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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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Pediatric Immunization - Here's Your Shot

August 1, 2016 by Molly

Wow...that was fast!  Time for school already... And with school comes the inevitable topic of immunization.  Pediatric immunization is vastly important, and with August being National Immunization Month, we felt it an appropriate time and forum to discuss vaccination.

Why are immunizations important?  As a bit of a history lesson, here are the facts: during the 20th century, many infectious diseases—that killed thousands of people each year—were either eliminated or controlled by immunizations in the United States.  Examples include diptheria, whooping cough, polio, measles, and rubella.  Immunizations are responsible for the eradication of smallpox in the late 1970’s, and a decline in diseases such as Haemophilus Influenzae type b (Hib), pneumococcal disease, chickenpox, and hepatitis A and B.

Most physicians feel that vaccines are a safe, effective and inexpensive way to prevent debilitating diseases.

Below is a list of Georgia immunization requirements for child care and school attendance:

  • DTP, DT, DTAP
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12-15 months, 18-24 months, and 4-6 years of age
  • Hep B
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 12-15 months, and 18-24 months of age
  • Hib
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12-15 months of age
  • Polio
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12-15 months, 18-24 months, and 4-6 years of age
  • MMR
    • Given at 12-15 months and 4-6 years of age
  • Varicella
    • Given at 12-15 month and 4-6 years of age
  • PCV
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12-15 months of age
  • Hep A
    • Given at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 12-15 months, 18-24 months, and 4-6 years of age
  • DTP, DT, DTAP
    • Given at 12-15 months and18-24 months of age
 
Where do you go to get your child vaccinated?

Usually your pediatrician will administer all vaccinations and answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Visit Affinity Pediatrics for a list of our pediatricians and to make an appointment.  Keep your kids and those around them safe!

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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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