January 2021 Newsletter
2020 is finally in our rearview mirrors. I'm sure we are all ready to move forward with this new start, a new beginning, and a new year! The novel coronavirus COVID-19 is not staying behind in 2020 and we must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect ourselves and others around us. The number of positive cases, hospitalizations, and deaths have continued to rise in our community. It is important, now more than ever, that we continue to wear masks, maintain social distancing, and get vaccinated if eligible.

Good Samaritan is a Moderna COVD-19 Vaccine distributor. We are currently waiting on our next shipment of vaccines, and we have not been informed by the state when these will arrive. As we wait, we are compiling lists of people that are interested in being vaccinated. If you are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination please email cv19vaccine@goodsamhwc.org and provide the information below.

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone Number
  • Are you a current patient of Good Samaritan?
  • Any underlying health conditions

We are unsure when we will be able to schedule patients to be vaccinated, but we will contact those on our lists as soon as possible. Our phones have been overwhelmed with people seeking information on the status of the vaccines. For more information about who is eligible to receive the vaccines at this time, please visit the GA Department of Public Health website. If you are concerned about whether or not you should take the vaccine due to illness, allergies, or any concerns please contact your primary care provider.

Good Samaritan also, continues to provide no contact, drive-thru, COVID-19 testing. The demand for tests has increased over the past several weeks and we are trying our best to accommodate the volume, provide vaccine clinics, and continue to serve our regular patients. Please be patient with our staff as we do our best to serve our community during this time.
January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Good Samaritan wants you to know that there’s a lot you can do to prevent cervical cancer. Each year, more than 13,000 women in the United States get cervical cancer. It is important for women to talk to their healthcare professional about getting screened. That means getting tested before you have any symptoms. Screening tests for cervical cancer include:

  • Pap tests, also called Pap smears
  • HPV (human papillomavirus) tests

These tests can help find cervical cells that are infected with HPV or other abnormal cells before they turn into cervical cancer. Most cervical cancers can be prevented by regular screenings – and the right follow-up treatment when needed.

Talk with your doctor about which option is right for you. For more information, or to set up an appointment with one of our healthcare professionals call 706-253-4673.
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.
Mediterranean Chicken Pita
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of cubed chicken
  • 2 whole-grain pocket-style pitas (cut in half)
  • 1 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup low-fat tzatziki sauce
  • 1 cup diced cucumber
  • 1/2 cup unsalted, sliced dry-roasted almonds

Directions
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the chicken and tzatziki sauce. Suff 1/2 cup of the chicken mixture into each pita pocket.
  • Top each filled Pita Pocket with 1/4 cucumbers, 1/4 cup tomatoes, and 1 tbs sliced almonds.
Repurpose leftover chicken or turkey on this simple and delicious sandwich! It's a perfect quick and easy work-from-home lunch, or a busy weeknight dinner. If you don't have tzatziki sauce, you could use plain Greek yogurt instead.
*Recipes found at www.diabetesfoodhub.org
Upcoming Events


Wednesdays at 5:00 PM and Thursdays at 12:00 PM - Addiction Support Group Meetings
January 18th - Clinic Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
February 15th - Clinic Closed for Presidents Day