Raising Award-Winning Dough

It pays to be creative — and quite a baker — when raising dough for the In Their Shoes Athens Cancer Walk.

To help meet her fundraising goal, April Myers bakes cakes for donations. Not only have her desserts raised enough for her to participate in three walks, they’ve earned her awards.

Her strawberry cake won the top cake award at the spring 2014 Jaemor Farms Strawberry Festival. Then, she traveled back to Jaemor Farms for their Peach Festival in August and her fresh peach cake earned overall winner in the cake category while her Fresh Peach Delight was the Overall Grand Prize Desserts winner.

Congratulations, April, and thank you for your continued support of the free programs offered at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support for local cancer patients and their families.

April Myers Wins Baking Awards


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Chilling Out for Former Co-worker

The Ice Bucket Challenge may be chilling out on Facebook but it still is warming the hearts of some of our employees. That’s because they know Rusty Holland. Rusty worked as a beloved Physical Therapist in our Rehabilitation and Home Health Departments for many years until his health became his main mission. His story is a powerful one.

To show their love and support for Rusty, our Home Health team did the Ice Bucket Challenge in his honor and collected more than $500 in donations to give to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. They are challenging our Rehabilitation team to donate and get drenched for him as well. As the video shows, he seems to be pretty happy about the idea.


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Posted by on September 22, 2014 in Recognition, Service


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In Their Shoes Fundraising Ideas

In Their Shoes LogoWalking 13.1 miles In Their Shoes is a wonderful accomplishment and a true show of support. The main reason for that is because of what the walk represents – the difficult journey that loved ones with cancer experience. The other reasons involve the time you invest to train, walk and raise money.

Individual walkers have a goal of $1,000. Some of them reach that goal with the help of others. It’s a good idea to share that you are asking them to support cancer patients and survivors and the free programs at the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support.

Here’s are some other ideas to help you reach the goal:

Breast Health Center In Their Shoes Shirt

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  • Sell T-shirts like our Breast Health Center is doing. (See photo.) Contact us for more information about purchasing one to help their team reach its goal. Final orders due Sept. 26.
  • Reach out to friends and family through social media or personal emails explaining why this is important to you and the community.
  • Bake and sell the treats (with permission, of course) at school, work or church.
  • Have a lemonade stand. Get your kids involved and show the importance of giving back.
  • Have a garage sale or sell old books or treasures through appropriate websites.
  • Have a game night or theme party at your house and ask guests for donations to play or for door prizes.
  • Change your voice mail message on your phone and ask callers to donate. Add a “Support me on October 25 in the In Their Shoes Walk” to your email signature line.
  • Give friends and family members “piggy banks” to collect change.
  • Host a silent auction for your friends and family.
  • Ask a local business to contribute. Many plan to make charitable contributions during the year. (Contact the Athens Regional Foundation before soliciting any corporate sponsorship.)
  • Consider asking for donations instead of gifts for upcoming celebrations like birthdays.
  • Ask your neighbors if you could help them out around the house (mow their lawn, clean the gutters, walk their dog, go to the grocery store) for small donations.

Get more ideas, some rules to keep in mind, and a training guide in the walker handbook.

Thank you for walking with us … In Their Shoes! Can’t make it to the walk? Please consider donating.

In Their Shoes

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Posted by on September 14, 2014 in Events, Foundation, Loran Smith Center


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Lung Screening

Should you consider a Low Dose CT (LDCT) lung screening?

1. Are you between 55 and 74 years of age?
2. Are you a current smoker with a 30 pack per year history of smoking?
3. Are you a former smoker with a 30 pack per year history who quit smoking less than 15 years ago?

If you answered yes to those questions, you should speak with your primary care physician about a referral for LDCT lung screening for people who are high risk.

Your physician must fax a referral order to the Athens Regional Medical Center Chest Center. That fax number is 706-475-5905.

If you would like more information about this screening, please email us.

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Posted by on September 12, 2014 in Wellness


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Athens Regional’s Economic Impact

Athens Regional’s Economic Impact

Athens Regional Medical Center generated more than $791 million in revenue for the local economy in 2012 according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state’s largest hospital trade association. The report also found that during the same time period, Athens Regional provided approximately $26 million in uncompensated care while sustaining more than 5,698 full-time jobs throughout Athens and the rest of the state.

The report revealed that Athens Regional had direct expenditures of more than $346 million in 2012. When combined with an economic multiplier developed by the United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the total economic impact of those expenditures was more than $791 million. This output multiplier considers the “ripple” effect of direct hospital expenditures on other sectors of the economy, such as medical supplies, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Economic multipliers are used to model the resulting impact of a change in one industry on the “circular flow” of spending within an economy as a whole.

“This new report shows that, even in these difficult economic times, Athens Regional has an enormous positive impact on our local economy,” said Dr. Chuck Peck, interim CEO of Athens Regional. “We thank the Athens community’s unwavering support of their local hospital and will continue to work hard to ensure that the citizens of this community have access to healthcare services that are second to none in quality and

While Athens Regional remains a major component of the area’s economic engine, the hospital’s leadership, like the rest of the Georgia hospital community, is concerned about a wide array of economic challenges that have made it increasingly difficult to meet the community’s healthcare needs including continued cuts in Medicare and Medicaid payments and fast-growing uninsured population. Presently, more than a third of all hospitals in Georgia are operating with negative margins.

“We’re extremely concerned with the current healthcare environment in Georgia,” Dr. Peck said. “We’ve made a commitment to every citizen of our region to be a Trauma Center, on call for them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our ability to do so is being challenged when, in many cases, we’re seeing an increasing number of uninsured patients while the state is paying us far less than what it actually costs to treat Medicaid patients.”

According to Dr. Peck, state lawmakers must work to protect the state’s healthcare system with the same fervor that they do other initiations like education and public utilities.

“Our local healthcare system is indispensable,” said Dr. Peck. “It is the primary guardian of health in our community and is the key building block for everything else in our community including education and economic vitality. It is our hope that, even in these challenging economic times, that our elected lawmakers will do what is necessary to protect our local healthcare system and preserve access to healthcare for every resident of Athens.”

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in News, Service


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Patient Care and so much more …

Patient care comes in many forms and actions. Our Outpatient Rehabilitation and Therapy team — and friendly faces who will greet you before and after your appointment – are great examples of that. These kind words really shine a light on their services.

“Please keep doing what you are doing. From the time we enter the grounds, we are treated wonderfully. Ms. America and Mr. Ted are so patient with our son.  Even on our bad days, they encourage me. Ms. Lisa is always helpful and patient, Ms. Dorothy is so sweet and Ms. Ashley works so well with our child. There is not enough room to talk about Ms. Marcie and Ms. Kim but I will try. These ladies have been a blessing to us. Our son has made so much progress. They both work hard in planning. They are organized, on time, patient, and are perfect in their jobs for kids. They listen to me as a parent. I can ask them questions. They respond to emails. They have given back paperwork in timely matter. I feel secure with them.”

Learn more about our Outpatient Rehabilitation team and services.

MSB Team

America Delgado (Visitor Information) and Ted Jelke (Volunteer Services)

Marcie Cochran, Lisa Gresham, Ashley Hays, Vickie Dillow, Kimberly Crowe and Dorothy Long; Rehabilitation Services

Marcie Cochran, Lisa Gresham, Ashley Hays, Vickie Dillow, Kimberly Crowe and Dorothy Long — Rehabilitation Services

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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Recognition, Service


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Free Breast Screening Grant

Grant Means Free Screening & Support to Those Who Qualify

Breast Cancer AwarenessGeorgia drivers who purchased Breast Cancer Awareness license plates are helping people in need get the breast screenings and support they need.

Thanks to the Georgia Access to Care, Treatment and Services (ACTS) Breast Cancer License Tag Grant Program, the Athens Regional Foundation has been awarded a $50,000 grant to contribute to the “Northeast Georgia – BREAST (Be Ready with Early Access to Screening Tissue) Initiative.” Georgia CORE – the Center for Oncology Research and Education – administers the ACTS Grant on behalf of the Georgia State Office of Rural Health within the Department of Community Health.

“Awarding these grants is one of the most worthwhile jobs we have at Georgia CORE,” says Angie Patterson, Georgia CORE vice president and lead administrator of the ACTS Grant. “We are thrilled to present Athens Regional as a 2014 grant recipient.”

The “Northeast Georgia – BREAST Initiative” is a collaborative partnership led by Athens Regional’s Breast Health Center, the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support and the Athens Nurses Clinic to provide low-income women free clinical breast examinations, screening mammograms and diagnostic procedures, such as diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds and biopsies as well as cancer risk assessment, counseling and genetic testing. To qualify for the free screenings, Athens Nurses Clinic needs to perform a clinical breast exam first.

For years, organizations throughout Georgia have applied for the ACTS Breast Cancer Grant — funded by the state’s breast cancer license tag program. Legislated by the Georgia General Assembly, $22 of every breast cancer awareness license tag purchased or renewed goes to the indigent care fund, which in turn pays for breast cancer education, screenings, and treatment for Georgians without insurance who are also below the poverty level.

“As long as Georgia drivers buy the license tag, the fund will continue to grow,” said Patterson. “With breast cancer being the second leading cause of cancer death among women in our state, we need more people to buy them so we can expand breast cancer treatments and early detection services to as many Georgians as possible.”

More Information

  • To see if you qualify for these free screenings, call Athens Nurses Clinic at 706-613-6976.
  • Learn more about mammograms at Athens Regional’s Breast Health Center.
  • To purchase a breast cancer awareness license tag, visit the Georgia Department of Revenue website or your local county tag office.
  • For more information cancer care initiatives, as well as trials, treatments, oncologists and resources currently available throughout the state, visit

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