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
Letter to the Editor:  As a dentist, I favor the hygienist bill
House Bill 684, which would allow dental hygienists to work without a dentist present in some safety-net situations, stalled in the most recent session of the Georgia General Assembly. But its fate was controversial, and the proposal likely will be brought up again when legislators convene in early 2017.... Read more
Donation program for rural hospitals opens door for consulting firms
State health officials say 48 rural hospitals are eligible to receive donations from individuals and corporations under a new Georgia program that will give tax credits to donors. The list of eligible hospitals, along with financial forms, were issued by the state Department of Community Health this week. The... Read more
Huge numbers of Georgia children can’t get dental care, researcher says
A Georgia Tech researcher said Monday that hundreds of thousands of Georgia children have problems getting access to a dentist in the state. Nicoleta Serban, an industrial and systems engineering professor, told state lawmakers that there are more than 500,000 Georgia children who are not eligible for the public... Read more

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