#GivingTuesday to Help Young Patients

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When James, age 10 months, needed to stay with us overnight, Piedmont Athens Regional provided him with the care he needed to recover and return home for the holidays.

Last year, Piedmont Athens Regional served more than 43,000 pediatric patients through pediatrician’s offices, Regional FirstCare, and Pediatric Rehabilitation. Over 2,900 of these were served in our Pediatrics Unit on campus.

Our affiliation with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta provides tools and best practices to our doctors and nurses to improve both the quality and safety of our care
for some of our youngest patients. We have the area’s only Pediatric hospitalist program with three dedicated pediatricians on staff. We also recently hired our first Child Life Specialist who assists children and families with the challenges of hospitalization, illness, and disability.

Will you help?

A sick or injured child heals best in an environment that is uniquely suited to a child’s emotional and physical needs. We want to improve our Pediatrics Unit by creating a special healing environment for children.We can only do this with your help.

Please make a gift online at AthensHealth.org/Foundation.

The Power of Hope & the In Their Shoes Walk

By: Kathy Parker

I was diagnosed with my first cancer just three days after my brother, Jim, died of colon cancer. Mine was a rare type of tumor my doctors had never seen before and I was sure I wouldn’t survive my cancer either.

But Athens-Clarke’s Relay for Life was just several days later and it dramatically transformed my attitude. When I saw the many people who had beaten cancer, I came to believe that I, too, could face cancer with courage and continue to live a rich, full life.  That’s the power of hope and seeing so many other survivors gave me hope that I could become a survivor, too.

We can’t always control what happens to us in life, but we can shape how we react. After the initial shock wore off, my reaction to that first cancer diagnosis 15 years ago—and to the next 2 cancers I’ve had in 2008 and just last year—has been to reach out to others and try to spread a sense of hope. The In Their Shoes Walk provides an excellent opportunity to do just that and this will be my sixth year to participate as a volunteer or walker.  When I join the walk, I walk for people who are not in a position to walk—to help give others who are facing cancer hope that they can beat their disease.  I walk to share a feeling of solidarity among survivors. I walk as a statement that cancer doesn’t have control over my life.

Even more important than these intangibles, though, I participate in the walk because it provides financial support for many of the wonderful programs that the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support (LSCCS) offers.  We are fortunate in Athens and Northeast Georgia to have such a unique facility for people diagnosed with cancer, their caregivers, and their families. Through my more recent cancers, my husband and I have consulted with LSCCS staff about questions we’ve had about treatment. I have attended several of the center’s classes and workshops for survivors.  The support of the caring and knowledgeable staff—and other survivors I’ve met through the center—has been invaluable.  I have also made use of the extensive library they have and I have referred to the center for assistance many friends who have received a cancer diagnosis. The center’s services are available mostly at no charge, thanks to charitable donations, including those from In Their Shoes Walk.

In the words of leading cancer researcher and The New Yorker staff writer Jerome Groopman, “Hope is the elevating feeling we experience when we see—in the mind’s eye—a path to a better future.” For me, joining the walk is a personal expression of that hope—that I can live a rich life, even in the face of a cancer diagnosis. More broadly, the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support helps to foster that sense of hope in the many people it reaches whose lives have been touched by cancer. Whether through walking or making a donation, In Their Shoes Walk is a tremendously worthwhile cause to support!

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Oconee Health Campus Careers

2017 will see some big changes for Athens Regional. One of those will be the opening of the Oconee Health Campus. Located at 1305 Jennings Mill Road, Watkinsville, the Oconee Health Campus will bring outpatient services to growing Oconee and surrounding counties. Services such as Outpatient Radiology, Outpatient Lab, Urgent Care, Retail Pharmacy, Family Practice, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Outpatient Rehab, Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab, Breast Health Center, Cardiology, Café and more will  be offered at the facility.  With more than 1000 physicians located within 18 miles of the new campus, it is the ideal spot to benefit patients there.
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Before patients are seen we have a lot of work to do. Construction is ongoing and should be completed by early 2017. Infrastructure is being designed and drafted now. Job positions have been created and we are ready to hire a dynamic team to get this project up and running.

  • Are you interested in being on the ground floor of an exciting new venture?
  • Are you a go-getter?
  • Do you love to serve?
  • Do you see the opportunity for solutions where others only see problems?
  • Are you passionate about making the patient experience better and more efficient?
  • Do marketing/sales/community awareness/increasing market share interest you?
  • Do you understand how to translate data into conversations?
  • Do you want to be part of a passionate and dynamic team?

Current Openings at the Oconee Health Campus include:

Operations and Support Coordinator
This is a key administrative and support role within the Operations Department of the Oconee Health Campus, undertaking a range of routine day-to-day administrative tasks as well as providing more detailed support to individual projects and work programs within the health campus as and when needed. The needs of this role will change frequently, based on the needs of the Department. Performs timekeeping management functions.  Requires a dependable person with initiative, excellent interpersonal, organizational, financial, and communication skills. Must have the ability to multi-task in a fast paced environment. Position requires an Associate’s degree and 3-5 years of high level administrative experience.

See additional information or apply

Business Operations Specialist
The Athens Regional Business Operations Consultant is responsible for promoting all outpatient and specialty services to the physician and business community, having a primary focus on Oconee Health Campus. This position provides support services in all functional areas of sales including the utilization of affiliate services, cultivating and strengthening referral activities by implementing and promoting professional services, develops relationships with employed and community physician practices. The role fosters problem solving facilitation for operational issues that prevent business coming to Athens Regional with a primary focus on Oconee Health Campus.

The role requires a flexible business-minded, experienced sales resource that focuses on facility-specific service lines that are in alignment with the market strategy, an educator and expert at how the health system functions and promoter of all outpatient services. This role exhibits all Athens Regional Cultural Beliefs to create better experiences for our customers.

Responsibilities:

  • Sales Leadership/ Business Development/Relationship Management
  • Market Management and Sales Analytics
  • Clinical Liaison/Communications

Education: Master’s Degree

Experience: Requires a minimum of five years in healthcare industry and / or 3 years sales experience / 3 years liaison experience

License: Position will require regular travel within service area. Valid State of Georgia Driver’s license and clean MVR required.

See additional information or apply

Clinical Business Specialist
This position will serve in the same capacity as the Business Specialist but with a clinical focuses. For this position a clinical license such as a RN, LPN, Radiology or other professional, clinical certification is required.

The Athens Regional Clinical Business Operations Consultant is responsible for promoting all outpatient and specialty services to the physician and business community, having a primary focus on Oconee Health Campus. This position provides support services in all functional areas of sales including the utilization of affiliate services, cultivating and strengthening referral activities by implementing and promoting professional services, develops relationships with employed and community physician practices. The role fosters problem solving facilitation for operational issues that prevent business coming to Athens Regional with a primary focus on Oconee Health Campus.

The role requires a flexible business-minded, experienced sales resource that focuses on facility-specific service lines that are in alignment with the market strategy, an educator and expert at how the health system functions and promoter of all outpatient services. This role exhibits all ARHS Cultural Beliefs to create better experiences for our customers.

Responsibilities:

  • Sales Leadership/ Business Development/Relationship Management
  • Market Management and Sales Analytics
  • Clinical Liaison/Communications

Experience: Requires a minimum of five years in healthcare industry and / or 3 years sales experience / 3 years liaison experience

License: RN, LPN, Radiology or other professional, clinical certification. Position will require regular travel within service area. Valid State of Georgia Driver’s license and clean MVR required.

See additional information or apply 

BIG City Healthcare. Hometown Setting.

13413630_10154325363883395_826764772531980979_nThe mission of Athens Regional is to improve the lives and health of those we touch.  The mission is more than words on paper. It’s the core of who we are as a healthcare team. From the environmental services staff to the highest level of administration, we are all committed to this mission.

Recognized for Heart Care

Did you know Athens Regional became the only hospital in Georgia with Chest Pain Center and Primary PCI With Resuscitation Accreditation in 2016?  Award winning nurses, cutting edge protocols and some of the biggest hearts in the region can be found in the Athens Regional Cardiology unit.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States. The Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) works to reduce the mortality rate by teaching the public to recognize and react to early heart attack symptoms, the reduce the time it takes to receive treatment and to increase the effectiveness of treatments provided.

Achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation status, we demonstrate expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack

Our accreditation helps save lives. Consider working with the units that work together to make this accreditation possible:

Community Safety

But that’s not all. Athens Regional prides itself on being a part of the communities we serve. In July, we partnered with neighboring Oconee County to create an extraordinary Community Safety Program. The partnership provides casualty kits to law enforcement officers, fire and rescue personnel and schools. The kits provide essential life-saving equipment like tourniquets, chest seals and special dressings. In addition to the kits, there will be training provided. How better to improve the lives and health of those we touch than by training and arming officers to aid others in the event of a traumatic injury or accident? Dee Burkett, Vice President of Professional Services says, “Athens Regional is a Level 2 Trauma Center and to be able to empower people with equipment and training to help keep trauma victims alive until they can be transported to the hospital makes us all more effective in the job of saving lives.”

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Affiliation

We didn’t stop there. We recently announced a formal affiliation with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to better serve children and families in the Athens area. The affiliation will support Children’s and Athens Regional’s commitment to providing high-quality pediatric care, and expanding access to specialized pediatric care in Georgia. Athens Regional is the only affiliate hospital of this kind with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Medical Residents Training

In August, the inaugural class of Internal Medical Residents began training at Athens Regional. This initiative is designed to train the next generation of doctors helping to reduce a projected shortfall of physicians in the near future. Fifteen residents from all over the world will train for three years in Athens and will participate in teaching curriculum as well as learning patient-centered clinical skills by working in our Community Care Clinic.  Our Community Care Clinic (1270 Prince Avenue, Suite 201) serves adult patients regardless of their insurance status. Services include: regular check-ups, sick visits, immunizations and vaccinations and management of chronic illness. It’s another step toward improving the lives and health of those we touch as patients are being referred to this clinic by our Hospitalist, our Emergency Department and the Regional FirstCare facilities.

Official Healthcare Provider for UGAA

2016 marked a lot of firsts:  accreditations, affiliations and included a contract that made Athens Regional the official healthcare provider of the University of Georgia Athletic Association. UGAA represents over 600 student athletes representing 21 varsity sports.  Being named the official healthcare partner of UGAA allows us to provide the highest level of healthcare to all the student athletes who call Athens home. The Athens Regional healthcare professionals will receive training and education from the UGAA staff on the care of athletes while UGAA will be trained and educated on equipment and protocols by our staff. Our employees will have the ability to serve as first aid representatives at UGA sporting events.

Join Our Team

When you’re a part of Athens Regional you are more than just an employee … you’re part of an organization committed to bettering the lives and health of people. Joining our team allows you to be part of a team looking for ways to make people healthier. We seek better ways of treating the sick. Isn’t that what drew you to healthcare in the first place?  Come help us help others. Join our team.

Athens Regional Family Welcomes You!

Family can be defined as a group of people united by certain convictions or a common affiliation. At Athens Regional, our family is made up of individuals coming together to improve the lives and health of those we touch. It’s more than words on paper … it’s who we are and what we believe.

Human Resources reaches out to new employees after their orientation to ask for feedback on the orientation process and to ensure employees are acclimating. We were delighted with the feedback we received from a Registered Nurse new to our nursing team. This nurse has worked in other large hospitals in the Northeast Georgia area so she has experience with other cultures and systems. She complimented our administration and staff for living the culture.

Consider working with us. Not because of a slogan or a tag line, but because we practice what we preach. Not because we have to but because we WANT to.

Feedback from a newly hired Athens Regional Registered Nurse:

I felt very welcomed. The culture we have at ARMC to smile and say hello really makes a difference. I also feel very comfortable in my role and supported by the various units as well as by my managers. I also feel welcomed and appreciated when I go on the units. I’ve been the beneficiary of the extra set of hands that a relief nurse provides, and I always made it a point to say THANK YOU. I love to help and I know the nurses appreciate me,and our patients have the benefit of having a nurse who has fewer patients and can therefore better attend to her charges.

What stands out about ARMC the most is that our people believe and embrace our philosophy.

We want to work in a place where we feel happy, safe, and cared for, and we want our patients and guests to feel happy, safe, and cared for. So that’s what we do – we work hard, we take care of each other, and that ripples out into our patients and our community.

Would you recommend us to others in your profession? I would, I have, and I do! ARMC is a great place to work, and I can feel the team mindset here. I also feel that there is a more accepting and teaching feel; I think it’s great that they pour so much time into new employees! Employees take ownership for our reputation, and that says a lot about the people we hire AND the people we choose as leaders. The benefits are comprehensive and competitive with other health systems in our area, too, and our commitment to explore and execute new ways of serving our community – both from a medical and from an administrative standpoint – is commendable.

A few of our current openings include:

  • Night RN working 7pm-7am on our Nurse Residency Unit. If precepting new nurses and teaching them the nursing profession is your passion this unit is for you!
  • Weekend option position available in our Cardiology unit. Work Saturday and Sunday from 7am-7pm and enjoy 5 days off during the week. Extra differentials paid to weekend option nurses!
  • Day position available! Work 7am-7pm 3 days per week on our Pulmonary Unit.
  • If Oncology is your calling we have a home for you. A Full time, 7pm-7am position now available.
  • If 12-hour shifts aren’t for you try our Staffing/Float pool and work 11pm-7am.
  • At 24 hours per week you can still reap the benefit of earning paid time off and qualify for some benefits! Work 2 nights per week and earn benefits. Join the Staffing/Float Pool team.

Please join us at our RN Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and learn more about our team, our departments, our openings and our FAMILY.

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Athens Regional— A Place to Call Family

When you’re a nurse at Athens Regional, you’re helping your neighbor, your friends, your family — you’re touching the lives of people you work with and see on a regular basis.  Being a nurse at Athens Regional Health System combines cutting edge medical care with our da Vinci® Xi™ surgical robot, affiliation with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, advanced protocols and diverse patient population. (And did we mention that we are the official healthcare provider for UGAA and we are asked to volunteer at sporting events?!)

At Athens Regional, you  work side-by-side with nurses with 5-10-15-20 years of experience. Nurses who’ve made Athens Regional their home. Nursing units are managed by leaders who’ve grown their careers here. The Athens area is a community where patients tell their neighbors about the nurse(s) who saved the day. Let that be YOU. Our Athens Regional family will remind you of why you went into nursing to begin with … because you CARE. Come CARE with us. 

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Call us 706-475-3375.  Let us talk to you, person to person, about what we love most about Athens Regional. Let us tell you about our family.

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Helping People Heal

Robin-JohnsonHello, my name is Robin (Bewley) Johnson, and I teach Yoga for Hope, Peace, and Cancer Recovery and am also a Healing Touch practitioner for the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support. Professionally, I’m a Health Educator who worked at Athens Regional my whole career.

Yoga offers so much to people all along their journey with cancer and after. Moving the body in gentle ways with the breath allows participants to keep or regain their strength, loosen sore or tight muscles, and buffer many of the side effects that treatment can cause. When I’ve asked classes what benefits them most, the breathing practices are mentioned most often. They help folks relax, fall back asleep, and concentrate.

The group itself is a gift to participants; they encourage and support each other. We have one participant who is a nine-year survivor and another who is close to 90 years old. This is very encouraging for many people.

Healing Touch clients come for relaxation, pain relief, management of side effects,
sleep difficulties, grief, and other problems. It is an opportunity to let someone help as you rest. In some ways, what I do with Healing Touch is a contrast to the yoga. Folks in yoga are at a place where they can participate—both physically and emotionally.

Healing Touch is available for those who may not be ready for groups or for physical
exertion. While there are certainly folks who use both yoga and Healing Touch, sometimes a group seems too much, or there is too much pain or fatigue.

As a lifelong educator, I love to help people grow, assist them to see inner resources
they might not be aware of and to become stronger. It is a privilege to be a resource for reducing pain and anxiety, and if necessary, to stand with someone who is facing the end of life. I am honored to do the work I do.

For More Information

If you would like to learn more about the free support programs available to you at the Loran Smith Center for Classic Support, read our programs and classes information.