Category Archives: Health

16 patients with COVID-19 in Floyd, Redmond hospitals, up 2 from Tuesday. A record 2,946 new cases between Tuesday and Wednesday in Georgia. Statewide, more than 700 deaths in June.

16 patients with COVID-19 in Floyd, Redmond hospitals, up 2 from Tuesday. A record 2,946 new cases between Tuesday and Wednesday in Georgia. Statewide, more than 700 deaths in June.

  Hospital reports: 16 virus patients at Floyd, Redmond as of Wednesday, up two. Statewide, 111 more hospitalizations.  Floyd: 12 patients testing positive; none awaiting tests. Redmond Regional: 4 patients testing positive; none awaiting results. In context: On April 19, Floyd reported 13 patients testing positive while Redmond had eight for a total of 21. Together, they had… Read more

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Georgia Health News: As state cases surge, 1,500-plus healthcare workers urge Kemp to require masks in public.

Georgia Health News: As state cases surge, 1,500-plus healthcare workers urge Kemp to require masks in public.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Hundreds of Georgia health care workers are urging Gov. Brian Kemp to require people to wear face masks in public. Those workers are signing a letter, to be sent Thursday morning, that also calls on Kemp to shut bars and nightclubs and prohibit gatherings of more than… Read more

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Education: As Becca Maddox retires, she celebrates a bridge that started with the origins of Georgia Highlands and touched hundreds of students since.

Education: As Becca Maddox retires, she celebrates a bridge that started with the origins of Georgia Highlands and touched hundreds of students since.

  Media release: For Director of Nursing and Professor Rebecca (Becca) Maddox, retiring from Georgia Highlands College after two decades of service and during COVID-19 remote operations is a bittersweet experience but her family’s roots with the college, her time mentoring and helping cultivate the next generation of healthcare workers, and her unwavering pride for… Read more

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Health: Eight new residents at Floyd. Charmaine Thomas has been named Administrator of Floyd Behavioral Health.

Health: Eight new residents at Floyd. Charmaine Thomas has been named Administrator of Floyd Behavioral Health.

Media release: Floyd’s Family Medicine Residency Program has named Dyanna Fountain, M.D., and Lacey Johnson, D.O., Chief Residents for the new academic year beginning July 1. Chief Residents are selected and voted on by their peers and are approved by faculty and staff. During their one-year term, they will serve in leadership roles, mentoring underclassmen and… Read more

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Updated: State again rejects Floyd’s bid to offer adult open heart surgery.

Updated: State again rejects Floyd’s bid to offer adult open heart surgery.

  Floyd Healthcare Management’s bid for open heart surgery service rejected again: The state Department of Community Affairs has rejected Floyd Medical Center’s recent push to launch adult open heart surgery, the latest development in a a two-year battle that intensified recently with a marketing push “More Heart for Northwest Georgia.” The campaign, featuring Black… Read more

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Georgia Health News. Hufstetler on passing his ‘surprise medical bill’ Rx: ‘“We’re going to finally take the consumer out of the middle of this issue and leave it between the health care provider and the insurer to resolve.”

Georgia Health News. Hufstetler on passing his ‘surprise medical bill’ Rx: ‘“We’re going to finally take the consumer out of the middle of this issue and leave it between the health care provider and the insurer to resolve.”

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News State Rep. David Knight had a triumphant look Friday when talking about his quest for more oversight and restrictions on the PBM industry. Pharmacy Benefit Managers are basically corporate middlemen between health insurers or large employers and drugmakers in handling pharmaceutical benefits. The Georgia General Assembly approved… Read more

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WSB: SavaSeniorCare, parent company of Rome Health and Rehab Center, one of five targeted in Congressional probe into COVID crisis in nursing homes.

WSB: SavaSeniorCare, parent company of Rome Health and Rehab Center, one of five targeted in Congressional probe into COVID crisis in nursing homes.

According to WBS Radio and AJC report, Atlanta-based SavaSeniorCare is one of five for-profit nursing homes chains targeted in a congressional investigation launched last week to explore the coronavirus crisis in the nation’s long-term care facilities. SavaSeniorCare is the parent company of Rome Health and Rehabilitation Center located at 1345 Redmond Road. Rep. James Clyburn,… Read more

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Health: Cartersville Medical Center seeks state approval for $29.7 million expansion project to add 20 new beds to facility. Decision expected in July.

Health: Cartersville Medical Center seeks state approval for $29.7 million expansion project to add 20 new beds to facility. Decision expected in July.

Cartersville Medical Center has plans to expand the North Tower of the hospital to add 20 short-stay general hospital beds, according to a Certificate of Need application filed with the Office of Health Planning in the Georgia Department of Community Health. According to the application, CMC is proposing to expand its facility and add a fourth… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic sets moves for Ansley Park, pediatrics to new building off Redmond, Bypass for July. Redmond Regional adds patient hot line for insurance issues.

Health: Harbin Clinic sets moves for Ansley Park, pediatrics to new building off Redmond, Bypass for July. Redmond Regional adds patient hot line for insurance issues.

    Media release: The recently constructed Harbin Clinic building at 85 John Maddox Conn will be the new home to Harbin Clinic Ansley Park and Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Rome. Uniquely designed to enhance the patient experience, the nearly 41,000-square-foot buliding allows physicians and clinical staff to provide compassionate care in an environment more suitable to patients’ needs. Harbin… Read more

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Health: Dr. Harsha Banavasi joins Harbin Clinic Pulmonary Medicine Rome; drew inspiration from young physician who successfully treated his malaria relapses.

Health: Dr. Harsha Banavasi joins Harbin Clinic Pulmonary Medicine Rome; drew inspiration from young physician who successfully treated his malaria relapses.

  Media release: Dr. Harsha Banavasi joins Harbin Clinic Pulmonary Medicine Rome and will begin taking patients on July 10. From a young age, Dr. Banavasi knew that he wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. As a pulmonologist and critical care physician, he’s also responsible for solving his patients’ most perplexing and challenging… Read more

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Georgia Health News: New concerns about Georgia’s coronavirus ‘scorecard;’ cases rising among farmworkers in South Georgia as well.

Georgia Health News: New concerns about Georgia’s coronavirus ‘scorecard;’ cases rising among farmworkers in South Georgia as well.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News A national scorecard shows Georgia as having negative trends on fighting COVID-19, just a week after it rated the state as making progress. The primary change in Georgia’s rating appears related to a rise in the 14-day trend of coronavirus cases in the state. Georgia joins several other… Read more

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Health: Floyd’s economic imprint estimated at $841.2 million in the region. The analysis comes as many healthcare systems are battling the financial impact of coronavirus pandemic.

Health: Floyd’s economic imprint estimated at $841.2 million in the region. The analysis comes as many healthcare systems are battling the financial impact of coronavirus pandemic.

In context: An update released Monday shows the economic impact the Floyd healthcare system had on Northwest Georgia in 2018 as well as Northeast Alabama in 2019. Statewide figures have not been released from the Georgia Hospital Association, which showed the 2017 economic impact for all state hospitals at $54 billion. The news release comes… Read more

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Erin Hernandez of the NW Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition on programs in danger because of legislative budget cuts. How you can help.

Erin Hernandez of the NW Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition on programs in danger because of legislative budget cuts. How you can help.

>Click the above arrow to hear our interview. As state lawmakers assemble in Atlanta next week, all eyes are on mandated budget cuts because of the impact the coronavirus safeguards have had on Georgia’s economy. So far at least, those cuts will hit the state Public Health Department and other areas, a move that could… Read more

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Kemp rolls back more restrictions, from restaurants to ‘live performance venues’ to movie theaters.

Kemp rolls back more restrictions, from restaurants to ‘live performance venues’ to movie theaters.

  Media release: On Thursday, Gov. Brian P. Kemp signed Executive Order 06.11.20.01 – Empowering a Healthy Georgia. The order addresses ongoing emergency response efforts for fighting the spread of COVID-19. Unless noted otherwise in specific sections, the order goes into effect at 12 AM on June 16, 2020 and runs through 11:59 PM on June… Read more

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Health:  Dr. Amine Bourbia, who joins Harbin Clinic Pulmonary Medicine Rome in July, says ‘working to improve my patients’ quality of life is the most rewarding part of practicing medicine.’

Health: Dr. Amine Bourbia, who joins Harbin Clinic Pulmonary Medicine Rome in July, says ‘working to improve my patients’ quality of life is the most rewarding part of practicing medicine.’

Media release: Dr. Amine Bourbia is joins Harbin Clinic Pulmonary Medicine Rome and will begin taking patients on July 10. As a pulmonologist and critical care physician, Dr. Bourbia has always been intrigued by the challenging aspects of his work. Whether caring for someone in acute critical care or developing a long-term relationship with a pulmonary… Read more

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