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APRIL/MAY 2014 MACON MAGAzINE I 73 ADVERTISING | WOMEN IN BUSINESS 1062 Forsyth St., Ste 2A | Macon, GA 31201 | 478.742.6738 Visit us on Facebook! WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT YOUR MEDICAL PRACTICE? Women for Women's Health is an Obstetrics and Gynecological health center for women by women. Currently our staff includes three female doctors, Dr. Teresa Luhrs, Dr. Kerry Holliman, Dr. Carol Wanna, and midwives Jennifer Stuckey and Jessica Alligood. Our providers feel that as women, they understand fully what their patients are experiencing, and therefore provide excellent and empathetic care for their patients of all ages. They believe each patient deserves quality time to ask questions and receive answers. WHAT SERVICES DO YOU OFFER? We provide OB services for routine and high-risk pregnancies, including multiple births, diabetes and hypertension. GYN care involves well women exams, management of menstrual problems, contraceptive options, sterilization, STD prevention and treatment, pre-conceptual counseling, infertility workup, management of abnormal bleeding (both medically and surgically, including uterine ablations and hysterectomy), management of abnormal paps, and perimenopausal and menopausal issues. WHEN DID WOMEN FOR WOMEN'S HEALTH BEGIN? Women for Women's Health was established in 1993 by Dr. Teresa Luhrs after completion of her OBGYN residency at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Dr. Luhrs is originally from Charleston, South Carolina where she attended the The College of Charleston and The Medical University of South Carolina. She is married to John Camp, a family law attorney. TELL US ABOUT THE REST OF YOUR STAFF AND THEIR BACKGROUNDS. Dr. Kerry Holliman earned an associate's degree in nursing and a Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of West Georgia. She attended medical school at Mercer University and completed her residency at The Medical Center of Central Georgia. Dr. Holliman is also trained in Robotic surgery including hysterectomies. Her husband, Ed, is the owner of Hello There Cupcake. They have two children. Dr. Carol Wanna provides gynecological services only. She attended the University of California Santa Barbara for undergraduate studies and then graduated from medical school at the University of California Irvine. She completed her residency at Kaiser Permanente Medical Group. She has three children. Jennifer Stuckey, CNM, completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and then earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at Vanderbilt University. She is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. She is married to Joey Stuckey, a renowned musician, producer and music instructor. Jessica Alligood, CNM, completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Georgia College and State University and then earned her Masters of Science in Nursing at Frontier Nursing University. She is originally from Covington, Georgia. Her husband, James, works in Information Technology at a local bank and they have two children. Jessica Alligood, CNM Carol Wanna, MD Teresa Luhrs, MD Kerry Holliman, MD Jennifer Stuckey, CNM ADVERTISING | WOMEN IN BUSINESS Dr. Ninfa Saunders Central Georgia Health System 777 Hemlock Street | Macon, GA 31201 478.633.1000 WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT AS A WOMAN IN A BUSINESS LEADERSHIP ROLE IN THIS COMMUNITY? Women constitute a great portion of the workforce, but in many instances, they are the worker bees. They are often not the head of the organization. I am someone who rose through the ranks from a worker bee – a nurse – to a CEO. I hope that inspires other women in our community. If you are dedicated, if you work diligently, you will be rewarded. WHAT ARE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES RIGHT NOW IN THE HEALTHCARE FIELD? We could speak for hours about legislation, federal reimbursement, and all that entails. While that will create challenges for The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Central Georgia Health System in the coming months, I believe we are accepting the challenges and opportunities recent legislation has provided, and we are working towards viable solutions. These solutions focus on forming partnerships throughout the healthcare industry and rewarding our people for the excellent care they provide on a daily basis. We are currently working with hospitals, health systems and physicians across the state through Stratus Healthcare to address the health needs of our region. Locally, we are working to strengthen our partnerships with local physicians in order to establish a more unified local healthcare network for Bibb and the surrounding counties. WHAT ARE THE SPECIFIC CHALLENGES FACING CENTRAL GEORGIA HEALTH SYSTEM? Federal healthcare reform will require that medical care be reimbursed based on a fee-for-value framework rather than the fee-for-service model used in the past. We are working with our partners in Stratus Healthcare to create a delivery model for this transformation. The partnerships through Stratus will serve as a vehicle to keep healthcare local with the goal to improve outcomes, enhance the patient experience and increase efficiency. Central Georgia Health System is committed to providing the right care at the right cost and in the right place – close to home. WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT AS YOU LOOK TO THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE IN CENTRAL GEORGIA? I am particularly excited about Central Georgia Health System's "CEO of the Household" women's health series. I've always felt that women in general are so busy taking care of everyone else – their loved ones, their careers, their commitments to community and religious organizations – that they do not make time for themselves. I certainly feel that personally. Only when they have symptoms, or only when they are incapacitated for some reason, will they take care of themselves. We began the 'CEO of the Household" series in 2013 to allow women to take time out of their busy schedules to focus on their own health. The lunch and learn events encourage women to take one hour from their day, to pencil themselves into their schedule for a moment, to enjoy the company of other women and learn more about caring for themselves. The successful 2013 program focused on issues such as weight, breast health, diabetes and stress management. This year, we will focus on overall wellbeing – not just physical health, but mental health as well. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU OFFER YOUNG WOMEN AS THEY START THEIR CAREERS? I am a proponent of higher education, and believe that a woman, or a man for that matter, should continue to learn and grow intellectually throughout her career. Seek higher education, continue to take courses and attend seminars that will improve your career. Not only that, but be courageous. Many times, advancing requires bravery, so I would advise younger workers to be brave as they seek opportunities for advancement. Finally, but most importantly, remember the things that will last after 5:00 and after retirement – the love of family and friends, faith, and giving back to others.

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