Category Archives: Health

Health: Floyd pledges $100,000 to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance to help cut tobacco use, vaping among young Northwest Georgians.

Health: Floyd pledges $100,000 to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance to help cut tobacco use, vaping among young Northwest Georgians.

  Media release: Floyd has pledged $100,000 to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance – $50,000 from the Floyd Healthcare Foundation – in an effort to stem tobacco use and the rising tide of vaping among youth in Northwest Georgia. The alliance is working to provide anti-vaping and anti-smoking education in grades four through 12 in… Read more

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Statewide flu-related deaths rise to 31 this season as ‘widespread’ outbreak continues in Georgia. Number of deaths could easily surpass last year’s total of 44.

Statewide flu-related deaths rise to 31 this season as ‘widespread’ outbreak continues in Georgia. Number of deaths could easily surpass last year’s total of 44.

  The number of flu-related deaths in Georgia increased by nine through the week ending Jan. 11, with the season total now at 31, according to the latest summary from the Georgia Department of Public Health. With 18 more weeks to go in this year’s flu season, the number of flu-related deaths could easily surpass last… Read more

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Seven more flu-related deaths in last week, total of 22 have died this season as ‘widespread’ outbreak continues in Georgia. Hospital updates; precautionary steps.

Seven more flu-related deaths in last week, total of 22 have died this season as ‘widespread’ outbreak continues in Georgia. Hospital updates; precautionary steps.

  The number of flu deaths in Georgia jumped by seven through the week ending Jan. 4, with the season total now at 22. The latest summary from the Georgia Department of Health reports 141 people were hospitalized for the week ending Jan. 4 with four more outbreaks reported. Georgia’s flu outbreak is listed as… Read more

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Georgia’s ‘widespread’ flu outbreak continues; 15 have died since season began Sept. 29. Hospital updates; precautionary steps.

Georgia’s ‘widespread’ flu outbreak continues; 15 have died since season began Sept. 29. Hospital updates; precautionary steps.

  The number of flu deaths in Georgia jumped by six through the week ending Dec. 28, with the season total now at 15. The latest summary from the Georgia Department of Health reports 39 people were hospitalized for the week ending Dec. 28 with two more outbreaks reported. Georgia’s flu outbreak is listed as… Read more

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Health: Dr. Henaro Sabino now seeing patients at Harbin Clinic Ansley Park Pediatrics in Rome.

Health: Dr. Henaro Sabino now seeing patients at Harbin Clinic Ansley Park Pediatrics in Rome.

    Media release: A familiar smile and contagious laugh has greeted young Harbin Clinic patients in Rome and Cartersville for years. And now Dr. Henaro Sabino, a Harbin Clinic Pediatrician, will begin seeing patients at another facility in Rome, Harbin Clinic Ansley Park Pediatrics, on Wednesdays and Fridays starting today, Jan. 3. Before finding… Read more

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Health: Dr. Preston Leonard, who ‘broke seven bones’ while growing up in Northwest Georgia, joins Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Cartersville.

Health: Dr. Preston Leonard, who ‘broke seven bones’ while growing up in Northwest Georgia, joins Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Cartersville.

  Media release: Being accident-prone as a child is probably the thing that led Dr. Preston Leonard to become a doctor. “I broke seven bones when I was young in various accidents, and I thought my orthopedic surgeon was a really cool guy,” Leonard recalls. “Even before I knew I wanted to be a physician,… Read more

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Health: Meet the new faces of 2020 in Rome, Cartersville and Gordon counties.

Health: Meet the new faces of 2020 in Rome, Cartersville and Gordon counties.

    Bryson Thomas Chase is Floyd Medical Center’s first baby of 2020. Bryson was born Wednesday at 2:28 p.m., weighing in at 5 pounds and 15 ounces, and measuring 19 inches long. Bryson’s mom and dad, Brandon Chase and Haley Westmoreland, were excited to welcome him to the family Around the region: Cartersville Medical… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Georgia is 49th among the states, District of Columbia, when it comes to preventing kids from using tobacco products.

Georgia Health News: Georgia is 49th among the states, District of Columbia, when it comes to preventing kids from using tobacco products.

  By Andy Miller Georgia Health News A recent report ranks Georgia No. 49 among the states and the District of Columbia on preventing kids from using tobacco products. The report, released by several public health organizations, measures states’ spending of tobacco settlement dollars on prevention, in fighting both tobacco use and the rise in e-cigarette… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic opening Immediate Care and Physical Therapy services at 150 Gentilly Blvd. in Cartersville.

Health: Harbin Clinic opening Immediate Care and Physical Therapy services at 150 Gentilly Blvd. in Cartersville.

  Media release: Harbin Clinic announces two new specialties in Cartersville aimed to help people take control of their health. Starting Saturday, Harbin Clinic Immediate Care will welcome patients, and on Monday, Jan. 6, those needing rehabilitation and strength training can visit Physical Therapy, both at 150 Gentilly Blvd. Immediate Care is open on Saturdays… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Northwest Georgia not alone in urgent care boom; Piedmont Healthcare grows its network to 27 in metro Atlanta.

Georgia Health News: Northwest Georgia not alone in urgent care boom; Piedmont Healthcare grows its network to 27 in metro Atlanta.

  By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Local context: Northwest Georgia has seen an explosion in urgent care/immediate care offices in the past two years. Earlier this month, Cartersville Medical Center announces plans to open a second Cartersville Urgent Care,  this one in early 2020 at 11 Charley Harper Drive, Suite 100 (between Old Mill Road and… Read more

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Health: Seven flu-related deaths across Georgia this season. Flu activity remains ‘high’ and ‘widespread’ among all age populations.

Health: Seven flu-related deaths across Georgia this season. Flu activity remains ‘high’ and ‘widespread’ among all age populations.

  The number of flu-related deaths is rising across the state. A total of seven flu-related deaths have been reported in the current season in Georgia, according to the latest weekly flu report through Dec. 21 provided by the Georgia Department of Health. So far, there has been one death between the ages of 0-4;… Read more

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Health: Critical need for A-positive blood in Rome following recent trauma incident. Donor centers reopen Monday.

Health: Critical need for A-positive blood in Rome following recent trauma incident. Donor centers reopen Monday.

  Media release: Blood Assurance is in critical need of blood donations and is asking for community members to give as soon as possible. Not only does the holiday season bring in less blood donors, but a trauma yesterday afternoon in Rome has further exhausted the blood supply. This has led to a shortage of… Read more

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Health: Redmond Regional, AdventHealth/Gordon restricting patient visitation as flu cases increase; join Floyd, Polk, Cherokee medical centers.

Health: Redmond Regional, AdventHealth/Gordon restricting patient visitation as flu cases increase; join Floyd, Polk, Cherokee medical centers.

    Redmond Regional Medical Center is the latest area hospital to restrict visitation as the flu season grows worse. The restrictions are included in the above post from Redmond’s Facebook page. Also adding restrictions: AdventHealth/Gordon (formerly Gordon Hospital). They’re similar to the guidelines Redmond is following. Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center have… Read more

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Health: Another urgent/immediate care center is on the way after four opened this year. Cartersville Urgent Care due in early 2020.

Health: Another urgent/immediate care center is on the way after four opened this year. Cartersville Urgent Care due in early 2020.

    In context: This year will be remembered for the surge in urgent care offices in Northwest Georgia as two opened in Rome and two in Cartersville. Now comes word that at least one more is on the way. Media release: Cartersville Urgent Care will open a second location in early 2020 at 11… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Senate study committee, chaired by Hufstetler, recommends changes to rules governing advanced practice nurses, physician assistants.

Georgia Health News: Senate study committee, chaired by Hufstetler, recommends changes to rules governing advanced practice nurses, physician assistants.

  By Andy Miller Georgia Health News A Georgia Senate study committee is recommending some changes in the state’s strict rules governing advanced practice nurses and physician assistants. But the panel reached a split vote Tuesday on two issues: authority to prescribe narcotics and authority to order imaging tests. It’s a sign that, as in… Read more

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Floyd: Alliant SoloCare is your only choice if you select health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace; deadline is Sunday.

Floyd: Alliant SoloCare is your only choice if you select health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace; deadline is Sunday.

  Media release: Residents who purchase health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace are limited to just one plan if they want to receive care at a Floyd location or from a Floyd provider in 2020. Only Alliant SoloCare has elected to have Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center, Floyd Primary Care, Floyd Urgent Care… Read more

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Georgia Health News: State Department of Community Health board OKs new financial requirements that hospitals must follow, including disclosing top salaries, property holdings and business ventures.

Georgia Health News: State Department of Community Health board OKs new financial requirements that hospitals must follow, including disclosing top salaries, property holdings and business ventures.

  By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Despite objections from hospital groups, Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration has stuck to its tough financial transparency rules for nonprofit hospitals. The board of the Department of Community Health, meeting in Atlanta on Thursday, gave final approval to new financial requirements that hospitals must follow, including disclosing top salaries, property… Read more

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Health: Floyd, Erlanger offering telemedicine technology in neurology and stroke care.

Health: Floyd, Erlanger offering telemedicine technology in neurology and stroke care.

    Media release: Residents in Northwest Georgia can now receive world-class neurology and stroke diagnosis closer to home through a new telemedicine partnership between Floyd Medical Center and Erlanger Health System.  “We are pleased to work with Erlanger Health System to offer our patients tele-neurology care,” said Kurt Stuenkel, President and CEO of Floyd… Read more

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