State’s top court rejects Northside’s stand on shielding financial records
In a case closely watched by the state’s hospital industry, the Georgia Supreme Court has reversed lower court rulings that barred access to Northside Hospital’s financial records. The unanimous decision, announced Thursday, remands the case back to the trial court. Justice Nels Peterson wrote that the trial court applied the... Read more
March of Dimes gives state another ‘D’ on preterm births
A new March of Dimes report card gives Georgia a “D’’ grade for its preterm birth rate, which rose last year to 11.2 percent from 10.8 percent. Ten other states and the District of Columbia also got a “D,’’ while four others and Puerto Rico received an “F” on... Read more
As some states make gains, Georgia stuck in 40th on hospital safety
Georgia stayed in 40th place among states in percentages of hospitals with top safety ratings, in the latest report from the Leapfrog Group. The report, released Tuesday, said that fewer than 20 percent of Georgia hospitals earned an “A’’ grade on patient safety. Fourteen of the 74 Georgia hospitals that were... Read more
Statewide strategy? Piedmont, Columbus Regional OK partnership
Piedmont Healthcare is continuing its hospital expansion push with an agreement to partner with a large Columbus system. The deal, announced Thursday, would bring Atlanta-based Piedmont’s hospital total to 10. Columbus Regional Health operates two hospitals in the city: Midtown Medical and Northside Medical. The announcement comes just a month... Read more
Rockdale hospital officially joins Piedmont family
Rockdale Medical Center, about 25 miles east of Atlanta, has officially become the eighth hospital in the Piedmont Healthcare system. The hospital — in Conyers, the seat of Rockdale County — was purchased from LifePoint Health, a for-profit company based in Tennessee. Piedmont officials announced the completion of the... Read more

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