‘Scribes’ helping write a new chapter in medical documentation
Nathan Copp, 24, recently came to the Piedmont Fayette Hospital’s ER complaining that he felt tired, short of breath and lightheaded. Copp, who has the inflammatory bowel ailment known as Crohn’s disease, also told Dr. Robin Lowman, an emergency room physician, that he’d been having some chills. As Lowman... Read more
Innovative partnership helps fund rides for those unable to drive
About two years ago, semi-retired business executive Bob Carr thought he’d spend some time driving for Uber, the innovative company that allows individuals to use their own vehicles to transport paying passengers. Little did Carr know that the journey would take him to a whole new career. One rider told... Read more
A remedy for rural hospitals: Treating patients away from the ER
Patients such as D.C. are known in health care circles as “frequent fliers,” a term that has nothing to do with airline miles. D.C. (his initials), 62, has been to Appling Healthcare’s emergency room in the South Georgia town of Baxley several times this year with various ailments. He... Read more
Cancer in Waycross: A search for answers
Lexi Crawford, 14, began complaining of back and abdominal pain and fatigue earlier this year. “She was too tired to do anything,’’ says her mother, Cristy Rice. The pain got so bad that Lexi was taken several times to a Waycross emergency room. At first, she was diagnosed with... Read more
  Janet McMahan figured it out five years ago — just before her son Ben was diagnosed with cancer. Starting in 2008, she had skin cancers erupting all over her body, including parts “where the sun don’t shine.” Her two dogs had also developed cancer. McMahan had just given... Read more

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