Category Archives: Health

Piedmont Healthcare buys Cartersville Medical Center as part of a nearly $1 billion deal with HCA; includes 3 other hospitals.

Piedmont Healthcare buys Cartersville Medical Center as part of a nearly $1 billion deal with HCA; includes 3 other hospitals.

In context: For weeks, rumors have swirled about pending changes in HCA’s hospitals in Northwest Georgia. The rumors: Piedmont buys Cartersville Medical Center; Advent Health buys Redmond Regional. The Piedmont/Cartersville Medical rumor moved into the official column Monday as Piedmont also picks up several other HCA properties in Georgia. No word on the Redmond report;… Read more

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Health: Twenty nurse residents complete 8-week intensive residency program at Floyd Medical Center.

Health: Twenty nurse residents complete 8-week intensive residency program at Floyd Medical Center.

  (Media release) Twenty nurse residents at Floyd Medical Center have completed an 8-Week Intensive Nurse Residency program. The residents are nursing school graduates with less than 6 months experience who participated in ancillary and clinical opportunities throughout the hospital. Additionally, residents attended instructional classes covering a range of topics: Work/life balance Critical thinking skills… Read more

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Health: Patient safety scores put Redmond, Cartersville at A; B for Floyd, AdventHealh Gordon.

Health: Patient safety scores put Redmond, Cartersville at A; B for Floyd, AdventHealh Gordon.

From a media release: Redmond Regional Medical Center and Cartersville Medical Center received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Gradea national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns grades to… Read more

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Day 2: Cartersville Medical Center on Piedmont reports: ‘We typically don’t talk about discussions unless or until we have something to announce.’ No comment from Piedmont. Earlier: Rumors allege Redmond sale to Advent Health.

Day 2: Cartersville Medical Center on Piedmont reports: ‘We typically don’t talk about discussions unless or until we have something to announce.’ No comment from Piedmont. Earlier: Rumors allege Redmond sale to Advent Health.

THURSDAY Hometown Headlines continues to check on the rumored sale of the two HCA-owned hospitals in our area, Redmond Regional Medical Center (possibly to Advent Health) and Cartersville Medical Center (perhaps to Piedmont Healthcare). Here’s the latest comment from Cartersville Medical Center’s Chris Mosley, CEO: “We have an over 35-year history of serving Cartersville/Bartow County and… Read more

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Harbin Clinic, Rome Mural CoLab bringing ‘CARE Mural’ to YMCA’s basketball gym this summer; local students to help.

Harbin Clinic, Rome Mural CoLab bringing ‘CARE Mural’ to YMCA’s basketball gym this summer; local students to help.

Media release: Harbin Clinic, in partnership with Rome Mural CoLab and the YMCA of Rome and Floyd County, presents the CARE Mural. It stands for Connecting All. Reaching Everyone, and the mural’s purpose is to celebrate health, wellness and the diverse community of Rome and Floyd County. The finished mural will be seen on the walls of the… Read more

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Health: Redmond Regional once again named to Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.

Health: Redmond Regional once again named to Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list.

  Media release: Redmond Regional Medical Center has been named to the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list. This is the second year in a row that Redmond Regional  has been recognized with this honor as one of the top-performing 100 Top Hospitals in the U.S. The annual list was published today by Fortune. IBM Watson Health has… Read more

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Health: Polk Medical Center is the state’s first hospital to be recognized for enhanced care of older adults.

Health: Polk Medical Center is the state’s first hospital to be recognized for enhanced care of older adults.

Media release: Polk Medical Center has become the first hospital in the state of Georgia to receive Geriatric Emergency Department accreditation by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). The program recognizes emergency departments that provide excellent care for older adults. The voluntary programincludes three levels similar to trauma center designations. Polk Medical Center is… Read more

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Five volunteers named Good Samaritans as Floyd celebrates April 18-24 as National Volunteer Week.

Five volunteers named Good Samaritans as Floyd celebrates April 18-24 as National Volunteer Week.

Media release: Five volunteers from a variety of departments have been named Good Samaritans as Floyd ecognizes April 18-24 as National Volunteer Week. The Good Samaritan program honors exceptional volunteers who give of their time and talents. “Our volunteers have been serving side by side with Floyd’s professionals as they care for our community during… Read more

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Commentary: Rome Commissioner Sundai Stevenson urges all ‘to roll up our sleeves to do what is best not just for ourselves but for each other.’ Getting back to normal is ‘worth a shot.’

Commentary: Rome Commissioner Sundai Stevenson urges all ‘to roll up our sleeves to do what is best not just for ourselves but for each other.’ Getting back to normal is ‘worth a shot.’

By Sundai Stevenson Rome City Commissioner As the days get longer and the temperatures get warmer, it’s hard to believe that more than a year has passed since the world as we know it changed due to the deadly coronavirus. I’m sure most of us spent the last year telling ourselves that we would do anything—literally anything—for a return to how things used to… Read more

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News ahead: Georgia’s 2020-21 flu season should end as the most mild one in years. Part of Finster’s finest up for auction April 24.

News ahead: Georgia’s 2020-21 flu season should end as the most mild one in years. Part of Finster’s finest up for auction April 24.

  A year ago, as the pandemic was sweeping Georgia, the weekly flu reports almost took a back seat. Through week 12 of the 2019-20 flu season, 85 people had died and another 2,482 had been hospitlalized. Just under 100 “outbreaks” had been recorded since the previous fall. The season would end on May 16… Read more

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Georgia Health News: State Public Health stops Johnson & Johnson vaccinations in Cumming after eight report adverse reactions.

Georgia Health News: State Public Health stops Johnson & Johnson vaccinations in Cumming after eight report adverse reactions.

    By Andy Miller Georgia Health News State officials are halting COVID vaccinations at a Cumming site after eight people had adverse reactions to getting a Johnson & Johnson shot there Wednesday. The CDC is evaluating the situation in the Atlanta suburb and in three other states – Iowa, Colorado and Michigan. Forsyth County… Read more

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The families of 617 NW Georgia COVID victims can apply for funeral cost assistance with FEMA starting Monday. What to know.

The families of 617 NW Georgia COVID victims can apply for funeral cost assistance with FEMA starting Monday. What to know.

As part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Mangement Agency is providing financial assistance “to individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after Jan. 20, 2020. As of Friday, that’s at least 617 families in Northwest Georgia. The maximum per funeral… Read more

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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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