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
A hospital crisis is killing rural communities. This state is ‘Ground Zero’
Special Report: Inside three Georgia counties that have struggled to keep their vulnerable hospitals ― and futures  ― alive This article was produced through a partnership between Georgia Health News and HuffPost. It was written by HuffPost reporter Lauren Weber and GHN editor and CEO Andy Miller. GLENWOOD ―... Read more
Irma medical evacuees make it home safe
The last of Georgia’s medical evacuees from Tropical Storm Irma returned home Monday, Public Health officials said. “There were no public health issues that we are aware of during the evacuation or return home,’’ said Nancy Nydam, a spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Public Health. Hundreds in Georgia became medical... Read more

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