Category Archives: Health

Heart of the Community 2021: Seven ‘unsung’ heroes of the community honored during virtual event. Harbin Clinic cardiologists help deliver meals for event.

Heart of the Community 2021: Seven ‘unsung’ heroes of the community honored during virtual event. Harbin Clinic cardiologists help deliver meals for event.

This year’s Heart of the Community Awards, ‘An Affair of the Heart’ ceremony looked a little bit different than ever before. For the first time in its 35 year history, the event was held in a virtual online presentation via Zoom due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. This year’s event honored seven of Rome’s “unsung” heroes, recognized for… Read more

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February’s COVID toll on NW Georgia: 84 deaths, 21 probable deaths, 3,237 new cases –and 26,321 with both doses of the vaccine.

February’s COVID toll on NW Georgia: 84 deaths, 21 probable deaths, 3,237 new cases –and 26,321 with both doses of the vaccine.

SUNDAY REPORT Northwest Georgia: February ends with 84 deaths, 21 probable deaths in Northwest Georgia. It was the second deadliest month of the pandemic in our region. New cases: 49 new positive cases in past 24 hours. Record: 404 on Jan. 22. Hospitalized: 55 patients in Floyd, Redmond on Friday, down 11. Vaccinations (both doses):  26,321 people… Read more

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COVID on campus: Week-in-review from Rome, Floyd, Cartersville, Gordon schools and Berry College.

COVID on campus: Week-in-review from Rome, Floyd, Cartersville, Gordon schools and Berry College.

Latest COVID updates: Expanded details below as needed. Rome City Schools, Feb. 19-25: 76 to 122 quarantines, 13 new positives. Floyd County Schools, Feb. 19-26: 113 to 176 quarantines; 1 staff member tests positive. Cartersville City Schools, Feb. 22-26:  13 students, 1 staff member tested positive last week. 164 quarantines. CCS reports Bartow County Schools. Cloverleaf Elementary School moves… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Atrium, Houston Healthcare cancel merger, citing pandemic; it ‘is totally separate and has no effect on the Floyd process,’ Atrium spokesman says.

Georgia Health News: Atrium, Houston Healthcare cancel merger, citing pandemic; it ‘is totally separate and has no effect on the Floyd process,’ Atrium spokesman says.

    In context: North Carolina-based Atrium is pursuing a deal to combine with Floyd Health System, one that now is expected to close this summer. Friday’s announcement with the Houston healthcare center has no impact on the Floyd deal, a company spokesman says. Background on Floyd deal By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Two… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic breaks ground on 11,600-square-foot addition to its Calhoun campus. On the way: Upgraded lab, imaging center and heart center.

Health: Harbin Clinic breaks ground on 11,600-square-foot addition to its Calhoun campus. On the way: Upgraded lab, imaging center and heart center.

    In context: Northwest Georgia is experiencing a mini boom in healthcare projects. Nearly $23 million worth of projects is on tap as outlined in this recent story by Hometown’s Natalie Simms. Growth. Also on the way: A helipad at Floyd Medical as well as staffing up trauma care and services. Updates. A year… Read more

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Georgia Health News: K-12 educators, staff of public and private schools, pre-school and child care educators and staff all eligible to get vaccine starting March 8.

Georgia Health News: K-12 educators, staff of public and private schools, pre-school and child care educators and staff all eligible to get vaccine starting March 8.

    What to know: Effective March 8, the following groups will be eligible for vaccination: ▪ K-12 educators and school staff, public and private ▪ Pre-K and DECAL educators and staff ▪ Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities – and their caregivers ▪ Parents with children with complex medical conditions For more information, visit the… Read more

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Health: Dr. Ray McKoy, Greg Shropshire, Dexter Benning named to Public Health’s COVID-19 Health Equity Council.

Health: Dr. Ray McKoy, Greg Shropshire, Dexter Benning named to Public Health’s COVID-19 Health Equity Council.

Media release: The Georgia Department of Public Health has formed the COVID-19 Health Equity Council and its membership includes several Northwest Georgia contributors. The group will help DPH increase the effectiveness of its public health programs statewide, ensure equity in COVID-19 vaccination distribution and administration, and improve outreach and communication within Georgia communities most affected… Read more

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Health: Floyd adds trauma medical director, surgeons, associates as state seeks to enhance critical care coverage.

Health: Floyd adds trauma medical director, surgeons, associates as state seeks to enhance critical care coverage.

Media release: Floyd Medical Center has added a Trauma Medical Director, trauma surgeons and an Orthopaedic Traumatologist to meet more stringent guidelines for Level II Trauma Centers. Clarence “Mac” McKemie, M.D., Harbin Clinic general surgeon, has joined Floyd as full-time Trauma Medical Director and surgeon, and James Riley, M.D., Harbin Clinic general surgeon, has joined… Read more

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Health: As heart month concludes, a look at how the youngest patients are cared for in Northwest Georgia. Plus: Heart Walk, Heart of the Community Awards.

Health: As heart month concludes, a look at how the youngest patients are cared for in Northwest Georgia. Plus: Heart Walk, Heart of the Community Awards.

  In context: During February, American Heart Month, many of us associate cardio care with our older relatives, friends and neighbors. But few think “the youngest hearts” in our community. The following item talks about Joel Earp and the care he’s received since shortly after his birthday. Also below, please see some of the concluding… Read more

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Health: Floyd added helipad for air ambulances above emergency center facing Second Avenue; will replace Riverside Parkway pad.

Health: Floyd added helipad for air ambulances above emergency center facing Second Avenue; will replace Riverside Parkway pad.

Media release: Floyd Medical Center will construct a $4 million helipad for air ambulances at the North Second Avenue entrance to the hospital’s Emergency Care Center as the hospital continues to enhance its trauma services. The expenditure was approved Monday by the Floyd Healthcare Management Inc. board. The raised helipad will have direct elevator access… Read more

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Cartersville’s Church at Liberty Square, a hot spot that lost 14 to COVID, continues to heal a year later. The recovery ‘also revealed the hope and resiliency of the body of Christ.’

Cartersville’s Church at Liberty Square, a hot spot that lost 14 to COVID, continues to heal a year later. The recovery ‘also revealed the hope and resiliency of the body of Christ.’

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It’s been a difficult year for churches because of the COVID pandemic but few have had a more trying time than The Church at Liberty Square. The Cartersville church, at 2001 Liberty Square Drive, was traced by state health officials to be the source of one of the earliest coronavirus outbreaks… Read more

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Health: Estimated $22.8 million in hospital or healthcare facility renovations and expansions in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon now under review with state.

Health: Estimated $22.8 million in hospital or healthcare facility renovations and expansions in Floyd, Bartow and Gordon now under review with state.

  According to the Georgia Department of Community Health’s latest CON Tracking Report, Floyd Medical Center, Cartersville Medical Center and AdventHealth Gordon are seeking permission from the state for renovation projects valued below the capital expendure threshold amount of $10.3 million for a Certificate of Need. The total costs for all five projects is estimated… Read more

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RETIRED: 8 more area residents die in last 24 hours: 4 in Gordon, 2 in Polk, 1 each in Bartow, Chattooga; 99 statewide. Another 138 positive cases on Saturday. 60 patients in Floyd, Redmond.

RETIRED: 8 more area residents die in last 24 hours: 4 in Gordon, 2 in Polk, 1 each in Bartow, Chattooga; 99 statewide. Another 138 positive cases on Saturday. 60 patients in Floyd, Redmond.

Note: we are retiring this page as of midnight Feb. 21. For the latest summary, please click here.  Saturday: 8 more die: 4 in Gordon, 2 in Polk and 1 each from Bartow and Chattooga. That’s 70 deaths, 15 probable deaths this month. Statewide: 99 deaths in Georgia posted Saturday. Total now at 14,629. Pandemic record:… Read more

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RETIRED: Vaccine updates: 20,421 people have received both vaccine doses in NW Georgia through Saturday. Latest from Dr. Voccio: 90,000 in 12-county region vaccinated. ‘Important to still wear mask if vaccinated’.

RETIRED: Vaccine updates: 20,421 people have received both vaccine doses in NW Georgia through Saturday. Latest from Dr. Voccio: 90,000 in 12-county region vaccinated. ‘Important to still wear mask if vaccinated’.

Note: we are retiring this page as of midnight Feb. 21. For the latest summary, please click here.   Latest update from Dr. Gary Voccio, health director for Northwest Georgia Public Health: Over 90,000 vaccines distributed in Northwest Georgia to those in Group 1A+ category: heathcare workers, first responders and those 65 and older. Public… Read more

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