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Navicent Health to Host Camp for Children, Families Affected by Asthma

In an effort to assist children and families affected by asthma, Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health (BKO) will host its third annual asthma awareness summer camp. Camp Open Airways will be held on Saturday, June 9, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., at Middle Georgia State University, 100 University Parkway, Macon.

“In Georgia, an estimated 1 in 10 children have asthma, and children under the age of nine account for 36 percent of asthma-related emergency room visits. Asthma can be a serious and sometimes life threatening condition, but with proper management, its effects can be minimized. Through Camp Open Airways, we hope to educate children and families on daily and long term management of asthma,” said Valerie Fox, RRT, Clinical Educator for Navicent Health and Director of Camp Open AIrways.

Camp Open Airways is designed with the entire family in mind. While children diagnosed with asthma participate in fun activities that teach asthma management, parents and guardians will participate in a workshop with Navicent Health physicians and clinicians. Childcare for siblings not affected by asthma will also be offered. Thanks to the generosity of the W.G. Raoul Foundation and Navicent Health Foundation, Camp Open Airways will be offered at no charge to families.

“No child should ever have to suffer the serious or life-threatening effects of an asthma attack, and no parent should ever know the fear of watching their child suffer. Asthma self-management education is a critical step in the prevention of asthma attacks. Navicent Health Foundation is pleased to partner with Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health and the Raoul Foundation to offer this wonderful camp,” said Ellen Terrell, Chief Development Officer of Navicent Health Foundation.

Asthma is a lifelong condition that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately half of those affected by asthma have an asthma attack each year. The CDC has also noted that children with asthma miss more days of school than children without asthma, and that, nationally, asthma-related trips to the emergency room can cost up to $28 million annually. People with asthma can control their symptoms and prevent asthma attacks by avoiding asthma triggers and correctly using prescribed medications.

To register for Camp Open Airways, please call 478-633-2965.

About Navicent Health

Navicent Health was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate The Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Navicent Health has 970 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Beverly Knight Olson Children’s Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s only dedicated pediatric hospital; Navicent Health Baldwin and Medical Center of Peach County, Navicent Health, both rural hospitals; Rehabilitation Hospital, Navicent Health, the region’s oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Navicent Health, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Navicent Health, the area’s first continuing care retirement community; Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Navicent Health; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit www.navicenthealth.org.


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