Category Archives: Health

Health: As heart health month continues, a closer look at how advanced cardiac care grew in Northwest Georgia — and how many lives it is saving.

Health: As heart health month continues, a closer look at how advanced cardiac care grew in Northwest Georgia — and how many lives it is saving.

As part of heart month, Harbin Clinic has traced the evolution of advanced cardiac care in Northwest Georgia from the decision to create such services with Redmond Regional Medical Center in 1981 to the first open-heart procedure in 1986. The program has exploded since, with advanced equipment, state-of-the-art heart procedures, the arrival of new doctors… Read more

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An ‘Affair of the Heart’ for the 10 honorees of Heart of the Community Awards presented Saturday night. With photos.

An ‘Affair of the Heart’ for the 10 honorees of Heart of the Community Awards presented Saturday night. With photos.

    It was an “Affair of the Heart” in Downtown Rome on Saturday night as this year’s Heart of the Community Awards of Honor were presented during the annual event at The Forum River Center. Ten local “unsung heroes” — Mike Burnes, Annette Morris, Lenora Santoro, Charles Smith,  Scott Smith, Jay Shell, Stephanie McElhone, Elm Street… Read more

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Updated Health: Statewide flu-related deaths continue to rise with 79 confirmed so far this season.

Updated Health: Statewide flu-related deaths continue to rise with 79 confirmed so far this season.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health announced that there have now been at least 79 confirmed influenza-associated deaths in Georgia this flu season, up from 66 deaths last week. According to the AJC, of the 13 new deaths this week, one was a pediatric patient. Overall, the majority of these deaths have been individuals… Read more

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Updated Health: Photo gallery from Redmond’s Loving Hearts Move event. Later today, Heart of Community Awards ceremony.

Updated Health: Photo gallery from Redmond’s Loving Hearts Move event. Later today, Heart of Community Awards ceremony.

Saturday morning’s rain and cloudy skies didn’t dampen the Loving Hearts Move event. There was a great turnout for the community walk-cycle-paddle event hosted by Redmond Regional Medical Center and the Heart of the Community Foundation at the Town Green. From Heart of the Community: “Thank you to everyone who braved the rainy, misty morning… Read more

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Health: Blood Assurance sends blood to South Florida in wake of massacre; ‘we are only able to do so because of the generosity of our donors.’

Health: Blood Assurance sends blood to South Florida in wake of massacre; ‘we are only able to do so because of the generosity of our donors.’

  Media release: Blood Assurance has sent blood to Florida in the wake of the devastating shooting that has claimed the lives of 17 people and left several in critical condition. Blood Assurance was contacted by the blood bank that supplies the area where the shooting occurred and was asked to supply O-negative blood to help treat… Read more

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Health: Polk Schools, health district report two cases of tuberculosis. Updates on what’s being done.

Health: Polk Schools, health district report two cases of tuberculosis. Updates on what’s being done.

  Two cases of tuberculosis have been reported within the Polk County School District, one at Cedartown Middle School and the other Cherokee Elementary. Apparently some Cedartown High School students “needed testing as a precaution due to them riding the bus,” according to a post from the school system on Facebook. Superintendent Laurie Atkins posted… Read more

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Health: Statewide flu-related deaths climb to 66 as widespread outbreak continues; majority of deaths in those ages 51 and older.

Health: Statewide flu-related deaths climb to 66 as widespread outbreak continues; majority of deaths in those ages 51 and older.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health announced that there have now been at least 66 confirmed influenza-associated deaths in Georgia this flu season, up from 51 deaths last week. The majority of those deaths have been individuals 50 years of age or older. There were 49 deaths in those ages 65 and old… Read more

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Health: Dr. Joseph Biuso, Floyd’s chief medical officer, retiring Feb. 28 after a 25-year career.

Health: Dr. Joseph Biuso, Floyd’s chief medical officer, retiring Feb. 28 after a 25-year career.

Media release: Dr. Joseph Biuso, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, is retiring Feb. 28, after a 25-year career at Floyd.   Biuso was the very first Floyd Primary Care physician, joining the new network in 1993. He continued in that role until 2007, when he was named Associate Chief of Medical Affairs. He was… Read more

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Health: In honor of National Heart Month, local healthcare providers offering special discounts for screenings to assess your risk for heart attack or stroke

Health: In honor of National Heart Month, local healthcare providers offering special discounts for screenings to assess your risk for heart attack or stroke

In honor of National Heart Month, some local healthcare providers are offering special discounts on screenings to assess your risk for heart attack or stroke. Harbin Clinic’s Diagnostic Vascular Lab Rome is offering a special price of $99 for the Circulation Checkup for the month of February. The Circulation Checkup is a critical heart health… Read more

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Flu update: 51 confirmed flu-related deaths in Georgia this season, including five in our area. Official say ‘peak’ still yet to come.

Flu update: 51 confirmed flu-related deaths in Georgia this season, including five in our area. Official say ‘peak’ still yet to come.

Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health announced that there have now been at least 51 confirmed influenza-associated deaths in Georgia this flu season. Five of these 51 have been in the ten-county Northwest Health District – one each in Bartow, Paulding, and Polk counties and two in Floyd. The majority of the 51… Read more

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Health: Floyd Medical Center seeks OK for $25 million open heart surgery program.

Health: Floyd Medical Center seeks OK for $25 million open heart surgery program.

Perhaps you saw this one was coming. In November, Redmond Regional Medical Center filed a certificate of need with the state Department of Community Health to open a $22 million prenatal unit. A decision is expected in late March and Floyd Medical Center — known in the region for birthing services — has filed opposition… Read more

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37 confirmed flu-associated deaths in Georgia this season, including four in our area. Tips from NWGA Health Director Unini Odama, M.D., on what to do.

37 confirmed flu-associated deaths in Georgia this season, including four in our area. Tips from NWGA Health Director Unini Odama, M.D., on what to do.

  Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health announced that there have now been at least 37 confirmed flu-associated deaths in Georgia this flu season. Twenty-five of those have been individuals 50 years of age or older.  One was an individual less than 18 but older than 12. Four of these 37 have been… Read more

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Health: Christopher Mosley named chief executive officer at Cartersville Medical Center.

Health: Christopher Mosley named chief executive officer at Cartersville Medical Center.

Media release: Christopher Mosley has been appointed Chief Executive Officer at Cartersville Medical Center. Mosley will begin his role on March 1, replacing Keith Sandlin, who recently announced his retirement after 34 years as CEO. Mosley is the current CEO at Putnam Community Medical Center in Palatka, Fla., in HCA’s North Florida Division.  A 99-bed acute… Read more

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Health: ‘Loving Hearts More’, a community walk-cycle-paddle event, returns Feb. 17 as part of Heart of the Community Foundation’s day of celebration

Health: ‘Loving Hearts More’, a community walk-cycle-paddle event, returns Feb. 17 as part of Heart of the Community Foundation’s day of celebration

The Heart of the Community Foundation invites the public to participate in Loving Hearts Move, a community walk-cycle-paddle event held on Saturday, Feb. 17. The free event will start at 9:30 a.m. at the Town Green.  Participants may opt to participate by either walking, cycling or paddling. 2018 Heart of the Community award recipients along… Read more

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