State has paid staffing firm $434 million as pandemic deal continues
Georgia’s tab for providing staffing help to hospitals and nursing homes in the pandemic has grown to $434 million. The payments have gone to Jackson Healthcare, a private firm based in Alpharetta. The company, after getting a no-bid contract, has supplied medical staff, from doctors to nurses to respiratory... Read more
Another COVID risk: Home health care workers who are not vaccinated
“It’s not just hospital workers,’’ the email said. A GHN reader was responding to stories about hospital workers who are unvaccinated, which we co-published with WebMD and Medscape. (Here’s a link) The emailer told me that he was having trouble finding a home health care company with workers who... Read more
A disturbing number of hospital workers still unvaccinated
By Brenda Goodman and Andy Miller Brenda Goodman is a senior news writer for WebMD.  Andy Miller is editor and CEO of Georgia Health News. This is the first of a series. Tim Oswalt had been in a Fort Worth, Texas, hospital for over a month, receiving treatment for... Read more
Facing ‘worst ever’ demand for nurses, some hospitals offering unprecedented bonuses 
One sign of the severity of Georgia’s nurse shortage can be seen in the bonuses offered to experienced RNs to join a hospital workforce. Some health systems in the state are paying bonuses of more than $10,000 to attract nurses. And Piedmont Healthcare, which is rapidly becoming Georgia’s biggest health... 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

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