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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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Happy Holidays! Toy Safety Tips from Affinity

December 1, 2016 by Molly Huff

December is here, and the holidays are upon us! As your children are making their lists for Santa, keep in mind the toys that are safest for your little ones. December is Safe Toys and Gifts month, and we at Affinity have gathered some guidelines for you to follow to be sure that your little elves are not only thrilled with their gifts, but that they are safe as well.

When shopping for toys for the children in your life, always remember the following tips:

Before you purchase a toy:


• Read all warning and instructions on the packaging


• Ask yourself if the toy is appropriate for the child’s ability and age


• Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods or dangerous edges – especially for young children


• Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards


• Look for the letters “ASTM” – this means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)


• Avoid toys that short or include parts that fly off – remember that BB guns are NOT toys

Before letting children play with toys:


• Inspect toys for safe, sturdy construction


• Explain how to use the toy


• Fix or throw away broken toys

Always:


• Keep young children away from toys meant for older children


• Supervise your children while playing


• Supervise children’s craft projects (scissors and glue can become dangerous when misused)


• Have children wear helmets when riding bikes, scooters and skateboards

Happy Holidays from Affinity!

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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.