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Price Receives Harrison Humanitarian Award

Dr. Billy Ray Price was recently named as the 2019 recipient of the Walter E. Harrison, Jr., M.D. Humanitarian Award. Price was presented the award at the 25th Annual Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation Love Light ceremony held in the Kate Jeter Serenity Garden. The award, named in honor of beloved physician Dr. Walter E. Harrison, Jr., is presented annually to an individual health care worker who demonstrates a commitment to compassionate health care service and community outreach....



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Steady Rise in Flu Cases at Colquitt Regional

MOULTRIE, Ga. – As the flu continues to spread throughout the U.S., Colquitt Regional has seen a consistent increase in confirmed flu cases in the past weeks. In just the first three weeks of December, the Emergency Department treated 178 patients who tested positive for the flu, compared to 138 cases for the whole month of November. Of those diagnosed in November and December, “Type B” has been most prevalent with 219 cases. There were also 56 patients who had “Type A&B”...



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Colquitt Regional Holds Interprofessional Training Exercise

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Colquitt Regional recently held an interprofessional development training exercise for the current participants in the Nurse Residency Program and the Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program. Both groups participated in role-playing scenarios that covered communication styles, standardized medical reporting through SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendations), conflict resolution, and communicating effectively in emergencies. This type of team-based...



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Melton Appointed to Board of Governors

MOULTRIE, Ga – Howard L. Melton, MD, FACS, long-time general surgeon at Colquitt Regional Medical Center, was recently appointed as a Governor-at-Large (GAL) to the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. Founded in 1913, the ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that exists to improve the quality of care for surgical patients by setting high standards for surgical education and practice. Melton will bring over 27 years of surgical knowledge and...



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Colquitt Regional Receives 11th Consecutive 'A' Hospital Score

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Colquitt Regional Medical Center was awarded its 11th consecutive ‘A’ when The Leapfrog Group announced the fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades. Receiving an ‘A’ signifies that Colquitt Regional has achieved the highest national standards in patient safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents,...



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Colquitt Regional Opens Inpatient Dialysis Unit

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Colquitt Regional recently opened a new inpatient dialysis unit that will allow it to better serve patients who require dialysis services while hospitalized. This new unit will be utilized specifically for patients who suffer from chronic or acute kidney failure and need hemodialysis. This is a process where blood moves through a filter to remove any waste or extra fluid and returns to the body. “Having this new unit will positively impact the patient experience by...



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Breast Cancer Screening is More than a Pink Ribbon

By: Dr. Giselle Pineiro October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The American Academy of Family Practice says breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States with the most frequent diagnoses being among women ages 55 to 64, with the average age of death from the disease occurring at age 68. These facts should make breast cancer awareness important to all of us. What does Breast Cancer Awareness mean for you? That question is for both...



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Vereen Center Introduces Golf Performance Program

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Vereen Rehabilitation Center recently introduced a new golf performance program into its service line called Vereen SwingFit. Vereen athletic trainer and athletic training services coordinator Jaclyn K. Donovan, MBA, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS completed training for Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) certification in July. At its core, the Titleist Performance Institute exists to help golfers improve their game while reducing golf-specific injuries. TPI is known globally for...



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Colquitt Regional Introduces New Heart Health Initiative

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Colquitt Regional Medical Center recently announced it is implementing a new heart attack prevention and early detection initiative, making it the first hospital in the state to be affiliated with the National Heart Health Program. This internationally recognized program will focus on coronary calcium scoring, which is a noninvasive, five-minute heart test to check for the presence of calcium in the coronary arteries before a person develops symptoms of heart disease....



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Colquitt Regional Sees Early Rise in Flu Cases

MOULTRIE, Ga. – In the past two weeks, Colquitt Regional Medical Center has seen a steady increase in patients testing positive for the flu. In the last week of September, the Emergency Department treated 19 confirmed cases of the flu, more than doubling the number of positive flu tests the week prior. Of the 19 patients treated, 12 were diagnosed with “Type B” flu, five had both “Type A & B,” and two patients had “Type A.” Nine out of the 19 patients treated were four years...



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Medical Column: But Doctor, Do I Have to Get the Flu Shot?

Medical Column By: Dr. Kayla Batchelor “But Doctor, do I have to get the flu shot?” This is a question frequently heard by practitioners everywhere. The annual flu shot helps prevent the spread of a contagious disease that has possible fatal consequences. Since “flu season” is quickly approaching, your doctor may have already recommended you get this vaccination. When is “Flu Season?” Although influenza viruses are detected year-round, it is most common...



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Sterling Physician Group Welcomes Four New Providers

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Sterling Physician Group recently announced the addition of four new providers to its medical staff. Chad Klar, M.D., recently started as an emergency medicine physician at Colquitt Regional. Klar received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of Georgia, then earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He went on to complete his residency in emergency medicine at Palmetto Health in Columbia, South Carolina. Klar is...