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Affinity Clinic Nurse Practitioner Earns Professional Distinctions

Congratulations to nurse practitioner Lakesha Williams, DNP, NP-C with Affinity Clinic! Dr. Williams was recently selected as an Associate Editor for the Nursing & Healthcare International Journal. The journal aims to be a forum for the communication and exchange of ideas concerning the various aspects of advance nursing practice. Dr. Williams was also recently named an item writer for NCLEX review courses. In this role, she writes test items for review courses for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), an examination for the licensing of nurses in the United States and Canada. This examination is administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). Thanks to Lakesha for representing Affinity Clinic and Tift Regional Health System so well.

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Announcements

Affinity Clinic Adds Second Interventional Cardiologist

The Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) Heart and Vascular Center welcomes new interventional cardiologist Anthony Burke, DO, FACC, FASNC. Dr. Burke will work alongside Dr. Paul Murray, Dr. William Hancock, Dr. Jonathan Tronolone, Dr. Joseph Turner and Dr. William Kaiser in providing cardiovascular services for patients. Dr. Burke will perform procedures at the TRMC Heart and Vascular Center and conduct evaluations, office-based treatments and follow-up exams at Affinity Clinic.

Dr. Burke diagnoses and treats heart conditions including coronary artery disease, abnormal rhythms (arrhythmia), valve problems, congestive heart failure and more. As an interventional cardiologist, he provides general cardiology services but also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions using minimally invasive techniques often involving catheters, which are small, flexible tubes inserted into the body. The catheter is carefully threaded into the heart using an x-ray machine that produces real-time images, known as fluoroscopy. Once the catheter is in place, contrast material is injected and images of the heart are obtained.

Angioplasty, also known as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), is a procedure in which a narrowed section of a coronary artery is widened with a balloon catheter. In most cases, a stent is placed at the same time. With these techniques, Dr. Burke can often achieve results similar to those of more invasive methods like open surgery, while minimizing pain, recovery time and complications.

With the addition of Dr. Burke, TRMC now has three interventional cardiologists, one invasive cardiologist, one vascular surgeon and an internist who interprets cardiac studies.

“I’m excited to have joined this growing program,” said Dr. Burke. “I look forward to serving patients here in South Central Georgia. TRMC has an impressive heart and vascular facility with the latest technology and a great team of cardiovascular professionals.”

Board certified in cardiology, Dr. Burke earned his medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. He followed with a cardiovascular disease fellowship and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. Prior to joining Affinity Clinic, Dr. Burke practiced cardiology in Tulsa, Okla. and Augusta, Ga.

For more information or to make an appointment or referral, please call 229-391-4100. Affinity Clinic, a part of Tift Regional Physician Group, is located in Tifton at 2225 Highway 41 North.

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Blog

Summer Safety Tips - We’ve Got You Covered

June 1, 2017 by Molly Huff

Source: American Acadmey of Pediatrics

We are now well into summer, and with that comes lots of time spent outdoors. Affinity Health would like to keep your family safe with these sun and water safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). As always, if accidents or illnesses do happen, the Affinity ExpressCare Clinic is here for many of your urgent care needs - you can always visit the ExpressCare page to find out everything we treat on site.

Here are some ways to keep you and your loved ones safe from harm this summer:

Fun in the Sun

  • For babies under 6 months: avoid sun exposure and dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. However, when adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) to small areas, such as the infant’s face. If a sunburn occurs, apply cool compresses to the affected area.

For all other children:

  • The first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is covering up. Wear a hat with a three-inch brim or a bill facing forward, sunglasses (look for sunglasses that provide 97%-100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays) and clothing with a tight weave.
  • Stay in the shade when possible, and limit sun exposure during peak intensity hours - 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • On sunny AND cloudy days use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or greater that protects against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Be sure to apply sunscreen generously and reapply every two hours.
    Use extra caution near water and sand as they reflect UV rays and may result in sunburn more quickly.

Heat Stress in Exercising Children

  • The intensity of activities that last 15 minutes or more should be reduced whenever high heat or humidity reach critical levels.
  • Before outdoor physical activities, children should drink freely and not feel thirsty. During activities less than one hour, water alone is fine. Kids should always have water or a sports drink available and take a break to drink every 20 minutes while active in the heat.
  • Clothing should be light-colored and lightweight and limited to one layer of absorbed material to facilitate the evaporation of sweat. Sweat-saturated shirts should be replaced by dry clothing.
  • Practices and games played in the heat should be shortened and there should be more frequent water breaks. Children should promptly move to cooler environments if they feel dizzy, lightheaded or nauseous.

Pool Safety

  • Never leave children alone in or near the pool, even for a moment.
  • Whenever infants or toddlers are in or around water, an adult - preferably one who knows CPR - should be within arm’s length, providing “touch supervision.”
  • Install a fence at least 4 feet high around all four sides of the pool - the fence should not have openings or protrusions that a young child could use to get over, under or through.
  • Make sure pool gates open out from the pool and self-close and self-latch at a height children can’t reach.
  • Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties” - they are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give a false sense of security.
  • Children ages 1 to 4 may be at a lower risk of drowning if they have had some formal swimming instruction.

Affinity Health wants you and your family to enjoy your summer and avoid injuries and illnesses - for more tips on sun and safety, visits www.healthychildren.org.
 

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