Category Archives: Health

Chattooga resident latest COVID victim; region at 668. No new cases in Floyd for fifth consecutive day per state health department.

Chattooga resident latest COVID victim; region at 668. No new cases in Floyd for fifth consecutive day per state health department.

The region has now lost 668 residents to COVID since March 2020. Another 95 residents have been identified as “probable” victims. VACCINATIONS Saturday Northwest Georgia: Chattooga loses 68th resident to COVID. Totals: 668 deaths; 94 probable deaths. 5 patients in Floyd, Redmond as of Thursday. 8 new cases in Northwest Georgia. Record: 404 on Jan.… Read more

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Floyd/Atrium deal a big step closer following Friday’s hearing by the state Attorney General’s Office. Decision expected in 30 days. Floyd also gets financial review.

Floyd/Atrium deal a big step closer following Friday’s hearing by the state Attorney General’s Office. Decision expected in 30 days. Floyd also gets financial review.

  In context: Announced in November 2019, the partnering of Floyd’s healthcare system with North Carolina-based Atrium Health is a big step closer after Friday’s public hearing by the Georgia Attorney General’s office at The Forum. Look for an opinion by mid July, which — if favorable — should complete the deal. It comes amid… Read more

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Health: Rising 11th graders must have proof of a booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine unless they received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.

Health: Rising 11th graders must have proof of a booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine unless they received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday.

Media release: Under a new state rule, effective July 1, all students entering the 11th grade require proof of a booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) unless they received their first dose on or after their 16th birthday. “Incoming high school juniors who turn 16 before the start of next school year can get… Read more

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Georgia’s flu season ends with lowest numbers in recent memory: 3 deaths statewide, 38 hospitalizations. Experts credit COVID health protocols (masks, frequent hand washing).

Georgia’s flu season ends with lowest numbers in recent memory: 3 deaths statewide, 38 hospitalizations. Experts credit COVID health protocols (masks, frequent hand washing).

  One of the quietest flu seasons in Georgia came to an end last month with astonishingly low numbers. Three people died between late September and mid May vs. 94 deaths a year earlier and 151 fatalities in 2017-18. Of those latest deaths, one person was between 50 and 64, and the two others were… Read more

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Health: Floyd doctor promoting ‘armor’ to help protect seniors prone to fall-related injuries.

Health: Floyd doctor promoting ‘armor’ to help protect seniors prone to fall-related injuries.

  Media release: When Martin Lynch, M.D., kept seeing older patients at the Floyd Center for Wound Care & Hyperbarics returning with wounds caused by falls, he knew he had to be proactive. Lynch turned to SPIRIT, the employee-funded arm of Floyd Healthcare Foundation that works to improve patient care and education in the community.… Read more

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9 new COVID cases posted in NW Georgia on Friday; 406 statewide. 10 virus patients in Floyd, Redmond to end the week.

9 new COVID cases posted in NW Georgia on Friday; 406 statewide. 10 virus patients in Floyd, Redmond to end the week.

  FRIDAY Northwest Georgia: Regional deaths: 663 deaths; probable deaths: 93. 10 patients in Floyd, Redmond as of Friday, down 3. 9 new cases reported. Record: 404 on Jan. 22. State: 42 deaths reported. Pandemic daily record: 187 on Feb. 12, 2021. 406 new cases. State record: 10,379 new cases on Jan. 8. For more:  Public… Read more

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Health: Georgia Wellness Summit, a free online event June 12, to feature WIN’s Sharon Baker as well as Georgia COVID expert.

Health: Georgia Wellness Summit, a free online event June 12, to feature WIN’s Sharon Baker as well as Georgia COVID expert.

The summit is online and is free. Among the speakers is Sharon Baker of Rome, president and founder of Women’s Information Network and a certified menopause practioner. Also taking part is Amber Schmidtke, Ph.D., from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who has developed a national following for her daily Georgia-focused COVID reports. For… Read more

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Page retired: COVID updates, stats through May 31, 2021

Page retired: COVID updates, stats through May 31, 2021

Georgia likely to hit 900,000 COVID cases by month’s end. With another 187 positive cases reported Tuesday — coming off the Memorial Day weekend — the state is inching closer toward 900,000 confirmed cases since the pandemic began in February 2020. The state is averaging an infection rate of 8.27% of the population. Floyd County’s… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Huge demand for nurses means big incentives. Locally: $10,000 to $15,000 ‘signing’ bonuses with commitments. Metro: Some hospitals are doubling that.

Georgia Health News: Huge demand for nurses means big incentives. Locally: $10,000 to $15,000 ‘signing’ bonuses with commitments. Metro: Some hospitals are doubling that.

  The premise of the story: Facing ‘worst ever’ demand for nurses, some hospitals offering unprecedented bonuses. Local impact: “Redmond (Regional) is committed to investing in our colleagues as well as recruiting additional talent. We are currently offering sign-on bonuses for experienced nurses and new nurse graduates. We are also offering bonuses to current colleagues who… Read more

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Health: LaDonna Holcomb, NP, and Deb Bishop of the Breast Center at Floyd each honored by the National Consortium of Breast Centers.

Health: LaDonna Holcomb, NP, and Deb Bishop of the Breast Center at Floyd each honored by the National Consortium of Breast Centers.

  Two employees at The Breast Center at Floyd, LaDonna Holcomb, NP, and Deb Bishop, recently received certifications from the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC) that recognize their expertise in providing care. Holcomb, a nurse practitioner with The Breast Center, earned the Cancer Genetic Risk Assessment certification. Only 100 medical professionals in the U.S. have… Read more

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Health: Floyd had nearly a $1 billion economic impact on NW Georgia, NE Alabama in 2019, up 15.2% from the previous year.

Health: Floyd had nearly a $1 billion economic impact on NW Georgia, NE Alabama in 2019, up 15.2% from the previous year.

In context: The first two weeks of May have demonstrated the value of local healthcare centers on our community. On Thursday, HCA announced a $635 million deal to sell Redmond Regional Medical Center to Advent Health. Earlier this month, HCA said Piedmont Health paid $950 million for Cartersville Medical Center and three other Georgia hospitals.… Read more

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A closer look at NW Georgia’s shifting healthcare industry: AdventHealth purchases Redmond Regional Medical Center in $635 million deal.

A closer look at NW Georgia’s shifting healthcare industry: AdventHealth purchases Redmond Regional Medical Center in $635 million deal.

In context: The expected sale of Redmond Regional Medical Center to AdventHealth more or less completes a “trifecta” of moves in the Northwest Georgia healthcare community. It started in November 2019 with the announcement that North Carolina-based Atrium won bids to partner with the Floyd Healthcare system, a move that should be finalized this summer.… Read more

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Health: Floyd cuts the ribbon on new entrance for mothers to be; showcases expanded labor and delivery waiting area.

Health: Floyd cuts the ribbon on new entrance for mothers to be; showcases expanded labor and delivery waiting area.

We cut the ribbon today on our newly designated Family Birth Center entrance. Learn more: https://t.co/m1K6udEzlm pic.twitter.com/S7NALi7eGv — Floyd Medical Center (@FloydMedical) May 10, 2021 In a midday ceremony Monday, Floyd Medical Center cut the ribbon on a designated entry to the Family Birth Center. The goal is to make it more convenient and comfortable… Read more

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Health: ‘The Marty Party’ indeed. Redmond Emergency Medical Services Director Marty Robinson earns Georgia’s EMS Director of the Year honors.

Health: ‘The Marty Party’ indeed. Redmond Emergency Medical Services Director Marty Robinson earns Georgia’s EMS Director of the Year honors.

    One of the most respected and well-liked people in the region’s first response family is Marty Robinson, director of Redmond’s Emergency Medical Service serving Floyd, Polk and Chattooga counties. Robinson recently was honored by the Georgia Emergency Medical Service Association. Robinson, who also serves as a Rockmart City Council member, received the award… Read more

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