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2024 Q1 Community Newsletter

Here is our first community newsletter of 2024!

Click here to read what OVH has been up to so far this year!


OVH Pediatrics Kid’s Art Contest

Oconee Valley Healthcare is hosting a Kid’s Art Contest to celebrate the opening of Oconee Valley Healthcare Pediatrics in March! All kids aged 0-17 (patients and non-patients) are welcome to submit a piece of art to the contest. Chosen winners will have their art displayed on rotation at our new Pediatrics Office. Submission forms and rules can be found below or picked up at any OVH location or Lake Oconee Pediatrics. Submissions must be turned in by February 26, 2024 at the OVH Administration Office (803 S. Main Street Greensboro, GA 30642) or Lake Oconee Pediatrics (1011 Parkside Commons Greensboro, GA 30642). Submissions will not be accepted without the submission form. 

OVH Pediatrics Art Contest


Understanding Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and How to Protect Your Family

Respiratory Syncytial Virus, commonly known as RSV, is a respiratory virus that affects people of all ages, but it can be particularly severe in infants and older adults. As your trusted healthcare provider, Oconee Valley Healthcare aims to shed light on this prevalent virus and offer insights into prevention and treatment strategies to safeguard your family’s health. 

What is RSV? 

RSV is a contagious virus that causes respiratory tract infections. It is responsible for a range of respiratory illnesses, from mild cold-like symptoms to severe bronchiolitis and pneumonia, especially in infants and older adults with weakened immune systems. 

Symptoms of RSV 

The symptoms of RSV can vary depending on the age of the individual and the severity of the infection. Common symptoms include: 

  1. Coughing and sneezing: RSV often presents with persistent coughing and sneezing, similar to the symptoms of a common cold. 
  2. Fever: Infants and young children with RSV may develop a fever. 
  3. Difficulty Breathing: In severe cases, RSV can lead to wheezing and difficulty breathing, particularly in infants with smaller airways. 
  4. Lethargy: Children infected with RSV may appear unusually tired or lethargic. 
  5. Decreased Appetite: Infants may show decreased interest in feeding during the illness. 


Preventing RSV is key, especially for vulnerable populations such as infants, older adults, and individuals with compromised immune systems. Here are some preventive measures you can take: 

  1. Frequent Handwashing: Encourage regular handwashing with soap and water, especially before handling infants or after coming into contact with individuals who may be sick. 
  2. Avoiding Close Contact: Limit exposure to individuals who are sick, particularly if they have symptoms of respiratory illness. 
  3. Covering Coughs and Sneezes: Teach proper cough and sneeze etiquette, such as covering the mouth and nose with a tissue or the elbow. 
  4. Cleaning and Disinfecting: Keep frequently touched surfaces clean and disinfected, especially in households with infants and young children. 
  5. Vaccination: The CDC recommends multiple, new immunizations to protect those most at risk of getting very sick with RSV: infants, toddlers, and adults 60 years and older.

Treatment for RSV 

Treatment for RSV is primarily supportive and focuses on relieving symptoms. In mild cases, over-the-counter medications may help alleviate fever and discomfort. However, in severe cases, especially in infants and older adults, hospitalization may be necessary to provide oxygen therapy and supportive care. If you suspect that you or your child may have RSV it’s essential to seek medical attention promptly, especially if symptoms worsen or if there are signs of respiratory distress. Early intervention can help prevent complications and ensure the best possible outcome. 

At Oconee Valley Healthcare, we are committed to helping you and your loved ones stay healthy and well. Together, we can combat RSV and other respiratory illnesses for a healthier community.


Community Newsletter Q4 2023

Click the link below to read our final Community Newsletter for 2023!

Community Newsletter Q4 2023


Navigating Diabetes with Hope

November is an important month for millions of people around the world as it marks Diabetes Awareness Month. At Oconee Valley Healthcare, we recognize the significance of this month and are committed to spreading awareness about diabetes, a chronic condition that affects millions of lives. This blog aims to shed light on the importance of Diabetes Awareness Month, the impact of diabetes, and ways we can all contribute to better management and prevention. 

Diabetes is a complex, chronic condition that affects the way our bodies process glucose, also known as sugar. There are 3 main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational diabetes. In Type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes typically occurs when the body becomes resistant to insulin or does not produce enough of it. Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and can affect both the mother and the baby. 

The impact of diabetes on individuals and healthcare systems is substantial. Living with diabetes can be challenging, as it requires constant management of blood sugar levels, diet, and lifestyle. Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to various complications, such as heart disease, kidney problems, nerve damage, and vision issues. There is also a financial burden associated with diabetes that can impact individuals and healthcare systems. 

At Oconee Valley Healthcare, we are deeply committed to diabetes prevention and management. Alongside diagnosing, our Providers are dedicated to educating patients on how they can prevent or manage diabetes by changing diets, increasing physical activity, stress management, and even medication prescriptions if necessary. Our Pharmacy also specializes in diabetes treatment and supplies. 

Diabetes Awareness Month is an opportunity to educate, advocate, and inspire action. It is a time when we focus on raising awareness about diabetes, its risk factors, prevention, and the importance of early diagnosis. By increasing awareness, we hope to reduce the stigma associated with diabetes and encourage a proactive approach to managing this condition. At Oconee Valley Healthcare, we are dedicated to providing the best care and support to individuals living with diabetes. By spreading awareness and taking steps towards better management and prevention, we can bring hope and improved quality of life to those impacted by this chronic condition. Join us in making a difference this Diabetes Awareness Month and beyond. 


Empowering Women: Oconee Valley Healthcare Stands with Breast Cancer Warriors

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a time of reflection, education, and support for those impacted by this prevalent and potentially life-altering disease. At Oconee Valley Healthcare, we are dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer, encouraging early detection, and providing compassionate care to those affected. 

 Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, affecting millions of women and, in some cases, men. It can occur when cells in the breast tissue start to grow uncontrollably. Early detection and timely treatment are crucial for successful outcomes, making awareness and regular screenings vital components of breast health. 

At Oconee Valley Healthcare, we understand that awareness is the first step toward prevention and early detection. Throughout Breast Cancer Awareness month, we engage in various activities to spread knowledge and promote breast health: 

  1. Paint the Town Pink: Every year, Oconee Valley Healthcare and St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital partner with the Retired Teachers of Greene County to “Paint the Town Pink.” We gather in downtown Greensboro and hang pink ribbons outside of local businesses. 
  1. Social Media Campaigns: Our online presence is dedicated to sharing informative content and resources related to breast cancer. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay informed and engaged. 
  1. The Power of ONE: We encourage regular breast cancer screenings, including mammograms. Oconee Valley Healthcare partners with St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital to provide The Power of One program to qualifying residents of Greene County. The mammograms provided through this program are of no cost to the patient. 

Breast Cancer Awareness month is a time to unite in our efforts to combat this disease. At Oconee Valley Healthcare, we stand with our community, offering education, support, and access to comprehensive breast health services. Together, we can raise awareness, promote early detection, and provide compassionate care to those impacted by breast cancer. Join us in our mission to create a world where breast cancer is no longer a threat to anyone’s health and happiness.


National Health Center Week 2023: The Roadmap to a Stronger America

This week kicks off the nation-wide celebration of National Health Center Week! This annual event shines a spotlight on the vital role health centers play in improving the health and well-being of millions of Americans. This year’s theme is Community Health Centers: The Roadmap to a Stronger America. National Health Center Week, observed annually in August, is a national campaign that recognizes the exceptional contribution of community health centers in providing quality healthcare to underserved populations. It aims to raise awareness about the critical services offered by these centers, such as medical, dental, and pharmacy services, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay. 

Community Health Centers play a pivotal role in addressing healthcare disparities and bridging the gap in underserved regions. By being rooted in the communities they serve, Community Health Centers have a unique understanding of the specific needs and challenges faced by the population. This personalized approach allows for culturally sensitive care that fosters trust and long-lasting relationships between healthcare providers and patients. 

At Oconee Valley Healthcare, we are committed to breaking barriers and promoting equitable access to healthcare for all members of our community. By providing comprehensive care and preventative services, we strive to improve health outcomes and enhance the overall well-being of our patients. We take immense pride in the positive impact we make in our community. Our team of dedicated healthcare professionals work tirelessly to deliver patient-centered care, embracing diversity and ensuring inclusivity in every aspect of our services. Through partnerships and collaborations with local organizations, we are continuously expanding our outreach efforts to reach those who might not otherwise have access to essential healthcare services. 

National Health Center Week provides an excellent opportunity to engage with our community. We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating the remarkable achievements of community health centers and take part in the festivities. As we commemorate National Health Center Week, we reaffirm our commitment to serving the Oconee Valley Healthcare community with compassion, dignity, and respect. By working together as a community, we can create a healthier future for generations to come. We invite you to join us in celebrating this special week and continue supporting the invaluable mission of community health centers in making healthcare accessible and equitable for all. 


Community Newsletter – Q2 2023

Hello community partners, patients, and friends! Click the link below to read our second community newsletter of 2023.

2023 Q2 Community Newsletter


Men’s Health Month: Encouraging and Empowering Men to Take Charge of Their Health in June

June is an important month dedicated to raising awareness about men’s health. Men’s Health Month serves as a reminder of the unique health challenges faced by men and the need for proactive healthcare practices. Community health centers play a vital role in addressing these challenges and fostering a healthier community. In this blog, we will explore the significance of Men’s Health Month from the perspective of a community health center, highlighting the importance of preventative care, early detection, and the promotion of overall well-being.

Preventative care is the foundation of men’s health. As a community health center, we prioritize educating men about the significance of regular check-ups, screenings, and lifestyle modifications. Men’s Health Month provides us with an opportunity to emphasize preventative measures such as immunizations, regular blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, and the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. By encouraging men to take an active role in their health, we can prevent the onset or progression of various conditions.

Men’s Health Month goes beyond physical well-being; it also highlights the importance of mental health. Unfortunately, societal norms often discourage men from discussing their emotions and seeking help for mental health issues. Oconee Valley Healthcare strives to break down these barriers by offering safe spaces and resources for men to address their mental health concerns. Through awareness campaigns, support groups, and mental health screenings, we aim to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help and encourage men to prioritize their emotional well-being.

Healthy lifestyle choices are fundamental to men’s health. During Men’s Health Month, OVH takes a proactive approach in promoting healthy behaviors. We provide educational resources on nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco and alcohol cessation. By empowering men to prioritize their health, we can help prevent chronic conditions and enhance overall well-being.

Certain health issues disproportionately affect men, making early detection and prevention crucial. Oconee Valley Healthcare and all community health centers play a vital role in offering comprehensive screenings and diagnostic tests to identify potential risks and address them properly. For instance, we offer information on the warning signs of conditions like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and sexual health concerns. By providing accessible and affordable screenings, we strive to catch these issues at an early stage when interventions are most effective.

Men’s Health Month serves as a reminder for community health centers to prioritize men’s health and well-being. By promoting preventative care, emphasizing mental health, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and offering screenings for specific health concerns, we can make a substantial difference in the lives of men. As a community health center, our commitment extends beyond the month of June. WE strive to provide ongoing support, education, and resources to empower men to take control of their health and lead fulfilling lives. Together, let’s work towards a healthier future for men in our community and beyond.


Promoting Healthy Hearts During Blood Pressure Month: Insights from Oconee Valley Healthcare

Every year in May, the healthcare community comes together to observe Blood Pressure Month, shedding a light on the importance of maintaining healthy blood pressure levels and raising awareness about the risks associated with hypertension. As a community health center committed to improving the well-being of our local population, we embrace this opportunity to educate, engage, and empower individuals to take control of their cardiovascular health. Join us as we delve into the significance of Blood Pressure Month and explore the initiatives undertaken by OVH to promote healthy hearts. 

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, is a medical condition characterized by elevated pressure within the arteries. If left uncontrolled, it can lead to severe health complications, including heart disease, stroke, kidney problems, and even premature death. Shockingly, hypertension affects nearly one in three adults worldwide, and yet, it often goes undiagnosed and undertreated. Blood Pressure Month serves as a timely reminder to address the silent killer and encourage individuals to monitor their blood pressure regularly. 

As a community health center, our mission is to provide accessible and affordable healthcare services to all members of the community, regardless of their socioeconomic background. We recognize the crucial role we play in preventing and managing chronic conditions like hypertension. By offering comprehensive primary care services, health education programs, and preventive screenings, we strive to promote early detection and timely intervention. 

One of the key aspects of our Blood Pressure Month initiatives is community empowerment. We believe that by equipping individuals with the knowledge and tools necessary to manage their blood pressure, we can make a significant impact on overall cardiovascular health. Through educational sessions with our Care Plan Coordinators, we teach our patients about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, stress management, and the avoidance of tobacco and excessive alcohol consumption. 

Our commitment to the community extends beyond Blood Pressure Month. We recognize the importance of continuous follow-up care and support for individuals diagnosed with hypertension. Oconee Valley Healthcare offers regular check-ups, personalized care plans, medication management, and ongoing education to empower patients to take control of their blood pressure levels effectively. By providing consistent support, we strive to promote long-term adherence to treatment plans and ultimately improve cardiovascular outcomes. 

As we commemorate Blood Pressure Month, our community health center remains dedicated to the cause of cardiovascular health. Through education, accessible screenings, and ongoing support, we strive to raise awareness about hypertension, encourage healthy lifestyle choices, and empower individuals to make informed decisions about their well-being. Together, let us work towards healthier hearts and a brighter future for our community.