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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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FVSU-USDA 'StrikeForce' to Meet to Improve Rural Conditions in Georgia

FVSU-USDA 'StrikeForce' to Meet to Improve Rural Conditions in Georgia
An informational meeting at Fort Valley State University’s Agricultural Technology Conference Center recently tackled the issue of persistent poverty in rural Georgia.  On May 23, Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension Program hosted the U.S. Department of Agriculture Georgia StrikeForce Initiative informational meeting. The USDA Georgia StrikeForce Initiative is a program that aims to increase resources in rural communities by providing technical assistance to Georgia’s 60 StrikeForce counties, or counties with consistent poverty.

Emergency Room to Close for Six Hours Tuesday

Emergency Room to Close for Six Hours Tuesday

The Peach County Emergency Room plans to close for six hours Tuesday.

According to a release, the closure allows the Peach Regional Medical Center to transition to their new hospital, the Medical Center of Peach County.

The ER will be closed from 6 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, July 16.