Rural hospitals survive — and shine — amid the devastation of Michael
The morning after Hurricane Michael struck, the hospital in Blakely got a call from the Early County sheriff’s office. A woman, 27 weeks pregnant, was in labor and needed to come to the hospital. Michael had swept through southwest Georgia, knocking out power, downing large numbers of trees and... Read more
Many nursing homes, hospitals rely on generators after deadly wrath of Michael
Gov. Nathan Deal said Thursday morning that all hospitals and nursing homes in the state had power in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, though many were having to use backup generators. He said much of southwest Georgia, where the storm hit hardest, was inaccessible due to debris in roads.... Read more
Michael poses serious danger, sparking mobilization in Georgia
For the second time in a month, Georgia health officials are preparing to assist people affected by a major hurricane. But Hurricane Michael, which was pounding the Florida Panhandle on Wednesday, threatens to inflict broader damage in Georgia than did Hurricane Florence, which hit mainly the Carolinas a month... Read more
Piedmont Athens gets state OK for renovation
Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center has received state approval for a $171 million hospital renovation and construction project. The project won’t add any beds to the hospital’s current capacity of 359, but it will include a new patient tower, which will replace what’s known as the 1919 Tower. As the... Read more
Medicare readmission penalties hit dozens of Georgia hospitals again
Hospitals can receive Medicare penalties if too many of their patients are readmitted within a month of their discharge. And recently released federal data show that 85 percent of such facilities in Georgia are set to be penalized. The readmission penalties, created by the Affordable Care Act, have brought increased... Read more

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