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
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
Commentary: Natural gas can harm health
Natural gas is a popular fuel in our state. Besides heating many buildings, it’s used in home appliances, such as stoves. But a Georgia physician writes in a new GHN Commentary that it can harm human health. Fossil fuels, including natural gas, are accelerating climate change, says Dr. Linda... Read more

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