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Women’s DIY Day to be Held on July 8 in Moultrie

Affinity Physicians for Women will be holding a Women’s DIY Day on Saturday, July 8 at Southern Regional Technical College (SRTC) in Moultrie. This open-house event, held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., is free and open to all women and no registration is required.

Obstetricians/gynecologists Dr. Bishara Baddour and Dr. Rana Khalek with Affinity Physicians for Women will host a seminar at 10:30 a.m. titled “Celebrating Women’s Health: Get Your Questions Answered about Wellness.” There will also be educational workshops on couponing, identity theft protection, herb gardening and essential oils. In addition, there will be will various exhibits and information booths on a range of life topics.

“Affinity Physicians for Women wants to help women become smarter, more savvy and self-sufficient with Women’s DIY Day,” said Judy Shiflet, community relations coordinator with Tift Regional Health System. “This will be a fun morning of learning. The event is designed to enrich women from a health and wellness perspective. We’ll also have giveaways and refreshments.”

Obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. Bishara Baddour, a Moultrie native, is now seeing patients at the new Colquitt County office of Affinity Physicians for Women, located in Moultrie at 2 Hospital Park. His wife, Dr. Rana Khalek, sees patients at the Tift County office. Dr. Baddour is providing outpatient exams and clinical care at the Moultrie location and performs minor procedures. He is available for maternity care, gynecological surgery, general women’s health issues, prevention, education and more. For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Baddour at the Moultrie office, call 229-217-0535. The Moultrie office once served as the practice location for Dr. Baddour’s late father, urologist David Baddour, M.D.

The Women’s DIY Day event will be held at the SRTC campus in Moultrie, located at 800 Veterans Parkway North. Learn more at or call 229-353-6316.

“We invite all women to come and take advantage of this free and informative event,” said Shiflet. 

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Affinity Clinic Adds Second Interventional Cardiologist

The Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) Heart and Vascular Center welcomes new interventional cardiologist Anthony Burke, DO, FACC, FASNC. Dr. Burke will work alongside Dr. Paul Murray, Dr. William Hancock, Dr. Jonathan Tronolone, Dr. Joseph Turner and Dr. William Kaiser in providing cardiovascular services for patients. Dr. Burke will perform procedures at the TRMC Heart and Vascular Center and conduct evaluations, office-based treatments and follow-up exams at Affinity Clinic.

Dr. Burke diagnoses and treats heart conditions including coronary artery disease, abnormal rhythms (arrhythmia), valve problems, congestive heart failure and more. As an interventional cardiologist, he provides general cardiology services but also specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions using minimally invasive techniques often involving catheters, which are small, flexible tubes inserted into the body. The catheter is carefully threaded into the heart using an x-ray machine that produces real-time images, known as fluoroscopy. Once the catheter is in place, contrast material is injected and images of the heart are obtained.

Angioplasty, also known as percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), is a procedure in which a narrowed section of a coronary artery is widened with a balloon catheter. In most cases, a stent is placed at the same time. With these techniques, Dr. Burke can often achieve results similar to those of more invasive methods like open surgery, while minimizing pain, recovery time and complications.

With the addition of Dr. Burke, TRMC now has three interventional cardiologists, one invasive cardiologist, one vascular surgeon and an internist who interprets cardiac studies.

“I’m excited to have joined this growing program,” said Dr. Burke. “I look forward to serving patients here in South Central Georgia. TRMC has an impressive heart and vascular facility with the latest technology and a great team of cardiovascular professionals.”

Board certified in cardiology, Dr. Burke earned his medical degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed an internal medicine residency at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. He followed with a cardiovascular disease fellowship and an interventional cardiology fellowship at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa, Okla. Prior to joining Affinity Clinic, Dr. Burke practiced cardiology in Tulsa, Okla. and Augusta, Ga.

For more information or to make an appointment or referral, please call 229-391-4100. Affinity Clinic, a part of Tift Regional Physician Group, is located in Tifton at 2225 Highway 41 North.

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Spend July 4th with your family - not in the emergency room

June 30, 2017 by Molly Huff

Almost 6,000 Americans spend part of their Fourth of July holiday in the emergency room or phyisician's offce every year due to fireworks injuries. The injuries included contusions, lacerations and foreign bodies in the eye, among others.  In the end, it is really better to enjoy a professional fireworks display - but, if you are going to set off fireworks yourself this Fourth of July, there are several safety tips you can follow to keep you and your family out of harm’s way.


  • Use fireworks outdoor only
  • Obey local laws – if fireworks are not legal where you live, do not use them
  • Always have a water hose or bucket of water handy
  • Only use fireworks as intended – do not try to alter or combine them
  • Never relight a “dud” firework – wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water to ensure it is out
  • Use common sense.  Spectators should keep a safe distance from the administrator who should always wear safety glasses.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix – have a “designated shooter” if alcohol is a part of your event
  • Only people over the age of 12 should be allowed to handle sparklers or fireworks of any type; and even then, adults should be supervising
  • Don’t ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives
  • If anyone does get hurt during the lighting of fireworks, call 911 immediately
    Affinity Health Clinc wishes you a safe and happy Fourth of July! 

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