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Greater Emphasis on Child Passenger Safety

The Governor's Office of Highway Safety is sponsoring several caravan stops around Central Georgia this week.

Harris Blackwood, Dir. of the Highway Safety office told 13WMAZ that there is a real need in the Macon area to educate parents and motorists in keeping children safe.

"You would not believe the number of parents that install their child's car seat or booster seat improperly," Blackwood said.

Members promoting the effort will stop Tuesday at the Agape Way Daycare in Byron as part of the 3-day safety caravan. Representatives from the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminstration are on site to see the inspection and demonstration.    

On Wednesday, Blackwood said the group will set-up at Northway Church, 5915 Zebulon Road, in Macon. The free car seat and child passenger safety check starts at 1:30 and will conclude at 3:30 Wednesday afternoon.

Crawford County Getting New Medical Complex

Right now, Roberta only has two general physicians.  For specialized doctors, most people have to drive more than 25 miles to Macon.

But now, the Flint Professional Group is working to build a 24,000 square foot facility called the Milton B. Hatcher Medical Complex, that will house a pharmacy, and offices for specialists such as eye doctors, dentists, and audiologists.

"It's basically a one-stop shop," explains David Mincey from Flint.

The center is named after a Macon doctor who helped found the Mercer Medical School, and who advocated for health care in rural areas.

His daughter, Kathleen Hatcher Cook, says that's what they're hoping the center will do for Roberta.

"We're one of the most underserved counties in the state," she said.

Peach Medical Center: One Month Later

The new hospital in Peach County opened its doors nearly a month ago, moving from Fort Valley to Byron. Staff at the Medical Center of Peach County, formerly the Peach Regional Medical Center, say the new facilities and equipment make it easier to treat patients.

One thing that's new at MCPC is an operational helipad. A helicopter crew tested it out early Friday afternoon. A helipad is different from what they had at the old hospital.

"Whenever a helicopter needed to land, it had to actually do so in a field. It's so much nicer now to have an official helipad that's right here on the property that's steps away from our emergency room," said Ellen Terrell, Director of Community Engagement at Medical Center of Peach County.

Staff said the facility is much bigger now and it's something that they need to get used to.

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

Treat Yourself and the Children's Miracle Network

When you treat yourself to a Dairy Queen blizzard this Thursday, you're also treating the Children's Miracle Network.

Thursday marks Miracle Treat Day, a day where at least a dollar from every blizzard will go to Children's Miracle Network, according to a release.

Last year nationwide and in Canada, the fundraiser brought almost $5 million to Children's Miracle Network hospitals.

The Children's Hospital of the Medical Center of Central Georgia is a member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

American Cancer Society Asking Central Georgians Help

For the third time in four years, the American Cancer Society is asking central georgians for their help.

It's called the Cancer Prevention Study-3. It's research that will help scientists better understand how genetics, lifestyle and the environment affect cancer. They are looking for at least 250 volunteers to enroll for the November Houston County event.

You'll have to answer a survey, allow a waist measurement, give a small amount of blood and sign a consent form.

Six years ago Heather Griffin's mother was diagnosed with cancer.

"I thank the lord that she found it early and she is doing great. But every female that's passed away on my mothers side of the family has died from some form of cancer," said Griffin.

That's why the study is so close to her heart, so much so that she participated in it. "I don't want to have another person hear the words you have cancer," she said.

Ga. Plans Managed Care for Children on Medicaid


ATLANTA (AP) - Health officials say they're looking to hire a for-profit company to oversee the care of some of the state's most vulnerable children.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that youth advocates and pediatricians say so-called "managed care" of the state's 27,000 children in foster care, adoption assistance or the juvenile justice system could help better coordinate care.

The move is similar to one the state plans to make next year when it transitions roughly 430,000 elderly, blind and disabled Medicaid recipients into a voluntary form of managed care.

Officials say foster children and others would have one primary care physician and electronic health records that doctors can use regardless of where the child lives under the managed care system.

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State Officials Set to Discuss Childhood Obesity


ATLANTA (AP) - The Georgia Children's Advocacy Network is hosting a panel discussion aimed at reducing childhood obesity.

Organizers say the panel discussion July 25 is scheduled to feature Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, Bobby Cagle, physical activity coordinator for the Georgia Department of Public Health, Kelly Mattran and others.

Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning spokesman Reg Griffin has said the state ranks 49th in terms of childhood obesity rates.

The event is being hosted in the Ann Cramer room of the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.

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