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Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Gentiva Hospice

Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Gentiva Hospice

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a Ribbon Cutting for Gentiva Hospice, located at 319 Margie Drive in Warner Robins.

VistaCare Hospice, which has been serving the Warner Robins community for the past fifteen years, has changed its name to Gentiva Hospice.   As a member of the Gentiva home health and hospice family of companies since May 24, 2010, according to the company, the name change now more truly reflects the relationship and resources of being a part of a national leader in hospice care.

“As America’s home health and hospice leader, the Gentiva family of companies has been bringing great healthcare home for four decades,” said Jan Miller, Area VP of Operations.  “Our care is defined by our clinical expertise and the compassion we deliver to 80,000 patients a day – one patient at a time.”

Warner Robins Men Raise Funds with Watermelons

Two Warner Robins men are setting up watermelon stands in several Central Georgia towns.

They aren't starting a new business - they're full-time roofers.

Aaron Castleberry and Neal Fairchild are setting their nail guns and shingles aside for a greater cause. Castleberry's wife Tonya is suffering from liver failure.

"They're not really sure exactly what made her liver fail," said Castleberry. "Now she has a spot on her liver that [doctors] think is cancerous."

Tonya's liver troubles have gotten progressively worse over the last few years. Doctors think she may need a transplant.

"When you find out something like that, it's scary. You just don't know how things are going to turn out. Just because someone needs a liver transplant doesn't mean they get one," said Castleberry.

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.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Central Georgia Blood Drives This Weekend

Central Georgia Blood Drives This Weekend

Being a hero doesn’t require special powers or even a special set of skills.  It can be as simple as helping a neighbor in need.  You can become an Everyday Hero in your community by donating blood this Fourth of July season.

13WMAZ and the American Red Cross are teaming up to help ensure blood is available when patients need it.  Blood drives will be held on July 5th and 6th at the following locations:

GALLERIA MALL  |  2950 Watson Blvd., Centerville, Ga. 31028     :  Friday & Saturday, 12 – 5pm                       

MACON BLOOD DONATION CENTER  |  3755 Bloomfield Rd., Suite 12B, Macon, Ga. 31206    Friday & Saturday, 12 – 5pm



Even the ducks are sick of the rain!

Doraine says they're much happier today!

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