Health

  Opioid alternative resource seminar held in Richmond Hill

The Bryan County Opioid Prevention Project is hosting a seminar to teach alternative ways of treating pain rather than using opioids.

  Go Red for Heart Fashion Show and Luncheon held in Savannah

Pooler Lion’s Club donates items to children battling cancer

Guyton couple voluntarily donates their kidneys

Local emergency rooms serve influx patients in hallways

Brave 5-year-old perseveres at Memorial Health

School officials welcome GA Governor’s plan to prioritize mental health

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A look into how Charleston County deputies transports mental health patients

Flu reaches its peak in Chatham County

St. Joseph’s Candler Regional Medical campus breaks ground in Bluffton

Highlands residents say ambulances aren’t coming fast enough

Over 200 students out sick as flu peaks in Screven County

Flu cases spike in Lowcountry, hospitals start restricting visitors

Bills aim to add mental health education in middle school curriculum

A bill filed by Rep. JA Moore (D-Berkeley) will require middle schools to offer a mental health and wellness course elective to 7th graders. Those in 9th grade would be required to take a unit of mental health and wellness as well.

World Cancer Day: Bill Searcey

Bill Searcey says this is his first time back to the Benedictine Campus since he graduated - a school he credits with a great background.

St. Joseph’s/Candler expands services to Richmond Hill

St. Joseph's/Candler recently opened a new medical office in Richmond Hill.

Bloomingdale Elementary donates thousands of pop tabs to Ronald McDonald House

Money from the recycled tabs will help provide a home away from home for families with hospitalized children.

  Cooler temperatures, wind impacting skin care

Hometown Hero: Effingham County mom raising awareness for childhood cancer

Partnership aims to bring AEDs to Ridgeland

Case of Hepatitis A diagnosed in food handler at downtown Savannah restaurant

UGA Ice Dawgs visit Children’s Hospital ahead Savannah Hockey Classic

Renovations completed for Behavioral Health Services building at Memorial Health

  Widows remember husbands who lost battle with heart disease ahead of Southern Coast Heart Ball

Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of both women and men?

Doctors caution patients to be vigilant of health as temperatures drop

With the cold temperatures here, there’s no doubting it’s now winter.

WTOC Investigates: Cost of healthcare

Hospitals around the country are now required to post the cost of their services online. This comes as the federal government aims to make healthcare costs more transparent.

City of Hazlehurst turning old hospital into new health care facility

Health care is something every city needs, and Hazlehurst is trying to make it more accessible.

Local hospitals implement visitor restrictions due to rise of flu cases

Memorial Health, St. Joseph’s and Candler hospitals have all implemented visitor restrictions due to a high level of flu cases in Georgia.

Doctors caution those looking to weight loss surgery in the new year

With the new year comes many resolutions. A very common one is weight loss.

  Federal mandate requires hospitals to be more transparent

Hospitals around the country are working towards the January 1, 2019 deadline to comply with a new federal mandate that requires hospitals to post pricing on their website.

Santa honors boy’s Christmas wish by bringing $1,200 for cancer research

After an 8-year-old asked Santa to borrow money for kids with cancer, word spread quickly among family friends and colleagues, and the boy found $1,200 under the tree Christmas morning.

Red Cross hosting three-day blood drive in Coastal Empire

Some people at the Tanger Outlets helped save a life on Friday.

DHEC confirms 11th flu-related death in SC

The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control says 11 people have died from complications of the flu in South Carolina so far this season.

Doctors baffled after 11-year-old girl’s brain tumor disappears

Even after double-checking the girl’s brain scans to confirm the results, doctors could find no trace of her tumor, which they say they can’t explain.

Most drug overdoses involve fentanyl, CDC finds

The study found illicit drugs like fentanyl, heroin and cocaine were the leading causes of unintentional overdoses, and prescription drugs were more likely to be involved in suicidal overdoses.

Nurse arrested for stealing controlled substances from Savannah hospital

The Chatham-Savannah Narcotics Team has arrested a nurse after it was determined she was stealing controlled substances from a local hospital.

Doctors warn patients of peaking flu season

We are in the middle of flu season in South Carolina and Georgia. Doctors say if you have the symptoms of the flu, it’s important to go ahead and start treatment immediately.

Coastal Health District offering free HIV testing for World AIDS Day

In observance of World AIDS Day this Saturday, Dec. 1, the Coastal Health District will offer two free HIV testing events.

FDA recalls blood pressure medication due to possible risk of cancer

The FDA advises consumers to continue using the medication until their pharmacist provides a replacement or their doctor provides an alternative treatment option.

Doctors in Coastal Empire taking precautions after SC flu death

The first flu death this season is in South Carolina, and doctors in the Coastal Empire say their main focus, now more than ever, is awareness and preparedness.

Chatham Co. Health Department hosting drive-thru flu shot clinic

The Chatham County Health Department will hold a drive-thru flu vaccination clinic on Thursday, Nov. 15.

SC health officials confirm 2018′s first flu-related death of the season

SCDHEC confirmed the first flu-related death of the 2018 flu season on Thursday.

Bradwell Institute donates to ‘Big Wig Campaign’

Students and faculty at the Bradwell Institute in Hinesville have been working for the past two months collecting money to raise awareness about breast cancer.

Bulloch County EMS gets Lucas Device in ambulances

Victims of heart attack may have a better chance to survive now in Bulloch County, thanks to a new tool inside ambulances.

Patient speaks out about Richmond Hill doctor’s arrest

WTOC is digging into records after a Richmond Hill doctor was arrested Tuesday.

Music therapy program aims to help cancer patients in Savannah

St. Joseph's/Candler and the Savannah Philharmonic are joining together to help those fighting cancer.

Mickey Mouse makes appearance at Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health

Mickey Mouse and several of his friends visited the Dwayne and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital at Memorial Health on Wednesday.

Brooklet team raises money for Big Wig Campaign

The Giants 12U football team in Brooklet has been hard at work over the past several weeks.

Free mammograms being offered to eligible women in Chatham County

Women in need of a mammogram will have the opportunity for a free checkup on Monday, Oct. 22.

26th James R. Lientz award presented to St. Joseph’s/Candler worker

Jilda Brown is the 26th James R. Lientz Humanitarian Award winner.

Good News: Cancer care event

Memorial Health is marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month throughout October by giving back.

22nd Annual Heart Ball to be held Feb. 2

The American Heart Association unveiled the theme of this year’s Southern Coast Heart Ball at Audi Hilton Head’s grand opening celebration Friday night in Hilton Head.

70% of most breast cancer patients in Savannah now forgoing chemotherapy

Due to recent study, 70 percent of Memorial Health breast cancer patients are now forgoing chemotherapy.

Memorial Health hosts breast cancer awareness paint party

Memorial Health hosted a paint party on Friday using a very special color - pink!

Effingham Project Lifesaver back on its feet after lack of funding

In February, the Project Lifesaver Program with the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office was in trouble.

Chatham Emergency Services donates AEDs to St. Peter the Apostle School

The pastor of St. Peter the Apostle School and Parish Center recently contacted Chatham Emergency Services about the need for church ushers to be trained in CPR and how to use automated external defibrillators, or AED devices.

Group of Vidalia women participate in 2-day walk to raise breast cancer awareness, funds

Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins Monday, Oct. 1. WTOC’s Bureau Chief Dal Cannady spent the day Sunday with a group of amazing women who are doing their part in the fight.

Statesboro firefighters receive safety grant from Firehouse Subs

Firefighters put their lives on the line each time they suit up to put out a fire.

Memorial Health seeing lower ER wait times

Those with Memorial Health say the wait within their ER has hit an all-time low.

Bryan County sees more croup as cold season progresses

Medical professionals in Richmond Hill say cold and flu season is on it’s way.

Coastal Health District now offering flu shots

Several health departments within the Coastal Empire will begin offering the flu vaccine on Monday, Sept. 24.

  Humane Society hosting low-cost vaccine clinics in Savannah

With the ever-present threat of diseases like rabies in our area, the Humane Society for Greater Savannah is hosting one of its low-cost, bi-monthly vaccine clinics.

Blue Cross Blue Shield contract set to expire with Memorial Health

If you have Blue Cross Blue Shield, in less than two weeks, care at Memorial Heath may no longer be covered.

GRAPHIC: ‘Black, hairy tongue’: Yes, this really happens

A report in the New England Journal of Medicine said a 55-year-old woman developed the tongue condition as a side-effect to treatment of a wound infection she developed after sustaining severe leg injuries in an auto accident.

Raccoon tests positive for rabies on Wilmington Island

The Chatham County Health Department is reminding everyone to make sure pets are up to date on rabies vaccinations.

Be mindful of mosquitoes during Labor Day Weekend celebrations

While you're out grilling, make sure you are protecting yourself from mosquitos. So far in Georgia, there have been seven reported West Nile cases and one death.

Blue Cross Blue Shield contract ending soon with HCA hospitals in GA

Hospitals in Georgia that are owned by Hospital Corporation of America - including Memorial University Medical Center - could soon be dropped from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia's network.

7 cases, 1 death from West Nile Virus reported in Georgia

The Georgia Department of Health has confirmed seven human cases of West Nile Virus so far this year, including one death.

Good News: Volunteers in Screven Co. helping needy patients

A team of volunteers in Screven County has been helping needy patients for a decade.

Coastal Health District encourages vaccines ahead of 2018 flu season

It's hard to believe that flu season is almost here, but it is.

Raccoon killed by dogs tested positive for rabies in Chatham County

Health department leaders want pet owners to listen up after a rabid raccoon is killed by several dogs in the Daffin Heights area of Savannah.

Effingham County girl rings bell to signify last round of cancer treatment

A little girl from Effingham County living with a rare form of cancer got her last round of treatment Friday.

Memorial Health looking to hire nurses

Memorial Health in Savannah is looking to hire at least 100 Registered Nurses - with a big push coming in the next 90 days.

Liberty Regional Medical Center cuts ribbon on new Midway campus

Healthcare just moved closer to many in Liberty County along the coast.

First-of-its-kind micro hospital coming to Lowcountry

Beaufort Memorial Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina are teaming up to build the state's first micro hospital.

USDA offers food safety tips for storm areas

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued food safety recommendations for areas affected by winter storms.

Get health, human resources with United Way 211

United Way has designated Feb. 11 as National 211 Day in an effort to promote the United Way 211 service.

WIC call center not working

The toll-free appointment call center number 855.262.7670 for the Coastal Health District's Women, Infants, and Children's supplemental nutrition program is currently not working.

Rabies prevention tips

The Chatham County Health Department offers rabies prevention tips.

Due to increase in flu-like cases, visitor restrictions in place at St. Joseph's/Candler

Visitor restrictions have been implemented at St. Joseph's/Candler Health System hospitals due to the increasing number of flu cases in the area.

Join Team WTOC, Fitness on Broughton for 2013 MS Walk Savannah

Team WTOC wants you! We are teaming with Fitness on Broughton to raise even more money this year for MS research - so take part in the MS Walk Savannah on April 20 in Daffin Park.