Health facts about Georgia that may surprise you
Some health stories from Georgia are not particularly big or particularly new. But that doesn’t mean they’re not interesting. Here are a few things we think are worth noting, with illustrations to help you remember them. The founder with a big heart: James Oglethorpe’s concern for public health was one... Read more
Huge hospital merger still unfinished after state’s OK
Six months after getting state approval, the mega-merger between Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Health System remains unfinished business. The potential deal was originally announced in 2015, with a projected completion date of early the following year. But it has dragged out way beyond that. Even last year, there were... Read more
New report says Medicaid expansion would cover 473,000 more Georgians
A new report estimates that a full Medicaid expansion in Georgia would provide health insurance to 473,000 more residents in 2019. The Urban Institute policy brief, released Wednesday, is the latest to predict the effect of expansion on the state. Georgia is among 19 states that have not expanded... Read more
Emory goes Down Under to deliver nighttime intensive care here
Hospitals, like many other workplaces, have a tough time filling slots on the night shift. Few doctors and nurses want to work overnight hours, which are often inconvenient and can take a toll in fatigue and burnout. But in a novel way, Emory medical providers are addressing the problem.... Read more
Dangerous dust: Silica exposure haunts former workers in an iconic Georgia industry
Ed Scarborough worked as a sandblaster in the granite industry for 20 years, until his health gave out. He says he knew that getting into such a line of work was risky, but in Elberton, “there really isn’t much else.” He was born and raised in Elberton, a historic... Read more

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