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August 07, 2011 12:00 AM | 2526 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Little Clinic opens inside Marietta Kroger

MARIETTA - The Little Clinic, an affordable, walk-in health care clinic, opened inside the Kroger at 3600 Dallas Highway in Marietta. The clinic began taking patients on Friday. Marietta is the first location of The Little Clinic inside Kroger in the Atlanta area and will showcase a new clinic design with a semi-private waiting area, two exam rooms, and an electronic kiosk for patient sign-in. A second Atlanta-area clinic will open in Cartersville in August.

The Little Clinic locations are staffed with licensed and board-certified nurse practitioners and certified physician assistants. They are authorized to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as bronchitis, respiratory, sinus and ear infections and the flu, as well as for minor injuries. The clinics also provide services such as school, camp and sports physicals, preventive care and vaccinations in addition to tobacco cessation programs, treatment of mild to moderate acne and travel health care services.

The Little Clinic is offering 500 Fuel Points with an office visit, excluding flu shots. Federal and state health care program beneficiaries are not eligible.

The Little Clinic accepts walk-ins and provides care for patients 18 months and older.

The Little Clinic is in-network with most major insurers including Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, CIGNA, Humana, Multiplan and United Healthcare as well as with a full list of regional providers. Consumers may view a list of all accepted insurances at www.thelittleclinic. com. The Little Clinic also accepts self-paying patients with office visits starting at $69.

Health tour stopping in Marietta

MARIETTA - The Health Mart Healthy Living Tour is on the road to celebrate and recognize community pharmacists for the role they play as trusted health care providers - helping to educate and counsel people managing diabetes. As part of this celebration, the Health Mart Healthy Living Tour is offering free health screenings that include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose and Hemoglobin A1c tests.

Co-sponsored by Bayer Diabetes Care and Novo Nordisk, the Health Mart Healthy Living Tour is aiming to raise awareness of the growing diabetes epidemic.

The free health screening and opportunity to talk with pharmacist Jonathan Marquess will take place Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon at the East Marietta Drugs Health Mart Pharmacy, located at 1480 Roswell Road.

Lawyer's Club announces leader

GALLERIA - W. Scott Creasman of Galleria-area law firm Taylor English Duma LLP has been selected as president of Atlanta's top social organization for attorneys, The Lawyer's Club of Atlanta.

The Lawyer's Club of Atlanta is an organization founded in 1922 by a small coalition of lawyers who sought to improve conduct standards in Atlanta's legal profession. The club strives to continue that mission today while providing an opportunity for Atlanta attorneys to socialize with colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. Creasman began his term as president of the 1,700-member Club on July 1.

Creasman has been a partner at Taylor English since 2007, where he handles intellectual property and technology litigation as well as trademark prosecution and branding matters.

Chambliss: Get serious on debt

ATLANTA - Georgia's senior senator called Standard & Poor's first-ever downgrade of the nation's' credit rating "a wake-up call for Washington to get serious about fixing our debt problem."

Saxby Chambliss was a member of the so-called Gang of Six that proposed a sweeping deficit reduction plan that included reforms to entitlements, deep spending cuts and additional revenues.

The Republican said in a statement he hopes the credit downgrade helps those in Washington and around the country understand the urgency of fixing the debt problem.

Chambliss on Tuesday voted against the debt ceiling increase saying there was no guarantee spending cuts would be implemented.

On Friday, Standard & Poor's lowered the nation's credit rating a notch. The two other major credit rating agencies have left the AAA rating untouched.
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