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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
 

June 25, 2019 - On Monday, June 25, AAPHC hosted an Open House for our AAPHC Pharmacy. Residents, patients and community leaders were able to meet our Pharmacists, as well as learn more about the numerous benefits of this new Pharmacy for our patients. Our AAPHC Pharmacy offers discounted prescription costs, free home delivery of your medicines and much more! Any AAPHC patient can take advantage of the AAPHC Pharmacy! Learn more here: http://aaphc.org/services/pharmacy-services

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!
 

May 1, 2019 - Attention Southwest Georgia parents!  This a critical update on the measles outbreak in Georgia.
 
The Georgia Department of Public Health have confirmed new cases of measles across the state. Unfortunately, it’s only a matter of time until this measles outbreak hits Southwest Georgia.  Now is the time to prepare!  Please remain vigilant for the symptoms and make sure to follow proper steps for your child. 
 
If your child develops the following symptoms, please call your pediatrician’s office immediately:
• High fever
• Cough
• Runny nose
• Red
• Watery eyes
• Flat red spots on the skin or oral cavity
 
Please do not come straight into a pediatrician’s office if you think your child has symptoms. 
 
Call the office first, and then follow the instructions from your pediatrician.
 
Your pediatrician’s office will have proper procedures for you to follow when you come to the office, including possibly entering from a side door and directly into an exam room.   Our goal is to reduce the number of children and families who are exposed to the illness. Thank you for following this protocols and keeping other children safe from exposure!
 
To learn more about measles, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) web site here: https://www.cdc.gov/features/measles/.    It features everything you need to know to protect your little ones from measles.
 
Need to schedule your child for their vaccinations?  Call your child’s pediatrician and schedule an appointment as soon as possible.  By having your child vaccinated, you can protect your child from measles and 13 other diseases. 
 
Need a local pediatrician?  Visit http://aaphc.org/services/child-adolescent-medicine/see-our-locations for a list of our offices who care for newborns to teens!
AAPHC will continue to alert you on the ongoing measles outbreak. 
 
Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our Web Site for additional messages.
 
 

June 11, 2019 - On Tuesday, June 11, Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) hosted an Open House for the new AAPHC Women’s Health Center in Albany, Georgia. This new Women’s Health Center is a much-needed expansion of AAPHC’s Mirian Worthy Women’s Health Center, which opened in 2009, to provide specialized obstetrical and gynecological care to women of all ages.  

Opening remarks at the Open House were made by Shelley Spires, Chief Executive Officer, and Clifton Bush, Chief Operating Officer, for AAPHC. Afterwards, guests were able to tour the facility and meet with our care teams.

To learn about this new location, please click here: http://aaphc.org/locations/aaphc-women-s-center. Our providers are now accepting new patients.

   

 

Feb. 5, 2019 - This February, Albany Area Primary Health Care (AAPHC) celebrates 40 years of caring for our family, friends and neighbors across Southwest Georgia.

Thank you to all of our board members, community members, physicians, health care providers, executives, team members and patients who have supported AAPHC over the past four decades. You have helped us deliver, and expand upon, our mission to provide quality health care to all.

Stay tuned for more information on upcoming 40th anniversary celebrations!