GBI investigates 61st officer-involved shooting of 2018; this one in Dade County. What happened: “On Sept. 6, the GBI was requested by the Georgia State Patrol to investigate an officer-involved shooting. Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 4 p.m., Trooper Joe Geddie was attempting to make a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by a subject identified as Brandon Anthony Vitier, 31, of Hendersonville, Tenn. After a short chase at Ga. 136 West on Sand Mountain in Dade County, Vitier pointed a weapon out the window of his vehicle at Geddie. The trooper fired at Vitier, striking him several times. Vitier was transported to Erlanger Hospital and was in stable but critical condition. Geddie was not injured. The investigation thus far has revealed that the weapon Vitier pointed at Trooper Geddie is a replica handgun. The GBI will continue its independent investigation. Once complete, it will be turned over to the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit for review.” Background: Among the cases investigated by the GBI was the shootout with another fleeing suspect at U.S. 411 and the Bypass in Rome in May. A Cedartown woman died in the exchange of gun fire. The GBI findings have been sent to District Attorney Leigh Patterson.
Harbin Clinic administrator’s cancer story gets national exposure: Here’s a story about how a wellness examine for a veteran medical officer changed her life, as told by American Healthcare Leader. It starts as follows:
Lori Custer has years of experience supervising coding and billing, managing regulatory and compliance issues, and handling risk management for medical practices of all sizes. However, as chief compliance and privacy officer at Harbin Clinic, her dedication and loyalty go well beyond simple professionalism and commitment. That’s because two months after joining the Harbin team, she was diagnosed with breast cancer after undergoing a routine mammogram as part of the company’s wellness program.
The disease was spotted early, and after a lumpectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation, Custer is—as she describes it—cancer free and feeling great. But the experience had a huge impact on her, which includes how she views her job, as well as Harbin’s physicians, clinicians, and staff. “I’ll never forget how caring my team was,” Custer says. “My surgeon, Paul Brock, and oncologist, Melissa Dillmon, still check with me outside of office visits to ask how I’m doing—but that’s how they are with all their patients.”
A devoted Christian, Custer was particularly moved by Dr. Brock’s offer to say a prayer for her just before her anesthesia was administered, while simultaneously assuring her that everything would turn out fine. “That meant everything to me,” Custer says. “Ever since, it’s made me feel that we have a responsibility to offer that same kind of hope, devotion, and love to every patient we care for.”
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Rome City Brewing adds some of Rhino Ribs’ greatest hits to the menu soon: The brewery’s Tap Room above 333 Broad St. already is a hit with craft beer and a light menu (great beer roasted chicken over alfredo pasta Thursday night). Even more is on the way. “Our new menu will feature Certified Angus Beef Iowa Premium Beef, including gourmet burgers and steaks. We will also have shrimp and gouda Grits, catfish and award-winning BBQ from the fine folks that you might recognize from the Rhino Ribs Food Truck, Rhino Catering & Events. Look for our new menu to be posted soon. With this new menu, we will also add Wednesday food service hours.” The tap room currently opens at 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 3 p.m. Saturdays. RCBC