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MAG Mutual Patient Safety Institute


MAG Mutual Patient Safety Institute

The MagMutual Patient Safety Institute is comprised of physician consultants, nurse consultants, loss control consultants, attorneys, and other specialists who are diligently working to identify the risks that today’s physicians and hospitals face,” says Dr. Bohlke, who is a member of MAG Mutual Insurance Company’s Board of Directors. “Their goal is to provide those physicians and hospitals with guidance and advice on how to minimize or eliminate these risks so they can focus on providing quality patient care.”

Dr. Bohlke has a family practice in Brooklet, which is about 50 miles northwest of Savannah, and he served as MAG’s president in 2012-2013.

MAG sponsors the ‘Top Docs’ program at 12 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Between downloads and live listeners, MAG’s ‘Top Docs’ show has reached more than 8,000 listeners – which includes people in all 50 states and 84 countries.

MAG’s ‘Top Docs Radio’ show is supported with a grant from Health Care Research, a subsidiary of Alliant Health Solutions.

MagMutual provides medical professional liability (malpractice) insurance in Georgia and other states in the Southeast U.S. It is one of the largest medical liability insurers in the U.S. The company is rated A (Excellent) by A.M. Best.


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National Prematurity Awareness Month

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Tanya Mack and Danielle Brown

National Prematurity Awareness Month

The CDC website explains the reason behind National Prematurity Awareness Month this way, “In 2015, about 1 out of 10 babies was born too early in the United States. Learn about the problem, risk factors, and what we can do to reduce premature birth.

About Premature Birth

Important growth and development occur throughout pregnancy—including in the final months and weeks. Premature (also known as preterm) birth is when a baby is born too early, before 37 weeks of pregnancy have been completed. The earlier a baby is born, the higher the risk of death or serious disability. In 2013, about one-third (36%) of infant deaths were due to preterm-related causes. Babies who survive can have breathing issues, intestinal (digestive) problems, and bleeding in their brains. Long-term problems may include developmental delay (not meeting the developmental milestones for his or her age) and lower performance in school.”

Womens Telehealth’s Tanya Mack sat down with March of Dimes’ State Program Manager, Danielle Brown.  Brown explained the extent of occurrence of premature births among Georgia women and how it ranks nationally on the low end of the scale.

We explored some of the reasons behind these troubling numbers, research underway to address it, and strategies being employed around the state to bring needed screening and pre-natal care to expectant mothers.

Danielle talked about why we need to have a National Prematurity Awareness Month and some of the ways it is making a difference.

As Tanya explains, for the first time in eight years, the premature birth rate in the United States increased. Nov. 17 th was World Prematurity Day and this is Prematurity month. Approx. 15 M babies are born annually prematurely and about 1M of these/yr die before their 5 th birthday. Premature birth affects about 1:10  babies in the United States and it remains the leading cause of death in babies in the US.

World wide, it remains the number one reason for infant death as well. Premature birth is defined as a baby born before 37 weeks gestation. Babies born early can not only be at high risk on delivery, but can have health issues such as vision and hearing issues, lung problems and intellectual delays that remain long term problems. Many premature births can be prevented. Join us today as we listen to March of Dimes representatives discuss prematurity and it’s prevention and treatment.



Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease Specialists of Atlanta

Infectious Disease

Medicine is becoming increasingly fragmented and complex. The infectious diseases specialty has become especially pivotal in our health care system when it comes to clarifying diagnoses, preserving our antibiotic armamentarium with cautious use of this limited resource, and protecting patients from complications that are associated with these complex treatments.

Unfortunately, the number of young physicians who are going into the infectious diseases specialty is declining. Two years ago, more than 40 percent of infectious diseases training programs (slots?) went
unfilled (i.e., a program seeking three new trainees might only get two and some smaller programs might not get any)  – while last year more than 60 percent of infectious disease training programs were short of fellowship trainees.

It is essential to convince more young physicians to go into the infectious disease specialty if we hope to
ensure that patients have access to the care they need.

After Dr. Dretler graduated from Tufts University Medical School in Boston in 1978, he trained in internal medicine at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital of Tufts University. He completed his infectious disease training at Emory University in Atlanta in 1981. He then started his Infectious Disease Specialists of Atlanta practice at DeKalb Medical where his group is now based.

He has served as president of the Infectious Disease Society of Georgia, as the president of the DeKalb Medical Society, and as both the chief of medicine and the chief of staff at DeKalb Medical. Dr. Dretler also served as the medical chairman of the DeKalb Medical Foundation. He has been heavily involved in medical research and has been a principal investigator for 25 years on more than 100 NIH studies, including clinical research in AIDS, Hepatitis C, Pseudomembranous colitis, and influenza. Dr. Dretler has published more than 25 articles and posters.

Talking Allergies With Dr. David Redding


Tanya Mack and Dr. David Redding

Talking Allergies with Dr. David Redding

Spring and summer blooms are over so why are you still sneezing? Pollen doesn’t stop at Labor Day! The culprit may be fall and winter allergens such as ragweed, mold and dust. The CDC reports that over 50 million Americans suffer annually from allergies. Almost 75% of people that have reactions to allergens in the spring, also have a reaction in the fall and winter.

There are 17 species of ragweed in the US (and pollen can travel hundreds of miles) and one plant can release 1 billion grains of pollen. Recent studies have shown that increased temperatures have extended the fall allergy season. It may not seem that allergies are not that serious at first blush, but allergy problems can greatly affect the quality of life in terms of sleep, work and school productivity.

Colds are also common during fall and winter months, but many people do not know how to distinguish between a cold and allergies. Dr. David Redding, a board-certified allergist, who has been featured on the Weather Channel and TLC joins us to discuss the triggers and treatments of fall and winter allergies.

Special Guest:

Dr. David Redding, MD, Redding Allergy Center


Dr. David Redding