Category Archives: Health

Health: A giant step closer to a possible vaccine in the battle against coronavirus.

Health: A giant step closer to a possible vaccine in the battle against coronavirus.

In context: In his weekly update to the community last week, Dr. Gary Voccio of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Northwest District estimated a coronavirus vaccine could be available as soon as the end of the year, with specific rollout following, most likely initially going to first responders. On Monday, Pfizer and BioNTechSE — not… Read more

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Health: Dr. Charles Edward McBride named Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Harbin Clinic; also continues to serve as chief medical officer.

Health: Dr. Charles Edward McBride named Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Harbin Clinic; also continues to serve as chief medical officer.

  Media release: Dr. Charles Edward McBride has been named the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Harbin Clinic, Georgia’s largest privately owned, multispecialty physician group. The appointment is an expansion of Dr. McBride’s current role as Chief Medical Officer. “Dr. McBride brings a wealth of experience to this new role and has provided guidance and… Read more

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Bartow County Health Department offering free flu shots during drive-through clinic on Nov. 10, 17, 24 at Zena Senior Center.

Bartow County Health Department offering free flu shots during drive-through clinic on Nov. 10, 17, 24 at Zena Senior Center.

  Media release: The Bartow County Health Department at 100 Zena Drive, Cartersville, will offer free flu shots to individuals 19 and older from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day at a series of drive-through immunization clinics set for Nov. 10, 17 and 24 at the Zena Senior Center, next door to the health… Read more

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Health: First robot-assisted surgeries at Floyd Wednesday by bariatric director Dr. Ryland Scott and team.

Health: First robot-assisted surgeries at Floyd Wednesday by bariatric director Dr. Ryland Scott and team.

Media release: Floyd Medical Center’s first robot-assisted surgery took place Wednesday using the groundbreaking da Vinci Xi Surgical System. The technology allows doctors to perform minimally invasive surgeries with greater precisionand control than is often possible using conventional techniques. Dr. Ryland Scott, a Harbin Clinic general surgeon and Medical Director of Floyd Center for Bariatric Services,… Read more

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Buzz: All quiet through third week of flu season; update on shots. 2019 Georgia broadcast award winners.

Buzz: All quiet through third week of flu season; update on shots. 2019 Georgia broadcast award winners.

  Week three: Still no flu cases reported: The state Department of Public Health posted the third weekly flu update of the season (through Oct. 17) and it continues to show zeroes across the board. That will change in coming weeks as flu season usually starts quietly in late September and peaks in January and… Read more

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Update: 15 Floyd County Jail inmates, 8 staffers ‘positive’ for COVID; more tests under way. Burkhalter orders ‘Code Red’ phase of pandemic plan. What that means.

Update: 15 Floyd County Jail inmates, 8 staffers ‘positive’ for COVID; more tests under way. Burkhalter orders ‘Code Red’ phase of pandemic plan. What that means.

  Saturday evening update: One more staffer has tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total to 8 staffers and 15 inmates with positive cases. Friday report: With 15 inmates and seven staffers now testing positive for COVID-19 — up from four in recent days, the Floyd County Jail is implementing the Code Red Phase of its… Read more

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Health: US MedClinic opens; offering free COVID-19 test for uninsured. Two Cedartown families donate 100 Cuddle Bear books to Floyd’s NICU.

Health: US MedClinic opens; offering free COVID-19 test for uninsured. Two Cedartown families donate 100 Cuddle Bear books to Floyd’s NICU.

US MedClinic has opened at 1608 Martha Berry in Rome and is offering free COVID-19 test for uninsured patients as well as treatment for those diagnosed with the virus, Dr. Brent Harris says. The clinic is just above the U.S. Post Office and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Look for US… Read more

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Health: State designates Floyd Medical Center as Level II Emergency Cardiac Care Center

Health: State designates Floyd Medical Center as Level II Emergency Cardiac Care Center

  Media release: The Georgia Department of Public Health has named Floyd Medical Center a Level II Emergency Cardiac Care Center. The Level II designation means Floyd Medical Center offers effective cardiac care for patients suffering a heart attack and can quickly and safely transport patients needing a higher level of care to an appropriate… Read more

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PhyNet Dermatology coming to Riverbend Drive. Downtown FIT, a women’s training studio, opens in Bridgepoint Plaza.

PhyNet Dermatology coming to Riverbend Drive. Downtown FIT, a women’s training studio, opens in Bridgepoint Plaza.

  PhyNet Dermatology, based in Franklin, Tenn., is coming to the medical office complex at 15 Riverbend Drive that is anchored by Northwest Georgia Medical Clinic. The company is leasing groundfloor space, says Jimmy Kelley of Hardy Realty. The “leased” sign is now up on the property. It is the latest Riverbend development, following news… Read more

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Harbin Clinic Cancer Center’s Dr. Gregory Harris named a 2020 State Emerging Leader by the American Osteopathic Foundation. Also: Crush the Crisis this Saturday at Redmond, Cartersville Medical.

Harbin Clinic Cancer Center’s Dr. Gregory Harris named a 2020 State Emerging Leader by the American Osteopathic Foundation. Also: Crush the Crisis this Saturday at Redmond, Cartersville Medical.

Harbin Clinic Cancer Center physician Dr. Gregory Harris has been named a 2020 State Emerging Leader by the American Osteopathic Foundation (AOF).The distinguished honor, given in conjunction with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), recognizes commitment to excellence in providing patient-centered care and service to others through osteopathic tenets and principles, advocacy efforts, community service and… Read more

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Health: State reports no flu cases through Oct. 10 but healthcare leaders continue to urge all to get the shot this season.

Health: State reports no flu cases through Oct. 10 but healthcare leaders continue to urge all to get the shot this season.

Week two: Still no flu cases reported: The state Department of Public Health posted the second weekly flu update of the season on Friday and it continues to show zeroes across the board. That will change in coming weeks as flu season usually starts quietly in late September and peaks in January and February. Healthcare… Read more

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Page retired: Eight months after first local death, COVID has killed 279 area residents — and probably 13 others. Latest fatalities from Floyd, Bartow. 121 new positive cases in last 24 hours.  Voccio: ‘NW Georgia is high transmission area,’ advises against large Thanksgiving gatherings, travel.

Page retired: Eight months after first local death, COVID has killed 279 area residents — and probably 13 others. Latest fatalities from Floyd, Bartow. 121 new positive cases in last 24 hours. Voccio: ‘NW Georgia is high transmission area,’ advises against large Thanksgiving gatherings, travel.

We retired this page. The latest version is right here. Sunday updates: 121 new positive cases in the past 24 hours in NW Georgia.  Two new deaths in NW Georgia on Saturday, one in Floyd and one in Bartow. 44 deaths reported statewide on Saturday. Total now at 8,462. State adds “probable deaths” number: 494, up 7… Read more

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With ‘about 30’ inmates testing positive and more expected, Bartow sheriff quarantines the county jail. It is the latest COVID setback for the community.

With ‘about 30’ inmates testing positive and more expected, Bartow sheriff quarantines the county jail. It is the latest COVID setback for the community.

  Bartow County’s problems with coronavirus took another turn Wednesday as Sheriff Clark Millsap announced the 500-inmate center was under quarantine. The agency reports multiple cases of the virus, enough to convince the sheriff to additional steps to protect both corrections officers and the inmates. “About 30” inmates have tested positive so far, according to… Read more

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