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ExpressCare Provides After-Hours Care for Minor Medical Issues

In May 2012, Affinity Clinic opened a convenient care clinic in Tifton to serve patients with minor injuries or illnesses as a way to help decompress Tift Regional Medical Center’s emergency room. The clinic, called Affinity ExpressCare, is open seven-days-a-week and does not require appointments. 

“Affinity ExpressCare is an affordable walk-in clinic designed to match busy lifestyles,” said Josh Zapata, ExpressCare practice manager. “This clinic is ideal if a person needs to get in-and-out for a little ailment, especially during evenings or weekends.”

Affinity ExpressCare offers treatment for adults and children over the age of six months for minor conditions such as cold and flu; sinus infections; allergies; minor injuries, burns, and rashes; sore throat; sprains and strains; bronchitis; ear infections; urinary tract infections; and, other non-emergent issues. 

Under the medical direction of Affinity Clinic physicians, providers at ExpressCare include nurse practitioners Brigitte Hampton, FNP-BC, CPNP, Kim Massey, NP-C, FNP-BC, Patricia Parrish, NP-C and Lyn Parson, RN, MSN, CPNP. 

Affinity ExpressCare is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cash, credit cards and most forms of insurance are accepted. 

“The clinic is located on the first floor of the Tift Regional Medical Center West Campus and has its own entrance and waiting area, as well as convenient parking,” said Zapata. “You don’t have to be an Affinity patient to utilize this service; it is open to the general public. If you have an established relationship with a primary care physician and see us after-hours for a minor urgent problem, we will refer you back to your regular doctor for follow-up care.”

Affinity ExpressCare is located in Tifton at 2225 Highway 41 North at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and U.S. Highway 41. To learn more, call 391-4080 or click here. Affinity Clinic and ExpressCare are a part of the Tift Regional Physician Group.

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Having Respiratory Issues? Affinity Pulmonologist Now Available in Moultrie

Pulmonologist and critical care specialist Rubal Patel, M.D. with Affinity Clinic is now available to see patients at HealthPlus in Moultrie. Dr. Patel earned her medical degree from Saba University in the Netherlands-Antilles. She followed with an internal medicine residency and pulmonary/critical care fellowship at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. She is certified in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

An expert in the lungs and respiratory tract, Dr. Patel is available to provide outpatient services for adult patients with:

· Asthma and airway diseases
· Cystic fibrosis
· Emphysema (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD)
· Interstitial lung diseases
· Lung cancer
· Lung nodules
· Sleep disorders
· Pulmonary fibrosis
· Pulmonary hypertension

To make an appointment with Dr. Patel in Moultrie, please call 229-890-CARE (2273). HealthPlus is located in Moultrie at 780 26th Avenue SE. Learn more at

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New Nephrologist Joins Affinity Clinic

Affinity Clinic and the Tift Regional Medical Center Dialsysis Center welcome nephrologist Rehan Shah, M.D. Board-certified in nephrology by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Shah will work alongside fellow nephrologist Melissa Rampal, M.D. in providing the diagnosis and treatment of renal diseases. Dr. Shah has expert training in dialysis, cancers, stones and infections of the kidney. A graduate of the American University of the Caribbean Medical School, Dr. Shah completed residency and fellowship training at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. To make an appointment with Dr. Shah, please call 229-391-4100. 

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January is National Blood Donor Month - Start 2015 by Giving Life!

January 5, 2015 by Molly Huff

Giving blood. This simple task is a way to potentially save a life, and every January, a national awareness campaign takes place to encourage all American citizens to get in the habit of donating blood.

We all have more than enough blood to share, and the pints that the Red Cross and local blood banks collect are critical for hospitals during blood transfusions and operations. And, since January is National Blood Donor Month, Affinity Health Clinic encourages you to consider giving blood. There are few blood banks that can maintain more than a three-day supply for blood transfusions, so the need for blood, platelets and plasma is constant throughout the year.



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