Georgia declines in health ranking for women and children
A recent report ranks Georgia 40th among states on the health of women and children, down three spots from its 2018 ranking. The 2019 United Health Foundation report said among Georgia’s challenges are its high percentage of uninsured women, its low rate of prenatal care before the third trimester, and... Read more
Commentary: An innovation that’s saving lives
Telemedicine offers tremendous breakthroughs in access to medical care.  A patient with a chronic health problem in rural Georgia can be seen by a medical specialist hundreds of miles away. The American Medical Association says 15 percent of physicians work in practices that use telemedicine to treat patients at... Read more
Embracing telemedicine and other innovations
By Geoff Duncan It’s Christmas morning, and sadly the Atlanta patient is bedridden, unable to spend the most important holiday of the year with family because she has come down with a bad case of the flu. Certainly, there isn’t a doctor’s office nor urgent care clinic open on... Read more
Rural remedy: Mercer med school bringing health care to ‘areas of need’
This is the first in an occasional series on rural health care in Georgia. These articles are supported by a grant from the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. Dr. Michael Early practices family medicine in Fort Valley. It’s in Peach County, in the farm belt of Central Georgia, and... Read more
Closed hospital makes comeback as part of ambitious strategy
A closed rural hospital has reopened with a new name and a plan for a bigger development. The former Chestatee Regional Hospital in Dahlonega, the seat of Lumpkin County, is now Northeast Georgia Medical Center Lumpkin. It’s a scaled-down facility that offers an emergency department, inpatient care and other... Read more

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