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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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May: Asthma & Allergy Awareness Month

May 1, 2016 by Molly Huff

May is Ashthma and Allergy Awareness Month - and all of us know people or ARE someone that suffers from one or both.  Asthma and allergies affect so many Americans - in the past 20 years, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the number of Americans suffering from these two chronic conditions has doubled. That means the current estimate of people afflicted is around 60 million.

Just last year, approximately two million emergency room visits and almost half a million hospital stays were due to asthma/allergy attacks. So, what can be done to reduce and prevent the symptoms/attacks? Affinity physicians are well-equipped to diagnose what’s going on with you if you think are suffering from either asthma and/or allergies, and can get you feeling better through prevention and treatment.

 

Prevention
Identify and eliminate the triggers in your environment that can cause an allergy or asthma attack. This isn’t always easy, but the more you know about your specific condition, the better equipped you are to prevent those attacks. Common triggers include:

  • Pollen - Air Purifiers, especially those with HEPA filters, are excellent for cleaning the air of pollen.
  • Dust Mites - Allergy bedding, steam cleaning, dehumidifying, and vacuuming will help keep dust mites from sticking around. Air purifiers help with these as well.
  • Cockroaches - Professional exterminators ensure proper eradication of these nasty pests that are a serious threat to allergy and asthma sufferers.
  • Mildew and Mold - A quality dehumidifier will keep your home in ideal balance year round.
  • Pet Dander - If you and your allergy-producing pet are inseparable, regular baths, baby wipes between bathing, keeping pets off of furniture, regular vacuuming and frequent hand-washing are your best bets. Air purifiers help, too.
  • Smoke - A real danger to asthma and allergy sufferers, smoking should only be done outside. If you must smoke indoors, air purifiers designed to absorb smoke are a must. Fireplaces also can cause attacks - it’s best to avoid them if you have asthma.
  • Cleaning Products - Steamers as opposed to cleaning products that contain harsh chemicals are a great alternative. They only use tap water and are easy to operate.
  • Fragrances - Scented candles, perfumes, lotions, air fresheners - these can all be culprits. Avoid overdoing any of these if you have an allergy/asthma sufferer in your home.

If you are suffering this spring, give Affinity a call and set up an appointment with one of our physicians. We will help you identify your allergens and help you find ways to enjoy life a little more - minus the sniffling, watery eyes and asthma attacks. Stay well! 

 

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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.

The Aesthetic Center at Affinity offers patients the latest in medical grade skin care. From microdermabrasion and vein treatment to laser hair removal, photofacials, BOTOX and more our certified laser assistant and licensed skin specialist provides patients with personal attention and quality care.