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STD Awareness Month – Weekly Tips

Posted onApril 7, 2017

April is STD Awareness Month. We will be providing you with weekly tips throughout the month of April. Visit this page every Monday for the more tips.

Tip #1

Talk openly to your partner(s) and your doctor about sexual health and STD’s.

  • Talk about when you were last tested and suggest getting tested together
  • Tell you partner if you have an STD (like herpes or HIV)
  • Use latex condoms the right way everytime you have sex
  • Talk to your doctor about your sex life ask what STD test you should be getting
  • Ask your doctor if the vaccines for Hepatitis B and HPV are right for you

Tip #2

Get tested. It’s the only way to know for sure if you have an STD
Many STDs don’t cause any symptoms. If you’re having sex, getting tested is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health.

Find out which STD tests CDC recommends that you should get. And remember, pregnancy doesn’t protect against STDs. If you’re having sex, you’re still at risk.

If you’re not comfortable talking about STDs, you can feel at ease knowing Oakhurst Medical Center provides confidential and free or low-cost testing.

Tip #3

If you test positive for an STD, work with your doctor to get the correct treatment.

Some STDs can be cured with the right medicine from your doctor. It’s important that you take all of the medication your doctor prescribes. To make sure your treatment works:

  • Don’t share your medicine with anyone, and
  • Avoid having sex again until you and your sex partner(s) have each completed treatment.

Other STDs aren’t curable, but they are treatable. Your doctor can talk with you about which medications are right for you.


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Oakhurst Medical celebrates record year as new center opens

Posted onDecember 17, 2015

Oakhurst Medical Centers Inc., which officially opened its new $5 million administration and medical center on Feb. 24, had a record year in 2013, serving more than 16,000 patients.

CEO Jeff Taylor said the nonprofit center has experienced tremendous growth over the nine years since he has been there. Last year Oakhurst, which operates three centers in Stone Mountain and Decatur and one in Conyers, served the most patients ever in a single year.

Taylor said the center is realizing its mission and motto of healing its community one home at a time.

“If we can just reach someone new each and every day, we are striving to heal our community one home at a time,” he told about 30 invited guests that included 4th District U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, DeKalb Commissioners Sharon Barnes Sutton of District 4 and Larry Johnson of District 3, and Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden.

Monday’s ceremony was the second attempt at a grand opening. The first ceremony on Jan. 30 was scuttled by a snowstorm that closed down metro Atlanta for three days.

The one-story center at 5582 Memorial Drive almost doubled the size of Oakhurst Medical’s old facility, down the street on Village Square Drive.

The center moved into the new facility on Dec. 6 – 16 months after the groundbreaking and demolition of an old nightclub that once occupied the property.

It houses the administrative offices and has 34 exam rooms, up from 18, two dental chairs and space for radiology. Oakhurst Medical offers family medicine, pediatrics and ob/gyn services to under-insured and uninsured families.

With the visibility of the new center on Memorial Drive, Taylor said they saw an immediate uptick in patients.

“We served 3,300 patients in December. Usually we do around 2,500 in a month. So we are already seeing the growth.”

Congressman Johnson, who represents the 4th District, helped secure funding for the new building. He said Oakhurst is a manifestation of where the country is headed with providing affordable health care. He called it a facility that produces healthy people and said the Affordable Care Act was successful despite vehement opposition.

In metro Atlanta, Johnson said 88 percent of the target number for enrollment in the Healthcare Marketplace has been met.

“Y’all have been working hard,” he said. “Oakhurst, commissioners and public officials have been working very hard to help their community understand what’s happening. Your efforts have paid off.”

Johnson said the enrollment numbers are not as strong in the rest of the state, but that even with a governor who does not want 700,000 uninsured Georgians to get coverage and who is refusing $40 billion over 10 years to fund Medicaid, the state has reached 58 percent of the target.

“I think that’s pretty good,” he said. “I think we are winning and we still have a little time left.”

March 31 is the open enrollment deadline to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Taylor said that Oakhurst, a federally qualified nonprofit center, had its start in 1976 when Elizabeth Wilson, former mayor of Decatur, recognized the need for health care services for the underserved in the Oakhurst community. It is one of 32 community health centers in Georgia and one of 1,200 nationwide. He said Oakhurst Medical was providing affordable care before the federal act came about.

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Oakhurst Medical Center celebrate grand opening of $5 million community health center

Posted onFebruary 17, 2015

Atlanta, Georgia – The new 24,000 square foot community health center celebrated its grand opening this week. The design and construction of the clinic was completed by The Neenan Company headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado. During the first month in the new facility, Oakhurst Medical Center is seeing an increase in patient visits of over 20%.

According to Jeff Taylor, CEO of Oakhurst Medical Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), “The expertise and knowledge of The Neenan Company in design and building a facility specific for our industry was outstanding. It was quite evident that as a construction company, they went well beyond just nails and 2×4’s! In many instances, they had the same knowledge base regarding patient flow as any experienced physician practice.”

The replacement clinic features 32 exam rooms, four dental operatories, and administration space. In addition to being the design‐builder, The Neenan Company also partnered with the community health center to secure a grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration.

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