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... Read more
‘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... Read more
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... Read more
Mercy Care is receiving $22 million boost for Atlanta health center
On any given day, Mercy Care’s facility in Atlanta gets more walk-in traffic from patients seeking dental care than the health center can handle. Getting a behavioral health appointment can take months, and if patients need vision care, they are referred to Mercy Care’s Chamblee facility. The Atlanta safety-net... Read more
3 nursing homes once ravaged by COVID are sold to Atlanta firm
Three nursing homes that were hit hard by COVID-19 have been sold to an Atlanta-based company. Empire Care Centers, a private firm, recently purchased Westbury nursing homes in Jackson, McDonough and Conyers. Each facility lost a significant number of residents to COVID. State data show that 26 residents died... Read more

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