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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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Home Safety Month is Here!

June 2, 2016 by Molly Huff

Each June, the National Safety Council celebrates Home Safety Month as a time to bring attention to key safety issues around your house. Did you know many injuries and deaths each year are attributed to preventable accidents? These tips are not just for child-proofing - they are great for any homeowner or renter to be sure your home is a safe place to be. The HSC is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing home-related injuries, and their home saftey guidelines are easy to follow and could save your life.

Of course, accidents do happen - and those that result in minor injuries or illnesses can be treated quickly at our urgent care center. Affinity ExpressCare, is open seven-days-a-week and does not require appointments.

Here are some room-by-room guidelines that can help keep your family safe this summer.

Kitchen

  • Be sure to have a functioning fire extinguisher within reach
  • Lock up all poisons - keeping them away from childrens and pets
  • Keep pot handles on the stove turned inward
  • Always wear oven mitts when using the stove
  • Use child safety latches on cabinets and drawers
  • Have functioning smoke detectors in place

Bathroom

  • Lock up medicines away from children and pets
  • Use nightlights to prevent injury at night
  • Be sure rubber bathmats are in place to keep from slipping in the tub
  • Always check bathwater before putting babies and children in the bathtub

Bedroom

  • Choose a flame resistant mattress
  • Keep flashlights handy for power outages
  • Have emergency numbers and a telephone where you can get to them in a hurry
  • Use nightlights to prevent injury
  • Have functioning smoke detectors in place
  • Nursery
  • Use outlet covers for all electrical outlets
  • Practice crib and sleepwear safety
  • Look for choking dangers
  • Use nightlights
  • Have functioning smoke detectors in place
  • Use baby gates
  • Keep window treatment cords up and out of reach

Pool

  • Consider using a pool alarm to alert you if someone falls in the pool
  • Always monitor children in the pool
  • Surround pool with fencing and keep pool gates locked
  • Prevent falls with a "No Running" rule
  • Keep all pool chemicals locked up and away from children and pets
  • Always wear sunscreen with at least a 20 SPF when in the sun

For more information and ways to keep your family safe this summer, visit HSC's website. Affinity hopes you enjoy a safe, happy and healthy summer!

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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.