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April 30, 2019 MedLink Gainesville Family Health Center & Pharmacy Open House & Ribbon Cutting

On April 29, 2019 MedLink Gainesville Family Health Center and Pharmacy celebrated their new location now at 520 Jesse Jewell Parkway in Gainesville Georgia. Members of the Hall County Chamber of Commerce, MedLink Administration and Staff, Board Members and community leaders enjoyed a successful open house, lunch and networking.

April 8, 2019 2019 Annual Meeting and Employee Awards Banquet

Over 200 employees and community friends gathered to celebrate the 2018 successes of MedLink Family Health Center. MedLink White received Health Center of the Year, Dr. Susie Price (Colbert) received the Employee of the Year, Bryan Stephens FNP (Winder) received Provider of the Year and Banks & Royston Health Centers received quality awards. Congratulations to all.

April 8, 2019 Susie Price, DFNP receives EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Colbert Health Center's Dr. Susie Price for receiving the Employee of the Year at the 2019 Awards Banquet held Friday, April 5 2019 at the Commerce Civic Center.

April 1, 2019 MedLink Family Health Center Staff Attend National Forum - March 26-29, 2019

Dave Ward CEO, Susan Clark CNO and MedLink Board Chair Doug Bridges attended the 2019 Policy and Issues Forum in Washington DC. Every year the National Association of Community Health Centers forum draws thousands of CHC professionals in one of the largest national conferences focused on Primary Care and health policy. Leaders from all over the country assemble to dialogue and meet with their law makers on capitol hill.


Today, MedLink's CEO Dave Ward and BOD Chair Doug Bridges participated in the Community Health Center Day at the Capital. This was a great opportunity to network with Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan and other political leaders to bring them up to speed on the quality healthcare FQHC's provide to Georgia Communities.

December 18, 2018 MedLink celebrates opening second Center in Rabun County

The Rabun County Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting at the new MedLink Family Health Center located at 773 North Main Street on Wednesday, December 5th. Over 40 people from the community attended.

August 14, 2018 MedLink's Dr. Gordon on "This Week"

Dr. Gordon talks about National Health Week and Community Health Centers.

August 13, 2018 MedLink CEO Dave Ward thanks Legislators for their continued support.

We kicked off National Health Center week with a thank you to the Legislators in our service area. As a Community Health Center, MedLink Georgia continues to provide primary care services, as well as supportive services in our communities, specifically to populations with limited access to healthcare. We appreciate the support we and other FQHC's across the state receive as we all continue in strengthening access to healthcare.

July 16, 2018 MedLink Georgia will celebrate National Health Center Week in August.

June 20, 2018 MedLink Jackson Open House

On June 19, 2018 MedLink Georgia, Inc. celebrated their MedLink Jackson location with a Ribbon Cutting & Open House. MedLink Jackson offers Primary Care for the entire family and most recently added Behavioral Health Services.

May 30, 2018 The Crusher Vineyard Trail Race A Success

On Saturday May 27th over 200 runners ran in the annual Crusher Vineyard Trail Race held at the beautiful Yonah Mountain Vineyards. It is a challenging race but what a view! Proceeds will benefit the Community Helping Hands Free Clinic in Cleveland and MedLink Georgia. MedLink's Family Health Center in Cleveland works very closely with the CHH clinic.

May 1, 2018 MedLink Georgia Welcomes Marcie Ford, FNP

We are proud to announce that Marcie Ford has joined MedLink and will be working at MedLink Habersham. Marcie comes with over 25 years in patient care.

April 16, 2018 2018 Annual Meeting & Employee Awards Banquet A Huge Success!

On April 13th MedLink Georgia, Inc. celebrated their many successes over the last year at their Annual Awards Banquet. Along with an impressive review by CEO Dave Ward, awards were given to Beth Heath, RN (Employee of the Year) - Nancy McCoy,FNP (Provider of the Year) - Two Center of Excellence Awards went to MedLink Banks and MedLink Winder Pediatrics. MedLink Gainesville Received Health Center of the Year.

April 13, 2018 MedLink Rabun Welcomes Dr. Ambrous Findley, Jr.

We are proud to announce that Dr. Findley has joined the medical staff at MedLink Rabun. For an appointment with Dr. Findley call 706-782-5991.

March 26, 2018 MedLink Hartwell

MedLink Hartwell celebrated the revamping of their office with an open house reception for the community on Thursday, March 22nd. More than 50 people attended. Pictured are: Dr. Daniel Gordon, CEO Dave Ward, Sonya Blackmon FNP and Dr. Ted Schock.

February 15, 2018 MedLink White Celebrates New Location

On February 8, 2018 MedLink Georgia, Inc. held a Ribbon Cutting at their new location. The Family Medical Center has two physicians and a Family Nurse Practitioner. . . offering primary care services for the entire family. This Center also provides Occupational Health Services. For information call 706-969-7510.

January 2, 2018 MedLink Georgia, Inc. announces expansion of Colbert Center!

Dave Ward, CEO of MedLink Georgia announced Friday, December 29th plans to expand the Health Center Campus in Madison County. With an anticipated date of Fall, 2018 the new 8,000 sq. ft. expansion will include PT/OT, Speech Therapy, Behavioral Health, an in-house pharmacy and a Corporate Call Center to service all 14 locations.

December 14, 2017 MedLink White Opens In New Location

We have moved to better serve you! MedLink White is located at 17 White Street in Cleveland, Georgia. For an appointment please call 706-969-7510. Our providers are Dr. Leslie Pittman, Dr. William Koeppel and LuRee Chapman, FNP.

May 30, 2017 FIRST Crusher Trail Race - A huge success (May 27, 2017)

Yonah Mountain Vineyards hosted the first Crusher Vineyard and Trail Race on Saturday May 27, 2017. Proceeds benefited MedLink & Community Helping Hands Clinic in Cleveland Georgia. It was a beautiful day and we had over 260 runners. This is sure to be an annual event.

May 17, 2017 MedLink Georgia, Inc. Welcomes New Board Member

Cassandra (Sandi) Saffold has joined the Board of Directors representing Oglethorpe County. Sandi is the HSE Manager of Hitachi Automotive and lives in Winterville Georgia.

April 12, 2017 MedLink Georgia, Inc. Annual Employee Gala

MedLink employees, their guests and friends of MedLink celebrated the accomplishments of the fiscal year with the theme; Celebrating Healthcare Around the World. Dave Ward, CEO of MedLink recapped the year by highlighting Outreach Initiatives, Awards and Recognition (being named CHC of the year by GAPHC), the successful openings of two new Centers (MedLink Monroe & MedLink Commerce Family Dental) and the successful ancillary services now available through MedLink. Like;the WorkLink Occupational Health program, expansion of women's health services and the MedLink Pharmacy and courier service. Mr. Ward and Larry Walker Board Chair also presented employee service awards and named the Employee of the Year. Lisa Smith, LPN at MedLink Colbert received this year's award. Entertainment was provided by the Mexican Dancing Groups of Athens Georgia; Danzazteca and Dancetonali. CEO Dave Ward, "We have a diverse and incredibly motivated and determined group of employees at MedLink and I applaud you for providing quality healthcare services to 29,462 patients and 84,286 visits."

March 29, 2017 MedLink CEO and Community Board Member Attends National Conference

MedLink CEO Dave Ward and Board Member Doug Bridges are in Washington D.C. attending the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)Policy & Issues Forum. This interactive annual conference is an opportunity for researchers and leading professionals to come together and exchange ideas and views on policy issues of community health centers. This conference has proved to be an excellent way to increase networking opportunities. Pictured: (L-R Board Member Doug Bridges,U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, MedLink CEO Dave Ward and CHCS CEO Carla Belcher).

March 16, 2017 Dental Hygienist Joins MedLink Commerce Family Dental Center

We are proud to welcome Michael Hopkins. He has over 20 years experience in preventive dental, soft tissue management and pedodontic care. He also independently developed and operated an acrylic dental lab specializing in removable partials and dentures. For more information about MedLink Commerce Family Dental Center call 706-423-9291. Located at 226 Steven B. Tanger Boulevard, Commerce Georgia 30529 (Banks Crossing).

February 21, 2017 MedLink Georgia & Georgia Family Planning Staff Participate in Resource Fair

The Georgia Family Planning System (GFPS) is a collaboration between federally qualified community health centers, Grady Health System, and private physician offices across the state of Georgia. Our goals are to offer family planning services that aim to decrease the rate of unintended pregnancies in the state, increase healthy outcomes for pregnant women and provide access to affordable primary healthcare services for the entire family. Today MedLink Georgia Inc. and GFPS Staff participated in a resource fair at Piedmont College in Demorest Georgia. The intent was to provide Sexual Health education and confidential guidance to students during their "Safe Spring Break" resource fair.

January 18, 2017 MedLink Commerce Family Dental Center Welcomes New Providers

We are pleased to announce two new providers to the MedLink Team. Jason Lue Yen, D.D.S and Sabrina Campbell, D.D.S has joined the MedLink Family Dental Center in Commerce Georgia. Dr. Lue Yen received his education from the University of Maryland Dental School. Dr. Campbell is a graduate of West Virginia School of Dentistry.

November 21, 2016 MedLink Georgia Named Community Health Center of the Year.

The Georgia Association of Primary Health Care, Inc. presented MedLink Georgia the award for Community Health Center of the Year. "With accomplishments and accolades to numerous to list, MedLink Georgia, under the leadership of David Ward, CEO and the Board of Directors, have shown consistent growth with its compliance of board governance, its successful expansion of services, its progressive efforts to address community needs, its financial stability, and its leadership and commitment to clinical quality improvement programs for the service area." Lucy McCannon, Board Member representing Oglethorpe County also received the CHC Board Member of the Year Award. Pictured: MedLink President & CEO, David Ward.

November 17, 2016 MedLink Celebrates Newest Community Health Center

Today, MedLink Georgia celebrated the opening of MedLink Commerce Family Dental located at 226 Steven Tanger Boulevard, Commerce Georgia. People from the community, the Banks County Chamber of Commerce representatives and government officials attended. We look forward to serving the dental care needs of Banks and surrounding counties. For more information about MedLink Commerce please call 706-423-9291.

November 9, 2016 MedLink Georgia Names Corporate Medical Director

We are pleased to announce the addition of Mushtaq Ahmed,M.D. who will be practicing family medicine at the Winder Community Health Center. Dr. Ahmed comes to MedLink with extensive expertise in clinical administration with emphasis on continuous quality improvement to ensure the patient's overall experience is satisfactory. He is a seasoned clinical educator that has implemented standards of care, communication and accountability in several primary care practices in the US and abroad. He has Licensure to practice in Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and New York. He received his medical degree from Dow Medical College, Karachi Pakistan and completed his Family Practice Residency Program at Saint Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie New York. He is board certified by The American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Ahmed and his family reside in Athens Georgia.

October 17, 2016 MedLink Family Dental Care Open For Business

June 24, 2016 MedLink Georgia Celebrates Additional Location

On June 23rd MedLink Administrative Staff, Board members, Walton County Chamber members and community leaders enjoyed an open house & ribbon cutting at the new MedLink Monroe location ...."Healthcare for Women". Dr. Maribelle Verdiales and staff gave a tour of the beautiful facility and CEO Dave Ward brought the group up to speed on MedLink's plans for the future. (Pictured: CEO, Dave Ward & Dr. Verdiales)

May 31, 2016 MedLink Georgia, Inc. Welcomes Bryan Stephens, FNP

Bryan Stephens, Family Nurse Practitioner has joined the staff of MedLink Winder. Bryan received his Masters of Science in Nursing as Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia Baptist College of nursing at Mercer, University, Atlanta Georgia and his BS in Nursing at Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah Georgia. His clinical experience includes urgent and primary care. Bryan and his family live in Dacula Georgia. We look forward to working with Bryan.

May 24, 2016 Jackson EMC Foundation Awards MedLink Georgia $15,000 Grant

The Jackson EMC Foundation awarded MedLink Georgia a $15,000 grant to assist the corporation with furnishings for the expansion at the MedLink Colbert Office. These funds will be used to equip the new exam rooms with exam tables, side chairs, and other equipment to make the rooms safe and comfortable for patients and caregivers. The Jackson Electric Foundation's Board of Directors is responsible for distribution of funds from the Electric Cooperative's "operation Round-up" where members who get their electricity from Jackson Electric elect to "round-up" their monthly bill to provide assistance to not for profit agencies in the area. MedLink Colbert's five practitioners see an average of 100 patients each day. Last year, an addition to the building created six new exam rooms and offices which require furnishing. The $15,000 from the Jackson Electric Foundation will provide this much needed equipment so that patients can enjoy the improved patient flow and lower wait time for a room to be available. The corporation is grateful for these funds from the Foundation and for the support of the staff at the local JEMC office in Madison County. (Pictured: (L-R MedLink CEO, Dave Ward, Meredith Udell, MD, Angela Rouse Dir. Public Policy and Dick Perpall, JEMC Foundation Board Member for Madison County

May 13, 2016 MedLink Hosts Breakfast

On May 12th MedLink hosted breakfast for Business Leaders and Representative Terry England. England represents the 116th District in the Georgia House of Representatives. The district includes most of Barrow County and its municipalities. The event was held at the MedLink Winder campus located in Snoden Village at 133 W. Athens Street in Winder Georgia. Attendees from the community, local dignitaries and patients listened as Representative England spoke about the rural healthcare crisis and the importance of having a Community Health Center to work with hospitals and the community to be a more affordable alternative to healthcare. England shared several initiatives underway that includes focus groups made up of rural hospital leaders, physicians, and state lawmakers. This would allow everyone to evaluate the need in their specific area and emphasis would be on working together so all medical entities in the community would benefit from a strategically planned partnership. Hospital emergency rooms are financially burdened by uninsured patients using the ED as their primary care provider. Today Rep. England talked about how the 12 MedLink Community Health Centers could assist hospitals in their service area by offering a more affordable route of care. With that in mind, MedLink's President and CEO Dave Ward plans to reach out to hospitals in the MedLink service area (that covers over 26 North Georgia counties). His goal along with his Administrative team will be to work hand in hand with the hospital EDs and other ancillary departments to solidify a continuum of care for the communities they serve. Pictured (L-R) Board Chair, Larry Walker, Rep. Terry England, CEO Dave Ward

April 28, 2016 MedLink Georgia Celebrates 40 Years Of Service

On April 22, 2016 MedLink Georgia held their Annual Gala at the Jefferson Civic Center in Jefferson, Georgia. Employees, board members and honored guests enjoyed a night of great food, fun and fellowship. Dave Ward, President & CEO started the celebration by commending employees for their dedicated service through the years, shared successes of previous years and recapped a great 2015. Today MedLink Georgia covers over 28 North Georgia counties. In 2015, MedLink White County was added and we moved in new facilities in Royston (Franklin County), Winder (Barrow County) and opened our first pharmacy. The MedLink Colbert facility was revamped and new patient rooms were added. We understand the need to support our industrial community and have expanded our Occupational Health service in to Habersham, White, Hall, Oglethorpe and will start in Elberton and Banks this year. Most recently, MedLink Healthcare for Women in Winder added services in Monroe. This new practice will offer a comprehensive GYN service to women in Winder, Monroe and surrounding areas. We have expanded our Mission to provide quality, patient-centered services and are proud of a new foundation to assist our employees and their families. Other areas of advancement include the implementation of a new EHR, Patient Centered Medical Home Recognition, Family Planning, Title X initiative, Outreach & Enrollment, Health-e Connection implementation and the North Georgia Health Integrated Network. "Because of dedicated employees we had successful HRSA and Title X visits and we hope to expand into Jackson County this year. We have accomplished so much and are looking forward to many new opportunities to make what we do for those we proudly serve even better," says CEO Dave Ward. (pictured CEO, Dave Ward & Board Chair, Lucy McCannon).

April 13, 2016 Dave Ward, CEO of MedLink Georgia, Inc. announces expansion of Women's Healthcare.

MedLink Georgia is proud to announce an additional location for women's healthcare in Walton County. On April 1, 2016 Dr. Maribelle Verdiales and the staff of Heras Wellness & Medspa in Monroe Georgia joined MedLink Georgia fulltime. Dr. Verdiales is no stranger to MedLink. She joined MedLink Winder Part Time in 2014. By adding a second location we are better equipped to meet the needs of our female population in the Walton/Barrow Communities. There will be no changes to the current GYN practice in Monroe which offers a comprehensive line of GYN and Wellness Services. Dr. Verdiales has privileges at Clearview Regional Medical Center in Monroe, Georgia.

March 18, 2016 MedLink President & CEO Dave Ward Attends National NACHC Conference in Washington, DC

The 2016 Policy & Issues Forum hosted by the National Association of Community Health Centers began this week. This annual national conference which draws thousands of health center advocates from around the U.S. and Health Care Professionals will dialogue on key policy issues such as workforce building, population health and the continuing efforts to meet the demand for primary care while reducing healthcare costs. The conference will feature experts in the healthcare industry and federal health officials. Dave Ward, MedLink's CEO and Lucy McCannon, Board Chair representing the community board of representatives are networking with health professionals and government officials to increase awareness and funding for CHC's. Health Centers save the U.S. Healthcare system more than $24billion every year in reduced overall costs from preventable hospitalizations and avoidable emergency room visits. (Pictured are Ward & McCannon with Congressman Jody Hice and other Health Leader Attendees)

February 26, 2016 MedLink Rabun Provider Voted Best Medical Provider in Rabun County

We are so proud of Jennifer Marcellino, MMSc-PA-C who works at MedLink Rabun. Jennifer received the Readers' Choice 2016 Award. Jennifer takes great pride in serving the community she calls home. She is a valued member of the MedLink Georgia Medical Team.

February 24, 2016 Welcome Skye Beck, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

We are pleased to announce that Sky Beck has joined MedLink Colbert. Skye is a new Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care with an interest in Primary Care Pediatrics and Neuropsychology. Her work experience includes South Coast Pediatrics, Gwinnett Medical Center Pediatric ED, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Dahlonega Pediatrics.

January 20, 2016 Dr. Fay Stapleton-Burnett Joins MedLink Board of Directors

MedLink Georgia, Inc. welcomes Dr. Fay Stapleton-Burnett to their Board of Directors representing Barrow County. Dr. Burnett has practiced general dentistry for 31 years until her recent retirement. She and her husband Rev. Brock Burnett live in Winder.

January 8, 2016 MedLink Georgia, Inc. Welcomes Holly Thornton-Marbut, Family Nurse Practitioner

Holly will join Dr. Jeuslyn Chandler at MedLink Oglethorpe. Her experience includes primary and urgent care, diagnosing common and chronic illnesses. Holly is seasoned in domestic violence counseling an advocate for women's health, preventative and wellness care. For more information call 706-743-8171.

October 15, 2015 MedLink Georgia, Inc. Elects Cesia Romero to the Board of Directors

Cesia Romero will represent Hall County Georgia on the MedLink Board of Directors. Cesia, a former employee of MedLink Georgia will bring a great understanding to the Board from an employee and community perspective.

October 1, 2015 MedLink Winder Moves to their New Location in Snoden Village

MedLink Winder has expanded its facility to include an in-house pharmacy which will open for business this month. We are looking forward to offering quality healthcare for the people of Barrow and surrounding counties.

September 25, 2015 Open House & Ribbon Cutting September 24, 2015

MedLink Georgia, Inc. celebrated it's newest Community Health Center today with a Ribbon Cutting and luncheon. Dave Ward, MedLink's CEO; "We are delighted to be part of White County and look forward to providing quality healthcare for the community."

September 25, 2015 MedLink welcomes Cathy Villines to the MedLink Board of Directors.

Cathy Villines will represent White County on the MedLink Board of Directors. Cathy is a long time resident of Georgia and an active member of the White County community. A graduate of Oglethorpe University, Cathy began her career in the corporate world over 20 years ago.

July 14, 2015 MedLink Georgia, Inc. receives PCMH Level 3 recognition.

Recently all of MedLink's 10 Centers received the National Committee for Quality Assurance's Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition at Level 3, the highest level.

June 3, 2015 MedLink Georgia announces the addition of Finda Guyton, MD.

We are proud to announce the addition of Finda Guyton, MD to Medlink Habersham in Demorest, Georgia. Dr. Guyton received her education from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, MA. There, she served as Assistant Professor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

May 7, 2015 MedLink Georgia hosts Johnson & Johnson Retiree Health Fair.

MedLink Georgia, Inc. was awarded the honor to host the annual Johnson & Johnson Retiree Health Fair in Gainesville Georgia. Over 30 vendors, including medical and various civic organizations participated.

May 6, 2015 MedLink Georgia announces Community Health Center coming to White County!

Dave Ward, CEO "I am pleased to announce that MedLink has received an award to open a New Access Point for White County. It is my privilege to continue to further MedLink's mission to the communities of White County."

April 24, 2015 2015 Employee Gala

The Annual Employee Gala entitled; "Celebrating Our People" was held April 24, 2015 at the Jefferson Civic Center. More than 150 employees, Board of Directors, and dignitaries from MedLink's service areas attended. Employees were recognized for their years of service; 5, 10, and 15 years.

April 22, 2015 MedLink Staff attend Administrative Professionals Luncheon

On April 22, 2015 MedLink participated at the Oglethorpe Chamber of Commerce Administrative Professional Luncheon held at the beautifully refurbished Historic Crawford Depot. Local businesses showed their support by donating wonderful door prizes, a delicious meal and many kudos to those administrative assistants who work daily to keep business on track.

April 16, 2015 MedLink Royston relocates to the Royston Diagnostic Center

Today we celebrated the relocation of MedLink Royston. We are overwhelmed by the support we have received from the people of Franklin County. It was encouraging to welcome City & County officials along with Senator John Wilkinson today.

March 15, 2015 MedLink Georgia Represented at NACH P&I Conference in Washington, DC

February 12, 2015 MedLink Georgia Navigators hosted an Open Enrollment Day.

In February 12, 2015 MedLink Georgia Navigators hosted an Open Enrollment Day at MedLink Habersham. A representative from Enroll America participated in the event by screening participants prior to meeting with our Outreach & Enrollment Specialists

February 9, 2015 Medlink Winder honored by visit from Congressman Jody Hice

Medlink Winder was honored to host a visit from Congressman Jody Hice with the 10th District of Georgia. We enjoyed our time with the Congressman and his staff as we discussed the ever-growing concern of funding for Community Health Centers and our desire to continue to provide quality healthcare for the people in our service area.

January 30, 2015 MedLink receives grant from Jackson Electric Foundation

On January 30, 2015, the Jackson Electric Foundation awarded MedLink Georgia, Inc. a grant in the amount of $15,000. The funds will be used for upgrading the Electronic Health Record system which will allow patients and medical providers to access records as well as enhance the internal record keeping system. MedLink appreciates the support of the Jackson Electric Foundation and their support to enhance care and access to people in the Jackson Electric service area.

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