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Affinity Clinic receives Full Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition

Affinity Clinic announced that all of its primary care practices have received the highest level of national recognition as a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). PCMH is a model of care coordinated by the primary care physician office, where healthcare professionals work as a team to provide care that is individually determined to meet each patient's specific need. This approach fosters an environment in which patients develop and maintain an ongoing relationship with their primary care physician and a healthcare team who focus on enhanced care coordination and office-based disease management planning. As such, the practice becomes the patient's "home" for preventive, chronic and ambulatory care.

Being a NCQA-recognized PCMH means the clinic voluntarily submitted documents to NCQA showing that it met specific quality standards and adhered to PCMH principles. Practices that achieve national NCQA PCMH recognition demonstrate that the practice is able to provide access during and after business hours and communicate effectively with patients; use readily accessible, clinically useful information to assist in comprehensive care; collaborate with patients and families to pursue goals for optimal achievable health; maximize electronic communication to facilitate coordination of care; and, improve effectiveness of care, safety, and efficiency by accessing timely information for tests and results.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance is a private, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. Since its founding in 1990, NCQA has been a central figure in driving improvement throughout the healthcare system, helping to elevate the issue of healthcare quality to the top of the national agenda. 

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Specialist Offers Expertise in Travel Medicine and Infectious Diseases

Dr. Bankole Asebiomo with Affinity Clinic is available for the diagnosis and treatment of people with all types of infectious diseases. This includes a wide range of diseases caused by germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Common conditions treated include cellulitis, fungal infection, HIV, immunodeficiency diseases, lymphadenitis, osteomyelitis, sepsis and tropical infections.

Dr. Asebiomo can also assist with animal diseases that humans can catch, either directly from the animal or indirectly through the environment. Examples include the zika virus (from mosquitoes), lyme disease (from ticks on deer and deer mice), rabies (from an infected dog or cat), salmonella (from turtles, snakes and iguanas), bartonella infection (cat scratch disease) and toxoplasmosis (from handling the kitty litter of an infected cat).
For all types of travel - business, leisure, student, adventure, volunteer, development work, family visits, relocating - Dr. Asebiomo can provide patients with the latest health information and immunization services. He is also available to assist with any concerns about a post-travel illness.

After earning his medical degree from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, Dr. Asebiomo completed residency training in internal medicine at Columbia University/Harlem Hospital in New York, NY and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Georgia Regents University in Augusta. To make an appointment with Dr. Asebiomo, call 229-391-4100.  

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September: Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September 1, 2016 by Molly Huff

September is recognized as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and Affinity would like to take the opportunity to give you some facts about the subject as well as some solutions and preventative measures.

One in 3 children in the United States is overweight or obese. Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once only seen in adulthood, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease. Fortunately, childhood obesity can be prevented and, if already an issue for your child, treated and turned around. 

A few ideas that you can implement at home:

  • Make small changes like keeping fresh fruit within your children's reach for easy snacking or going on a family walk after dinner.
  • Limit screen time in your household - the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents limit the amount of time kids and teens spend playing video games, watching tv and using the internet to two or less hours per day.
  • Beware of sugary beverages - kids ages 7 and older shouldn't drink more than 12 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice a day - keep water and milk on hand and educate your kids about making healthy choices when they aren't with you. Soda is another no-no - each serving of soda increases a kid's risk of becoming obese by about 60%
  • Get good sleep! Too little sleep during the week and weekends increases the risk of weight gain in middle-school age boys while less sleep on weekends negatively affects the weight of middle-school age girls.
  • Eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast can cause your kids and teens to be tired, irritable and hungry during the day - making them more likely to reach for high-calorie foods that aren't good for them and won't sustain them. Yogurt, trail mix or peanut butter on whole grain bread are good grab-and-go breakfasts for families on the go.
  • Family dinners are important. When families eat together, they tend to each healthier meals (less fried foods and more vegetables).
  • Educate your kids about healthy eating. Take your kids with you to the grocery store and use the opportunity to teach them about the foods a body needs and the ones we don't. If you need a refresher yourself, visit mypyramid.gov for a great example of the food pyramid.
  • Focus on health, not weight. Make your education and implementations of these tips about being healthy - not about losing weight.

If you feel your child is obese and would like some guidance or an evaluation from one of our Affinity Pediatrics pediatricians, click here to make an appointment. Stay healthy and establish good exercise and eating habits in your house - it can go a long way in making your children into happy, healthy adults.

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Affinity Clinic, a multi-specialty clinic, provides adult and pediatric patients across South Georgia with medical care in a variety of areas including Cardiology, Family Practice, Gastroenterology, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatric & Adolescent MedicinePulmonary Medicine & Critical Care, and Obstetrics & Gynecology.

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