Killing CON? Repeal bill will face fight
A bill just introduced in the General Assembly would scrap the state’s current health care regulatory apparatus, known as certificate of need or CON. Georgia’s CON laws play a crucial role in health care facility construction and services across the state. House Bill 1055 has sent tremors through Georgia’s... Read more
Living with disability helps steer young doctor into fascinating specialty
Editor’s note: Five and a half years ago, Hammad Aslam started medical school in Athens, and his story appeared then in Georgia Health News. This is an update of his medical journey. A video is included below. Hammad Aslam has always wanted to be a doctor. He knew that... Read more
Emory’s Winship finds partner in Thomasville
Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta has announced the first community hospital partner for its new cancer network: Archbold Memorial Hospital in Thomasville. The affiliation means that physicians with the South Georgia hospital will have access to Emory cancer specialists for care consultations, the latest protocols and research, and... Read more
Piedmont plans to expand presence in mountains as Ellijay hospital downsizes
The owner of North Georgia Medical Center in Ellijay plans to close the hospital’s inpatient services and lease its emergency room and medical offices to Piedmont Healthcare. Piedmont Mountainside Hospital in Jasper, about 20 miles away, would take over operation of the Ellijay hospital’s ER, doctors’ offices and imaging... Read more
The HPV immunization gap: Boys’ vaccinations lagging
April Williams wants to keep her children safe. That feeling is not unusual, of course, but Williams’ job probably gives her an enhanced perspective on the issue. She’s the special events and marketing manager at Athens Regional Medical Center, one of the biggest regional hospitals in northeast Georgia. She’s... Read more

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