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Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Attends Georgia Nurses Association Program - "Keeping America Healthy"


Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta legal nurse consultant, Liz Buddenhagen, RN, attended the Athens Area Chapter of Georgia Nurses Association Nurse Week Celebration. The program was presented “in keeping with our nurse week theme: Keeping America Healthy.”

James Schrum, RN, Health Team Chair for OneAthens, updated the group on current activities of that project, following a social hour, and dinner. James Schrum, RN, is the Chair of the Health Implementation Team of OneAthens, and Administrative Director of Nursing, Athens Regional Medical Center.


The Athens community faces the kind of poverty issues common to many metropolitan communities. To help break the cycle of poverty, Athens has come together as a community to develop strategies that bridge differences, and reflect a broad resolve to improve the economic well-being of all its citizens.

Schrum cited statistics on Athens related to healthcare:
• In Athens, 31.1 percent of the population is living in poverty
• There are 14,250 people in Athens without health insurance
• Local hospitals spent $47 million last year on indigent healthcare

OneAthens was formed from many facets of the community including Heidi Davidson, mayor of Athens-Clarke County, Steve Jones, ACC Superior Court Judge, and representatives from the University of Georgia, Athens Regional Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital, Power Partners, Clarke County Schools, Athens Area Technical College.

Schrum discussed the health initiative being modeled on one in Ingram County, Michigan, which established such a successful program, that it grew to fifty-three other counties in that state. He also talked about current local resources, such as Neighborhood Health Clinic, Athens Nurses Clinic, and Mercy Clinic.

Recent triumphs for the committee has been the inclusion of the Athens Neighborhood Health Clinic in the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), which will boost the operating budget, and a newly appointed position of a full time public health leader from UGA.

Buddenhagen says “the OneAthens community organization has a great website with much more information about what is being done locally to streamline, and expand available services for this growing population.”


Liz Buddenhagen, RN, CLNC, experienced nurse, is the owner of Buddenhagen & Associates, an Atlanta legal nurse consulting firm, providing assistance to Atlanta area attorneys for their medically related cases. Expert witness location service available. For more information, view Call today for a free consultation at 770-725-2997 or email at


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