Phoebe board approves plan to combat teen pregnancy, diabetes

Phoebe board approves plan to combat teen pregnancy, diabetes
Dr. Shanti Akers, a pulmonary and critical care medicine physician at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, said her office has not seen a significant number of vaping related lung injuries at this point.

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Hospital leaders in Albany said they are ready to get to work to improve people's health in southwest Georgia.

Wednesday, the board at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital approved a community health needs plan for the next three years.

The plan is required because the hospital is not-for-profit.

Lori Jenkins, the Director of Strategy and Planning at Phoebe, speaks to board members about a community health needs plan.
Lori Jenkins, the Director of Strategy and Planning at Phoebe, speaks to board members about a community health needs plan. (Source: WALB)

Lori Jenkins, the Director of Strategy and Planning at Phoebe, said the plan focuses on how to improve a few major health problems specific to the Albany area.

Over the next three years, these are the areas PPMH wants to improve:

- improving birth outcomes and reproductive responsibility

- preventing and managing diabetes

- addressing cancer prevention and treatment

- behavioral and addiction disease advocacy

Jenkins said having to create and execute this plan forces the hospital to address people who can be overlooked.

Dr. Shanti Akers, a pulmonary and critical care medicine physician at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, said her office has not seen a significant number of vaping related lung injuries at this point.
Dr. Shanti Akers, a pulmonary and critical care medicine physician at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, said her office has not seen a significant number of vaping related lung injuries at this point.

"It really encourages us and makes us focus on those individuals that may not have insurance," Jenkins explained. "If you have healthcare insurance, it's pretty easy to access the healthcare system. But, if you are underinsured or have no insurance at all, sometimes you can fall between the cracks."

Jenkins said making big impacts in those areas can be difficult, but she said that hospital leaders are committed to staying diligent to make the communities in southwest Georgia healthier.

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