Will mental health commission’s ideas be ignored? Hot

Feature May 13, 2021 0

By Rebecca Grapevine Last year, as Georgia endured the strain of COVID-19, a blue-ribbon commission quietly held regular meetings about how to improve mental health services in the state. The panel issued its report in January, just as the... Read more

Georgia teen’s lapel pins make a point for vaccine

Feature May 4, 2021 6

Edie Grice, 19, got the idea while talking with her father. If people receive... Read more

Autism in the pandemic: How people cope

Feature Apr 26, 2021 1

By Katja Ridderbusch Michael Goodroe isn’t the type who worries easily or is quickly... Read more
Another hospital changing hands: AdventHealth to buy Redmond in Rome

The flurry of Georgia hospital deals continued Thursday with AdventHealth announcing that it’s purchasing an HCA hospital in Rome.

The acquisition of Redmond Regional Medical Center had been rumored for weeks.

It’s the fifth hospital that Tennessee-based HCA Healthcare plans to sell in Georgia. The other four — two in Macon and two in different parts of metro Atlanta — are to be purchased under an ...

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Rapidly growing Piedmont seeks deal with Augusta system

Piedmont Healthcare, fresh off a deal to buy four hospitals from HCA, is looking to continue its expansion into new areas of Georgia.

The Atlanta-based system announced Wednesday that it has signed a letter of intent with University Health Care System in Augusta, exploring the possibility of adding it to the Piedmont family.

University includes three hospital campuses, three nursing homes and nine urgent care facilities. Its main asset is University Hospital, ...

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‘The right time’: Georgia nurses to honor their colleagues

By Judi Kanne and Andy Miller

The COVID-19 pandemic has showcased the heroic sacrifices and day-to-day service of nurses in an unprecedented way.

With their tireless work in mind, the Georgia Nurses Association (GNA) is planning to launch a Nurses Hall of Fame this fall, with about 10 inaugural members inducted.

Some will be honored posthumously, said Matt Caseman, CEO of the Nurses Association.

“There’s not ...

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State faces big backlog over nursing home certification inspections

Georgia is last in the nation in conducting recertification inspections of its nursing homes, according to a recent media report.

By the end of March, nearly 80 percent of Georgia facilities had gone for at least 18 months without these comprehensive inspections, said the investigation report by CNHI, a newspaper company.

Georgia’s backlog surpassed those of every other state, exceeding the 76 percent in Maryland ...

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It’s time to address health inequities in lung cancer
By Rochelle Smalls and Dr. Daniel Miller Lung cancer is called the “silent killer” because it is the leading...
It’s vital to boost domestic drug production
By Maria Thacker-Goethe We are seeing economic loss, strain on our health care systems and an unimaginable loss of...
Medicaid needs relief amid COVID crunch
By Jeff Graham The COVID-19 pandemic has burdened an already strained health care system for months without an end...
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