Category Archives: Health

Health: 47 deaths so far this flu season in Georgia; 131 hospitalized last week. Still time for a flu shot.

Health: 47 deaths so far this flu season in Georgia; 131 hospitalized last week. Still time for a flu shot.

  The flu’s grim toll for 2019-20 grew by three additional deaths for the week ending Feb. 8. Previously, the state had 44 deaths which tied the number of fatal cases reported between late September 2018 and mid-May 2019. With three months to go, this season already is the second deadliest in five years. More… Read more

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Health: Redmond Regional salutes five with Frist Humanitarian, Excellence in Nursing Awards.

Health: Redmond Regional salutes five with Frist Humanitarian, Excellence in Nursing Awards.

  Media release: Five Redmond Regional Medical Center colleagues have received HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction, the highest honors bestowed upon employees, physicians, and volunteers at Redmond. HCA Healthcare is the parent company of Redmond Regional Medical Center. Redmond’s HCA Healthcare Awards of Distinction Ceremony was held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at the hospital. The recipients of… Read more

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Health: Dr. Gary E. Voccio named health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District

Health: Dr. Gary E. Voccio named health director for the Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District

  Media release: Dr. Gary E. Voccio has been named health director for the 10-county Georgia Department of Public Health Northwest Health District headquartered in Rome. As district health director, Voccio oversees 10 county health departments and various district-wide public health programs. He is retired from private practice in pulmonary and critical care medicine with Harbin… Read more

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Updated: Kindred Hospital Rome closing in April; 78 employees impacted. CEO says company will continue to work to place both patients and employees.

Updated: Kindred Hospital Rome closing in April; 78 employees impacted. CEO says company will continue to work to place both patients and employees.

  >Rant of the Day: Kindred closing a rare healthcare setback; how about replacing it with expanded veterans’ medical services? Click here for more.   Kindred Hospital Rome, the specialty extended care hospital adjoining the Floyd Medical Center campus, is closing at 304 Turner McCall Blvd. The company already has filed notice with the state… Read more

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Health: Dr. Christen Pirkle joining Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Cartersville.

Health: Dr. Christen Pirkle joining Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Cartersville.

Media release: Dr. Christen Pirkle is joining Harbin Clinic Family Medicine Cartersville as an Internist and will begin taking patients on Feb. 28. Pirkle learned early on just how important good doctors can be and it made her want to become one herself. As the oldest of four children, Pirkle was very involved when her… Read more

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Health: Coronavirus rumors shot down in Rome. Georgia Public Health: No cases in the state but around 200 people who recently traveled to China asked to  ‘self-monitor’ themselves for symptoms.

Health: Coronavirus rumors shot down in Rome. Georgia Public Health: No cases in the state but around 200 people who recently traveled to China asked to ‘self-monitor’ themselves for symptoms.

>>Sidebar: Today’s Rant — Facebook and Coronavirus: Collision course. Click here or listen here. Some Facebook posts on Tuesday caused a stir on Facebook and in the medical community on Tuesday afternoon and evening. A Facebook report spawned phone calls and other conversations among healthcare professionals into Tuesday evening. The official word: No coronavirus cases in… Read more

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Army veteran, Rome employee Brandon Coryea in critical battle with blood clot that’s left him hospitalized at Emory for more than six weeks; friends uniting to help ‘warrior,’ his family.

Army veteran, Rome employee Brandon Coryea in critical battle with blood clot that’s left him hospitalized at Emory for more than six weeks; friends uniting to help ‘warrior,’ his family.

  By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It’s been 45 days since Brandon Coryea has left the confines of his hospital room at Emory. The Army veteran and director of the Rome Public Works Garage is fighting for his life, battling a very dangerous blood clot in a main vein near his liver. He’s got a group… Read more

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Health: Midway through the 2019-20 flu season with Georgia’s flu-related death rate now at 44, that ties the total number of deaths for the entire last season.

Health: Midway through the 2019-20 flu season with Georgia’s flu-related death rate now at 44, that ties the total number of deaths for the entire last season.

  We’re just halfway through the 2019-20 flu season and total flu-related deaths this season now tops 44, which ties last season’s (2018-19) entire total of flu-related deaths. That’s an increase of two deaths since the last report. Also, the latest numbers show more than half of those succumbing to the flu are ages 65… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic Orthopedics moves to 1825 Martha Berry Blvd. starting Monday, Feb. 10.

Health: Harbin Clinic Orthopedics moves to 1825 Martha Berry Blvd. starting Monday, Feb. 10.

  Media release: Harbin Clinic Orthopedics is committed to getting patients moving again when an injury slows them down. Moving their practice closer to complementary services is just another step forward in their mission to care completely for Northwest Georgia. At Harbin Clinic, patient experience and convenience is top priority. Orthopedics Rome, currently at 330… Read more

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Buzz: Rome City Brewing adds Saturday brunch. Today is National Wear Red Day; stop by Truett’s Chick-fil-A for more. Berry site of Eco Fair Saturday in the Krannert Center Ballroom.

Buzz: Rome City Brewing adds Saturday brunch. Today is National Wear Red Day; stop by Truett’s Chick-fil-A for more. Berry site of Eco Fair Saturday in the Krannert Center Ballroom.

  More brunch in downtown Rome: Starting Feb. 15, Rome City Brewing Co. will add brunch service on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Hillery Sawyer of Speakcheesy’s Hoptimist on Broad added Sunday month last year and is expanded to Saturdays. Be sure to try Wafflottachedda. From Speakcheesy’s Hoptimist on Broad at Rome City Brewing Co. Today:… Read more

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Health: Georgia’s flu midseason death rate jumps to 42. That’s two below the entire last season.

Health: Georgia’s flu midseason death rate jumps to 42. That’s two below the entire last season.

  The 2019-20 flu season grows tougher each week with 42 deaths now attributed to influenza since Sept. 25. That’s an increase of seven deaths since the last report. Also, the latest numbers show more than half of those succumbing to the flu are ages 65 or older. Another six victims were ages 50 to… Read more

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Community rallying to help one of their own as Hannah Allmon battles brain cancer.

Community rallying to help one of their own as Hannah Allmon battles brain cancer.

    By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Just over two months ago, Armuchee’s Hannah Allmon saw her life turned upside down. The 29-year-old general manager of Sam’s Burger-Deli and recent nursing school graduate received the crushing news that she has a malignant brain tumor, glioblastoma. And now, her family, friends, co-workers and the community are rallying… Read more

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Health: Former Payless site at Turner McCall and Riverbend to become latest immediate care office.

Health: Former Payless site at Turner McCall and Riverbend to become latest immediate care office.

  Yet another urgent care/immediate care is on the way in Rome. Records from the building department show a permit for $634,538 to transform the Payless ShoeSource location at 1314 Turner McCall Blvd. and Riverbend just in front of IHOP and Chef Chen Buffet into the area’s next immediate care/urgent care center. The permit has… Read more

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Health: Floyd Medical Center earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology.

Health: Floyd Medical Center earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology.

Media release: The American College of Cardiology has recognized Floyd Medical Center for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. The hospital was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation, based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be… Read more

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Updates from Thursday’s ribbon cutting for Harbin Clinic’s Immediate Care, Physical Therapy specialties in Cartersville (FB Live video). Floyd earns Brilliance Award increase hand hygiene compliance, reduce infections.

Updates from Thursday’s ribbon cutting for Harbin Clinic’s Immediate Care, Physical Therapy specialties in Cartersville (FB Live video). Floyd earns Brilliance Award increase hand hygiene compliance, reduce infections.

    Floyd Medical Center has been honored for its continuing campaign to reduce hospital acquired infections. The effort to increase hand hygiene compliance and reduce infections earned Floyd the Brilliance Award from Vizient Southern States.  Floyd Medical Center had implemented a number of different interventions to measure and increase hand hygiene compliance and reduce… Read more

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Health: Walmart opens second health center, this time in Calhoun. Joining Wednesday’s grand opening: Mark Wahlberg.

Health: Walmart opens second health center, this time in Calhoun. Joining Wednesday’s grand opening: Mark Wahlberg.

So it looks like actor Mark Wahlberg joined the grand opening ceremonies of the new health center at the recently remodeled Walmart on Ga. 53 (Belmont Drive) on Wednesday. FoxChattanooga has the Facebook post above. The Walmart Health center is the latest is a series of healthcare enhancements across Northwest Georgia, from urgent care and… Read more

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Health: State won’t release details on those tested for Coronavirus virus but will confirm any cases found in Georgia.

Health: State won’t release details on those tested for Coronavirus virus but will confirm any cases found in Georgia.

Media release: The Georgia Department of Public Health, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is evaluating patient information received from healthcare providers about potential cases of coronavirus. To date, DPH has not confirmed any cases of coronavirus in Georgia, however the situation could change as additional patients are evaluated. DPH will not provide… Read more

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