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Georgia South Matches with New Residents for Sixth Class

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Georgia South Family Medicine Residency program is pleased to announce it has matched its sixth class of family medicine residents. The class of 2024 includes Dr. Catherine Cravey, Dr. Nathan Greene, Dr. Leo Larios, and Dr. Daniel Santiago. In a residency program, “matching” means the doctors that Georgia South selected also selected Georgia South. These four residents were chosen out of a pool of 673 total applicants. Honoring the program’s long-standing...



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Medical Column: Weight Loss - It's Actually Possible!

By: Ethan McBrayer, D.O. Do you feel losing weight is an impossible goal to achieve? Have you ever wondered if you are overweight? Do you feel like you don’t know where to even start with weight loss? I hope by reading this article you will have a better understanding of the medical definition of obesity and what steps to take on beginning weight loss. Doctors use body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference when screening patients for obesity. BMI is calculated by factoring in height...



Vereen Center Expands Pediatric Therapy Services

MOULTRIE, Ga. – The Vereen Center has expanded its service line to now offer pediatric occupational therapy to patients five days a week. Up to this point, Vereen has offered pediatric OT on a very limited basis. “We decided to expand these services based on the needs of children in our area,” said Colquitt Regional President and CEO Jim Matney. “We’ve heard from parents who are already utilizing our speech therapy services for their children and many of them also require...



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Colquitt Regional Expands COVID-19 Vaccinations

Colquitt Regional is expanding vaccine appointments following an announcement made by Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday, March 10. The most recent update expanded the current criteria to include individuals aged 55 years or older and those who are 16 years or older who are considered high-risk. Georgia Department of Public Health outlined the criteria that qualifies those 16+ to be those with certain medical conditions that increase their risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This includes...



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Colquitt Regional to Hold Virtual Ribbon Cutting for Radiation Oncology Unit

On March 3, the Edwards Cancer Center at Colquitt Regional will celebrate its new radiation oncology unit with a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will be streamed live on the Colquitt Regional Facebook page at 10 am. Colquitt Regional broke ground on the new 6,900 sq. ft. building in May 2020 and will welcome its first patient this week. The new unit will feature a state-of-the-art linear accelerator, the Versa HD, which is a revolutionary radiation treatment system...



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Medical Column: Decrease stress in one minute or less

By: Dr. Arian Baker This last year living and working during a global pandemic has no doubt been very stressful for many people. For example, the anxiety that comes with avoiding COVID-19 exposure and infection. Or, the threat of losing a job or home. What about the pressures of homeschooling your children indefinitely? There are too many to name, but there are also many ways to combat these stressors. This article hopes to help you de-stress in one minute or less! What is...



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Colquitt Regional Preventing Type 2 Diabetes with Proven Program

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Colquitt Regional is leading the cause in helping prevent type 2 diabetes among its employees by implementing the CDC’s Prevent T2 lifestyle change program. The hospital recently received preliminary recognition from the CDC for this program. This designation is reserved for organizations that are effectively delivering a quality, evidence-based program and have proven to be advancing toward CDC Full Recognition. The program is led by Jimmy Bloodworth, Colquitt...



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Resident Spotlight: Rickey Patel, MD

A native of Valdosta, Georgia, Dr. Rickey Patel always knew he wanted to live in or close to his hometown. This played a huge role in his career path, as he finished his undergraduate education, started his medical degree, and began to think about residency programs. Patel attended the University of Georgia where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology. He then went on to earn his medical degree from the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. As he began...



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Colquitt Regional Wins 2020 Baldrige Award

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Colquitt Regional recently received notification that it will receive the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) 2020 Commitment Award. This award recognizes organizations who demonstrate serious commitment and implementation of performance improvement principles outlined in the Baldrige Framework for Excellence. “The journey to this award started three years ago and we are proud to be one of only six organizations nationwide to receive this status last...



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Resident Spotlight: Jared Harris, MD

Growing up in a small town in South Georgia, Dr. Jared Harris knows first-hand the medical inequalities facing rural areas, which is what ultimately led him to a career in medicine. That, and the kindness shown to him by a nurse while dealing with a medical condition. “I chose a career in medicine because I wanted to help people,” said Harris. “I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and experienced some incredible health care workers. I wanted to be able to help people in that same...



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COVID-19 Vaccination: The Most Promising Approach

By: Giselle Pineiro, D.O. Since the beginning of its rapid spread, development of a vaccine against COVID-19, or Coronavirus 2019, has been the most promising approach to control the pandemic. A vaccine shows the immune system what a virus looks like before an active infection, so the immune system can be prepared for a future infection. The currently approved COVID-19 vaccines use messenger RNA, or mRNA, a type of temporary message used in the cell, which does not interact with...



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Colquitt Regional Graduates Nurse Residents

MOULTRIE, Ga. – Colquitt Regional recently celebrated the graduation of 19 nurses from its Nurse Residency Program. The graduation ceremony was held at Southern Regional Technical College in December, where each graduate presented their evidence-based initiatives and received a certificate, along with a blue coat. The Nurse Residency Program supports new nurse graduates as they transition into their first professional role as caregivers. The extensive one-year program features a...