House panel weighs legislation to ease access to vital medications
Brannen Whirledge was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, two years ago at age 4. His family tried for months to find an effective medicine for him that didn’t produce unpleasant side effects, such as nausea and fatigue. Finally, they found what his mother, Melissa, calls “a... Read more
Hospitals keep up swift pace of mergers, alliances
The new year is bringing a rash of big hospital deals in Georgia, as health systems look to bulk up in size and add to their medical territory. The first transaction came a week ago, with the completion of Tennessee-based HCA’s acquisition of Memorial Health in Savannah. Still pending... Read more
As in past, Georgia gets poor grades on smoking
Georgia received four F’s and one C grade for its anti-tobacco work in the annual “State of Tobacco Control’’ report, released Wednesday by the American Lung Association. The grades mirror those the group has given to the state for years. The F’s came in categories that included funding for state tobacco... Read more
Major hospital partnership in the works in Middle Georgia
The hospital combination game has taken a second turn in less than a week, this time involving two Middle Georgia systems. Navicent Health, based in Macon, said Thursday that it’s exploring a partnership with Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins. The news from Middle Georgia follows an announcement Tuesday in metro Atlanta that Emory... Read more
State OKs new hospital for Lee County
In the biggest state health care licensing decision in years, Georgia regulators have approved Lee County’s bid to build a 60-bed, $123 million hospital. The certificate-of-need (CON) decision, announced Wednesday by the Department of Community Health, is being celebrated as a triumph for the southwest Georgia county and a... Read more

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