The Artesian Alliance includes some of the areas most beloved and well used attractions- Chehaw Park & Zoo, Flint RiverQuarium, and Thronateeska Heritage Center. Even so, we feel that the Alliance is only beginning to glimpse its tremendous potential as a community asset. Evaluation and development of a clear path forward is the most effective way of ensuring continued positive progress towards realizing that potential. In other words, the Artesian Alliance needs a strategic plan. The Alliance hired Felis Consulting to begin the strategic planning process in June. The overarching goal is to develop a strategic business and development plan that will guide staff when making decisions and plans for the future of the organizations. It will ensure that those plans are the best options for community interests, animal care, and the mission of each organization.
Input from the public is a critically vital first step in the development of this plan. Your participation in the questionnaire linked below will provide valuable information to the strategic planning process. It will help us understand residents’ and tourists’ likes and dislikes of our current leisure time attractions, and allow you to make suggestions about our future. Feel free to share with others and thank you for your continued support and participation.
We have a new way to collect your feedback for our Master Plan through a unique virtual workshop! Thank you for any feedback you’ve already provided through our previous questionnaire. This is a different survey that dives a little deeper into what you’d like to see at each organization.
A Better Way Grocers mission is to DRIVE food into communities for better health. As part of an effort to fix food insecurity for low-income communities in Albany and SWGA we use a bus as a, full-service grocery store-on-wheels making several stops to a number of communities, offering better food options to area residents. Without it, residents were forced to walk, drive long distances to buy fresh groceries or go without.
Plasma donor centers are considered an “essential business,” because the plasma donated at our centers are used to manufacture life-saving medicines. These donations are more crucial than ever to ensure continued supply of these life-saving medicines.
We are taking new precautions within plasma centers to ensure a safe donation and
limit the spread of COVID-19. Grifols centers are following all guidance from local, state, and federal authorities developed to control the spread of COVID-19. For instance, we are utilizing more of an appointment system to limit the number of donors in our centers. We are seating donors in every-other donation bed and reduced the number of seats available in the lobby. We have enhanced existing cleaning protocols. We are carefully monitor both donor and employee temperatures before they come into a center.
We are proud that Grifols, our parent company, is leading the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grifols has begun identifying, screening and selecting volunteer donors who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their plasma. Our local Albany, GA facility is one of these donation centers.
The plasma will be used to produce a hyperimmune globulin that could potentially treat the disease
All potential donors must be prescreened. Those interested should visit GRIFOLSPLASMA.COM/EN/ENDCVI9 to find out more about the locations and protocols in place prior to visiting a Grifols plasma center
Here are some requirements to donate plasma:
Interested recovered donors must have a diagnosis made with a test (nasal swab or
blood) and complete resolution of COVID-19 symptoms at least 28 days prior to donation;
Or complete resolution of symptoms at least 14 days prior to donation along with a
negative molecular test for COVID-19;
As well as meet our routine eligibility criteria for normal source plasma donation.
A donor must feel healthy, weigh more than 110 pounds and be between the ages of 18 and 69 and live in the local area. Visit grifolsplasma.com for details regarding eligibility.