Legislation would help guide patients on birthing hospitals
A House bill aims to lower Georgia’s high rates of infant and maternal mortality by creating a designation reflecting the level of care offered by the state’s birthing hospitals. If the proposal becomes law, the state Department of Public Health would establish designations – almost like ratings — that... Read more
Expanding footprint: Piedmont adds Columbus Regional
Piedmont Healthcare announced Thursday that it has formally added Columbus Regional Health to its burgeoning hospital system. The West Georgia organization is now known as Piedmont Columbus Regional, and increases the Atlanta-based system’s spread to 10 hospitals. Columbus is Piedmont’s farthest thrust south and west from its Atlanta core,... Read more
Independent vs. employed: The doctor career decision
Dr. Eddie Richardson practices medicine in two different physician worlds. On the one hand, he’s an independent doctor working in a family medicine practice in Eatonton, east of Atlanta. Meanwhile, Richardson also is employed part time by a local hospital as a “hospitalist,’’ working 20 shifts a month. So,... Read more
Grady keeping mobile ER open for another month
Grady Memorial Hospital has extended the lease on its mobile ER through March. The Atlanta hospital opened the mobile unit in late January to handle its increasing emergency department patient volume. Flu-related hospitalizations in Georgia have soared through the first weeks of 2018. But the latest state Public Health... Read more
It’s not over, but rough flu season finally receding
Georgia’s latest flu report appears to support CDC statements that the flu season may finally have passed its peak. Hospitalizations for flu in the eight-county metro Atlanta area were far lower in the week of Feb. 11 through 17 than in the previous week, down to 91 from 165. And the... Read more

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