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The TenderCare Clinic executive team is pleased to announce the promotion of Nathan Wade, FNP-C as the new Medical Director. Wade is a graduate of Georgia College and State University with a Master of Science in Nursing. He previously received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Valdosta University, and he worked as a RN for South Georgia Medical Center in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit before coming to TenderCare Clinic. He has worked at TenderCare Clinic as a Family Nurse Practitioner for almost four years. Wade’s interests in the field include Pediatrics and Family Medicine. He is well-liked by all of his patients because of his caring attitude and positive demeanor. Chief Clinical Officer Carri Thomas says, “Nathan is dedicated to patient care and improving the health outcomes of this community. He truly wants to make a difference with his patients. I feel that his determination and passion will make him succeed as the new Medical Director.”
As Medical Director, Wade will be responsible for a number of activities related to the delivery of medical care and clinical services. He will support the other providers, develop and implement best practices, and oversee compliance to ensure high-quality care for TenderCare’s patients. Dr. Dave Ringer, CEO and previous Medical Director, speaks well of him: “I have watched Nathan grow as a Nurse Practitioner and become a great leader over the past several years. He has a very high standard for quality care and will make a big impact on the quality of care we provide at TenderCare Clinic. We are very excited to move Nathan up into a leadership role and look forward to his future.”
Nathan Wade will continue to see patients in the Greensboro office location Tuesday-Friday from 8am-6pm. If you would like to make an appointment with him, please call 706-453-1201.
In case you missed it in the newspaper:
Dr. Craig Colby and Brittany Jackson, who work together at TenderCare Clinic of Lake Oconee, visited the preschool at Lake Oconee Academy on February 12th. Dr. Colby’s daughter, Lillie Mae, and Brittany’s son, Jayace, are in the same classroom, so they received a special visit from their parents as part of Community Helper Day. Colby works as a family medicine doctor and rotates as a hospitalist at St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital, and Brittany, who holds a diploma degree in phlebotomy, is a medical assistant full-time at the Lake Oconee office.
Dr. Colby showed the students his doctor’s bag and the different tools that are used in the doctor’s office, such as a stethoscope and a thermometer. Brittany demonstrated to the students how she takes blood pressure and temperature as a nurse, showing them that visiting the doctor is not scary.
Each child had a chance to participate in an activity where one had a mock “illness” that another student would treat. Some students had swallowed pennies or gotten items stuck in their ears, while others sprained their wrists or needed wart removals. Each scenario showed the children that visiting the doctor helps you feel better when you are sick. The children loved playing pretend doctor, but they also learned all about the doctor’s office and the roles of community helpers in the medical field.
TenderCare Clinic has partnered with St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital for the third year in a row to provide Walk to Wellness, a six-week walking program. Walk to Wellness helps our patients and community become healthier, one step at a time! Studies show that brisk walking for 30 minutes to an hour every day helps to lower blood pressure and reduce risk for various conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as maintain a healthy weight.
The program will start with a pre-assessment: collecting simple health information such as blood pressure reading, weight, and BMI. For the following six weeks, the group will meet to walk together and encourage each other. After the six weeks of walking, the health data will be collected again so participants can see how the daily walking improved their overall health. Walking together with others in a supportive group helps everyone be more motivated to exercise.
The pre-assessment will be on Monday, March 11th at TenderCare Clinic of Greensboro. Walking will be every Monday-Thursday from 5:00pm – 6:00pm at Robinson Park in Greensboro (409 E Bush St), from Tuesday, March 12th to Wednesday, April 17th. The post-assessment will be on Thursday, April 18th at TenderCare.
If you are interested in the program, please contact Bria Brown at 706-453-5167 or Laura Ringer at 706-454-5183. Even if you are not able to join us to walk every day, please come out to Robinson Park on the days that you can make it! Start your steps towards healthier habits by signing up today!
Have questions about Medicare? Turning 65? Worried about prescription costs? Concerned about out-of-pocket expenses?
TenderCare Clinic is hosting a Medicare information session Tuesday, February 26th from 10:00am – 11:00am at the Wellness Center. The presentation, given by a GeorgiaCares Coordinator, will help you learn about Medicare and Medicare assistance programs. GeorgiaCares is the State Health Insurance Assistant Program for Georgia and offers free, unbiased Medicare education, outreach, and counseling.
If you are interested in attending the class, please contact Laura at 706-454-5183 to reserve your space! The class is free to all community members.
The TenderCare Clinic Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Dave A. Ringer, MD, CPE, FAAFP as the new Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Ringer is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia with a Doctor of Medicine, and he also holds an Executive Certificate in Business Management from John Hopkins University. Dr. Ringer owned Family Medical Associates of Lake Oconee for 22 years before joining his practice with TenderCare Clinic in 2011. He has served as the Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operations Officer in the company for multiple years, allowing him to gain experience in management and use his knowledge learned from John Hopkins University. Dr. Ringer has been devoted to the community in Greene County from the very beginning of his medical career, and he is now looking forward to leading TenderCare Clinic and continuing the tradition of excellent care to the community.
With this change, Dr. Ringer appoints a new leadership team to assist him with day-to-day operations and staff management. This leadership team consists of a Chief Operating Officer, Mary Kate Dauler, a Chief Financial Officer, Stephanie Myers, and a Chief Clinical Officer, Carri Thomas.
Mary Kate Dauler came to TenderCare Clinic with years of experience from The Farmers Bank. Since coming on board in 2016, she has been promoted from Executive Assistant to Director of Administrative Services due to her being a quick learner and a natural born leader. Dauler works heavily in grants management and administration, securing the funding for clinical operations and new services. Dauler will be an instrumental member of the leadership team as she manages the day-to-day operations in the administrative and billing offices as the Chief Operating Officer.
Stephanie Myers, MAcc, RN, is a graduate of Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Accountancy. She then returned to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Myers has worked at TenderCare Clinic for over a year as the Clinical Care Manager, coordinating all nursing home patients as well as employee health. Before she became a Registered Nurse, Myers worked at Robert A. Reynolds, CPA as an accountant and also did accounting work for Waddell and Associates. Myers’ training as an accountant, combined with her medical experience, makes her a perfect fit for being the Chief Financial Officer in a healthcare setting.
Carri Thomas has worked with TenderCare Clinic since 2011 and was employed at Family Medical Associates of Lake Oconee before the practices were joined. Thomas started as a Medical Assistant, gaining years of experience in the office setting. She was then promoted to Office Manager at the Lake Oconee office, obtaining experience in staff management. Thomas was then promoted to Clinical Quality Coordinator, and then again to be the Director of Clinical Services. She is currently taking business management classes from Valdosta State University. Thomas oversees operations and employees in all four medical offices and will now also be overseeing dental and pharmacy services as the Chief Clinical Officer.
Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act runs November 1 through December 15, 2018 this year. Coverage will begin January 1, 2019. Individuals who are already enrolled have a chance to renew or re-enroll into a different plan, and those who have not already enrolled have the opportunity to purchase affordable health insurance through The Marketplace.
Come to TenderCare Clinic in Greensboro for Open Enrollment assistance. In one location, you will be able to make side-by-side comparisons of plans that will best meet you and your family’s needs and budget. For more information, please contact the Licensed Navigator for your area, Shannon Lester, at TenderCare Clinic. You must have an appointment to discuss health insurance; TCC will not take walk-ins for open enrollment.
TenderCare Clinic welcomed Dr. Itoro Edet on Monday, October 1st. Dr. Edet is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and will be seeing patients at TenderCare Clinic of Greensboro as well as making rounds at Good Samaritan Hospital.
Dr. Itoro Edet was born and raised in Decatur, Georgia, and after completing high school, she attended the University of Georgia, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She went on to obtain her medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. She completed her residency training in combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the Banner Good Samaritan/Phoenix Children’s Hospital program in Phoenix, Arizona. After her residency, she stayed an additional year in Phoenix to serve as one of the chief residents for the Internal Medicine program. This past summer, she happily relocated back to Georgia where she lives with her husband, Thaddaeus, and their three children, Sasha, Ryan, and Riley.
If you would like to make an appointment to see her at the Greensboro location, please call 706-453-1201.
Come join TenderCare Clinic and St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital at Greene County’s Breast Cancer Awareness Walk! The walk will be Saturday, October 13 from 5-9 PM at Tiger Stadium (Greene County High School football field and track). The walk is open to all community members to support our fighters, celebrate our survivors, and honor our taken. The walk will be set up similar to a Relay for Life-type event: you are invited to come walk laps in support of the cause and to raise awareness. No sign-ups are required for this event!
The theme for breast health month this year is “Detect It, Treat It, Defeat It!” T-shirts will be available for purchase at the walk, and different community organizations and businesses will be set up around the track with information and giveaways. Luminaries will be lit at sunset to honor those who we have lost to breast cancer. Breast cancer is very prevalent in Greene County and community support is needed to encourage annual well woman exams and yearly mammograms! Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us at Tiger Stadium on October 13th!