Grady settles complaint over handling of deaf patient in ER
Federal officials announced Tuesday that Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta has agreed to a settlement to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to ensure effective communication with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. “When a deaf patient or caregiver is unable... Read more
Bridging the medical language gap — with love and understanding
As many travelers know from personal experience, it can be a challenge to get help for a sudden illness or injury if you and the local doctor don’t speak the same language. But vacation ills are a relatively infrequent problem compared with the misunderstandings and complications that come up... 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
Award-winning videos against prescription drug abuse
Deaths from prescription painkillers have quadrupled since 1999, killing more than 16,000 people in the United States in 2013. Nearly 2 million Americans either abused or were dependent on opioids in 2013. Many of those abusing these drugs are teenagers. To help reduce that abuse among Georgia teens, state... Read more
Healthcare Georgia Foundation unveils grants to nonprofits
Healthcare Georgia Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grant awards to 20 nonprofit organizations totaling almost $1.5 million. The grants include funding to three evidence-based approaches to infant mortality prevention that target adverse birth outcomes in Valdosta, Clayton County and Albany. Citing the closures of hospitals and an emerging health care... Read more

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