Category Archives: Health

The creations of Howard Finster to help inaugurate the Harbin Clinic Gallery with reception set for Feb. 1.

The creations of Howard Finster to help inaugurate the Harbin Clinic Gallery with reception set for Feb. 1.

    Eclectic designs, colorful bottles and profound prints adorn the walls of Makervillage to mark the establishment of the Harbin Clinic Gallery which opens with its first exhibit on Feb. 1. The exhibit showcases creations by one of the region’s most recognized artists, Howard Finster. His work influenced popular culture with his unique folk art… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic expands Immediate Care hours seven days a week. Floyd Polk Medical Center designated a Level IV Trauma Center.

Health: Harbin Clinic expands Immediate Care hours seven days a week. Floyd Polk Medical Center designated a Level IV Trauma Center.

  Harbin Clinic Immediate Care now open 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. seven days a week. “We know that injuries and illnesses don’t always occur during business hours, so we’re happy to help people before their days even get going,” says Harbin Clinic CEO Kenna Stock. In addition to walk-in appointments, patients can skip the wait by… Read more

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Health: Six flu deaths so far this season in Georgia. Activity at ‘high’ level, but overall number of cases decreasing over previous weeks.

Health: Six flu deaths so far this season in Georgia. Activity at ‘high’ level, but overall number of cases decreasing over previous weeks.

Another 31 people people were hospitalized with flu symptoms during Jan. 6-12, boosting the total since late September to 737. Five flu outbreaks were reported that week with 31 overall in the same period. The overall activity level is ‘high’ and ‘regional’. The seasonal death toll is now at six Georgians, up one from the… Read more

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Upgrades under way at Floyd Cherokee Medical Center. Campus also serves as weigh-in site for Scaleback Alabama push to battle obesity.

Upgrades under way at Floyd Cherokee Medical Center. Campus also serves as weigh-in site for Scaleback Alabama push to battle obesity.

  Media release: Projects under way at Floyd Cherokee Medical Center are expected to ensure the hospital continues providing quality care for the patients it serves. In the Emergency Room, exam rooms and the waiting room will be expanded. Upgrades to Imaging Services are also planned. “All these facility and technology upgrades will enable Cherokee to… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Surge in flu cases, other illnesses means return of Grady’s mobile ER at its downtown Atlanta campus.

Georgia Health News: Surge in flu cases, other illnesses means return of Grady’s mobile ER at its downtown Atlanta campus.

By Andy Miller Georgia Health News A surge in cases of flu and other illnesses has led Grady to return a mobile ER to its downtown Atlanta campus. The mobile unit, which is about the size of a tractor trailer and is owned by North Carolina-based Atrium Health, is the same one that served Grady… Read more

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Health: ‘General Assembly session is shaping up to see a bruising battle’ over certificate-of-need regulations.

Health: ‘General Assembly session is shaping up to see a bruising battle’ over certificate-of-need regulations.

By Andy Miller Georgia Health News As Georgia lawmakers push to revamp health care regulations, two major hospital groups have proposed some revisions to the state certificate-of-need system. Those proposals stemmed from months of hospital officials’ discussions on CON, which the industry has relentlessly defended for years in the Georgia General Assembly. But the hospital… Read more

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Health: Five flu deaths so far in Georgia this season. Imagine Pediatrics opens in two weeks at Riverbend Center.

Health: Five flu deaths so far in Georgia this season. Imagine Pediatrics opens in two weeks at Riverbend Center.

Another 102 people people were hospitalized with flu symptoms during Dec. 30-Jan. 5, boosting the total since late September to 674. Eleven flu outbreaks were reported that week with 26 overall in the same period. The seasonal death toll is now at five Georgians, up one from the previous report. Last season, 151 people died… Read more

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Health: What healthcare issues to watch as the General Assembly convenes Monday.

Health: What healthcare issues to watch as the General Assembly convenes Monday.

By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Despite a new lineup of legislators – as well as a new governor and lieutenant governor — many health care issues in the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly will have a familiar look. They are largely the same ones that have percolated under the Gold Dome in… Read more

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Buzz: Isakson again only senator to chair two committees. Floyd to host ethics conference March 8. Library home to artwork from Floyd County Schools’ students.

Buzz: Isakson again only senator to chair two committees. Floyd to host ethics conference March 8. Library home to artwork from Floyd County Schools’ students.

   U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.,was selected by his colleagues to continue his service as chairman of both the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics in the 116th Congress, which formally began on Jan. 3. Notably, he will continue as the only senator to chair two committees. As chairman of the… Read more

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HealthWatch: Flu hospitalizations jumped in the last week of 2018 in Georgia. Calendar:  Harbin Clinic’s Leprechaun-a-thon, 5K series, Walk With a Doc return this spring.

HealthWatch: Flu hospitalizations jumped in the last week of 2018 in Georgia. Calendar: Harbin Clinic’s Leprechaun-a-thon, 5K series, Walk With a Doc return this spring.

    Another 90 people were hospitalized with flu symptoms during Dec. 23-29 in metro Georgia, boosting the total since late September to 440. Another four flu outbreaks were reported that week with 19 overall since the season started Sept. 30. The seasonal death toll remained at four with no new fatalities. State Department of… Read more

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Health: Blood Assurance ‘in critical need of blood donations.’ Recent emergency has compounded existing blood shortage. How to help.

Health: Blood Assurance ‘in critical need of blood donations.’ Recent emergency has compounded existing blood shortage. How to help.

  Updates on critical blood shortage facing Northwest Gerogia, Blood Assurance: Those listening to Thursday’s Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM heard Mandy Perry outline the shortage facing area hospitals. Blood Assurance is the only blood products provider for Floyd, Redmond Regional, Cartersville Medical and Gordon Hospital. The daily need is 400 pints… Read more

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Flu tracker: Georgia among the states reporting more flu-like illnesses, widespread flu activity; another 47 people hospitalized, latest report shows.

Flu tracker: Georgia among the states reporting more flu-like illnesses, widespread flu activity; another 47 people hospitalized, latest report shows.

    Another 47 people were hospitalized with flu symptoms during Dec. 16-22 in Georgia, boosting the total since late September to 306. Another eight flu outbreaks were reported that week vs. seven for the early weeks of the season. The seasonal death toll remained at four with no new fatalities. State Department of Health… Read more

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Health: Some easy steps to living a healthy lifestyle in 2019 from Harbin Clinic. Examples: Ditch the salt, add some pistachios.

Health: Some easy steps to living a healthy lifestyle in 2019 from Harbin Clinic. Examples: Ditch the salt, add some pistachios.

    Media release: You’re going to get a gym membership… and actually go this time. You’ll eat balanced meals. Sign up to volunteer. Save money. Quit smoking. Stress less. Travel more. The New Year resolutions are in. If you go down the list, you may notice that most of your resolutions revolve around living a… Read more

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Health: Local hospitals have full-price list of charges now available online, but it’s not so easy for consumers to comparison shop.

Health: Local hospitals have full-price list of charges now available online, but it’s not so easy for consumers to comparison shop.

  Floyd Medical Center, Redmond Regional Medical Center and other local hospitals now have their full-price charges for all hospital services listed on their website as part of a new federal rule in effect today. The idea behind the mandate is to introduce price transparency for patients/consumers, but the price lists may bring more confusion than clarity.… Read more

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Local blood supplies at critical low level with urgent need for blood type B-negative. Blood Assurance donor centers open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Local blood supplies at critical low level with urgent need for blood type B-negative. Blood Assurance donor centers open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

Blood Assurance is calling on community members to make a blood donation at a local donor center or bloodmobile as soon as possible. Blood Assurance is in critical need of B-negative blood and is in urgent need of A-positive, A-negative, O-negative, and O-positive blood. “B-negative is at a less than one day supply and O-,… Read more

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Health: New physician group, ApolloMD, to staff Floyd Cherokee Medical Center Emergency Room starting Jan. 1.

Health: New physician group, ApolloMD, to staff Floyd Cherokee Medical Center Emergency Room starting Jan. 1.

Media release: Patients coming to the emergency room at Floyd Cherokee Medical Center in 2019 will receive care from the same emergency medicine specialists attending patients at Floyd Medical Center in Rome and Floyd Polk Medical Center in Cedartown. ApolloMD, which provides emergency medicine specialists to Floyd Medical Center and Floyd Polk Medical Center, will become… Read more

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