Category Archives: Health

Health: Georgia’s ‘Certificate of Need’ laws: They spark constant fights but will they be changed?

Health: Georgia’s ‘Certificate of Need’ laws: They spark constant fights but will they be changed?

By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Four years ago, a sports medicine group began a quest to build a surgery and training center in Alpharetta, in Atlanta’s northern suburbs. The proposed multimillion-dollar center was to be known as the Legacy Sports institute. It was associated with famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews of Alabama, whose… Read more

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Health: Floyd opening primary care office in Piedmont, Ala.; Farrah Gardner to lead the office.

Health: Floyd opening primary care office in Piedmont, Ala.; Farrah Gardner to lead the office.

  In context: Floyd is making another move to the west, this time opening a primary care office in Piedmont, Ala. It comes just weeks after the healthcare organization took over operation of the then-Cherokee Medical Center in Centre, Ala., across the street from Floyd’s other primary care center on that side of the state… Read more

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About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate.

About Rome’s proposed smoking ban and a divided response. At issue: Documented health concerns and ‘personal rights’ in a year where parking restrictions, a juvenile curfew and distracted driving laws continue to fuel debate.

Please see our sidebar with survey results. Once again, the heart of Rome — Broad Street and the downtown community — is the epicenter of controversy. This time, it is a concentrated push by members of the medical community to further restrict smoking in the “Central Business District” as well as retail centers, playgrounds and… Read more

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Sidebar:  Examining the 1,290 responses, comments generated by the online smoking survey. Almost 82% were nonsmokers; almost 50% support more smoking restrictions.

Sidebar: Examining the 1,290 responses, comments generated by the online smoking survey. Almost 82% were nonsmokers; almost 50% support more smoking restrictions.

  Overview: A city of Rome online survey about smoking in downtown Rome received nearly 1,300 responses and the results — as well as pages and pages of comments from those completing the survey — are now online. You’ll find a media release about the unscientific survey below as well as a link to 100… Read more

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Health: Public Health offering flu shots as new season begins. Last season, 145 people in Georgia — including at least five here — died because of the illness.

Health: Public Health offering flu shots as new season begins. Last season, 145 people in Georgia — including at least five here — died because of the illness.

    From Hometown: Georgia’s last flu season was very deadly. Widespread flu cases in the state claimed at least 145 lives from the fall of 2017 through May of this year. Reports early in the season confirmed there were at least five flu deaths in Northwest Georgia: Two in Floyd County as well as… Read more

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Health: Life expectancy comparison shows Northwest Georgia lower than state, national averages. Best local score: 76.9 in the 30165; lowest score, 71.7 years in Cedartown.

Health: Life expectancy comparison shows Northwest Georgia lower than state, national averages. Best local score: 76.9 in the 30165; lowest score, 71.7 years in Cedartown.

By Andy Miller Georgia Health News Life expectancy at an English Avenue neighborhood address, in a low-income section of Atlanta, is 63.6 years. But less than 10 miles away, an address in the affluent Margaret Mitchell area of Atlanta, named after the famous writer, has a life expectancy of 87.2 years. Such startling variations commonly… Read more

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Quick reads: GBI investigates 61st officer-involved shooting of the year, this one in Dade County. Wellness check for Harbin Clinic administrator changes her life as national healthcare report documents. Rome City Brewing adding hours, Rhino Ribs cooking.

Quick reads: GBI investigates 61st officer-involved shooting of the year, this one in Dade County. Wellness check for Harbin Clinic administrator changes her life as national healthcare report documents. Rome City Brewing adding hours, Rhino Ribs cooking.

  GBI investigates 61st officer-involved shooting of 2018; this one in Dade County. What happened: “On Sept. 6, the GBI was requested by the Georgia State Patrol to investigate an officer-involved shooting. Preliminary information indicates that at approximately 4 p.m.,  Trooper Joe Geddie was attempting to make a traffic stop of a vehicle driven by… Read more

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Health column: National Recovery Month proclaims, affirms recovery is always possible.

Health column: National Recovery Month proclaims, affirms recovery is always possible.

By Melanie Dallas, Licensed professional counselor / CEO of Highlands River Health Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration designates September as National Recovery Month. During the month, we recognize the millions of individuals living in recovery with mental illness and substance use disorders, and equally important, the process of change each… Read more

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Rome seeks feedback on smoke-free ordinance via online survey; public hearing is Sept. 18. ‘No smoking ordinance’ goes before Public Safety Committee on Monday.

Rome seeks feedback on smoke-free ordinance via online survey; public hearing is Sept. 18. ‘No smoking ordinance’ goes before Public Safety Committee on Monday.

THE LATEST The city of Rome’s Public Safety Committee has a special called meeting on Monday, Sept. 10, at 2:30 p.m in the Sam King Room to discuss the “no smoking ordinance.” The meetings are open to the public. ORIGINAL POST Media release: The City of Rome is reviewing Rome’s smoke-free ordinance and seeks public… Read more

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Politics: With the election two months from today, Georgia Health News questions gubernatorial candidates about key health issues.

Politics: With the election two months from today, Georgia Health News questions gubernatorial candidates about key health issues.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net The race between Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican, and Stacey Abrams, a Democrat and former House minority leader, has already featured debate between them over the future of health care in the state. Georgia Health News recently asked the candidates about their views on several major health care issues. Below… Read more

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Cherokee County (AL) EMS service to stop operations as of Sept. 30, after negotiations falter with Floyd Medical Center. It’s unclear who will be providing future EMS service.

Cherokee County (AL) EMS service to stop operations as of Sept. 30, after negotiations falter with Floyd Medical Center. It’s unclear who will be providing future EMS service.

It looks like ambulance coverage and service in Cherokee County, AL is in limbo. According to WEIS Radio, Cherokee EMS to cease ambulance operations as of September 30, 2018. The Cherokee Emergency Medical Services Board of Directors issued a Public Notice on August 29th to that effect. According to the Notice, there have been negotiations with… Read more

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Health: Dr. Kathryn Carroll joins Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Rome. Floyd nurse Lindsey Allen earns DAISY Award.

Health: Dr. Kathryn Carroll joins Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Rome. Floyd nurse Lindsey Allen earns DAISY Award.

Harbin Clinic Pediatrics Rome Welcomes Dr. Kathryn Carroll: For Dr. Kathryn Carroll, being a pediatrician is an adventure. From newborns growing into toddlers to teens developing into young adults, helping her patients reach wellness milestones is a voyage they take together. “I love being a part of children’s lives as they grow,” says Dr. Carroll. “They’re so… Read more

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Buzz: Dr. Martin Lynch named director of outpatient wound care at Floyd. Republican Women meet for lunch Tuesday. Grand opening for Restaurante y Tienda Tropical in Calhoun this weekend.

Buzz: Dr. Martin Lynch named director of outpatient wound care at Floyd. Republican Women meet for lunch Tuesday. Grand opening for Restaurante y Tienda Tropical in Calhoun this weekend.

  Martin Lynch, M.D., has been named Director of Outpatient Wound Care at Floyd.  Dr. Lynch earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He completed his residencies in general and thoracic surgery at the University… Read more

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Health: Redmond, AirLife agreement brings 24/7 emergency helicopter to service to region. Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc returns Sept. 15.

Health: Redmond, AirLife agreement brings 24/7 emergency helicopter to service to region. Harbin Clinic’s Walk With a Doc returns Sept. 15.

    Redmond Regional Medical Center’s new helipad is operational and the hospital announces an agreement with AirLife Georgia to base a full-time helicopter and flight crew at the hospital. Redmond’s decision to build the helipad was to further enhance emergency services. One of the most visible changes was the expansion of the landing zone,… Read more

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Health: Seven West Nile Virus cases so far this year in Georgia with one death; a separate Eastern Equine Encephalitis case also was fatal. How to protect your family.

Health: Seven West Nile Virus cases so far this year in Georgia with one death; a separate Eastern Equine Encephalitis case also was fatal. How to protect your family.

  The Georgia Department of Public Health has confirmed seven human cases of West Nile virus so far this year, including one death. Additionally, there has been one confirmed case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis which resulted in death. EEE is rare illness in humans and only a few cases are reported in the United States each year. Georgians… Read more

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Health: Dr. Erin Dunbar on glioblastoma, the cancer that claimed senators John McCain and Ted Kennedy.

Health: Dr. Erin Dunbar on glioblastoma, the cancer that claimed senators John McCain and Ted Kennedy.

Dr. Erin Dunbar, M.D. , of Piedmont Healthcare, who specializes in the comprehensive care of brain and spine tumor patients with primary and metastatic tumors, joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM Tuesday morning to discuss the disease that claimed the life of John McCain and what forms of treatment are available. Glioblastoma is… Read more

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Health: ‘Crush the Crisis’ on Sept. 8 designed as a drop off for ‘unused opioids and expired medications’ at Redmond. Sheriff’s office, Floyd Against Drugs also lending a hand.

Health: ‘Crush the Crisis’ on Sept. 8 designed as a drop off for ‘unused opioids and expired medications’ at Redmond. Sheriff’s office, Floyd Against Drugs also lending a hand.

Media release: On Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Redmond Regional Medical Center will host “Crush the Crisis” – an opioid drug take-back event – in partnership with the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office and Floyd Against Drugs. The event will be held at Redmond Regional. All community members are invited to drop off… Read more

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