Category Archives: Health

Health: Redmond Outpatient Rehab Center offers a program to help former COVID patients recover from legacy breathing, other issues.

Health: Redmond Outpatient Rehab Center offers a program to help former COVID patients recover from legacy breathing, other issues.

  The numbers are stunning: More than 33,200 Northwest Georgians have tested positive for COVID since March 2020. More than 700 have died either from the virus or from something where COVID was identified as a probable cause. The others, across all ages, have recovered — but are the fully back? Months after their original… Read more

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Georgia Health News: Bills on patient visits, nursing home cameras fail to clear General Assembly.

Georgia Health News: Bills on patient visits, nursing home cameras fail to clear General Assembly.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News As the 2021 legislative session ended, Georgia lawmakers wound up not passing a bill to allow visits by a “legal representative’’ to patients in hospitals and nursing homes during a health emergency. The legislation ping-ponged Wednesday between the two chambers, with the House supporting its previous, stronger… Read more

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Buzz: Saluting ‘Healing the World with Optimism’ winners. Cancer coalition forms new focus group. Master Gardeners to be on site for plant sale.

Buzz: Saluting ‘Healing the World with Optimism’ winners. Cancer coalition forms new focus group. Master Gardeners to be on site for plant sale.

On March 13, the Noon Optimist Club held its annual Oratory contest at the Palladium in Rome. The theme was  “Healing the World with Optimism.” Model was represented by 14-year-old Sara Grace Abernathy, who placed first, and Natalie Long, who placed second and is 13. From  Armuchee and placing third was Mary Grace Taylor, 15; Joshua… Read more

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Floyd Healthcare Management and Hospital Authority of Floyd County vote to move forward with merger with Atrium Health. Request for approval now goes to Georgia Attorney General.

Floyd Healthcare Management and Hospital Authority of Floyd County vote to move forward with merger with Atrium Health. Request for approval now goes to Georgia Attorney General.

The Floyd Healthcare Management Inc. board votes to move forward with merger with Atrium Health. In a called meeting on Friday, the board and the Hospital Authority of Floyd County approved two agreements in preparation for the merger that now goes to the Georgia Attorney General for approval. Statement from Floyd Medical Center: Today, Floyd… Read more

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Health: Expanded visitation hours at Floyd, Polk and Cherokee medical centers begin Monday; will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Health: Expanded visitation hours at Floyd, Polk and Cherokee medical centers begin Monday; will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Media release: Floyd is expanding visitation beginning 8 a.m. Monday, March 22. Some restrictions remain in place because of COVID-19 to ensure the safety of patients, staff members and visitors. Visitation hours at Floyd Medical Center, Polk Medical Center and Cherokee Medical Center will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Two designated visitors per… Read more

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Who we lost in Northwest Georgia’s year-long COVID battle. Most are identified by age, gender and county; others by their names and contributions to our communities.

Who we lost in Northwest Georgia’s year-long COVID battle. Most are identified by age, gender and county; others by their names and contributions to our communities.

It was a year ago when our nation began to stop everything. A deadly threat known mostly as “coronavirus” was spreading rapidly. It wasn’t just a West Coast nursing home or a troubling case in New York City. A Floyd Medical Center patient with COVID 19 officially was diagnosed on March 5 and suddenly we… Read more

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Floyd Medical Center files petition with Supreme Court of Georgia to review lower court decision denying hospital’s request to add open heart surgery services.

Floyd Medical Center files petition with Supreme Court of Georgia to review lower court decision denying hospital’s request to add open heart surgery services.

  It’s been three years since Floyd Medical Center first applied for a Certificate of Need with the Georgia Department of Community Health in February 2018 to add adult open heart surgery services. And years after battling the state’s first decision to deny the CON in June 2018, the hospital is now appealing to the… Read more

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COVID on campus: Floyd Schools’ 2 staff cases; Rome at 67 quarantines. Cartersville Schools: 6 cases, 55 quarantines for the week. Gordon Central, Sonoraville return to regular classes Monday.

COVID on campus: Floyd Schools’ 2 staff cases; Rome at 67 quarantines. Cartersville Schools: 6 cases, 55 quarantines for the week. Gordon Central, Sonoraville return to regular classes Monday.

Latest COVID updates: Expanded details below as needed. Rome City Schools, March 4: 67 students and staff; up 3. No new cases. Floyd County Schools, March 5: Teacher Planning Day (no student count), staff positives at 2. March 4: 275 quarantines, up 29 in a day. Cartersville City Schools, March 1-5: 6 new cases, 55 quarantines for… Read more

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Retired page: 103 vaccinated at Lovejoy event. Floyd now taking appointments for teachers starting Monday. One probable death in Gordon. 116 new positive cases in region.

Retired page: 103 vaccinated at Lovejoy event. Floyd now taking appointments for teachers starting Monday. One probable death in Gordon. 116 new positive cases in region.

VACCINE UPDATES Vaccine Clinic at Lovejoy Baptist Church: A total of 103 people in Group 1A+ (includes adults age 65 and older, law enforcement, firefighters, first responders, healthcare workers and residents/staff of long-term care facilities) received vaccines on Saturday during the free clinic. Next up: Floyd Medical Center is now taking appointments starting Monday for the… Read more

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Commentary: 365 days and 567 local deaths later, Northwest Georgia is at a coronavirus divide. Where will we be 12 months from today?

Commentary: 365 days and 567 local deaths later, Northwest Georgia is at a coronavirus divide. Where will we be 12 months from today?

A year ago today, medical teams at Floyd Medical Center were confronting the worsening condition of a Polk County woman. She was sick but they weren’t sure exactly with what. They would learn she had just returned from a conference in Washington, D.C. They tested, consulted and continued to investigate. Here’s how Floyd shared the case:… Read more

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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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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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