Category Archives: Health

Latest update from Dr. Gary Voccio.  20 virus patients in Rome hospitals on Thursday, down 3. 1 new ‘probable’ death in Chattooga.

Latest update from Dr. Gary Voccio. 20 virus patients in Rome hospitals on Thursday, down 3. 1 new ‘probable’ death in Chattooga.

Latest updates from Dr. Gary Voccio on COVID, flu, World AIDS Day and aftermath  Voccio says there’s been a slight uptick in cases but hospitalizations are remaining virtually flat. Sadly, he says, so are local vaccine rates. The omicron variant remains a mystery, he says, because there’s “not a lot of data on it” as… Read more

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Health: Georgia records first flu death of the new season; patient only identified as being 65 or older.

Health: Georgia records first flu death of the new season; patient only identified as being 65 or older.

  Georgia has recorded its first flu death of the 2021-22 season. The victim was listed only as being 65 or older. Between Oct. 2 and Nov. 20, nine hospitalizations, one death and one outbreak have been reported. The death was reported in the weekly summary ending Nov. 20. The outbreak occurred the week before… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Abrams’ entry into 2022 governor’s race sets up health care as a pivotal issue vs. Kemp.

Georgia Health News: Abrams’ entry into 2022 governor’s race sets up health care as a pivotal issue vs. Kemp.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Democrat Stacey Abrams’ entry Wednesday into the 2022 Georgia gubernatorial race almost guarantees that health care will be a leading issue in the campaign. Abrams, who narrowly lost to Brian Kemp in the 2018 race, pushed Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act as a top priority… Read more

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Health Department offering free HIV tests, other resources Wednesday on World AIDS Day. Floyd Republican Women meet Dec. 7 at Coosa Country Club.

Health Department offering free HIV tests, other resources Wednesday on World AIDS Day. Floyd Republican Women meet Dec. 7 at Coosa Country Club.

Each Dec. 1 is set aside as World AIDS Day and this year, the health department is offering free HIV testing as well as other information and resources. For more: CDC The Floyd County Republican Women will meet Tuesday, Dec. 7, at the Coosa Country Club on Branham Avenue. Guests must RSVP by Dec. 3rd… Read more

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Another Floyd resident dies from COVID, 26 virus patients in Rome hospitals on Wednesday, up 2.

Another Floyd resident dies from COVID, 26 virus patients in Rome hospitals on Wednesday, up 2.

Coverage notes: No COVID tests Thursday or Friday at the free test sites in Floyd, Bartow. The state will not have updates on cases and fatalities again until 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 29.   WEDNESDAY 1 more Floyd resident dies. Another probable death in Bartow. 26 virus patients at Floyd, Redmond, up 2. 19 at Atrium… Read more

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Hope Horne, an Atrium Health Floyd athletic trainer, commended for helping save a Pepperell Middle football player who fainted from heat issues, one of five who became ill that summer day.

Hope Horne, an Atrium Health Floyd athletic trainer, commended for helping save a Pepperell Middle football player who fainted from heat issues, one of five who became ill that summer day.

  In context: Summer heat is always a concern for parents of student athletes and this update from Atrium Health Floyd shows why. Last summer, a Pepperell Middle school football player fainted and later was hospitalized for a night; his survival is credited in part to quick action by atheltics trainer Hope Horne. The youth… Read more

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Atrium Health Floyd plans $18.5 million, 24/7 freestanding emergency care center in Chattooga County with a staff of 40.

Atrium Health Floyd plans $18.5 million, 24/7 freestanding emergency care center in Chattooga County with a staff of 40.

  In context: The first major move by the newly combined Atrium Health Floyd is under way. Proposed is an around-the-clock emergency center serving Chattooga County, rising near the Walmart on U.S. 27. Pending state approval, it is an $18.5 million investment with a staff of 40 expected. Media release: Atrium Health Floyd plans to establish… Read more

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Health experts recommending a different type of ‘double’ as the holidays begin: COVID and flu vaccines.

Health experts recommending a different type of ‘double’ as the holidays begin: COVID and flu vaccines.

In this pandemic era, health precautions and protocols are high recommended as we enter the holidays. Fifty-one percent of Georgians are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 which means every crowd is a mix of vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals and the risk of COVID transmission exists, especially the delta variant which is more contagious and can cause… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic celebrates 59 employees with 970 years of combined service to the state’s largest privately owned, multispecialty physician group.

Health: Harbin Clinic celebrates 59 employees with 970 years of combined service to the state’s largest privately owned, multispecialty physician group.

Harbin Clinic honored its longest-serving full-time employees with a Drive-Thru Service Award Ceremony. During the socially-distance event, employees were acknowledged and celebrated for their contribution of 10 years or more to Harbin Clinic. The 59 employees honored for their service have worked a combined 970 years for Harbin Clinic. “In a day and time where organizations everywhere are challenged… Read more

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Health: Kara Smith, a registered nurse at Floyd, honored for her compassion, dedication as she cared for a dying patient and comforted both he and his wife.

Health: Kara Smith, a registered nurse at Floyd, honored for her compassion, dedication as she cared for a dying patient and comforted both he and his wife.

Media release: Kara Smith, a registered nurse at Floyd Medical Center, was recognized Monday for her compassion and dedication as she cared for a dying patient and comforted both him and his wife earlier this year. Smith responded quickly when needed and connected emotionally with the couple. “I turned to Kara and began to tell… Read more

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39 COVID patients in Atrium Health Floyd, Redmond on Friday, up 8. Bartow, Polk residents latest virus victims in NW Georgia.

39 COVID patients in Atrium Health Floyd, Redmond on Friday, up 8. Bartow, Polk residents latest virus victims in NW Georgia.

FRIDAY 39 COVID patients at Floyd, Redmond, up 8. 26 at Atrium Health Floyd, 13 at Redmond. 2 more COVID deaths: 1 from Bartow, 1 from Polk. 58 new cases in Northwest Georgia. Since Wednesday; no report Thursday. 1,568 new cases in the state. Since Wednesday; no report Thursday. 104 additional deaths. Since Wednesday; no report Thursday. Source:… Read more

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Health: Atrium Health Floyd now allowing most patients two visitors; there are some guidelines.

Health: Atrium Health Floyd now allowing most patients two visitors; there are some guidelines.

  Media release: Most patients at Atrium Health Floyd are now allowed two visitors. Some visitation restrictions remain because of COVID-19 to ensure the safety of patients, staff members and visitors. No visitors younger than 18 will be permitted for hospitalized patients. Requests for additional visitors due to special circumstances, such as end-of-life, will be considered… Read more

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Health Department accepting appointments for youths 5-11 to get Pfizer vaccine. Another Floyd resident dies from COVID; Georgia tops 25,000 virus deaths. 39 virus patients in Rome hospitals, up 1 on Friday.

Health Department accepting appointments for youths 5-11 to get Pfizer vaccine. Another Floyd resident dies from COVID; Georgia tops 25,000 virus deaths. 39 virus patients in Rome hospitals, up 1 on Friday.

The Floyd County Health Department and all area health departments have expanded Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include ages 5 to 11. For convenience, please schedule all COVID-19 vaccinations by calling the Floyd County Health Department at 706-295-6123. All Georgians five and older are now eligible for free COVID-19 vaccine. Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently … Read more

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Health:  Dr. Ryan Chizner joins Harbin Clinic Cardiology Cartersville on Nov. 14.

Health: Dr. Ryan Chizner joins Harbin Clinic Cardiology Cartersville on Nov. 14.

  Media release: Harbin Clinic  welcomes Dr. Ryan Chizner to Harbin Clinic Cardiology Cartersville. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Harbin Clinic team, and he will begin seeing patients on Nov. 14. Dr. Chizner grew up in a medical family dedicated to caring for others. His mother is a speech pathologist and… Read more

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2 more Floyd residents lost to COVID. 32 virus patients at Floyd, Redmond on Friday; no change.

2 more Floyd residents lost to COVID. 32 virus patients at Floyd, Redmond on Friday; no change.

  FRIDAY 2 COVIDs death in Floyd County posted Friday. 18th probable death in Polk. 32 COVID patients at Floyd, Redmond on Friday; no change. 19 at Atrium Health Floyd, 13 at Redmond. 28 new cases in Northwest Georgia. 912 new cases in the state. 114 additional deaths.  Source: Georgia Department of Public Health. Free COVID tests… Read more

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Health: As her husband battled COVID, wife bonded with Floyd patient advocate coordinator Lacey Kinsey. ‘She was my lifeline.’

Health: As her husband battled COVID, wife bonded with Floyd patient advocate coordinator Lacey Kinsey. ‘She was my lifeline.’

  Media release: Katie Wathen trained to be a nurse. She understands that visitation policies in place for COVID-19 patients are critical to public health, but when the patient is your loved one, there is an equally compelling need to be present and informed, regardless of risk or how busy caregivers are. When Wayne, her… Read more

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Call it Atrium Health Floyd as final piece of almost two years of healthcare changes settles in Northwest Georgia.

Call it Atrium Health Floyd as final piece of almost two years of healthcare changes settles in Northwest Georgia.

In context: The deal that started the wide-scale healthcare changes in Northwest Georgia almost two years ago has come full circle. As of today, Floyd is known as Atrium Health Floyd. The overall concept was approved over the summer amid the sale of the former Redmond Regional to Advent Health and Cartersville Medical Center to… Read more

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