From the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber: Congratulations to Georgia Direct Family Care on its ribbon cutting for their brand new facility. Georgia Direct Family Care is a family medicine clinic operating under the direct primary care model. You can find them online at gadirectfamilycare.com and at 135 W. Main St. in Cartersville, where they are now accepting enrollments.
From Floyd Cherokee Medical Center: This update is the one you want to hear — an accident, quick and professional medical care, a life saved:
A toddler, not yet 2 years old, was discovered at the bottom of a swimming pool on the north side of the (Cherokee) county. The child had floatation devices but something had gone wrong and the child sank below the water. When first responders arrived, he was not breathing and his heart was not beating.
Floyd EMS in Cedar Bluff was dispatched to the home, which was located on one of the many finger-like peninsulas along Lake Weiss, about five miles from the EMS station and about eight miles from the Alabama-Georgia state line.
Lt. Greg Goedert, Paramedic Broderick Smith and EMT Jay Brown responded to the call and arrived in less than five minutes. Capt. Andy Fairel, who had heard the dispatch while traveling from Rome to Cherokee County, also responded and arrived just as the ambulance pulled up to the chaotic scene.
Adults at the home had removed the child from the water. The first responders started chest compressions and ventilation and successfully revived the boy. Then, providing supportive care, the team whisked him away to Floyd Medical Center, where he was stabilized. Drowning children require special support for the first 24 hours after being revived. So, the boy was moved to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s pediatric intensive care unit. He was discharged the next day. Expanded report
Reminder: Today, Redmond Regional Medical Center hosts “Crush the Crisis,” an opioid take back event. Law enforcement officers from the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office will be on site to assist with the collection and disposal of unused medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Redmond is also collaborating with Floyd Against Drugs and Knights of Columbus Council 4410 to host this drug take back event. “Crush the Crisis” will take place at Redmond Regional Medical Center at 501 Redmond Road. The drop off site will be located near the main entrance under the blue Redmond tent. For more information, visit RedmondRegional.com/calendar or call 706-368-8480.
- There’s also a “Crush the Crisis” event today at Cartersville Medical Center. Law enforcement officers from the Bartow County Sheriff’s Office will be on site to assist with the collection and disposal of unused medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Harbin Clinic’s Walk with a Doc event returns Sept. 21, to be led by Psychologist Dr. Jason Dunn, beginning at Bridgepoint Plaza at 9 a.m. This free event offers people of all ages the chance to talk with a physician and get first-hand advice about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Dunn will provide a brief informational session on the correlation between exercise and reducing stress, anxiety and depression before participants walk Kingfisher Trail, a two-mile path alongside the Etowah River.
“It’s very common for people to experience anxiety and stress, and a lot of my patients deal with the symptoms of depression, as well,” says Dunn. “There are a ton of medical studies out there that show how light exercise, such as walking for about 30 minutes every day, can reduce anxiety and promote better mental health.”
Dunn adds that walking helps boost endorphins that naturally elevate the mood. For more: harbinclinic.com/docwalk.