Category Archives: Health

Health: Floyd EMS earns regional honors; executive director Bud Owens honored.

Health: Floyd EMS earns regional honors; executive director Bud Owens honored.

Media release: Floyd EMS has been awarded the Region 1 EMS Service of the Year Award for the fifth time, and Bud Owens, executive director, has also earned the Dr. Virginia Hamilton Special Achievement Award for 2022. Floyd EMS is the designated ambulance service provider to residents of Floyd County in northwest Georgia and Cherokee County… Read more

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3 COVID patients in Rome hospitals. Testing site at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds closed Saturday.

3 COVID patients in Rome hospitals. Testing site at Coosa Valley Fairgrounds closed Saturday.

Rome hospitals update: 3 COVID patients on Friday, no change. Atrium Floyd Health: 2 patients, no change. AdventHealth Redmond: 1 patient, no change. Highest since pandemic began: 221 on Sept. 10, 2021. Lowest since pandemic began: 2 on June 1, 2020. The latest report from the CDC’s COVID tracker shows Northwest Georgia remains in the low transmission area as… Read more

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The parent company of Atrium Health Floyd to ‘combine’ with Advocate Aurora Health in blockbuster deal.

The parent company of Atrium Health Floyd to ‘combine’ with Advocate Aurora Health in blockbuster deal.

In context: Just as those Atrium signs go up around Floyd holdings in town, there’s more healthcare news today. Atrium Health is combining with Advocate Aurora Health in a move announced Wednesday morning. The combined entity will be known as Advocate Health with “Advocate Health and Atrium Health brands continuing to be used in their respective… Read more

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Update: Cartersville urgent care centers purchased, becoming part of the Piedmont network.

Update: Cartersville urgent care centers purchased, becoming part of the Piedmont network.

  Editor’s note: This report is under additional review as of Thursday morning. There is some disagreement about the fate of the Redmond urgent care centers. We’ll have updates soon.   In context: The Piedmont brand made its first big move into Northwest Georgia last summer with the purchase of Cartersville Medical Center from HCA.… Read more

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Floyd earns an ‘A’ in spring patient safety scoring; ‘Bs’ for area’s three other hospitals.

Floyd earns an ‘A’ in spring patient safety scoring; ‘Bs’ for area’s three other hospitals.

Leapfrog Group has awarded Floyd Medical Center with a top-rated “A” grade on its spring 2022 patient safety report card. The three other area hospitals each were rated “B.” The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. Leapfrog assigns A-F grades… Read more

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Health: Atrium Health Floyd’s freestanding emergency medical center proposal in Chattooga County gets OK from state.

Health: Atrium Health Floyd’s freestanding emergency medical center proposal in Chattooga County gets OK from state.

  From a media release: The Georgia Department of Community Health has approved Atrium Health Floyd’s plans to create a freestanding emergency department that will provide 24/7 emergency care to residents of Summerville, Trion, Lyerly, Menlo and surrounding communities. The project could take up to a year to complete. Atrium submitted the request last fall,… Read more

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Health: Touchdown on the new helipad at Atrium Health Floyd.

Health: Touchdown on the new helipad at Atrium Health Floyd.

Media release: Beginning Thursday, helicopters will be taking off and landing at Atrium Health Floyd’s helipad as training exercises begin at the new facility at the North Second Avenue entrance to the hospital’s Emergency Care Center. Helipad safety education will take placeday and night throughout the entire month of May. That training includesclassroom education and… Read more

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Buzz: AdventHealth’s Redmond, Gordon locations offering $30 mammograms in May. ‘Tiger Market’ set for May 7.

Buzz: AdventHealth’s Redmond, Gordon locations offering $30 mammograms in May. ‘Tiger Market’ set for May 7.

AdventHealth Redmond and Gordon are offering screening mammograms in 30 minutes for just $30 for self-pay patients in May. Annual mammograms are still the top-recommended screening for women because it allows the earliest possible detection of issues before you experience symptoms. Catching breast cancer early means: Therapies like breast conservation therapy will be most effective Treatment… Read more

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Health: Atrium Health Floyd honors five ‘Good Samaritans’ across the region, from surgical care to hospice services.

Health: Atrium Health Floyd honors five ‘Good Samaritans’ across the region, from surgical care to hospice services.

  Media release: The third week of April marks National Volunteer Week, celebrated annually at Atrium Health Floyd through its longstanding Good Samaritan recognition program. TheseGood Samaritans perform a variety of functions that directly and indirectly help patients and visitors. Hospitality specialists greet and escort patients and provide reading materials. Retail specialists serve in gift… Read more

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COVID vaccine reports show a widening gap between NW Georgia’s shots and boosters vs. state averages. 56% of Georgia is fully vaccinated vs. 45% of Floyd County.

COVID vaccine reports show a widening gap between NW Georgia’s shots and boosters vs. state averages. 56% of Georgia is fully vaccinated vs. 45% of Floyd County.

  As the state shifts to weekly updates on COVID vaccination rates, we checked on how our communities did vs. Georgia’s statewide average. The answer depends on your opinion of vaccinations, COVID precautions and the pandemic. In terms of those receiving a single dose, both doses (or one dose not requiring a second shot) and… Read more

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Friday: 33rd ‘probable’ death in Gordon. 4 virus patients in Rome hospitals.

Friday: 33rd ‘probable’ death in Gordon. 4 virus patients in Rome hospitals.

  Friday’s updates: State COVID reports shifting to Wednesday only vs. weekdays. Media release: The Georgia Department of Public Health  is transitioning from daily to weekly COVID-19 data reporting. Case counts and vaccination updates will be published on the DPH website every Wednesday beginning April 20. The last daily updates to the Daily Status Report and the… Read more

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Health: AdventHealth Redmond cited by state hospital association for ‘Post COVID Rehabilitation: Improving Quality of Life Through a Dynamic Therapy Program.’

Health: AdventHealth Redmond cited by state hospital association for ‘Post COVID Rehabilitation: Improving Quality of Life Through a Dynamic Therapy Program.’

  The Georgia Hospital Association has presented its 2022 Patient Safety and Quality winners and AdventHealth Redmond has taken second-place honors among hospitals with 100 to 299 beds. More impressive is the reason behind the award. The hospital, purchased by AdventHealth last year, was cited for its project “Post COVID Rehabilitation: Improving Quality of Life Through… Read more

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Make that AdventHealth Stadium, home of the Rome Braves (with unveiling photo sequence from Mills Fitzner).

Make that AdventHealth Stadium, home of the Rome Braves (with unveiling photo sequence from Mills Fitzner).

Truett’s Chick-fli-A, 264 Shorter Ave., 6 a.m.-9 p.m. self-serve, dining room, drive-through until 10 p.m., curbside, Door Dash. Mount Berry Mall, 7 a.m. curbside breakfast; 9 a.m. inside; open until 8:30 p.m. Shipping Container, 6 a.m.-10 p.m. All Monday-Saturday.   In context: This has been a baseball season of change even before the first pitch. In the… Read more

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Voccio: NW Georgia seeing ‘extremely low numbers’ of new COVID cases, related hospital admissions. 4 more NW Georgia deaths posted Friday. 13 COVID patients in Rome hospitals, the lowest since July.

Voccio: NW Georgia seeing ‘extremely low numbers’ of new COVID cases, related hospital admissions. 4 more NW Georgia deaths posted Friday. 13 COVID patients in Rome hospitals, the lowest since July.

The latest: Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District, reports “extremely low numbers” of COVID cases and hospitalizations in the region and state this week. Health officials are tracking another strain in Europe that is spreading but so far, we’re seeing fewer and fewer Omicron cases here.… Read more

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