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HEALTH BRIEFS: Eastside Medical Center to offer free screenings Wednesday

Jordan Masterson, right, was the grand marshal for the 12th annual Derek Rackley Golf Classic, which raised $35,000 for the Fragile Kids Foundation. He is pictured here with his mother, Zydru Zvaliaukaite. (Special Photo)

Jordan Masterson, right, was the grand marshal for the 12th annual Derek Rackley Golf Classic, which raised $35,000 for the Fragile Kids Foundation. He is pictured here with his mother, Zydru Zvaliaukaite. (Special Photo)

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Golfers Steve Craine, Skip Oliver, Jack Carrig, Fragile Kids Foundation board chair, and Jeff Torrence participated in the 12th annual Derek Rackley Golf Classic, which raised $35,000 for the Fragile Kids Foundation. (Special Photo)

Eastside Medical Center to offer free screenings Wednesday

In honor of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s National Memory Screening Day, Eastside Medical Center, SarahCare Adult Day Care Centers, Sunrise Assisted Living and Gwinnett Senior Services are offering free memory screenings, along with other services and lectures from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

In addition to memory screenings, blood pressure and glucose screenings will be offered and nutritional tips will be provided.

Ann Wilder, director of the hospital’s behavioral health program, will give lectures on the following topics:

• Depression and anxiety from 9 to 9:20 a.m.

• Stress management from 9:30 to 9:50 a.m.

• Time management from 10 to 10:20 a.m.

• Coping skills from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m.

The screenings and lectures will be offered at Eastside Medical Center, 1700 Medical Way, in Snellville. Those who attend are asked to enter the lobby and ask for Classrooms 1 and 2.

Golf tournament raises $35,000 for Fragile Kids Foundation

The 12th annual Derek Rackley Golf Classic, which was held Oct. 28 at the Berkeley Hills Country Club in Duluth, raised $35,000 for the Fragile Kids Foundation.

The Fragile Kids Foundation provides rehabilitative and medical equipment not covered by insurance or government programs for medically fragile children from birth to age 21.

Since its inception, the Fragile Kids Foundation has helped more than 5,000 children across Georgia with equipment grants and the sharing of loaned equipment.

Jordan Masterson, a 4-year-old with cerebral palsy from Duluth, was the tournament’s grand marshal. When the golfers learned he needed a wheelchair lift for his family’s vehicle, they chipped in $50 each, some donating more, above their fees and other donations to raise the $5,000 needed to get Jordan his lift. A contractor who attended the tournament also offered to build a ramp for the family’s home.

Lawrenceville Woman’s Club makes donation to foundation

During the Survivor Celebration held Oct. 29 at Gwinnett Medical Center’s Lawrenceville campus, the Lawrenceville Woman’s Club presented a check to Jason Chandler, president of the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation. The foundation is one of the recipients of a Fall Fashion Fundraiser held by the woman’s club.

Dacula physical therapist receives state achievement award

Dacula resident and Clinical Assistant Professor at Mercer University, Dr. Niamh Tunney, has received the 2013 Achievement in Education Award from the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia. The award recognizes an exceptional Georgia physical therapist whose work has not only made a significant impact on the quality of physical therapy education, but has also advanced the profession.

Tunney was nominated by Mercer faculty, staff and Doctor of Physical Therapy students for her exceptional commitment to student learning and growth. Her innovative teaching techniques and the unique learning environment she presents to students are consistently lauded.

“Dr. Tunney’s passion and keen ability to foster educational curiosity in students is remarkable,” Physical Therapy Association of Georgia President Dr. Barney Poole said in a news release. “She not only advances the physical therapy profession through her own studies, but she ensures it will continue through the drive she instills in her students.”