Health: US MedClinic opens; offering free COVID-19 test for uninsured. Two Cedartown families donate 100 Cuddle Bear books to Floyd’s NICU.

Health: US MedClinic opens; offering free COVID-19 test for uninsured. Two Cedartown families donate 100 Cuddle Bear books to Floyd’s NICU.

US MedClinic has opened at 1608 Martha Berry in Rome and is offering free COVID-19 test for uninsured patients as well as treatment for those diagnosed with the virus, Dr. Brent Harris says. The clinic is just above the U.S. Post Office and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Look for US MedClinic to add weekend swabbing soon as well. For more: 706-266-9090. The company bills itself as a “multi specialty medical group serving West Georgia with locations in Carrollton, Villa Rica, and Rome. Our mission is to provide high-quality comprehensive medical care for all.”

Members of Floyd’s NICU staff along with Blair Elrod and Hannan Hooper with Cuddle Bear donations.
Media release: Blair Elrod and Hannah Hooper arrived at Floyd Medical Center recently “bearing” gifts. The two women brought with them 100 Cuddle Bear boxes that include a cute teddy bear and a book. The women donated the items to Floyd’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit through Floyd Healthcare Foundation.

Also accompanying the women, who are sisters in law, was Hooper’s daughter, Kelsyn Hooper, who was born premature last year and spent time in the NICU. The connection between the family and Floyd’s NICU goes further back than that. Kelsyn’s dad, Connor Hooper, was also a NICU baby at Floyd, as was Elrod’s husband, Adam.

Elrod, Executive Director of the Polk County Chamber of Commerce, spearheaded the drive to get the Cuddle Bears with the help of Hannah Hooper. She also lives in Cedartown and is a radiologic technologist at The Breast Center at Floyd.

“The NICU has obviously been a special place for our families,” Elrod said. “It meant so much to us when Kelsyn got little things, like a baby beanie, when she was there last year. We just wanted to give something back to the NICU. It can be a long stay back there for many babies.”

Elrod said their goal was to get the 100 books in a month. They finished it in three weeks. The company that sells the books, Usborne Books & More, donated one book for every two purchased through the fundraiser.

The Floyd Medical Center’s Level III NICU provides advanced care for babies with severe or potentially life-threatening conditions.

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