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Houston Healthcare Sponsors Chamber’s 4th Annual Robins Regional Business After Hours & Non-Profit

Houston Healthcare Sponsors Chamber’s 4th Annual Robins Regional  Business After Hours & Non-Profit

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce would like to invite established members, new members and the general public as our guests to the 4th Annual Business After Hours & Non-Profit Expo.  The event will be held on Thursday, July 11, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Houston Medical Center (Northwest Tower), located at 1601 Watson Blvd.

Sponsored by Houston Healthcare, the event is designed to give local non-profits in the Robins Region a venue in which to enhance community awareness and support for their organizations.  Non-profits will have the opportunity to showcase their cause and rally for support from the business and local communities.  The Chamber recognized the desire in the non-profit segment of its membership and developed a way to address the need.

Warner Robins Girl Scouts Organize Blood Drive

Cookie sales are over, but one Warner Robins Girl Scout troop is still serving its community.

Troop 60504 is working on their silver award, the highest honor a Cadette scout can receive. Once the girls and their moms learned about the severe blood shortage, they decided to make a difference.

"When we talked to them, they told us about the shortage, and we thought that we could help," said scout Sydney Basti.

Basti and her fellow scouts, Ellie Brooks and Melanie Hughes, worked over fifty hours to organize the drive. The troop has already enlisted over one hundred donors for their blood drive Friday.

Troop moms Dawn Hughes, Jen Basti, and Wendy Brooks were amazed with their girls' work ethic.

"We're hoping that other people see that these three teenage girls, that are young, they can't even drive a car, was able to do this, maybe it will inspire somebody else to either get out in the area and donate, or just organize one," Hughes.

Raising Awareness For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

In 2006, everything slowed down for Warner Robins High junior Ryan Prior.

"Just walking a couple hundred yards was hugely, hugely draining," he says. It was a big change of pace for the student council president and multi-sport athlete.

After months of low energy, muscle pain, and mental fogginess, doctors still couldn't nail down a cause.

"I had to see an infectious disease specialist, a couple rheumatologists, an endocrinologist, neurologist, psychiatrist, a pretty long list of people. They were ruling out things like Meningitis, Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, brain tumors, cancer," says Prior.

After all of that, the only diagnosis they landed on was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Doctor Richard Jones from Macon says it's a diagnosis of exclusion. "Many doctors don't like it," he explains. "The bottom line is it's a problem for doctors; it's a problem for patients. In other words, there's no easy answer."

Six Common Surgeries Often Done Unnecessarily

By Peter Eisler, USATODAY

Here are six common surgeries that carry significant risks of being done without medical necessity, according to federal data and independent studies.


Cardiac angioplasty, stents:


A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at angioplasty procedures, which often include insertion of stents. In cases where patients were not suffering acute heart attack symptoms, 12% of all angioplasty procedures were found to lack medical necessity.

Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Genesis Academy for Kids

Chamber Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Genesis Academy for Kids

WARNER ROBINS, GA- The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce recently hosted a Ribbon Cutting for Genesis Academy for Kids.

Census: Minority Population Growing

Census: Minority Population Growing

Houston County's minority population has reached 40.4 percent, according to Census Bureau statistics and USATODAY research. That is the percentage of the population in the county who is another ethnicity other than white non-hispanic.

By Greg Toppo and Paul Overberg, USATODAY (Click for the full, interactive map)

Robins Federal Credit Union Gives Over $51K to the American Cancer Society

Robins Federal Credit Union Gives Over $51K to the American Cancer Society

Warner Robins, GA — Robins Federal Credit Union recently held fundraisers in branches across the mid-state in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Robins Federal Credit Union branches in Baldwin, Bibb, Houston, Jones, Monroe and Peach Counties created teams, raised funds and participated in their county’s Relay for Life events. Over 100 employees participated in the events in their respective counties, and $51,319.02 was raised for the American Cancer Society.

“We are proud to support the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Our staff really enjoys the three month fundraising drive each year. It allows them to work together, and have fun while doing something great in our community.  We value our partnership with the American Cancer Society, and could not be more pleased with the result of this year’s fundraising drives” says John Rhea, President/CEO.