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Gulf of Mexico “in deep”: 10 diagnosed with deadly, water-contracted bacteria

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Over recent months, reports of illnesses related to flesh-eating bacteria, contracted from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, have surfaced all across the United States. But what is flesh-eating bacteria? Why is it deadly and how can you protect yourself from it? One of the first reported cases came from Ozona, Fla. after an April fishing trip. Toward, the beginning of summer, more cases began developing along the Florida panhandle, including Destin Beach and St. George Island. One of the victims was an Ohio…

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Healthcare Hero Megan Greene

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. After graduating in July with her LPN education from North Florida College (NFC), Megan Greene is ready to move forward in her career. Right now, she serves at Down Home Medical, in Madison, and hopes to continue to build on the foundation of her medical career. Greene was born and raised in Madison County and graduated from Madison County High School in 2006. In July, Greene completed an 11-month, 1,350-hour Practical Nursing program with NFC, preparing her to work in illness prevention and in the…

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Healthcare Hero Sharon Dawkins

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Sometimes, medicine isn’t the only thing that keeps the residents at Madison Health and Rehabilitation going. It’s the service provided by Sharon Dawkins, activities director, who has been involved in providing quality of life care to nursing home residents for over 20 years. Dawkins’ first bit of experience came when she was 16 and in the 11th grade when her peer-counseling class required approximately 20 hours of community service at a day care or nursing home. To her surprise, after graduating high school in 1992,…

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Honor a nursing assistant today

John Willoughby: Greene Publishing, Inc. Beginning on Thursday, June 13, and ending on Thursday, June 20, the 42nd annual National Nursing Assistants’ Week. You’re invited to say “thank you” to a local CNA, whether it be through a card, flowers or just through a kind gesture. Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) can be found at Madison County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) or at local nursing homes, caring for patients and offering a helping hand to Licensed Practical Nurses and Registered Nurses. CNAs take part in daily activities and are in direct contact…

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