Top 10 Georgia health stories in 2014
Here’s the GHN list of the top 10 health stories in Georgia this year. Let us know what we missed — or what we ranked too high or too low. 1. Ebola struck – and Atlanta responded The disease that frightened the nation drew a major response from health... Read more
A recent series of job cuts shows that tough financial times remain for the state’s hospitals – and may get worse next year, experts say. The biggest cuts have come in two hospital systems in Columbus. Columbus Regional Health eliminated 219 positions in a cost-reduction move in November. The... Read more
A struggling rural hospital in east-central Georgia hopes to gain firmer financial footing  through a new partnership with University Health Care System in Augusta. University Health Care will manage Washington County Regional Medical Center in Sandersville beginning Jan. 1, under an agreement announced Monday. Such rural hospitals and their... Read more
Struggling to stay afloat financially, a northwest Georgia rural hospital has opted to file for bankruptcy protection from its creditors. Officials at Hutcheson Medical Center in Fort Oglethorpe said Wednesday evening that the filing would allow it to continue operations, restructure debt, and help protect it from a Chattanooga... Read more
Georgia counties with poor health statistics tend to lag on economic vitality as well, an analysis shows. Partner Up for Public Health, an advocacy campaign, has produced a comparison of data ranking counties on health outcomes and economic strength. The analysis “shows how intertwined they are,’’ said Charlie Hayslett,... Read more

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