Category Archives: Health

Health: Dr. Garvin Lee Chandler, now part of Harbin Clinic’s Family Medicine Adairsville, took a different route to becoming a physician.

Health: Dr. Garvin Lee Chandler, now part of Harbin Clinic’s Family Medicine Adairsville, took a different route to becoming a physician.

  Media release: After working in cancer research for five years, Dr. Garvin Lee Chandler knew that he was meant for something different. “Doing cancer research was unique and very interesting but there weren’t many opportunities to make connections with people. So, after five years, I started medical school thinking I would become an oncologist.”… Read more

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Public Health: 4 cases of Hepatitis in Floyd, 7 in Bartow, 25 in Chattooga. Prevention: What you need to know. 

Public Health: 4 cases of Hepatitis in Floyd, 7 in Bartow, 25 in Chattooga. Prevention: What you need to know. 

  Media release: Public health officials have confirmed four cases of hepatitis A among Floyd County residents and are urging 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 and their close contacts. Officials are also encouraging all persons who work… Read more

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AirLife leaving its perch at Redmond Regional after about a year of emergency service here.

AirLife leaving its perch at Redmond Regional after about a year of emergency service here.

    Wednesday: Please check back later this morning. We have two potential updates to this story; we’re awaiting one report. ORIGINAL  STORY: Less than a year after landing at Redmond Regional Medical Center in an agreement with the hospital, AirLife Georgia is said to be pulling its helicopter and flight crew from Rome. Notice was given to… Read more

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Health: This Saturday, ‘Walk With a Doc’ who shed 100 pounds by putting one foot in front of the other (and a few other simple steps). Floyd adds ‘Save My Spot’ to make urgent care visits more convenient.

Health: This Saturday, ‘Walk With a Doc’ who shed 100 pounds by putting one foot in front of the other (and a few other simple steps). Floyd adds ‘Save My Spot’ to make urgent care visits more convenient.

From Harbin Clinic: “Back when I was starting my fellowship, I weighed almost 100 pounds more than I do now,” says Dr. Gregory Harris of Harbin Clinic Medical Oncology. Several years ago, Dr. Harris was overweight and realized he needed to take care of his health. He started walking — five miles a day, to… Read more

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Health: Gena Agnew retiring Dec. 31 as leader of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition after 17 years; Erin Hernandez takes over in January.

Health: Gena Agnew retiring Dec. 31 as leader of the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition after 17 years; Erin Hernandez takes over in January.

    Gena Agnew, who has led the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition for 17 years, is retiring on Dec. 31. Agnew says she’s “very proud of all we have accomplished together” and she should be. “I began with the organization in 2002, securing one of six state designations as a Regional Program of Excellence;… Read more

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44 deaths in Georgia as 2018-19 flu season ends; significant drop from previous year but still high. June is Men’s Health Month; Harbin offers healthy tips. 18th Health Initiative for Men (plus Women) set for Aug. 17.

44 deaths in Georgia as 2018-19 flu season ends; significant drop from previous year but still high. June is Men’s Health Month; Harbin offers healthy tips. 18th Health Initiative for Men (plus Women) set for Aug. 17.

    The 2018-19 flu season in Georgia is over and it was a deadly one: 44 people died from influenza between Sept. 30 and May 18, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. That’s down significantly from 151 deaths in 2017-18 (151 people) but also equal to the three previous years combined (2014-15,… Read more

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Autism center for children opening in Rome in August. Director: ‘I have worked in autism centers before and saw the amazing progress of children.’

Autism center for children opening in Rome in August. Director: ‘I have worked in autism centers before and saw the amazing progress of children.’

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net An autism center for children will be opening later this summer in Rome to meet a growing community need. Chicago Autism and Behavior Specialists will be opening at 103 Redmond Road in August. They already have two other locations in Chicago and Savannah. “There really isn’t much in Rome for kids with… Read more

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Health: Flu deaths in Georgia rise to 41, second highest in five years.

Health: Flu deaths in Georgia rise to 41, second highest in five years.

  Even with the end of the flu season now here, Georgia’s fatality count continued to climb. Two more flu-related death were reported in Georgia the week ending May 4, bringing the total to 41 flu-related deaths so far this season (Sept. 30 through May 4). We’re expecting the report for the week of May 11… Read more

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Health: Dr. Jason Dunn, among the last interns at Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital, joins Harbin Clinic Psychology Rome.

Health: Dr. Jason Dunn, among the last interns at Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital, joins Harbin Clinic Psychology Rome.

    Media release: Fifteen years ago, if you asked Dr. Jason Dunn what he would be up to today, he would never have guessed he would be practicing psychology. “I kind of fell into it in college,” Dunn recalls. “I needed an extra class and just happened to pick psychology.” He went into the class… Read more

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Health: Redmond Regional gets ‘A’ in patient safety report as do Cartersville Medical, Gordon hospitals; Floyd earns a B. Links to full test reports.

Health: Redmond Regional gets ‘A’ in patient safety report as do Cartersville Medical, Gordon hospitals; Floyd earns a B. Links to full test reports.

      Redmond Regional Medical Center has been awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This designation recognizes Redmond’s efforts to protect patients from harm and to provide safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.The Safety… Read more

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Health: After winning Redmond’s Frist Humanitarian Physician award, Dr. Ryland Scott now named the HCA Healthcare National Frist Humanitarian recipient

Health: After winning Redmond’s Frist Humanitarian Physician award, Dr. Ryland Scott now named the HCA Healthcare National Frist Humanitarian recipient

Media release: Redmond Regional Medical Center announces that Dr. Ryland Scott, Harbin Clinic General Surgeon, has been named the HCA Healthcare national recipient of the Frist Humanitarian – Physician Award. The Frist Humanitarian Awards are given annually in recognition of the humanitarian spirit and philanthropic work of the late Dr. Thomas Frist, Sr., co-founder of HCA… Read more

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Buzz: Parks & Rec has lifeguard openings at Northside Swim Facility. Golf tournament to benefit Sheriff’s Santa Program. Live Well Cherokee launches with lifesaving training May 18.

Buzz: Parks & Rec has lifeguard openings at Northside Swim Facility. Golf tournament to benefit Sheriff’s Santa Program. Live Well Cherokee launches with lifesaving training May 18.

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation still has a few lifeguard positions remaining at the Northside Swim Facility. Applicants should be at least 16 years old and able to commit to a 10‐week schedule through Aug. and weekends only through Sept. 2. Lifeguards need to have a a nationally recognized Lifeguarding and First Aid certification as well as… Read more

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Remembering Belen Dizon Nora, who launched and guided the nursing program that continues today at Georgia Highlands.

Remembering Belen Dizon Nora, who launched and guided the nursing program that continues today at Georgia Highlands.

Family and friends — including the tight Georgia Highlands’ nursing community — are mourning the passing Wednesday of Belen Dizon Nora, 84, who served as the director of nursing at then-Floyd Junior College and Floyd College. In 1971, she was contracted to start a nursing program at the college. After 28 years of building the program, she… Read more

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Willowbrooke at Floyd offering three discussions on teen suicide prevent, hope and recovery.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Willowbrooke at Floyd offering three discussions on teen suicide prevent, hope and recovery.

  Media release: May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Willowbrooke at Floyd is sponsoring events that will offer insight into mental health as a critical part of overall health.The public is welcome, events are free of charge and no reservations are needed. A healthy lifestyle can impact the progression of mental illness as well… Read more

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Health: Flu-related deaths rise to 39 in Georgia with a few weeks left in the season; still way below last year’s total of 151 deaths.

Health: Flu-related deaths rise to 39 in Georgia with a few weeks left in the season; still way below last year’s total of 151 deaths.

  One more flu-related death reported in Georgia this week bringing the total to 39 flu-related deaths so far this season (Sept. 30 through April 27). All but seven of those deaths occurring among those 50 and older. So far this season, another 1,551 people have been hospitalized. Flu outbreaks are holding at 80. Weekly… Read more

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Health: Dr. Subba Vanga joins Harbin Clinic Cardiology Cartersville.

Health: Dr. Subba Vanga joins Harbin Clinic Cardiology Cartersville.

  Media release: Ever since he was in the eighth grade, Dr. Subba Vanga has known he was destined to be an interventional cardiologist. As a child in India, his curiosity and interest in that specific medical field was piqued when his uncle moved to the United States and began his career as an interventional cardiologist in… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Atlanta healthcare prices on the high end, national report says, especially when compared to Savannah, Augusta.

Georgia Health News: Atlanta healthcare prices on the high end, national report says, especially when compared to Savannah, Augusta.

  By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Metro Atlanta is in the top third of 112 urban areas on health care pricing, newly released data show. The prices in greater Atlanta are higher than those in Augusta and Savannah, the two other Georgia cities studied by the Health Care Cost Institute. The Healthy Marketplace Index… Read more

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Health: Northwest Georgia Health Departments to provide free hepatitis A vaccine clinics each Friday in May.

Health: Northwest Georgia Health Departments to provide free hepatitis A vaccine clinics each Friday in May.

      Northwest Georgia Health Departments in Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, and Walker Counties will provide free hepatitis A vaccine to individuals at risk of the highly contagious, highly preventable liver disease every Friday in May. Clinics will be held at each health department on May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, from 8… Read more

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Dr. Dale Willerson named director of student services for Rome City Schools. Shaw Plant 15 honored as top donor among manufacturers in Blood Assurance’s five-state region.

Dr. Dale Willerson named director of student services for Rome City Schools. Shaw Plant 15 honored as top donor among manufacturers in Blood Assurance’s five-state region.

Media release: The Rome City School Board has approved the position of Director of Student Services. Dr. Dale Willerson will join the RCS Central Office administrators in the fall of 2019. Willerson will work directly with the Director of School Improvement, Director of Special Education and the Professional Learning Specialist for the system to address… Read more

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