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Medical Center of Central Georgia Announces New Brand for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals(r),
formerly Children's Miracle Network, announced a new name and brand for
its efforts in the United States.

MCCG Honored By The Georgia Donation Collaborative For Its Commitment To Saving Lives

The Medical Center of Central Georgia (MCCG) was honored at the Georgia Donation Collaborative’s Resetting the Focus conference held last month in Atlanta.

MCCG was one of 14 Georgia hospitals recognized for outstanding organ donation rates from October 2008 through March 2010, and received an award for Donation After Cardiac Death (DCD).

The DCD rate required for an award is a recovery rate of 10 percent of potential DCD donors; MCCG reached a percentage of 11.1. The DCD donors recovered at MCCG resulted in 91 lives saved.

“MCCG is an amazing hospital,” said Chuck Massey, hospital development liaison for LifeLink of Georgia, the state’s organ procurement organization. “The hospital’s commitment to its patients and those in need is apparent.”

Bibb County Students Can Receive a Free Flu Vaccination

In partnership with the North Central Health District (NCHD) and the Macon-Bibb County Health Department, flu vaccinations will be offered to students free of charge beginning Monday, January 10.

Last year, the NCHD had the highest percentage rate for the H1N1 school vaccination program in the state, which included the efforts in Bibb County. Partly because of this, the NCHD received approximately 88,000 doses of the flu vaccine (which includes the H1N1 strain) for students at no cost.

“We have been given a great opportunity to prevent flu in all school-aged children at no cost to parents and no pain to the students,” says Dr. David Harvey, NCHD Health Director.  “If your child’s school offers the vaccine, please get it.”

Goals Set for New Year More Likely to Succeed

With the New Year peeking around the corner, chances are you're part of approximately 45 percent of people the American Medical Association says will make a New Year's resolution.

Chances are better if you're looking into one or all of the top three goals: losing weight, quitting smoking, and getting fit.

While many don't stick to their resolutions over the long run, experts say there's no better time than now to make a change.

For Jim George, being fit and strong is literally a way of life.

A Warner Robins firefighter for 20 years, George says he always needs to be in shape, but each New Year is an excuse to crank it up.

"You're either going up or you're going down," George says.

"And working out helps you go up."

Like nearly half of Americans, George will make a New Year's resolution.

"Take a little more body fat off," George says.

Central Georgia Affiliate Susan G. Komen to Accept Grant Applications

Komen Central Georgia announced this week a request for grant applications that focus on Central Georgia’s medically underserved population. The Affiliate will provide grants to breast cancer specific projects which focus on screening and education.

Applications must be received by the Affiliate by Jan. 24, 2011.  A downloadable application and additional information can be found at Komen Central Georgia’s website, www.komencentralga.org.

The Affiliate’s goal is to provide medically underserved women with the resources and services they need to detect breast cancer early and increase their chances of survival. Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s grantee programs aid women who are historically underserved including ethnic and racial minorities, those at an economic or cultural disadvantage, young women and survivors.

Snake-Bite Survivor Treated to Sports Hall of Fame

On August 28, 2010, ten-year-old Trenton Johnson was bitten by a six-foot rattle snake while at his father’s home in Crawford County, Ga.  Mid Georgia Ambulance responded to the emergency sending Paramedic Connie Thompson and EMT Sheila Tripp to aid the patient and his family. 

Paramedic Thompson and EMT Tripp arrived on scene within minutes and began treating the boy immediately. “Trenton was very sick,” Thompson said of the incident.

After three months of various medical procedures, Trenton Johnson is healthy and back to normal. When asked what he wanted to do to celebrate his recovery Johnson said that he wanted to visit the Sports Hall of Fame.

Saturday City Market on the Green

City Market on the Green will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18.

City Market on the Green will include home-baked goodies, jewelry, handcrafted wreaths and holiday items, handmade soap and Amish and Mennonite products, a release from Davis Farm says.

City Market on the Green is held Saturdays between Poplar St. and Martin Luther King Blvd.