News

Take a look at our news and events below.

August 7, 2020 -   Attention Dougherty County School System students, families and faculty! Even though the upcoming school year will start off virtually, we want you to know that two of our School-Based Health Centers will be open for all of your health care needs. Our School-Based Health Centers at Alice Coachman and Turner Elementary are open for you anytime you need us. Additionally, if a student has an appointment at one of the School-Based Health Centers, then they will not be marked absent from their virtual learning.

During the school year our School-Based Health Centers are the on-site health care "hubs" for our local schools. AAPHC is proud to be able to keep two of our Centers open during these unprecedented times to continue to care for our Dougherty County students and faculty members.

If your child is feeling ill - or if you are a teacher and you need a check-up - we're here for you. Our School-Based Health Center providers are currently scheduling appointments!

To reach our School-Based Health Centers currently open for the 2020/2021 school year, please contact:

Turner Elementary School-Based Health Center
2001 Leonard Avenue
Albany, GA 31705-2341
229-435-9934
 
Alice Coachman Elementary School-Based Health Center
1425 W. Oakridge Drive
Albany, GA 31707
229-405-6233
 
Albany Area Primary Health Care remains available to care to the students, families and faculty members at our Dougherty County Schools during this pandemic. 

February 12, 2020 -  Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) is proud to offer a number of programs to our patients to help them receive both high quality and affordable health care.  Here are just a few of the programs below: 

AAPHC's Diabetes Education Program 

In 2019, AAPHC launched a Diabetes Education Program that is accredited by the American Diabetes Association.  Diabetes Educator, Daphne Courts, assists patients who have been recently diagnosed or are currently living with Diabetes to live a healthier lifestyle. And, manage the disease with ease. AAPHC recently received accreditation by the American Diabetes Association, which assures our education services meet the national standards for Diabetes Education and Support.  There are more than 30 million people currently living with Diabetes, that’s 9.4% of the population and each day 4,110 Americans are diagnosed with Diabetes.  This new Diabetes Education Program is critical for assisting these patients with their diagnosis.   Would you like to use our Diabetes Education Program?  Just mention this to your AAPHC Provider at your next appointment, who can then refer you to Daphne, or please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sliding Fee Scale Program

Are you worried about the rising costs of health care? As the largest Community Health Center in our region, Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) offers affordable and high quality health care with highly skilled providers. Many of our local community members qualify for the Sliding Fee Scale Program, which provides critical financial assistance with health care costs.

AAPHC offers patients a Sliding Fee Scale Program, which allows our organization to reduce or “slide” the fees for the care of you and your family. It matches the cost of your care with your ability to pay, based on income and household size. Our Sliding Fee Scale Program also allows patients to receive discounts on prescriptions through our pharmacy benefits program. Just another great benefit of having a Community Health Center here in Southwest Georgia!

Insured, uninsured and self-pay patients may apply for the Sliding Fee Scale Program with AAPHC. Our team members will work with you and your family to see if you meet eligibility requirements.

Ready to learn more? Visit www.aaphc.org/resources/insurance-payment.  And don’t forget! All of our providers across Southwest Georgia are now accepting new patients. AAPHC has offices across nine counties from Vienna to Thomasville, Georgia.

AAPHC Pharmacy Services 

Also worried about your prescription costs? Albany Area Primary Health Care's new Pharmacy is able to lower your costs and provide high quality care. Current patients have reported seeing their prescriptions go from $100 a month to just $4. And, we offer FREE home delivery of your prescriptions.  You can learn more here: http://aaphc.org/services/pharmacy-services

Ready To Join AAPHC As A Patient?

Are you a new patient and looking for a Provider?  You can find a full listing of our offices and Providers on our Directory by clicking here.   All of our Providers are currently accepting new patients.  Also, we have offices from Vienna, Georgia to Thomasville, Georgia.  AAPHC serves nine counties across Southwest Georgia! 

 

 

 

Albany Area Primary Health Care Wins Advance Quality Improvement Award for 2019
American College of Physicians Highlights Program to Increase Vaccination Rates in Southwest Georgia
 
November 6, 2019 - The American College of Physicians recently awarded Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) the Advance Quality Improvement Award for 2019.  This award highlights the work of AAPHC physicians, providers and team members within the organization to increase overall vaccinations for our Southwest Georgia patients.
 
"AAPHC is committed to ensuring that both our pediatric and adult patients receive the critical immunizations and vaccinations needed to protect their health now and well into the future," says Brandy Church, AAPHC spokesperson. Over the past year, the AAPHC team focused on vaccinations for two diseases - Pneumonia and the Human Papilloma Virus. 
 
Patients who are 65 and older qualify for the pneumonia vaccine, which protects patients against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria. When a patient develops pneumonia, the tiny air sacs in the lungs become inflamed and can fill with fluid, which can severely sicken the patient and cause breathing issues. Pneumonia can range from a mild to serious or life-threatening infection and can sometimes lead to death.
 
AAPHC also focused on improving the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination rates for patients between 11 and 26 years of age. The HPV vaccine prevents HPV types 16 and 18 — the 2 types that cause 80% of cervical cancer cases.
 
"AAPHC is consistently developing new programs that improve the quality of care for our patients," says Church. "By ensuring patients receive these timely vaccinations, our providers ensure that our patients have a lower chance of getting certain diseases and suffering from their complications."

"We are proud of this recognition from the American College of Physicians, which highlights the quality improvement work happening at Albany Area Primary Health Care," says Church. "Everything we do is centered on improving the health of our patients and their families.”

June 26, 2019 - It’s official!  The Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) Pharmacy is now offering FREE home delivery for our patients.  Now you can skip that trip to the pharmacy and have your prescriptions and medicines brought right to your home!

It’s a brand new convenience for our AAPHC patients that launched on Monday, June 24.   Our delivery area includes the Dougherty, Lee, Terrell, Calhoun, Baker and surrounding counties! 
 
Ready to take advantage of this free service?  To sign up for free home delivery, just call 229-405-6192 and speak with our Pharmacy team. 
 
Not using the AAPHC Pharmacy yet? No worries!  Our Pharmacy team can also switch your prescriptions from another Pharmacy to the AAPHC Pharmacy.  Then, you qualify for discounted prescriptions and free home delivery!  It’s a win/win for AAPHC patients for sure.
 
Why choose AAPHC’s Pharmacy?  It’s all about quality, efficiency and cost-savings for our patients.   By making the switch to our Pharmacy, some of our patients have already reported seeing their prescriptions drop from $80 a month to $4 a month.  Additionally, AAPHC patients also have the added benefit of the Prescription Savings Plan.

We hope you’ll take advantage of the FREE home delivery option with the AAPHC Pharmacy today!
 

June 26, 2019 -  Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) has an important update to our Immunization Policy for our AAPHC Pediatric Offices.

Effectively immediately, all new pediatric patients must receive their scheduled vaccines and immunizations in order to remain a patient with our medical group.  Families who choose not to vaccinate their children will need to find a new pediatrician outside of the AAPHC physician group.
 
How Does This Affect New AAPHC Pediatric Patients?
Any new pediatric patients will need to receive their scheduled vaccines on time and in compliance with their provider.   If families choose not to vaccinate, then you will need to find a new pediatrician outside of AAPHC.  Additionally, parents will need to complete the Vaccine Refusal form for their child(ren) prior to leaving the practice.
 
How Does This Affect Current/Established Pediatric Patients?
At this time, current AAPHC pediatric patients will not be affected by the policy.  It is important, however, to note that it’s up to the discretion of each Pediatrician and health care provider within AAPHC if they feel their office can support unvaccinated patients.  Unvaccinated patients may be asked to leave the medical group if it becomes a threat to other patients in the medical office.  Any family who declines vaccinations will need to complete the Vaccine Refusal form annually for AAPHC.
 
Why Is This Such A Critical Policy Change for Our Pediatric Offices?
More and more physician group across the United States are making similar changes to their policies regarding vaccinations and immunizations for children.   The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also supports such policy changes for pediatric offices and AAP is working with Legislators to ensure vaccines are available to children amidst this “vaccine hesitancy” health crisis. 
 
We understand that some patients may be frustrated by this change, but this policy change is the right thing to do for our young patients and to protect their safety within our offices.  Our role is to always protect and do our very best when it comes to serving and caring our patients!
 
AAPHC Will Work with Families to Explain the Importance of Immunizations
AAPHC is making this critical update to our policy to further protect the patients in our offices.  We will be working with our families to explain the policy change and answering any questions parents may have regarding immunizations.  Part of our role will be working to provide correct information to families and fight the amount of misinformation that is too readily available on web sites and social media.
 
Our AAPHC Physicians, Providers and Leaders feel it’s critical that all pediatric patients receive their scheduled immunizations.   This policy change will ensure that our patients, and our community as a whole, remains safe and protected from illness and disease.
 
Thank you for your understanding.
 
Sincerely,
 
Albany Area Primary Health Care
Physicians, Providers, & Executive Team