St. Francis PrimeTime Program

St. Francis Hospital is focusing on helping people 50 and older live longer, healthier lives through the hospital’s PrimeTime program. The program, which was originally launched in 2007 as PrimeTime Seniors, kicked off a new season of life in May 2017. Now simply called PrimeTime, the program provides educational programs and free health screenings.

As we seek to make our community healthier, we want to continue in the rich tradition of community service established by St. Francis as we provide educational opportunities and resources to help people live healthier lives.

Meeting Locations:

Sara Ruth Carroll Auditorium or Jack Tidwell Lecture Hall
St. Francis Hospital, Butler Pavilion
2300 Manchester Expressway

Space is limited for most programs and registration required by calling 706.320.8060 or by emailing

Upcoming Programs

Monday, November 6:  Lunch 'n Learn on Hormone Therapy Replacement

  • 12 N-1 pm in the Jack Tidwell Lecture Hall
Dr. Sylvester McRae
   Dr. McRae

Dr. Sylvester McRae, Obstetrician-Gynecologist, will discuss benefits of hormone replacement treatments, with a focus on BioTE® therapy. Studies have shown that balanced hormones are necessary for good health and disease prevention for both women and men. BioTE® optimizes hormone levels with tiny pellets just under the skin. These hormone pellets release bio-identical hormones into the bloodstream continuously. Potential benefits following hormone optimization include:

  • Regaining energy, muscle strength and greater ability to lose weight.
  • Increase in mental clarity.
  • Feeling younger and happier again.
  • Increased quality of life while preventing age-related illness.

This program is sponsored by St. Francis OBGYN Associates with lunch provided by BioTE®.

Thursday, November 16:  PrimeTime Program on Sleep Disorders in the Sara Ruth Carroll Auditorium

  • 9:15-9:45 am - Registration and Screenings
  • 9:45 am - Program

Learn more about sleep disorders with Dr. Bipin Patel, Medical Director of the Sleep Disorders Lab, and Katrenna Lewis, Sleep Lab Coordinator.

Learn about good sleep hygiene (how you can sleep better), and the most common disorders. One of the most common sleep disorders treated is sleep apnea, a common and serious sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing during sleep. The airway repeatedly becomes blocked, limiting the amount of air that reaches your lungs. When this happens, you may snore loudly or making choking noises as you try to breathe. Your brain and body becomes oxygen deprived and you may wake up. This may happen a few times a night, or in more severe cases, several hundred times a night. In many cases, an apnea, or temporary pause in breathing, is caused by the tissue in the back of the throat collapsing. The muscles of the upper airway relax when you fall asleep. If you sleep on your back, gravity can cause the tongue to fall back. This narrows the airway, which reduces the amount of air that can reach your lungs. The narrowed airway causes snoring by making the tissue in back of the throat vibrate as you breathe.

Sleep apnea can make you wake up in the morning feeling tired or unrefreshed even though you have had a full night of sleep. During the day, you may feel fatigued, have difficulty concentrating or you may even unintentionally fall asleep. This is because your body is waking up numerous times throughout the night, even though you might not be conscious of each awakening. The lack of oxygen your body receives can have negative long-term consequences for your health. This includes:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Pre-diabetes and diabetes
  • Depression

There are many people with sleep apnea who have not been diagnosed or received treatment. A sleep medicine physician can diagnose sleep apnea using an in-lab sleep study or a home sleep apnea test. Sleep apnea is manageable using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, the front-line treatment for sleep apnea, oral appliance therapyor surgery.

Sleep apnea in adults is considered a sleep-related breathing disorder. Causes and symptoms differ for sleep apnea in children and central sleep apnea.

Learn more about sleep apnea and other disorders by attending this program and/or visiting