Health: Ground work under way on Redmond’s East Rome urgent care clinic. Floyd welcomes preemies on Dec. 9. Honors for Polk Medical Center.

Health: Ground work under way on Redmond’s East Rome urgent care clinic. Floyd welcomes preemies on Dec. 9. Honors for Polk Medical Center.

Redmond Regional’s urgent care center is under way. Hometown photo.

 

Groundwork is under way on Redmond Regional Medical Center‘s urgent care center at 1801 Turner McCall Blvd. near Zaxby’s. It is one of two coming to Floyd County, the other nearly open at the intersection of Shorter Avenue and Division Street. The clinics are part of a joint venture between Redmond and SmartCare Medical Group out of Atlanta. Both locations will accept most insurance, self-pay rates and will be open seven days a week, 363 days a year. The hours will be 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on weekends.

Jennifer Morgan, a NICU nurse, cares for one of Floyd’s tiniest patients.

 

Families whose babies were cared for at Floyd Medical Center’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit  will have a chance share their experiences with others and celebrate the gift of life during a preemie reunion on Sunday, Dec. 9.

The event will take place in the hospital cafeteria from 2 to 4 p.m.Santa Claus is scheduled to make an appearance, and parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras or cellphones to get pictures of their children with the jolly old elf. The event will be free, and no RSVP is required. Refreshments will be provided.

Said Konda Dizon, NICU’s Clinical Manager: “We love our tiny babies and it’s always fantastic when we get to see them as they grow. Many of them come back and visit us periodically, but this is just a good opportunity to celebrate.”

Dizon said the party will also provide an opportunity for parents to get together and share their own stories. “Sometimes parents of preemies can feel isolated, and every experience can be quite different. This is a great chance for them to meet one another and find another layer of support,” Dizon added.

Floyd’s Level III NICU provides advanced care for babies with severe or potentially life-threatening conditions. Through a family-centered environment, our NICU staff works together with parents to offer the best care for babies who need specialized care after birth.

 

Polk Medical Center has been awarded gold status on the Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship by the Georgia Department of Public Health for its efforts to safely and effectively administer antibiotics.

The Georgia Honor Roll for Antibiotic Stewardship was established in 2014 to improve antimicrobial stewardship at critical access and acute care facilities statewide. Polk was already on the honor roll under Bronze status when the Gold, Silver and Bronze rankings began in 2017.

Antibiotic resistant bacteria pose a serious health risk, and overuse and misuse of antibiotics are partially to blame, said Christy Lindsey, a clinical pharmacist at Polk Medical Center and the lead pharmacist on the hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Team.

The GDPH defines antibiotic stewardship as the practice of ensuring appropriate and judicious use of antibiotics to improve treatment of infectious disease while reducing the potential harms from misuse and overuse.

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