WOUND CARE CENTER
President Carl James called on Michael Ray to introduce the speaker for the September 2nd program. Lt. Ray introduced Briana Chapman, Director of the Wound Care Center of Memorial Satilla Health. She has been at the center for one month and the center itself opened in November 2020. It is located at 2004 Pioneer Street. September is Chronic Wound Month with particular emphasis on Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD). PAD is a condition that develops when the arteries that supply blood to the internal organs, arms, and legs become completely or partially blocked as a result of atherosclerosis with the increased risk of developing non-healing wounds on the legs or feet. Statistics show that one in three people with diabetes over the age of 50 have PAD. The ultimate response is amputation, thus the goal is to increase PAD awareness, diagnosis, and early intervention to reduce amputations. Another treatment offered at the Wound Center is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. The purpose is to deliver oxygen to those areas that are having trouble healing from the lack of oxygen in the surrounding tissue.
Conditions benefiting from this therapy are A person with diabetes and a wound that is slow to heal; damaged tissue from radiation therapy, skin grafts, infections, and any wound not showing improvement in four weeks. Patients come to the Wound Center by a referral by an attending doctor or by setting up an appointment for an initial evaluation from their staff. You will hear more on this treatment and the response to PAD during this month and the months to come!
President Carl James asked Chris Gonzales to introduce this week’s speaker, Michael Popwell, Regional Administrator for Georgia Living Senior Home Care, located at Satilla Bluffs in Blackshear. He is ready to custom select a compatible caregiver and creates a care plan matched to your specific needs. The primary goal is to help you or your loved one to stay at home as long as possible before any next step.
Georgia Living is part of a company operating in the states of Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee. With eight (8) regions in Georgia and ten (10) assisted living sites of which Satilla Bluffs is one, serves a five (5) county area here in Southeast Georgia. Its service begins with whatever it takes to enhance independent living at home from a long list of options of daily needs up to transportation to outside-the-home places and activities. The caregivers are CAN or PCA professionally certified that are thoroughly screened, trained, insured and RN supervised. Care extends into other steps such as assisted living, nursing homes, and hospital patients moving back home. Even special programs such as “Bed Assist” for Veterans are available for those qualified. We are now aware of help for us or those we love in the days when extra care is needed!
WCHS HEAD COACH
President Carl James called on Roger Collins to introduce Jason Strickland, Head Football Coach at Ware County High School. Coach Strickland is a proud and excited football coach after being so close last year and with a strong core of returning players including highly rated and Division-1 prospects, Thomas Castellanos and Cartevious Norton. With all that the pressure actually comes from within for players and coaches who have been required to “adjust and adapt” with changes being the rule. The conditions are made tolerable by the work ethic and accountability of the team with both helmets on and helmets off. He recalled a recent incident when Waycross Middle lost to Ware Middle. The Waycross quarterback was visibly upset and Castellanos requested permission to talk with him. He wanted to get him back on the track that his potential as a player, person, and leader required. The Coach said he loves to watch the team play football and loves the human beings they are becoming.
He covered the upcoming schedule which is very challenging and closed with his favorite quotes from Socrates and John Wooden. He challenges his team and us to live our lives in preparation to die. He directs us to “build a shelter against a rainy day” and to help others do the same by appreciating the life we have and trying to have a positive impact on the lives of others. So get out there and support a great football team in what could be historic times with a “Go Gators” attitude!
OCTOBER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MONTH
Mary Fogle announced that October is Domestic Violence Month and requests support for Magnolia House.
STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION – FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER
Heather Flowers and Jessica Jordan announced a Strategic Planning Session for the Family Justice Center postponed until February 2022.