Category Archives: Health

Updated: Another week of “high” level flu activity in Georgia. Hardest hit age group so far: 18 through 49. New reporting from Georgia Health News.

Updated: Another week of “high” level flu activity in Georgia. Hardest hit age group so far: 18 through 49. New reporting from Georgia Health News.

  The latest reports continue to show a high level of flu activity in the state, based on Georgia Department of Health data. So far, 88 people have been hospitalized in the metro area for the illness. Most are in 18-49 age group, or 30 in all. Thirteen others were 50-64 and 18 were 65 and older.… Read more

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Health:  Floyd Medical Center EMT Shanon Prater honored as a Georgia Hospital Hero — and here’s just one reason why.

Health:  Floyd Medical Center EMT Shanon Prater honored as a Georgia Hospital Hero — and here’s just one reason why.

  Floyd Medical Center EMT Shanon Prater was among seven people honored recently as a Hospital Hero by the Georgia Hospital Association. The awards were established in 2005 as a way of recognizing the amazing hospital workers in our state. Each year, individuals are honored with this prestigious award. Over the years, GHA has honored doctors,… Read more

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Health: Flu cases a high level across Georgia. Over 3,600 visits for influenza-like illness for week ending Nov. 16.

Health: Flu cases a high level across Georgia. Over 3,600 visits for influenza-like illness for week ending Nov. 16.

    The seventh week of flu reports now show a high level of flu activity in the state, based on Georgia Department of Health data. So far, 66 people have been hospitalized in the metro-area for the illness. Most are in 18-49 age group, or 25 in all. Twelve others were 50-64 and thirteen were 65… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Wednesday’s debate by Democratic presidential hopefuls in Atlanta was light on health issues.

Georgia Health News: Wednesday’s debate by Democratic presidential hopefuls in Atlanta was light on health issues.

  By Andy Miller Georgia Health News In their previous debates, Democratic presidential candidates spent more time discussing health care than any other topic. But at Wednesday’s debate in Atlanta, health care was almost crowded off center stage by several other issues. The 10 Democratic candidates spent much of the two hours addressing topics such… Read more

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Health: CDC honors Diabetes Prevention Program at Floyd for ‘turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes.’

Health: CDC honors Diabetes Prevention Program at Floyd for ‘turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes.’

    Media release: The Diabetes Prevention Program at Floyd is playing a role in “turning the tide in the fight against the epidemic of Type 2 diabetes,” according to a letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “As the (CDC’s) Director of the Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program, it is immensely gratifying to… Read more

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Health: Survey says Rome is the sixth best city for doctors in the country. Pluses include salaries, cost of living, other indicators.

Health: Survey says Rome is the sixth best city for doctors in the country. Pluses include salaries, cost of living, other indicators.

    Here’s a report that should help with recruiting doctors to Northwest Georgia: A report from AdvisorSmith — a business insurance group — shows is no. 6 nationwide in list of the top 50 cities for doctors. Compared are annual salaries, cost of living and quality of life. Albany was a surprising no. 3… Read more

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Health:  Doctors Poonam and Amar Singh of Harbin Clinic Singh Internal Medicine now certified in treatment of obesity.

Health: Doctors Poonam and Amar Singh of Harbin Clinic Singh Internal Medicine now certified in treatment of obesity.

    Media release: Healthy weight range is more easily attainable under the medical care of Drs. Poonam and Amar Singh of Harbin Clinic Singh Internal Medicine who recently have earned their Obesity Medicine Board Certifications from the American Board of Obesity Medicine. In order to obtain certification, physicians undergo rigorous training in weight management and… Read more

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Public Health: Three more cases of measles discovered in Cobb County. Also: Blood Assurance seeks donors, offers free pie at Duffy’s Deli.

Public Health: Three more cases of measles discovered in Cobb County. Also: Blood Assurance seeks donors, offers free pie at Duffy’s Deli.

  Media release: The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed three additional cases of measles in Cobb County residents. At least two of the individuals with measles are unvaccinated, and the vaccination history of the third is unclear. These individuals may have exposed other people to measles between Oct. 30 – Nov. 13. DPH is… Read more

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Health: West Rome’s Mary Womack puts a special touch into wreaths auctioned to help Cancer Navigators. Family remembers Terra Jones of Heyman Hospice Care for her compassion as two loved ones passed.

Health: West Rome’s Mary Womack puts a special touch into wreaths auctioned to help Cancer Navigators. Family remembers Terra Jones of Heyman Hospice Care for her compassion as two loved ones passed.

    Media release: What began as an effort to fulfill a last-minute request from her son has turned into a ministry for Mary Womack to bring joy to loved ones and their families struggling with cancer and to help Cancer Navigators. Four years ago,Womack’s son asked her to make a holiday wreath for Cancer… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Latest safety ratings for area hospitals show ‘A’ for Redmond, Cartersville, Gordon; B for Floyd.

Georgia Health News: Latest safety ratings for area hospitals show ‘A’ for Redmond, Cartersville, Gordon; B for Floyd.

  By Andy Miller Georgia Health News One in four Georgia hospitals earned an “A’’ grade in the latest safety ratings by the Leapfrog Group, released Thursday. That percentage is lower than the one-third of Georgia hospitals scoring an A in the spring 2019 Leapfrog report. The new rate dropped Georgia from 15th among states… Read more

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Expanded: Floyd Health System, Atrium Health combining. What it means to the healthcare organization.

Expanded: Floyd Health System, Atrium Health combining. What it means to the healthcare organization.

  In context: Here’s a shocker few saw coming on election day. Floyd is partnering with Atrium Health in a move that has been seen elsewhere in the state and country as healthcare communities combine. At the first of the year, Atrium Heath completed a merger agreement with Macon-based Navicent Health. The Floyd deal increases the… Read more

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Three-part look at Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to expand Medicaid. Includes the media briefing, a Georgia Health News analysis and Kemp’s overall plan.

Three-part look at Gov. Brian Kemp’s plan to expand Medicaid. Includes the media briefing, a Georgia Health News analysis and Kemp’s overall plan.

Three-part report on Monday announcements by Gov. Brian Kemp including the above media briefing, the Georgia Health News analysis below and then an outline of the governor’s plan included in a media release earlier Monday.   By Andy Miller Georgia Health News During his gubernatorial campaign last year and his first months in office as… Read more

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Heath: Latest on the 2019-20 flu season; what to know.

Heath: Latest on the 2019-20 flu season; what to know.

  WHAT TO DO: Health officials urge you to get a flu shot, this month is possible, before the holidays begin. There are plenty of options at grocery and pharmacies around the area, through your physician or through the health department. We repeat this information from Public Health: The Floyd County Health Department at 16 E.… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Walmart debuts ‘Health Center’ in Paulding County store, second location coming to Calhoun next year.

Georgia Health News: Walmart debuts ‘Health Center’ in Paulding County store, second location coming to Calhoun next year.

  By Andy Miller Georgia Health News This Walmart in the western Atlanta suburbs looks at first glance like the retail giant’s other Supercenters. But the right edge of the long building in the town of Dallas has an appendage with a separate entrance, almost like a separate store. In a way, that’s what it… Read more

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Health: Another 103 cases of Hepatitis A confirmed in Floyd and Bartow counties combined since June 2018. Health departments offering free vaccinations.

Health: Another 103 cases of Hepatitis A confirmed in Floyd and Bartow counties combined since June 2018. Health departments offering free vaccinations.

  Public health officials have confirmed 50 cases of hepatitis A among Floyd County residents, and another 53 cases among Bartow County residents, since June 2018 and are continuing to urge vaccination against the highly contagious liver infection for people most at risk of the vaccine-preventable disease, especially illicit (injection and non-injection) drug users, individuals who… Read more

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Health: Two Harbin Clinic Orthopedic surgeons using new techology to easily diagnose joint injuries without MRI or surgery.

Health: Two Harbin Clinic Orthopedic surgeons using new techology to easily diagnose joint injuries without MRI or surgery.

  Media release: You know it’s bad news when you feel a twist, roll, pop or creak. You sensed something happen, you know something isn’t right, but in the world of imaging, X-Rays and scans, getting full diagnosis details from a joint injury can sometimes take a while. But thanks to revolutionary new technology, Orthopedic… Read more

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Floyd, Polk and Cherokee medical centers restricting visitors as flu season kicks inn.

Floyd, Polk and Cherokee medical centers restricting visitors as flu season kicks inn.

  Media release: Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center are restricting visitors beginning 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, to decrease the chances ofpatients and hospital staff catching the flu and other contagious illnesses. While flu cases are not widespread, Floyd is being proactive. The flu can cause serious complications and even death,… Read more

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