STAY CURRENT ON CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION →

 COVID-19 VACCINES AT GALEN →

If you believe you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms and need to be tested please call our COVID-19 hotline at (423) 618-9006

Tips for Staying Healthy in Winter

Staying healthy during the winter months can be trickier than at other times of the year. When it’s colder outdoors, we tend to spend more time inside and in closer proximity to other people, which can increase the spread of germs. The dry winter air can also lead to irritated nasal passages and increased mucus production, which can turn into sinus infections or sinusitis. All this being said, there are ways you can actively work toward better overall wellness, especially during this time of year, and the following tips are sure to help. Get Vaccinated ‘Tis the season for viruses,

Read More »

6 Ways to Manage Holiday Stress

Reviewed by Dr. Melanie Blake, Galen Lifestyle Medicine Shopping, cooking, planning, and sometimes forced merriment–the holiday season can be hectic to say the least. So, it’s not uncommon to start to feel overwhelmed, drained, or burnt out at this time of year. That’s why our Galen team has rounded up a few tips sure to help you manage your holiday stress throughout the frenzied final days of the year. Go for a Brisk Walk A quick-paced, half-hour walk each day can work wonders not only for your body, but also for your mind. The repetitive motion and rhythm of your

Read More »

Flu Prevention – Healthy Habits & Tips for Navigating Flu Season

Reviewed by Dr. Sue Gouge, Galen Mountain View Medicine Flu prevention is always incredibly important, but this year it’s especially necessary. According to the CDC, both the flu and COVID-19 will be more prevalent than in past years. That’s why we want you to be armed with what you need to help you protect yourself and your family against the flu this season. Get a Flu Shot The single best way to avoid getting the flu is to get vaccinated each year. Influenza is a potentially serious disease with the power to lead to hospitalization or even death if not

Read More »

Galen Medical Group, Charlie Lathram, and Dr. Julie Bilbrey were recently awarded with “Rise Above Recognition” by the Medical Group Management Association for our COVID-19 response efforts

Chattanooga, TN, October 28, 2020 – Galen Medical Group along with CEO, Charles “Charlie” Lathram, III, CMPE and Julie Bilbrey, MD have been recognized among MGMA’s Rise Above for 2020. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)’s Rise Above Recognition Award highlights individuals and groups who are solving difficult issues, challenging situations, inspiring others in times of uncertainty, and contributing to the community while overcoming the circumstances with innovation and excellence. This award was launched to showcase the nation’s healthcare heroes who are working hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. Galen Medical Group is a physician-led, multi-specialty medical group that provides outstanding health

Read More »

November is COPD Awareness Month— Learn More, Breathe Better

November is National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month, and our team at Galen wants to shed some light on this illness while trying to raise local awareness. This month marks a unique opportunity for the COPD community to band together to help educate others about the disease, bring greater visibility to its effects, and to encourage people to recognize its symptoms and seek early diagnosis and treatment. Learn More, Breathe Better is a national health education program dedicated to raising awareness about lung health, while supporting further research to inspire both public and professional education programs. Galen also

Read More »

American Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month, a time set aside to increase education and raise awareness surrounding risk factors of this disease, making information and resources readily available to our patients and community. For those living with diabetes, November marks an opportunity to tell your story, to share with others what it’s really like to live with this disease. For the rest of us, it’s time to learn more about diabetes, its risk factors, and how we can make lifestyle choices to help safeguard us from its effects. The first step to effectively fighting diseases like diabetes is to make sure

Read More »

October is Liver Awareness Month

October is Liver Awareness Month, so in effort to help promote a deeper understanding, we’d love to share with you some information about liver disease, and how to promote liver health. There are more than 100 different types of liver disease. According to the American Liver Foundation, at least 30 million Americans– or 1 in every 10– have some form of liver disease. Liver cancer is on the rise in the U.S., with approximately 21,000 Americans being diagnosed with primary liver cancer each year. Liver disease can be caused by infections, viruses like Hepatitis A, B, and C, immune system

Read More »

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month This month, we hope to raise awareness and empower women to encourage each other to schedule regular well checks with their doctor. We should be supportive to those women who have been or are diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there is no sure way to prevent breast cancer. That said, there are steps you can take that can potentially lower your risk. Achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.Both increased body weight and weight gain as an adult correlate to a higher risk of breast cancer post-menopause. Prioritize

Read More »

Galen Hepatology Offers FibroScan

Galen Medical is now offering FibroScan, a newer diagnostic procedure for diagnosing fatty liver disease. We are the only private practice in the Chattanooga area currently offering this service to the medical community, and we are excited to work hand-in-hand with other local medical providers to utilize this amazing tool to more effectively treat liver conditions. Fibroscan vs Liver Biopsy FibroScan is a quick and non-invasive procedure used to assess the overall health of the liver. In lieu of the more invasive biopsy method, FibroScan uses a combination of an elastic wave and ultrasound technology to assess the stiffness and

Read More »

September is Healthy Aging Month

More than 20 years ago, September was named national Healthy Aging Month, a time set aside to focus attention on the positive aspects of growing older while encouraging people to live their healthiest lifestyles. It’s so important to take personal responsibility for our health from every angle be it physical, mental, emotional, or even financial. It’s never too late to start taking health seriously and making changes to our daily routines that lead to better wellness overall. Our society often casts a negative light on the process of aging, but we believe aging is a beautiful thing that can be

Read More »