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Sidney James Morgan
MD, MPH, FACP, FAAFP
Sidney James Morgan
MD, MPH, FACP, FAAFP
A bit about me. It’s always nice to know a little about someone before seeking their medical advice. I’m from Screven County. I attended the county public school system and graduated from Screven County High School. Afterwards, I did my undergraduate at Presbyterian College then went to Mercer School of Medicine where I earned a Master of Public Health degree and Doctorate of Medicine degree. A medical residency is where doctors receive their supervised education and earn their speciality title. I wanted a well rounded training suitable for a rural area and found a good match at St Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Their duel combined Internal Medicine with Family Medicine program provided opportunities for great breadth and depth and allowed me to sit for the Internal Medicine and Family Medicine boards.
Double board in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine
Graduate of Screven County High School Presbyterian in Clinton, SC – Bachelors of Science Mercer University School of Medicine – Master of Public health and Doctor of Medicine St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis – Combined Internal Medicine and Family Medicine
Currently Serving Screven County as Chairman of the Board of Health and Chief of Staff to Screven County Hospital
Karen B. Anderson grew up in Augusta, GA but has been a resident of Sylvania since the mid 1970s. She and her husband Larry, originally from Sylvania, have been married for over 40 years. Larry moved back to Sylvania after working with several fast food franchises and is now retired. They have one son, Alan, who is married. Karen and Larry have a rescue dog and during free time you can find them bird watching and working in their yard. They shag dance and like to visit and travel with friends.
Karen B. Anderson, FNP-BC has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for over 25 years and is credentialed by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is Board Certified in Primary Care in Adult and Family Health Nursing Practice.
She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing followed by a Master of Science in Nursing from Georgia Southern University. She was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society during her undergraduate nursing education because of her excellent scholarship and nurse leadership achievements.
– Preceptor for Nurse Practitioner Students – Trained Strong 4 Life – Improving the Effectiveness of Childhood Obesity Counseling (Memorial University Medical Center) – Diabetes Educator Certificate (Emory University) – Virtual Lifestyle Coach – Diabetes Training (Emory University)
Ebony Mercer, MA
Front Desk Representative
Chasity Reese, MA
Hope Wood, MA
Anna Sheley, MA
OPTIM PRIMARY CARE – SYLVANIA Sidney Morgan, MD
Adult + Pediatric Preventive Services
Annual Wellness (5 year old +); Well Child Exam (5-year +), Pap Smear; Breast Exam
Screenings + Analysis
In office drawn: ECG; Drug Screens; Biometric Screening; Urine Analysis; Point of Care
Chronic Conditions Management
Adult and pediatric management of chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, migraines, arthritis, allergies, and cholesterol
Biopsy; Cryosurgery; Wart/skin tag removal; Suturing/stitches; Acne treatment; Ingrown Nail removal
Joint injection or removal or joint fluids; Trigger Finger injection; Carpal Tunnel injection; Trigger/tender point injection
Hormone testing and replacement; Weight loss treatment
Same day appointments; Sick visits (2 year old +); Flu, Strep, COVID, and RSV swabs; UTIs
Evaluation; Medical Management
Sports Physicals + DOT Exams
Frequently Asked Questions
Appointments are generally scheduled Monday – Thursday from 7:00AM – 3:30PM and Friday 7:00AM – 3:00PM
New patients must arrive 30 minutes prior to their first appointment with completed paperwork
Your insurance cards and picture ID will need to be presented each time you visit our practice to assure we have the most recent information
If insurance card is not provided, appointment will be handled as self-pay and payment for services will be collected prior to being seen
If you are a self-pay patient, payment is expected at time of visit
If you are late our office reserves the right to reschedule your appointment for another day and time
A “no-show” is someone who misses an appointment without canceling within 24 hours of their scheduled appointment time, Failure to present at the time of the schedule appointment will be recorded in the patient’s record as a “no-show” ,
If your insurance plan requires a co-payment, our office will request payment prior to seeing the provider and/or at the time of service.
For your convenience, we accept cash; check and most credit cards.
You may call 866-536-6343 to check your account balance.
You must have a lab order from your provider or are a regular established patient with an order from a specialist.
Your provider must review all laboratory/test results before staff member calls you with the results
Your provider will report abnormal results or reports on special procedures or biopsies as soon as they are available. If you have not heard from us within 4-5 days, please call our office.
Returned checks made payable to this office for insufficient funds, stop payments or other reason for non-payment will be assessed a $30.00 NSF fee for which the patient will be held responsible.
If you are unable to keep an appointment, please notify the office as soon as possible, preferably 24 hours prior to your appointment. This courtesy allows us to give appointments to another patient.
Due to changes in today’s healthcare, your insurance may not always pay for all services. You will be responsible for paying any claims that are not covered by your insurance. Please call your insurance prior to your appointment for services to ensure what will be covered and what won’t. If you do not feel like you can pay for appointment or services, please call your doctor’s office for financial assistance.
As a courtesy to our patients we will file your insurance claims, therefore it is your responsibility to provide our office with up to date billing information.
If you have MEDICARE please familiarize yourself with the items and services for which Medicare will not pay as they do not pay for all of your health care costs.
When you receive an item or service that is NOT a Medicare benefit, you are responsible for payment, personally or through any other insurance that you may have.
If you have questions please ask for the NEMB form-Notice Exclusions from Medicare benefits.
Self-pay patients are required to pay for services prior to being seen for their visit and will be balance billed for the remainder of the fees at the time of charge posting.
For your convenience, we accept cash, check and most credit cards.
Our policy is to refill prescription during office visit. If you are unable to make the followup appointment or need medications refilled outside of our typical process, please call our office and speak with a staff member.
Please do not call the nurse and leave multiple messages about your refill as this will only delay the process of completing your refill request.
Some prescriptions cannot be “called-in” and can only be provided at face to face visit.
Most managed care plans require a patient be seen by their provider prior to seeing a specialist
Referral and prior-authorization requests are handled here in the office
Please allow at least 7-10 business days for non-urgent requests
You will be notified when the request has been approved and the appointment has been made.
Referrals will not be handled after-hours or on weekends
Your primary care provider (PCP) is an integral part of the health and
well-being of you and your family. A primary care provider can be a doctor or nurse
practitioner specializing in internal medicine or family medicine.
Internal Medicine – These providers specialize in care for teenagers to adults
Family Medicine – These providers specialize in care for the entire family from pediatrics to senior healthcare
Don’t wait until you are sick to find a doctor! Establishing a relationship with your PCP is important so they are familiar with your history and can provide preventive health care.
Our primary care practices help to navigate patients to good health that includes and promotes wellness and prevention. Our providers are dedicated to preventing disease by identifying risk factors, coordinating, and managing chronic disease care for longevity and a better quality of life for family and community.
Our primary care offices offer comprehensive care that includes:
Management and care for many chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma, hypertension, coronary heart disease (CHD), hepatitis, stroke, cancer, arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and kidney disease, Alzheimer’s Disease
Treatment of common illnesses and acuteconditions (gout, vertigo, heart disease, glaucoma, depression)
Education and health counseling for disease prevention and treatment
Routine health screenings for prevention and wellness (flu vaccinations, preventative screenings)
Minor injury care
Recommendations on lifestyle changes for improved health
Coordination of care/referrals to specialists as needed: Orthopedic; Pain Management; General Surgery; GI; Ophthalmology; Dermatology; Podiatry; Cardiology; Physical Therapy treatment