Lifting up Albany ― Dr. Jim Hotz honored for frontline response to the COVID-19 pandemic
(April 22) Georgia CORE recognizes and honors Albany for the community’s heroic frontline response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was early March when the first Georgia cases were diagnosed there, and little information was available on how to test for or treat the virus much less prevent its spread. Thanks largely to the efforts of Phoebe Putney Health System and its 4,500 physicians and employees, over 1,100 people have recovered from the virus and the number of cases has begun to plateau.
When Jim Hotz, MD, of Albany Area Primary Care and Chair of the Georgia Colorectal Roundtable learned of the CDC’s intent to fund colorectal screening initiatives, he moved quickly to create a statewide partnership to submit an application. Though the proposal was due in mid March – just as Albany was learning of the extent of its exposure to the virus – Dr. Hotz was undaunted. Thanks to his commitment, an innovative proposal among partners including Albany Area Primary Care, Augusta University, Georgia CORE and Horizons Community Solutions was submitted on March 17. Congratulations to the team focused on bringing colorectal cancer screening to southwest Georgia and good luck in the CDC review process.