Suburban lawmaker champions cause of rural hospitals in Georgia
State Rep. Geoff Duncan represents a wealthy suburban area north of Atlanta. That makes the Cumming Republican, at first glance, an unlikely person to sponsor a proposal to help struggling rural hospitals in Georgia. House Bill 919, as proposed by Duncan, is unusual. It would allow individuals and corporations... Read more
Rural hospital crisis crosses borders
A rural hospital announces that it’s closing its doors after steep financial losses. Employees will be laid off. Patients will have to travel farther to get hospital care. Democrats blame the fact that the Republican governor and state lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.... Read more
The top 10 Georgia health stories of 2015
In a growing state where health-related news is happening every day, it was hard to whittle down the list. Give us your thoughts. 1.      Jimmy Carter diagnosed with cancer  The former U.S. president, the only Georgian ever to hold the office, announced in August that he had melanoma. But after... Read more
Mayo Clinic’s startling decision to pull out of its “integration agreement’’ with Satilla Health Services has left the South Georgia hospital with an uncertain future. Officials with Mayo’s Florida operation said Friday that they ended the deal with Satilla in Waycross to focus on expanding specialty care for people... Read more
Nov. 19 is National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to celebrate the “can do” spirit of our rural communities. On this day, we honor the unselfish, community-minded determination of our rural healthcare providers. This day is also an opportunity to focus on these communities and the unique challenges they... Read more

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