March 2021 Newsletter
If you visit Good Samaritan this month, you may notice that we are celebrating Colorectal Cancer month in a big way- with poop emoji balloons, buttons, and t-shirts! Our goal is to spread awareness for Colorectal Cancer and to remind our patients how important it is to get screened.

Your health and safety are our first priority. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, many essential health screenings were delayed, including colorectal cancer screening. We are ready to get your regular health screenings back on track. It is time for your colorectal cancer screening. It’s important, safe and you have options.

There are several options for screening, including at-home stool-based tests. Colonoscopies are recommended for patients who are at high risk for colorectal cancer due to family history or who have an abnormal result from a stool-based test. A colonoscopy is also recommended for patients experiencing any of the following symptoms: blood in bowel movements, change in bowel habits, abdominal pain, weight loss, or unexplained anemia. If you are experiencing any symptoms or have a family history of colorectal cancer, please let our staff know when you contact our office.

Colorectal cancer is one of the most preventable cancers. We look forward to getting you up to date with safe screening options that ensure your continued health.
Good Samaritan is a Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine distributor. We have given over 785 vaccines to people from all over the state. Recently, Governor Kemp expanded the vaccine guidelines. Starting on March 15th the following people qualify for the vaccine:
  • Adults aged 55 and over and their caregivers
  • Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.)
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • Law enforcement, firefighters, first responders
  • Educators and staff (Pre-K, K-12, DECAL licensed or exempt childcare programs)
  • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers
  • Individuals aged 16 years and older with certain medical conditions that increase their risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 16 and older. Conditions include: 
  • Asthma 
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease 
  • COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension 
  • Heart Conditions
  • Immunocompromised state
  • Liver Disease
  • Neurologic Conditions
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia
Please be patient with us if you have put your name on our vaccine waiting list. Due to the limited number of vaccines available to us, we are only now able to steadily schedule patients. We currently have over 2,400 people that are on the list and have been waiting for the vaccine. With the expanded guidelines, we understand that everyone is eager to receive them as soon as possible. We would like to thank our Good Samaritan Volunteers who have been willing to come call, schedule, and screen patients on our list. If this is something that you are interested in please contact us.

If you would like to be put on our waiting list for the vaccine please click here and fill out the questionnaire. For any additional questions on the vaccine please visit dph.georgia.gov.

If you placed yourself on our list but received your vaccine elsewhere, please call and let us know so that we can remove your name.
Good Samaritan is so happy to have Louise Brown, Dietician and Diabetes Educator, on staff. Each month she will share a recommended heart-healthy and diabetic-friendly recipe.
Smoked-Paprika Salmon
Ingredients
  • Coarse Dijon Mustard 1tbsp
  • Smoked Paprika 1tsp
  • Olive Oil 1/2 tsp
  • Black Pepper 1/4 tsp
  • Maple Syrup 2 tsp
  • Salmon (divided into 2 portions)
8 oz.
  • Salt 1/4 tsp
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to broil. Set the rack 6 inches from the heat source. Line a broiler pan with foil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the mustard, maple syrup, and paprika; set aside
  3. Brush each salmon portion with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Put the salmon fillets, skin side down on the broiler pan and broil the salmon for 8 to 10 minutes brush on the mustard mixture and broil for 2 minutes more watch carefully so the salmon does not burn.
*Recipe found at www.diabetesfoodhub.org
Upcoming Events


Wednesdays at 5:00 PM and Thursdays at 12:00 PM - Addiction Support Group Meetings
May 12th- Good Samaritan/Ed Delaney Golf Tournament at Big Canoe Golf Club
May 12th- Mobile Breast Exams at the Clinic