Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:28:18 GMT
One south Georgia superintendent says his school system is finally moving in the right direction financially. The Decatur County Board of Education unanimously voted to reduce the number of furlough daysMore >>
One south Georgia superintendent says his school system is finally moving in the right direction financially.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 4:24 PM EDT2013-05-21 20:24:40 GMT
As Moore, Oklahoma begins what is sure be a long recovery period, folks here in Georgia are revisiting their own safety plans. Tornado and other emergency drills are common in our schools, but one southMore >>
As Moore, Oklahoma begins what is sure be a long recovery period, folks here in Georgia are revisiting their own safety plans. Tornado and other emergency drills are common in our schools, but one south Georgia school superintendent says the preparedness should not just remain in the classroom.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 3:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 19:44:00 GMT
A Tift County cold case still haunts a family nearly 10 years a young mother's murder. It was September 2003 when the body of Candy Cook was discovered in a field near the Tift County airport. Her familyMore >>
It was September 2003 when the body of Candy Cook was discovered in a field near the Tift County airport. Her family believes someone knows who killed her, and they hope the person with that information will bring them the peace they need.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:28:33 GMT
Here are some online resources available to help you be prepared for an emergency: Southwest Georgia Public Health: This public resource targets communities in Southwest Georgia and includes suggestionsMore >>
Here are some online resources available to help you be prepared for an emergency.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:51 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:51:04 GMT
Information from the Tift County Sheriff's Office- On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force along with the Tift County Sheriff's Office served a search warrant on the residence of 36More >>
The Mid-South Narcotics Task Force and the Tift County Sheriff's Office arrested 36 year old Daniel Eubanks, and seized over $100K in cash.More >>
February 21, 2008
Thomasville-- For 3 years Micahel Burns, pastor and father of two, has depended on dialysis. "Once you get over the initial shock of everything you look at the positives. Its a way to extend our lives," he says.
Burns, like nearly 95 other patients, gets dialysis 3 times a week at Southwest Georgia Dialysis. Education Coordinator there, Marnie Wilson says, "Dialysis is hard, its a hard lifestyle. The kidneys don't work anymore that's the reason people have to do dialysis. The main reasons are diabetes and hypertension in the United States."
The number of people on dialysis in southwest Georgia is higher than the state average, and Georgia's rate is higher than the national average. The growing number of patients is evident here. "We've outgrown our space. The patient population is large, we don't have enough room," Wilson says.
Fortunately a new facility, is on the way. At 15,000 square feet, the new facility will be twice as large. "We're really falling over ourselves in the current facility. We run 3 shifts a day and its really a tremendous burden on both the staff and the patients," says Archbold Hospital's Chief Operating Officer Kevin Taylor.
Expanding from 18 to 32 dialysis stations, they'll be able to go to 2 shifts, and ease the tight scheduling, something that makes Burns feel more secure. He says, "Nurses don't have to rush. You've got the time. And its more organized that way."
An upgrade to flat screen tvs and wireless internet for that patients is also a bonus. "Well I have my laptop because I'm in school. So I'm going to enjoy the wireless internet. That's going to be a very big plus for me," Burns says. "I think this will make it easier from the standpoint that they'll be more comfortable," adds Wilson.
Construction on the facility will start in 2 weeks, and will open in February of next year.
Southwest Georgia Dialysis and the Georgia Kidney Foundation will offer free screenings this June. You can contact them for more information. The number is 229-228-2783.