State fares poorly again in infant, maternal health
Georgia still ranks low among states in rates of premature births, low-birthweight babies, and infant mortality. The rankings in those categories are 43rd, 47th and 45th, respectively, based on the latest data, according to the Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Georgia’s 2016 report on maternal and infant health. The recently... Read more
Return of patients after Hurricane Matthew going at measured pace
The return of medical evacuees from Hurricane Matthew is expected to last through the week and even beyond, a state Public Health official said Tuesday. This effort included 26 buses carrying about 500 people with medical needs Monday night from Augusta to Savannah, said Dr. Patrick O’Neal, director of... Read more
Atlanta lags in black women’s survival of breast cancer
The disparity between breast cancer death rates for black and white women in Atlanta is greater than in any other major U.S. city, a new study has found. Among black women in Atlanta, 44 per 100,000 died of breast cancer in the period 2010 to 2014. Meanwhile, 20 white... Read more
Rural hospitals see ray of hope in tax credit program
The chief executive of two financially stressed hospitals in southwest Georgia looks forward to the promise of donations under a new state tax credit program. “The tax credit legislation is a lifeline for us, helping us keep essential services in our rural communities,’’ said Kim Gilman, who runs Phoebe... Read more
Changing of the guard on Grady’s board
Frank Blake, a retired chairman and CEO of Home Depot, has assumed leadership of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corp. board, succeeding Pete Correll. Correll helped rescue Grady from a financial crisis by leading an organizational restructuring eight years ago. A former Georgia-Pacific CEO, Correll will now serve as chairman... Read more

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