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Baker Appointed to Hospital Authority

Moultrie, GA – Justin Baker, MD was recently appointed to the Colquitt County Hospital Authority, the governing board of Colquitt Regional Medical Center. Originally from Lowndes County, Baker graduated from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance degree. He then completed his medical education at Medical College of Georgia, followed by an internship in general surgery in Greenville, South Carolina, and a residency in family medicine at McLeod Hospital...



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Medical Column: Are Masks Effective?

By: Robert Jeter, MD The year 2020 will certainly be remembered for a great many things, but I would not hesitate to suggest COVID-19 and its surrounding controversies will often sit at the forefront. COVID-19, formally known as SARS-CoV-2 and informally referred to as the coronavirus, was first confirmed in the USA on January 20, 2020, where it simmered for several weeks. February 25, 2020 saw the first US soil local outbreak and by March 11 a pandemic was declared. To date, the CDC...



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Colquitt Regional Urges Public to Receive Flu Shot

MOULTRIE, Ga – Colquitt Regional Medical Center officials and physicians are urging members of the public to get their flu shot as there has been an early increase in flu cases. “Overall, there has been a slow and steady increase in flu cases over the last month,” said Colquitt Regional President and CEO Jim Matney. “This year, more than ever, it is crucial for people to receive their flu shots and take the proper measures to decrease their chances of contracting the flu,...



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Dr. Maureen A. Yearta Appointed to 2020 TNCPE Board of Examiners

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Dr. Maureen A. Yearta, Board Chair for Colquitt Regional Medical Center, has been appointed by the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) to the 2020 Board of Examiners. As a member of the TNCPE Board of Examiners, Yearta is responsible for assessing and providing valuable feedback to organizations that apply to the TNCPE Award Program. TNCPE recognizes local, state, and regional organizations that demonstrate excellence in...



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Keith Honored for Service to Hospital Authority

MOULTRIE, Ga – James “Jim” Keith, MD, long-time Colquitt Regional radiologist, was recently honored with a reception to celebrate his nine years of service to the Hospital Authority of Colquitt County. First appointed in 2011, Keith chaired the Authority’s Finance Committee, which is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the hospital’s finances. Under his leadership, Colquitt Regional raised over $5 million through the Georgia HEART rural tax credit program. It also...



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Sterling Physician Group Welcomes New Physicians

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Sterling Physician Group recently announced the addition of seven new physicians to its medical staff. “We are very excited to welcome these new physicians to Colquitt Regional and to our community,” said Colquitt Regional President and CEO Jim Matney. “These new physicians have shown that they will fit right into our organization and will carry out Colquitt Regional’s vision of providing quality and compassionate care to our community.” Scott Daly, MD,...



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Colquitt Regional Offering COVID-19 Antibody Testing

Moultrie, GA – Colquitt Regional is currently offering testing for the SARS-CoV-2 Antibody. This test is used to detect the presence of antibodies – proteins made by plasma cells – against COVID-19. The body utilizes antibodies to fight off pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. A positive antibody test is presumed to mean a person has been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that caused COVID-19, at some point in the past, according to the CDC. It does not mean they are...



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Medical Column: Skin Cancer

By: Stephen Yarbrough, DO Did you know our skin is the body’s largest organ? It has many functions, including protection from injury, infection, and ultraviolet radiation from the sun, to name a few. If we do not protect our skin, we can develop skin cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. There are two types of skin cancer: non-melanoma and melanoma. Non-melanoma skin cancer is...



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Colquitt Regional Receives Stroke Designation

Moultrie, GA – Colquitt Regional recently received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Silver Plus Quality Achievement Award. This award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence. “This recognition reflects the diligence of our team in continuing to advance...



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Colquitt Regional Continues to See Decline in COVID-19 Cases

MOULTRIE, Ga – Colquitt Regional recently reported that it has seen a downward trend in positive COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks. One of the ways Colquitt Regional tracks its COVID data is by analyzing the seven-day rolling average of positive cases. This helps hospital officials to not only see daily numbers, but to view trends in data and where the numbers are going as a whole. “Since July 30, Colquitt Regional has experienced a sustained decrease in positive COVID-19...



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Vereen Center Expands Sports Medicine Program

Moultrie – Vereen Rehabilitation Center recently announced partnerships with Valdosta State University and Valdosta High School as additions to its sports medicine program. In July, the Vereen Center began providing athletic training services to student-athletes on the VSU campus and will begin working with VHS athletes in September. Vereen Center athletic trainers will primarily be working with the VSU Women’s Soccer Program, though they will be available to assist with other...



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The Silent Killer

By: Jermaine Robinson, D.O. What if I told you that nearly half of the country is walking around with a deadly disease that produces no symptoms and that, if left unchecked, can cause significant damage to the brain, heart or kidneys? Luckily, this disease is easily diagnosed by a common test performed by nearly every doctor’s office in the country. This test looks for hypertension, also called high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the pressure of blood as it flows through the...