Macon. Artists of all ages and skill levels wishing to express how their lives have been affected by cancer are welcome to participate. Submissions may be individual or collaborative, and the exhibit is open to all forms of art, ranging from painting and photography to sculpture and pottery, from knitting and quilting to writing and poetry. 

    For complete details and to register, visit www.cancerlifecenter.org by Friday, May 31. Each artist may submit up to two entries, and there is no entry fee. Pieces will be displayed from June 7 until June 28.

    An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Friday, June 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Participants may register for the reception at www.cancerlifecenter.org or by calling (478) 633.4733.

    “This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity for local artists to showcase their talents. In addition, provisions will be made for artists to sell their work. No commission will be charged, but artists may wish to make a donation to the Cancer Life Center’s Art Therapy Fund for the Infusion Center,” said White.

    Patient receiving chemotherapy at MCCG’s Infusion Center may participate in the Artist-In-Residence Program, a therapy program that helps cancer patients with the stress of diagnosis, treatment or recovery through artistic expression. Any patient receiving chemotherapy at the Infusion Center is eligible to participate in the program, and Artist-In-Residence Mary Parks instruct patients as they receive chemotherapy.. Participants in the program agree that the art lessons are therapeutic, and Infusion Center staff have noted that the classes lower patients’ blood pressure.

  • MCCG Awarded for Organ Donation and Transplantation
    MCCG Awarded for Organ Donation and Transplantation

    MCCG Awarded for Organ Donation and Transplantation

    Hospital Honored for Increasing National Donation Rate 

    MACON, GA (Friday, May 10, 2013) –The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) with the Bronze Medal of Honor for Organ Donation for top tier organ donation rates.

    Representatives of LifeLink of Georgia presented the staff of MCCG’s Center for Palliative Care with the award that recognizes their dedication to continuing the lives of others by successfully increasing the number of organs available for transplant. The staff at MCCG received the award for achieving and sustaining national goals for donation, including a donation rate of 75 percent or more for eligible donors during the time period of April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2012.

    “We are pleased that our organization has received this accolade for their tireless efforts. They are fighting for a good cause, the continuum of life. They are helping to perpetuate the cycle of life. It’s just a beautiful thing, and we are very proud of their accomplishment,” said Tracey Blalock, Interim Chief Nursing Officer at MCCG.

    According to LifeLink of Georgia, 116,995 people in the U.S. were awaiting various organ transplants – including kidney, liver, pancreas, intestine, heart and lung transplants – as of January 2013. Of that number, over 3,500 Georgians were awaiting an organ transplant. Through the efforts of healthcare workers like those at MCCG, approximately 28,000 transplants were performed in both 2010 and 2011, with approximately 14,000 people donating organs in each of those years.

    In addition to MCCG, 404 other hospitals, 38 organ procurement organizations and 174 transplant programs nationwide were also awarded.

    “I applaud these award winners for bringing the ‘gift of life’ to so many. Their tireless efforts to make improvements in the donation and transplantation field will continue to help save lives,” said HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard K. Koh, M.D., M.P.H.

  • MCCG Kicks Off Series of Events to Address Womens Health
    MCCG Kicks Off Series of Events to Address Womens Health

    MCCG Kicks Off Series of Events to Address Women’s Health

    “Passport to Good Health” Events Commence with Women’s Health Fair 

    MACON, GA (Monday, May 6, 2013) – Women’s Services and The Family Birth Center, services of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), invite the women of central Georgia to participate in a series of events to increase personal wellness.

    MCCG will host the kickoff event, the 2013 Women’s Health & Maternity Fair, on Saturday, May 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at MCCG’s Peyton Anderson Health Education Center, 877 Hemlock Street in Macon. This free event is open to the public.

    In addition to health screenings, seminars on “Developing Birth Plans and Birthing Options” and “GYN Surgery Options,” as well as laughter yoga and healthy food demonstrations will be held during the health fair. Trained staff members will be onsite to check car seats for proper installation and safety.

    The Women’s Health & Maternity Fair is the first in a new series of events MCCG will offer to promote women’s health. “Passport to Good Health” lunch and learn events will be held throughout the year, and will address issues such as tension and stress relief, breast health and weight. Events are currently scheduled for August, October and January 2014.

    “I am pleased to announce this series of events. Women, for the most part, are the CEO’s of their households. By emphasizing healthcare for women, we are ensuring the wellbeing of the entire family,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, FACHE, President and CEO of Central Georgia Health System.

    To further assist women, MCCG has added a Personal Health Record document on its website. This document, along with MCCG’s IQ Health program, will allow both women and men to take control of their health and their healthcare.

  • Race Toward a Brighter Future with MCPC
    Race Toward a Brighter Future with MCPC

    Race Toward a Brighter Future with MCPC

    Peach Road Race to Benefit New Peach County Hospital 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, May 8, 2013) – The Medical Center of Peach County (MCPC) invites the community to participate in the Peach Road Race as Peach residents “Race Toward a Brighter Future” on Saturday, May 18. 

    This year, participants will race 12.5 kilometers from Peach Regional Medical Center, 601 Bluebird Blvd. in Ft. Valley, to the newly constructed MCPC, located at 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron. Transportation back to the starting line will be provided. Funds raised from this inaugural event will benefit the MCPC capital campaign.

    “We invite runners and walkers from across Georgia and the Southeast to participate in this beautiful run through Peach County. This event symbolizes the relocation of Peach County’s only hospital, and we invite residents to support their new hospital by ‘Racing Toward A Brighter Future’,” said Nancy Peed, CEO of MCPC.

    The 12.5k race will begin at PRMC at 7:30 a.m., while a one mile stroll will begin at MCPC at 8:00 a.m. All participants will receive a medal. To register for this event, please visit www.peachregional.org. The Peach County Sheriff’s Department will provide details on road closures.

    The Peach Road Race is the first in a series of events that will celebrate the grand opening of MCPC, scheduled to begin serving patients in July 2013.

  • Completion of Road Improvement Project Celebrated
    Completion of Road Improvement Project Celebrated

    Completion of Road Improvement Project Celebrated

    The City of Macon and the Medical Center of Central Georgia will celebrate the completion of the New & Pine Streets Improvement Project with a ceremonial ribbon cutting on Tuesday, May 7, at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the intersection of New and Pine Streets in the Medical Center’s Emergency Center turnaround.* Featured guests and speakers at the event will include Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, Medical Center of Central Georgia Dr. Ninfa Saunders, Macon City Council Public Properties Chair Rick Hutto, SPLOST Advisory Committee Chair Dan Slagle, and other officials.

    This improvement project improved the roads, sidewalks, and traffic flow along Pine Street between Spring and First Streets and New Street from Pine Street to Plum Street Lane. Before the project, the road and sidewalks were in terrible shape, including broken pavement and sidewalks, a lack of handicapped ramps in some areas, and inadequate handicapped ramps in others. It now features:

    • New sidewalks throughout the project area with ADA handicapped ramps;
    • A median planted with trees;
    • Designated loading zones located against the curb;
    • Crosswalks and a pedestrian-friendly concrete improvement in the intersection of New and Pine Streets; and
    • Trees on the street instead of on-street parking.

    The total cost of the project will be $1,035,000, and funding comes from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax ($160,000), the MCCG ($175,000), and GDOT’s Transportation Enhancement program ($700,000).

  • Get On Your Feet and Leave Your Desk
    Get On Your Feet and Leave Your Desk

    Get On Your Feet and Leave Your Desk

    Celebrate National Walk @ Lunch Day with MCCG and The Wellness Center

    MACON, GA (Monday, April 22, 2013) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and The Wellness Center (TWC) encourage the community to take a walk on Wednesday, April 24, National Walk @ Lunch Day.

    Join MCCG (777 Hemlock Street) or TWC (3797 Northside Drive, Macon) on Wednesday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m. to participate in a walk. The length of the walk is up to the participant – a walk for 30 minutes is encouraged, but participants may walk as long as they desire.

    “National Walk @ Lunch Day is designed to complement, not compete with, busy lifestyles. We encourage our employees and those throughout the community to use this day to begin a new walking routine that will improve health, step by step,” said Lisa Seneker, Group Fitness Coordinator for TWC.

    This national celebration was created to improve personal health and decrease the costs of healthcare for employers. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates the cost to treat illnesses cause by inactive lifestyles is nearly $1,000 per year for each American family.

    “Thirty minutes of moderate physical activity, like a brisk walk, at least five times a week has significant health benefits including lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and type II diabetes. Activity also improves the health of muscles, bones and joints,” said Seneker.

    Employees at MCCG are currently participating in the 13-week Weigh Down program, designed by TWC staff to encourage active lifestyles and improve health. Employees participating in the program are encouraged to improve nutrition and increase physical activity.

  • CGHS Wins Grant from LIVESTRONG Foundation
    CGHS Wins Grant from LIVESTRONG Foundation

    CGHS Wins Grant from LIVESTRONG Foundation

    Community’s Votes Will Assist Cancer Patients 

    MACON, GA (Monday, April 22, 2013) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) is pleased to announce that the Cancer Well-Fit program at The Wellness Center has received a $15,000 grant from the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project.

    The Wellness Center received enough community votes to become one of 15 programs nationwide to receive the grant. The grant will allow CGHS to expand its Artist-In-Residence Program from The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Infusion Center to The Wellness Center’s Cancer Well-Fit program.

    The Artist-in-Residence program offers people living with cancer the opportunity to connect with others through the arts, which can reduce anxiety, allay fears, combat isolation and boredom and most importantly, help people who are often viewed as representatives of their disease, rather than the unique individuals they are. The Cancer Well-Fit Program, a 12-week oncology recovery program that uses a holistic approach, is free to any community member diagnosed with cancer.

    “We are thrilled and honored to be one of 15 programs nationwide to implement and expand this program. Without the support of our community, this would not have been possible. We look forward to continuing to use the arts to help those in central Georgia affected by cancer,” said Sandra Stone, Cancer Well-Fit Coordinator at The Wellness Center.

    The LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project endorses an online voting approach to demonstrate broad community support and engagement, and offers $1.2 million in funding to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S. For a complete list of grant recipients, please visit http://vote.livestrong.org/?utm_source=cip-house4&utm_medium=email&utm_content=1.3&utm_campaign=cip.

  • Macram Ayoub Honored for Life's Work at The Medical Center of Central Georgia
    Macram Ayoub Honored for Life's Work at The Medical Center of Central Georgia

    Macram Ayoub Honored for Life’s Work at The Medical Center of Central Georgia

    Dinner, Symposium Mark Physician’s Contributions to Surgery, Medicine 

    MACON, GA (Monday, April 15, 2013) – The Department of Surgery at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has planned a celebration to honor the work of Dr. Macram Ayoub, Professor of Surgery at the Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) and longtime attending surgeon with the Medical Education Department at MCCG.The occasion will be marked with a formal dinner on Wednesday, April 17 at Idle Hour Country Club and a symposium on Thursday, April 18 in MCCG’s Eversole Auditorium.

    The symposium will feature MCCG’s graduating chief residents, as well as MCCG faculty and friends. Featured speakers at the event include MCCG alumni T. Clark Gamblin, associate professor and chief of surgical oncology at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee; Paul S. Dale, professor and chief of surgical oncology at the University of Missouri at Columbia; and Bradley Dennis, the Gavin Family fellow in surgical critical care at Vanderbilt University. The symposium is a free event and opens to the public.

    Participants in the symposium, along with other interested persons, are invited to contribute mementos to a festschrift honoring Dr. Ayoub and his contributions to medicine. Those wishing to attend the dinner honoring Dr. Ayoub

    “Dr. Ayoub has practiced medicine at MCCG since his residency. Now in practice more than 30 years, he has trained generations of surgeons. He is a respected member of the medical community and it is fitting that we honor his accomplishments,” said Dr. Don Nakayama, Milford B. Hatcher Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at MUSM and the Program Director of the Residency in Surgery at MCCG.

    A native of Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Ayoub received his medical degree from Kasr-El-Ani Medical School in Cairo and his Diploma of Surgery from Cairo University in 1965. After practicing in Egypt and the United Kingdom, he joined MCCG in 1978. He completed his surgical training at MCCG in 1980 and accepted a position on the full-time faculty of the Department of Surgery at MCCG. In 1984, Dr. Ayoub was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the MUSM and in 1995, he was promoted to Professor of Surgery.

    Dr. Ayoub has pursued a vigorous academic career, both at MCCG and MUSM. He has been elected the Attending Physician of the Year by the graduating class of MUSM on nine occasions and in 2001, he was honored when the MUSM graduating class chose him to “hood” the graduates.

    A past president of the Macon Surgical Society, Dr. Ayoub is certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He has been a fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1985 and a member of the American Medical Association, the Georgia Surgical Society, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and The Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is a member of the Medical Executive Committee, the group charged with setting medical standards and policy, for MCCG.

  • Macram Ayoub Honored for Lifes Work at The Medical Center of Central Georgia
    Macram Ayoub Honored for Lifes Work at The Medical Center of Central Georgia

    Macram Ayoub Honored for Life’s Work at The Medical Center of Central Georgia

    Dinner, Symposium Mark Physician’s Contributions to Surgery, Medicine 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, April 4, 2013) – The Department of Surgery at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has planned a celebration to honor the work of Dr. Macram Ayoub, Professor of Surgery at the Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) and longtime attending surgeon with the Medical Education Department at MCCG.The occasion will be marked with a formal dinner on Wednesday, April 17 at Idle Hour Country Club and a symposium on Thursday, April 18 in MCCG’s Eversole Auditorium.

    The symposium will feature MCCG’s graduating chief residents, as well as MCCG faculty and friends. Featured speakers at the event include MCCG alumni T. Clark Gamblin, associate professor and chief of surgical oncology at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee; Paul S. Dale, professor and chief of surgical oncology at the University of Missouri at Columbia; and Bradley Dennis, the Gavin Family fellow in surgical critical care at Vanderbilt University. The symposium is a free event and opens to the public.

    Participants in the symposium, along with other interested persons, are invited to contribute mementos to a festschrift honoring Dr. Ayoub and his contributions to medicine. Those wishing to attend the dinner honoring Dr. Ayoub

    “Dr. Ayoub has practiced medicine at MCCG since his residency. Now in practice more than 30 years, he has trained generations of surgeons. He is a respected member of the medical community and it is fitting that we honor his accomplishments,” said Dr. Don Nakayama, Milford B. Hatcher Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at MUSM and the Program Director of the Residency in Surgery at MCCG.

    A native of Cairo, Egypt, Dr. Ayoub received his medical degree from Kasr-El-Ani Medical School in Cairo and his Diploma of Surgery from Cairo University in 1965. After practicing in Egypt and the United Kingdom, he joined MCCG in 1978. He completed his surgical training at MCCG in 1980 and accepted a position on the full-time faculty of the Department of Surgery at MCCG. In 1984, Dr. Ayoub was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the MUSM and in 1995, he was promoted to Professor of Surgery.

    Dr. Ayoub has pursued a vigorous academic career, both at MCCG and MUSM. He has been elected the Attending Physician of the Year by the graduating class of MUSM on nine occasions and in 2001, he was honored when the MUSM graduating class chose him to “hood” the graduates.

    A past president of the Macon Surgical Society, Dr. Ayoub is certified in General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He has been a fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 1985 and a member of the American Medical Association, the Georgia Surgical Society, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and The Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is a member of the Medical Executive Committee, the group charged with setting medical standards and policy, for MCCG.

  • Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
    Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

    Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

    Symposium Promoting End of Abuse, Neglect Scheduled for Wednesday April 3

     

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, April 3, 2013) – In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Crescent House, a service of The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), will encourage discussion of this important issue through a Child Abuse Prevention Symposium.

    The symposium, which is free to the public, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at MCCG’s Peyton Anderson Health Education Center, located at 877 Hemlock Street in Macon. April is a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of local children and families. Those wishing to attend are asked to register at www.crescenthousemacon.org. 

    Several noteworthy events will take place at the symposium. A convocation will be held to renew the Bibb County Child Abuse Protocol at 12:00 p.m. in the Eversole Auditorium.  The Protocol is a commitment by the Crescent House, The Children’s Hospital, the City of Macon, the Bibb County Board of Education, the Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services, the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office, the Exchange Club of Macon and local law enforcement, public safety and healthcare organizations to end child abuse. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will announce the city’s commitment to support children and families by ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect through continued partnerships with MCCG and other social service agencies.

    David Cooke, District Attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address, “New Lies about Abusive Head Trauma.” Cooke, a frequent lecturer on crimes against women and children, served as the Chief of the Special Victims Unit of the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for four years and served as an Assistant United States Attorney, specializing in prosecuting Internet crimes against children. In 2011, Cooke was appointed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s task force on prosecuting the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

    Other topics of discussion that will be explored throughout the day include the prosecution of child exploitation crimes, the psychological effects of sexual abuse, stewards of children training, the multidisciplinary team process and a review of fatalities and child deaths.

    The symposium is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Macon and the Crescent House. The Crescent House is a children’s advocacy center designed to meet the needs of children who have made allegations of being abused. The Crescent House is not a shelter but a facility supplied with state-of-the-art equipment that enables specially trained professionals to conduct effective, consistent, non-threatening interviews and examinations of children who have made these allegations. It is a “one-stop shop,” utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to the investigation, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The Crescent House is proud to staff the only forensic pediatrician in the region, Dr. Yameika Head, who treats these children and works with the multidisciplinary team to ensure an accurate evaluation of the allegations.

  • Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
    Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

    Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

    Symposium Promoting End of Abuse, Neglect Scheduled for Wednesday April 3

     

    MACON, GA (Monday, April 1, 2013) – In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Crescent House, a service of The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), will encourage discussion of this important issue through a Child Abuse Prevention Symposium.

    The symposium, which is free to the public, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at MCCG’s Peyton Anderson Health Education Center, located at 877 Hemlock Street in Macon. April is a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of local children and families. Those wishing to attend are asked to register at www.crescenthousemacon.org. 

    Several noteworthy events will take place at the symposium. A convocation will be held to renew the Bibb County Child Abuse Protocol at 12:00 p.m. in the Eversole Auditorium.  The Protocol is a commitment by the Crescent House, The Children’s Hospital, the City of Macon, the Bibb County Board of Education, the Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services, the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office, the Exchange Club of Macon and local law enforcement, public safety and healthcare organizations to end child abuse. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will announce the city’s commitment to support children and families by ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect through continued partnerships with MCCG and other social service agencies.

    David Cooke, District Attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address, “New Lies about Abusive Head Trauma.” Cooke, a frequent lecturer on crimes against women and children, served as the Chief of the Special Victims Unit of the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for four years and served as an Assistant United States Attorney, specializing in prosecuting Internet crimes against children. In 2011, Cooke was appointed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s task force on prosecuting the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

    Other topics of discussion that will be explored throughout the day include the prosecution of child exploitation crimes, the psychological effects of sexual abuse, stewards of children training, the multidisciplinary team process and a review of fatalities and child deaths.

    The symposium is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Macon and the Crescent House. The Crescent House is a children’s advocacy center designed to meet the needs of children who have made allegations of being abused. The Crescent House is not a shelter but a facility supplied with state-of-the-art equipment that enables specially trained professionals to conduct effective, consistent, non-threatening interviews and examinations of children who have made these allegations. It is a “one-stop shop,” utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to the investigation, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The Crescent House is proud to staff the only forensic pediatrician in the region, Dr. Yameika Head, who treats these children and works with the multidisciplinary team to ensure an accurate evaluation of the allegations.

  • Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
    Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

    Community Partners Work Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention

    Symposium Promoting End of Abuse, Neglect Scheduled for Wednesday April 3 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, March 28, 2013) – In recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Crescent House, a service of The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), will encourage discussion of this important issue through a Child Abuse Prevention Symposium.

    The symposium, which is free to the public, is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at MCCG’s Peyton Anderson Health Education Center, located at 877 Hemlock Street in Macon. April is a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of local children and families. Those wishing to attend are asked to register at www.crescenthousemacon.org. 

    Several noteworthy events will take place at the symposium. A convocation will be held to renew the Bibb County Child Abuse Protocol at 12:45 pm in the Eversole Auditorium.  The Protocol is a commitment by the Crescent House, The Children’s Hospital, the City of Macon, the Bibb County Board of Education, the Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services, the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office, the Exchange Club of Macon and local law enforcement, public safety and healthcare organizations to end child abuse. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will announce the city’s commitment to support children and families by ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect through continued partnerships with MCCG and other social service agencies.

    David Cooke, District Attorney for the Macon Judicial Circuit, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address, “New Lies about Abusive Head Trauma.” Cooke, a frequent lecturer on crimes against women and children, served as the Chief of the Special Victims Unit of the Houston County District Attorney’s Office for four years and served as an Assistant United States Attorney, specializing in prosecuting Internet crimes against children. In 2011, Cooke was appointed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s task force on prosecuting the commercial sexual exploitation of children.

    Other topics of discussion that will be explored throughout the day include the prosecution of child exploitation crimes, the psychological effects of sexual abuse, stewards of children training, the multidisciplinary team process and a review of fatalities and child deaths.

    The symposium is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Macon and the Crescent House. The Crescent House is a children’s advocacy center designed to meet the needs of children who have made allegations of being abused. The Crescent House is not a shelter but a facility supplied with state-of-the-art equipment that enables specially trained professionals to conduct effective, consistent, non-threatening interviews and examinations of children who have made these allegations. It is a “one-stop shop,” utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to the investigation, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The Crescent House is proud to staff the only forensic pediatrician in the region, Dr. Yameika Head, who treats these children and works with the multidisciplinary team to ensure an accurate evaluation of the allegations.

  • Central Georgia Health System Improves Care for Nonverbal Patients
    Central Georgia Health System Improves Care for Nonverbal Patients

    Central Georgia Health System Improves Care for Nonverbal Patients

    Partnership with DynaVox Assists Those Unable to Communicate due to Stroke, Trauma 

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, March 26, 2013) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) has partnered with DynaVox, a leader in speech-generated device (SGD) technology solutions, to assist patients who are unable to communicate due to stroke, trauma or other conditions.

    “As a leading healthcare provider in the region, CGHS believes in working with patients to ensure positive outcomes in their care. A big hurdle occurs when a patient’s medical condition impacts their ability to speak or write, and the patient cannot actively direct their care. To overcome this hurdle, our therapist teams have partnered with DynaVox to assist non-verbal patients,” said Elbert McQueen, Vice President of Central Georgia Health System Post Acute Services and Regional Development, and CEO Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital.

    Patients receiving therapeutic care at Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Outpatient Rehabilitation Services and Central Georgia Home Health who cannot functionally communicate in their day-to-day lives will receive an assessment of their communication needs with a trained speech language pathologist. CGHS’ speech language pathologists have received specialized training on the SGD’s provided by DynaVox and are equipped to find the best solutions to help patients reach communication goals and increase their independence and quality of life through communication and self-expression.

  • MCCG Selected for Baby-Friendly Initiative Project
    MCCG Selected for Baby-Friendly Initiative Project

    MCCG Selected for Baby-Friendly Initiative Project

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Seeks 5-STAR Designation 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, March 20, 2013) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce that it has been chosen to participate in Georgia’s Baby-Friendly 5-STAR Initiative Project, sponsored by the Georgia SHAPE Initiative in partnership with the Georgia Department of Health (DPH).

    Baby-Friendly Hospitals® promote and support breastfeeding through supportive policies and practices, staff education and post-discharge community referrals. To achieve 5-STAR designation, MCCG must implement maternity care practices known as The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. One star will be awarded to MCCG for every two steps implemented.

    The 5-STAR Initiative Project is funded by a grant from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and will provide training, technical assistance and financial support to MCCG and other hospitals throughout the state that are already making significant progress toward promoting successful breastfeeding. Through the project, MCCG will become part of a collaborative network of nine hospital teams working together to achieve Baby-Friendly® designation.

    MCCG is already on its way to achieving this coveted designation. By hosting monthly breastfeeding classes through the Beginnings program, a service of The Family Birth Center at MCCG, employed lactation consultants seek to help the community better understand the benefits of breastfeeding for both infants and families. In the upcoming months, MCCG will assess the educational needs of staff and the need for designated breast feeding rooms in the hospital.

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, human breast milk is preferred for all infants, including those who are sick or premature. Evidence suggests that babies who are breastfed exclusively for six months are less likely to develop ear infections, stomach viruses, respiratory illnesses and meningitis. Breastfed babies are also less likely to develop illnesses later in life, including high cholesterol, allergies, diabetes, childhood cancers and childhood obesity.

    According to the DPH, Georgia currently ranks 43rd in the U.S. for breastfeeding care delivered in maternity facilities. The DPH seeks to increase breastfeeding rates in order to reduce the childhood obesity rate. One in five children in Georgia is classified as obese.

  • MCCG First in Georgia to Offer Outpatient Robotic Procedures
    MCCG First in Georgia to Offer Outpatient Robotic Procedures

    MCCG First in Georgia to Offer Outpatient Robotic Procedures

    Addition of Second daVinci® Robot Provides Superior Care to More Patients   

    MACON, GA (Monday, March 18, 2013) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has purchased a second daVinci® robot for its Ambulatory Surgery Center, allowing the hospital that has lead the region in robotic assisted surgeries to offer the service to even more patients.

    MCCG becomes the first hospital in the state to offer robotic surgical procedures on an outpatient basis. Outpatient robotic procedures are available to children and adults.

    “The addition of a second robot in MCCG’s Ambulatory Surgery Center allows operations to be performed in the best possible setting to allow the patient a speedy recovery. Patients receiving operations such as hysterectomies and gall bladder removal will benefit from MCCG’s additional robot bybeing able to return to their homes for recovery,” said Betty Casey, MSN RN, Assistant Vice President of Surgical Services at MCCG.

    As the region’s leader in procedures performed with thedaVinci® robotic surgery system, MCCG chose to add its second robot due to the volume of patients in need of the service.

    “The Medical Center of Central Georgia has had a large volume of cases that could be performed with robotics, and these cases spread across many specialties. The volume has left patients waiting for a period of time to receive their much needed surgeries. The addition of a second daVinci® robot has created a shorter period of time from diagnosis to surgical procedure, thus allowing patients a quicker return to health,” said Casey.

    The daVinci® robotic surgery system assists surgeons as they perform minimally invasive surgeries. MCCG was the first hospital in Central Georgia to acquire the daVinci® technology in 2007, and since that time the robotic system has assisted urologists, gynecologists, cardiologists, general surgeons, and most recently, pediatric surgeons.

    The addition of daVinci® Si  in 2012 allowed surgeons to remove the gall bladder through a single incisions in the navel approximately one inch in size, leaving no visible scar and permitting a faster recover time. The first outpatient robotic procedure performed at MCCG was a single site gallbladder removal. This is the first step toward implementing single-site robotic techniques in other procedures that currently require multiple or large incisions.

    Patients benefit from the less invasive surgery method provided by the daVinci® robotic surgery system in several ways. By choosing to use daVinci®, the patient may experience less pain, less blood loss, fewer stitches, less  need for narcotics, faster recovery time and a quicker return to normal activities. An outpatient surgical setting is particularly conducive to permitting a faster recovery and a quicker return to normal activities.

    The daVinci® robotic surgery system is changing the surgical experience for Central Georgians who choose MCCG. State-of-the-art technology is one of the ways MCCG is striving for superior outcomes for all patients, both young and old.

  • CGHS Selected as Candidate for LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project
    CGHS Selected as Candidate for LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project

    CGHS Selected as Candidate for LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project

    Voting Open, Runs through Thursday, March 28

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, March 13, 2013) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) has been selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG Foundation Community Impact Project, which offers $1.2 million in funding to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S.

    Finalists will be determined through an online voting campaign that runs until 5 p.m. CT on Thursday, March 28. Sites with the top votes per region will receive financial awards of support to replicate and implement programs that have demonstrated success in improving the lives of people affected by cancer. CGHS seeks the support of the central Georgia community and requests their votes during this campaign. Those wishing to vote for CGHS may visit http://vote.livestrong.org/applicants/140-Wellness-Center/ to vote for The Wellness Center, a service of CGHS.

    CGHS is among hundreds of organizations in contention for the award. If selected, CGHS will use the awarded funds to expand the Artist-In-Residence Program that it established through the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project last year. 

    Thanks to the votes of the central Georgia community in 2012, CGHS was awarded a grant from the 2012 LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project for the implementation of the Artists-In-Residence Program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Infusion Center. The program helps cancer patients deal with the stress of diagnosis, treatment or recovery through artistic expression. Artist-In-Residence Mary Parks visits The Infusion Center two days a week to instruct patients as they receive chemotherapy. Any patient receiving chemotherapy at the Infusion Center is eligible to participate in the program. Participants in the program agree that the art lessons are therapeutic, and Infusion Center staff have noted that the classes lower patients’ blood pressure. 

    Now, CGHS requests the community’s votes to expand the program to The Wellness Center. The program offers people living with cancer the opportunity to connect with others through the arts which can reduce anxiety, allay fears, combat isolation and boredom and most importantly, helping people who are often viewed as representatives of their disease, rather than the unique individuals they are. Through the 2013 LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project, this program will be replicated in 15 community locations nationwide,

    “We are thrilled and honored to once again be selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Community Impact Project,” said Sandra Stone, Cancer Well-Fit Coordinator at The Wellness Center. “We share their passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to continuing our work together to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families through our Artist-In-Residence Program.”

    Organizations chosen to implement the program will receive up to $15,000 to support the implementation. They will also receive a toolkit consisting of facilitator manuals, participant materials and evaluation forms; training and support from the model program’s staff; access to additional tools and resources; and a full report on the historical replication of this program upon completion.

    The financial awards provided by the 2012 LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project are currently being implemented at nearly 100 sites – including hospitals, cancer centers, universities and community-based organizations across the nation – and will provide support to thousands of people affected by cancer. The LIVESTRONG Foundation is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested more than $80 million in community-centered organizations. For more information about the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Community Impact Project, visit Vote.LIVESTRONG.org.

  • Twenty-Five Thousand Patients Get InQuicker at The Medical Center of Central Georgia
    Twenty-Five Thousand Patients Get InQuicker at The Medical Center of Central Georgia

    Twenty-Five Thousand Patients Get InQuicker at The Medical Center of Central Georgia

    Online Service for Emergency Room and QuickMed Centers Assists Thousands 

    MACON, GA (Monday, March 11, 2013) – More than 25,000 patients in need of emergency or urgent care have utilized The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s (MCCG) InQuicker program.

    InQuicker is an innovative online waiting service that has revolutionized the patient experience in MCCG’s emergency center and QuickMed urgent care centers since its launch in October 2012. Using InQuicker.com, individuals can check in online at MCCG’s emergency center or the nearest QuickMed location, wait from the comfort of home and arrive at their projected treatment time to be seen by a healthcare professional within 15 minutes.

    “InQuicker is a fantastic service provided by The Medical Center of Central Georgia for people in the central Georgia area with minor emergencies and illnesses. It is a service like no other for timely diagnosis and treatment,” said Dr. Tim Longaker, MCCG’s Medical Director of Urgent Care.

    InQuicker is not an appointment or reservation service, as the nature of emergency room triage does not allow for the scheduling of medical treatment. Rather, InQuicker provides estimated treatment times based on patient traffic conditions and enables its users to wait from home rather than the waiting room. InQuicker users do not skip the emergency room waiting line; they simply wait in the convenience of their own residence. According to a patient satisfaction survey, 96 percent of patients gave the InQuicker service a positive rating.

    In order to be seen by a health care professional within 15 minutes, InQuicker users must provide all requested information during the online check-in process and arrive at the emergency center at MCCG or the nearest QuickMed center promptly at their projected treatment times. In the event of a delay, InQuicker users are sent real-time notifications via phone call and email.

    This service is only intended for persons who have non-life threatening medical conditions. The InQuicker system is designed to filter certain symptom keywords that may indicate a life-threatening medical condition. Users indicating a life-threatening medical condition are prompted to dial 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

    QuickMeds, MCCG’s urgent care centers, are located throughout Macon. They are located at 5925 Zebulon Rd. (7 a.m. – 11 p.m.), 3400 Riverside Dr. (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and 1339 Gray Highway (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.). The MCCG emergency center is located at 777 Hemlock Street.

    For more information about the InQuicker online waiting service, visit www.InQuicker.com/press.

  • Mayor Robert Reichert Proclaims March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    Mayor Robert Reichert Proclaims March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Mayor Robert Reichert Proclaims March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG to Provide Education about Valuable Screenings, Wellness

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, March 6, 2013) – A proclamation by Macon’s Mayor Robert Reichert last Friday, March 1 launched The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s (MCCG) recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

    Colorectal cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.  Colorectal cancer is particularly prevalent in Bibb County, one of 10 counties in Georgia with the highest incidence rates for African-American colorectal cancer. African-Americans in general experience higher incidence rates of colorectal cancer than any other race.

    The Centers for Disease Control estimate that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer-related deaths could be prevented if all men and women age 50 years and older were routinely screened. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screenings can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatments work best. These routine screenings are available at the MCCG’s Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St. in Macon, throughout the year.

    In order to educate the community about risk, screenings and other preventative measures, MCCG will host the following events during the month of March:

    Colon Cancer Awareness Open House – Wednesday, March 6

    The community is invited to visit MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services on Wednesday, March 6 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Visitors will receive information on colorectal cancer, view demonstrations of colonoscopy equipment, enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes.

    Lynch Family Gathering – Thursday, March 7

    Lynch syndrome is an inherited condition linked to increased risk for colon cancer and other cancers. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Lynch syndrome, please join genetic counselor Christine Delaney for this luncheon at 12:00 p.m. in MCCG’s Lanier Conference Room. Please RSVP to (478) 633-8537.

    That’s The Bottom Line – Tuesday, March 12

    The Cancer Life Center at MCCG is addressing the disparity of colorectal cancer incidence rates among African-Americans in Bibb County through “That’s The Bottom Line” seminars. The community is invited to attend the next seminar at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 2789 Millerfield Road in Macon, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. African-Americans age 50 or older with no prior history of colorectal cancer are encouraged to attend.

    In addition to these events, anyone who is screened for colorectal cancer at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services during the month of March will be entered into a prize drawing. The 200th and 400th colonoscopy patients will each receive a $100.00 Carrabba’s gift card. To schedule a colonoscopy at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services, contact your physician for a referral.

  • Central Georgia Health System CEO Featured In Health Leaders Roundtable
    Central Georgia Health System CEO Featured In Health Leaders Roundtable

    Central Georgia Health System CEO Featured In Health Leaders Roundtable

    Dr. Ninfa Saunders Discusses Healthcare Changes with Leaders from Across U.S.

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, March 5, 2013) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) Chief Executive Officer Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, recently received an opportunity to participate in the HealthLeaders Media Executive Roundtable in Nashville, Tenn.

    Saunders – along with other executives including chief financial officers from leading healthcare organizations – discussed concerns about capital access and long-term viability. Concerns for both are driving mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other affiliations nationwide. Increasingly, these agreements result in nontraditional partners and affiliations across the continuum of healthcare. Participants in the roundtable, sponsored by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, discussed factors such as capital access, local market needs, financial support and growth opportunities.

    CGHS has become a part of this national trend through joint ventures with Peach Regional Medical Center and through partnerships with Mercer University School of Medicine, community hospitals and community physicians across central and south Georgia.

    Well respected in the industry, Saunders serves on the Fierce Healthcare Advisory Board, where she assists editorial staff with general questions about the healthcare industry, answers editorial Q&A’s and contributes to their Hospital Impact blog. Her ideas on coming changes in the healthcare industry were recently featured in Becker’s Hospital Review.  

  • Mayor Robert Reichert Proclaims March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    Mayor Robert Reichert Proclaims March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Mayor Robert Reichert Proclaims March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG to Provide Education about Valuable Screenings, Wellness 

    MACON, GA (Friday, March 1, 2013) – A proclamation by Macon’s Mayor Robert Reichert on Friday, March 1 will launch The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s (MCCG) recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

    Clinicians and employees of the Cancer Life Center at MCCG will join Mayor Reichert at City Hall at 11:00 a.m. as he proclaims March as a time for awareness and education about the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.  Colorectal cancer is particularly prevalent in Bibb County, one of 10 counties in Georgia with the highest incidence rates for African-American colorectal cancer. African-Americans in general experience higher incidence rates of colorectal cancer than any other race.

    The Centers for Disease Control estimate that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer-related deaths could be prevented if all men and women age 50 years and older were routinely screened. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screenings can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatments work best. These routine screenings are available at the MCCG’s Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St. in Macon, throughout the year.

    In order to educate the community about risk, screenings and other preventative measures, MCCG will host the following events during the month of March:

    Colon Cancer Awareness Open House – Wednesday, March 6

    The community is invited to visit MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services on Wednesday, March 6 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Visitors will receive information on colorectal cancer, view demonstrations of colonoscopy equipment, enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes.

    Lynch Family Gathering – Thursday, March 7

    Lynch syndrome is an inherited condition linked to increased risk for colon cancer and other cancers. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Lynch syndrome, please join genetic counselor Christine Delaney for this luncheon at 12:00 p.m. in MCCG’s Lanier Conference Room. Please RSVP to (478) 633-8537.

    That’s The Bottom Line – Tuesday, March 12

    The Cancer Life Center at MCCG is addressing the disparity of colorectal cancer incidence rates among African-Americans in Bibb County through “That’s The Bottom Line” seminars. The community is invited to attend the next seminar at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 2789 Millerfield Road in Macon, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. African-Americans age 50 or older with no prior history of colorectal cancer are encouraged to attend.

    In addition to these events, anyone who is screened for colorectal cancer at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services during the month of March will be entered into a prize drawing. The 200th and 400th colonoscopy patients will each receive a $100.00 Carrabba’s gift card. To schedule a colonoscopy at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services, contact your physician for a referral.

  • Mayor Robert Reichert Proclaims March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    Mayor Robert Reichert Proclaims March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Mayor Robert Reichert Proclaims March Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG to Provide Education about Valuable Screenings, Wellness 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, February 28, 2013) – A proclamation by Macon’s Mayor Robert Reichert on Friday, March 1 will launch The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s (MCCG) recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

    Clinicians and employees of the Cancer Life Center at MCCG will join Mayor Reichert at City Hall at 11:00 a.m. as he proclaims March as a time for awareness and education about the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.  Colorectal cancer is particularly prevalent in Bibb County, one of 10 counties in Georgia with the highest incidence rates for African-American colorectal cancer. African-Americans in general experience higher incidence rates of colorectal cancer than any other race.

    The Centers for Disease Control estimate that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer-related deaths could be prevented if all men and women age 50 years and older were routinely screened. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screenings can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatments work best. These routine screenings are available at the MCCG’s Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St. in Macon, throughout the year.

    In order to educate the community about risk, screenings and other preventative measures, MCCG will host the following events during the month of March:

    Colon Cancer Awareness Open House

    The community is invited to visit MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services on Wednesday, March 6 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Visitors will receive information on colorectal cancer, view demonstrations of colonoscopy equipment, enjoy refreshments and register for door prizes.

    Lynch Family Gathering

    Lynch syndrome is an inherited condition linked to increased risk for colon cancer and other cancers. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with Lynch syndrome, please join genetic counselor Christine Delaney for this luncheon at 12:00 p.m. in MCCG’s Lanier Conference Room. Please RSVP to (478) 633-8537.

    That’s The Bottom Line

    The Cancer Life Center at MCCG is addressing the disparity of colorectal cancer incidence rates among African-Americans in Bibb County through “That’s The Bottom Line” seminars. The community is invited to attend the next seminar at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 2789 Millerfield Road in Macon, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. African-Americans age 50 or older with no prior history of colorectal cancer are encouraged to attend.

    In addition to these events, anyone who is screened for colorectal cancer at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services during the month of March will be entered into a prize drawing. The 200th and 400th colonoscopy patients will each receive a $100.00 Carrabba’s gift card. To schedule a colonoscopy at MCCG’s Center for Ambulatory Services, contact your physician for a referral.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Performs 1,000 Procedures with Robotics
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Performs 1,000 Procedures with Robotics

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Performs 1,000 Procedures with Robotics

    Numerous Procedures Made Possible by daVinci®  Robotic Surgery System  

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, February 19, 2013) –Physicians at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) recently performed the hospital’s one thousandth robotic procedure. MCCG leads theregion in the volume of procedures performed with thedaVinci® robotic surgery system and boasts one of the most experienced robotic teams in Central Georgia. 

    The daVinci® robotic surgery system assists surgeons as they perform minimally invasive surgeries. MCCG was the first hospital in Central Georgia to acquire the daVinci® technology in 2007, and since that time the robotic system has assisted urologists, gynecologists, cardiologists, general surgeons, and most recently, pediatric surgeons. Since the program’s inception, MCCG has averaged 155 robotic procedures per year. In 2012, surgeons at MCCG performed 370 robotic assisted procedures.

    A celebratory breakfast for MCCG’s Surgery Center staff will be held on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 a.m. in MCCG’s Trice Lobby. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend.

    MCCG plans to continue to dominate the minimally invasive surgical market with the acquisition of the newest product from the daVinci® line, daVinci® Si. The new system offers an enhanced high definition 1080i 3D view of the surgical site with up to 10 times magnification, and digital operating room integration. The technology provides the surgeon greater range of motion, as well as tremor filtration and motion control. In addition, daVinci® Si allows for the attachment of a new operating platform, Single-Site Instrumentation. Single-Site Instrumentation allows the surgeon to remove the gallbladder from a single incision, an incision in the navel approximately one inch in size that leaves no visible scar. This is the first step toward implementing single-site robotic techniques in other procedures that currently require multiple or large incisions.

    “In the age of minimally invasive surgery, this is another tool to offer patients a safe, single incision option. This is cosmetically pleasing to patients in addition to getting them back to work quicker,” said Dr. RobertParel, II, FACS, Surgeon with Surgical Associates of Macon.

    Patients benefit from this less invasive surgery method in several ways. By choosing to use daVinci®, the patient may experience less pain, less blood loss, fewer stitches, less  need for narcotics, faster recovery time and a quicker return to normal activities.

    These benefits are not limited to adult patients. Beginning in 2012, The Children’s Hospital at MCCG became the only hospital in the state to offer daVinci® assisted surgeries for pediatric patients. Dr. Josh Glenn, Pediatric Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Bryan Weidner, Pediatric Surgeon, are currently the only general pediatric surgeons in the state trained in the pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system.

    Dr. Glenn recently performed a nissen procedure on a two month old, 3.8 kg infant. This patient is the smallest to receive a robotic procedure at MCCG to date.

    “We want only the best for our smallest and most fragile patients, and MCCG provides this state-of-the-art technology to the children of Georgia. No one else in the state of Georgia is offering this service to children and it can only be found here at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG,” said Dr. Glenn. 

    The daVinci® robotic surgery system is changing the surgical experience for Central Georgians who choose MCCG. State-of-the-art technology is one of the ways MCCG is striving for superior outcomes for all patients, both young and old.

  • MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education during American Heart Month
    MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education during American Heart Month

    MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education during American Heart Month

    Public Events Highlight ‘Heart Fest’ 

    MACON, GA (Monday, February 18, 2013) – Heart disease is a staggering health problem in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease each year. That is one in every four deaths.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, and is the number one cause of death for most ethnicities.

    There are, however, steps individuals can take to prevent this chronic disease. Throughout American Heart Month this February, The Medical Center of Central Georgia is dedicated to battling heart disease by raising awareness and knowledge through a series of public events called “Heart Fest.”

    Friday, Feb. 22: Eat Your Heart Out is a heart healthy food demonstration held at 12:00 p.m. at The Wellness Center. Learn about different foods and recipes that promote heart health. Reservations are required, so please call (478) 633-4733 or email rsvp@mccg.org.

    Saturday, Feb. 23: Let’s Get Moving Health Fair will offer free screenings and educational presentations. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, 3351 Northside Drive in Macon. Therapists will be available to do on-site screenings which include: gait and balance, adaptive equipment, swallowing, memory and voice. Other screenings will include blood pressure, body fat, grip strength, healthy legs, and glucose and cholesterol levels. These screenings will be offered at no charge. AngioScreen®, an integrated cardiovascular screening program designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, will also be available for of $50 and an appointment is needed. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to schedule a time. Door prizes and light refreshments will be served. 

    Tuesday, Feb. 26: Heart Fest Health Screenings will take place at Oconee Regional Medical Center, 821 N. Cobb Street in Milledgeville from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Many screenings – including blood pressure, body fat index, cholesterol and glucose – will be offered at no charge. AngioScreen® will also be offered for $50.00 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Call 1 (800) 627-2393 or email rsvp@mccg.org to register for your AngioScreen®.

    Each Wednesday throughout the month of February, AngioScreen® will be offered for $50.00 on the eighth floor of MCCG’s Luce Heart Tower. Call 1 (800) 627-2393 to schedule an appointment.

    To keep your heart healthy, watch your weight, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke, control your cholesterol and blood pressure, only drink alcohol in moderation, stay active and eat healthy, talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55, and manage stress. You are at higher risk of heart disease if you are a woman age 55 or older, a man age 45 or older, or a person with a family history of early heart disease.

  • Local Hospital Wins Statewide Patient Safety Award
    Local Hospital Wins Statewide Patient Safety Award

    Local Hospital Wins Statewide Patient Safety Award

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Awarded for Pneumonia Prevention  

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, February 12, 2013) – The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) presented its prestigious Quality and Patient Safety Award to The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) in Macon for its project that reduced the incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). The project titled, “Zapping VAP and Sustaining it at Zero,” won first place in the Hospitals with Greater than 300 Beds Category. These annual awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievement in reducing the risk of medical errors and improving patient safety and medical outcomes.

    The goals of the project were to reduce the incidents of VAP by 50 percent in the intensive care units (ICUs) and achieve a 90 percent or greater compliance with VAP bundles. A bundle is a series of interventions developed by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) that, when implemented together, result in significantly better outcomes than when implemented individually.

    By using the Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) methodology, which creates a systematic approach to implementing change, and engaging key staff, MCCG implemented several changes and has reduced the number of VAP by 98 percent in the past five years. Most recently, the hospital has sustained a rate of zero VAP occurrences. The staff has achieved greater than 90 percent compliance on use of the ventilator bundles for the past two years.

    “Prevention of pneumonia is a priority of hospitals statewide,” said Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) President Joseph Parker. “We applaud The Medical Center of Central Georgia for taking a leadership role in this effort and are grateful for its dedication to providing the best and safest care possible for its patients.”

    In the attached photo, representatives of MCCG receive GHA’s Quality and Patient Safety Award. From left to right, Terrie Hastings, Assistant Director of Quality at MCCG; Nancy Osborn, Manager of Infection Prevention Control and Epidemiology at MCCG; Joe Parker, President of GHA; Drew Elrod, Innovation Engineer at MCCG.

  • People Have Choice in Hospital Photography Contest
    People Have Choice in Hospital Photography Contest

    People Have Choice in Hospital Photography Contest

    Votes Requested to Furnish New Peach County Hospital 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, February 6, 2013) – This past October, Peach Regional Medical Center (PRMC) and Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) called on local photographers to put the finishing touch on the new, state-of-the-art PRMC facility.

    A photography contest to furnish the new hospital was held during the month of October, and staff at PRMC received more than 1,700 submissions. From the submissions, 235 photos have been chosen for display at the new hospital. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places, as well as for a People’s Choice Award.

    Now, during the month of February, PRMC asks the public to choose the photo that will win the People’s Choice Award. Twenty-three photos are available to view at www.peachregional.org. The community is encouraged to vote for their favorite photo before February 28, 2013. While all 23 photos will be displayed in PRMC’s new facility, the People’s Choice Award winner will receive a cash prize.

    “This contest is a wonderful opportunity for local photographers to showcase their work while making a lasting contribution to Peach County’s new hospital. The People’s Choice Award allows us to include our community in the development of our new hospital ,” said Nancy Peed, Chief Executive Officer of PRMC.

    Each of the images chosen for the new hospital evoke a sense of comfort and peace for patients and their families, and include wildlife, local landscapes and natural elements, and familiar local architecture. The four prize winners will be announced in a ceremony later this year when the new facility opens its doors.

    The new PRMC facility, which will be renamed The Medical Center of Peach County when it becomes operational later this year, is located at 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron. The new 25-bed hospital is complete with a larger emergency center and an operating room suite, expanded outpatient services and all-private rooms. The new facility will be operated through a partnership with PRMC and CGHS.

  • Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, February 5
    Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, February 5

    Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, February 5

    National Pancake Day Fundraiser to Benefit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia 

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, February 5, 2013) – In celebration of Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s 30th Anniversary and IHOP’s National Pancake Day, IHOP will host the largest pancake party in the country on Tuesday, February 5 from 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. The daylong celebration will allow guests to enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return, guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which improve the lives of children at the 170 network hospitals across the U.S.

    One hundred percent of funds raised at all four Central Georgia IHOP locations will benefit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ facility.

    With over 1,500 restaurants participating in national Pancake Day, IHOP hopes to raise $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. If this goal is met, IHOP will have raised more than $13 million for local charities like The Children’s Hospital at MCCG in the past eight years.

    There is a limit of one free short stack per guest, and the offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last, and is not valid with any other offer, special, coupon or discount. For more information on this worthwhile campaign or to find an IHOP near you, please visit www.ihoppancakeday.com or contact Kathy Tolbert at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG.

  • Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, February 5
    Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, February 5

    Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, February 5

    National Pancake Day Fundraiser to Benefit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia 

    MACON, GA (Monday, February 4, 2013) – In celebration of Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s 30th Anniversary and IHOP’s National Pancake Day, IHOP will host the largest pancake party in the country on Tuesday, February 5 from 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. The daylong celebration will allow guests to enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return, guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which improve the lives of children at the 170 network hospitals across the U.S.

    One hundred percent of funds raised at all four Central Georgia IHOP locations will benefit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ facility.

    With over 1,500 restaurants participating in national Pancake Day, IHOP hopes to raise $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. If this goal is met, IHOP will have raised more than $13 million for local charities like The Children’s Hospital at MCCG in the past eight years.

    There is a limit of one free short stack per guest, and the offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last, and is not valid with any other offer, special, coupon or discount. For more information on this worthwhile campaign or to find an IHOP near you, please visit www.ihoppancakeday.com or contact Kathy Tolbert at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG.

  • Central Georgia Health System CEO Featured In National Healthcare Forum
    Central Georgia Health System CEO Featured In National Healthcare Forum

    Central Georgia Health System CEO Featured In National Healthcare Forum

    Dr. Ninfa Saunders Discusses Healthcare Changes with Becker’s Hospital Review 

    MACON, GA (Monday, February 4, 2013) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) Chief Executive Officer Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, recently received an opportunity to discuss the evolution of healthcare and the future of CGHS with Becker’s Hospital Review¸ a national healthcare forum offering up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems.

    Saunders discussed the changes she has seen in healthcare during her almost 40 year career as both a nurse and administrator, her strategy for payment reform, as well as what attracted her to Central Georgia and her future plans for CGHS.

    To view the entire article, please visit www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-management-administration/working-through-healthcare-changes-qaa-with-dr-ninfa-saunders-ceo-of-central-georgia-health-system.html.

    Each issue of Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly publication, reaches approximately 18,000 people, primarily acute-care hospital leaders and decision makers.

  • Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, February 5
    Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, February 5

    Free Pancakes at IHOP on Tuesday, February 5

    National Pancake Day Fundraiser to Benefit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, January 30, 2013) – In celebration of Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s 30th Anniversary and IHOP’s National Pancake Day, IHOP will host the largest pancake party in the country on Tuesday, February 5 from 7:00 a.m. to 10 p.m. The daylong celebration will allow guests to enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In return, guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which improve the lives of children at the 170 network hospitals across the U.S.

    One hundred percent of funds raised at all four Central Georgia IHOP locations will benefit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), a Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ facility.

    With over 1,500 restaurants participating in national Pancake Day, IHOP hopes to raise $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. If this goal is met, IHOP will have raised more than $13 million for local charities like The Children’s Hospital at MCCG in the past eight years.

    There is a limit of one free short stack per guest, and the offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last, and is not valid with any other offer, special, coupon or discount. For more information on this worthwhile campaign or to find an IHOP near you, please visit www.ihoppancakeday.com or contact Kathy Tolbert at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG.

  • MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education during American Heart Month
    MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education during American Heart Month

    MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education during American Heart Month

    Public Events Highlight 'Heart Fest' 

    MACON, GA (Monday, January 28, 2013) – Heart disease is a staggering health problem in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease each year. That is one in every four deaths.  Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, and is the number one cause of death for most ethnicities.

    There are, however, steps individuals can take to prevent this chronic disease. Throughout American Heart Month this February, The Medical Center of Central Georgia is dedicated to battling heart disease by raising awareness and knowledge through a series of public events called “Heart Fest.”

    Friday, Feb. 1: Women’s Executive Luncheon featuring Mark Ballard. Celebrate National Wear Red Day and enjoy this luncheon to promote women’s heart health. This event will be held in the Macon Marriott’s Magnolia Room, 240 Coliseum Drive, from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to rsvp@mccg.org or (478) 633-4733. A $5.00 donation is requested at the event.

    Saturday, Feb. 2: Heart Fest Health Fair will offer free screenings, educational presentations and vendor booths. The health fair is scheduled from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Mable White Baptist Church, 1415 Bass Road in Macon. Call (478) 633-6336 to schedule an appointment.

    Saturday, Feb. 9: Try-athlon begins at 7:00 a.m. at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Drive in Macon. Anyone may participate in this indoor triathlon, which includes running, stationary biking and swimming. Call (478) 477-2300 to register. There is a $20.00 registration fee.

    Wednesday, Feb. 13: Zumba Party, an inaugural Heart Fest event,will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Drive in Macon. Dance your way to a healthy heart! This total body workout combines fat-burning dance moves with heart-strengthening cardio. Call (478) 477-2300 to register. The party is $4.00 for Wellness Center members and $6.00 for nonmembers.

    Friday, Feb. 22: Eat Your Heart Out is a heart healthy food demonstration held at 12:00 p.m. at The Wellness Center. Learn about different foods and recipes that promote heart health. Reservations are required, so please call (478) 633-4733 or email rsvp@mccg.org.

    Saturday, Feb. 23: Let’s Get Moving Health Fair will offer free screenings and educational presentations. The event will be held from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, 3351 Northside Drive in Macon. Therapists will be available to do on-site screenings which include: gait and balance, adaptive equipment, swallowing, memory and voice. Other screenings will include blood pressure, body fat, grip strength, healthy legs, and glucose and cholesterol levels. These screenings will be offered at no charge. AngioScreen®, an integrated cardiovascular screening program designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, will also be available for of $50 and an appointment is needed. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to schedule a time. Door prizes and light refreshments will be served.

    Tuesday, Feb. 26: Heart Fest Health Screenings will take place at Oconee Regional Medical Center, 821 N. Cobb Street in Milledgeville from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Many screenings – including blood pressure, body fat index, cholesterol and glucose – will be offered at no charge. AngioScreen® will also be offered for $50.00 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Call 1 (800) 627-2393 or email rsvp@mccg.org to register for your AngioScreen®.

    Each Wednesday throughout the month of February, AngioScreen® will be offered for $50.00 on the eighth floor of MCCG’s Luce Heart Tower. Call 1 (800) 627-2393 to schedule an appointment.

    To keep your heart healthy, watch your weight, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke, control your cholesterol and blood pressure, only drink alcohol in moderation, stay active and eat healthy, talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55, and manage stress. You are at higher risk of heart disease if you are a woman age 55 or older, a man age 45 or older, or a person with a family history of early heart disease.

  • Medical Center of Central Georgia Earns Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval
    Medical Center of Central Georgia Earns Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval

    Medical Center of Central Georgia Earns Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™

    Heart Failure Center Receives Advanced Certification for New Cardiac Program 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, January 23, 2013) – The Heart Failure Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes the MCCG’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

    "With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of MCCG. “Joint Commission accreditation helps create a culture of excellence. Achieving Joint Commission certification in our ventricular assist program is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

    The Heart Failure Center at MCCG expanded its heart failure program to offer LVAD implantation in June, joining a select group of leading medical centers to offer mechanical circulatory support for advanced heart failure patients. Approximately three inches long and weighing just 10 ounces, the LVAD attaches to the heart and is designed to assist or take over the pumping function of the patient’s left ventricle. The device restores blood flow and improves survival and quality of life for advanced heart failure patients who have exhausted the limitations of other medical therapies. Since the first LVAD implantation on June 7, 2012, all seven LVAD recipients have been discharged from MCCG and are doing well at home.

    “Achieving the national recognition of certification as an LVAD program of excellence through The Joint Commission is extremely satisfying to our high performance, multidisciplinary team,” said Dr. John O’Connell, Executive Director of the Heart Failure Center at the Georgia Heart Center at MCCG. “This reflects the passion we all have to provide the best care experience and to deliver outstanding quality outcomes for the people in our region needing cardiac assistance. There are approximately 115 approved programs, and that we are the only approved center in the state located outside of the Atlanta area.”

    MCCG underwent a rigorous on-site survey earlier this year when a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated MCCG for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

    "In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, the Heart Failure Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients with heart failure," said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and The Joint Commission commends The Medical Center of Central Georgia for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

    The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

  • Becker's Hospital Review Names 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs
    Becker's Hospital Review Names 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs

    Becker's Hospital Review Names 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs

    Medical Center of Central Georgia Included on National List of Top Cardiology Programs

     

    MACON, GA (Monday, January 21, 2013) – Becker's Hospital Review has recognized The Medical Center of Central Georgia in its recently released list of "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs."

    The list recognizes outstanding hospitals for heart care in the United States. According to Becker’s, the included hospitals have made strides to combat heart disease – the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States – through innovative clinical research, high-quality care and state-of-the-art treatments. These hospitals have also extended their services beyond the confines of their facilities by educating their local communities about heart health, helping sharpen our country's focus on preventive care and population health. 

    MCCG is one of three Georgia hospitals to be recognized by Becker’s. The others include Northside Hospital- Forsyth in Cumming, Ga. and WellStar Cobb Hospital in Austell, Ga.

    The 100 hospitals were selected based on clinical accolades, recognition for quality care and contributions to the fields of cardiology and cardiovascular surgery. These hospitals have been set apart for excellence in heart care and research by prominent and reputable healthcare sources and associations, including U.S. News & World Report, HealthGrades, Thomson Reuters and the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

    Note: This list is not a ranking. Hospitals cannot pay to be included on Becker's lists, and fees are never involved. Content is not intended to substitute for professional medical advice.

  • CGHS Committed to Proactively Protect You, Your Family and Your Caregivers During A Heavier Than Normal Flu Season
    CGHS Committed to Proactively Protect You, Your Family and Your Caregivers During A Heavier Than Normal Flu Season
    January 18, 2013 10:55 am
    January 18, 2013 10:55 am

    CGHS Committed to Proactively Protect You, Your Family and Your Caregivers

    During A Heavier Than Normal Flu Season 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, January 17, 2013) – With influenza circulating in the community and primarily affecting young people, Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) has set up a first line of defense. CGHS has implemented a youth visitation policy for the protection of patients, visitors and hospital staff. 

    Effective immediately, children must be age 12 or older in order to visit The Medical Center of Central Georgia, The Medical Center of Peach County and Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital.

    "The health of our patients and the community are the highest concern of Central Georgia Health System. Our policies and actions are designed to protect those at greatest risk during the flu season,” said Dr. Delanor Doyle, Chief Medical Information Officer for The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

    Administrators at CGHS based the decision to restrict visitation on information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the prevalence of influenza in the Central Georgia region at this time.

    Individuals with flu-like symptoms and those who have recently had the flu are encouraged to remain at home and stay away from public areas, including school, work, theaters or other areas where people are in close proximity.

    Anyone with symptoms of a cold, or others with immunocompromised health status, are encouraged not to visit the hospital for their own protection as well as that of seriously ill patients.

    “We appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation with these efforts to minimize exposure during this active flu season,” said Dr. Doyle.  

  • MCCG Achieves Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center
    MCCG Achieves Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

    MCCG Achieves Status as Accredited Chest Pain Center

    Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI 

    MACON, GA (Monday, January 14, 2013) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

    MCCG has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which the Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:

    • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly.
    • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms.
    • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures.
    • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel.
    • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.

    To the communities served by MCCG, accreditation means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment, treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved, and monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.

    “People should not minimize their symptoms or delay investigation,” said Judy Paull, Chief Nursing Officer at MCCG. “Timing is critical, and the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”

    Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, MCCG has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards and to quality care for cardiac patients.

  • MCCG's Entrekin Chosen as National InQuicker Award Winner
    MCCG's Entrekin Chosen as National InQuicker Award Winner

    MCCG's Entrekin Chosen as National InQuicker Award Winner

    Entrekin Recognized as Role Model In Provision of Excellent Patient Care

     

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, January 9, 2013) – Deborah Entrekin, BSN, a clinical nurse at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), was recently chosen as the recipient of the inaugural InQuicker Champion of the Quarter Award.

    Entrekin’s coworkers nominated her for InQuicker.com’s national award based on her commitment to exemplary patient care, her patience in teaching new employees about InQuicker and the triage process, and her desire to have InQuicker patients seen within the designated time frame while still providing excellent patient care and satisfaction. Her coworkers recognized her as a dedicated worker and role model, and Entrekin was chosen as the inaugural award winner from nominees across the U.S. 

    “Deborah always ensures that the patient is triaged within one minute of being brought to the back. Even when things are hectic, Deborah puts her focus on the InQuicker patient, ensuring that the patient is cared for with compassion. She makes the process run more efficiently and teaches other patients to utilize such an outstanding service,” Mandy Cobb, Entrekin’s colleague, wrote in her nomination letter.

    InQuicker is an innovative online waiting service that has revolutionized the patient experience in MCCG’s emergency center and QuickMed urgent care centers since its launch in October 2011. Using InQuicker.com, individuals can check in online for a visit to the emergency center at MCCG or the nearest QuickMed center, arrive at their projected treatment time and be seen by a healthcare professional within 15 minutes of the projected time.

    InQuicker is not an appointment or reservation service, as the nature of emergency room triage does not allow for the scheduling of medical treatment. Rather, InQuicker provides estimated treatment times based on patient traffic conditions and enables its users to wait from home rather than the waiting room. This service is only intended for persons who have non-life threatening medical conditions. The InQuicker system is designed to filter certain symptom keywords that may indicate a life-threatening medical condition. Users indicating a life-threatening medical condition are prompted to dial 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

    “InQuicker is a fantastic service provided by The Medical Center of Central Georgia for people in the Central Georgia area with minor emergencies and illnesses. It is a service like no other for timely diagnosis and treatment. We are pleased that Deborah has been recognized for her commitment to exemplary patient care,” said Dr. Tim Longaker, MCCG Medical Director of Urgent Care.

    QuickMeds, MCCG’s urgent care centers, are located throughout Macon. They are located at 5925 Zebulon Rd. (7 a.m. – 11 p.m.), 3400 Riverside Dr. (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and 1339 Gray Highway (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.). The MCCG emergency center is located at 777 Hemlock Street.

    For more information about the InQuicker online waiting service, visit www.InQuicker.com/press.

    In the attached photo, Deborah Entrekin stands with her award at the QuickMed at 5925 Zebulon Road, Macon.

  • MCCG Becomes First Certified Palliative Care Center in Southeast
    MCCG Becomes First Certified Palliative Care Center in Southeast

    MCCG Becomes First Certified Palliative Care Center in Southeast

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Certified Palliative Program One of Twenty-four in U.S. 

    MACON, GA (Monday, January 7, 2013) –The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its palliative care program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in palliative care. The certification award recognizes the MCCG’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards. MCCG is the first Certified Palliative Care Center in the Southeast, and one of 24 hospitals in the U.S. to receive Advanced Palliative Care Certification. The Children’s Hospital at MCCG is one of four children’s hospitals in the nation to receive certification.

    "With Joint Commission advanced certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission certification provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” said Dr. Ninfa Saunders, President and CEO of MCCG.  “Achieving Joint Commission advanced certification for palliative care is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

    MCCG became one of 20 palliative care providers nationwide to receive a $10,000 grant from the LIVESTRONG 2012 Community Impact Project. The grant was made possible through a collaboration between Macon State College, MCCG and members of the community. This past spring, Central and South Georgia residents were encouraged to vote online for MCCG’s Center for Palliative Care, which has served patients facing serious illness since 2004. Thanks to community support, MCCG received the highest number of votes in the Southeast region and received the grant, which defrayed the costs associated with applying for The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care.

    MCCG underwent a rigorous on-site review earlier this year when a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated MCCG for compliance with The Joint Commission’s palliative care-specific standards, clinical practice guidelines and performance measures. The Advanced Certification for Palliative Care standards focus on patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with serious illness.

    "In achieving Joint Commission advanced certification, The Medical Center of Central Georgia has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for patients with serious illness,” said Michele Sacco, M.S., executive director, Advanced Certification for Palliative Care, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend MCCG for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

    Launched in 2011, The Joint Commission’s palliative care certification standards are built on The National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the National Quality Forum’s National Framework and Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Quality Care. Palliative care addresses a patient’s, physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and facilitates patient autonomy, access to information and choice.

    Certification is available only to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals and provides the framework for a formal, organized palliative care program led by: 

    • An interdisciplinary team whose members possess the requisite expertise in palliative care;
    • Leadership endorsement and support of the program’s goals for providing care, treatment and services;
    • A special focus on patient and family engagement; and
    • Processes that support the coordination of care and communication among all care settings and providers.

    Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 19,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 10,300 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,500 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission currently certifies more than 2,000 disease-specific care programs, focused on the care of patients with chronic illnesses such as stroke, joint replacement, stroke rehabilitation, heart failure and many others. The Joint Commission also provides health care staffing services certification for more than 750 staffing offices. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

  • Medical Center of Central Georgia Offering New Breast Reconstruction Procedure
    Medical Center of Central Georgia Offering New Breast Reconstruction Procedure

    Medical Center of Central Georgia Offering New Breast Reconstruction Procedure

    DIEP Flap offered as a new option for cancer patients 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, January 2, 2013) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce the addition of the Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap (DIEP Flap) procedure, a post-mastectomy breast reconstruction procedure for cancer patients.

    The DIEP Flap procedure transfers tissue located in the lower abdomen to the breast area. Although surgeons have performed similar TRAM Flaps at MCCG for some time, the DIEP Flap procedure does not cut the muscle of the abdominal wall. Only fatty tissue is removed to reconstruct the breast. Dr. Joshua Groves became the first surgeon in Central Georgia to perform the DIEP Flap procedure on June 28, 2012.

    “The TRAM Flap takes the muscle and the blood vessels, but DIEP Flap is different. With DIEP Flap, it’s just skin and fat, no muscle. The patient still has function of their abdominal wall, and that’s really the big plus,” said Dr. Groves. “This is autologous reconstruction – using the patient’s own tissue. You can’t get any more natural than your own tissue. If the patient is okay with this kind of reconstruction, the more natural feel of their own tissue, then this is what we recommend.”

    Kathleen Myrick became MCCG’s first DIEP Flap patient this past June. While having a mammogram 11 years ago, Myrick learned she had cancer in her right breast. Another routine mammogram last year revealed cancer in her left breast. After deciding to have a double mastectomy, Myrick discussed several reconstruction options with Dr. Groves. Together, they decided on DIEP Flap, and almost four months after surgery, Myrick is pleased with her choice.

    “I thought it would bother me, but the very first time I looked at myself, it didn’t bother me at all. I see the exact same thing I saw all my life. I don’t feel like anything was wrong, and I think part of the reason is that everything is still all my own – my own flesh, my own tissue. I think it makes a difference in how you feel,” said Myrick.

    The initial operation, the transfer of tissue from the abdomen to the chest, requires a hospital stay of approximately five days. After recovery, patients may opt to have follow-up, outpatient procedures to create a more natural look for the reconstructed area. Dr. Groves and surgeons at MCCG may do one to two follow up procedures to contour and shape the new breast.

    “The biggest surgery by far is the first one, but once the patient recovers from that, we can do some shaping, create a new nipple, do some tattooing and fine tuning. It really depends on the patient and how far they want to go,” said Dr. Groves.

    The DIEP Flap procedure may be performed after or during a mastectomy. According to Dr. Groves, the best candidates for DIEP Flap are those who have had or will have a mastectomy, received radiation, and have enough tissue for the transfer from waist to chest. He emphasizes that DIEP Flap may be an option for patients who are not happy with previous breast reconstructions.

    “If you’ve had reconstruction and you’re not happy with it, you might be a candidate for this. There are other options. You’re not just stuck,” said Dr. Groves.

    Pleased with her results, Myrick has recommended DIEP Flap to others currently battling breast cancer.

    “I think women need to know this is an option. In my thinking, it’s the best case option for most people,” said Myrick.

  • MCCG Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite
    MCCG Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

    MCCG Recognized as an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Worksite

    Fit-Friendly Worksites Decrease Healthcare Expense, Increase Productivity 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, December 20, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been recognized as a Gold level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat healthier and move more.

    ”Physical activity and employee wellness are important priorities at MCCG. We are honored and excited to be recognized by the American Heart Association as a Gold Level Fit-Friendly Worksite,” said Kevin Carter, Director of Wellness Services at MCCG. “We’re committed to providing the best workplace environment possible, and have taken important steps o create a culture of wellness by providing support to employees.”

    The Fit-Friendly Worksites program is a catalyst for positive change in the American workforce by encouraging employers to make their employees’ health and wellness a priority. American employers lose an estimated $225.8 billion a year because of healthcare expenses and health-related losses in productivity, and those numbers are rising. Many American adults spend most of their waking hours at sedentary jobs. Their lack of regular physical activity raises their risk for a host of medical problems, such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. Employers face $12.7 billion in annual medical expenses due to obesity alone. The American Heart Association is working to change corporate cultures by motivating employees to start walking, which has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity.

    MCCG has taken a number of steps in order to become a Fit-Friendly Worksite, including creating a smoke-free workplace, beginning an employee walking program with marked walking trails, ensuring stairwells are well lit and free of clutter to promote the use of stairs instead of elevators, and offering healthy cafeteria food options.

    “The Fit-Friendly Worksites Program offers a unique, easy-to-implement opportunity for corporations to increase employees’ physical activity, which will help improve their health and their employer’s bottom line. Even people who haven’t exercised regularly can reap significant benefits by starting a walking program,” said Carter.

    For more information about the Fit-Friendly Worksites program and how it improves the health of Americans by focusing on an activity that is convenient, free and easy, contact the American Heart Association at (800) 257-6941 ext. 6164or visit www.startwalkingnow.org.  

  • Two MCCG Nurses Chosen as Nurse of the Year
    Two MCCG Nurses Chosen as Nurse of the Year

    Two MCCG Nurses Chosen as Nurse of the Year

    March Of Dimes Awards Central Georgia Nurses in Statewide Competition

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, December 18, 2012) – Two nurses from The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) have been named Nurse of the Year by The March of Dimes. The March Of Dimes Georgia Chapter recognized James Carey, RN, RNC-NNICU, ASN of MCCG’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and Vickey Vaughn, MSN, FNP-C, RNC of MCCG’s Labor & Delivery/Women’s Services Unit at the Third Annual Nurse of the Year Awards on Saturday, November 17 in Atlanta.

    The Nurse of the Year ceremony is a statewide event that recognizes exceptional nurses, crates awareness of professional excellence and promotes the future of the nursing profession. Nurses from across the state and various specialties were recognized for their efforts to provide comfort, care and support to patients in their communities. Sixteen winners who have demonstrated excellence in patient care were announced at the awards dinner.

    “Nurses from across the state of Georgia were recognized in 16 specialties. MCCG is honored that our nurses were recognized in two of these categories. James and Vickey provide excellent patient care on a daily basis, and are well-deserving of this honor,” said Judy Paull, Chief Nursing Officer for MCCG.

    The March of Dimes accepted nominations for the awards from June 1 to August 1 of this year. More than 750 nominations were submitted from across the state, and from those, over 350 finalists emerged. A volunteer committee conducted a peer review of blinded applications and chose the winners for each category. Nurses were nominated in categories ranging from critical care to women’s health

    More than 700 people attended the event, raising over $175,000 for The March of Dimes, making the Georgia Nurse of the Year Awards the largest and most successful in the country.

    In the attached photo, winners Vickey Vaughn (left) and James Carey (right) stand with MCCG Chief Nursing Officer Judy Paull (center) at the March of Dimes’ Third Annual Nurse of the Year Awards ceremony in Atlanta. 

  • MCCG's Hospice Palliative Medicine Fellowship Receives Accreditation
    MCCG's Hospice Palliative Medicine Fellowship Receives Accreditation

    MCCG's Hospice Palliative Medicine Fellowship Receives Accreditation

    New Program One of Two in State   

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, December 12, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce that its Hospice Palliative Medicine fellowship has received a four-year accreditation from the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

    MCCG’s Hospice Palliative Medicine fellowship, founded in 2011, is one of two physician training programs for hospice and palliative care in the state of Georgia.

    “This is a relatively new field that specializes in patients with severe chronic illness and those facing terminal disease,” said Dr. Richard Ackermann, fellowship director. “Palliative medicine seeks to empower patients and families to direct their care at the end of life especially with life-sustaining technology and medications that have both benefits and burdens. The fellows help patients and families facing end-of-life issues.”

    Fellows in MCCG’s program work with patients and their families to create end-of-life care goals, and aggressively treat symptoms to improve patients’ quality of life. The fellows care for patients at the hospital, long-term care facilities, home, or Pine Pointe Hospice and Palliative Care, Central Georgia Health System’s new 15-bed hospice facility.

    Representatives from ACGME evaluated MCCG’s program, curriculum, facilities and innovative Transitions program before granting accreditation. The Transitions program provides medically trained therapists who assist patients with the transition from curative to end-of-life care.

    ACGME is the professional organization responsible for accrediting residency education programs. Residency education is the period of clinical education following graduation from medical school. Participants in MCCG’s Hospice Palliative Medicine fellowship are physicians who have chosen to receive additional training.

  • Dennis Ashley, M.D., Awarded Medical Association of Georgia's Prestigious Honor
    Dennis Ashley, M.D., Awarded Medical Association of Georgia's Prestigious Honor

    Dennis Ashley, M.D., Awarded Medical Association of Georgia’s Prestigious Honor

    Dr. Ashley Recognized for His Contributions to Statewide Trauma Care 

    MACON, GA (Monday, December 10, 2012) – Dennis W. Ashley, M.D., Director of Trauma Services at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has been awarded the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) Lamartine Hardman Cup. Dr. Ashley was recognized at MAG’s 158th House of Delegates meeting in Savannah, Ga.

    The Lamartine Hardman Cup is presented to the physician who, in the judgment of the Association, has solved any outstanding problem in public health or made any discovery in surgery or medicine, or such contribution to the science of medicine. Nominated by the Bibb County Medical Society, Dr. Ashley was recognized for his contributions to the development of a statewide trauma system as chair of the state trauma commission board.

    In his nomination letter, Bibb County Medical Society President Edward H. Young, M.D., wrote, “Dr. Ashley was among a group of dedicated trauma specialists who recognized the (access to care) problem Georgia residents faced and undertook efforts to organize a system to provide timely and appropriate care to injured patients outside the reach of established centers. (Dr. Ashley and others) convinced the Governor and leaders in the state legislature to provide an office within the Governor's office to lead the organization of a network of trauma centers and link with emergency services to assure rapid and definitive care throughout the state.”

    Dr. Ashley, of Surgical Associates in Macon, became the trauma director at MCCG after he was appointed to the position of assistant professor of surgery at the Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) in 1994. Under his leadership, MCCG earned its recognition as a Level I trauma center. Dr. Ashley has chaired the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission since its inception in 2007. In addition to his efforts to develop a statewide trauma system, Dr. Ashley has also established a training program in surgical critical care at MCCG’s trauma center, which was re-accredited in 2011. 

     “Through (his) creativity (and his) ability to work with physicians and administrations of all types throughout the state, and plain hard work and dedication, Dr. Ashley has been able to bring the state trauma system to its present level of excellence for the benefit of all Georgia residents as well as visitors,” said Don K. Nakayama, M.D., the chair of the Department of Surgery at MUSM.

    Dr. Ashley earned his medical degree from the University of Kentucky.

    The MAG award was named for Lamartine Hardman, M.D., who was Georgia's governor from 1927 to 1931 and who was a successful physician, entrepreneur and farmer in Jackson County. With more than 7,000 members, MAG is the leading voice for the medical profession in Georgia. MAG membership has increased by more than 20 percent since the beginning of 2011. Go to www.mag.org for additional information.

    In the attached photo, MAG Immediate Past President Sandra B. Reed, M.D. presents the Lamartine Hardman Cup to Dennis W. Ashley, M.D.

  • Join MCCG for Its Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Join MCCG for Its Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Join MCCG for Its Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Family-Friendly Event Planned in Conjunction with First Friday


    MACON, GA (Thursday, December 6, 2012) – Please join The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) on Friday, December 7 for an annual holiday tradition, the lighting of The Children’s Tree. Ykeyvion Wilson, a five year old from Lizella, Ga. and a patient at The Children’s Hospital, will light the tree in honor of all of the children at The Children’s Hospital.
     
    Festivities will begin in MCCG’s Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute lobby at 6:00 p.m. when Dr. Ninfa Saunders, CEO of Central Georgia Health System and MCCG, will welcome guests and introduce the musical entertainment, the Mercer University Children’s Choir. Representatives from Kohl’s department store, through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, will present a donation of $52,289.00 to The Children’s Hospital.
     
    Since 2006, the Kohl’s Cares® program has generously given $257,842 to The Children’s Hospital. This has enabled the establishment and growth of the Kohl’s Cares For Kids® Safety Zone program, which promotes childhood safety awareness and education, as the leading cause of death for children under the age of 14 is accidental injury.
     
    Kohl’s Kids Safety Zone program will also provide giveaways to children who attend the tree lighting ceremony, including information about safety awareness. Through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys and 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $150 million dollars through this program.
     
    The Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute at MCCG is located at the corner of First and Hemlock Streets. Those attending the event may park in MCCG’s Orange Parking Deck or on the street at no charge.

  • MCCG Receives American Heart Association Stroke Award
    MCCG Receives American Heart Association Stroke Award

    MCCG Receives American Heart Association Stroke Award

    Award Demonstrates MCCG’s Commitment to Quality Care for Stroke Patients

    MACON, GA (Monday, December 3, 2012)   The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has received the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes MCCG’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

    This marks the second consecutive year that MCCG has been recognized with the quality achievement award. The American Heart Association will present MCCG with the award on Tuesday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m. in MCCG’s Eversole Lobby. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend.

    Get With The Guidelines – Stroke helps MCCG’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

    The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

    “Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “MCCG’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

    Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

    “This award demonstrates that we are adhering to professional expectations. Our community can trust us to deliver the care they need,” said Judy Paull, Chief Nursing Officer at MCCG.

    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer new or recurrent stroke each year.

  • MCCG Receives American Heart Association Stroke Award
    MCCG Receives American Heart Association Stroke Award

    MCCG Receives American Heart Association Stroke Award

    Award Demonstrates MCCG’s Commitment to Quality Care for Stroke Patients  

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, November 28, 2012)   The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has received the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. The award recognizes MCCG’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines.

    This marks the second consecutive year that MCCG has been recognized with the quality achievement award. The American Heart Association will present MCCG with the award on Tuesday, December 4 at 11:30 a.m. in MCCG’s Eversole Lobby. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend.

    Get With The Guidelines – Stroke helps MCCG’s staff develop and implement acute and secondary prevention guideline processes to improve patient care and outcomes. The program provides hospitals with a web-based patient management tool, best practice discharge protocols and standing orders, along with a robust registry and real-time benchmarking capabilities to track performance.

    The quick and efficient use of guideline procedures can improve the quality of care for stroke patients and may reduce disability and save lives.

    “Recent studies show that patients treated in hospitals participating in the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke program receive a higher quality of care and may experience better outcomes,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., chair of the Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and director of the TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “MCCG’s team is to be commended for their commitment to improving the care of their patients.”

    Following Get With The Guidelines-Stroke treatment guidelines, patients are started on aggressive risk-reduction therapies including the use of medications such as tPA, antithrombotics and anticoagulation therapy, along with cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation counseling. These are all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Hospitals must adhere to these measures at a set level for a designated period of time to be eligible for the achievement awards.

    “This award demonstrates that we are adhering to professional expectations. Our community can trust us to deliver the care they need,” said Judy Paull, Chief Nursing Officer at MCCG.

    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds, someone dies of a stroke every four minutes, and 795,000 people suffer new or recurrent stroke each year.

  • MCCG Leads Region in Volume of Procedures Performed with Robotics
    MCCG Leads Region in Volume of Procedures Performed with Robotics

    MCCG Leads Region in Volume of Procedures Performed with Robotics

    Addition of daVinci® Si Contributes to Market Dominance   

    MACON, GA (Monday, November 26, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) now leads theregion in the volume of procedures performed with thedaVinci® robotic surgery system. With the recent addition of an upgraded robotic system, MCCG expects to continue leading the minimally invasive surgical market. 

    The daVinci® robotic surgery system assists surgeons as they perform minimally invasive surgeries. MCCG was the first hospital in Central Georgia to acquire the daVinci® technology in 2007, and since that time the robotic system has assisted urologists, gynecologists, cardiologists, general surgeons, and most recently, pediatric surgeons.

    Now MCCG has acquired the newest product from the daVinci® line, daVinci® Si. The new system offers an enhanced high definition 1080i 3D view of the surgical site with up to 10 times magnification, and digital operating room integration. The technology provides the surgeon greater range of motion, as well as tremor filtration and motion control.

    In addition, daVinci® Si allows for the attachment of a new operating platform, Single-Site Instrumentation. Single-Site Instrumentation allows the surgeon to remove the gallbladder from a single incision, an incision in the navel approximately one inch in size that leaves no visible scar. This is the first step toward implementing single-site robotic techniques in other procedures that currently require multiple or large incisions.

    Robotic assisted surgery has provided a minimally invasive procedure to more patients that would otherwise have to have multiple incisions or traditional open surgery. The technology of single site robotics provides a safer technique to do a single incision laparoscopic surgery,” said Dr. John Williams, IV, FACS, Surgeon with Macon Surgical Associates.

    This new instrumentation, like the entire daVinci® system, not only offers multiple benefits to the surgeon, but also to the patient. Patients benefit from this less invasive surgery method in several ways. By choosing to use daVinci®, the patient may experience less pain, less blood loss, fewer stitches, less  need for narcotics, faster recovery time and a quicker return to normal activities.

    “In the age of minimally invasive surgery, this is another tool to offer patients a safe, single incision option. This is cosmetically pleasing to patients in addition to getting them back to work quicker,” said Dr. RobertParel, II, FACS, Surgeon with Surgical Associates of Macon.

     

    These benefits are not limited to adult patients. Beginning in 2012, The Children’s Hospital at MCCG became the only hospital in the state to offer daVinci® assisted surgeries for pediatric patients. Dr. Josh Glenn, Pediatric Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Bryan Weidner, Pediatric Surgeon, are currently the only general pediatric surgeons in the state trained in the pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system.

     

    “We want only the best for our smallest and most fragile patients, and MCCG provides this state-of-the-art technology to the children of Georgia. No one else in the state of Georgia is offering this service to children and it can only be found here at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG,” said Dr. Glenn. 

    The daVinci® robotic surgery system is changing the surgical experience for Central Georgians who choose MCCG. State-of-the-art technology is one of the ways MCCG is striving for superior outcomes for all patients, both young and old.

  • Medela Announces Virtual Campaign in Honor of Prematurity Awareness Month
    Medela Announces Virtual Campaign in Honor of Prematurity Awareness Month

    Medela Announces Virtual Campaign in Honor of Prematurity Awareness Month

    The Children’s Hospital at MCCG Encourages Voting to help NICU Win Medela Products 

    MACON, GA (Monday, November 19, 2012) – The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) encourages the community to participate in Medela, Inc.’s fourth annual Virtual Human Milk Collection Campaign in an effort to assist premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The campaign is held in honor of National Prematurity Awareness Month, sponsored by the March of Dimes.

    As part of the campaign, Medela will donate a total of $30,000 in breastfeeding related products to six NICUs across the country. Throughout the month of November, participants may visit www.medelapreemieawareness.com to vote for their preferred NICU. One NICU from each of six geographic regions will receive $5,000 worth of Medela products for their facility. Voting is open to the public and continues through November 30.

    “Breast milk is preferred for premature babies, who are vulnerable to illnesses, but breastfeeding in the NICU is challenging,” said Missi Upshaw, Business Development Coordinator for Women’s Services and The Children’s Hospital. “The number of premature births has escalated steadily and alarmingly over the past two decades. We at The Children’s Hospital ask the community to support us in this campaign. Please vote for your local NICU.”

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, breast milk provides optimal nutrition for babies. Feeding human milk rather than formula in the NICU may reduce the length of hospital stay, days of oxygen therapy and incidence of ear infections, respiratory infections and intestinal illnesses.

    Prematurity is the leading cause of death for newborns in the United States. In approximately 40 percent of cases, the cause of the premature birth is unknown. The NICU at MCCG has partnered with the March of Dimes, a volunteer health organization whose mission is to preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality.

    To vote for the NICU at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG, please visit www.medelapreemieawareness.com. For further details on the promotion, please visit www.medelapreemieawareness.com.

  • MCCG Encourages Community to Quit Smoking for A Day
    MCCG Encourages Community to Quit Smoking for A Day

    MCCG Encourages Community to Quit Smoking for A Day

    Local Smokers Encouraged to Turn In Their Packs for Incentives  

    MACON, GA (Thursday, November 15, 2012)   The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will participate in The American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 15. Smokers are urged to use this day to create a plan to quit or event quit smoking for the day in hopes that they will quit for good.

    To take the first step to health and wellness, tobacco users are encouraged to turn in their pack(s) of cigarettes or other tobacco products for a free goodie bag that includes a t-shirt, stress help kit and educational aids. Smokers may trade in their packs at the following locations:

    • Heartworks, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      • The Albert Luce Heart Institute at MCCG, 777 Hemlock Street, Macon
    • The Macon Health Club, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      • 389 First Street, Macon
    • All Spice Café, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      • MCCG’s Main Cafeteria, 777 Hemlock Street, Macon
    • The Wellness Center, 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      • 3797 Northside Drive, Macon

    According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smoking accounts for 438,000 premature deaths annually and 38,000 nonsmokers die annually as a result of secondhand smoke. MCCG asks smokers to participate in the Great American Smokeout, and calls on nonsmokers to encourage their coworkers, family and friends to participate as well.

    For those interested, MCCG sponsors a free, four-week American Cancer Society “Fresh Start” smoking cessation class each month. For more information, contact Heartworks, a service of MCCG, at (478) 633-9090.

    For additional information on the Great American Smokeout, contact Heartworks or visit www.cancer.org/smokeout

  • MCCG Improves Patient Safety, Clinical Decision Making with Innovative Remote Respiratory Monitoring System
    MCCG Improves Patient Safety, Clinical Decision Making with Innovative Remote Respiratory Monitoring System

    MCCG Improves Patient Safety, Clinical Decision Making

    with Innovative Remote Respiratory Monitoring System 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, November 14, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce its implementation of the Covidien NellcorTM OxiNetTM III remote monitoring system—a tool that is supporting sound clinical decisions  and improving patient safety.  For Covidien, this represents the largest installation of a centralized remote respiratory monitoring system.

    More specifically, the  OxiNet III remote monitoring system allows clinicians in MCCG’s 7,583 square foot Logistics Hub, which opened this past  July, to continuously monitor patients’ oxygen saturation levels, even when the clinician is not at the bedside. Remote monitoring of  patient respiratory status helps clinicians identify subtle yet clinically significant changes in ventilation and oxygenation sooner, and respond  faster to adverse events.

    “We ensure that our highly skilled clinicians have the most advanced technologies available to care for each of our patients,” said Judy Paul, Chief Nursing Officer at MCCG. “Upon careful review of the OxiNet III remote monitoring system, we felt the technology’s capability to address post-operative respiratory distress is one more tool for us in our ongoing commitment to patient safety and recovery.”

    The OxiNet III remote respiratory monitoring system provides customizable systems that effectively monitor any floor in a facility. Relaying data from the bedside to a central station like MCCG’s Logistics Hub creates a remote respiratory monitoring system. If a patient’s oxygen level dips below the accepted level, clinicians are alerted via visible and audible alarms at the central stationand by pager alerts. The system addresses recommendations put forth by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices and The Joint Commission.

    Covidien is a leading global provider of healthcare products and recognized innovator in patient monitoring mechanical ventilation and respiratory care devices.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    A Series of Events to be Held in November  

    MACON, GA (Monday, November 12, 2012) –The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Cancer Life Center at MCCG will host a series of events during the month of November in recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The community is encouraged to participate in these events to raise awareness and support for those with lung cancer.

    On Wednesday, November 7, the Cancer Life Center  and Central Georgia Diagnostics will host a free Lunch & Learn on Lung Cancer for current and former smokers. The luncheon will take place at Jeneane’s At Pinebrooke from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dr. James Foster, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, MCVI will be the guest speaker. To register, call 478-633-8537.

    Mayor Robert Reichert will proclaim November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month at Macon City Hall on Thursday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. The proclamation ceremony is not a public event, but the media are invited to attend.

    A screening event, “Your Lungs, Your Life, Get Screened,” will be held Saturday, November 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at MCCG’s Luce Heart Tower. Current and former smokers ages 50 to 74 may receive chest CT scans at the event. Lunch is included, and an RSVP is required. To register, call 478-633-9111.

    The “Shine A Light On Lung Cancer” vigil will be held on Monday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Macon City Hall. Join hundreds of thousands of people across America who are coming together to provide a voice for those touched by lung cancer. To register, visit www.maconvigil.kintera.org

    An American Cancer Society/American Heart Association Executive Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Mercer University Center in the President’s Dining Room. Danny McGoldrick, Vice President of Research at Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids, and Dr. James Cunningham, Chief Medical Officer at MCCG, will be the guest speakers. This is not a public event, but the media is invited to attend.

    Finally, The Great American Smokeout will be held Thursday, November 15. This is a day for smokers to “Butt Out.” Smokers are encouraged to use the day to make a plan to quit, or to even quit smoking for the day. MCCG’s Heartworks will offer incentives and activities for those interested. Call Heartworks at 478-633-9090 for more information.

  • Local Student Names MCCG's Surgical Robot
    Local Student Names MCCG's Surgical Robot

    Local Student Names MCCG's Surgical Robot

    Contest Winner and Community Children Invited to "Name The Robot"Event and Teddy Bear Clinic 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, November 8, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) announced today that Caymen Watson,10, astudent at Hunt Elementary School in Ft. Valley,is the winner of its recent “Name Our Surgery Robot” contest.

    Caymenwon when his submission – “Surgeo” – was chosen from more than 100 entries into the contest to name MCCG’s pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system. Caymenwill be recognized at this Saturday’s “Name The Robot” Event and Teddy Bear Clinic when hewill be the first to visit the Teddy Bear Clinic and will receive a $50 Target gift card. Caymen will be available for media interviews at 8:45 a.m.

    Children and their families are invited to MCCG this Saturday, November 10 between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. this Saturday for a chance to meet MCCG’s pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system. Children will have the opportunity to prepare a teddy bear for surgery, observe as the teddy bear receives an operation with the daVinci® robot, and will be given a teddy bear and a goody bag to take home.

    MCCG began performing pediatric operations with the daVinci® robotic surgery system earlier this year. Pediatric procedures performed by the daVinci® system offer the surgeon superior visualization and control. Young patients benefit from this less invasive surgery method in several ways. By choosing to use daVinci®, the patient may experience less pain, less blood loss, fewer stitches, less  need for narcotics, faster recovery time and a quicker return to normal activities. Dr. Joshua Glenn, pediatric surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Bryan Weidner, pediatric surgeon, are currently the only general pediatric surgeon in the state trained in the pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system.

    Those attending the “Name the Robot” Teddy Bear Clinic may park in MCCG’s Green Parking Deck at no charge. Visit MCCG’s Main Information Desk, at the 777 Hemlock Street entrance, and ask to visit the robot.

  • MCCG Encourages Community to Quit Smoking for A Day
    MCCG Encourages Community to Quit Smoking for A Day

    MCCG Encourages Community to Quit Smoking for A Day

    Local Smokers Encouraged to Turn In Their Packs for Incentives  

    MACON, GA (Thursday, November 8, 2012)   The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will participate in The American Cancer Society’s 37th Annual Great American Smokeout on Thursday, November 15. Smokers are urged to use this day to create a plan to quit or event quit smoking for the day in hopes that they will quit for good.

    To take the first step to health and wellness, tobacco users are encouraged to turn in their pack(s) of cigarettes or other tobacco products for a free goodie bag that includes a t-shirt, stress help kit and educational aids. Smokers may trade in their packs at the following locations:

    • Heartworks, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
      • The Albert Luce Heart Institute at MCCG, 777 Hemlock Street, Macon
    • The Macon Health Club, 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
      • 389 First Street, Macon
    • All Spice Café, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
      • MCCG’s Main Cafeteria, 777 Hemlock Street, Macon
    • The Wellness Center, 5:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
      • 3797 Northside Drive, Macon

    According to the American Cancer Society, tobacco use is the single largest preventable cause of premature death in the United States. Smoking accounts for 438,000 premature deaths annually and 38,000 nonsmokers die annually as a result of secondhand smoke. MCCG asks smokers to participate in the Great American Smokeout, and calls on nonsmokers to encourage their coworkers, family and friends to participate as well.

    For those interested, MCCG sponsors a free, four-week American Cancer Society “Fresh Start” smoking cessation class each month. For more information, contact Heartworks, a service of MCCG, at (478) 633-9090.

    For additional information on the Great American Smokeout, contact Heartworks or visit www.cancer.org/smokeout

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    A Series of Events to be Held in November  

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, November 7, 2012) –The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Cancer Life Center at MCCG will host a series of events during the month of November in recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The community is encouraged to participate in these events to raise awareness and support for those with lung cancer.

    On Wednesday, November 7, the Cancer Life Center  and Central Georgia Diagnostics will host a free Lunch & Learn on Lung Cancer for current and former smokers. The luncheon will take place at Jeneane’s At Pinebrooke from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dr. James Foster, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, MCVI will be the guest speaker. To register, call 478-633-8537.

    Mayor Robert Reichert will proclaim November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month at Macon City Hall on Thursday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. The proclamation ceremony is not a public event, but the media are invited to attend.

    A screening event, “Your Lungs, Your Life, Get Screened,” will be held Saturday, November 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at MCCG’s Luce Heart Tower. Current and former smokers ages 50 to 74 may receive chest CT scans at the event. Lunch is included, and an RSVP is required. To register, call 478-633-9111.

    The “Shine A Light On Lung Cancer” vigil will be held on Monday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Macon City Hall. Join hundreds of thousands of people across America who are coming together to provide a voice for those touched by lung cancer. To register, visit www.maconvigil.kintera.org

    An American Cancer Society/American Heart Association Executive Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Mercer University Center in the President’s Dining Room. Danny McGoldrick, Vice President of Research at Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids, and Dr. James Cunningham, Chief Medical Officer at MCCG, will be the guest speakers. This is not a public event, but the media is invited to attend.

    Finally, The Great American Smokeout will be held Thursday, November 15. This is a day for smokers to “Butt Out.” Smokers are encouraged to use the day to make a plan to quit, or to even quit smoking for the day. MCCG’s Heartworks will offer incentives and activities for those interested. Call Heartworks at 478-633-9090 for more information.

  • Join The Medical Center of Central Georgia for a Teddy Bear Clinic
    Join The Medical Center of Central Georgia for a Teddy Bear Clinic

    Join The Medical Center of Central Georgia for a Teddy Bear Clinic

    Family-Friendly Event to Demonstrate MCCG’s New Pediatric Robotic Surgery System  

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, November 6, 2012) –Please join The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) on Saturday, November 10 for the “Name the Robot” Event and Teddy Bear Clinic.

    Children and their families are invited to MCCG between 9:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. this Saturday for a chance to meet MCCG’s pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system. Children will have the opportunity to prepare a teddy bear for surgery, then observe as the teddy bear receives an operation with the daVinci® robot. Children will be given a teddy bear, as well as a goody bag, and the winner of the “Name Our Surgery Robot” contest will be announced.

    The “Name Our Surgery Robot” contest ended November 2 and the winner was selected at random. The winning child will be the first to visit the “Name the Robot” Teddy Bear Clinic, and will receive a $50 Target gift card. The “Name Our Surgery Robot” contest was announced through social media, in Central Georgia schools and at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG. Approximately 100 children entered the contest.

    MCCG began performing pediatric operations with the daVinci® robotic surgery system earlier this year. Pediatric procedures performed by the daVinci® system offer the surgeon superior visualization and control. Young patients benefit from this less invasive surgery method in several ways. By choosing to use daVinci®, the patient may experience less pain, less blood loss, fewer stitches, less  need for narcotics, faster recovery time and a quicker return to normal activities. Dr. Joshua Glenn, pediatric surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Children’s Hospital, and Dr. Bryan Weidner, pediatric surgeon, are currently the only general pediatric surgeon in the state trained in the pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system.

    Those attending the “Name the Robot” Teddy Bear Clinic may park in MCCG’s Green Parking Deck at no charge. Visit MCCG’s Main Information Desk, at the 777 Hemlock Street entrance, and ask to visit the robot.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia to Celebrate Lung Cancer Awareness Month

    A Series of Events to be Held in November  

    MACON, GA (Thursday, November 1, 2012) –The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Cancer Life Center at MCCG will host a series of events during the month of November in recognition of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The community is encouraged to participate in these events to raise awareness and support for those with lung cancer.

    On Wednesday, November 7, the Cancer Life Center  and Central Georgia Diagnostics will host a free Lunch & Learn on Lung Cancer for current and former smokers. The luncheon will take place at Jeneane’s At Pinebrooke from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Dr. James Foster, Cardiothoracic Surgeon, MCVI will be the guest speaker. To register, call 478-633-8537.

    Mayor Robert Reichert will proclaim November as Lung Cancer Awareness Month at Macon City Hall on Thursday, November 8 at 2:00 p.m. The proclamation ceremony is not a public event, but the media are invited to attend.

    A screening event, “Your Lungs, Your Life, Get Screened,” will be held Saturday, November 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at MCCG’s Luce Heart Tower. Current and former smokers ages 50 to 74 may receive chest CT scans at the event. Lunch is included, and an RSVP is required. To register, call 478-633-9111.

    The Great American Smokeout will be held Monday, November 12. This is a day for smokers to “Butt Out.” Smokers are encouraged to use the day to make a plan to quit, or to even quit smoking for the day. MCCG’s Heartworks will offer incentives and activities for those interested. Call Heartworks at 478-633-9090 for more information.

    The “Shine A Light On Lung Cancer” vigil will also be held on Monday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Macon City Hall. Join hundreds of thousands of people across America who are coming together to provide a voice for those touched by lung cancer. To register, visit www.maconvigil.kintera.org

    In addition, an American Cancer Society/American Heart Association Executive Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Mercer University Center in the President’s Dining Room. Danny McGoldrick, Vice President of Research at Campaign For Tobacco-Free Kids, and Dr. James Cunningham, Chief Medical Officer at MCCG, will be the guest speakers. This is not a public event, but the media is invited to attend.

  • Central Georgia Rehab Hospital's Dr. Rivner to Speak at Symposium
    Central Georgia Rehab Hospital's Dr. Rivner to Speak at Symposium

    Central Georgia Rehab Hospital's Dr. Rivner to Speak at Symposium

    Annual ALS Educational Symposium to be held November 10  

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, October 30, 2012) – Dr. Michael H. Rivner, a physician at Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital’s (CGRH) ALS clinic, is scheduled to speak at “Living for Today, Learning for Tomorrow,” a statewide one-day educational symposium for ALS patients, caregivers, families and healthcare providers.

    The symposium, produced by the ALS Association of Georgia, will be held on November 10 at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center Hotel from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Participants in the symposium will discuss the latest developments in the treatment of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Participants will learn about current medical and psychosocial clinical care standards in ALS, and will be provided with the latest information regarding respiratory, mobility and speech issues; symptom management; nutrition; communication; caregiver support; end-of-life issues; and legal and financial issues.

    Panel discussions and interactive workshops will include:

    • Latest Developments in research and treatment of ALS
    • Practical living solutions
    • Financial resources families may not be aware of or have overlooked

    Featured speakers include:

    CGRH’s ALS clinic is held month. For more information, please call (478) 201-6748.

    To register for the symposium, please contact Anne Marie Toland, ALS Association of Georgia, at 404-636-9909 or toll free at 888-636-9940.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces New Advanced Monitoring System
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces New Advanced Monitoring System

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces New Advanced Monitoring System

    System Monitors Cardiac Performance Over Time in Critically Ill Patients 

    MACON, GA (Monday, October 29, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce the addition of a first-of-its-kind medical device to guide the identification and management of compromised blood flow in critically ill patients.

    MCCG has added the ImaCor hTEE™ system to its Cardiovascular and Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Units (CVICU and STICU) to allow physicians to view the heart function of critical patients in real time. The ClariTEE® probe and Zura EVO™ imaging platform provide continuously available images that are used by physicians to monitor a patient’s response to medical interventions and to help determine or re-direct the best course of treatment over an extended period of time. The system also permits physicians in the CVICU to monitor the progress of patients who have recently received the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), now offered at MCCG.

    “With the ImaCor hTEE™ system, we can view the patient’s response to an intervention right at the bedside. We can tell in real time if the fluid, blood or medication works. That gives the clinician a big head start on what’s going on and whether or not the therapy is working without putting the patient in danger,” said Dr. Dennis Ashley, Director of Trauma Services at MCCG.

    The addition of ImaCor hTEE™ systems in MCCG’s CVICU and STICU has made heart monitoring in critical patients quicker and easier. The pencil-size ClariTEE™ ultrasound probe may be left in the patient’s esophagus for up to 72 hours. Physicians can hook the probe up to the Zura EVO™ imaging platform and view the heart’s progress at any time, and numerical and visual results may be compared over hours or days.

    The ImaCor hTEE™ system positions MCCG at the front of a series of clinical and research endeavors focused on improving patient outcomes in critical care through optimizing cardiac performance. As the first in the state of Georgia to purchase the hTEE™ system, MCCG leads an elite group of hospitals around the world that are adopting this state-of-the-art technology.

    “It is exciting to be on the cutting edge, to be the first hospital in the state of Georgia that understands how important it is to fully integrate ultrasound capabilities into the critical care setting,” said Dr. Ashley. “The ClariTEE® probe and Zura EVO™ imaging platform enable gold standard hemodynamic assessment easily, and over time.”

  • Down Home Fun to Benefit The Children's Hospital at MCCG
    Down Home Fun to Benefit The Children's Hospital at MCCG

    Down Home Fun to Benefit The Children’s Hospital at MCCG

    Fall Festival Fun for Children & Families 

    MACON, GA (Friday, October 26, 2012) – The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is preparing for some down home fun at Lane Southern Orchards.

    Lane Southern Orchards will host a fall festival on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with proceeds benefiting The Children’s Hospital. The festival will include an array of family-friendly events, such as harvest hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting, a play area and a six acre corn maze.

    In addition, certified car seat technicians will be on hand throughout the event to ensure that car seats are installed correctly in vehicles. This service is free, and no appointment is necessary.

    The Central Georgia community is invited to attend this event and encouraged to support The Children’s Hospital.

  • MCCG Wraps Up 'Paint The Town Pink' During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    MCCG Wraps Up 'Paint The Town Pink' During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG Wraps Up 'Paint The Town Pink' During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Final Week of Events Planned to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness  

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, October 23, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Central Georgia Breast Care Center (CGBCC) continue the month-long celebration to promote awareness and education during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last year, over 230,000 women in the U.S. learned that they had breast cancer, but thanks to improving treatments and early detection, many of these women will survive. MCCG and CGBCC encourage the central Georgia community to raise awareness by joining “Paint The Town Pink.”

    The following is a list of events and festivities scheduled for this week:

    • Wednesday, Oct. 24:“Nutrition and Breast Cancer” presentation by nutritionist Courtney Mosser, RD, LD at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., 12 p.m.
      • Live demonstration with Chef Joe Martin
      • Lunch provided
      • FREE
      • For reservations, call (478) 633-4733
    • Thursday, Oct. 25: Unmasking Breast Cancer Lunch and Learn at the Bibb County Health Department, 171 Emory Hwy., 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
      • Wear pink and wear a mask
      • Call (478) 751-6243 for tickets and information
    • Saturday, Oct. 27: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at North Peach Park, Byron, 7 a.m.
    • Month Long Events
      • Oct. 19-26: The Pink Promise at The Shoppes at River Crossing
        • For each Pink Promise sign posted in the Pink Promise Zone at The Village Green, The Shoppes at River Crossing will donate $1 to the fight against breast cancer.
      • Pink Fridays at The Tubman: Wear pink for $1 off admission at the Tubman African-American Museum each Friday in October
      • Free clinical breast exams at the Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 171 Emery Hwy., each Friday in October, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      • Pink Bosom Berry Shake special throughout October at The Rookery
      • Wear Pink Month at Arena Chiropractic with Dr. Gary Biggs, 2410 Riverside Dr.
        • New patients receive a complimentary consult and exam.
        • Existing patients receive a complimentary adjustment on Fridays.
        • For more information, call (478) 743-0047.
      • Celebrating Pink fountains at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Fountain Carwash, Gateway Plaza and Mercer University throughout October

    Events are subject to change. For more information and a complete listing of events, please visit www.paintthetownpinkmacon.com.

     

  • Down Home Fun to Benefit The Children's Hospital at MCCG
    Down Home Fun to Benefit The Children's Hospital at MCCG

    Down Home Fun to Benefit The Children's Hospital at MCCG

    Fall Festival Fun for Children & Families

     MACON, GA (Monday, October 22, 2012) – The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is preparing for some down home fun at Lanes Southern Orchards.

    Lanes Southern Orchards will host a fall festival on Saturday, October 27 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with proceeds benefiting The Children’s Hospital. The festival will include an array of family-friendly events, such as harvest hayrides, face painting, pumpkin painting, a pumpkin patch play area and a six acre corn maze.

    In addition, certified car seat technicians will be on hand throughout the event to ensure that car seats are installed correctly in vehicles. This service is free, and no appointment is necessary.

    The Central Georgia community is invited to attend this event and encouraged to support The Children’s Hospital.

  • MCCG Continues to 'Paint The Town Pink' During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    MCCG Continues to 'Paint The Town Pink' During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG Continues to 'Paint The Town Pink' During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    A Month-long Series of Special Events Planned to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness  

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, October 17, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Central Georgia Breast Care Center (CGBCC) continue the month-long celebration to promote awareness and education during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last year, over 230,000 women in the U.S. learned that they had breast cancer, but thanks to improving treatments and early detection, many of these women will survive. MCCG and CGBCC encourage the central Georgia community to raise awareness by joining “Paint The Town Pink.”

    The following is a list of events and festivities scheduled for this week:

    • Wednesday, Oct. 17:
      • “Wear Pink Hat Day” at Molly’s Café, 402 Cherry St., opens at 11 a.m.
        • FREE pink lemonade
      • Pink Alliance HoPe Chapter breast cancer support group, Flint Energies Building, intersection of Hwy 96 and Sutherlin Dr., Warner Robins, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Thursday, Oct. 18:
      • Pink Alliance Survivor Support Group Pink Party in the Lanier Building Conference Room, 1062 Forsyth St., 12 p.m.
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-8537
      • Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at CGBCC, 1014 Forsyth St., 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
        • For reservations, call (478)  621-2000
      • “FI(GH)T the Cure” at Dillard’s at River Crossing, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
        • For every Wacoal bra sold, Dillard’s at River Crossing will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
    • Saturday, Oct. 20:
      • Community Health Fair at New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 4388 Robinson Rd., 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 21: Brunch at Marco Ristorante Italiano, 4581 Forsyth Rd., seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
      • Ticket price: $40.00
      • Proceeds benefit United In Pink
      • For more information, contact Laura Paxton, (478) 254-5247
    • Month Long Events
      • Oct. 19-26: The Pink Promise at The Shoppes at River Crossing
        • For each Pink Promise sign posted in the Pink Promise Zone at The Village Green, The Shoppes at River Crossing will donate $1 to the fight against breast cancer.
      • Pink Fridays at The Tubman: Wear pink for $1 off admission at the Tubman African-American Museum each Friday in October
      • Free clinical breast exams at the Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 171 Emery Hwy., each Friday in October, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      • Pink Bosom Berry Shake special throughout October at The Rookery
      • Wear Pink Month at Arena Chiropractic with Dr. Gary Biggs, 2410 Riverside Dr.
        • New patients receive a complimentary consult and exam.
        • Existing patients receive a complimentary adjustment on Fridays.
        • For more information, call (478) 743-0047.
      • Celebrating Pink fountains at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Fountain Carwash, Gateway Plaza and Mercer University throughout October

    Events are subject to change. For more information and a complete listing of events, please visit www.paintthetownpinkmacon.com.

  • MCCG Requests Community Support in Pink Glove Dance
    MCCG Requests Community Support in Pink Glove Dance

    MCCG Requests Community Support in Pink Glove Dance

    Your Votes Could Help Local Breast Cancer Charity, Patients 

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, October 16, 2012) – Employees at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), the Central Georgia Breast Care Center, and local breast cancer survivors recently created a music video in an effort to win up to $10,000 for local breast cancer initiatives. In order to receive the prize, MCCG needs the community’s support.

    MCCG’s music video has been entered in the 2012 Pink Glove Dance Competition, a nationwide contest to raise funds for breast cancer charities. The video is titled “Medical Center of Central Georgia.” Area residents are encouraged to log onto www.pinkglovedance.com before Friday, November 2 to vote for their favorite music video.

    The top three winners will receive a donation in their name to the breast cancer charity of their choice. Winners will be announced Friday, November 9 on www.pinkglovedance.com.

    The Pink Glove Dance Competition is sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc.

  • 'Stars Over Macon Ball' To Benefit Pine Pointe Hospice
    'Stars Over Macon Ball' To Benefit Pine Pointe Hospice

    'Stars Over Macon Ball' To Benefit Pine Pointe Hospice

    Event Scheduled for October 20 

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, October 9, 2012) – The 5th Annual Stars Over Macon Ball is scheduled for Saturday, October 20 in the gymnasium at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pine Pointe Hospice & Palliative Care, The Hospice of Central Georgia, the new inpatient hospice facility from The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

    Doors open at 7 p.m. with complimentary wine and a buffet in the poolside garden. A live band will begin at 8 p.m. Afterwards, professional ballroom dancers from Nancy Senner Productions of Atlanta will perform a Latin floor show and demonstrate various dance techniques.

    Tickets are $50.00 each or $400.00 for a table of eight. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (478) 254-4338.

  • Peach Regional Medical Center Project Generates $3.8 Million for Local Economy
    Peach Regional Medical Center Project Generates $3.8 Million for Local Economy

    Peach Regional Medical Center Project Generates $3.8 Million for Local Economy

    Retail Sales, Home Sales, Taxes Affected

    MACON, GA (DAY, DATE) – Peach Regional Medical Center (PRMC) recently announced the fiscal impact of the construction of its new facility at 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron. The project will generate an estimated $3.8 million for the local economy, according to a report recently released by the Middle Georgia Regional Commission.

    “The report shows that Peach Regional Medical Center’s expansion will have an enormous positive impact on our local economy, which makes us very proud,” said Nancy Peed, CEO of PRMC. “We thank the residents of Peach County for their unwavering support, and will continue to work hard to ensure that the citizens of this community have access to high-quality, affordable healthcare services.”

    The residents of Peach and surrounding counties will have access to the new, modern, 25-bed hospital complete with a larger emergency center and an operating room suite, expanded outpatient services and all-private rooms. This new facility will be operated through a partnership with PRMC and Central Georgia Health System.

    The new facility will be 68,000 square feet, roughly 15,000 square feet larger than the current Peach Regional Medical Center facility located at 601 Blue Bird Blvd. in Fort Valley. Construction began in May, with completion set for the summer of 2013.

  • MCCG to 'Paint The Town Pink' During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    MCCG to 'Paint The Town Pink' During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG to 'Paint The Town Pink' During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    A Month-long Series of Special Events Planned to Raise Breast Cancer Awareness  

    MACON, GA (Monday, October 1, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Central Georgia Breast Care Center (CGBCC) have prepared a month-long celebration to promote awareness and education during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last year, over 230,000 women in the U.S. learned that they had breast cancer, but thanks to improving treatments and early detection, many of these women will survive. MCCG and CGBCC encourage the central Georgia community to raise awareness by joining “Paint The Town Pink.”

    The following is a schedule of events and festivities:

    • Monday, Oct. 1: Mayor Robert Reichert Proclamation at City Hall, 2:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Oct. 2: Life Boutique Open House at The Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St., 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
      • Breast prosthesis fittings and special events
    • Thursday, Oct. 4:Pink Ribbon Car Painting at Chick-fil-A, 5920 Zebulon Road; 11 a.m. – 1p.m.
      • Pink ice cream served
      • FREE
    • Friday, Oct. 5:
      • Breast Cancer Survivor Symposium at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
        • FREE breakfast included
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-4733
      • First Friday “Game Day,” Downtown Macon, free pink footballs
        • FREE “Breast Cancer Awareness” First Friday Forum, Tubman African American Museum, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, Oct. 6:Smarr Southern Jam at the Meadows, 1064 Rumble Road, Forsyth, 6 p.m.
    • Monday, Oct. 8: “Life is Worth Fighting For” presentation by Jane Jackson at The Armory Ballroom, 484 First St., 12 p.m.
      • FREE, lunch included
      • For reservations, call (478) 633-4733
    • Thursday, Oct. 11:“Look Good, Feel Better” at the Lanier Building, 1082 Forsyth St., 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
      • Assistance for cancer patients coping with appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
      • For reservations, call (478) 633-8537
    • Friday, Oct. 12:
      • Official “Wear Pink Day” in Macon
      • Mammogram Marathon at Central Georgia Breast Care Center, 1014 Forsyth St., and Central Georgia Diagnostics Northwest, 5925 Zebulon Rd., 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
        • No appointment necessary, but a physician’s order is required.
    • Saturday, Oct. 13:
      • TRI-athlon at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., 7 a.m.
        • Minimum pledge of $25.00
        • Open to members and non-members
        • For reservations, call (478) 477-2300
      • Lady Diamond Motorcycle Club “2nd Annual Breast & Prostate Cancer Awareness Event” at Central City Park, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 14: College Hill Alliance 2nd Sunday Brunch at Washington Park, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
      • Concert with Coyote Bones
      • Pink ornaments for children to decorate
      • FREE
    • Tuesday, Oct. 16: “Pamper Me Pink” Health Fair at Buck Melton Community Center, 150 Sessions Dr., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      • FREE
    • Wednesday, Oct. 17:
      • “Wear Pink Hat Day” at Molly’s Café, 402 Cherry St., opens at 11 a.m.
        • FREE pink lemonade
      • Pink Alliance HoPe Chapter breast cancer support group, Flint Energies Building, intersection of Hwy 96 and Sutherlin Dr., Warner Robins, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Thursday, Oct. 18:
      • Pink Alliance Survivor Support Group Pink Party in the Lanier Building Conference Room, 1062 Forsyth St., 12 p.m.
        • For reservations, call (478) 633-8537
      • Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at CGBCC, 1014 Forsyth St., 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
        • For reservations, call (478)  621-2000
      • “FI(GH)T the Cure” at Dillard’s at River Crossing, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
        • For every Wacoal bra sold, Dillard’s at River Crossing will donate $2 to Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
    • Saturday, Oct. 20:
      • Community Health Fair at New Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church, 4388 Robinson Rd., 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 21: Brunch at Marco Ristorante Italiano, 4581 Forsyth Rd., seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
      • Ticket price: $40.00
      • Proceeds benefit United In Pink
      • For more information, contact Laura Paxton, (478) 254-5247
    • Wednesday, Oct. 24:“Nutrition and Breast Cancer” presentation by nutritionist Courtney Mosser, RD, LD at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., 12 p.m.
      • Live demonstration with Chef Joe Martin
      • Lunch provided
      • FREE
      • For reservations, call (478) 633-4733
    • Thursday, Oct. 25: Unmasking Breast Cancer Lunch and Learn at the Bibb County Health Department, 171 Emory Hwy., 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
      • Wear pink and wear a mask
      • Call (478) 751-6243 for tickets and information
    • Saturday, Oct. 27: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at North Peach Park, Byron, 7 a.m.
    • Month Long Events
      • Oct. 19-26: The Pink Promise at The Shoppes at River Crossing
        • For each Pink Promise sign posted in the Pink Promise Zone at The Village Green, The Shoppes at River Crossing will donate $1 to the fight against breast cancer.
      • Pink Fridays at The Tubman: Wear pink for $1 off admission at the Tubman African-American Museum each Friday in October
      • Free clinical breast exams at the Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 171 Emery Hwy., each Friday in October, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      • Pink Bosom Berry Shake special throughout October at The Rookery
      • Wear Pink Month at Arena Chiropractic Center with Dr. Gary Biggs, 2410 Riverside Dr.
        • New patients receive a complimentary consult and exam.
        • Existing patients receive a complimentary adjustment on Fridays.
        • For more information, call (478) 743-0047.
      • Celebrating Pink fountains at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Fountain Carwash, Gateway Plaza and Mercer University throughout October

    Events are subject to change. For more information and a complete listing of events, please visit www.paintthetownpinkmacon.com.

  • Calling All Photographers
    Calling All Photographers

    Calling All Photographers

    Submissions Requested for New Peach County Hospital 

    MACON, GA (Monday, September 24, 2012) – Construction is currently underway on the new Peach Regional Medical Center (PRMC), and Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) is calling on local photographers to put the finishing touch on this new state-of-the-art facility.

    CGHS will host a photography contest during the month of October, and winning entries will be displayed in PRMC with the photographer’s name under the photo. In addition, cash prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places, and for the People’s Choice Award.

    Submitted images should evoke a sense of comfort and peace for patients and their families, and should include wildlife, local landscapes and natural elements, or familiar local architecture. Images of people will not be considered. Color and black and white images will be accepted.

    The contest will begin October 1 with a submission deadline of October 31. All work should be submitted in .TIF or .JPG format at a minimum of 200 dpi. Submissions must be sent on DVD to the following address:

    Medcen Community Health Foundation

    Attn: Ellen Terrell

    858 High Street

    Macon, GA 31201

    Limit 10 submissions per person. DVDs will not be returned.

    This contest is a wonderful opportunity for local photographers to showcase their work while making a lasting contribution to Peach County’s new hospital.

  • Carlyle Place Hosts Rally for Wellness
    Carlyle Place Hosts Rally for Wellness

    Carlyle Place Hosts Rally for Wellness

    Market-like Fair Offers Valuable Health Information for Community

    MACON, GA (Monday, September 17, 2012) – Carlyle Place, a continuing care retirement community and a service of Central Georgia Health System (CGHS), will host its fourth annual Rally for Wellness Health Fair on Wednesday, September 19 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at 5300 Zebulon Rd.

    Rally for Wellness combines the traditional elements of a health fair with a unique market-like atmosphere that includes healthy cooking and container gardening demonstrations as well as produce and dairy sales.

    Health screenings will include blood pressure, pulse, weight, body mass index, blood sugar, pulse oximeter and posture analysis. Carlyle Place chefs will offer tips and recipes for establishing healthy eating habits, and local author Sheryl Towers will explore the principles of her book, Seeds of Success: Nurturing the Greatness Within You at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

    Those in attendance are invited to visit the Carlyle Place booth for information on the Carlyle lifestyle experience, comprehensive health care services and living amenities.

  • Governor's Office Of Highway Safety Caravan Rolls to Bibb County
    Governor's Office Of Highway Safety Caravan Rolls to Bibb County

    Governor’s Office Of Highway Safety Caravan Rolls to Bibb County

    Multiple Events Planned to Promote Child Passenger Safety 

    MACON, GA (Friday, September 14, 2012) – On July 1, 2011, Georgia established a new child passenger safety law requiring children under the age of eight to be properly secured in the back seat of a motor vehicle in a car seat or booster seat. This law not only increased child restraint requirements for Georgia’s children, but also required additional education for parents and caregivers on how to transport children properly and safely.

    In recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week, September 16-22, the 2012 Traffic Injury Prevention Caravan will visit Bibb County. The Caravan is a cooperative effort between The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), the Kohl’s Kids Safety Zone, local law enforcement, Bibb County school administrators and teachers, the University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, the Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Injury Prevention, Bibb County Health Department, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) and many other agencies.

    "We are so excited to be joining our partners for such an important event. Our children are our most precious cargo and we need to make sure they're safe and secure every time they get in a car,” ," said GOHS Director Harris Blackwood.

    A week of events designed to increase safety awareness will include law enforcement check points, child safety seat checks, educational classes for caregivers, and school safety presentations.

    On Tuesday, September 18, the Caravan will hosts a rollover simulation at Howard High School, 6400 Forsyth Road, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All students will attend the rollover simulation and participate in an impaired vision demonstration to learn firsthand the dangers of driving while texting or while under the influence. The same simulation and demonstration will take place at Rutland High School, 6250 Skipper Road, on Wednesday, September 19 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

    Caravan representatives will also speak to students at Sonny Carter Elementary School, 5910 Zebulon Road, on Tuesday, September 18 beginning at 9:30 a.m., and at Ingram-Pye Elementary School, 855 Anthony Road, on Wednesday, September 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Students at the elementary schools will learn about proper booster seat use and school bus safety.

    In addition, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will declare September 19 National Child Safety Day in Macon at 10:00 a.m. in a ceremony at City Hall.

    These are not public events, but the media are invited to attend.

    Finally, The Children’s Hospital at MCCG, in partnership with the Kohl’s Kids Safety Zone and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, will host a Child Passenger Safety Check at Walmart, 5955 Zebulon Road, from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19. This is a public event, and the entire community is encouraged to attend.

    “We have found, through child seat checks similar to the one that will be held Wednesday, that three out of four car seats are not installed correctly. It is the hope of all those involved in the 2012 Traffic Injury Prevention Caravan that our community will continue to work together to ensure that our children remain safe and injury-free,” said Ashley Lord, Kohl’s Kids Safety Zone Coordinator for The Children’s Hospital at MCCG.

    The Caravan is supported by a grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

  • New President and CEO at Central Georgia Health System/The Medical Center of Central Georgia
    New President and CEO at Central Georgia Health System/The Medical Center of Central Georgia

    Healthcare Industry Leader Tapped as

    New President and CEO at

    Central Georgia Health System/The Medical Center of Central Georgia 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, September 12, 2012) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) and The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) announced today the selection of Ninfa M. Saunders, Ph.D., MBA, MSN,as its incoming President and Chief Executive Officer.

    The Search Committee, comprised of community board members and physicians, with the assistance of a national search firm, was delegated active management of the search for the CGHS/MCCG President/CEO. A profile of core competencies that met the Board’s goals for the organization’s vision and strategy was established, and qualified candidate interviews were conducted to narrow down the finalists in this process. Administrators, other board members, and members of medical executive and physician's advisory committees, physician department heads, and academic physician leaders participated in the review of the final two candidates. The committee's selection was ratified by both the CGHS and MCCG boards of directors meeting jointly on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Dr. Saunders will join CGHS/MCCG on October 1, 2012.

    With almost 40 years of hospital administrative and clinical experience, Dr. Saunders was most recently the President and COO of Virtua Health, the largest health system in southern New Jersey, which operates four hospitals, two rehabilitation centers, senior services, home care, ambulatory and outpatient services.

     “We are very excited and fortunate to have someone with Dr. Saunders’ experience and credentials join the Central Georgia Health System team,” said Ray Pippin, Chairman of the Macon-Bibb County Hospital Authority. “We look forward to her continuing the leadership that has been set forth by Don Faulk.”

     “We offer our many thanks and congratulations to Don Faulk on his long and successful service to our hospital system. The search for his successor has been both extensive and intensive, and has involved an excellent cross section of physicians, board, and staff, “ stated Dr. Bill Tift, Chairman of the Medical Executive Committee and Co-chair of the Search Committee. “Ninfa Saunders has emerged as the clear choice to build on the strong foundation created by Mr. Faulk, his leadership team, and the physicians and staff of MCCG. She is very well-educated, has vast clinical and administrative experience, and has the enthusiasm and energy to lead us through the exciting changes taking place in healthcare. With the dedicated support of the medical staff, Dr. Saunders can and will lead the Central Georgia Health System in our quest for high quality, safe, consistent, patient-centered service to our community.”

     Under Faulk’s leadership, MCCG has grown to be the second largest hospital in Georgia, one of five level one trauma centers in the state, and nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report for excellence in nursing, cardiology and nine other adult specialties.

     “Don Faulk, through his leadership, has left a legacy of a top-rated institution that performs as an industry leader in healthcare,” said Starr Purdue, Chairman of the CGHS Board of Directors and Co-chair of the Search Committee. “Our newly selected CEO has the background and experience needed to maintain CGHS's solid foundation and to take us to new heights.”

    Dr. Saunders completed her Doctorate in Healthcare Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina, earned a Master’s of Business Administration from Emory University in Atlanta, a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., and a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Concordia College in Manila, Philippines. Dr. Saunders was recently appointed as Dean's Professor at the Mayers School of Business and serves in the Board of Visitors of the University Sciences of Philadelphia. She is a Distinguished Faculty at Emory University in Atlanta. She is also an Associate Professor at Rutgers University, N.J.

     “The clinical and administrative experience, coupled with the energy, vision, and dedication to patients that Ninfa Saunders brings to MCCG make her uniquely qualified to lead our hospital and system,” said Nancy Anderson, Chairman of the MCCG Board of Directors. “We are very excited to have her on our team as we face the numerous challenges ahead in this uncharted era of healthcare reform. CGHS and MCCG are well-positioned for this future thanks to Don Faulk's outstanding leadership over the last several decades. Now we must build on that legacy."

    Retiring after 39years of service at MCCG, outgoing CEO Don Faulk set the process in motion last winter when he announced his intention to retire this fall.

    “The Search Committee has done an extremely conscientious job in surveying a wide range of excellent candidates to find the next president for CGHS,” said Faulk. “Dr. Saunders brings a clinical background combined with broad administrative experience. This should couple well with the great team of professionals at MCCG and propel the organization forward.”

    Often recognized for her dedication to advanced medical care and clinical quality, Dr. Saunders was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Citizenship and Good Neighbor Award by the American Red Cross and named by South Jersey Magazine as a “Woman to Watch in New Jersey” in 2012.   

    “I am honored to accept the position of President and CEO of this remarkable organization,” said Dr. Saunders.  “I am also humbled by the opportunity to follow the exceptional leadership of Don Faulk. He has positioned this organization to be one of Georgia’s best. I look forward to working alongside a passionate, committed group of board members, physicians, employees, and healthcare executives to serve the needs of this community.”

  • Heartworks Program Earns Recertification Status from AACVPR
    Heartworks Program Earns Recertification Status from AACVPR

    Heartworks Program Earns Recertification Status from AACVPR

    Certification Rewards Heartworks’ Commitment to Quality Cardiac Care 

    MACON, GA (Monday, September 10, 2012) –Heartworks cardiac rehabilitation program, a service of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), recently received recertification status from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).

    Heartworks cardiac rehabilitation program incorporates education, counseling and exercise to help patients with, or at risk for, cardiovascular disease reach their optimal level of well-being and self-sufficiency.

    “Our AACVPR certification completion demonstrates Heartworks’ continued effort to provide superior care for patients with cardiovascular disease,” said Kevin Carter, Director of Wellness Services at MCCG. “The experienced and caring staff provides the highest level of commitment for improving the quality of life for heart patients.”

    AACVPR certification assures that cardiac rehabilitation programs meet and improve the essential standards of care, allowing patients and family members to participate in programs that are considered the best. AACVPR is currently the only organization with a program certification process and Heartworks is the first cardiac rehabilitation program certified in Central Georgia.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces New Advanced Monitoring System
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces New Advanced Monitoring System

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces New Advanced Monitoring System

    System Monitors Cardiac Performance Over Time in Critically Ill Patients 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, September 6, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce the addition of a first-of-its-kind medical device to guide the identification and management of compromised blood flow in critically ill patients.

    MCCG has added the ImaCor hTEE™ system to its Cardiovascular and Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Units (CVICU and STICU) to allow physicians to view the heart function of critical patients in real time. The ClariTEE® probe and Zura EVO™ imaging platform provide continuously available images that are used by physicians to monitor a patient’s response to medical interventions and to help determine or re-direct the best course of treatment over an extended period of time. The system also permits physicians in the CVICU to monitor the progress of patients who have recently received the Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD), now offered at MCCG.

    “With the ImaCor hTEE™ system, we can view the patient’s response to an intervention right at the bedside. We can tell in real time if the fluid, blood or medication works. That gives the clinician a big head start on what’s going on and whether or not the therapy is working without putting the patient in danger,” said Dr. Dennis Ashley, Director of Trauma Services at MCCG.

    The addition of ImaCor hTEE™ systems in MCCG’s CVICU and STICU has made heart monitoring in critical patients quicker and easier. The pencil-size ClariTEE™ ultrasound probe may be left in the patient’s esophagus for up to 72 hours. Physicians can hook the probe up to the Zura EVO™ imaging platform and view the heart’s progress at any time, and numerical and visual results may be compared over hours or days.

    The ImaCor hTEE™ system positions MCCG at the front of a series of clinical and research endeavors focused on improving patient outcomes in critical care through optimizing cardiac performance. As the first in the state of Georgia to purchase the hTEE™ system, MCCG leads an elite group of hospitals around the world that are adopting this state-of-the-art technology.

     “It is exciting to be on the cutting edge, to be the first hospital in the state of Georgia that understands how important it is to fully integrate ultrasound capabilities into the critical care setting,” said Dr. Ashley. “The ClariTEE® probe and Zura EVO™ imaging platform enable gold standard hemodynamic assessment easily, and over time.”

  • MCCG Takes Leads National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Events
    MCCG Takes Leads National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Events

    MCCG Takes Leads National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month Events

    Educational Activities Planned for September

    MACON, GA (Thursday, August 30, 2012) – The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) recognizes the importance of educating the community about prostate cancer during National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death among men in the U.S.

    After a proclamation at Macon City Hall with Mayor Robert Reichert on Friday, September 7 at 2:30 p.m., The Cancer Life Center at MCCG will begin its educational campaign. The proclamation ceremony is not a public event, but media are invited to attend.

    An inaugural event celebrating prostate cancer survivors, “Barbeque, Bowties and Barbershops” will be held at the Mercer University Center from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8. The event will include free health screenings and seminars on prostate cancer survivorship, as well as a catered buffet and ice cream sundae bar, various demonstrations, and a barbershop quartet. In addition, attendees may register to win a guided deer hunt from former Major League Baseball pitcher Kevin Brown, and also register to win a Big Green Egg™ grill. This is a free event open to the entire community. Please RSVP to rsvp@mccg.org or (478) 633-4733.

    A men’s health fair will also be held at Central Georgia Technical College on Saturday, September 29 from 7:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. The health fair will include an array of health screenings, including blood pressure, strength measurement, body fat estimate and cholesterol tests. Seminars on cardiovascular health, cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS will take place throughout the day. This is a free event open to the entire community.

    In addition, MCCG invites the men of Central Georgia to celebrate “Motember” by growing a moustache to raise prostate cancer awareness. The Cancer Life Center at MCCG hopes that by supporting National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month by growing a moustache, the men of Central Georgia will promote conversation and raise awareness about the frequently ignored issue of men’s health.  Please visit www.motember.com for more information

     

  • New Heart Failure Procedure Offered at MCCG
    New Heart Failure Procedure Offered at MCCG

    New Heart Failure Procedure Offered at MCCG

    Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Gives Heart Failure Patients Second Chance

    MACON, GA (August 27, 2012) – The Heart Failure Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce the expansion of its heart failure program, which now offers Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implantations for advanced heart failure patients. MCCG joins a select group of leading medical centers to offer mechanical circulatory support (MCS) for advanced heart failure patients.

     “We are expanding our capabilities of managing the really sick heart failure patients rather than referring them to a larger center outside of Macon,” said Dr. John O’Connell, Executive Director of the Heart Failure Center at the Georgia Heart Center at MCCG.

    Patients suffering from advanced heart failure who have exhausted the limitations of other medical therapies may be candidates to receive the LVAD. Approximately three inches long and weighing 10 ounces, the Thoratec HeartMate II® LVAD attaches to the heart and is designed to assist or take over the pumping function of the patient’s left ventricle. The device restores blood flow and improve survival and quality of life for those with advanced heart failure. Doctors at MCCG successfully implanted the first LVAD device on June 27, 2012. Since that time, three patients have received the Thoratec HeartMate II®  LVAD at MCCG.   

    “These patients are so sick, and the LVAD is their last chance. In addition to extending a patient’s life, their quality of life improves dramatically with greater than 80 percent having minimal to no symptoms of heart failure post-surgery. Seeing patients like Rodney Jackson come through this knowing he will be able to play with his children again is rewarding and exciting,” said Dr. Richard Harvey, Surgical Director of Advanced Heart Failure at MCCG.

    Jackson, a former sheriff’s deputy, has been a heart failure patient since 2005. He is one person who has benefited from the addition of the LVAD procedure at MCCG. Despite numerous measures that had been taken to curb the effects of his heart failure, Jackson became bound to a wheelchair last year. He also felt continuous stomach pains that were a result of his weakened heart. Physicians at MCCG determined that Jackson was an LVAD candidate, and on July 26, 2012, Jackson received the device.

    After receiving the LVAD, the majority of patients, like Jackson, can return to their favorite daily activities, return to work and resume hobbies that they have not been able to do for years.

    HeartMate II is the most widely utilized and extensively studied LVAD in history. As one of a select group of medical centers to offer this service to advanced heart failure patients, MCCG leads the field in MCS therapy and provides the highest standard of care for the Central Georgia region.

    “These accomplishments provide us the capability to provide more options for those with advanced heart failure. Patients now have access to the full range of therapies for advanced heart failure without having to leave our region, and this puts MCCG among an elite number of hospitals who have the capacity to offer these programs. The future of our collective cardiac and vascular services is bright and we are well positioned to successfully meet the region’s healthcare needs,” said Joe Lavelle, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MCCG.

  • Pink Alliance Expands Services to Houston, Peach Counties
    Pink Alliance Expands Services to Houston, Peach Counties

    Pink Alliance Expands Services to Houston, Peach Counties

    Breast Cancer Support Group to Begin August 1

    MACON, GA (August 15, 2012) – Central Georgia Breast Care Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce the addition of The Pink Alliance HoPe Chapter, a monthly breast cancer support group for Houston and Peach Counties.

    The HoPe Chapter will host its first meeting with a kickoff party on Wednesday, August 15 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The group will meet at the Flint Energies Building located at the intersection of Highway 96 and Sutherlin Drive in Warner Robins.

    Subsequent meetings will take place on the third Wednesday of each month at the same time and location. Light lunch will be provided.

    Cancer support groups have grown increasingly important as advances are made in cancer research and survivors live longer. The Pink Alliance provides a forum for breast cancer patients and survivors to communicate emotions and personal experiences with people who understand and relate to their situation. This connection will serve as a source of inspiration in the middle of an otherwise difficult time in life. Meetings will also be educational, as discussions will trend about research, treatment and current issues. 

    Although The Pink Alliance has offered support to women in Central Georgia since October of 2010, many women could not travel to Macon. The addition of The Pink Alliance’s HoPe Chapter will assist women in Bonaire, Kathleen, Perry, Warner Robins, Byron and Ft. Valley as they fight and recover from breast cancer.

  • New Heart Failure Procedure Offered at MCCG
    New Heart Failure Procedure Offered at MCCG
    New Heart Failure Procedure Offered at MCCG
    Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) Gives Heart Failure Patients Second Chance
     
    MACON, GA (August 7, 2012) – The Heart Failure Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce the expansion of its heart failure program, which now offers Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) implantations for advanced heart failure patients. MCCG joins a select group of leading medical centers to offer mechanical circulatory support (MCS) for advanced heart failure patients.
     
     “We are expanding our capabilities of managing the really sick heart failure patients rather than referring them to a larger center outside of Macon,” said Dr. John O’Connell, Executive Director of the Heart Failure Center at the Georgia Heart Center at MCCG.
     
    Patients suffering from advanced heart failure who have exhausted the limitations of other medical therapies may be candidates to receive the LVAD. Approximately three inches long and weighing 10 ounces, the Thoratec HeartMate II® LVAD attaches to the heart and is designed to assist or take over the pumping function of the patient’s left ventricle. The device restores blood flow and improve survival and quality of life for those with advanced heart failure. Doctors at MCCG successfully implanted the first LVAD device on June 27, 2012. Since that time, three patients have received the Thoratec HeartMate II®  LVAD at MCCG.   
     
    “These patients are so sick, and the LVAD is their last chance. In addition to extending a patient’s life, their quality of life improves dramatically with greater than 80 percent having minimal to no symptoms of heart failure post-surgery. Seeing patients like Rodney Jackson come through this knowing he will be able to play with his children again is rewarding and exciting,” said Dr. Richard Harvey, Surgical Director of Advanced Heart Failure at MCCG.
     
    Jackson, a former sheriff’s deputy, has been a heart failure patient since 2005. He is one person who has benefited from the addition of the LVAD procedure at MCCG. Despite numerous measures that had been taken to curb the effects of his heart failure, Jackson became bound to a wheelchair last year. He also felt continuous stomach pains that were a result of his weakened heart. Physicians at MCCG determined that Jackson was an LVAD candidate, and on July 26, 2012, Jackson received the device.
     
    After receiving the LVAD, the majority of patients, like Jackson, can return to their favorite daily activities, return to work and resume hobbies that they have not been able to do for years.
     
    HeartMate II is the most widely utilized and extensively studied LVAD in history. As one of a select group of medical centers to offer this service to advanced heart failure patients, MCCG leads the field in MCS therapy and provides the highest standard of care for the Central Georgia region.
     
    “These accomplishments provide us the capability to provide more options for those with advanced heart failure. Patients now have access to the full range of therapies for advanced heart failure without having to leave our region, and this puts MCCG among an elite number of hospitals who have the capacity to offer these programs. The future of our collective cardiac and vascular services is bright and we are well positioned to successfully meet the region’s healthcare needs,” said Joe Lavelle, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MCCG.
  • U.S. News Ranks The Medical Center of Central Georgia Nationally for Cardiology, Heart Surgery
    U.S. News Ranks The Medical Center of Central Georgia Nationally for Cardiology, Heart Surgery

    U.S. News Ranks The Medical Center of Central Georgia Nationally for Cardiology, Heart Surgery

    MCCG Ranked Second Best Hospital in Georgia, Performs Highly in Nine National Categories 

    WASHINGTON (July 31, 2012) - U.S. News & World Report last week released its annual Best Hospitals rankings. This year’s Best Hospitals, the 23rd annual edition, showcases more than 720 of the nation’s roughly 5,000 hospitals. Fewer than 150 are nationally ranked in at least one of 16 medical specialties. The rest of the recognized hospitals met a standard of performance nearly as demanding in one or more specialties.

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) was nationally ranked in the Cardiology and Heart Surgery category. MCCG was listed as high-performing in the following nine adult specialties: Diabetes and Endocrinology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Urology, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Pulmonology. In addition, MCCG scored high in patient safety, and commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.

    MCCG was among 148 facilities, roughly three percent of the 4,793 analyzed for the latest Best Hospitals rankings, to be ranked in even one of the 16 specialties. MCCG is the second highest ranking hospital in the state of Georgia, only behind Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

    “All of Central Georgia should be very proud of the job our employees and physicians are doing for our patients. As we put our patients first and pursue perfection, we will continue to challenge our processes and foster continued performance improvement,” said Joe Lavelle, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MCCG.

    The hospital rankings, said U.S. News Health Rankings Editor Avery Comarow, are like a GPS-type aid to help steer patients to hospitals with strong skills in the procedures and medical conditions that present the biggest challenges.

    “All of these hospitals are the kinds of medical centers that should be on your list when you need the best care,” said Comarow. “They are where other hospitals send the toughest cases.”

    The rankings were published by U.S. News in collaboration with RTI International, a research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Highlights of the 2012-13 rankings will appear in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2013 guidebook, to go on sale in August.

    The complete rankings and methodology are available at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals.

  • MCCG's Butler Elected as Chair of Georgia's Medical Board
    MCCG's Butler Elected as Chair of Georgia's Medical Board

    MCCG's Butler Elected as Chair of Georgia's Medical Board

    Dr. William J. Butler to serve one year term 

    MACON, GA (July 23, 2012) – The Georgia Composite Medical Board recently elected William J. Butler, M.D., an employed physician at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), as Chairperson of Georgia’s Medical Board for the July 2012-June 2013 term.

    Dr. Butler has served on the board since April 2007, when he was appointed by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Prior to his election as Chairperson of the Board, he served as Vice-Chairperson. The Georgia Composite Medical Board is the state agency that licenses physicians and other medical personnel, investigates complaints and disciplines licensees who violate The Medical Practice Act and other laws governing professional behavior.

    “I am honored that the governor entrusted me with a position on the Georgia Composite Medical Board and that my peers have elected me to the position of Chairman for the upcoming year. I will do my best to justify the confidence they have expressed in me,” said Dr. Butler.

    Dr. Butler is a professor and Chairman in the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Mercer University School of Medicine and serves as Director of the Central Georgia Fertility Institute. Prior to his move to Macon in 1999, Dr. Butler served as Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at The Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

    Dr. Butler has been licensed to practice in Georgia since 1982. He is board certified in obstetrics, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, fertility and genetics. 

  • Blizzards of Miracles: DQ Miracle Treat Day
    Blizzards of Miracles: DQ Miracle Treat Day

    Blizzards of Miracles: DQ Miracle Treat Day

    Seventh Annual Fundraiser Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® 

    MACON, GA (July 19, 2012) – Buying a Blizzard® treat at 23 participating Central Georgia Dairy Queens® on Miracle Treat Day® will benefit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, a charity that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada.  

    At least $1 per Blizzard® purchased on Thursday, July 26 will go toward the proceeds raised nationwide on Miracle Treat Day. Last year, Dairy Queen® locations across the U.S. and Canada raised $5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 1984, Dairy Queen® has raised over $90 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

    The OREO® Blizzard® flavortreat, still the most popular Blizzard® treat flavor of all time, will be featured as the Miracle Treat Day® “Blizzard of the Day.” New Blizzard® of the Month Chocolate Candy Shop, as well as the rest of the Blizzard® Treat flavors, also will be available on Miracle Treat Day.

    Participating Dairy Queen® locations will be bringing Blizzards® to the patients of The Children’s Hospital on Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. Media are invited to attend this patient party event.

  • MCCG Approved as Oncology Research Site
    MCCG Approved as Oncology Research Site

    MCCG Approved as Oncology Research Site

    Hospital joins National Comprehensive Cancer Network®

     MACON, GA (Monday, July 16, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce that it has been approved as a National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Oncology Research Program Affiliate and a community cancer research site.

    As a qualified research site, MCCG will have opportunities to participate in multi-institutional studies conducted by NCCN® member institutions in an effort to improve patient outcomes and advance medical science. NCCN® affiliates execute quality clinical research through collaborations with other member institutions. The program is anticipated to not only expedite accrual milestones, but also give community researchers access to innovative therapies.

    “Our selection as an NCCN Oncology Research Program Affiliate is an important step to bring cutting edge clinical research to the central Georgia community. Today, cancer patients often choose to receive their first treatment through a clinical trial. These patients may be helped by that treatment before it is widely available; and they are contributing to the overall progress in the fight against cancer,” said Nancy White, RN, Director of Oncology Services.

    In the past 12 years, more than $36 million in grants have supported cancer research at 21 NCCN® member institutions. MCCG is one of six community affiliates chosen to participate in the Affiliate Research Program initiative, thus broadening the Oncology Research Program’s innovative treatment options for cancer patients in their local communities. MCCG is pleased to participate in this program’s research projects in order to bring meaningful new treatments to the medical oncology community and cancer patients.

  • MCCG Offers Robotic Arm Guided Surgery Demonstration
    MCCG Offers Robotic Arm Guided Surgery Demonstration

    MCCG Offers Robotic Arm Guided Surgery Demonstration

    Minimally invasive procedure treats osteoarthritis

    MACON, GA (July 9, 2012) – In 2010, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) became the first hospital in the region to perform MAKOplasty®, a minimally invasive partial knee and hip resurfacing procedure used to treat early to mid-stage osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and hip. MAKOplasty®, powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System, offers a more precise and consistent result for partial knee and hip resurfacing.

     

    MCCG will host a MAKOplasty® demonstration day on Thursday, July 12 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in MCCG’s Trice Lobby. Media are invited for a private look at this robotic surgical system. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend.

     

     MAKOplasty® is performed through a smaller incision than traditional knee or hip replacement surgeries. Only the arthritic portion of the knee or hip is resurfaced, preserving healthy bone and tissue. After resurfacing, implants are optimally positioned in the joint to allow smooth movement once again.

     

    This system provides the surgeon a pre-surgical plan that details the technique for bone preparation and customized implant positioning using a CT scan of the patient’s knee. During the procedure, the system creates a three-dimensional live-action, virtual view of the patient’s bone surface and correlates the image to the pre-programmed surgical plan.  As the surgeon uses the robotic arm, its tactile, acoustic and visual feedback limits the bone preparation to the diseased areas and provides for more optimal implant positioning and placement for each individual patient.  

     

    “MAKOplasty® allows the surgeon to be more exact with his surgery. In turn, the patient will get a better result,” said Dr. Rob Thornsberry, who had the procedure on both knees and was back to full-time work two weeks later. “This is an operation I’ve done hundreds of times, but this technology allows me to do it better. We’re taking a common operation and refining it, making it better.”

     

    Benefits of MAKOplasty® include less scaring and blood loss, minimal hospitalization and quicker recovery, and less implant wear and loosening. The less invasive surgery improves surgical outcomes and creates a more natural feeling joint. More accurate placement of the implant reduces the likelihood of complications such as dislocation and rubbing, and leads to a better range of motion. MAKOplasty® hip replacement also reduces the risk of leg length discrepancy by providing feedback during surgery to create final correct leg length before the incision is closed. 

    According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, OA is the most common form of arthritis and a leading cause of disability worldwide. The opportunity for early intervention is important.  

  • Medical Center of Central Georgia Offering Revolutionary New Procedure
    Medical Center of Central Georgia Offering Revolutionary New Procedure

    Medical Center of Central Georgia Offering Revolutionary New Procedure

    Non-Surgical valve replacement offered to those who were previously not candidates

    MACON, GA (June 4, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce that it is now offering transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) with the Edwards SAPIEN transcatheter heart valve for patients suffering from severe, symptomatic native aortic valve stenosis who are not candidates for traditional aortic valve replacement surgery. A multidisciplinary team of physicians at MCCG successfully implanted the first device for Rita Crews on Tuesday May 22, 2012.

    “As her cardiologist, I have been following Mrs. Crews for many years because of her aortic valve disease. Because of her age and medical condition, she was thought to be too high of a risk for standard open heart procedure. It was wonderful when MCCG was chosen as one of the institutions that would offer this less invasive option. Our team was able to offer a breakthrough opportunity that will undoubtedly improve her quality of life,” said Dr. Juan Esnard.

     

    Until recently, the prognosis was poor for patients suffering from severe native aortic valve stenosis not eligible for surgery. Without replacement of the aortic valve, this disease is life-threatening, and studies have shown that 50 percent of patients will not survive more than an average of two years after the onset of symptoms.

    According to Crews’ daughter, Debra Staudt, “Her choices were very limited. We had heard at the first of the year that (TAVR) would be an option for people her age and very sick people who might not tolerate open heart surgery. When (the FDA approval) came about, her doctor called her, and she didn’t hesitate. That was the option she wanted.” 

    During the minimally invasive procedure, the SAPIEN valve is crimped to the size of a pencil, and placed into the body via a catheter inserted in an artery in the upper thigh. Once it is delivered to the site of the patient’s diseased valve, the device is expanded with a balloon and begins to work immediately. The Edwards SAPIEN valve is the only TAVR therapy approved for commercial use in the country and MCCG is one of a select number of sites currently offering this treatment.

    “The success of this procedure is testimony to the outstanding skills and expertise of the multidisciplinary team of physicians and personnel who participated in this surgical breakthrough. We can all be proud of their accomplishments,” said Dr. James Cunningham, Chief Medical Officer at MCCG.

     

    The TAVR team included many individuals from various disciplines that relate to cardiovascular surgery and intervention cardiology. Ms. Crews’ team included interventional cardiologists Dr. Juan Esnard, Dr. Mark Dorogy and Dr. Wendell Ellis; cardiovascular surgeons Dr. Fady Wanna, Dr. Randy Brown and Dr. Rick Harvey; echocardiographer Dr. Erskine James; vascular surgeon Dr. Maurice Solis; and anesthesiologists Dr. Alrick Brooks and Dr. Ken McDonald.

    “The doctors have been fantastic as a group of individuals who got together, and the care she has received has been phenomenal,” Staudt said of her mother’s experience. “She’s such a spunky little thing and already has plans to get back to water aerobics.”

    Although Crews said she is looking forward to exercising, traveling and shopping again, she has one primary goal.

    “I’m going to live by myself and take care of myself,” Crews said.

  • MCCG Encourages Those Over Age 50 to Obtain Colorectal Screenings
    MCCG Encourages Those Over Age 50 to Obtain Colorectal Screenings

    MCCG Encourages Those Over Age 50 to Obtain Colorectal Screenings

    Cancer Life Center Targets African-American Community

    MACON, GA (June 11, 2012) – The Cancer Life Center at the Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is addressing the disparity of colorectal cancer incidence rates in Bibb County through targeted outreach to the African-American community.

    African-Americans experience higher incidence rates of colorectal cancer than any other race. Bibb County is one of ten counties in Georgia with the highest incidence rates for African-American colorectal cancer. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer-related deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years and older were screened routinely. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps that can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests can also find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best.

    The Cancer Life Center at MCCG will provide information on colorectal cancer and screenings at Beulahland Bible Church, located at 1010 Newburg Avenue in Macon, on June 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. African-Americans age 50 or older, with no prior history of colorectal cancer or other colorectal diseases, are encouraged to attend.

    Participants will review colorectal cancer screening tests and guidelines, learn about the role that genetics and family history play, and learn how to incorporate healthier cooking and eating habits into lifestyles. Lunch is included and all participants will be entered into a drawing for a $100.00 Kroger gift card.

     Participants are asked to RSVP to (478) 633-8537 by June 18.

     The Cancer Life Center at MCCG will provide this event in partnership with the American Cancer Society, Community Health Works and The Central Georgia Cancer Coalition.

  • New Screenings, Cancer Clinical Trial Seminar Highlight Code Med Health Fair
    New Screenings, Cancer Clinical Trial Seminar Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    New Screenings, Cancer Clinical Trial Seminar Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    Over 75 Community Organizations to Attend 

    MACON, GA (June 4, 2012 ) – Code Med, an annual health fair sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), is a healthy day of learning and fun for the entire family. Breast exams, skin exams and AngioScreen® will be featured at this event, scheduled Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy., across from Macon State College.

    The breast and skin exams will be done by appropriately trained and certified health care professionals, who will also provide education and training for self-examination. Appointments are required for these private exams. Please call 478-633-6336.

    AngioScreen® is a service designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in this country, through an integrated and non-invasive cardiovascular screening program that takes 12 to 15 minutes. Screenings cost $50.

    Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment.

    These additions to Code Med expand MCCG’s only comprehensive health fair for the family. Free health screenings for adults and children, health and safety tips and demonstrations, exhibits and education from over 75 community organizations and agencies, giveaways, and photographs with MCCG’s affable mascot Medi Tedi are featured.

    Free health screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat analysis, cholesterol and depression. PSA Screenings (for prostate cancer) will be available for men (45 and older). Screenings are subject to change. Health topics covered are cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, stroke, living wills and more. Screenings are subject to change.

    The Georgia Child Identification Program (GACHIP) returns this year. GACHIP gives families a measure of protection against the disappearance of a child and provides law enforcement with important tools to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of a child. A single photo, fingerprinting, short video interview, dental imprint and DNA sample (from a mouth swab) of the child are compiled to a CD and given to the parents.

  • Emergency First Responder Volunteers Graduate
    Emergency First Responder Volunteers Graduate
    Emergency First Responder Volunteers Graduate
    Class Hosted by MCCG through State Grant
     
    MACON, GA (June 7, 2012) – After 13 weeks of learning the basics of how to be an emergency medical responder, 19 Baldwin County residents graduated from the First Responder Training Class hosted by Emergency Medical Services of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG).
     
    These new volunteers for Baldwin County Rescue Department and Georgia College and State University are armed with training in basic first aid and CPR, immobilization of patients with traumatic injuries, oxygen administration, and even deliver of a baby. These volunteers, with Baldwin County Fire Rescue Department and Georgia College and State University, can respond to 9-1-1 calls in their county for persons needing medical assistance.
     
    The class was funded by a competitive grant from the Georgia Trauma Commission through the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services. Baldwin County was selected because of its highly rural setting.
     
    Last year, EMS at MCCG received grants to conduct similar classes for first responders in Jones and Twiggs Counties. Three additional grants have been awarded to EMS at MCCG to host additional First Responder classes in Baldwin, Jones and Twiggs Counties.
  • The Children's Hospital at the Medical Center Introduces Pediatric da Vinci Robotic Surgery System
    The Children's Hospital at the Medical Center Introduces Pediatric da Vinci Robotic Surgery System

    The Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center Introduces Pediatric da VinciRobotic Surgery System

    System Enhances Physician Capabilities, Patient Experience

    MACON, GA (Monday, June 4, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) now offers the pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system to assist surgeons as they perform minimally invasive surgeries on children. This new pediatric system offers multiple benefits to both surgeons and patients.

    Pediatric procedures performed by the daVinci® robotic surgery system offers the surgeon superior visualization and control. Young patients benefit from this less invasive surgery method in several ways. By choosing to use daVinci®, the patient may experience less pain, less blood loss, fewer stitches, less  need for narcotics, faster recovery time and a quicker return to normal activities.

    “We want only the best for our smallest and most fragile patients, and MCCG is bringing this state-of-the-art technology to the children of Georgia with the introduction of this program. No one else in the state of Georgia is offering this service to children and it can only be found here at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG,” said Dr. Joshua Glenn, Pediatric Surgeon and Assistant Professor of Surgery at The Children’s Hospital. 

    Dr. Glenn is currently the only general pediatric surgeon in the state trained in the pediatric daVinci® robotic surgery system. Although many types of surgeries may be performed, Dr. Glenn expects to perform operations on the lung and common gastrointestinal surgeries (such as bowel resection, gall bladder and spleen removal, and hernia repair) most frequently.

    The daVinci® robotic surgery system for children is changing the surgical experience for Central Georgians who choose The Children’s Hospital at MCCG. State-of-the-art technology is one of the ways MCCG is striving for superior pediatric patient outcomes.

  • New Screenings Highlight Code Med Health Fair
    New Screenings Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    New Screenings Highlight Code Med Health Fair

    Over 75 Community Organizations to Attend 

    MACON, GA (June 4, 2012 ) – Code Med, an annual health fair sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), is a healthy day of learning and fun for the entire family. Breast exams, skin exams and AngioScreen® will be featured at this event, scheduled Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy., across from Macon State College.

    The breast and skin exams will be done by appropriately trained and certified health care professionals, who will also provide education and training for self-examination. Appointments are required for these private exams. Please call 478-633-6336.

    AngioScreen® is a service designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in this country, through an integrated and non-invasive cardiovascular screening program that takes 12 to 15 minutes. Screenings cost $50.

    Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment.

    These additions to Code Med expand MCCG’s only comprehensive health fair for the family. Free health screenings for adults and children, health and safety tips and demonstrations, exhibits and education from over 75 community organizations and agencies, giveaways, and photographs with MCCG’s affable mascot Medi Tedi are featured.

    Free health screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat analysis, cholesterol and depression. PSA Screenings (for prostate cancer) will be available for men (45 and older). Screenings are subject to change. Health topics covered are cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, stroke, living wills and more. Screenings are subject to change.

    The Georgia Child Identification Program (GACHIP) returns this year. GACHIP gives families a measure of protection against the disappearance of a child and provides law enforcement with important tools to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of a child. A single photo, fingerprinting, short video interview, dental imprint and DNA sample (from a mouth swab) of the child are compiled to a CD and given to the parents.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Care Logistics Announce Ribbon Cutting
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Care Logistics Announce Ribbon Cutting

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Care Logistics Announce Ribbon Cutting

    New Logistics Hub to Improve Patient Care and Quality  

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, May 22, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Logistics Hub, Thursday, May 24. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 11:00 a.m., and an open house will last from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Logistics Hub is located on the second floor of MCCG’s East Tower. Light refreshments will be provided.

    In October 2011, MCCG partnered with CareLogistics, a leading hospital operating system solution provider for the purpose of increasing efficiency in operations. The result was the Logistics Hub. The 7,583 square foot Logistics Hub will be the point at which patients are accepted, placed and transferred. It will include space for the hospital’s Clinical Staffing Department and House Coordinators, Centralized Telemetry Monitoring, conference and teleconferencing space, a “Solutions Center” for weekly operational meetings and office space to support these functions.

    “The centralization of technology in this space will allow for coordination of all items necessary to facilitate patient movement through MCCG,” said Don Faulk, President/CEO of The Medical Center of Central Georgia.  “Hospitals who utilize the CareLogistics coordination model are better able to integrate all the clinical and non-clinical patient movements and order executions occurring in a hospital environment to achieve optimal patient flow and length of stay while enhancing overall patient satisfaction and quality.”

    MCCG plans for the Logistics Hub to begin serving patients on July 9.

    For more information on the Care Logistics Hospital Operating Solution and the outcomes that can be achieved, please go to http://www.carelogistics.com/outcomes.

  • Georgia Hospitals Worth More than $38 Billion to State's Economy
    Georgia Hospitals Worth More than $38 Billion to State's Economy

    Georgia Hospitals Worth More than $38 Billion to State’s Economy 

    ATLANTA (May 21, 2012) – During a time when Georgia’s economy continued to suffer, a new report shows that in 2010, Georgia hospitals provided the state a much-needed $38 billion economic boost.  The report, commissioned by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), the state’s largest hospital trade association, also showed that with the state’s unemployment rate hovering around 10 percent at that time, hospitals accounted for more than 337,000 full-time jobs. 

    “Georgia hospitals are known as the guardians of health care in our communities but they are also essential in helping protect the economic health of their communities,” said Georgia Hospital Association President Joseph Parker. “We’re proud of the fact that even in the worst economic times, the Georgia hospital community has stood tall and continued to served as a key economic engine and resource for jobs.” 

    Contrary to popular belief, however, hospitals are not immune to the economic downturn. The report shows that in 2010, Georgia hospitals provided more than $1.5 billion in uncompensated care, an increase of nearly $46 million from 2009 and a massive

    $162 million jump from 2007.  This was primarily due to the state’s unemployment rate climbing into double digits, leaving hundreds of thousands of Georgia families without any health care insurance and forcing them out of primary care settings and into hospital emergency rooms.

    “It’s a huge concern because these numbers are growing exponentially every year with no relief in sight,” said Parker.  “There aren’t many businesses and industries that can absorb those kind of losses and still keep their doors open.  Hospitals have become experts in doing more with less.”

    In 2010, more than half of Georgia hospitals lost money from the patient care they provided while more than a third of hospitals — exactly 34 percent — operated with a negative total margin. The growing uncompensated care burden, coupled with years of federal and state cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, has many hospital executives throughout the state concerned about the future. To make matters worse, President Obama’s recent 2013 budget proposal called for cuts in Medicare of $268 billion and Medicaid by $52 billion over 10 years.

    On average, services to Medicare and Medicaid recipients account for 55 percent of hospital revenues.  In the 2010 national health care reform legislation, Medicare payments to hospitals were reduced $155 billion over 10 years with the promise that

    32 million currently uninsured Americans would be provided health care coverage under the new law. 

    “During a time when the nation’s Baby Boomers are beginning to flood the nation’s Medicare rolls, the federal government must not back away from its commitment to provide adequate health care coverage for this vulnerable population,” said Parker.  “When you cut payments to Medicare and Medicaid, you not only threaten the ability of hospitals to meet the health care needs of their communities, you also threaten thousands of good-paying jobs in our communities.”

    The report shows that the mere presence of a hospital is a major source of jobs in any given community.  As the state’s unemployment rate continued to exceed the national average, the Georgia hospital workforce accounted for nearly 157,000 full and part-time jobs in 2010, an increase of 12,000 jobs from 2009.  When an economic multiplier is applied to this number, it reveals that hospitals sustained over 337,000 full time jobs in Georgia. The output multiplier considers the “ripple” effect of direct hospital expenditures on other sectors of the economy, such as medical supplies, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Economic multipliers are used to model the resulting impact of a change in one industry on the “circular flow” of spending within an economy as a whole.

    “When you take a hospital out of a community, you not only lose those valuable jobs and the ability to attract other industries to your area, you create a negative ripple effect that is so destructive to so many other existing businesses in the community and region, ” Parker added.  

    The hospital economic impact report also measures hospitals’ direct economic contributions to Georgia’s working families. Using a household earnings multiplier, the study determines that hospitals generate more than $15 billion in household earnings in the state. The household earnings multiplier measures the increased economic contributions from households employed directly or indirectly by hospitals through daily living expenditures.

  • MCCG and Community Prepare for Cancer Survivor Day Event
    MCCG and Community Prepare for Cancer Survivor Day Event

    ‘The Top Ten Positives of Cancer’

    MCCG and Community Prepare for Cancer Survivor Day Event 

    MACON, GA (May 16, 2012) – Gifted storyteller and cancer survivor Barbara Dooley will speak to a large audience of cancer survivors at the Third Annual Cancer Survivor Day Celebration, sponsored by entities of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG).

    Dooley’s presentation, “The Top Ten Positives of Cancer,” is scheduled for Thursday, May 31. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and Dooley’s presentation from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event will take place in the Macon Marriott’s Magnolia Room, located at 240 Coliseum Drive in Macon. This event is open to cancer survivors and the community, but space is limited. Please call 478-633-4733 or email RSVP@mccg.org by May 28 for reservations. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased at www.cancerlifecenter.org. The price includes the cost of lunch, and all cancer survivors will be entered for a chance to win a Big Green Egg grill.

    The media is invited to interview and film/photograph Dooley after her presentation at the Marriott.

    An inspirational and motivational speaker, Dooley rivets a crowd with stories of her decades spent as a football coach’s wife. She delivers inspiration as she discusses her struggle with cancer. Her story is powerful, moving and motivating for others battling challenges.

    The Third Annual Cancer Survivor Day Celebration is sponsored by the Cancer Life Center, Medcen Community Health Foundation and the American Cancer Society.

    National Cancer Survivor’s Day® is Sunday, June 3. It is a day for cancer survivors and their loved ones to celebrate that there is life after cancer, and that life after diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. There are more than 12 million cancer survivors in the United States.

  • Central Georgia Health System and Tift Regional Medical Center Form an Alliance
    Central Georgia Health System and Tift Regional Medical Center Form an Alliance

    Central Georgia Health System and Tift Regional Medical Center Form an Alliance

    To Advance Services that Support Regional Care Coordination and Delivery 

    MACON, Ga. (Thursday, April 19, 2012) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) of Macon and Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) of Tifton have announced an agreement to create a “Regional Care Integrated Services Network” through the development of coordinated information systems as well as clinical and business services. Both organizations will remain independent, but will work together as equal partners and owners in a formalized affiliation that CGHS and TRMC leaders say will enhance the level of medical service delivery in the region and position both systems for the challenges of health care reform. 

    “The primary goal of the collaboration between the organizations is to improve the value of health care for patients, employers and payors through support, planning and coordination of care delivery across physicians, hospitals and health systems, and medical schools in the region,” CGHS CEO and President Don Faulk said.

    TRMC CEO and President William T. Richardson said both organizations over the past year came to the conclusion that they shared a common culture and vision for the future.

    “Each organization wishes to remain independent, but recognized an opportunity to work collaboratively to ensure our vitality in this time of rapid change in health care,” Richardson said.

    According to Faulk and Richardson, the future pressures of transitioning to a new health care model will strain the region’s smaller scale providers who will not be able to invest at the level of competitive facilities for information technology and care delivery required to be successful in a “fee-for-value” reimbursement world.  

    “Both organizations have recently acquired and/or are acquiring smaller providers that need to affiliate with larger organizations given the business imperatives of the new model of health care,” Faulk said.

    Richardson added that there are a number of providers within the region, both hospital and physician, that want to preserve their autonomy, but lack the financial and human capital to do so in the future. Such providers will have the opportunity to affiliate with the CGHS/TRMC partnership, take advantage of a shared-services model, and have continued independence.

    “The centerpiece of the CGHS/TRMC alliance is a collaborative effort on computer technology, which will allow for the timely exchange of patient information that will improve outcomes and prevent duplication or over-utilization of health care services,” Richardson said.

    Another advanced initiative that is being considered for joint development is a regional Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). A PCMH is a progressive health care setting that coordinates providers to meet a patient’s medical needs, including prevention and wellness, acute care and chronic care over a large geographic area. CGHS and TRMC both see this extending from Macon to Tifton and beyond.

    The two organizations are currently working to bring the initial service offerings of the collaboration to the market. The current development efforts are focused on computer technology from a clinical, business and customer service standpoint and shared services ranging from clinical support services (i.e., hospitalists, primary care/specialist network, advanced care models, etc.) to medical education through the relationship with Mercer University to hospital/practice management services (i.e., human resources, financial services, etc.). 

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Joins Pivotal Study Focused On Improved Response and Treatment for Major Cardiac Events
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Joins Pivotal Study Focused On Improved Response and Treatment for Major Cardiac Events

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Joins Pivotal Study Focused On Improved Response and Treatment for Major Cardiac Events

    MACON, Ga. (April 19, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and Mark Dorogy, M.D., announce their participation in the ALERTS clinical study for the AngelMed Guardian, an implantable cardiac monitor and alert system. It is designed to reduce the time it takes patients to get to the emergency room during an impending heart attack. 

    The AngelMed Guardian System could track significant changes in the heart's electrical signal and then alert patients to seek medical attention. The objective of the ALERTS Pivotal Study is to provide an assessment of the safety and effectiveness of the AngelMed Guardian System.

    “If the AngelMed Guardian System proves to be effective in early detection and warning of potentially life-threatening heart conditions, we may be able to shift the paradigm for early treatment at the onset of heart attacks,” Dr. Dorogy said. “We are excited to participate in this important clinical study.”

    According to the American Heart Association, one of every five deaths in the United States is attributable to coronary heart disease. Further, 50 percent of heart attack fatalities occur within one hour of symptom onset and occur before the patient even reaches the hospital.

    "Experimental and clinical studies have shown that most of the damage to the heart occurs very soon after coronary occlusion," AngelMed's Chief Executive Officer David Fischell said. "We've designed the device to warn patients of this and other cardiac events hours, perhaps days, before they occur.”

    Roy M. Wood, Jr. suffered a heart attack and is now a participant in the ALERTS study.

    “The AngelMed warning system has given me and my family tremendous piece of mind,” he said. “I hope my participation in this study will help others and possibly save lives.”

    The AngelMed Guardian System is comprised of an internal implantable device about the size of a standard pacemaker with a lead into the heart, an external telemetry device, and a programmer that aids physicians in evaluating heart signals.

    MCCG is one of 75 U.S. medical facilities to participate in the AngelMed Guardian System trial. To participate in the ALERTS study, patients must meet various inclusion criteria.

  • Emergency Personnel at The Medical Center of Central Georgia Helped Advance Understanding of Treatment for Patients Experiencing Heart Attack-Related Symptoms
    Emergency Personnel at The Medical Center of Central Georgia Helped Advance Understanding of Treatment for Patients Experiencing Heart Attack-Related Symptoms

    Emergency Personnel at The Medical Center of Central Georgia Helped Advance Understanding of Treatment for Patients Experiencing Heart Attack-Related Symptoms 

    MACON, Ga. (April 17, 2012) – Macon was one of 13 communities nationwide that recently participated in an innovative national study supported by the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute involving a glucose-insulin-potassium (GIK) solution for patients experiencing symptoms such as chest pains. 

    According to a study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers found that the intravenous medication of patients with GIK within the first hour did not prevent the heart attack from happening. But other promising results showed that the size of the heart attack was smaller and there were fewer cardiac arrests or deaths when the patients received the GIK solution versus the placebo.

    Under the local direction Delanor Doyle, M.D., Chief Medical Information Officer and Assistant Vice President of Medical Affairs at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), and Kelly Joiner of MCCG EMS, with involvement of local paramedics, people who called 911 with symptoms of a heart attack from 2008 through July 2011 were evaluated for enrollment in the study.  

    “The Medical Center of Georgia EMS personnel were a key part of the study that has demonstrated that the severity of heart attacks can be reduced by the early administration of a simple solution of glucose-insulin-potassium,” Dr. Doyle said. “Hundreds of thousands of patients across the nation die from heart attacks each year. Our community was part of an important investigation that that yielded promising results for patients locally and across the country. Patients who were involved with the study are invited to contact me if they’d like more information about the results”

    The study included MCCG EMS and 35 other EMS agencies around the country that together enrolled 911 patients. As part of the process to launch the study, each community had to agree to participate. On average, 200 residents were polled in each of the 13 participating communities across the nation and agreed that participation in the study was positive for their community.   

    The study found that compared to 10 percent of the heart muscle being lost to heart attack in the placebo group, in those receiving GIK, only two percent was lost. Also, compared to nine percent of patients with placebo having cardiac arrest or dying, in the GIK group, four percent had cardiac arrest or died – a reduction of more than 50 percent. For the group of patients who presented with “ST-elevation heart attacks,” those who need immediate intervention, the placebo group had heart attacks that consume 12 percent of the heart muscle, versus three percent in those who got GIK. And in this group, cardiac arrest or mortality occurred in 14 percent among those receiving placebo, versus four percent in those getting GIK. The GIK treatment was administered in the ambulance and continued during the hospitalization for 12 hours. The cost of the treatment is only about $50.

    The findings of the study were presented at the American College of Cardiology’s annual meeting in Chicago on March 27, 2012, and were simultaneously published online in JAMA. This national study was led by Tufts Medical Center in Boston, Mass., under the direction of Dr. Harry P. Selker, principal investigator and Executive Director of the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts MC, and Joni Beshansky, RN, MPH, co-principal investigator and project director. 

    “When started immediately in the home or on the way to the hospital – even before the diagnosis is completely established – GIK appears to reduce the size of heart attacks and to reduce by half the risk of having a cardiac arrest or dying,” Dr. Selker said. “Acute coronary syndromes represent the largest cause of death in this country. GIK is a very inexpensive treatment that appears to have promise.”

  • Central Georgia Breast Care Center Now a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence
    Central Georgia Breast Care Center Now a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence

    Central Georgia Breast Care Center Now a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence 

    MACON, Ga. (Tuesday, April 17, 2012) – The Central Georgia Breast Care Center (CGBCC) at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™ (NQMBC™). This distinguished honor represents a commitment by the breast care center to provide the highest level of quality health care to patients from central and south Georgia. This level of certification in the NQMBC™ Program is valid for one year.

    “Receiving this type of certification is a statement to the quality of care we provide,” CGBCC Manager Sheila Henderson said. “Our multidisciplinary staff works diligently to ensure our program is committed to the best and most comprehensive care for our patients.”

    Measuring and comparing quality performance is essential in assessing patient care and allocating resources where improvement is desired. In today's dynamic health care industry, breast centers are faced with providing quality care while simultaneously keeping costs under control. A center's staff must not only be familiar with existing standards of care, but must also be aware of new advances in technology.

    CGBCC is also accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and the American College of Radiology. Three of CGBCC’s registered nurses hold certifications through the National Consortium of Breast Centers in breast care patient navigation and The Oncology Nurses Society as certified breast care nurses. Five registered mammography technologists combine decades of experience performing mammograms.

    The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™ were developed by referencing the Health Care Advisory Board's Clinical Quality Dash Board for breast centers published in the fall of 2004. The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™ reflect more than five years of work, which has culminated in the adoption of more than 33 National Quality Indicators™.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Participates in the "Donate Life" Flag Program
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Participates in the "Donate Life" Flag Program
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Participates in the “Donate Life” Flag Program
    The Flag Will Fly in April in Honor of National Donate Life Month

    MACON, GA (Monday, April 2, 2012) – As part of an ongoing effort to support patients and families when they are making decisions about organ donation, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will fly a “Donate Life” flag in honor of National Donate Life Month for all of April.
     
    The “Donate Life” flag program, sponsored by the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), has been adopted at hospitals throughout the nation to increase awareness of the need for organ donation, and to recognize those families that have made the very difficult decision and life-saving gesture.
     
    MCCG is committed to educating patients and their families about the benefits of organ donation. MCCG has received recognition from the Georgia Eye Bank as one of the top hospitals in the state for the number of eye donation referrals.
     
    National Donate Life Month is a time to inspire individuals to designate their donation decision by signing up on the Georgia Donor Registry, discuss the miracle of transplantation as a family, and make a family commitment to organ, eye, and tissue donation. Currently more than 100,000 people are listed for an organ transplant nationwide; in Georgia nearly 2,800 of our family members, friends, and colleagues await their gift of life. You can become an organ, tissue, and eye donor by signing up on Georgia’s Organ Donor Registry at your local driver license office or visit www.donatelifegeorgia.org. You may also request an organ donor registry card by calling LifeLink at 1-800-544-6667.
  • Working Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
    Working Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
    Working Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
    MCCG, City and Community Come Together During April
     
    MACON, GA (Friday, March 30, 2012) – With the national spotlight on child abuse in recent months, and coinciding with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Crescent House, a service of The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, wants to continue discourse on the many aspects of this important issue. This is a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in the community.
     
    In a proclamation on Monday at 10 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will announce the city’s commitment to ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect by working together with MCCG and other social service agencies to support the children and families of the community.
     
    On Wednesday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Trice Lobby at MCCG, a convocation will be held to renew the Bibb County Child Abuse Protocol, a commitment by the Crescent House, The Children’s Hospital, MCCG, the Bibb County Board of Education, the Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services, the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office, and other local law enforcement, public safety and health care organizations.
     
    A special presentation about regional child sex trafficking by Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Houston County District Attorney’s Office David Cooke is scheduled at 12 p.m. in the Trice Auditorium. Cooke leads the Child Support Enforcement Division at his office. He was also appointed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s task force on prosecuting the commercial sexual exploitation of children and is a frequent lecturer on crimes against women and children. He’s been featured multiple times on cable news television as an expert commentator.
     
    The Crescent House is a children’s advocacy center designed to meet the needs of children who have made allegations of being abused. The Crescent House is not a shelter but a facility supplied with state-of-the-art equipment that enables specially trained professionals to conduct effective, consistent, non-threatening interviews and examinations of children who have made these allegations. It is a “one-stop shop,” utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to the investigation, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The Crescent House is proud to staff the only forensic pediatrician in central and south Georgia, Dr. Yameika Head, who treats these children and works with the multidisciplinary team to ensure an accurate evaluation of the allegations.
  • Peach Regional Medical Center to Break Ground on New Facility
    Peach Regional Medical Center to Break Ground on New Facility
    Peach Regional Medical Center to Break Ground on New Facility
    Hospital is Now a Partner With Central Georgia Health System
     
    MACON, GA (Wednesday, March 28, 2012) – The residents of Peach and surrounding counties will soon have access to a new, modern, 25-bed hospital complete with a larger emergency center and an operating room suite, expanded outpatient services and all-private rooms. This new facility will be operated through a partnership with Peach Regional Medical Center and Central Georgia Health System. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. at the new hospital’s site, 1960 Highway 247 Connector in Byron.
     
    “Peach County residents are going to receive the same excellent personalized care that they have always received, but they will now have access to the knowledge, resources and expertise provided by Central Georgia Health System close to home,” Peach Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Nancy Peed said.
     
    Media and the public are cordially invited to the groundbreaking ceremony, which will include comments from Peed, Hospital Authority of Peach County Board Tom Green, Peach Regional Medical Center Medical Director Crystal L. Brown, MD, Peach County Commission Chair Melvin Walker, Byron Mayor Larry Collins, Fort Valley Mayor John Stumbo, and Central Georgia Health System/The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Chief Executive Officer and President Don Faulk.
     
    The new facility will be 68,000 square feet, roughly 15,000 square feet larger than the current Peach Regional Medical Center facility located at 601 Blue Bird Blvd. in Fort Valley. Construction will begin in May, with completion in the summer of 2013.
     
    A health fair is scheduled on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the original facility. It will feature free screenings, including blood pressure, weight, glucose, cholesterol, HIV, strength measurement, depression, oxygen saturation measurement, PSA blood test, pulse and body fat estimate.
     
    Free AngioScreens® will be offered; call 1-800-627-2393 to schedule an appointment because space is limited to 25 participants. Screenings are subject to change. Refreshments will be served and there will be a drawing for a $100 Wal-Mart gift card.
  • Working Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
    Working Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
    Working Together to Promote Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention
    MCCG, City and Community Come Together During April
     
    MACON, GA (Wednesday, March 28, 2012) – With the national spotlight on child abuse in recent months, and coinciding with National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Crescent House, a service of The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, wants to continue discourse on the many aspects of this important issue. This is a time to recognize that we each can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children and families in the community.
     
    In a proclamation on Monday, April 2 at 10 a.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room at City Hall, Macon Mayor Robert Reichert will announce the city’s commitment to ending the cycle of child abuse and neglect by working together with MCCG and other social service agencies to support the children and families of the community.
     
    On Wednesday, April 4 beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Trice Lobby at MCCG, a convocation will be held to renew the Bibb County Child Abuse Protocol, a commitment by the Crescent House, The Children’s Hospital, MCCG, the Bibb County Board of Education, the Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services, the Bibb County District Attorney’s Office, and other local law enforcement, public safety and health care organizations.
     
    A special presentation about regional child sex trafficking by Senior Assistant District Attorney for the Houston County District Attorney’s Office David Cooke is scheduled at 12 p.m. in the Trice Auditorium. Cooke leads the Child Support Enforcement Division at his office. He was also appointed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s task force on prosecuting the commercial sexual exploitation of children and is a frequent lecturer on crimes against women and children. He’s been featured multiple times on cable news television as an expert commentator.
     
    The Crescent House is a children’s advocacy center designed to meet the needs of children who have made allegations of being abused. The Crescent House is not a shelter but a facility supplied with state-of-the-art equipment that enables specially trained professionals to conduct effective, consistent, non-threatening interviews and examinations of children who have made these allegations. It is a “one-stop shop,” utilizing a multidisciplinary team approach to the investigation, treatment and prevention of child abuse. The Crescent House is proud to staff the only forensic pediatrician in central and south Georgia, Dr. Yameika Head, who treats these children and works with the multidisciplinary team to ensure an accurate evaluation of the allegations.
  • Young Patient and Family Receive A Backyard Makeover
    Young Patient and Family Receive A Backyard Makeover
    Young Patient and Family Receive A Backyard Makeover
    Local Businesses Team Up to Give to A Family
     
    MACON, GA (Tuesday, March 27, 2012) – A patient from The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and his family were chosen by Cutting Edge Landscaping for the local business’s annual Backyard Makeover project. Joshua Thornton, a 10-year-old oncology patient, and his family are currently having their backyard made over with the installation of new plants, sod and other landscaping, irrigation, basketball goals and a play area, and a new fence and deck/patio.
     
    Cutting Edge Landscaping has worked with numerous local vendors to procure all of the necessary materials, which have been generously donated. Each year, Cutting Edge Landscaping chooses a family from central Georgia for its Backyard Makeover project.
     
    Media is invited to visit the family’s home to document the progress before a grand reveal is scheduled on Friday, March 30 at 10 a.m. with the family, and employees from Cutting Edge Landscaping, MCCG and other local businesses who’ve donated to the cause.
     
    The family’s address is 204B Feagin Mill Rd. in Warner Robins
  • Taylor Health Care Group and Central Georgia Health System Form Strategic Alliance
    Taylor Health Care Group and Central Georgia Health System Form Strategic Alliance
    Taylor Health Care Group and Central Georgia Health System Form Strategic Alliance
    Goal is to Continue Providing High-Quality Health Care in Uncertain Times
     
    MACON, GA (Tuesday, March 27, 2012) – Taylor Health Care Group, which includes Taylor Regional Hospital, the second oldest health care facility in central Georgia, and its sister hospital, Bleckley Memorial Hospital under Taylor Management Services, will form a strategic alliance with Central Georgia Health System (CGHS). The Taylor network includes a wellness and rehabilitation center, a home health care center, a medical equipment business, a cancer treatment facility, professional office buildings and a number of physician outreach clinics in neighboring counties. Health care consumers in Pulaski, Bleckley and surrounding counties will have access to the knowledge, expertise and resources of CGHS, including The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG).
     
    “The longstanding relationship between Taylor Health Care Group and Central Georgia Health System has featured numerous positive collaborative efforts,” CGHS/MCCG Chief Executive Officer and President Don Faulk said. “We’re excited to take this relationship to another level. MCCG will serve as Taylor’s tertiary care support hospital as we both continue our mission in supporting the central Georgia community by providing high-quality health care.”
     
    With the challenges health care providers face in the current environment of emerging reform, physician and other profession shortages, and higher capital requirements for information technology, formal affiliations are important to continue providing the highest-quality health care for central and south Georgians.
     
    “We are excited to further our partnership with Central Georgia Health System,” Taylor Health Care Group CEO and President Dan Maddock said. “A strategic alliance will allow our health systems to continue providing the best health care in these challenging times.”
     
    CGHS will make available as possible support services requested by Taylor such as IT/IS strategic planning, physician network development, finance, audit and compliance, consultation on employee benefit design and vendor procurement. Secondly, the alliance will allow for additional and ongoing discussions on options for further integration of Taylor and CGHS operations.
     
    Don Faulk and Central Georgia Health System Vice President of Post Acute Services and Regional Development Elbert McQueen will be available to answer follow-up questions today until 5 p.m.
  • MCCG Earns National Achievement Award for Oncology Services
    MCCG Earns National Achievement Award for Oncology Services

    MCCG Earns National Achievement Award for Oncology Services

    Is One of 106 Honored from Commission on Cancer 

    MACON, GA (Friday, March 23, 2012) – When a physician surveyor from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons visited The Medical Center of Central Georgia in April 2011, the person found that the hospital’s oncology services demonstrated a commendation level of compliance with seven standards that represent six areas of a high-quality cancer program – cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement.

    MCCG earned Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation, its third since 2005, in May 2011 because it showed compliance with at least one of those seven standards. But now it’s been granted the prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award for doing so with all seven standards, putting the hospital in a select group of 106 currently accredited and newly accredited cancer programs across the United States.

    MCCG also received a compliance rating for the remaining 29 cancer program standards.

    Established in 2004, the CoC Outstanding Achievement Award is designed to recognize cancer programs that strive for excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients. The 106 cancer programs represent approximately 22 percent of 489 programs surveyed in 2011. A majority of recipients are community-based facilities; however, there were also teaching hospitals, National Cancer Institute-designated “Comprehensive Cancer Centers,” VA hospitals, and Network Cancer Programs that received the award.

    Emory University Hospital in Atlanta was the only other Georgia hospital to have its cancer program awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award.

    The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

    There are currently more than 1,500 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the US and Puerto Rico, representing 30 percent of all hospitals. CoC-accredited facilities diagnose and/or treat more than 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cancer patients each year.

  • Community Votes are Needed for MCCG as It Seeks Grant for Palliative Care Program
    Community Votes are Needed for MCCG as It Seeks Grant for Palliative Care Program

    Community Votes are Needed for MCCG as It Seeks Grant for Palliative Care Program

    Your Votes Could Help Hospital Earn Distinctive Certification 

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, March 13, 2012) – Voting remains open for the Middle Georgia Taskforce for Quality Palliative Care’s campaign to help the Center for Palliative Care at The Medical Center of Central Georgia receive a grant from the LIVESTRONG 2012 Community Impact Project. The initiative has received a lot of positive feedback, but central and south Georgia residents are still encouraged to visit www.VoteMacon.org through Friday, March 23, and take just 30 seconds to vote for MCCG’s Center for Palliative Care. The center is seeking to become one of 20 palliative care providers in eight regions nationwide to be granted $10,000 from the LIVESTRONG 2012 Community Impact Project, which could help it receive advanced certification, the first of its kind in the state.

    MCCG’s Center for Palliative Care has served since 2004 thousands of patients and their families dealing with the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. Ultimately, MCCG needs the highest number of votes in the Southeast region to receive the grant, which will defray costs associated with applying for the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care.

    A vote from a member of the community represents buy-in, awareness, and support; has the potential to bring needed financial and professional resources to their community; and enhances the sustainability of the palliative care program at MCCG. LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project granting philosophy endorses an online voting approach, which shows broad community support and engagement, rather than merit-based grant applications.

    Palliative care is a special partnership between the patient, family, and medical specialists and caregivers. MCCG’s Center for Palliative Care understands the importance of this partnership as well as the quality of life issues, comfort care and symptom management required to be a high-quality palliative care provider.

    Should MCCG receive the grant, it will be provided with technical assistance and hands-on mentoring from faculty of the national palliative care body – the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). The CAPC provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care teams in hospitals and other health care settings. Joint Commission certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality. 

    LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project designated the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care as a model program for replication. The project annually replicates evidence-based programs that support people affected by cancer within one city, state or region of the United States.

    The Middle Georgia Taskforce for Quality Palliative Care includes academic, health care, community, business and government partners.

    For more information about LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Projects, visit http://www.livestrong.org/What-We-Do/Our-Actions/Programs-Partnerships/Community-Engagement.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Cancer WellFit Program Selected as Grant Candidate From the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Cancer WellFit Program Selected as Grant Candidate From the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Cancer WellFit Program Selected as Grant Candidate From the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project

    Finalists will be determined by an online voting campaign; Funds will better the lives of people affected by cancer 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, March 8, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Cancer WellFit Program has been selected as a candidate to receive a grant for implementation of the Artists-In-Residence Program, a LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project that helps cancer survivors deal with the stress of diagnosis, treatment or recovery through artistic expression.

    The Cancer WellFit Program, a 12-week oncology recovery program that uses a holistic approach and is free to any community member diagnosed with cancer, will use the grant to expand its art services beyond painting to activities like sculpting and carving.

    “Art is a wonderful way for our program members to express themselves and deal with some of the stress issues that come with diagnosis, treatment or recovery,” Cancer WellFit Program Director Sandra Stone said. “So much of their days are full of appointments, tests and medicine, so this program is a good way for them to relax, and come together and make something beautiful.”

    LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project granting philosophy endorses an online voting approach, which shows broad community support and engagement, rather than merit-based grant applications. MCCG is seeking to be the top vote getter in the Southeast region. The online voting campaign ends Friday, March 23. Voters can visit http://tinyurl.com/CancerWellFitVote and take just 30 seconds to show their support.

    Should it be awarded the grant, The Cancer WellFit Program will receive tools and resources from LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation established in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action against the world’s leading cause of death. The foundation is now known publicly by its powerful brand and is a leader in the global movement on behalf of 28 million people around the world living with cancer today.

    “We are thrilled and honored to be selected as a candidate for the Community Impact Project,” MCCG Director of Wellness Services Kevin Carter said. “We share LIVESTRONG’s passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families.”

    The Cancer WellFit Program combines exercise, education, group support, and mind/body programs to help participants return to their fullest physical and emotional potentials. It is the ideal program for arts in health care because of its focus on relief from anxiety, and distraction from pain in a safe, nurturing environment. It is also ideal because of its well-documented outcomes and reputation in the community as a leader in oncology rehabilitation. The program is based at The Wellness Center, a service of MCCG.

    LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project’s goal is to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the United States. The Artist-in-Residence Program was created by The Creative Center, which has been dedicated since 1994 to bringing the arts to people with cancer and chronic illness through all stages of life as a way to help them discover their own creative resources while meeting the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

    LIVESTRONG is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations. 

    For more information about the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project and to vote, visit http://vote.livestrong.org/. For more information about The Medical Center of Central Georgia or The Cancer WellFit Program, visit us at www.mccg.org or www.thewellnesscentermacon.com

  • MCCG Asks For Community Support as It Seeks Grant for Palliative Care Program
    MCCG Asks For Community Support as It Seeks Grant for Palliative Care Program

    MCCG Asks For Community Support as It Seeks Grant for Palliative Care Program

    Your Votes Could Help Hospital Earn Distinctive Certification 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, March 7, 2012) – Central and south Georgia residents are encouraged to visit www.VoteMacon.org beginning today and through Friday, March 23, and take just 30 seconds to vote for The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Center for Palliative Care. The center, with the support of the Middle Georgia Taskforce for Quality Palliative Care, is seeking to become one of 20 palliative care providers in eight regions nationwide to be granted $10,000 from the LIVESTRONG 2012 Community Impact Project, which could help it receive advanced certification, the first of its kind in the state.

    MCCG’s Center for Palliative Care has served since 2004 thousands of patients and their families dealing with the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. Ultimately, MCCG needs the highest number of votes in the Southeast region to receive the grant, which will defray costs associated with applying for the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care.

    The kickoff event for the Middle Georgia LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project campaign will be held at the Macon State College Student Life Center Amphitheater today between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Community members are encouraged to participate in the event, learn more about the campaign and how to become a campaign volunteer.

    A vote from a member of the community represents buy-in, awareness, and support; has the potential to bring needed financial and professional resources to their community; and enhances the sustainability of the palliative care program at MCCG. LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project granting philosophy endorses an online voting approach, which shows broad community support and engagement, rather than merit-based grant applications.

    Palliative care is a special partnership between the patient, family, and medical specialists and caregivers. MCCG’s Center for Palliative Care understands the importance of this partnership as well as the quality of life issues, comfort care and symptom management required to be a high-quality palliative care provider.

    Should MCCG receive the grant, it will be provided with technical assistance and hands-on mentoring from faculty of the national palliative care body – the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). The CAPC provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care teams in hospitals and other health care settings. Joint Commission certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality. 

    LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project designated the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care as a model program for replication. The project annually replicates evidence-based programs that support people affected by cancer within one city, state or region of the United States.

    The Middle Georgia Taskforce for Quality Palliative Care includes academic, health care, community, business and government partners.

    For more information about LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Projects, visit http://www.livestrong.org/What-We-Do/Our-Actions/Programs-Partnerships/Community-Engagement.

  • Launch Date Nears for Beginning of Health Information Exchange Partnership To Improve Patient Care in Georgia
    Launch Date Nears for Beginning of Health Information Exchange Partnership To Improve Patient Care in Georgia

    Launch Date Nears for Beginning of Health Information Exchange Partnership To Improve Patient Care in Georgia

    Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and Central Georgia Health System to Work Together

    MACON, GA (Monday, March 5, 2012) – Media is invited to a celebration luncheon on Tuesday at 11 a.m. for the launch of a partnership between Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and The Medical Center of Central Georgia for an electronic health information exchange to improve the coordination, timeliness and safety of patient care.

    The health information exchange, coordinated by Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center, the state’s academic health center, and MCCG, a service of Central Georgia Health System, will give participating health care providers more comprehensive patient information at their fingertips. According to MCCG’s Chief Medical Officer Jim Cunningham, MD, FACS, the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange, or GRAChIE, “will allow physicians, hospitals and, most importantly, patients to benefit from an almost instantaneous transfer of health information.”

    The luncheon is at The Floyd Room in the James H. Sloppy Floyd Building, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta. A valid state ID is required for admission. Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center CEO and GRAChIE Chair David Hefner, CGHS/MCCG CEO Don Faulk, Georgia Department of Community Health Commissioner David Cook, among other representatives from both health care entities and state legislators will be in attendance.  

    By enabling providers to access records from multiple providers and facilities, GRAChIE should improve quality of care, eliminate costly and redundant testing, and reduce treatment delays and hassles related to paper medical records and reports. Particular benefits could be in emergency situations such as heart attacks or car accidents.

    “An efficient, accurate modality which provides an exchange of pertinent health information among various health care providers is quickly becoming an essential component of our state and national health care systems,” Cunningham said. “This rapid exchange of information will, in turn, enhance the overall quality and safety of the current health care delivery system.”

    Today, health care providers can share patients’ health information via telephone, fax, mail or limited computer networks. GRAChIE automates the process of searching and allows participants to locate records in minutes through a secure network that links the two medical centers, affiliated physicians and other health care providers. The exchange provides access to patient information, including lab test and pathology results, X-ray, MRI and other imaging reports, medication and immunization history, drug reactions and allergies and physician transcription reports.

    In early spring 2012, GRAChIE will add other regional health care providers with expansion to other areas of the state soon to follow.

    “By partnering on health information exchange, Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and The Medical Center of Central Georgia are demonstrating their unwavering commitment to quality care,” CEO of Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and GRAChIE Board Chair David Hefner said. “We hope this kind of collaboration will soon allow providers around the state to evaluate and apply best practices to improve health care for all Georgians.”

  • MCCG Asks For Community Support as It Seeks Grant for Palliative Care Program
    MCCG Asks For Community Support as It Seeks Grant for Palliative Care Program

    MCCG Asks For Community Support as It Seeks Grant for Palliative Care Program

    Your Votes Could Help Hospital Earn Distinctive Certification 

    MACON, GA (Monday, March 5, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Center for Palliative Care, with the support of the Middle Georgia Taskforce for Quality Palliative Care, is seeking to become one of 20 palliative care providers in eight regions nationwide to be granted $10,000 from the LIVESTRONG 2012 Community Impact Project, which could help it receive advanced certification, the first of its kind in the state. But it needs help from the central and south Georgia communities.

    Central and south Georgia residents are encouraged to visit www.VoteMacon.org between Wednesday, March 7 and Friday, March 23, and take just 30 seconds to vote for MCCG’s Center for Palliative Care, which has served since 2004 thousands of patients and their families dealing with the pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness. Ultimately, MCCG needs the highest number of votes in the Southeast region to receive the grant, which will defray costs associated with applying for the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care.

    The kickoff event for the Middle Georgia LIVESTRONG Community Impact Project campaign will be held at the Macon State College Student Life Center Amphitheater on Wednesday, March 7 between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Community members are encouraged to participate in the event, learn more about the campaign and how to become a campaign volunteer.

    A vote from a member of the community represents buy-in, awareness, and support; has the potential to bring needed financial and professional resources to their community; and enhances the sustainability of the palliative care program at MCCG. LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project granting philosophy endorses an online voting approach, which shows broad community support and engagement, rather than merit-based grant applications.

    Palliative care is a special partnership between the patient, family, and medical specialists and caregivers. MCCG’s Center for Palliative Care understands the importance of this partnership as well as the quality of life issues, comfort care and symptom management required to be a high-quality palliative care provider.

    Should MCCG receive the grant, it will be provided with technical assistance and hands-on mentoring from faculty of the national palliative care body – the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). The CAPC provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care teams in hospitals and other health care settings. Joint Commission certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality. 

    LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Project designated the Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care as a model program for replication. The project annually replicates evidence-based programs that support people affected by cancer within one city, state or region of the United States.

    The Middle Georgia Taskforce for Quality Palliative Care includes academic, health care, community, business and government partners.

    For more information about LIVESTRONG’s Community Impact Projects, visit http://www.livestrong.org/What-We-Do/Our-Actions/Programs-Partnerships/Community-Engagement.

  • Pro Angler Jonathon Herndon to Visit The Children’s Hospital
    Pro Angler Jonathon Herndon to Visit The Children’s Hospital

    Pro Angler Jonathon Herndon to Visit The Children’s Hospital

    Disabled Professional Hopes to Brighten Patients’ Day 

    MACON, GA (Friday, March 2, 2012) – Pro angler and central Georgia resident Jonathon Herndon will make his annual visit to The Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia on Tuesday, March 6 at 2 p.m.

    Herndon, 36, travels the country fishing national tournament trails and giving fishing seminars at various outdoor and boat shows, and runs a guide service on Lake Sinclair. But he takes time every year to visit The Children’s Hospital because he has something very special in common with the children he will be visiting. Herndon, who is now wheelchair bound, suffered a severe spinal injury as a toddler which left him paralyzed from the neck down. After many surgeries and extended stays at MCCG, he was able to recover enough to be able to chase his dreams.

    “I know firsthand what these children are going through, and it is a heavy load for a youngster to bear,” Herndon said. “If I can take their minds off of things, let them have a boat load of fun and at the same time teach them that anything is possible as long as they don’t ever give up, my visit is a success.”

    This year with help from his sponsors at Bass Pro Shops, Herndon has gathered some very large and unique gifts for the young patients.

    “Since they are unable to go out, I plan on bringing the outdoors inside to them,” he said. “And I am sure they will teach me a fishing tip or two of their own!”

    Herndon is a pro angler and owns Catfish Reaper Charters www.catfishreapercharters.com in Eatonton, GA.

  • Launch Date Nears for Beginning of Health Information Exchange Partnership To Improve Patient Care in Georgia
    Launch Date Nears for Beginning of Health Information Exchange Partnership To Improve Patient Care in Georgia

    Launch Date Nears for Beginning of Health Information Exchange Partnership To Improve Patient Care in Georgia

    Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and Central Georgia Health System to Work Together

    MACON, GA (Thursday, March 1, 2012) – Georgia’s academic health center and one of the state’s largest hospitals have partnered to launch an electronic health information exchange to improve the coordination, timeliness and safety of patient care.

    The health information exchange, coordinated by Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and The Medical Center of Central Georgia, a service of Central Georgia Health System, will give participating health care providers more comprehensive patient information at their fingertips. According to The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Chief Medical Officer Jim Cunningham, MD, FACS, the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange, or GRAChIE, “will allow physicians, hospitals and, most importantly, patients to benefit from an almost instantaneous transfer of health information.”

    Media is invited to a launch celebration luncheon on Tuesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at The Floyd Room in the James H. Sloppy Floyd Building, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta. A valid state ID is required for admission. State legislators and representatives from both health care entities will be in attendance.  

    By enabling providers to access records from multiple providers and facilities, GRAChIE should improve quality of care, eliminate costly and redundant testing, and reduce treatment delays and hassles related to paper medical records and reports. Particular benefits could be in emergency situations such as heart attacks or car accidents.

    “An efficient, accurate modality which provides an exchange of pertinent health information among various health care providers is quickly becoming an essential component of our state and national health care systems,” Cunningham said. “This rapid exchange of information will, in turn, enhance the overall quality and safety of the current health care delivery system.”

    Today, health care providers can share patients’ health information via telephone, fax, mail or limited computer networks. GRAChIE automates the process of searching and allows participants to locate records in minutes through a secure network that links the two medical centers, affiliated physicians and other health care providers. The exchange provides access to patient information, including lab test and pathology results, X-ray, MRI and other imaging reports, medication and immunization history, drug reactions and allergies and physician transcription reports.

    In early spring 2012, GRAChIE will add other regional health care providers with expansion to other areas of the state soon to follow.

    “By partnering on health information exchange, Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and The Medical Center of Central Georgia are demonstrating their unwavering commitment to quality care,” CEO of Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and GRAChIE Board Chair David Hefner said. “We hope this kind of collaboration will soon allow providers around the state to evaluate and apply best practices to improve health care for all Georgians.”

  • Mayor Reichert Proclamation to Launch Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
    Mayor Reichert Proclamation to Launch Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    Mayor Reichert Proclamation to Launch Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG Will Educate About the Importance of Screenings, Wellness 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012) – A proclamation by Macon mayor Robert Reichert at 2 p.m. on Friday will launch The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s initiative during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

    Mayor Reichert, with clinicians and employees of the Cancer Life Center, at his office in City Hall will proclaim March as a time for awareness and education about the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in this country.

    It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control that as many as 60 percent of colorectal cancer-related deaths could be prevented if all men and women aged 50 years and older were screened routinely. Screening tests can find precancerous polyps, so that they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening tests also can find colorectal cancer early, when treatment works best. These routine screenings are available at the Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St. Those interested in receiving a colonoscopy should contact their physician for a referral. The 250th person screened in March will receive a $100 gift card to Carrabba’s.

    MCCG will host two events during the month:

    What a Family History of Colon Cancer Could Mean For You

    If you or a family member has had a colon, rectal or endometrial cancer diagnosis, we invite you to this complimentary event on Monday, March 12 at 12 p.m. with speakers Dr. Joel Judah and Genetic Counselor Christine Delaney. It is at Vineville United Methodist Church, 2045 Vineville Ave.

    Nutrition: A Vital Link in Colon Cancer Prevention

    It is estimated 70 percent of colon cancer cases could be prevented with lifestyle changes. Join Courtney Mosser, RD, LD, on Tuesday, March 13 at 5 p.m. at the Museum of Arts & Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Rd., to discuss some basic diet alterations that can reduce your risk of cancer in general and colon cancer specifically.

    Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 6 – (478) 633-4733.

  • Teddy Bears to be Given to Patients at The Children’s Hospital
    Teddy Bears to be Given to Patients at The Children’s Hospital

    Teddy Bears to be Given to Patients at The Children’s Hospital

    It’s Part of Annual ‘Bearable Hugs’ Campaign 

    MACON, GA (Friday, Feb. 24, 2012) – The Georgia Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) is collecting teddy bears and other stuffed animals for children as part of their annual “Bearable Hugs for Georgia’s Children” campaign. The toys will be given to children receiving care at The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia on Monday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. Media is invited to attend for interviews, video and photographs.

    “Our mission is to put children first,” Director of DHS’ Division of Child Support Services Keith Horton said. “We hope the teddy bears will bring comfort and put a smile on the face of a child who is facing illness.”

    Individuals, churches, businesses and other organizations were asked to participate in the campaign by dropping off teddy bears or other stuffed animals at any collection box located at DCSS locations across the state. Robins Air Force Base personnel collected over 150 teddy bears for patients at The Children’s Hospital at MCCG. Over 26,000 stuffed animals have been collected and distributed since the project began in 2008.

    For more information about the Division of Child Support Services, go to www.ocss.dhs.georgia.gov.

  • Partnership to Increase Nursing Anesthesia Education in Georgia
    Partnership to Increase Nursing Anesthesia Education in Georgia

    Partnership to Increase Nursing Anesthesia Education in Georgia

    AUGUSTA, Ga. (Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012) – A new partnership between Georgia’s academic health center and one of the state’s largest hospitals is slated to add 50 percent more nurse anesthetists to the state’s workforce.

    The Central Georgia Nursing Anesthesia Collaborative will enable Georgia Health Sciences University to bolster its nurse anesthetist program with extensive clinical training at The Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon to increase the pool of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist graduates. The growth is particularly intended to target workforce needs in central and south Georgia.

    CRNAs plan, implement and evaluate anesthesia care for patients having diagnostic, therapeutic or surgical procedures.

    GHSU will admit 10 students into its Macon cohort in fall 2013. The program offers educational and career advancement opportunities for current MCCG registered nursing staff.

    “The Medical Center of Central Georgia is committed to retention and provision of the CRNA program,” said MCCG Chief Nursing Officer Judy Paull. “This partnership will allow us to remain a primary clinical site for the highly regarded and fully accredited CRNA program at GHSU. We look forward to working together to achieve the ultimate goal of a high-quality, affordable educational experience that advances our commitment to patient care services.”

    Students will spend three semesters in didactic, laboratory and simulation courses on the GHSU campus in Augusta and the final four semesters at MCCG, which will provide extensive clinical experience in cardiovascular, neurological, trauma, obstetrics and pediatrics surgery.

    “Through this exemplary partnership with MCCG, we are delighted to increase the size of our outstanding nursing anesthesia program to serve a large geographic area of Georgia,” said GHSU College of Nursing Dean Lucy Marion.

    GHSU launched its nursing anesthesia program in 1995 and has since graduated 179 CRNAs, most of whom practice in Georgia.

    MCCG’s current CRNA program agreement with the Mercer University School of Medicine will end later this year.

  • Health Information Exchange Launches To Improve Patient Care Statewide
    Health Information Exchange Launches To Improve Patient Care Statewide

    Health Information Exchange Launches To Improve Patient Care Statewide

    Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and Central Georgia Health System

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012) – Georgia’s academic health center and one of the state’s largest hospitals have partnered to launch an electronic health information exchange to improve the coordination, timeliness and safety of patient care.

    The health information exchange, coordinated by Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and The Medical Center of Central Georgia, a service of Central Georgia Health System, will give participating health care providers more comprehensive patient information at their fingertips. According to The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Chief Medical Officer Jim Cunningham, MD, FACS, the Georgia Regional Academic Community Health Information Exchange, or GRAChIE, “will allow physicians, hospitals and, most importantly, patients to benefit from an almost instantaneous transfer of health information.”

    Media is invited to a launch celebration luncheon on Tuesday, March 6 at 11 a.m. at The Floyd Room in the James H. Sloppy Floyd Building, 2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta. A valid state ID is required for admission. State legislators and representatives from both health care entities will be in attendance.  

    By enabling providers to access records from multiple providers and facilities, GRAChIE should improve quality of care, eliminate costly and redundant testing, and reduce treatment delays and hassles related to paper medical records and reports. Particular benefits could be in emergency situations such as heart attacks or car accidents.

    “An efficient, accurate modality which provides an exchange of pertinent health information among various health care providers is quickly becoming an essential component of our state and national health care systems,” Cunningham said. “This rapid exchange of information will, in turn, enhance the overall quality and safety of the current health care delivery system.”

    Today, health care providers can share patients’ health information via telephone, fax, mail or limited computer networks. GRAChIE automates the process of searching and allows participants to locate records in minutes through a secure network that links the two medical centers, affiliated physicians and other health care providers. The exchange provides access to patient information, including lab test and pathology results, X-ray, MRI and other imaging reports, medication and immunization history, drug reactions and allergies and physician transcription reports.

    In early spring 2012, GRAChIE will add other regional health care providers with expansion to other areas of the state soon to follow.

    “By partnering on health information exchange, Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and The Medical Center of Central Georgia are demonstrating their unwavering commitment to quality care,” CEO of Georgia Health Sciences Medical Center and GRAChIE Board Chair David Hefner said. “We hope this kind of collaboration will soon allow providers around the state to evaluate and apply best practices to improve health care for all Georgians.”

  • MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month
    MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month

    MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month

    Public Events Highlight ‘Heart Fest’
     

    MACON, GA (Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012) – Heart disease is a staggering health problem in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 785,000 Americans suffered a coronary event in 2010 and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. At least one American dies each minute from a heart disease-related event, making heart disease, including stroke, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

    There are, however, steps each of us can take to prevent this chronic disease. During American Heart Month this February, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is dedicated to battling heart disease by raising awareness and knowledge through a series of public events called “Heart Fest.” MCCG encourages the media and public to attend these events.

    Tuesday: The Heart Healthy Cooking Show is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Tower Lobby. Menu items from Chef Jarvis Napier include Rotisserie Grilled Chicken Breast, Balsamic Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables, Herb Quinoa Rice Pilaf and Wild Berry Green Tea. Sandy Kahley, Business Development Coordinator from the Georgia Heart Center, will lead a technology tour following the cooking demonstration. Participants will go through laboratories and testing areas, and hear from professionals about procedures relating to the heart. Please RSVP at (478) 633-7157.

    Saturday, Feb. 25: Let’s Get Moving is an inaugural event held at Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, 3351 Northside Dr., from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Therapists will be available to do on-site screenings which include: gait and balance, adaptive equipment, swallowing, memory and voice. Other screenings will include blood pressure, body fat, grip strength, healthy legs, and glucose and cholesterol levels. These screenings will be offered at no charge. AngioScreen® will also be available for of $50 and an appointment is needed. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to schedule a time. 

    Join us, improve your health and meet CGRH’s newest doctor, Dr. T. Shantel King-Whitby, as well as representatives from Georgia Heart Center, Heartworks, Central Georgia Hospice, Central Georgia Home Health, Central Georgia Home Care and Life Boutique.

    Door prizes and light refreshments will be served. 

    To keep your heart healthy, watch your weight, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke, control your cholesterol and blood pressure, drink alcohol only in moderation, get active and eat healthy, talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55, and manage stress. You are at higher risk of heart disease if you are a woman age 55 or older, a man age 45 or older, or a person with a family history of early heart disease.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Joins Pivotal Study Focused On Improved Response and Treatment for Major Cardiac Events
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Joins Pivotal Study Focused On Improved Response and Treatment for Major Cardiac Events

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Joins Pivotal Study Focused On Improved Response and Treatment for Major Cardiac Events

    MACON, GA (Monday, Feb. 13, 2012) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and Mark Dorogy, M.D., announce their participation in the ALERTS clinical trial for the AngelMed Guardian System, an implantable cardiac monitor and alert system. It is designed to reduce the time it takes patients to get to the emergency room during an impending heart attack. 

    The AngelMed Guardian System could track significant changes in the heart's electrical signal and then alert patients to seek medical attention. The objective of the ALERTS clinical trial is to provide an assessment of the safety and effectiveness of the AngelMed Guardian System.

    “If the AngelMed Guardian System proves to be effective in early detection and warning of potentially life-threatening heart conditions, we may be able to shift the paradigm for early treatment at the onset of heart attacks,” Dr. Dorogy said. “We are excited to participate in this important clinical trial.”

    According to the American Heart Association, one of every five deaths in the United States is attributable to coronary heart disease. Further, 50 percent of heart attack fatalities occur within one hour of symptom onset and occur before the patient even reaches the hospital.

    "Experimental and clinical studies have shown that most of the damage to the heart occurs very soon after coronary occlusion," AngelMed's Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Harwood said. "We've designed the device to warn patients of this and other cardiac events hours, perhaps days, before they occur.”

    Roy M. Wood, Jr. suffered a heart attack and is now a participant in the ALERTS study.

    “The AngelMed warning system has given me and my family tremendous piece of mind,” he said. “I hope my participation in this study will help others and possibly save lives.”

    The AngelMed Guardian System is comprised of an internal implantable device about the size of a standard pacemaker with a lead into the heart, an external telemetry device, and a programmer that aids physicians in evaluating heart signals.

    MCCG is one of 75 U.S. medical facilities to participate in the AngelMed Guardian System trial. To participate in the ALERTS study, patients must meet various inclusion criteria. For more information on the AngelMed Guardian System or the ALERTS study protocol, contact Carrie Knott, R.N., at 478-633-7628 or Knott.Carrie@mccg.org.

  • MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month
    MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month

    MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month

    Public Events Highlight ‘Heart Fest’

    MACON, GA (Monday, Jan. 30, 2012) – Heart disease is a staggering health problem in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 785,000 Americans suffered a coronary event in 2010 and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. At least one American dies each minute from a heart disease-related event, making heart disease, including stroke, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

    There are, however, steps each of us can take to prevent this chronic disease. During American Heart Month this February, The Medical Center of Central Georgia is dedicated to battling heart disease by raising awareness and knowledge through a series of public events called “Heart Fest.”

    Saturday: Heart and Soul is a health fair that offers many screenings, including lipid screenings, which require fasting and pre-registration. Call (478) 633-7157 to register. AngioScreen®, an integrated cardiovascular screening program designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, will also be offered. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment. Cost is $50. Physician speakers will discuss heart health at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Former Warner Robins High School boys basketball coach Chip Malone, a heart transplant recipient, will sign copies of his book, “A Second Chance: A Heart Transplant Story.” This health fair is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mabel White Baptist Church, 1415 Bass Rd., Macon.

    Thursday, Feb. 9: Eating for a Healthy Heart with Registered Dietitian Courtney Mosser is a seminar on how to “love your heart.” She will share nutritional information and a heart-healthy snack. RSVP is required, so please call (478) 633-8537. This event is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., Macon.

    Tuesday, Feb. 21: Heart Healthy Cooking Show in the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Tower Lobby. Menu items from Chef Jarvis Napier include Rotisserie Grilled Chicken Breast, Balsamic Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables, Herb Quinoa Rice Pilaf and Wild Berry Green Tea. Sandy Kahley, Business Development Coordinator from the Georgia Heart Center, will lead a technology tour following the cooking demonstration, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Participants will go through laboratories and testing areas, and hear from professionals about procedures relating to the heart. Please RSVP at (478) 633-7157.

    Saturday, Feb. 25: Let’s Get Moving is an inaugural event held at Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, 3351 Northside Dr., Macon, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Therapists will be available to do on-site screenings which include: gait and balance, adaptive equipment, swallowing, memory and voice. Other screenings will include blood pressure, body fat, grip strength, healthy legs, and glucose and cholesterol levels. These screenings will be offered at no charge. AngioScreen® will also be available for of $50 and an appointment is needed. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to schedule a time. 

    Join us, improve your health and meet CGRH’s newest doctor, Dr. T. Shantel King-Whitby, as well as representatives from Georgia Heart Center, Heartworks, Central Georgia Hospice, Central Georgia Home Health, Central Georgia Home Care and Life Boutique.

    Door prizes and light refreshments will be served. 

    MCCG will also support the following regional events: Feb. 9, Oconee Regional Medical Center Health Fair, 2:30 p.m., 821 N. Cobb St., Milledgeville; Feb. 10, Peach Regional Medical Center Women’s Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., RSVP: (478) 825-8691 (ext. 150); Feb. 16: Upson Regional Medical Center Health Fair, 3:30 p.m., 801 Gordon St., Thomaston.

    To keep your heart healthy, watch your weight, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke, control your cholesterol and blood pressure, drink alcohol only in moderation, get active and eat healthy, talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55, and manage stress. You are at higher risk of heart disease if you are a woman age 55 or older, a man age 45 or older, or a person with a family history of early heart disease.

  • CPS-3 Enrolls 632 from Central Georgia
    CPS-3 Enrolls 632 from Central Georgia

    CPS-3 Enrolls 632 from Central Georgia 

    MACON, GA (Friday, Jan. 27, 2012) – Over 12 hours in two days saw 632 enrollees from central Georgia in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3. The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is thrilled with the turnout and thanks the American Cancer Society and the central Georgia community.

    Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen, Mercer University President Bill Underwood and Macon Fire Chief Marvin Riggins were just some of the community leaders who enrolled.

    CPS-3 is a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. To enroll in the study, individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer were asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asked for information on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to his or her health; had his or her waist circumference measured; and gave a small blood sample. The American Cancer Society will send periodic follow-up surveys for participants to update information, and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process took about an hour to complete.

    The study took place at the Cancer Life Center, a service of MCCG.

    For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

  • First Day of CPS-3 Study Enrolls 251 Central Georgians
    First Day of CPS-3 Study Enrolls 251 Central Georgians
    January 26, 2012 11:04 am
    January 26, 2012 11:04 am

    First Day of CPS-3 Study Enrolls 251 Central Georgians

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012) – A steady flow of central Georgians enrolled in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 on the first of two days of enrollment. Today, 251 persons began participation in the historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

    Day two of the enrollment is Thursday from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Cancer Life Center in the Center for Ambulatory Services, 1014 Forsyth St., Macon.

    To enroll in the study, individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to his or her health; have his or her waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. Upon completion of this process, the American Cancer Society will send periodic follow-up surveys for participants to update information, and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes about an hour to complete.

     

    For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

  • Central Georgians Asked to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort
    Central Georgians Asked to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort

    Central Georgians Asked to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort

    Community Involvement Can Answer Critical Questions about Cancer Causes, Prevention

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, Jan. 24 2012) – Beginning tomorrow, residents of central Georgia have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million persons across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible through a partnership with the American Cancer Society and The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

    The enrollment will be held at the Cancer Life Center in the Center for Ambulatory Services, 1014 Forsyth St. Hours on Wednesday are 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Mercer University President Bill Underwood and several Macon-Bibb County firefighters will enroll beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday. This would make a great interview and video/photo opportunity. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and Warner Robins Mayor Chuck pledged to enroll and participate in the study.

    CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. To enroll in the study, individuals will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to his or her health; have his or her waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. Upon completion of this process, the American Cancer Society will send periodic follow-up surveys for participants to update information, and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes about an hour to complete.

     “Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator of CPS-3. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer. Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become
    involved.”

    Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, and CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. The current study, CPS-II, began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer in the more than two decades since its launch make it important to begin a new study. The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come.

    “Taking an hour or so every few years to fill out a survey – and potentially save someone from being diagnosed with cancer in the future – is a commitment that thousands of volunteer participants have already made,” Dr. Patel said. “We're looking for more like-minded individuals in central Georgia to join this effort that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations.”

    For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

  • MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month
    MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month

    MCCG Raises Awareness and Promotes Education During American Heart Month

    Public Events Highlight ‘Heart Fest’ 

    MACON, GA (Monday, Jan. 23, 2012) – Heart disease is a staggering health problem in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control estimates 785,000 Americans suffered a coronary event in 2010 and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack. At least one American dies each minute from a heart disease-related event, making heart disease, including stroke, the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.

    There are, however, steps each of us can take to prevent this chronic disease. During American Heart Month this February, The Medical Center of Central Georgia is dedicated to battling heart disease by raising awareness and knowledge through a series of public events called “Heart Fest.”

    Saturday, Feb. 4: Heart and Soul is a health fair that offers many screenings, including lipid screenings, which require fasting and pre-registration. Call (478) 633-7157 to register. AngioScreen®, an integrated cardiovascular screening program designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, will also be offered. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment. Cost is $50. Physician speakers will discuss heart health at 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Former Warner Robins High School boys basketball coach Chip Malone, a heart transplant recipient, will sign copies of his book, “A Second Chance: A Heart Transplant Story.” This health fair is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mabel White Baptist Church, 1415 Bass Rd., Macon.

    Thursday, Feb. 9: Eating for a Healthy Heart with Registered Dietitian Courtney Mosser is a seminar on how to “love your heart.” She will share nutritional information and a heart-healthy snack. RSVP is required, so please call (478) 633-8537. This event is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr., Macon.

    Tuesday, Feb. 21: Heart Healthy Cooking Show in the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Tower Lobby. Menu items from Chef Jarvis Napier include Rotisserie Grilled Chicken Breast, Balsamic Glazed Roasted Root Vegetables, Herb Quinoa Rice Pilaf and Wild Berry Green Tea. Sandy Kahley, Business Development Coordinator from the Georgia Heart Center, will lead a technology tour following the cooking demonstration, which begins at 4:30 p.m. Participants will go through laboratories and testing areas, and hear from professionals about procedures relating to the heart. Please RSVP at (478) 633-7157.

    Saturday, Feb. 25: Let’s Get Moving is an inaugural event held at Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital, 3351 Northside Dr., Macon, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Therapists will be available to do on-site screenings which include: gait and balance, adaptive equipment, swallowing, memory and voice. Other screenings will include blood pressure, body fat, grip strength, healthy legs, and glucose and cholesterol levels. These screenings will be offered at no charge. AngioScreen® will also be available for of $50 and an appointment is needed. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to schedule a time. 

    Join us, improve your health and meet CGRH’s newest doctor, Dr. T. Shantel King-Whitby, as well as representatives from Georgia Heart Center, Heartworks, Central Georgia Hospice, Central Georgia Home Health, Central Georgia Home Care and Life Boutique.

    Door prizes and light refreshments will be served. 

    MCCG will also support the following regional events: Feb. 9, Oconee Regional Medical Center Health Fair, 2:30 p.m., 821 N. Cobb St., Milledgeville; Feb. 10, Peach Regional Medical Center Women’s Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., RSVP: (478) 825-8691 (ext. 150); Feb. 16: Upson Regional Medical Center Health Fair, 3:30 p.m., 801 Gordon St., Thomaston.

    To keep your heart healthy, watch your weight, quit smoking and stay away from secondhand smoke, control your cholesterol and blood pressure, drink alcohol only in moderation, get active and eat healthy, talk to your doctor about taking aspirin every day if you are a man over the age of 45 or a woman over 55, and manage stress. You are at higher risk of heart disease if you are a woman age 55 or older, a man age 45 or older, or a person with a family history of early heart disease.

  • Central Georgians Asked to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort
    Central Georgians Asked to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort

    Central Georgians Asked to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort

    Community Involvement Can Answer Critical Questions about Cancer Causes, Prevention 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, Jan. 12, 2011) – In two weeks, residents of central Georgia have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million persons across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible through a partnership with the American Cancer Society and The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

    The enrollment will be held at the Cancer Life Center in the Center for Ambulatory Services, 1014 Forsyth St. Hours on Wednesday, Jan. 25 are 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26. Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen and Mercer University President Bill Underwood have all pledged to enroll and participate in the study.

    CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. To enroll in the study, individuals will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to his or her health; have his or her waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. Upon completion of this process, the American Cancer Society will send periodic follow-up surveys for participants to update information, and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes about an hour to complete.

    “Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator of CPS-3. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer. Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved.”

    Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, and CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. The current study, CPS-II, began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer in the more than two decades since its launch make it important to begin a new study. The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come.

    “Taking an hour or so every few years to fill out a survey – and potentially save someone from being diagnosed with cancer in the future – is a commitment that thousands of volunteer participants have already made,” Dr. Patel said. “We're looking for more like-minded individuals in central Georgia to join this effort that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations.”

    For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

  • MCCG Introduces Internal Recycling Program
    MCCG Introduces Internal Recycling Program
    MCCG Introduces Internal Recycling Program
    Becomes More Environmentally Friendly Facility
     
    MACON, GA (Monday, Jan. 9, 2011) – Last week, in an effort to become a more efficient and environmentally friendly facility, The Medical Center of Central Georgia in partnership with Advanced Disposal introduced a single stream recycling program
    throughout the main campus. The initiative is part of the hospital’s “Green Smart” enterprise, which develops, investigates, and promotes environmentally and financially beneficial initiatives that lead to a desirable and sustainable culture. Green recycling containers with educational labels have been placed throughout the hospital for employees, patients and their families, and vendors to use.
     
    Single stream recycling allows consumers to recycle mixed-grade papers, plastic containers and some metals in a single container. The primary benefits are increased ease and convenience of recycling, and a reduction in the amount of space needed for containers. MCCG ran a pilot program throughout December to educate consumers about what can and cannot be put in the recycling before fully launching the program last week. 
     
    MCCG looked to the expertise of Advanced Disposal, which serves 48,000 commercial and 775,000 residential customers’ waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling needs throughout the southeastern United States.
  • American Cancer Society To Host Breakfast in Macon
    American Cancer Society To Host Breakfast in Macon

    American Cancer Society To Host Breakfast in Macon

    To Encourage Enrollment in Historic Cancer Prevention Study-3

    Mayors of Macon, Warner Robins, Bibb County Commission to Issue Proclamation

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011) – The American Cancer Society will host a press conference and CEO breakfast on Thursday in the President’s Dining Room at Mercer University to urge central Georgia residents to sign up for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Special guests at the event will include Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen and Bibb County Commissioner Sam Hart, who will issue a joint proclamation in support of CPS-3.

    The breakfast is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP today. Please call the American Cancer Society at 478-743-6391.

    The historic CPS-3 study has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the study. The American Cancer Society aims to enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico.

    “This is a unique and unprecedented opportunity for our community to come together around a cause that unites us all,” Director of the Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Macon City Councilwoman Nancy White said. “I challenge every business, civic, non-profit and educational leader to rally their ranks and encourage enrollment. It is so simple to participate, yet so profound what a difference your commitment can make in the fight against cancer.”

    CPS-3 enrollment will be held at the Cancer Life Center in the Center for Ambulatory Services, 1014 Forsyth St. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 26 from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Residents can schedule their appointment now at the CPS-3 enrollment at www.seeuthere.com/cps3enroll/medicalcenterofga.

    To enroll in CPS-3, individuals will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to his or her health; have height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. Upon completion of this process, the American Cancer Society will send follow-up surveys every few years to update participants’ information, and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately an hour to complete.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Harriette Carter Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Harriette Carter Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s Harriette Carter Wins Statewide Hospital Hero Award

    MACON, GA (Monday, Dec. 19, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia’s (MCCG) Harriette Carter was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) annual Hospital Heroes Awards luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Atlanta. Carter, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized for her outstanding fundraising efforts and volunteerism at Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia, a service of MCCG. Nearly two decades ago, Carter experienced such kindness from hospice staff when her sister-in-law was placed under hospice care that she was inspired to become a volunteer. She spent the next 10 years comforting hospice patients and their families during their most difficult moments. She then served on a fundraising branch of the Medcen Community Health Foundation, which helps fund services of MCCG. She led Medcen’s fundraising efforts of a $5.5 million campaign to fund a new free-standing hospice home, which opened in 2010.

    When it came time to raise funds, Carter was one of the first to give. She communicated effectively with friends, family and local businesses about donating. Her intuitive sense of people and warm personality made her efforts prosperous.

    In 2009, the monetary goal was reached, and the hospice house became a reality, but Carter’s hard work didn’t stop. She spearheaded efforts to recruit much-needed volunteers, as law requires a certain percentage of Georgia hospice services must provide care via volunteers.

    “The construction of Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia would not have happened without the extraordinary efforts of Harriette Carter,” President of GHA Joe Parker said. “Because of her work, countless individuals can experience comfort during end-of-life care. She is a deserving recipient of this award.”

    GHA’s Hospital Heroes Awards are presented every year to 10 individuals who display outstanding service to the health care field; in addition, one individual is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award, signifying at least 30 years of service.

  • Emergency First Responder Volunteers to Graduate on Monday
    Emergency First Responder Volunteers to Graduate on Monday
     
    Emergency First
    Responder Volunteers to Graduate on Monday
    Class Hosted by
    MCCG through State Grant
     
    MACON, GA (Friday, Dec. 16, 2011) –
    After 13 weeks of learning the basics of how to be an emergency first responder, 13 Twiggs County residents will graduate on Monday at 6 p.m. from the Twiggs County First Responder Training Class hosted by Emergency Medical Services of The Medical Center of Central Georgia. These new volunteers for Twiggs County Rescue Department are armed with training in basic first aid and CPR, immobilization of patients with traumatic injuries, oxygen administration, and even how to deliver a baby. These volunteers, with Twiggs County Rescue Department, can respond to 9-1-1 calls in their county for persons needing medical assistance.
     
    The graduation ceremony will be held at 404 Missile Base Rd. in the Twiggs County Industrial Park.
     
    The class was funded by a competitive grant from the Georgia Trauma Commission through the Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services. Twiggs County was selected because of its highly rural setting and lack of a county hospital.
     
    EMS at MCCG is currently hosting a similar first responder class in Jones County.
  • Join Us for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Kohl’s Check Presentation
    Join Us for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Kohl’s Check Presentation

    Join Us for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Kohl’s Check Presentation 

    MACON, GA (Monday, Dec. 6, 2011) – Please join us this evening for an annual holiday tradition at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) as we light The Children’s Tree. Five-year-old Riley Baron, our 2011 Miracle Child who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, will light the tree in honor of all of the children at The Children’s Hospital.

    Festivities begin at the intersection of Pine and New streets at 6 p.m. when Central Georgia Health System/MCCG COO Joe Lavelle will welcome guests and introduce the musical entertainment – Howard High School Ensemble. Representatives from Kohl’s department store, through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, will present a check to The Children’s Hospital for $59,776. Dr. Frank Bowyer from The Children’s Hospital and MCCG Chief Nursing Officer Judy Paull will then briefly speak before Riley lights The Children’s Tree.

    Since 2006, the Kohl’s Cares® program has generously gifted $205,554 to The Children’s Hospital. This has enabled the establishment and growth of the Kohl’s Cares For Kids® Safety Zone program, which promotes childhood safety awareness and education, as the leading cause of death for children under the age of 14 is accidental injury.

    Kohl’s will also graciously provide giveaways to children who attend the tree lighting ceremony, including information about safety awareness. Through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $150 million dollars through this program.

    Should weather interfere, the ceremony will be moved to the lobby of the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute.

  • Join Us for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Kohl’s Check Presentation
    Join Us for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Kohl’s Check Presentation

    Join Us for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Kohl’s Check Presentation 

    MACON, GA (Monday, Dec. 5, 2011) – Please join us Tuesday for an annual holiday tradition at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) as we light The Children’s Tree. Five-year-old Riley Baron, our 2011 Miracle Child who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, will light the tree in honor of all of the children at The Children’s Hospital.

    Festivities begin at the intersection of Pine and New streets at 6 p.m. when Central Georgia Health System/MCCG COO Joe Lavelle will welcome guests and introduce the musical entertainment – Howard High School Ensemble. Representatives from Kohl’s department store, through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, will present a check to The Children’s Hospital for $59,776. Dr. Frank Bowyer from The Children’s Hospital and MCCG Chief Nursing Officer Judy Paull will then briefly speak before Riley lights The Children’s Tree.

    Since 2006, the Kohl’s Cares® program has generously gifted $205,554 to The Children’s Hospital. This has enabled the establishment and growth of the Kohl’s Cares For Kids® Safety Zone program, which promotes childhood safety awareness and education, as the leading cause of death for children under the age of 14 is accidental injury.

    Kohl’s will also graciously provide giveaways to children who attend the tree lighting ceremony, including information about safety awareness. Through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $150 million dollars through this program.

    Should weather interfere, the ceremony will be moved to the lobby of the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute.

  • Join Us for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Kohl’s Check Presentation
    Join Us for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Kohl’s Check Presentation

    Join Us for the Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Kohl’s Check Presentation 

    MACON, GA (Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011) – Please join us Tuesday, Dec. 6 for an annual holiday tradition at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) as we light The Children’s Tree. Five-year-old Riley Baron, our 2011 Miracle Child who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, will light the tree in honor of all of the children at The Children’s Hospital.

    Festivities begin at the intersection of Pine and New streets at 6 p.m. when Central Georgia Health System/MCCG COO Joe Lavelle will welcome guests and introduce the musical entertainment – Howard High School Ensemble. Representatives from Kohl’s department store, through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, will present a check to The Children’s Hospital for $59,776. Dr. Frank Bowyer from The Children’s Hospital and MCCG Chief Nursing Officer Judy Paull will then briefly speak before Riley lights The Children’s Tree.

    Since 2006, the Kohl’s Cares® program has generously gifted more than $213,000 to The Children’s Hospital. This has enabled the establishment and growth of the Kohl’s Cares For Kids® Safety Zone program, which promotes childhood safety awareness and education, as the leading cause of death for children under the age of 14 is accidental injury.

    Kohl’s will also graciously provide giveaways to children who attend the tree lighting ceremony, including information about safety awareness. Through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, Kohl’s sells $5 books and plush toys where 100 percent of net profit benefits children’s health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. Kohl’s has raised more than $150 million dollars through this program.

    Should weather interfere, the ceremony will be moved to the lobby of the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Receives Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Receives Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Receives Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award
    Award Demonstrates Commitment To Quality Care For Stroke Patients

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) was presented the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award on Monday. The award recognizes MCCG’s commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients, according to evidence-based guidelines.

    “This award demonstrates that MCCG is committed to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,” said Tracey Blalock, RN BC, MSN, MBA, Assistant Vice President Medical Surgical Services. “Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) allows us to care for the patient throughout the entire continuum. This includes early recognition, rapid diagnosis, evidenced-based treatment modalities and, if necessary, rehabilitation. All of these elements are required for stroke patients to have the best-possible outcomes.”

    MCCG received the award because it achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines  – Stroke Quality Measures. The latter are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications (such as antithrombotics), anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation. All are aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.       

    In addition to the Get With The Guidelines – Stroke award, MCCG has been recognized as a recipient of the association’s “Target: Stroke Honor Roll” for improving stroke care. Over the past quarter, at least 50 percent of the hospital’s eligible ischemic stroke patients have received tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA, within 60 minutes of arriving at the hospital (known as ‘door-to-needle’ time). A thrombolytic, or clot-busting agent, tPA is the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the urgent treatment of ischemic stroke. If given intravenously in the first three hours after the start of stroke symptoms, tPA has been shown to significantly reverse the effects of stroke and reduce permanent disability.

    “The Medical Center of Central Georgia is to be commended for its commitment to implementing standards of care and protocols for treating stroke patients,” said Lee H. Schwamm, M.D., Chair of Get With The Guidelines National Steering Committee and Director of TeleStroke and Acute Stroke Services at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “The full implementation of acute care and secondary prevention recommendations and guidelines is a critical step in saving the lives and improving outcomes of stroke patients.”

    Get With The Guidelines – Stroke uses the “teachable moment,” the time soon after a patient has had a stroke, when s/he is most likely to listen to and follow his or her health care professionals’ guidance. Studies demonstrate patients who are taught how to manage their risk factors while still in the hospital reduce their risk of a second heart attack or stroke. Through Get With The Guidelines – Stroke, customized patient education materials are made available at the point of discharge, based on patients’ individual risk profiles. The takeaway materials are written in an easy-to-understand format and are available in English and Spanish. In addition, the Get With The Guidelines Patient Management Tool gives health care providers access to up-to-date cardiovascular and stroke science at the point of care.

    “The time is right for us to be focused on improving the quality of stroke care by implementing Get With The Guidelines – Stroke,” Blalock said. “Because incidents of stroke are higher in the southeastern United States, MCCG as a part of CGHS, is committed to continuing our efforts in advancing stroke care for the middle Georgia community.”

    According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of death and serious, long-term disability in the United States. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

  • MCCG Announces Lung Cancer Screening Program
    MCCG Announces Lung Cancer Screening Program

    MCCG Announces Lung Cancer Screening Program

    Early Detection Can Help Save Lives 

    MACON, GA (Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011) – More central Georgians die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. That’s why accurate, early detection is important. As Lung Cancer Awareness Month begins, The Cancer Life Center and Central Georgia Diagnostics, services of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), announce a lung cancer screening program for high-risk patients. Screening Lung CT Scans are now available for smokers and former smokers between 50 and 74 years of age.

    “Lung cancer is a leading cause of mortality, among malignancies, and screening CTs represent a shift in the paradigm of how we can proactively manage high-risk patients,” MCCG Chair of The Lung Disease Site Team Dr. Bruce T. Burns said. “Screening should enable us to detect, hopefully, more early-stage cancers which are often curable; therefore, leading to an improvement in mortality from lung cancer.

    A major study of more than 50,000 current and former heavy smokers, called the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), compared lung CT scans and chest x-rays, and found that getting a lung CT scan reduced the risk of dying from lung cancer by 20.3 percent. The NLST was conducted by the National Cancer Institute; findings were released in November 201

    Persons in the demographic of these suggested screenings should discuss with their physician a written referral for the Screening Lung CT Scan. For a referral form, interested persons should call (478) 633-9111. The screening fee is $150 and payable at time of service. No insurance is filed.

    Results of the lung CT scan will be sent to the referring physician. If there is an abnormal finding, s/he will follow up. MCCG will also provide the physician with information about its comprehensive lung cancer resources. They include:

    • A multidisciplinary lung disease site team that meets twice monthly to discuss management of lung cancer cases; physicians on the team include pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and clinical research nurses
    • State-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, including superDimension® Electromagnetic Navigation Bronchoscopy system (ENB) and Endobronchial ultrasound (EBus)
    • Lung nurse navigator
    • Pulmonary rehabilitation
    • Smoking cessation

     Medical groups, including the American Cancer Society, do not yet recommend lung cancer screening to smokers and former smokers because all NLST study details have not been released for careful review by physicians and scientists beyond those who conducted the trial. Therefore, Medicare and most insurance companies do not cover screening for lung cancer at this time.

    Lung cancer is the number one cancer killer in the United States, taking over 163,000 lives this year and being diagnosed in over 172,000. It takes more lives than breast, prostate, colon, liver and kidney diseases combined. Seventy percent of new lung cancer cases will be diagnosed at late stage, with only a 15 percent five-year survival rate.

  • Hold Your Place In Line, Online At The Medical Center of Central GA
    Hold Your Place In Line, Online At The Medical Center of Central GA

    Hold Your Place In Line, Online At The Medical Center of Central Georgia
    New InQuicker Online Check-In Service for Emergency Room and Quick Med Centers

    MACON, GA (Oct. 12, 2011) – A solution for lengthy waits in emergency rooms and urgent care centers has come to The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG). InQuicker is an innovative online check-in service revolutionizing patient satisfaction in the emergency room and urgent care center experience. It launched on Oct. 4.
     
    Individuals can hold their place in the lines at the Emergency Center at MCCG or the nearest Quick Med center by using InQuicker.com, and arrive at their projected treatment time at the Emergency Center at MCCG or Quick Med center and be seen by a health care professional within 15 minutes or less. The new service is only intended for persons who have non-life threatening medical conditions.
     
    “Our patients deserve more options for their time in the emergency room,” MCCG Medical Director of Urgent Care Dr. Tim Longaker said. “Once a patient receives a projected treatment time on InQuicker.com, we promise he or she will be seen by a health care professional within 15 minutes of his or her projected treatment time.”
     
    InQuicker is not an appointment or reservation service, as the nature of emergency room triage does not allow for the scheduling of medical treatment. Rather, the InQuicker system estimates treatment times based on patient traffic conditions and allows its users to wait in line from home instead of in the waiting room. InQuicker users do not skip the emergency room waiting line; they simply wait in the convenience of their own residence.
     
    In order to be seen by a health care professional within 15 minutes, InQuicker users must provide all requested information during the online check-in process and arrive at the Emergency Center at MCCG or the nearest Quick Med center promptly at their projected treatment time. In the event of a delay, InQuicker users are sent real-time notifications via text message and email.
     
    “The InQuicker system is designed to filter certain symptom keywords that may indicate a life-threatening medical condition, in addition to a review of a user’s symptoms by a health care professional at the InQuicker partner facility,” MCCG Medical Director and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Services Dr. Delanor Doyle said. “Users indicating a life-threatening medical condition are prompted to dial 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.”
     
    Quick Med is the new name of Med Center urgent care centers throughout Macon. They are located at 5925 Zebulon Rd. (New extended hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.), 3400 Riverside Dr. (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and 1339 Gray Highway (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.).
     
    For more information about the InQuicker online check-in system, please go to www.InQuicker.com.

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Care Logistics Announce New Partnership to Improve Patient Care and Quality in the Hospital
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Care Logistics Announce New Partnership to Improve Patient Care and Quality in the Hospital

    The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Care Logistics Announce New Partnership to Improve Patient Care and Quality in the Hospital 

    MACON, GA (Oct. 4, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) announces its collaboration with CareLogistics, a leading hospital operating system solution provider for the purpose of employing the CareLogistics resources to gain greater efficiency in operations. This comprehensive approach combines tested process improvement methodologies, enterprise logistics software, facility planning and design strategies to help the hospital better coordinate clinical care processes while more efficiently managing resources. 

    “This will support our long-standing commitment to clinical excellence in the care we provide our community, while reducing the cost of construction projects and the operational effort required to support our services,” Central Georgia Health System/The Medical Center of Central Georgia President and Chief Executive Officer Don Faulk said. “This is a unique approach and MCCG is proud to be on the cutting edge of bringing this type of health care management solution to meet the needs of our patients.”

    Hospitals who utilize the CareLogistics coordination model are better able to integrate all the clinical and non-clinical patient movements and order executions occurring in a hospital environment to achieve optimal patient flow and length of stay while enhancing overall patient satisfaction and quality. 

    “By using our expertise in increasing operational efficiency, we help lower costs, add patient capacity and improve patient care quality,” Care Logistics President Karl Straub said. “Our Hospital Operating System sets the stage for MCCG to excel by enabling it to deliver increased levels of quality health care while reducing the size of planned construction projects.”

    For more information on the Care Logistics Hospital Operating Solution and the outcomes that can be achieved, please go to http://www.carelogistics.com/outcomes.

  • Hold Your Place In Line, Online At The Medical Center of Central Georgia
    Hold Your Place In Line, Online At The Medical Center of Central Georgia
    October 1, 2011 12:00 am
    October 5, 2011 11:47 am

    Hold Your Place In Line, Online At The Medical Center of Central Georgia

    New InQuicker Online Check-In Service for Emergency Room and Quick Med centers

    MACON, GA (Oct. 3, 2011) – A solution for lengthy waits in emergency rooms and urgent care centers has come to The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG). InQuicker is an innovative online check-in service revolutionizing patient satisfaction in the emergency room and urgent care center experience.

    Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 4, individuals can hold their place in the lines at the Emergency Center at MCCG or the nearest Quick Med center by using InQuicker.com, and arrive at their projected treatment time at the Emergency Center at MCCG or Quick Med center and be seen by a health care professional within 15 minutes or less. The new service is only intended for persons who have non-life threatening medical conditions.

     “Our patients deserve more options for their time in the emergency room,” MCCG Medical Director of Urgent Care Dr. Tim Longaker said. “Once a patient receives a projected treatment time on InQuicker.com, we promise he or she will be seen by a health care professional within 15 minutes of his or her projected treatment time.”

    InQuicker is not an appointment or reservation service, as the nature of emergency room triage does not allow for the scheduling of medical treatment. Rather, the InQuicker system estimates treatment times based on patient traffic conditions and allows its users to wait in line from home instead of in the waiting room. InQuicker users do not skip the emergency room waiting line; they simply wait in the convenience of their own residence.

    In order to be seen by a health care professional within 15 minutes, InQuicker users must provide all requested information during the online check-in process and arrive at the Emergency Center at MCCG or the nearest Quick Med center promptly at their projected treatment time. In the event of a delay, InQuicker users are sent real-time notifications via text message and email.

     

    “The InQuicker system is designed to filter certain symptom keywords that may indicate a life-threatening medical condition, in addition to a review of a user’s symptoms by a health care professional at the InQuicker partner facility,” MCCG Medical Director and Chairman of the Department of Emergency Services Dr. Delanor Doyle said. “Users indicating a life-threatening medical condition are prompted to dial 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.”

     

    Quick Med is the new name of Med Center urgent care centers throughout Macon. They are located at 5925 Zebulon Rd. (New extended hours: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.), 3400 Riverside Dr. (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and 1339 Gray Highway (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.).

     For more information about the InQuicker online check-in system, please go to www.InQuicker.com.

  • MCCG to ‘Paint The Town Pink’ During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    MCCG to ‘Paint The Town Pink’ During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG to ‘Paint The Town Pink’ During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    A Month-long Series of Special Events, Classes and Groups, and Screenings  

    MACON, GA (Oct. 3, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Central Georgia Breast Care Center (CGBCC) have prepared a month-long celebration aimed at awareness and education during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million persons diagnosed annually. MCCG and CGBCC encourage the central Georgia community to help raise awareness by joining “Paint The Town Pink.”

    The following is a schedule of events and festivities.

    Tuesday: Life Boutique Open House at The Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St., 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    • Breast prosthesis fittings and bra fittings

    • “Amoena” representative for mastectomy products, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    • Free “Juzo” leg screenings, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    • Certified lymphedema specialist, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    • Refreshments and drawings for prizes

    Wednesday: Mulberry Street Market & Community Health Works, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    • CGBCC and Life Boutique, and Tata Sisterhood’s breast health program information tent

    Thursday: Breast Cancer Awareness Convocation at Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Rd. (Peyton Anderson Amphitheater), 11:15 a.m.

    Friday: Macon Arts Alliance

    • “Pink” opening of Fabric Arts Exhibit at “First Friday” in downtown Macon, 5 p.m.

    • Clinical breast exams at Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 171 Emery Highway, and “Pack the Park in Pink” in downtown Macon, Third Street Park, 5 p.m. with CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables

    Sunday: College Hill Alliance 2nd Sunday Brunch at Washington Park, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Tuesday Oct. 11: “Nutrition, Weight and Breast Cancer” at Wesleyan College, Manget Room, 12 p.m. Free; lunch included. RSVP by Oct. 3 to (478) 633-8537 or gilreath.nena@mccg.org.

    Wednesday, Oct. 12: Mulberry Street Market & Community Health Works, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    • CGBCC and Life Boutique, and Tata Sisterhood’s breast health program information tent

    • “Sock it to Breast Cancer” soccer match; Agnes Scott at Wesleyan College, 7 p.m.

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Mammogram Marathon at Central Georgia Breast Care Center, 1014 Forsyth St., and Central Georgia Diagnostics Northwest, 5925 Zebulon Rd. No appointment necessary, but a physician’s order is required. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    • “Wear Pink Day” in Macon: Proclaimed by Mayor Robert Reichert; Macon joins MCCG and the nation to bring awareness to breast cancer by wearing pink.

    Friday, Oct. 14: Clinical breast exams at Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and “Pack the Park in Pink” in downtown Macon, Third Street Park, 5 p.m. with CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables

    Saturday, Oct. 15: Komen Race for the Cure at Central City Park, 9 a.m. Free to breast cancer survivors and children under 10. Registration cost is $25 for others. Visit www.komentcentralga.com or call (478) 952-2258 for registration and information.

    • “Pack Porter (Gymnasium) in Pink” – Women’s Volleyball: Piedmont College at Wesleyan College, 7 p.m.

    Tuesday, Oct. 18: “Genetics and Breast Cancer: What You Should Know” at Armory Ballroom, 484 First St, 12 p.m. Free; lunch included. RSVP by Oct. 11 to (478) 633-8537 or gilreath.nena@mccg.org

    Wednesday, Oct. 19: Mulberry Street Market & Community Health Works, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    • Life Boutique, and Tata Sisterhood’s breast health program information tent

    Thursday, Oct. 20: “Create Something Beautiful for Fall” with Mark Ballard – Wine & Cheese Event at The Brickyard, 6000 Wesleyan Dr. North. 6 p.m. Wear your best pink hat. RSVP by Oct. 13 to (478) 633-4733 or rsvp@mccg.org.

    Friday, Oct. 21: Clinical breast exams at Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and “Pack the Park in Pink” in downtown Macon, Third Street Park, 5 p.m. with CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables

    Saturday, Oct. 22: Ms Hattie’s “Pink Hat Tea Party at Miss Hattie’s Restaurant & Bakery, 7248 North Alexander Court, Bolingbroke. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pink hat is required. Cost is $10. Call (478) 633-8537 for reservations.

    Sunday, Oct. 23: Zumba Party in Pink at The Wellness Center, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 per person and $5 per child 12 and under, and can be purchased at The Wellness Center. Proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables will be present.

    Tuesday, Oct. 25: “The Bless You Sisters” at Central Georgia Breast Care Center, 1:30 p.m. Women represented in the book, “Bless You Sister. I’ll be Prayin’ For You” will share their experiences and stories of survival. Copies of the book ($15) will be sold and refreshments provided.

    Wednesday, Oct. 26: Mulberry Street Market & Community Health Works, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    • Life Boutique, and Tata Sisterhood’s breast health program information tent

    Thursday, Oct. 27: Aqua Zumba Pool Party in Pink at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr. 6:30 p.m. The pool will be dyed in pink. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased at The Wellness Center. Proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables will be present.

    Friday, Oct. 28: Clinical breast exams at Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and “Pack the Park in Pink” in downtown Macon, Third Street Park, 5 p.m. with CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables

    Events are subject to change.

  • MCCG to ‘Paint The Town Pink’ During Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    MCCG to ‘Paint The Town Pink’ During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    MCCG to ‘Paint The Town Pink’ During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    A Month-long Series of Special Events, Classes and Groups, and Screenings  

    MACON, GA (September 30, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and the Central Georgia Breast Care Center (CGBCC) have prepared a month-long celebration aimed at awareness and education during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world today, with about 1.3 million persons diagnosed annually. MCCG and CGBCC encourage the central Georgia community to help raise awareness by joining “Paint The Town Pink.”

    The following is a schedule of events and festivities.

    Saturday, Oct. 1: “United In Pink”

    • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Family Fun Day at Harley-Davidson of Macon, 5000 Mercer University Dr.

    • 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Harley bike ride to Shrine Park, 222 Mecca Dr.

    • 7 p.m.: Poker fundraiser at Shrine Park

    Monday, Oct. 3: Mayor Robert Reichert Proclamation at City Hall, 10 a.m.

    Tuesday, Oct. 4: Life Boutique Open House at The Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St., 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

    • Breast prosthesis fittings and bra fittings

    • “Amoena” representative for mastectomy products, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    • Free “Juzo” leg screenings, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    • Certified lymphedema specialist, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

    • Refreshments and drawings for prizes

    Wednesday, Oct. 5: Mulberry Street Market & Community Health Works, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    • CGBCC and Life Boutique, and Tata Sisterhood’s breast health program information tent

    Thursday, Oct. 6: Breast Cancer Awareness Convocation at Wesleyan College, 4760 Forsyth Rd. (Peyton Anderson Amphitheater), 11:15 a.m.

    Friday, Oct. 7: Macon Arts Alliance

    • “Pink” opening of Fabric Arts Exhibit at “First Friday” in downtown Macon, 5 p.m.

    • Clinical breast exams at Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., 171 Emery Highway, and “Pack the Park in Pink” in downtown Macon, Third Street Park, 5 p.m. with CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables

    Sunday, Oct. 9: College Hill Alliance 2nd Sunday Brunch at Washington Park, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

    Tuesday Oct. 11: “Nutrition, Weight and Breast Cancer” at Wesleyan College, Manget Room, 12 p.m. Free; lunch included. RSVP by Oct. 3 to (478) 633-8537 or gilreath.nena@mccg.org.

    Wednesday, Oct. 12: Mulberry Street Market & Community Health Works, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    • CGBCC and Life Boutique, and Tata Sisterhood’s breast health program information tent

    • “Sock it to Breast Cancer” soccer match; Agnes Scott at Wesleyan College, 7 p.m.

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Mammogram Marathon at Central Georgia Breast Care Center, 1014 Forsyth St., and Central Georgia Diagnostics Northwest, 5925 Zebulon Rd. No appointment necessary, but a physician’s order is required. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    • “Wear Pink Day” in Macon: Proclaimed by Mayor Robert Reichert; Macon joins MCCG and the nation to bring awareness to breast cancer by wearing pink.

    Friday, Oct. 14: Clinical breast exams at Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and “Pack the Park in Pink” in downtown Macon, Third Street Park, 5 p.m. with CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables

    Saturday, Oct. 15: Komen Race for the Cure at Central City Park, 9 a.m. Free to breast cancer survivors and children under 10. Registration cost is $25 for others. Visit www.komentcentralga.com or call (478) 952-2258 for registration and information.

    • “Pack Porter (Gymnasium) in Pink” – Women’s Volleyball: Piedmont College at Wesleyan College, 7 p.m.

    Tuesday, Oct. 18: “Genetics and Breast Cancer: What You Should Know” at Armory Ballroom, 484 First St, 12 p.m. Free; lunch included. RSVP by Oct. 11 to (478) 633-8537 or gilreath.nena@mccg.org

    Wednesday, Oct. 19: Mulberry Street Market & Community Health Works, 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

    • Life Boutique, and Tata Sisterhood’s breast health program information tent

    Thursday, Oct. 20: “Create Something Beautiful for Fall” with Mark Ballard – Wine & Cheese Event at The Brickyard, 6000 Wesleyan Dr. North. 6 p.m. Wear your best pink hat. RSVP by Oct. 13 to (478) 633-4733 or rsvp@mccg.org.

    Friday, Oct. 21: Clinical breast exams at Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and “Pack the Park in Pink” in downtown Macon, Third Street Park, 5 p.m. with CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables

    Saturday, Oct. 22: Ms Hattie’s “Pink Hat Tea Party at Miss Hattie’s Restaurant & Bakery, 7248 North Alexander Court, Bolingbroke. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pink hat is required. Cost is $10. Call (478) 633-8537 for reservations.

    Sunday, Oct. 23: Zumba Party in Pink at The Wellness Center, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15 per person and $5 per child 12 and under, and can be purchased at The Wellness Center. Proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables will be present.

    Tuesday, Oct. 25: “The Bless You Sisters” at Central Georgia Breast Care Center, 1:30 p.m. Women represented in the book, “Bless You Sister. I’ll be Prayin’ For You” will share their experiences and stories of survival. Copies of the book ($15) will be sold and refreshments provided.

    Wednesday, Oct. 26: Mulberry Street Market & Community Health Works, 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    • Life Boutique, and Tata Sisterhood’s breast health program information tent

    Thursday, Oct. 27: Aqua Zumba Pool Party in Pink at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr. 6:30 p.m. The pool will be dyed in pink. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased at The Wellness Center. Proceeds will be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables will be present.

    Friday, Oct. 28: Clinical breast exams at Macon-Bibb County Health Department, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., and “Pack the Park in Pink” in downtown Macon, Third Street Park, 5 p.m. with CGBCC and Life Boutique breast health information tables

  • Carlyle Place to Celebrate a Decade of Success
    Carlyle Place to Celebrate a Decade of Success

    Carlyle Place to Celebrate a Decade of Success
    Community Celebration Planned Sept. 18 

    MACON, GA (September 8, 2011) – Carlyle Place, central Georgia’s first and only Continuing Care Retirement Community, will mark its 10 years of success with a celebration for the community on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 5300 Zebulon Rd. Free to the public, this event will feature an outdoor concert by local musical group The Grapevine, and food, fun and socialization. 

    Carlyle Place, part of Central Georgia Health System, enhances the lives of its residents through an enriching social environment, fitness and health programs, educational opportunities and a variety of healthy dining choices. Residents enjoy living in a garden home or an apartment home and have chosen a lifestyle that offers true financial security and peace of mind.

    Carlyle Place employs over 200 local employees, and draws retired individuals and couples from all over the country to central Georgia, making it an economic asset to the community.

    Event parking will be around the perimeter road next to the lawn of the east campus. Call (478) 405-4500 or visit www.carlyleplace.org or www.facebook.com/CarlylePlace for more information.

  • Mayor Reichert and MCCG Collaborate for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
    Mayor Reichert and MCCG Collaborate for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

    Mayor Reichert and MCCG Collaborate for Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
    A Mayoral Proclamation, Support Group and Health Fair in Sept.

     

    MACON, GA (Sept. 6, 2011) – One in six men will get prostate cancer in his lifetime, but if caught early nearly 100 percent survive. Education and testing are vital to defeating this disease, which kills over 33,000 men every year. That’s why Macon Mayor Robert Reichert and The Medical Center of Central Georgia held a Prostate Cancer Awareness Month proclamation this morning in the mayor’s conference room at City Hall.

     

    The exact causes of prostate cancer are not known, but awareness can help men make more informed choices about their health. Researchers have identified several factors that may increase a man's risk of developing prostate cancer, including age, race and family history. According to the National Cancer Institute, avoiding smoking, losing weight, maintaining a healthy diet and exercising may all help prevent certain cancers. 

     

    MCCG offers a monthly education class called “Prostate Cancer 101” for all men who’ve been recently diagnosed with prostate cancer, but have yet to make their treatment decisions. This class provides a roadmap to treatment and recovery. It meets Monday, Sept. 12 at 12 p.m. in the Lanier Building, 1062 Forsyth St., Macon. A light lunch is served and parking is free. Reservations are required; call (478) 633-8537.

     

    The Man to Man Support Group, co-sponsored by MCCG and the American Cancer Society, is a free monthly support group for men diagnosed with or who seek to find out more about prostate cancer. The group meets Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at The Wellness Center, 3797 Northside Dr. A light dinner is served, parking is free and spouses are welcome to attend. Interested persons may call (478) 633-6349 for more information.

     

    Free protein-specific antigen (PSA) tests* will be administered at MCCG’s Men’s Health Fair on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Central Georgia Technical College, 3300 Macon Tech Dr., Macon. PSA tests can help detect prostate cancer. A free half-hour seminar at 9:30 a.m. will discuss men and cancer, with prostate cancer as a main topic. Interested persons may call (478) 633-2229 for more information.

     

    Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men in the United States. This year, over 240,000 men will be diagnosed. We must ensure that more men are informed about all aspects of this disease, including early detection and possible treatment. MCCG encourages men to talk with their doctors about risk factors, prevention and preventative screenings. 

     

    *Recipients must be within the American Cancer Society screening guidelines

  • September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
    September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
    The Children’s Hospital and Jay’s HOPE Foundation Team Up

    MACON, GA (September 1, 2011) – The Children’s Hospital at the Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and Jay’s HOPE Foundation recognize September as National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in central Georgia. The purpose of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is to raise awareness of this disease, encourage support for the children and families affected, and to bring attention to the importance of early detection.

    The following are facts about childhood cancer:

    • Since 2004, the pediatric oncology population of central Georgia has risen 347 percent.
    • On average, three local children are diagnosed each month with cancer.
    • This year, over 400 children will be diagnosed with cancer in Georgia.
    • The incidence of childhood cancer has increased every year for the past 25 years.
    • Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 14.
    • In the United States, more than 12,000 children a year will be diagnosed with cancer and 3,000 children will lose their lives to it.
    • Today, 46 children will be diagnosed with cancer in this country. That’s enough to fill two classrooms.

    Early detection of a child diagnosed with cancer can greatly increase their survival rate. Warning signs are joint pain, headaches, vomiting, blurred vision, swelling or lumps in the abdomen, dizziness, trouble walking or handling objects, and swelling of the lymph nodes in the groin, neck or armpit along with fever. Do not panic if your child has one or some of the symptoms of childhood cancer because the symptoms are shared by many non life-threatening conditions. A doctor should be consulted if any of the symptoms persist or occur frequently with no clear explanation.

     Hope for Kids at The Children’s Hospital is central Georgia’s child- and family-friendly outpatient oncology center for treatment and support. It’s currently caring for over 20 central Georgia children diagnosed with cancer and their families.

     Jay’s HOPE strives to improve the quality-of-life of children with cancer and their families by extending hope through social, emotional, spiritual, educational and financial support. Financial support from Jay’s HOPE has directly assisted some of the children and families of Hope for Kids, and allows for purchase of educational tools and amenities for a warm atmosphere inside the outpatient center. A monthly pediatric education program sponsored by Jay’s HOPE provides guest speakers to interact with patients and families, and is a time to share experiences and feelings with others fighting cancer. Since its inception in 2006, Jay’s HOPE has offered support to over 700 children and their families from across the state.

     During September, Jay’s HOPE will organize an awareness drive called “Hats 4 HOPE” within the local private and public schools. School-aged children can bring a dollar to school with them and donate it to “Hats 4 HOPE” and in turn are allowed to wear a hat of their choice all day in school. This year’s “Hats 4 HOPE” day will be held on Friday, September 30. Local businesses are encouraged to participate in a “Hats 4 HOPE” day. For more information about “Hats 4 HOPE,” please contact 478-238-6360, visit www.jayshope.org or see the Facebook page.

  • Blizzards® of Miracles: DQ® Miracle Treat Day
    Blizzards® of Miracles: DQ® Miracle Treat Day

    Blizzards® of Miracles: DQ® Miracle Treat Day
    Sixth Annual Fundraiser Benefits Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®

    MACON, GA (August 3, 2011) – Buying a Blizzard® treat at 22 participating central Georgia Dairy Queens® on Miracle Treat Day® will benefit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, a member of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals®, a charity that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada.

    At least $1 per Blizzard purchased on Thursday, August 11 will go toward the proceeds raised nationwide on Miracle Treat Day. Last year, Dairy Queen locations across the U.S. and Canada raised $5.5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Since 1984, DQ® has raised over $86 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

    Although the new Nutter Butter® Blizzard Treat is the Blizzard of the Month for August, the original Oreo will be featured as the Miracle Treat Day “Blizzard of the Day.” The Oreo Blizzard treat still reigns as the most popular flavor since the first one was served upside down with a spoon in 1985. All currently featured flavors will be available on Miracle Treat Day.

    The Children’s Hospital will host local Dairy Queen franchises on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 3:30 p.m. as they hand out Blizzards to patients and their families.

  • MCCG Introduces enFLOW® IV Fluid/Blood Warming System
    MCCG Introduces enFLOW® IV Fluid/Blood Warming System

    MCCG Introduces enFLOW® IV Fluid/Blood Warming System
    Technology Helps Keep Patients Warm During Stays

    MACON, GA (August 2, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) recently successfully introduced the GE Vital Signs enFLOW® IV Fluid/Blood Warming System into the hospital. This warming device allows MCCG to use state-of-the-art technology for keeping patients warm during their stay.

    Perioperative hypothermia occurs when a patient’s core body temperature falls below 36 degrees Celsius. Patients with lower core body temperatures have increased potential for post-operative infections, increased need for blood transfusions, increased length of stay, and are an increased cost for hospitals. This high-performance system helps deliver fluids or blood at a continuous 40 degrees Celsius from the end of the warming device to the patient’s IV site.

    MCCG is the first large hospital system in Georgia to implement this new technology, used by the U.S. military the last several years for its troops. This device gives MCCG a competitive edge in maintaining excellent patient care throughout a patient’s stay.

    In addition, the enFLOW® warming device helps ensure compliance with the Surgical Care Improvement Project, a multi-year national campaign and partnership of leading public and private health care organizations aimed at reducing surgical complications by 25 percent.

  • Central Georgia Home Health Recognized as High Performer in Two-Year Project
    Central Georgia Home Health Recognized as High Performer in Two-Year Project

    Central Georgia Home Health Recognized as High Performer in Two-Year Project
    Focused on Improving Quality of Care for Home Health Patients

    MACON, GA (July 26, 2011) – Central Georgia Home Health (CGHH), a service of The Medical Center of Central Georgia, recently learned the results of the second year of a demonstration project in which it voluntarily participated. The project, implemented by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and titled Medicare Home Health Pay for Performance (HHP4P), determined the impact financial incentives would have on improving quality of care for home health patients and the subsequent impact on overall Medicare costs. Savings are shared with agencies that either attained high levels of quality or made significant improvements in quality of care.

    Two hundred and sixty-eight agencies, 26 of which were based in Georgia, participated in the demonstration project. CGHH was one of two agencies in Georgia and one of nine in the entire study to win a high performance award in five quality measures.

    The demonstration project was conducted between January 2008 and December 2009, and included seven states.
  • Central Georgia Breast Care Center Approved by NAPBC
    Central Georgia Breast Care Center Approved by NAPBC

    Central Georgia Breast Care Center Approved by NAPBC National
    Body Finds Commitment to a High Level of Care

    MACON, GA (July 18, 2011) – The Central Georgia Breast Care Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia has been granted a three-year/Full accreditation designation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. During the survey process, the center must demonstrate compliance with standards established by the NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with the full spectrum of breast disease. The standards include proficiency in the areas of: center leadership, clinical management, research, community outreach, professional education and quality improvement. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offer its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease. The NAPBC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and monitoring of outcomes of patients with diseases of the breast. This mission is pursued through standard-setting, scientific validation, and patient and professional education. Its board membership includes professionals from 15 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of breast care. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated there would be 192,370 patients diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States in 2009. In addition, hundreds of thousands of women who will deal with benign breast disease this year will require medical evaluation for treatment options. Receiving care at a NAPBC-accredited center ensures a patient will have access to:

    • Comprehensive care, including a full range of state-of-the-art services

    • A multidisciplinary team approach to coordinate the best treatment options

    • Information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options

    • And, most importantly, quality breast care close to home.

    For more information about the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, visit their Web site at www.accreditedbreastcetners.org.
  • MCCG To Help Fund Pine St. Upgrade
    MCCG To Help Fund Pine St. Upgrade
    July 11, 2011 7:09 pm
    July 11, 2011 7:09 pm
    City Street Runs Alongside Large Portion of MCCG MACON, GA (July 11, 2011) – Using federal dollars funneled through the Georgia Department of Transportation, the city of Macon and The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will collaborate to improve the public safety and beauty of Pine St. between First and Spring streets. The construction project, estimated less than $1 million, will include new sidewalks, a bike path, landscaping, loading and unloading zones, crosswalks and handicap accessibility, among other amenities. Pine St. is a major business access corridor in Macon and is fronted by MCCG between First and Spring streets. MCCG will contribute up to $180,000 toward the project.
  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Implements Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Implements Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
    June 28, 2011 2:09 pm
    June 28, 2011 2:09 pm
    Just Breathe Initiative is Effective on Friday MACON, GA (June 28, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will go tobacco free on Friday. No tobacco use of any kind will be permitted – inside or outside – on hospital property, including parking areas, garages or inside parked vehicles on hospital grounds. This initiative, Just Breathe, will include the elimination of designated areas outside MCCG where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products. As a health care organization, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients. We believe we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue, and establishing our entire campus as tobacco free firmly supports that belief. “It is very important we as an organization dedicated to health and healing take a position consistent with that philosophy,” Central Georgia Health System/MCCG CEO and President Don Faulk said. “In taking this position, we want to do so in a manner that encourages a positive transition. This change will be very difficult for some and for our institution as we work with our patients and families. However, it is the right decision for the health of those we serve, which after all, is our mission. I urge the community’s support as we work through this change.” Over 10,000 Georgia residents die each year from smoking, and tobacco is the cause of more than one of every six deaths in the state and is the root cause of many illnesses and lost productivity, according to a 2007 study from the Georgia Department of Human Resources. The US Surgeon General has confirmed that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke is a serious health hazard and that there is no risk-free level of exposure. Tobacco use in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors. MCCG is not asking anyone to stop using tobacco, but we do require them to refrain from its use while on our campus. The tobacco-free initiative is our ongoing commitment to serve as a role model for healthy living. We are asking for community support in our tobacco-free initiative.
  • Cancer Life Center at MCCG Joins UAB Cancer Care Network
    Cancer Life Center at MCCG Joins UAB Cancer Care Network
    June 27, 2011 5:02 pm
    June 27, 2011 5:02 pm
    It’s One of the First Affiliates MACON, GA (June 27, 2011) – The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cancer Care Network as one of four inaugural affiliates in the network to expand access to leading cancer care. MCCG will hold a press conference today at 11 a.m. in the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute lobby. UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Director and American Cancer Society, Inc. President Dr. Edward Partridge will speak. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend. The UAB Cancer Care Network, with affiliates in Alabama and Georgia, provides a program to support community-based oncology services, by offering broader access to clinical trials, continuing medical education for nurses and oncologists, and access to the latest education about advancements in the treatment and detection of cancer in the local community. “We are very excited about this collaboration with UAB in the area of comprehensive cancer care,” Central Georgia Health System/MCCG CEO and President Don Faulk said. “As central and south Georgia’s leader in many health care services, including cancer care, MCCG believes this affiliation with a national leader in cancer care and research is natural and will bring great value to our patients and families. Better and localized disease management coupled with much greater availability of research and educational opportunities will now be present for the benefit of patients and clinicians alike.” The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The range of services provided includes personalized care that results in healing and improvement of the quality of life for patients, comprehensive and compassionate care provided through a dedicated interdisciplinary team, proactive care, and faster diagnosis and treatment. “We look forward to working with the Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia to leverage each other’s strengths and offer access to leading-edge care and research to the central and south Georgia community,” Dr. Partridge said. “UAB’s 350 cancer scientists and clinicians are making discoveries every day, and with the UAB Cancer Care Network, we will collaborate with cancer care providers across the region to increase access to those discoveries, ultimately saving more lives.” As Alabama’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center, and the only one in a six-state region, the UAB Cancer Center will work closely with each affiliate to support their cancer center program’s growth by providing access to UAB’s best practices in cancer care, expanded access to leading-edge clinical trials and support services, physician and nursing education, and access to research expertise and resources at a local level. The Cancer Life Center at MCCG is one of the first four UAB Cancer Network affiliates. Other affiliates include Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala., Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Ala., and Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, Ala. The UAB Cancer Care Network anticipates announcing additional affiliates later this year.
  • NFL Coach to Visit The Children’s Hospital
    NFL Coach to Visit The Children’s Hospital
    June 24, 2011 1:53 pm
    June 24, 2011 1:53 pm
    Saints’ Travis Jones Will Be In Macon for Annual Youth Football Camp MACON, GA (June 24, 2011) – Travis Jones, assistant defensive line coach for the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints and Wilkinson County native, will visit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) today at 4 p.m. Jones, with a group of former NFL and collegiate players, will be in town for his annual youth football camp scheduled today and Saturday. This would be an opportunity for media to interview, film and photograph Jones and his group as they visit the young patients. Jones has enjoyed visiting the young patients and their families in each of the past five years, passing out goodies from his camp. Jones has coached seven years in the NFL, the past four with the Saints, who won the Super Bowl in 2009. Jones graduated from the University of Georgia in 1995, and was a four-year letterwinner on the football team.
  • Cancer Life Center at MCCG Introduces New Class
    Cancer Life Center at MCCG Introduces New Class
    June 23, 2011 12:40 pm
    June 23, 2011 12:40 pm
    Targets Men with Recent Diagnosis MACON, GA (June 22, 2011) – “Prostate Cancer 101,” a new class from The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), provides a roadmap to treatment and recovery for all men who’ve just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The Cancer Life Center wants these men to possess the knowledge to make the best-possible treatment decisions. Taught by oncology certified nurses, this monthly class will cover prostate cancer basics, knowing the stages of prostate cancer, and information about hormone therapy, surgery, anti-androgen drugs, radiation therapy and clinical trials, pros and cons of DaVinci® robotic surgery, and survivorship and support. The first class meets Monday, July 11 at 12 p.m. in the Lanier Building, 1062 Forsyth St. Call 478-633-8537 to reserve your seat. A light lunch will be served and parking is free.
  • NFL Coach to Visit The Children’s Hospital
    NFL Coach to Visit The Children’s Hospital
    June 21, 2011 7:46 pm
    June 21, 2011 7:46 pm
    Travis Jones Will Be In Macon for Annual Youth Football Camp MACON, GA (June 21, 2011) – Travis Jones, assistant defensive line coach for the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints and Wilkinson County native, will visit The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) this Friday at 4 p.m. Jones, with a group of former NFL and collegiate players, will be in town for his annual youth football camp scheduled for Friday and Saturday. This would be an opportunity for media to interview, film and photograph Jones and his group as they visit the young patients. Jones has enjoyed visiting the young patients and their families in each of the past five years, passing out goodies from his camp. Jones has coached seven years in the NFL, the past four with the Saints, who won the Super Bowl in 2009. Jones graduated from the University of Georgia in 1995, and was a four-year letterwinner on the football team.
  • Cancer Life Center at MCCG Joins UAB Cancer Care Network
    Cancer Life Center at MCCG Joins UAB Cancer Care Network
    June 21, 2011 7:45 pm
    June 21, 2011 7:45 pm
    It’s One of the First Affiliates MACON, GA (June 21, 2011) – The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has joined the University of Alabama at Birmingham Cancer Care Network as one of four inaugural affiliates in the network to expand access to leading cancer care. MCCG will hold a press conference on Monday, June 27 at 11 a.m. in the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute lobby. UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Director and American Cancer Society, Inc. President Dr. Edward Partridge will speak. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend. The UAB Cancer Care Network, with affiliates in Alabama and Georgia, provides a program to support community-based oncology services, by offering broader access to clinical trials, continuing medical education for nurses and oncologists, and access to the latest education about advancements in the treatment and detection of cancer in the local community. “We are very excited about this collaboration with UAB in the area of comprehensive cancer care,” Central Georgia Health System/MCCG CEO and President Don Faulk said. “As central and south Georgia’s leader in many health care services, including cancer care, MCCG believes this affiliation with a national leader in cancer care and research is natural and will bring great value to our patients and families. Better and localized disease management coupled with much greater availability of research and educational opportunities will now be present for the benefit of patients and clinicians alike.” The Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The range of services provided includes personalized care that results in healing and improvement of the quality of life for patients, comprehensive and compassionate care provided through a dedicated interdisciplinary team, proactive care, and faster diagnosis and treatment. “We look forward to working with the Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia to leverage each other’s strengths and offer access to leading-edge care and research to the central and south Georgia community,” Dr. Partridge said. “UAB’s 350 cancer scientists and clinicians are making discoveries every day, and with the UAB Cancer Care Network, we will collaborate with cancer care providers across the region to increase access to those discoveries, ultimately saving more lives.” As Alabama’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center, and the only one in a six-state region, the UAB Cancer Center will work closely with each affiliate to support their cancer center program’s growth by providing access to UAB’s best practices in cancer care, expanded access to leading-edge clinical trials and support services, physician and nursing education, and access to research expertise and resources at a local level. The Cancer Life Center at MCCG is one of the first four UAB Cancer Network affiliates. Other affiliates include Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan, Ala., Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center in Anniston, Ala., and Russell Medical Center in Alexander City, Ala. The UAB Cancer Care Network anticipates announcing additional affiliates later this year.
  • Curriculum Used by MCCG Family Residency Medicine Program Wins Award
    Curriculum Used by MCCG Family Residency Medicine Program Wins Award
    June 21, 2011 7:43 pm
    June 21, 2011 7:43 pm
    Program Uses Online, Multimedia Teaching MACON, GA (June 15, 2011) – The Family Medicine Residency Program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is one of 12 programs in the country using the Integrative Medicine in Residency Online Curriculum, which recently won the “Innovative Program Award” from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). The Integrative Medicine in Residency Online Curriculum is designed to be woven into the conventional training of primary care residents. The 200-hour online competency-based core curriculum fits into the usual residency training without the need of adding an extra year of training such as in the Integrative Medicine Fellowship in Residency. The curriculum is modular and customizable by residency programs and offers a number of multimedia tools for seamless education and point-of-care use. For the first time, integrative medicine is a required component of graduate medical education at eight residency sites around the nation. The Family Medicine Residency Program at MCCG is one of four “early adopters,” and will provide the complete program to interested residents next year. The “Innovative Program Award” was presented at the STFM’s Annual Spring Conference. It is considered one of the society’s most prestigious awards.
  • First Annual ‘White Coat’ Welcome Ceremony
    First Annual ‘White Coat’ Welcome Ceremony
    June 21, 2011 7:42 pm
    June 21, 2011 7:42 pm
    39 Residents and Fellows Begin Post-Graduate Medical Training MACON, GA (June 14, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will welcome 39 new residents and fellows in a ceremony on Monday, June 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Trice Lobby. This is the first observance of its kind at MCCG and is in the tradition of a “white coat ceremony” held at academic hospitals. This is not a public event, but media are invited to attend. “As a premier teaching facility, The Medical Center of Central Georgia has five accredited physician residency programs and three fellowship programs,” MCCG Chief Academic Officer Dr. Marcia B. Hutchinson said. “More than fifty percent of physicians that train here enter practice in Georgia, caring for the citizens of central and south Georgia.” The ceremony commences post-graduate medical training for residents and additional specialized experience for fellows. After brief speeches from Central Georgia Health System/MCCG COO Joe Lavelle and MCCG Board President Nancy Anderson, a formal enrobing of white coats will end the ceremony. There are 33 residents and six fellows beginning specialized training this year.
  • ‘Looking for Laughter in All the Wrong Places’
    ‘Looking for Laughter in All the Wrong Places’
    June 21, 2011 7:12 pm
    June 21, 2011 7:12 pm
    MACON, GA (May 26, 2011) – Using humor, inspiration and motivation, cancer survivor Scott Burton will entertain a large audience of cancer survivors at the Second Annual Cancer Survivor Day Celebration, sponsored by entities of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG). Burton is an award-winning comedian and world-class juggler who’s been a favorite at survivor celebrations for over a decade. Burton’s show, “Looking for Laughter in All the Wrong Places,” is Thursday, June 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Rd. in Macon. This event is open to cancer survivors in the community, but reservations are required. Please call 478-633-4733 or email RSVP@mccg.org by May 31. Before the show, Burton will visit Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and engage patients and their families. From 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., he will be at The Children’s Hospital to entertain and interact with MCCG’s youngest patients and their families. It is preferred media interview and film/photograph Burton during these times because he will be busy during the evening show. Burton is a survivor of a high-grade osteosarcoma, a childhood cancer that he was diagnosed with as an adult. Treatment included a year of chemotherapy and a cadaveric bone resection (bone transplant). Before diagnosis, Scott was a headlining stand-up comic and world-class juggler, performing with Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld and writing for prime-time television. Burton wrote a book, A Life in the Balance, with a unique perspective of his survivor experience. This Second Annual Cancer Survivor Day Celebration is sponsored by the Cancer Life Center, The Children’s Hospital, Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia and Medcen Community Foundation. National Cancer Survivor’s Day® is Sunday, June 5. It is a day for persons to unite in a symbolic event to show the world life after cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive.
  • MCCG’s Cancer Program Accredited
    MCCG’s Cancer Program Accredited
    June 21, 2011 7:11 pm
    June 21, 2011 7:11 pm
    MACON, GA (May 20, 2011) – The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation to the Cancer Life Center, the cancer program at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. A facility receives a Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation following the on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards. “We are pleased, proud and happy for the citizens central and south Georgia to celebrate with us, this confirmation of the outstanding care provided for persons with cancer at The Medical Center of Central Georgia,” Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Judy Paull said. “This accreditation with commendation is a reflection of the committed partnership between The Medical Center, the numerous physician specialists and entire care team. We are truly providing world-class care.” Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the CoC is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive and quality care. Its membership includes Fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 42 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care. The core functions of the CoC include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 CoC standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state, and local level. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimated more than 1.5 million cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2010. There are currently more than 1,400 CoC-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 25 percent of all hospitals. This 25 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 71 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. In addition, a national network of more than 1,600 volunteer Cancer Liaison Physicians provides leadership and support for the CoC Accreditation Program and other CoC activities at these local facilities. The Accreditation Program, a component of the CoC, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation by the CoC is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with CoC-accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years. Receiving care at a CoC-accredited cancer program ensures that a patient will have access to: * comprehensive care, including a range of state-of-the art services and equipment * a multispecialty, team approach to coordinate the best treatment options * information about ongoing clinical trials and new treatment options * access to cancer-related information, education, and support * a cancer registry that collects data on type and stage of cancers and treatment results and offers lifelong patient follow-up * ongoing monitoring and improvement of care And, most importantly, * quality care close to home. Cancer patient data are reported by each CoC-accredited cancer program to the CoC’s National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint CoC/American Cancer Society program. The NCDB currently contains patient demographics, tumor characteristics, and treatment and out-comes information for more than 18 million cancer patients diagnosed and treated at hospital cancer programs in the U.S. between 1985 and 2004. These data account for approximately two-thirds of newly diagnosed cancer cases in the US each year. NCDB data is regularly used to monitor and improve the quality of patient care delivered in CoC-accredited cancer programs. The CoC requires programs to implement quality improvement initiatives that promote the delivery of quality, multidisciplinary cancer care and lead to ongoing educational interventions with local providers in the CoC-accredited cancer programs. Through an exclusive partnership with the American Cancer Society, the CoC provides the public with information on the resources, services, and cancer treatment experience for each CoC-accredited cancer program. This information is shared with the public on the American Cancer Society’s Web site at www.cancer.org and through the American Cancer Society’s National Cancer Information Center at 1-800-ACS-2345. For more information about the Commission on Cancer, visit our Web site at www.facs.org/cancer/index.html.
  • New Screenings, Cancer Clinical Trial Seminar Highlight Code Med Health Fair
    New Screenings, Cancer Clinical Trial Seminar Highlight Code Med Health Fair
    June 21, 2011 7:11 pm
    June 21, 2011 7:11 pm
    Over 75 Community Organizations to Attend MACON, GA (May 25, 2011) – Code Med, the annual health fair sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), will incorporate three new screenings and an educational seminar about cancer clinical trials into the healthy day of learning and fun. Breast exams, skin exams and AngioScreen® will be featured for the first time at this event, scheduled Saturday, June 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Anderson Conference Center, 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy., across from Macon State College. The breast and skin exams will be done by appropriately trained and certified health care professionals, who will also provide education and training for self-examination. Appointments are required for these private exams. Please call 478-633-2229. AngioScreen® is a service designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in this country, through an integrated and non-invasive cardiovascular screening program that takes 12 to 15 minutes. Screenings cost $50. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment. Three seminars hosted by the Cancer Life Center at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. will discuss cancer clinical trials, research studies involving people that try to answer scientific questions and find better ways to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer. Persons interested in learning more about cancer clinical trials or being involved with them are encouraged to attend one of these sessions. These additions to Code Med expand MCCG’s only comprehensive health fair for the family. Free health screenings for adults and children, health and safety tips and demonstrations, exhibits and education from over 75 community organizations and agencies, giveaways, and photographs with MCCG’s affable mascot Medi Tedi are featured. Free health screenings include blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat analysis, cholesterol and depression. PSA Screenings (for prostate cancer) will be available for men (45 and older). Screenings are subject to change. Health topics covered are cancer, diabetes, heart disease, mental health, stroke, living wills and more. Screenings are subject to change. The Georgia Child Identification Program (GACHIP) returns this year. GACHIP gives families a measure of protection against the disappearance of a child and provides law enforcement with important tools to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of a child. A single photo, fingerprinting, short video interview, dental imprint and DNA sample (from a mouth swab) of the child are compiled to a CD and given to the parents.
  • The Success of a Counselor-Based Model of Palliative Care
    The Success of a Counselor-Based Model of Palliative Care
    June 21, 2011 7:10 pm
    June 21, 2011 7:10 pm
    Leading Medicine Journal Publishes Findings MACON, GA (May 19, 2011) – The Journal of Palliative Medicine, a leading palliative medicine journal in the world, in a recent publication documented the counselor-based model of hospital palliative care at The Center for Palliative Care/Transitions at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG). The article, “A Novel Approach to Hospital Palliative Care: An Expanded Role for Counselors,” was written by Carol W. Babcock, M.F.T., and Larry E. Robinson, M.Div., D.Min., M.F.T. Palliative medicine is caring for patients and families facing severe chronic disease and those at the end of life. The Center for Palliative Care uses a strong counseling base in providing the palliative service, rather than major reliance on advance practice nurses or palliative physicians. MCCG employs counselors with master’s degrees who spend the hours needed to assist families in making difficult end-of-life decisions; they are the heart of the care team and keep communication flowing. These counselors have developed the Transitions and Palliative Care Therapy Model, which has proved to be a successful means of providing the services. The model includes the ‘‘7 Core Components of Communication and Decision Making,’’ which gives the counselors actual interventions to use in working through these complex cases. The growth of the program over seven years is staggering with the outcomes far exceeding even the predicted volume from the Center to Advance Palliative Care. MCCG has been approached by some national leaders in palliative medicine who want to make a site visit to learn about The Center for Palliative Care’s outcomes. The Center for Palliative Care’s goal is to provide the highest quality of holistic care to those who suffer from life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. Patient-centered and family-focused care that targets quality of life issues, comfort care, and symptom management is provided by an integrated multidisciplinary team with the goal of relieving physical, spiritual, and/or psychosocial suffering.
  • Mental Health Month at MCCG
    Mental Health Month at MCCG
    June 21, 2011 7:09 pm
    June 21, 2011 7:09 pm
    MACON, GA (May 5, 2011) – Since 1949, May has been designated Mental Health Month, a time set aside to educate the community about the interventions that can buffer the effects of stress and help develop better coping mechanisms to deal with daily challenges. It is important to raise awareness of good mental health, and for persons to advocate and improve mental health conditions for themselves and those around them The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) acknowledges Mental Health Month with the Mental Health Fair on Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the West Tower Lobby of the hospital. Displays from The Pavilion, MCCG’s inpatient and outpatient service for those dealing with psychiatric stress, and other local organizations will provide information about medication, mental illness, addiction, relaxation techniques and stress management. Dr. Angela Hale, chief of staff at The Pavilion, will be available for a question and answer session about mental health from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Beginning at 8 a.m., Dr. Paige Tench, Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Mercer University School of Medicine, will present, “Mind-Body Medicine – An Overview.” Angela Boyd, R.N., Psychiatric Liaison Nurse, will follow with a demonstration, “Practical Applications of Relaxation Therapy.”
  • CGHS/MCCG Take the Lead during National Stroke Awareness Month
    CGHS/MCCG Take the Lead during National Stroke Awareness Month
    June 21, 2011 7:08 pm
    June 21, 2011 7:08 pm
    Educational Activities Planned for May MACON, GA (May 4, 2011) – The Georgia Neuro Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital (CGRH), a service of Central Georgia Health System, recognize the importance of educating the community about stroke, the third leading cause of death and leading cause of disability in America, during National Stroke Awareness Month. After teaming up on Thursday at 10:15 a.m. with Macon Mayor Robert Reichert for a proclamation in City Hall, The Georgia Neuro Center and CGRH will begin their educational campaign. Employees will hit the city streets to distribute informational flyers to businesses, faith-based organizations, physician offices and assisted living facilities. The annual Media Day at CGRH is set for Tuesday from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Local columnist Ed Grisamore, Rev. Curtis Raines from New Pilgrim Baptist Church and local attorney Virgil Adams will participate in activities that simulate stroke symptoms. Two stroke survivors, Thomas Miller, who speaks through a Dynavox®, and Nancy Huitt, whose unborn daughter suffered a stroke 24 hours before her birth, will speak. This is not a public event, but the media are invited to attend. The 5th Annual Stroke Symposium on Wednesday, May 18 will present engaging insight on stroke-related topics to physicians, nurses, clinicians, caregivers and the community. Educators and physicians will lead separate 30- to 60-minute sessions and a roundtable discussion will wrap the event, held in Eversole Auditorium on MCCG’s campus. Angioscreens® will be offered from 3:40 p.m. to 5 p.m. This quick, non-invasive screening detects the risk of stroke and heart disease. Cost is $50. Please call 1-800-627-2393 for an appointment; space is limited. An invite-only executive luncheon on Tuesday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the Macon Marriott City Center includes a speech from Dr. Vipul Parekh, Medical Director for Inpatient Neurology Services, titled “Preventing Strokes – A Personal Experience.” Stroke survivor Dr. William Hortman, a veterinarian, will also speak. This is not a public event, but the media are invited to attend. A traveling exhibit from Georgia Artists with Disabilities will be on display at CGRH from May 9 through June 3. Many mediums of artwork are included in the show, such as pottery, painting, sculpture, woodcarving, photography, weaving, and others. The Georgia Neuro Center and CGRH seek to help the community better understand stroke risk factor management, recognition of and response to stroke symptoms, and recovery from stroke.
  • Carlyle Place Rally for Wellness
    Carlyle Place Rally for Wellness
    Market-like Atmosphere for this Annual Health Fair MACON, GA (May 3, 2011) – Rally for Wellness combines traditional elements of a health fair, such as health screenings and education, with a market-like atmosphere of demonstrations, workshops, produce and dairy sales, and a guest speaker, to create a unique experience for the central Georgia community. The third annual event is Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carlyle Place, a continuing care retirement community and service of The Medical Center of Central Georgia, 5300 Zebulon Rd. in Macon. The festive setting will include two healthy cooking demonstrations by Carlyle Place chefs who will offer tips and recipes for better eating habits. A gardening demonstration will help facilitate decisions in planning and growing plants and gardens in containers. Understanding and embracing social media, and some basic usage tips to stay in contact with family and friends, will be taught in a Facebook and technology workshop. The produce and dairy market will feature Georgia-made cheeses. Local author Ed Grisamore will lead an informal discussion and share stories at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Health screenings include blood pressure, pulse and weight, body mass index, blood sugar, pulse oximeter, posture analysis and venous disease screenings. Carlyle Place will feature a booth with information about its lifestyle experience, comprehensive health care services and living amenities. Golden Opportunities, a service committed to providing a better quality of life for adults 55 and older, and the Georgia Neuro Center are two of more than 20 vendors who will be present. A massage therapist, chiropractor, dentist and optometrist will also be in attendance. The Carlyle Place dining staff will also serve smoothies in the courtyard during the event.
  • CGHS/MCCG Take the Lead during National Stroke Awareness Month
    CGHS/MCCG Take the Lead during National Stroke Awareness Month
    April 28, 2011 5:33 pm
    April 28, 2011 5:33 pm

    Educational Activities Planned for May

     

    MACON, GA (April 28, 2011) – The Georgia Neuro Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) and Central Georgia Rehabilitation Hospital (CGRH), a service of Central Georgia Health System, recognize the importance of educating the community about stroke, the third leading cause of death and leading cause of disability in America, during National Stroke Awareness Month.

     

    After teaming up on Thursday, May 5 at 10:15 a.m. with Macon Mayor Robert Reichert for a proclamation in City Hall, The Georgia Neuro Center and CGRH will begin their educational campaign. Employees will hit the city streets to distribute informational flyers to businesses, faith-based organizations, physician offices and assisted living facilities.

     

    The annual Media Day at CGRH is set for Tuesday, May 10 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Local columnist Ed Grisamore, Rev. Curtis Raines from New Pilgrim Baptist Church and local attorney Virgil Adams will participate in activities that simulate stroke symptoms. Two stroke survivors, Thomas Miller, who speaks through a Dynavox®, and Nancy Huitt, whose unborn daughter suffered a stroke 24 hours before her birth, will speak. This is not a public event, but the media are invited to attend.

     

    The 5th Annual Stroke Symposium on Wednesday, May 18 will present engaging insight on stroke-related topics to physicians, nurses, clinicians, caregivers and the community. Educators and physicians will lead separate 30- to 60-minute sessions and a roundtable discussion will wrap the event, held in Eversole Auditorium on MCCG’s campus. Angioscreens® will be offered from 3:40 p.m. to 5 p.m. This quick, non-invasive screening detects the risk of stroke and heart disease. Cost is $50. Please call 1-800-627-2393 for an appointment; space is limited.

     

    An invite-only executive luncheon on Tuesday, May 24 at 11:30 a.m. in the Macon Marriott City Center includes a speech from Dr. Vipul Parekh, Medical Director for Inpatient Neurology Services, titled “Preventing Strokes – A Personal Experience.” Stroke survivor Dr. William Hortman, a veterinarian, will also speak. This is not a public event, but the media are invited to attend. 

     

    A traveling exhibit from Georgia Artists with Disabilities will be on display at CGRH from May 9 through June 3. Many mediums of artwork are included in the show, such as pottery, painting, sculpture, woodcarving, photography, weaving, and others.

     

    The Georgia Neuro Center and CGRH seek to help the community better understand stroke risk factor management, recognition of and response to stroke symptoms, and recovery from stroke.

  • Carlyle Place Rally for Wellness
    Carlyle Place Rally for Wellness
    April 28, 2011 2:25 pm
    April 28, 2011 2:25 pm

    Market-like Atmosphere for this Annual Health Fair

    MACON, GA (April 28, 2011) – Rally for Wellness combines traditional elements of a health fair, such as health screenings and education, with a market-like atmosphere of demonstrations, workshops, produce and dairy sales, and a guest speaker, to create a unique experience for the central Georgia community. The third annual event is Wednesday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Carlyle Place, a continuing care retirement community and service of The Medical Center of Central Georgia, 5300 Zebulon Rd. in Macon.

     

    The festive setting will include two healthy cooking demonstrations by Carlyle Place chefs who will offer tips and recipes for better eating habits. A gardening demonstration will help facilitate decisions in planning and growing plants and gardens in containers. Understanding and embracing social media, and some basic usage tips to stay in contact with family and friends, will be taught in a Facebook and technology workshop. The produce and dairy market will feature Georgia-made cheeses. Local author Ed Grisamore will lead an informal discussion and share stories at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

     

    Health screenings include blood pressure, pulse and weight, body mass index, blood sugar, pulse oximeter, posture analysis and venous disease screenings.

     

    Carlyle Place will feature a booth with information about its lifestyle experience, comprehensive health care services and living amenities. Golden Opportunities, a service committed to providing a better quality of life for adults 55 and older, and the Georgia Neuro Center are two of more than 20 vendors who will be present. A massage therapist, chiropractor, dentist and optometrist will also be in attendance.

     

    The Carlyle Place dining staff will also serve smoothies in the courtyard during the event. 

  • MCCG Performs Second AngioVac® Procedure in Southeast
    MCCG Performs Second AngioVac® Procedure in Southeast
    April 20, 2011 8:40 pm
    April 20, 2011 8:40 pm

    MACON, GA (April 20, 2011) – Surgeons from the Macon CardioVascular Institute, a service of The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG), last week performed a procedure with AngioVac®, by Vortex Medical, a modern technology that enables all at once the removal of entire clots and emboli from the venous system. AngioVac® has successfully treated patients with pulmonary embolisms, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and clots in the inferior vena cava. Last week’s procedure was the first of its kind at MCCG, the second hospital in the southeastern United States to utilize this potentially revolutionizing treatment for life-threatening clots.

     

    The AngioVac® Cannula is a vacuum device that removes clots and emboli through suction from the bloodstream. It is used in conjunction with the AngioVac® Circuit, which includes a centrifugal pump, a filter and venous return line to re-infuse the cleansed blood. The blood never accumulates outside of the patient, and his or her blood pressure remains stable throughout the procedure.

     

    “With most current procedures, the act of removing the clot is done by surgically cutting open a patient, grabbing the clot and plucking it out,” said Dr. Lishan Aklog, creator of AngioVac®, and chief of cardiovascular surgery and chair of the Cardiovascular Center at the Heart and Lung Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, Az. “That put the patient through a lot of surgical trauma. So we tried a catheter-based less-invasive treatment that mimics what was being done surgically. That was what inspired us.”

     

    Patients suffering from blood clots, a condition called thromboembolism, can be treated with the minimally invasive approach of anticoagulants and thrombolytic agents. Certain patients, however, have strong contradictions from this approach, including those who recently had surgery, suffered a trauma such as a stroke, have thin blood, or are in extremis and do not have time to allow the treatments to dissolve the clot(s). This leaves these certain patients with surgery as the lone option.

     

    “The benefit to the patient with AngioVac® is that up until now there have been no real options for removing clots in certain settings,” said Dr. Juan Ayerdi, the vascular surgeon who performed the operation at MCCG. “Leaving those clots in circulation poses a significant risk for a patient.”

     

    Long-term consequences of DVT – blood clots formed in the deep veins of the legs or pelvis –  includes severe pain, swelling, blisters, discoloration and ulcers, which could require amputation. Because veins return blood to the heart, if a piece of a blood clot formed in a vein breaks off (called an embolism), it can be transported to the right side of the heart, and from there to the lungs for a condition called pulmonary embolism. This very serious condition can be fatal if not properly recognized and treated. A 2008 U.S. Surgeon General report estimated between 350,000 to 600,000 Americans each year suffer from DVT and pulmonary embolism, and at least 100,000 deaths may be directly or indirectly related to these diseases.

  • Two MCCG RNs Earn Recognition as ONS Cancer Chemotherapy Course Trainers
    Two MCCG RNs Earn Recognition as ONS Cancer Chemotherapy Course Trainers
    March 28, 2011 6:56 pm
    March 28, 2011 6:56 pm

     

    MACON, GA (March 28, 2011) – Rinda Hamilton and Jill Hancock, registered nurses at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, have been appointed as official trainers for the Oncology Nursing Society Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course, a comprehensive review for nurses who administer chemotherapy.

     

    The ONS Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course is an in-depth program that provides registered nurses with the information they need to safely administer chemotherapy. The ONS Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course is taught throughout the United States, as well as internationally, by about 1,000 trainers. More than 80,000 nurses have attended this course since 1998.

     

    Hamilton, Oncology Nurse Navigator and Patient Care Coordinator at The Cancer Life Center at MCCG, and Hancock, Patient Care Coordinator at the W.T. Anderson Infusion Center, will teach their first classes on Thursday and Friday to 10 registered nurses.

     

    To become an ONS Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course Trainer, registered nurses must at present be certified in oncology, have a minimum of two years experience in administering chemotherapy and complete a trainer course. These highly-qualified trainers assist ONS in setting standards of excellence in cancer care.

     

    Trainers are required to present at least one ONS Cancer Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course per year, maintain a specified average on course evaluations, and comply with other course standards. The ensure integrity of the program, trainers and courses are periodically audited by ONS.

  • Chinese Hospital Delegation to Visit MCCG
    Chinese Hospital Delegation to Visit MCCG
    March 15, 2011 2:20 pm
    March 15, 2011 2:20 pm

    MACON, GA (March 15, 2011) – A delegation from Shanghai (China) Chest Hospital will visit The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) on Friday, March 18 to observe and gather information about treatment and care of patients with acute chest pain, in particular the care of heart attack patients. The group will start at 9 a.m. by observing 12-lead EKG technology within MCCG ambulances, and then will visit the Chest Pain Center, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute. The media is invited for interviews during this tour (a translator will be available) and a 12 p.m. prepared lunch.

     

    The Chinese delegation will consist of directors or deputy directors from administration, emergency services, emergency medicine, cardiology and radiology. Representatives from Philips Healthcare, the primary vendor of equipment in the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute, will bring the delegation to the United States and assist on the tour of MCCG.

  • Presenting the Grand Rounds Lecture during Cherry Blossom Festival
    Presenting the Grand Rounds Lecture during Cherry Blossom Festival
    March 14, 2011 7:11 pm
    March 14, 2011 7:11 pm

     

    MACON, GA (March 14, 2011) – As part of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will begin a lecture series celebrating Japanese and Asian subjects in medicine. Don K. Nakayama, M.D., M.B.A., will speak on Thursday, March 24 at 7:30 a.m. in Eversole Auditorium at MCCG. His lecture, “Serving Others in Need: Kurosawa’s Medical Dramas,” is open to the public, and the media is invited to attend.  

     

    “I enjoy the Cherry Blossom Festival and look forward to it each year,” said Dr. Nakayama, Milford Hatcher Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at MCCG. “Cherry blossoms are a symbol of Japan, so they’re an important part of my own heritage as well. I wanted to contribute in some meaningful way to the week of events, so it seemed only natural that I do something relevant to Japan and medicine.”

     

    Dr. Nakayama will review the medical themes in the movies of Akira Kurosawa, the late Japanese film director.

     

    “If you’re a film buff you know his samurai movies, like ‘Seven Samurai,’” said Dr. Nakayama, a longtime fan of Kurosawa’s work. “His medical dramas are less known. They’re some of his best work.”

     

    Dr. Nakayama wrote a medical article reviewing four of Kurosawa’s medical movies, and will present clips of them in his discussion.

     

    The lecture is organized by the Department of Surgery at MCCG and the Mercer University School of Medicine, and is part of Grand Rounds, the main teaching conference for MCCG, in which medical topics are discussed in depth.

  • Chinese Hospital Delegation to Visit MCCG
    Chinese Hospital Delegation to Visit MCCG
    March 11, 2011 6:53 pm
    March 11, 2011 6:53 pm

     

    MACON, GA (March 11, 2011) – A delegation from Shanghai (China) Chest Hospital will visit The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) on Friday, March 18 to observe and gather information about treatment and care of patients with acute chest pain, in particular the care of heart attack patients. The group will start at 9 a.m. by observing 12-lead EKG technology within MCCG ambulances, and then will visit the Chest Pain Center, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute. The media is invited for interviews during this tour (a translator will be available) and a 12 p.m. prepared lunch.

     

    The Chinese delegation will consist of directors or deputy directors from administration, emergency services, emergency medicine, cardiology and radiology. Representatives from Philips Healthcare, the primary vendor of equipment in the Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Institute, will bring the delegation to the United States and assist on the tour of MCCG.

  • New Rapid Medical Screening Area Helps Cut Emergency Center Wait Times
    New Rapid Medical Screening Area Helps Cut Emergency Center Wait Times
    March 7, 2011 7:29 pm
    March 7, 2011 7:29 pm

     

    MACON, GA (March 7, 2011) – Overcrowding and long wait times are a major issue for emergency rooms nationwide. The Emergency Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia recognizes this problem and continues to improve efficiency. Taking a big step to alleviate this quandary is the creation of the Rapid Medical Screening Area at the front end of the Emergency Center. A ribbon cutting event to officially open the new area is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. This is not a public event; however, the media is invited to attend.

     

    Part of the waiting area was renovated to create space for the Rapid Medical Screening Area. This new screening and treating domain will provide more timely service to patients who present with apparently non-life threatening problems. This area now has 12 additional treatment bays for provision of care to patients. Patients in need of immediate or life-saving procedures are still provided immediate care.

     

    “Patients are being seen more rapidly now and diagnostic workups are getting done more quickly,” Medical Director of Emergency Services Dr. Delanor Doyle said. “We get the patients into the room, they see a provider, he or she orders the necessary tests, and then the patient is moved from that area to await the results. Patients are later placed in a consultation room to discuss those results with their provider. This allows us to see more patients in a short period of time.”

  • The Medical Center of Central Georgia Implements Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
    The Medical Center of Central Georgia Implements Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
    March 7, 2011 7:27 pm
    March 7, 2011 7:27 pm

    Just Breathe Initiative is Effective July 1, 2011

     

    MACON, GA (March 7, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) will go tobacco free on Friday, July 1, 2011. No tobacco use of any kind will be permitted – inside or outside – on hospital property, including parking areas, garages or inside parked vehicles on hospital grounds. This initiative, Just Breathe, will include the elimination of designated areas outside MCCG where employees, patients and visitors are currently permitted to use tobacco products.

     

    As a health care organization, we are committed to the health and safety of our employees and patients. We believe we have a responsibility to take a leadership role on this major health issue, and establishing our entire campus as tobacco free firmly supports that belief.

     

    “It is very important we as an organization dedicated to health and healing take a position consistent with that philosophy,” Central Georgia Health System/MCCG CEO and President Don Faulk said. “In taking this position, we want to do so in a manner that encourages a positive transition. This change will be very difficult for some and for our institution as we work with our patients and families. However, it is the right decision for the health of those we serve, which after all, is our mission. I urge the community’s support as we work through this change.”

     

    Over 10,000 Georgia residents die each year from smoking, and tobacco is the cause of more than one of every six deaths in the state and is the root cause of many illnesses and lost productivity, according to a 2007 study from the Georgia Department of Human Resources. The US Surgeon General has confirmed that exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke is a serious health hazard and that there is no risk-free level of exposure. Tobacco use in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors.

     

    MCCG is not asking anyone to stop using tobacco, but we do require them to refrain from its use while on our campus. The tobacco-free initiative is our ongoing commitment to serve as a role model for healthy living.

     

    We are asking for community support in MCCG’s tobacco-free initiative as we move toward July 1.

     

    Please note: Media contact on Monday, March 7, 2011 is Nick West (478-633-1527).

  • GC&SU’s 7th Annual Dance Marathon to Benefit The Children’s Hospital
    GC&SU’s 7th Annual Dance Marathon to Benefit The Children’s Hospital
    March 7, 2011 7:26 pm
    March 7, 2011 7:26 pm

    MILLEDGEVILLE, GA (March 2, 2011) – Saturday is the 7th Annual Dance Marathon at Georgia College & State University from noon until midnight in the Magnolia Ballroom inside the Student Activities Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and all funds raised will go to The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

     

    Proceeds from the show will help fund the expansion and enhancement of The Children's Hospital pediatric surgery services, resulting in increased patient beds to assist the growing volume of pediatric surgery cases. Other projects include expansions for the children’s resource library, family chapel and child-friendly playroom. These projects ensure the children of central and south Georgia will have a place to receive the best health care for generations.

     

    “Campuses all over the United States and Canada participate in this event and raise thousands of dollars for children’s hospitals in their communities,” GC&SU Student Director Belinda Dennis said. “We hope to continue to make Dance Marathon a long-standing tradition here at GC&SU, as well as something that unifies the student body and awakens a giving spirit inside everyone.”

               

    Participants must raise $50 to attend the event, and will remain standing for its entirety. The purpose is for the dancers to empathize with the children in the hospitals who are battling illness. Just like the kids can’t give up, neither can the dancers. The dancers will get the chance to interact with the “Miracle Children” from the hospital throughout the event, and see the impact they have made on the lives of the children and their families.

               

    “Dance Marathon serves as a celebration for the lives of children; their families will share to the students testimonies of the physical difficulties and subsequent victories,” said Kathy Tolbert, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Coordinator for The Children's Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia, a part of the Medcen Community Health Foundation.

               

    The special event will blend dancing, music, games, food and a variety of entertainment into an experience for all who attend that they will not soon forget. 

  • New Rapid Medical Screening Area Helps Cut Emergency Center Wait Times
    New Rapid Medical Screening Area Helps Cut Emergency Center Wait Times
    March 2, 2011 6:51 pm
    March 2, 2011 6:51 pm

    New Rapid Medical Screening Area Helps Cut Emergency Center Wait Times

     

    MACON, GA (March 2, 2011) – Overcrowding and long wait times are a major issue for emergency rooms nationwide. The Emergency Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia recognizes this problem and continues to improve efficiency. Taking a big step to alleviate this quandary is the creation of the Rapid Medical Screening Area at the front end of the Emergency Center. A ribbon cutting event to officially open the new area is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:30 a.m. This is not a public event; however, the media is invited to attend.

     

    Part of the waiting area was renovated to create space for the Rapid Medical Screening Area. This new screening and treating domain will provide more timely service to patients who present with apparently non-life threatening problems. This area now has 12 additional treatment bays for provision of care to patients. Patients in need of immediate or life-saving procedures are still provided immediate care.

     

    “Patients are being seen more rapidly now and diagnostic workups are getting done more quickly,” Medical Director of Emergency Services Dr. Delanor Doyle said. “We get the patients into the room, they see a provider, he or she orders the necessary tests, and then the patient is moved from that area to await the results. Patients are later placed in a consultation room to discuss those results with their provider. This allows us to see more patients in a short period of time.”

     

  • IHOP National Pancake Day Celebrates Children’s Miracle Networks
    IHOP National Pancake Day Celebrates Children’s Miracle Networks
    March 1, 2011 2:48 pm
    March 7, 2011 2:48 pm

    IHOP National Pancake Day Celebrates Children’s Miracle Networks

    Free Pancakes on Tuesday to Raise Awareness and Funds

     

    MACON, GA (February 28, 2011) – For every delicious short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day on Tuesday, IHOP guests are invited to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations made at IHOPs in the Macon area will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ program at The Children’s Hospital at The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

     

    This year, IHOP is hoping to stack up more donations than ever before. The goal is to raise $2.3 million, for a total of more than $7.65 million in National Pancake Day’s six year fundraising effort. To find a local IHOP or to donate online, visit www.IHOPPancakeDay.com.

     

    The funds raised by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals have helped local children by providing child-friendly pediatric medical equipment such as pediatric ambulances. Additional funds have assisted The Children's Hospital in the establishment and expansion of numerous areas of the facility, including but not limited to: the Children’s Health Center, Crescent House, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Critical Care and most recently the establishment of a Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit for children in central and south Georgia.

     

    IHOP served four million free pancakes on National Pancake Day 2010, which would have created a stack more than 31.5 miles high. Pancake donors exceeded the fundraising goal by donating more than $2.1 million to children’s charities. Since the campaign’s inception in 2006, IHOP has raised for than $5.35 million and gave away more than 10.1 million pancakes.

  • Understanding Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment
    Understanding Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment

    Understanding Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment

    Researcher and Surgeon Dr. Harvey Bumpers to Speak

     

    MACON, GA (February 23, 2011) – “Separate is Inherently Unequal: Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment” is the topic of a Macon Surgical Society lecture on Wednesday at the Tubman Museum, 340 Walnut St., by Dr. Harvey Bumpers, professor of surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. This 6 p.m. event is not open to the public, however, the media is invited to attend.

     

    Dr. Bumpers’ speaking objectives include learning the extent of racial disparity in cancer frequency and mortality, and recognizing what accounts for many of these racial differences regarding malignancies. He’ll also discuss how the social environment, education and economics play a role in cancer disparity. Clinical discussion will include the significance of disparity regarding malignancies, understanding the scientific principles relating to racial differences in cancer and how cancer genetics may differ between races.   

     

    Dr. Bumpers’ lecture is co-sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Health Resource Center at Peyton Anderson Health Education Center in MCCG, Mercer University School of Medicine, Tubman Museum and the National Library of Medicine.

     

    He has published extensively in his areas of expertise in breast and colon cancer. He has two federal grants supporting his basic and clinical research from the Defense Department and the National Institutes of Health. He has been particularly active in the Atlanta community educating the population at large about cancer prevention and treatment.

     

    Dr. Bumpers attended the University Rochester School of Medicine and completed residency training at the State University of New York at Stonybrook. His surgical oncology training was with Eddie Hoover, M.D., at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. He is a faculty member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He is a member of all the major surgical oncology groups, including the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is active with the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association.

  • MCCG Receives Healthy Hospital Award for Exceptional Leadership in Health Care Resource Sustainability
    MCCG Receives Healthy Hospital Award for Exceptional Leadership in Health Care Resource Sustainability

    MCCG Receives Healthy Hospital Award for Exceptional Leadership in

    Health Care Resource Sustainability

     

    MACON, GA (February 21, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) is proud to announce it has received a Healthy Hospital Award from Ascent, a division of Stryker Corporation. The “healthy hospital” designation is reserved for hospitals that demonstrate outstanding efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of health care delivery and improve overall hospital quality through medical device remanufacturing and reprocessing.

     

    In 2010, MCCG’s reprocessing program reduced its supply costs by $116,257 – savings that have been redirected to key patient care initiatives. At the same time, using remanufactured and reprocessed medical devices has reduced the hospital’s medical waste by 9,937 pounds.

     

    “We are pleased to recognize The Medical Center of Central Georgia for optimizing hospital resources to improve overall quality of patient care,” said Rick Ferreira, president of Ascent, a Stryker Sustainability Solution. “In today’s health care environment, we need more leaders like The Medical Center of Central Georgia that are implementing innovative supply chain strategies to reduce costs and optimize resources in order to support quality care.”

     

    Hospitals and hospital networks across the nation are pursuing initiatives to reduce the environmental footprint of health care delivery. Among these initiatives, reprocessing and remanufacturing single-use devices stands out as an environmental practice that not only radically reduces the amount of medical waste, but at the same time frees significant resources for the hospital – all without capital investment.

     

    MCCG is in the distinguished company of other leading hospitals that are implementing reprocessing programs. In fact, reprocessing programs are currently employed by all of the U.S. News & World Report “Honor Roll” hospitals – or the top 14 institutions nationwide.

     

    MCCG has partnered with Ascent, the nation’s leading re-processor of medical devices, on its reprocessing programs since 2005.

  • Georgia Center for Joint Care Earns Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval
    Georgia Center for Joint Care Earns Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval

    Georgia Center for Joint Care Earns Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™

    Will Celebrate Certification on Wednesday

     

    MACON, GA (February 18, 2011) – The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for its knee and hip replacement programs by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes the Georgia Center for Joint Care’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the- art standards.

     

    "With Joint Commission certification, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down,” said Dr. Robert Thornsberry, co-medical director for the Georgia Center for Joint Care. “Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take The Medical Center of Central Georgia to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence. Achieving Joint Commission certification in our hip and knee replacement programs is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

     

    The Georgia Center for Joint Care will celebrate this certification on Wednesday from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. in the West Tower Lobby at MCCG. COO Joe Lavelle, Dr. Thornsberry, and other hospital administration and directors will make remarks. This is not a public event but the media is invited to attend.

     

    “Achieving the national recognition of certification as a joint replacement center of excellence through The Joint Commission is extremely satisfying to our high performance, multidisciplinary team with The Georgia Center for Joint Care,” said Dr. Donald Beringer, co-medical director for the Georgia Center for Joint Care. “This reflects the passion we all have to provide the best care experience and to deliver outstanding quality outcomes for people of middle Georgia needing hip and knee replacement.”

     

    MCCG underwent a rigorous on-site survey in December 2010. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated MCCG for compliance with standards of care specific to the needs of patients and families, including infection prevention and control, leadership and medication management.

     

    "In achieving Joint Commission certification, the Georgia Center for Joint Care has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients in need of knee or hip replacement," said Jean Range, M.S., R.N., C.P.H.Q. executive director, Disease-Specific Care Certification, The Joint Commission. “Certification is a voluntary process and I commend The Medical Center of Central Georgia for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

     

    The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care Certification Program, launched in 2002, is designed to evaluate clinical programs across the continuum of care. Certification requirements address three core areas: compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care, and an organized approach to performance measurement and improvement activities.

  • Memorializing a Great Volunteer
    Memorializing a Great Volunteer

    Memorializing a Great Volunteer

    Flagpole Commemoration Ceremony at Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia

     

    MACON, GA (February, 17 2011) – Clarence C. “Gunny” Butts’ influence on Hospice of Central Georgia and its employees was so great that the service entity of The Medical Center of Central Georgia will honor the 16-year volunteer and former U.S. Marine Corps member, who passed away last October.

     

    On Friday, Feb. 25, the Marine Corps League Detachment 970 of Middle Georgia and Hospice of Central Georgia will host a flagpole dedication ceremony at 8 a.m. at Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia, 6261 Peake Rd. An American flag and U.S. Marine Corps flag will be raised after the color guard presents colors and a brief speech is given in Mr. Butts’ honor. This is not a public event, although the media is invited to attend.

     

    Bricks, benches and other landmarks at Pine Pointe Hospice of Central Georgia are named in memoriam, so honoring Mr. Butts’ memory and altruistic contributions with a permanent fixture on the property seem appropriate. A commemorative marker developed by the Marine Corps League Detachment 970 of Middle Georgia will stand at the base of the flagpole.

     

    Mr. Butts, a Vietnam War veteran who spent 17 years in the Marine Corps, was an active volunteer whose kindness made him a favorite among patients. He visited patients in their homes and ran errands for them. He provided toys for their children and grandchildren during the holidays. He was beloved by hospice staff and volunteers. He was also devoted to other community and church activities.

     

    Mr. Butts’ daughter, Lori Manning, RN, has worked at Hospice of Central Georgia since 1994. 

  • Understanding Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment
    Understanding Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment

    Understanding Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment

    Researcher and Surgeon Dr. Harvey Bumpers to Speak

     

    MACON, GA (February 16, 2011) – “Separate is Inherently Unequal: Racial Disparity in Cancer Frequency and Treatment” is the topic of a Wednesday, Feb. 23 Macon Surgical Society lecture at Tubman Museum, 340 Walnut St., by Dr. Harvey Bumpers, professor of surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. This 6 p.m. event is not open to the public, however, the media is invited to attend.

     

    Dr. Bumpers’ speaking objectives include learning the extent of racial disparity in cancer frequency and mortality, and recognizing what accounts for many of these racial differences regarding malignancies. He’ll also discuss how the social environment, education and economics play a role in cancer disparity. Clinical discussion will include the significance of disparity regarding malignancies, understanding the scientific principles relating to racial differences in cancer and how cancer genetics may differ between races.   

     

    Dr. Bumpers’ lecture is co-sponsored by The Medical Center of Central Georgia, Health Resource Center at Peyton Anderson Health Education Center in MCCG, Mercer University School of Medicine, Tubman Museum and the National Library of Medicine.

     

    He has published extensively in his areas of expertise in breast and colon cancer. He has two federal grants supporting his basic and clinical research from the Defense Department and the National Institutes of Health. He has been particularly active in the Atlanta community educating the population at large about cancer prevention and treatment.

     

    Dr. Bumpers attended the University Rochester School of Medicine and completed residency training at the State University of New York at Stonybrook. His surgical oncology training was with Eddie Hoover, M.D., at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. He is a faculty member of Alpha Omega Alpha. He is a member of all the major surgical oncology groups, including the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of Surgical Oncology, and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He is active with the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the Surgical Section of the National Medical Association.

  • PRESTIGIOUS LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
    PRESTIGIOUS LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

    UPDATED

    PRESTIGIOUS LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

    PRESENTED TO STATE SENATOR CECIL STATON

    Central Georgia Health System President and CEO Don Faulk Comments About Sen. Staton

     

    MACON, GA (Feb. 9, 2011) – Georgia State Senator Cecil Staton was presented with the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) prestigious Legislator of the Year award. Sen. Staton, who received the award at the association’s annual convention on Feb. 2 in Atlanta, was recognized for his relentless efforts in helping improve trauma care in the state.

     

    "Senator Staton has been important to Georgia's healthcare community for many years and his support of the trauma funding amendment underscored his personal commitment to saving the lives of Georgians", said Don Faulk, President/CEO of The Medical Center of Central Georgia. "This award exemplifies a commitment to regional infrastructure for high quality healthcare for all patients and families and all of Georgia will benefit from his dedication to this issue. We congratulate him on this well deserved recognition."

     

    Sen. Staton was first elected to the Senate in 2004, and participates in an ongoing effort to improve trauma care for the citizens of Georgia. Eight years ago, his involvement in a severe automobile accident and subsequent need for trauma care sparked his desire to become heavily involved in the issue. In 2007, he introduced a bill to create the Georgia Trauma Care Network Commission, a group that oversees the Georgia Trauma Care Fund. Since then, he continues to fight for adequate funding to help save Georgia’s ailing trauma care network.

     

    Sen. Staton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Furman University in Greenville, S.C. and a doctor of philosophy degree from the University of Oxford in England. He was recognized as the Rural Healthcare Legislator of the Year in 2008.

     

    Please note: There is a photograph available of Sen. Staton receiving this photo. Please request from Nick West.

  • Central Georgia Health System CEO to Address National Healthcare Conference for Women
    Central Georgia Health System CEO to Address National Healthcare Conference for Women

    Central Georgia Health System CEO to Address National Healthcare Conference for Women

    Dr. Ninfa Saunders to Discuss Her Journey as a Female Healthcare Executive 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, August 7, 2014) – Central Georgia Health System (CGHS) Chief Executive Officer Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, will provide the keynote address at Modern Healthcare’s 2014 Women Leaders In Healthcare Conference, a gathering of women leaders from across the nation.

    Dr. Saunders, whose career has taken her across the United States and around the world, will share her personal journey, the way it has shaped who she is and how it influences the decisions she makes for CGHS. Dr. Saunders continues to position CGHS as a national healthcare leader through her strategic leadership, by pursuing meaningful partnerships and by engaging employees and partners towards sustainable and relevant success. Her inspirational message will wrap up Modern Healthcare’s conference for females in healthcare leadership.

    “I am grateful for this opportunity to speak to women in leadership roles. I believe that a woman, or a man for that matter, should continue to learn and grow intellectually by seeking every opportunity to use her gifts and skills, training and education, to make a critical difference in all that she does professionally and personally. More importantly, I would advise women in the workplace to remember the things that truly matter, the things that will last after 5:00 and after retirement – the love of family and friends, faith, and giving back to others,” said Dr. Saunders.

    The conference will take place on Thursday, August 14 in Nashville, Tenn. and will address topics including mergers and acquisitions, patient safety and quality, and balancing career with life.

  • Tickets On Sale for Summer's Night Picnic and Dance
    Tickets On Sale for Summer's Night Picnic and Dance

    Tickets On Sale for Summer’s Night Picnic and Dance

    Event to Benefit Pine Pointe Hospice and Palliative Care, the Hospice of Central Georgia 

    MACON, GA (Thursday, August 7, 2014) – Tickets are now on sale for the Summer’s Night Picnic and Dance, to be held Saturday, August 16, 2014. The event, presented by the Charles H. Jones Family Foundation and supported by the Medcen Community Health Foundation, will benefit Pine Pointe Hospice and Palliative Care, the Hospice of Central Georgia.

    Attendees should pack their own picnic basket and bring their beverage of choice to the Macon City Auditorium for a night of fun and dancing to the sounds of The Grapevine. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the band begins playing at 7:30 p.m.

    For tickets and more information, please visit www.pinepointehospice.org.

  • Advanced Home Care Merges with Central Georgia Home Care Services to Expand and Enhance Care to Patients and Communities in Georgia
    Advanced Home Care Merges with Central Georgia Home Care Services to Expand and Enhance Care to Patients and Communities in Georgia

    Advanced Home Care Merges with Central Georgia Home Care Services to Expand and Enhance Care to Patients and Communities in Georgia

    (High Point, NC – August 4, 2014)  Advanced Home Care is pleased to announce that Central Georgia Home Care Services, based in Macon, Georgia has merged with Advanced Home Care.  Central Georgia Home Care Services has been a quality provider of home infusion, specialty pharmacy, home medical equipment, and services for many years in a 20 county region of central Georgia.

    Elbert McQueen, Senior Vice President of Post Acute Services and Regional Development for Central Georgia Health System, said, “The partnership between Advanced Home Care and Central Georgia Home Care Services will allow us to expand our capabilities in order to provide enhanced services to the communities and the patients we serve. We look forward to a close working relationship with Advanced Home Care, one that will ensure that Central Georgia Home Care Service’s patients continue to receive state-of-the-art home medical equipment and comprehensive home care services.”

    Merging with Central Georgia Home Care Services further strengthens Advanced Home Care's position as a leading home health care provider in the Southeastern United States.  This merger provides patients and customers the highest level of care with greater efficiency. Through this merger Central Georgia Health System will join 13 other health systems and hospitals as a member of Advanced Home Care.

    “The addition of Central Georgia Home Care Services to the Advanced Home Care family enables us to expand our commitment of providing extraordinary care to patients in central Georgia,” said Joel Mills, CEO of Advanced Home Care.  “Our innovative care will help thousands of patients continue their recovery in the comfort of their own homes. This is an exciting addition to our service area with quality leaders and staff members joining our team.”

    Advanced Home Care will work closely with all patients, partners and employees to make the integration process as smooth as possible.  Central Georgia Home Care Services will now become Advanced Home Care.  The integration of both companies will take place over the next few weeks. All patients will continue to receive the same high quality care and service which they have come to expect. 

     Advanced Home Care will continue to operate Central Georgia Home Care Services’ existing Macon, Georgia location.  Advanced Home Care also has locations in Norcross and Marietta, Georgia. This merger allows the company to broaden its services in support of the Central Georgia Health System.

Programs & Services

  • Screening Lung CT Scan for Smokers
    Screening Lung CT Scan for Smokers

    If you are a current smoker or have quit within the past 15 years, aged 55-80 years with a 30 pack-year smoking history, ask your doctor about Screening Lung Cancer CT Scans at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and get a clearer picture of your health.

  • Genetic Counseling
    Genetic Counseling

    Are you concerned about a family history of cancer? The Medical Center of Central Georgia provides genetic counseling services to patients and their families. The goal of cancer genetic counseling is to identify and educate individuals who may be at an increased risk of cancer due to certain...

  • Need a Speaker?
    Need a Speaker?

    As a service to the community, The Medical Center of Central Georgia offers a Speakers Bureau.  Knowledgeable and dynamic healthcre professionals will share their expertise with your community group.  We offer a wide variety of topics and can customize a talk to meet your needs.  The Speakers Bureau is offered free of charge to those in our primary service area.

    For more information, please call 478-633-6349

  • Education Programs
    Education Programs

    Are you about to have a baby?  If so, consider attending any of our Beginnings programs, which are designed to help you and your family prepare for your baby's arrival.  Pre-registration for all classes and pre-payment for Prepared Childbirth Class is required.

    Please call (478) 633-BABY or register online at https://www.mccg.org/pages/beginnings.

     

  • Cancer WellFit Project
    Cancer WellFit Project

    The Cancer WellFit Project is a free oncology recovery program that offers cancer patients the opportunity to return to their fullest physical, psychological and emotional potential. This is a program of specifically prescribed exercise, combined with education and support. The class meets three times a week for 12 weeks and is available at no cost to all central Georgia citizens diagnosed with cancer. For more information, please call Sandra Stone at The Wellness Center (478-477-2300).

    Sandra Stone
    478-477-2300
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Program
    Vestibular Rehabilitation Program

    Dizziness, vertigo, or other balance-related disturbances can lead to additional symptoms such as loss of strength and range of motion, increased muscle tension or headaches.  These symptoms may require treatment to help you regain your function.  Our therapist will evaluate and design and individualized plan addressing your symptoms through treatment with our new Vestibular Rehabilitationi Program.

    Please call (478) 201-6748 for more information.

  • Outpatient Rehabilitation
    Outpatient Rehabilitation

    Outpatient Rehabilitation Services of Central Georgia offers physical, occupational, and speech therapies for pediatric and adult patients.  If you think you may be a candidate or would like additional information, please call (478) 201-6748.

  • Aquatic Therapy
    Aquatic Therapy

    The aquatic therapy program is designed to give individuals the opportunity to receive therapy in a warm and gravity reduced environment.  Treatment provided ranges from pain management issues to range of motion deficits and even balance problems.  Individuals are assessed and provided with treatment and exercise programs to meet specific needs and restore or improve functional abilities.  Aquatherapy is utilized in conjunction with land-based therapy or alone depending on specific patient needs determined by the evaluating physical therapist.  For more information, please call (478)201-6748

  • Lymphedema Management
    Lymphedema Management

    There are between two and eight million people in the US who suffer from lymphedema.  Although there is no cure, it can be managed and the quality of life enhanced through the lymphedema management program at the Central Georgia Rehab Hospital.  To learn more about this program designed to help you manage your lymphedema and live as comfortable as possible, call (478)201-6748.

  • Congestive Heart Failure
    Congestive Heart Failure

    Congestive heart failure is a serious condition that affects 500,000 new patients each year.  However, HeartWork's 12-week supervised exercise and education treatment plan can help you along the pathway to a fuller and more enjoyable life.

    Call (478) 633-9090 for more information.

  • Peripheral Arterial Diases
    Peripheral Arterial Diases

    HeartWorks' 12-week exercise and education program can help you manage your disease process by improving symptoms, reducing your risk of further events, and improving your quality of life through changes in diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes.

    For more information, please call (478) 633-9090.

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
    Cardiac Rehabilitation

    This program helps people who have had a heart attack, angioplasty, or heart surgery return to everyday life and hopefully, prevent further heart procedures by halting or slowing the disease process through new lifestyle changes.  Participation is by physician referral and is usually covered by Medicare and private insurance carriers.

    For more information, call (478) 633-9090.

  • Pulmonary Health & Rehabilitation
    Pulmonary Health & Rehabilitation

    Pulmonary Rehab helps people who have experienced lung disease achieve their optimal capacity to carry out daily activities through individually tailored programs especially beneficial for people who suffer from asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and interstitial lung disease.  Participation is by physician referral and is usually covered by Medicare and private insurance carriers.

  • Cancer Clinical Trials
    Cancer Clinical Trials

    There are hundreds of ongoing clinical trials in the United States.  Although clinical trials are an important compoment of cancer care and are crucial for improving cancer treatment, fewer than 5% of cancer patients at present participate in clinical trials because they are uninterested or unaware that they exist, have difficulty finding an appropriate clinical tril that may be of benefit to them, or are ineligible to participate in a clinical trial because of prior treatment interventions.

    To learn more about clinical trials, please call (478) 633-1738 or go to www.mccgclinicaltrials.org.

     

  • Nutrition Counseling
    Nutrition Counseling

    Nutrition consults may include a review of current dietary intake, medical nutrition therapy (before, during, and/or after treatment), nutrition education, symptom management, and nutrition support education and management as needed. If interested, please contact our dietitian (478-633-1996) to discuss scheduling an appointment.

  • Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology Now Available at MCCG
    Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology Now Available at MCCG

    Balloon Sinuplasty™ Technology Now Available at MCCG

    Sinusitis is one of the most common chronic health problems in the U.S., each year afflicting 37 million Americans. Sinusitis significantly impacts an individual’s physical, functional and emotional quality of life. The Balloon Sinuplasty™ devices offer new hope in relief to chronic sufferers.

    Endoscopic sinus surgery with this technology involves using a small, flexible balloon catheter that is placed through the nostril into the blocked sinus passageway. When the balloon is inflated, it gently restructures and opens the sinus passageway, restoring normal sinus drainage and function. In many cases, tissue or bone removal is not required. This may result in reduced bleeding and post-procedure discomfort for patients. 

    The Balloon Sinuplasty™ technology has undergone rigorous clinical validation. A study in the prestigious journal, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, reported:

    • 91.6 percent functional patency rate at one-year; 70 patients (217 sinuses)
    • No serious adverse events at two years; 65 patients (195 sinuses)
    • Symptom improvement for 85 percent of patients across the two-year post-surgery period

    For more information about the proven, sinus balloon catheters for sinusitis patients, visit www.balloonsinuplasty.com. To find out if the Balloon Sinuplasty™ system is appropriate for your condition, talk to your physician. 

  • Right on Track Pediatric Therapy Program
    Right on Track Pediatric Therapy Program

    The pediatric therapy program provides comprehensive outpatient occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy services. Each child is evaluated and an individualized intervention plan is developed. Additional services include aquatic therapy, assistive technology, seating, oral-motor/feeding therapy and sensory integration treatment. Please contact Detra Lucas, referral coordinator, at 478-633-2742, or Debbie Ryan, program coordinator, at 478-633-2045, for more information.

  • Get Your AngioScreen
    Get Your AngioScreen

    The Georgia Heart Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia provides AngioScreen®, an integrated cardiovascular screening program designed to help individuals determine their risk for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in this country. Public screenings will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6 int he Albert Luce, Jr. Heart Tower at MCCG; Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Peach Regional Hospital in Fort Valley; and Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Forsyth.  Times are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please call 1-800-627-2393 to make an appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome.

  • Home Health: Our Continuum of Care
    Home Health: Our Continuum of Care

    Central Georgia Home Health is an integral part of the health care delivery system of The Medical Center of Central Georgia and serves to meet the patient's needs in his or her home. Through comprehensive home health care services, our expert staff works one-on-one with patients and families to promote patient independence through a continuum of care.

    Central Georgia Home care delivers equipment right to your home. Our primary goal is to help patients regain independence as quickly as possible.

    For more information on Central Georgia Home Care Services and Home Health, please call 478-633-5600 or visit our website: www.homehealthmacon.org.

Senior Events

  • Looking For A Senior Class or Event? View Our New Calendar
    Looking For A Senior Class or Event? View Our New Calendar

    Our new calendar provides the latest classes, events and support groups.  Please browse our community events calendar to find the most up to date information:  http://www.mccg.org/community-events.html

    All other offerings are listed below.

  • Defensive Driving
    Defensive Driving

    You can earn possible auto insurance discounts with AARP's defensive driving class.  Classes consist of two days of classroom instruction designed to refresh your knowledge of rules of the road.  We offer the class every other month.  Please call Golden Opportunities at 757-7817 for cost, dates, and registration.

    Golden Opportunities
    757-7817

Fitness & Wellness

  • SmartStart Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program
    SmartStart Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program

    If you or someone you know has a primary risk

    factor(s) for heart disease or stroke you may be a

    candidate for the SmartStart Program at Heartworks.

    Risk factors are conditions or habits that make a

    person more likely to develop a disease. These

    primary risk factors include: High Blood Pressure,

    Elevated Cholesterol Levels, Smoking, Obesity,

    Inactivity, Diabetes, and Family History. This

    program can provide you with the tools to create

    lifelong behavioral change to prevent cardiovascular

    disease and or events.

     

    The SmartStart Program consists of a 12-week

    exercise and education regimen. To participate in the

    program you must be referred by your physician.

    After your provider refers you to the program, our

    team of Exercise Physiologists, Registered Nurses, and

    other staff will develop a customized program for you.

    This plan will include exercise classes three times per

    week along with weekly educational classes to help

    you understand nutrition, exercise, and other risk

    factor topics.

     

    For more information on SmartStart program,

    contact Heartworks at (478) 633-9090.

    Heartworks
    478-633-9090
  • Silver Sneakers
    Silver Sneakers

    Silver Sneakers offers an innovative blend of physical activity, healthy lifestyle and socially oriented programming that allows older adulst to take greater control of their health.  Silver Sneakers members receive:

    • A FREE Wellness Center Membership (for eligible, participating Medicare Supplemental Insurance clients)
    • Access to any participating fitness center
    • Customized SilverSneakers classes
    • Health education seminars
    • A specially trained Senior Advisor

    Call us or visit our website for current class schedules.

  • Ballroom Dancing
    Ballroom Dancing

    We offer two ballroom dance classes:  Latin and smooth.  In these classes, you will learn patterns and variations, leads and follows, and the art of connecting with your partner.  Singles and couples are welcome.  Beginner, advanced and private classes are offered.  Gift certificates are available.  All you need is two left feet and a good attitude.  Come join in on the fun.  The cost is $40 for four, one-hour classes or $60 for four, one and a half hour classes.  Pre-registration is required.  Contact Paula East at (478) 750-0802; paulaeastdance@yahoo.com or visit her website at www.paulaeast.com.

  • Massage Therapy
    Massage Therapy

    Whether relaxation, deep tissue, hot stone, or the ultimate massage is needed. The Wellness Center and Macon Health Club are your best choices.  Certified Massage therapists are ready to assist you today.  Our therapists are certified and licensed.  Gift certificates are always available for purchase.  Stop by The Wellness Center or give us a call at 478-757-7808 to schedule your appointment today!

  • Swim Lessons
    Swim Lessons

    Classes are offered for "water babies" ages 9 months to 3 years old, children ages 4 to 15, and adults 16 and up.

    Lessons include 6 sessions with a certified instructor.

    For more information, please call The Wellness Center at 478-477-2300.

  • Paulanetics
    Paulanetics

    Paulanetics is a method developed by Paula East, which combines isometric training with elements of Tai Chi movements and requires the participant to concentrate on the whole body rather than isolated muscle groups.

    The cost if $10 per lesson.

    Contact Paula for more information or visit her website at www.paulaeast.com

     

    Paula East
    478-750-0802
    paulaeastdance@yahoo.com
  • Special Occasion Dance Lesson Package
    Special Occasion Dance Lesson Package

    Learn choreographed dance routines: Gift certificates for weddings or special occasions.

    Contact Paula for more information or visit her website at www.paulaeast.com

     

    Paula East
    478-750-0802
    paulaeastdance@yahoo.com
  • Brain Bikes "Fitness for the Brain"
    Brain Bikes "Fitness for the Brain"

    The Brain Bike is the first workout program that simultaneously exercises the body and brain.  The unique combination of pedaling the bike and playing brain-building games guarantees improved body and brain function.  The brain games are fun, lasting up to four minutes each, and are designed to improve memory, concentration and cognitive function by 20 percent.  Call (478) 757 - 7817 for cost and more information about this new exercise program.

  • Cancer Wellfit Project
    Cancer Wellfit Project

    The Cancer Wellfit Project is a free oncology recovery program that offers cancer patients the opportunity to return to their fullest physical, psychological and emotional potential.  This is a program of specifically prescribed exercise, combined with education and support.  Each two-hour session includes exercise followed by education on coping skills, stress management, pain management, complementary/alternative medicine, and group support.  The 12-week program meets three times per week.  The project is no cost to Central Georgia citizens diagnosed with cancer.  For more information, please call Sandra Stone at the Wellness Center (478-477-2300).

  • ZumbAtomic
    ZumbAtomic

    ZumbAtomic is a specially designed Zumba class for children. Through dance, exercise, and music, ZumbAtomic encourages kids to develop a healthy lifestyle. Classes incorporate multi-cultural rhythm, body movement, games and performance. Join the Party!

    Sundays 3:00 pm

    Fee: 10 classes for $20 (Wellness Center Members), 10 classes for $25 (non-members). Individual classes may also be purchased.

Support Groups

  • Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)
    Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD)

    This support group is for you to meet other heart patients like yourself and learn how to stay fit and keep your heart heathly. 

    These support group meetings are held on Mondays bi-monthly.

    If you have any questions or would like to learn more about this support group, please call 478-633-7157.

    Meetings are located in the Luce Heart Tower, fourth floor.

    Fee: Free

    Sandy Kahley
    478-633-7157

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