What a controversial list says about nonprofit hospitals’ charity record
Grady Memorial Hospital ranks first, and Piedmont Hospital last, in a report rating the 10 largest nonprofit Atlanta/Athens area hospitals on their spending on charity care and other community health initiatives. The “Fair Share’’ ranking, from the Lown Institute, was released this week and has already generated controversy. The... Read more
N.C.-based Atrium clinches deal for another Georgia hospital system
A Charlotte-based health care system has finalized a deal to acquire a nonprofit hospital organization based in Rome. Floyd Medical Center, a hospital in Cedartown and one in Alabama will now become part of Atrium Health under the long-delayed agreement, announced Wednesday. It’s the second big foray into Georgia... Read more
Vaccine mandates: Some Georgia hospitals move ahead
The Piedmont Healthcare system will require doctors, hospital leaders and new employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19 by Sept. 1, the Atlanta-based nonprofit organization said Monday. Other employees at Piedmont facilities will be required to get COVID shots “in the near future,’’ Piedmont said in a statement. “It’s important... Read more
What’s wrong with our map is what’s wrong with data system
By Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller  Part Three of a series Ideally, anyone should be able to look at this map we created and learn what percentage of health care workers at their local hospitals have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19. That may not be possible, however, because some hospitals... Read more
Georgia hospital workers’ vaccine rates: The good, the bad, and the unknown
By Andy Miller and Brenda Goodman Second in a series Houston Healthcare did the typical things to promote COVID-19 vaccination among its hospital workers, including stressing the importance and safety of getting a shot. But the Warner Robins-based system’s successful vaccine effort had a personal dimension as well. The... Read more

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