Piedmont Athens Regional

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month and more than 30 million Americans have the disease. Health officials say two out of three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.

Unfortunately, the numbers in Georgia are worse.

“Roughly nine percent of the nation is diabetic. In the state of Georgia, the statistics roughly were from 10 to 12 percent of the population. As far as prediabetes estimates are around 33%.”

That’s Dr. Thomas Wells, Regional Medical Director for Primary Care with Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital.

Piedmont Regional Health is working with the Mayo Clinic and the American Red Cross in providing an experimental treatment in the effort to combat COVID-19. Piedmont is joining other healthcare facilities and systems around the nation in using convalescent plasma from patients who have recovered from the virus to treat those suffering from it.

Dr. Amy Hajari Case is Medical Director for Pulmonary and Critical Research at Piedmont Health Care

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Both Athens hospitals experienced such high volumes of traffic Wednesday that they had to divert patients to other hospitals. Diversion means facilities send all incoming patients and ambulances to other hospitals. District 7 Commissioner Russell Edwards addressed the situation.

State leaders, including Gov. Brian Kemp, and health officials are urging Georgians to head back to their doctors for everything from elective surgeries, to checkups like colonoscopies, and mammograms, as well as other necessary care.  

Dr. Robert Sinyard is the Chief Medical Officer at Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital. He says those elective procedures are not necessarily optional.

“There are a number of conditions out there that are time-sensitive, we consider very essential and to delay addressing that problem too long can definitely have consequences.”

Piedmont Athens Regional

Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital joins others across the state and nation in implementing measures to keep patients and staff safe during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Thomas Wells is the Regional Medical Director of Primary Care for Athens.