Historically, the hymen, a thin piece of skin-like tissue that stretches partly across the opening of the vagina, has been known as the “virginity shield.”
It’s commonly believed that if the hymen is undamaged, sexual penetration has not occurred, particularly in the case of a child.
But this idea is false. Sometimes, a woman may have an intact hymen and show no signs of physical damage even after having been sexually assaulted. And the same is true of a little girl.
Gail Hornor, a pediatric nurse practitioner and child maltreatment researcher at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, says the myth about the hymen has been around forever and comes up often in her work. People find it especially hard to believe that a sexually abused child would not show some physical evidence of what happened. full story
Georgia ranks 37th among states in per capita spending on public health, according to a newly released report.
The $18.48 that Georgia spent per capita on public health in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 is less than half the funding in some other Southeastern states, such as $59.22 in Alabama, $47.94 in Arkansas and $43.97 in Tennessee.
The Georgia public health budget did exceed those in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina, said the report, released this week by the Trust for America’s Health.
Georgia’s per capita amount increased from the $18.08 per capita amount spent in 2012-2013. full story
Jon Howell has resigned as president and CEO of the state’s powerful nursing home association, the group announced Thursday.
The Georgia Health Care Association said Howell offered his resignation “to preserve the unity of the statewide association.”
“The board accepted it with regret,’’ said the statement from William Davis, chair of GHCA’s board.
Davis’ statement did not explain the nature of the discord within the trade group. full story
The state has shelved its attempt to coordinate care of Medicaid beneficiaries who are elderly or disabled.
The Georgia Department of Community Health said Tuesday that it was not proceeding “at this time’’ with soliciting bids from potential vendors to operate the program.
The agency’s statement, made in an email to GHN, follows the General Assembly’s removal of $12 million in state funds, intended for the startup of the program, from the fiscal 2016 budget proposed by Gov. Nathan Deal.
Community Health, though, denied that the removal of startup funds drove its decision to halt the contracting process. full story
Dr. Roslyn Banks-Jackson worries about what will happen to many women of Emanuel County when the local hospital shuts its labor and delivery unit.
Dr. Roslyn Banks-Jackson
She’s the only ob/gyn currently practicing in the east-central Georgia county. And the practice, Emanuel OB/GYN Clinic, owned by the hospital, will soon be closing as well.
Many of her low-income patients have no transportation, and they either walk or have to get rides from friends or relatives to get to their appointments.
When the closures come, those of Banks-Jackson’s patients who do have cars will be driving 30 to 40 minutes to other counties to deliver their babies, said her office manager, Ashley Williamson. Some patients may wind up delivering in the local emergency room, Williamson added.
Emanuel Medical Center, citing high costs and low reimbursements, decided last month to close the hospital’s obstetrical program June 30.
“I’m 100 percent positive we’ll have worsening [patient] outcomes as a county,’’ Banks-Jackson said Monday. For patients without a car, “I seriously doubt they’ll get prenatal care.’’
The shuttering of the labor and delivery unit follows similar actions by other hospitals across the state. The obstetrical closures have hit especially hard in rural Georgia, where health care has been imperiled by doctor shortages and shaky hospital finances. full story