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In today’s show, Patrick discusses health and preventative medicine with guest, Dr. Nick Vlachos.

West Georgia Health ranks in Top 10 percent of U.S. and Georgia Hospitals

for Medical Excellence in 3 Categories


LaGrange, GA — CareChex®, a Quality Rating Service of Comparion®, an independent healthcare research company, has ranked West Georgia Health # 5 of 119 hospitals in Georgia, #128 of 3,987 hospitals in the nation and # 52 of 1,556 Southern Region hospitals for Medical Excellence in Overall Medical Care for 2015.  The only Georgia hospitals that ranked higher than West Georgia Health are Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville at #1; Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton at #2; Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta at #3 and Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville at #4.


In addition, West Georgia Health has ranked among the top 10 percent of all U.S., Southern Region and Georgia hospitals for Medical Excellence in Overall Hospital Care as well as Overall Surgical Care.


Six other West Georgia Health clinical categories have ranked in the top 10 percent in all U.S. and Georgia hospitals for Medical Excellence including: Cardiac Care, Gallbladder Removal, Gastrointestinal Care, Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage, and General Surgery.


The 2015 CareChex rankings also placed West Georgia Health in the Top 10 percent of all U.S. and Georgia Hospitals for Patient Safety in the following categories: Overall Hospital Care; Overall Medical Care; Overall Surgical Care; Gastrointestinal Care; General Surgery; Orthopedic Care and Pulmonary Care.


“We don’t seek out awards or special recognition — that’s not part of our culture,” said West Georgia Health President and CEO Jerry Fulks. “So when you get recognized by an independent third party that has conducted research to identify top ranked medical excellence and patient safety, that’s just so gratifying.”


These rankings are based on independent research conducted by CareChex® — a division of Comparion®, which determines these rankings via its National Quality Rating Database. This database includes virtually all general, acute, non-federal U.S. hospitals, and incorporates the most recent three years of federal fiscal year data (October through September and runs approximately two years behind the current calendar year.


The CareChex® rating service uses both public and proprietary information to compare the quality of hospital and physician care to national, state and local standards. The program analyzes a variety of process, outcome and patient satisfaction measures to assign a composite score and rating. You can go to http://www.carechex.com/ to learn more about the specifics in how these ratings are determined and to see how West Georgia Health compares with other hospitals throughout the state and the nation.


Jan Nichols

Director of Marketing/Public Relations

Now—February 6

Troup County Parks & Recreation Spring Registration (1220 Lafayette Parkway, LaGrange)

Visit www.trouprec.org to download the Spring Sports flyer to see the great opportunities for you and your children to participate in local sports programs.


Now-May 28

Recalling the End:  The 150th Anniversary of the Civil War (Legacy Museum on Main, LaGrange)

Using photographs of soldiers from West Georgia together with maps and letters written by soldiers to their families, this exhibit will explore the War Between the States and its effects on West Georgia. Admission is free. www.LegacyMuseumOnMain.org – (706) 884•1828


Now-February 27 (weekdays only)

FREE Admission to Callaway Gardens

Enjoy all that Callaway Gardens has to offer throughout the winter months for free! Admission is complimentary during the week, Monday-Friday. www.CallawayGardens.com – (844)-265-7908


Thursday, January 29 and Friday, January 30

Hogansville Library Public Forum

(Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm; Friday 12:15-2:15 pm, Hogansville Senior Center, 407 Church Street, Hogansville)

The Hogansville Public Library would like to hear from you!  What would you like to see in the design of your new library?  Let us know by attending one of the open public meetings led by representatives of McMillian Pazdan Smith Architecture.  Let your voice be heard.  For more information, visit www.thrl.org or email info@thrl.org.


January 29, February 2, 3 and 5

Mayor’s Meeting:  Talk with LaGrange Mayor Jim Thornton (All meetings are at 6 pm.  1/29 at Troup Baptist Association, 2/2 at Hollis Hand Elementary, 2/3 at Confidence Missionary Baptist Church, 2/5 at Dunson United Methodist Church). Mayor Thornton will hold a series of meetings around the city to update residents on projects and priorities.  Citizen input and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.  Council members and city staff will also be in attendance.


Saturday, January 31

Market at Jefferson (9-11:30 am, 625 Jefferson Street—Hillside Station, LaGrange)

Join your favorite Market on Main vendors in the off-season for a special indoor market.  Hosting different group each week who share their experiences and talents—come, eat and learn!


Tuesday, February 3

Intro to the iPad (6-7:30 pm, LaGrange Memorial Library)

Bring your own iPad and learn the basics at LaGrange Memorial Library.

www.thrl.org/lagrange-memorial-library/ – 706-882-7784


Thursday, February 5

Hillside Montessori Open House (5-7 pm, 525 Park Avenue, Unity Elementary School, LaGrange)

Explore the opportunities for elementary students in 1st through 6th grade at Hillside Montessori.

www.hillsidemontessorilagrange.com – (404) 661-5199


Saturday, February 7

Market at Jefferson (9-11:30 am, 625 Jefferson Street—Hillside Station, LaGrange)

Join your favorite Market on Main vendors in the off-season for a special indoor market.  Hosting different group each week who share their experiences and talents—come, eat and learn!


Thursday, February 12 – Saturday, February 14

A Funny Little Thing Called Love

This deliriously funny new Jones Hope Wooten comedy is all about that four letter word: L-O-V-E.

New Horizon Theatre – www.nhct.org  – (706) 643-7529


Thursday, February 12 – Sunday, February 15

God’s Favorite, A Comedy by Neil Simon

(Picnic Theater)

Black Box Theater

Lafayette Society for Performing Arts – www.lspaarts.org – (706) 882-9909


Thursday, February 12

3rd Annual Downtown Lagrange Children’s Art Show (through Feb. 27)

Enjoy viewing works of art from LaGrange’s tiniest artists, on display in downtown storefronts and restaurants during February. Downtown LaGrange Development Authority – www.Downtownlagrange.com  – (706) 298-4534


Saturday, February 14

Four Seasons of Love (6-10 pm, Highland Country Club, LaGrange)

The Choral Society of West Georgia is joined by the Fidelity Jazz Quartet for an evening of dinner, dancing and music.  $50 per person.  Call Lisa Julien at Highland Country Club for reservations (706) 884-1727 or email (lisaj@highlandcountryclub.net).


Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LaGrangeTroupCOC and https://www.facebook.com/VisitLaGrange


Feb. 12, 13, 14 and 15

Feb. 20, 21 and 22

Feb. 27, 28 and Mar. 1


Thurs., Fri. and Sat. shows are at 8:00 pm

Sunday shows are at 2:30 pm


Click here to order tickets on-line!


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Olympic Marathoner Ryan Hall and Ironman Champion Chris Lieto
prep athletes this Saturday for MultiSport Weekend
WHAT: Cyclists, runners and swimmers of all abilities and all ages will receive advice
and instruction from world-class athletes who support the FCA Endurance MultiSport
Weekend. This complimentary 7 Touch Training Program will feature “Core and
Flexibility,” the second of a seven-part series. This program prepares amateur sports
enthusiasts physically, mentally and spiritually for their selected disciplines in cycling,
paddle boarding, rock climbing, running, and/or swimming for the FCA Endurance
MultiSport Weekend in April. All sessions are free.
WHO: Two-time Olympic Marathoner Ryan Hall (Flagstaff, Ariz.) and three-time
Ironman Champion Chris Lieto (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii)
WHEN: Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 8-11a.m.
8:00 a.m. -8:20 a.m. – MultiSport Review
8:20 a.m. -9:20 a.m. – “Core and Flexibility” (Ryan Hall, Chris Lieto)
9:20 a.m. -9:40 a.m. – Q&A session (Ryan Hall, Chris Lieto)
9:40 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – BREAK
10:00 a.m. – 10:20 a.m.- “Values” (FCA Staff/Mark Anderson)
10:20 a.m. -10:40 a.m.- Q&A (Panel)
10:40 a.m.-11 a.m. – MultiSport Weekend Registration – discount available until Feb. 1
(Ryan Hall, Chris Lieto and Mark Anderson)
WHERE: First Baptist Church, 208 Willowbend Rd, Peachtree City, Ga. 30269
COST: Free
MORE: Photo opportunities and media interviews are available with MultiSport
Weekend executive director Mark Anderson, and athletes Ryan Hall and Chris Lieto.
WEB SITE: http://www.enduranceweekend.com/
TWITTER: – @MultiSportWknd
FACEBOOK: multisportweekend
Bonyetta Kitts, Peloton Sports, c: 912-222-1653, e: bonyetta@pelotonsports.net
Jackie Tyson, Peloton Sports, c: 678-362-6228, e: jbt@pelotonsports.net

National Players Tour
To Kill A Mockingbird

Tuesday, February 3 at 7 pm
Tickets $15

Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel set in Alabama during the Great Depression, this powerful play follows six year-old Scout Finch, whose father has been appointed to defend a young black man wrongfully accused of a grave crime. When she asks why he’s doing it in the face of such public upset, Scout’s father replies, “Because if I didn’t, I couldn’t hold my head up.” As the trial progresses, Scout witnesses her community confront a tense tug of war between justice and racism, truth and prejudice. This timeless classic compels us to take an honest look at our nation’s past and our moral responsibilities to each other. Show length: 90 minutes

1523 Lower Fayetteville Road • Newnan, Georgia 30265
770-254-2787 • Map/Directions


 Hapeville, Ga. – Collective 51, Atlanta’s all women’s improv troupe returns to The Academy Theatre in Hapeville with their awards show! They like you, they really really like you and your tasteful suggestions! From film to television, to the awards they don’t give but should, the ladies are here to make you laugh!
Since 2012, Collective 51 has provided a showcase for the funniest females in the improv scene to come together and make magic. With members Sarah Zurich Brown, Jamie Lynn Perniciaro, founder Mauree Culberson, and more, the ladies will show everyone can receive the award of laughter.
What: Collective 51’s Awards Show
Where: Hapeville Performing Arts Center. 599 N. Central Hapeville
When: February 6, 8 M
How Much: $10 online and $15 at the door.
Why: Because everyone belongs on the playing field of laughter!

What do you think about our public school system?


The Chamber is a member institution of the Troup County Center for Strategic Planning.  The group has tackled several issues over the past six years, including unemployment ( creation of troupcountyworks.com and Troup Trained program), poverty (creation of Circles of Troup County) and education (creation of thINC College & Career Academy).  At the December meeting, board members reviewed overall challenges facing our community and determined that despite launching the college and career academy, there was a need for further improvement of our public school system.  Each board member was asked to poll its constituency with three simple questions.  Click on the link below (or copy and paste the address in your web browser) to voice your opinion.  The survey will be open to Chamber members through February 13.  Let’s provide constructive input from the business community’s perspective!




Another Opportunity to Provide Feedback


The Hogansville Public Library would like to hear from you!  What would you like to see in the design of your new library?  Let us know by attending one of the open public meetings led by representatives of McMillian Pazdan Smith Architecture.  Let your voice be heard.  For more information, visit www.thrl.org or email info@thrl.org.  Forums will be held this Thursday from 6:30-8:30 pm and Friday from 12:15-2:15 pm at the Hogansville Senior Center, 407 Church Street, Hogansville.


Mayor Jim Thornton (LaGrange) will hold a series of meetings around the city to update residents on projects and priorities.  Citizen input and suggestions are welcome and encouraged.  Council members and city staff will also be in attendance.  Dates, time and locations are as follows:

Thursday, January 29 at 6 pm, Troup Baptist Association, 1301 Washington Street

Monday, February 2 at 6 pm, Hollis Hand Elementary School, 641 Country Club Road

Tuesday, February 3 at 6 pm, Confidence Missionary Baptist Church, 705 Colquitt Street

Thursday, February 5 at 6 pm, Dunson United Methodist Church, 11 North Barnard Avenue

Monday – Thursday @ 3pm & 4pm

Homework Help (ages 5-17)

Library Staff will assist students in grades K – 12 to better understand their homework assignments and or projects. The students must do their own work.

Appointment times are 3pm & 4pm. A maximum of six students will be assisted per hour. Pre-registration is imperative to adequately provide each student with quality homework assistance. Students may pre-register for a maximum of two appointment sessions per week.


Tuesday January 27th @ 10:30am

Story Time: Learn and Play! (ages 2-5)

Share the fun of reading with your preschooler! Children and their parents or caregivers, will explore stories and activities to encourage children along a lifelong path of reading and learning. These 60 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand their imagination and self-image and arouse their curiosity about the world around them.



Friday January 30th @ 4pm

S.T.E.A.M. Up the Library!! (ages 8-13)

Program Description: S.T.E.M. stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math. We at the Grantville Branch Library have included an A for Arts because we love to tap into children’s creativity. We invite children to S.T.E.A.M. Up the library and find out how awesome science really is!!!! Each month children will get a chance to participate in a different science experiment or science inspired arts&crafts project. This Friday, children will participate in Alien Invasion!  Program is limited to 20 hildren. Registration is required.


Saturday January 31st @ 12pm

GED Prep Class (ages 18 & up)

Do you need help preparing for the GED exam? If so, the Grantville Branch offers a one hour class taught by educator Shelly Smith for adult preparing to take the GED exam. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED for this program. Please call the Grantville Branch and register today!





Essay Writing for Teens (Ages 13 and up)

Program Description: Are you alarmed at the sight of a blank sheet of paper? Does the word ‘essay’ chill your heart? Fear no more! There is a simple formula to writing that will help even the most distressed student master essay writing. In two 90-minute sessions we’ll share what we’ve learned from years of essay writing, show you a formula for developing any topic, and chase away all the distress you’ve learned to harbor toward essays. No grammar or punctuation will be taught. This is how to make all the skills you already have work for you. This workshop is suitable for students in 8th grade and above and will help students when completing college applications.

Topics include:

  • Developing Your Theme
  • The Thesis Statement
  • Writing Your Opening Paragraph
  • Wrapping it Up – the Closing Paragraph
  • Everything in Between

Program Frequency: Twice this season Dates: Tuesday February 10th and 17th from 4:00PM to 5:30 PM


CPR Training (non-certificate course) (Ages 12 & up)

Saturday February 28, 2015 @ 11:30am

Celebrate American Heart Month with the Coweta Public Library System and Newnan CPR

In February, say I love you by learning to save a life. The Coweta Public Library System and Newnan CPR invite you to celebrate American Heart Month this February by attending a free Family & Friends CPR Course.  Classes will be held on the following Saturdays in February at the following Coweta Public Library System locations: Central Library – 02/07 @ 11:30am; A. Mitchell Powell Jr. Branch 02/21 @ 10:30 am, and Grantville Branch – 02/28 @ 11:30 am. Additional classes will be held at the Senoia Branch on Tuesday February 10th @ 11:30am and the Central Library on Thursday, February 19th @ 6:30 pm for those unable to attend a weekend session.



This non-certification course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only™ CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. Newnan CPR is committed to teaching non-certification CPR classes throughout the city and community for free for all attendees.



This course is ideal for students (over age 12), parents, new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and others interested in learning how to save a life. Registration is required. To register, contact the branch hosting the class or for general program information, call us at 770-683-0535 or visit our website at www.cowetapubliclibrary.org .


Afternoon Crafting for Adults (Ages 18 & up)

Program Description: Coming to you by patron requests: an afternoon crafting program for adults!  Adults will have an opportunity to create beautiful craft projects this winter on two separate occasions.

Program Frequency: Twice a season: Dates: Thursday February 5th and March 5th at 4:30pm; Class size is limited to 15 participants and registration is required.


Hope to see you all at the Library!




Marie J. Vielot

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