Coastal Manor Administrator Elise Stafford discusses the importance of planning for long-term care during last week's Hinesville Rotary Club meeting. Liberty Regional Medical Center's nursing home is in Ludowici. She told Rotarians that "having a will, living will or a durable power of attorney for healthcare," along with long-term health insurance, are the best ways for people to prepare for a time when they may need assisted living or in-home care. Rotary President Dave Sapp is at right, listening.
ATLANTA - In 2004, Georgia was ranked eighth in the nation for AIDS' cases with a total of 28,248 affected individuals, many of them aged 25-44.
By Dr. David Hess
Here are some places to turn when you need help and support with health related issues:
Living Independence for Everyone Inc. helps people with disabilities by providing independent living-skills training and home modifications.
The March of Dimes Georgia Chapter awarded a grant to the Liberty County Health Department to support Healthy Hero Babies.
Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.
In a departure from the norm, the smoke blanketing the Hinesville area is not from burning on the Fort Stewart military reservation.
Thomas C. Dolan, PhD, FACHE, CAE, recently announced H. Scott Kroell Jr. has been advanced to fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Following months of reaching out to the community, the Cider House has found two new allies in its effort to help Liberty County at-risk youth.
Earlier this month, Affiliated Computer Services confirmed a CD containing the personal data of 2.9 million Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids members was lost while being shipped from Georgia to Maryland.
With additional state funding no longer a possibility, the Diversity Health Center Board is working with the Georgia Office of Rural Health through the Georgia Department of Community Health to have the current state grant extended through fiscal year 2008.
The Liberty County Health Department recently has released its quarterly sanitation ratings for food-service establishment.
AUGUSTA - Every April LifeLink of Georgia, the organ procurement organization, along with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and the transplant community across the country honor and pay tribute to the generosity of organ donors and their families.
Vaccine requirements have been expanded for children in Georgia. The Coastal Health District is working to educate parents, schools and daycares about the new requirements, which go into effect July 1.
The American Red Cross' "Battle of the Badges" is being waged this year in Liberty County, where local police departments, the sheriff's office, firefighters and EMS workers will compete to see who can recruit the most people in their communities to donate blood.
Fort Stewart's Newman fitness center hosted an aerobicthon on Jan. 11 to build health-and-wellness awareness.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released its implementation plan for the Affordable Care Act's pediatric eye-health benefit.
I came across spelt when doing some research on wheat alternatives. I once read that spelt flour made great pasta, and since my pasta machine had been sitting idle in my cupboard for Lord knows how long, I decided that it was time to give spelt a try.
The American Red Cross is in urgent need of Type O blood. Type O negative is the universal blood type because it can be transfused to any patient who needs blood regardless of their own blood type. It's often used in emergency situations when every minute is critical.
The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed the flu-related death of a woman in Chatham County.
Aaron Hinojo was the first baby born in 2014 at Liberty Regional Medical Center. He arrived at 11:21 a.m. Jan. 1, weighing 7 pounds, 6.5 ounces and was 20 inches long. Baby Aaron is the son of Maria Hinojo of Glennville. His maternal grandparents are Manuela and Ramon Hinojo of Glennville.
Liberty Regional Medical Center plans to construct a 5,000-square-foot adult day health-service center on the Coastal Manor long-term care facility campus in Ludowici.
Due to a ruptured pipe and flooding, the staff of Marne Behavioral Health on Fort Stewart temporarily moved from its location at 206 Harmon Ave. to the second floor of the new liberty wing at Winn Army Community Hospital. Patients will be seen there until further notice.
ATLANTA - Checking the status of family benefits is becoming more convenient in Georgia. Families receiving food stamps, Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families now can view notices online regarding their benefits by logging in to a "My COMPASS" account. The online service is designed to increase the level of access families have to the status of their benefits and keep them informed of any information necessary to renew their benefits.
Frigid temperatures topped news reports the first part of the week as snowstorms blew across the country. Severe winter weather has the potential to affect many people, even in the Southeastern Georgia. According to a news release from Liberty County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Hodges, a storm in January 2011 delivered a thick layer of snow and ice that shut down transportation in parts of Georgia for five days, affecting 70 percent of the state.
As opportunities for female soldiers emerge in the Army, the need for a standardized mentor program is greater than ever. To address this need, the 3rd Infantry Division hosted its inaugural Female to Female mentor program kick-off Friday morning at the Main Post Chapel.
Staff Sgt. Kimby Hilton and her husband Sgt. 1st Class Michael Hilton welcomed their first baby, a girl, on Jan. 2 at Winn Army Community Hospital. Baby Hilton was the first WACH baby of 2014. No babies were born at the hospital on New Year's Day.
Georgia-based Davis Creations is hosting a fundraiser for the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 15-16 in the hospital lobby. All goods, including costume jewelry and scarves, will cost just $6.
Curves of Hinesville recently announced it is offering Curves Workouts with Jillian Michaels. The cutting-edge total-body workouts pair the Curves circuit strength-training machines with functional body-weight-based exercises that Michaels said will ramp up metabolism and transform physiques.