Creating country doctors: Mercer’s mission vital to Georgia
Dr. Jean Sumner likes to tell the story of how she once raised a woman “from the dead.” It happened years ago on a Thanksgiving Day when she was still working as a rural physician in the central Georgia town of Sandersville. “I was already dressed for dinner at my... Read more
State’s latest health rank is more of the same
The best news in Georgia’s latest health care ranking is that monthly insurance premiums in the state are relatively low. The state is ranked 16th among states on that measure in an analysis by WalletHub, released Monday. But overall, Georgia is ranked 43rd among the states when it comes to... Read more
Teletherapy a boon for rural HIV patients
This article is reprinted with permission from Rural Health Quarterly When Laurie* moved to rural western Colorado, she thought she had found a tranquil oasis to rest and die. Then 32, she was sober and living with HIV, but her health was waning and the mid-1990s HIV medications were taking a... Read more
Report provides no answers in Waycross child cancer cases
Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. Brenda Goodman is senior news writer for WebMD. On a recent evening in Waycross, GA, government officials gathered around card tables set up in a semi-circle on the polished wood floors of the city auditorium. There were representatives from... Read more
Donation program ‘a tremendous help’ for struggling Elberton hospital
Elbert Memorial Hospital, which has struggled financially, is getting a big boost this year through Georgia’s tax credit program for rural hospitals. A year ago, the state’s tax credit for donations to such hospitals was 90 percent, and nonprofit Elbert Memorial received about $136,000, says hospital authority Chairman Daniel... Read more

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