Category Archives: Health

Georgia Supreme Court to hear arguments today in case involving two Cartersville physicians’ challenge of state’s Certificate of Need laws

Georgia Supreme Court to hear arguments today in case involving two Cartersville physicians’ challenge of state’s Certificate of Need laws

  A case involving Cartersville gynecologists, Dr. Hugo Ribot, Jr. and Dr. Malcolm Barfield and their Georgia Advanced Surgery Center for Women comes before the Georgia Supreme Court today. According to court documents in the case of Women’s Surgical Center, LLC vs. Berry, the doctors are appealing a Fulton County court ruling that rejects their constitutional… Read more

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Buzz: 16th Annual Health Initiative for Men and Women set for Saturday, Aug 19. GHC’s Six Mile Post has a banner year.

Buzz: 16th Annual Health Initiative for Men and Women set for Saturday, Aug 19. GHC’s Six Mile Post has a banner year.

  Hosted by the 100 Black Men of Rome-Northwest Georgia Inc. and the  Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition, the 16th Annual Health Initiative for Men and Women is set for Saturday, Aug 19, at the Floyd County Health Department on East 12th Street. The hours are 8 a.m. until noon. What’s available: Free screenings for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol,… Read more

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Georgia Health News. Senate health care bill: What would it mean to our state?

Georgia Health News. Senate health care bill: What would it mean to our state?

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News: The U.S. Senate has unveiled its much-anticipated legislation to unravel the Affordable Care Act, releasing a proposal Thursday that has some key differences from the House health care overhaul. Like the House bill, the Senate version – crafted in secrecy by 13 Republican senators – would slash Medicaid, which… Read more

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Education: Georgia Northwestern prepares for new Move On When Ready students. Bartow County Public Health reminds parents of needed back-to-school shots, screenings.

Education: Georgia Northwestern prepares for new Move On When Ready students. Bartow County Public Health reminds parents of needed back-to-school shots, screenings.

  Media release: Georgia Northwestern Technical College will hold face-to-face orientations in July for high school students participating in the Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program. The orientations will last approximately 1-2 hours and are only for high school students who are enrolled in the MOWR program at Georgia Northwestern. These sessions are separate… Read more

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Georgia Health News: State agency to monitor Blue Cross rule on emergency room policy.

Georgia Health News: State agency to monitor Blue Cross rule on emergency room policy.

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News: The state insurance department says it will monitor the new emergency room policy of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia “to make sure that it is not abused to the disadvantage of Georgia policyholders.” Blue Cross recently told policyholders that starting in July, it will stop covering ER… Read more

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Health: Moved by his niece’s need for help, Larry Tate has donated blood products more than 500 times.

Health: Moved by his niece’s need for help, Larry Tate has donated blood products more than 500 times.

  Media release: Blood Assurance celebrated local donor Larry Tate’s 500th blood donation on June 6 at the Rome donor center at Midtown Crossing offer Shorter Avenue. Tate has given 62 gallons of blood and platelets over the past 47 years. His donations have saved more than 1,200 lives, including that of his niece, Cindy Annette… Read more

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Mild winter, wet spring giving way to ‘explosion’ in local tick and mosquito population; how to protect yourself.

Mild winter, wet spring giving way to ‘explosion’ in local tick and mosquito population; how to protect yourself.

  This year’s mild winter and early spring created a few problematic situations…an increase in snake activity and a surge in pesky ticks and mosquitoes. Hometown Headlines’ Natalie Simms takes a look at the situation in Northwest Georgia in this two-part series on outdoor dangers. Click here to read the first part of the series… Read more

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With a 50% increase in snake bites in Georgia this year, here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself outdoors — and what to do if bitten.

With a 50% increase in snake bites in Georgia this year, here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself outdoors — and what to do if bitten.

With this year’s mild winter and early spring, it’s created a few problematic situations…an increase in snake activity and an surge in pesky ticks and mosquitoes. Hometown Headlines’ Natalie Simms takes a look at the situation in Northwest Georgia in this two-part series on outdoor dangers. Part two posts Tuesday morning. Plus: Please join us… Read more

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Georgia Health News special report: Lead pipes — Lax oversight dilutes impact of testing water (first of three parts).

Georgia Health News special report: Lead pipes — Lax oversight dilutes impact of testing water (first of three parts).

By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News: Lead was banned from plumbing decades ago, but as the crisis in Flint, Mich., has shown, the threat remains. “It never even dawned on me that we would have lead in our pipes,” says Allison, a homeowner in Sandy Springs, an affluent suburb of Atlanta, who asked us not… Read more

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With a 50% increase in snake bites in Georgia this year, here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself outdoors — and what to do if bitten.

With a 50% increase in snake bites in Georgia this year, here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself outdoors — and what to do if bitten.

With this year’s mild winter and early spring, it’s created a few problematic situations…an increase in snake activity and an surge in pesky ticks and mosquitoes. Hometown Headlines’ Natalie Simms takes a look at the situation in Northwest Georgia in this two-part series on outdoor dangers. Part two posts Tuesday morning. Plus: Please join us… Read more

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Georgia Health News: State slips to 41st in senior health ranking. See link to expanded Georgia report.

Georgia Health News: State slips to 41st in senior health ranking. See link to expanded Georgia report.

  By Andy Miller, Georgia Health News: Georgia ranks 41st among states on older people’s health, down two spots from last year’s ranking, a new report says. The state improved on several measures despite the lower ranking, according to the fifth annual America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, produced by United Health Foundation. Georgia had a… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic’s Walk with a Doc returns June 17 with Dr. Brad Bushnell, starts at Bridgepoint Plaza.

Health: Harbin Clinic’s Walk with a Doc returns June 17 with Dr. Brad Bushnell, starts at Bridgepoint Plaza.

Media release: Harbin Clinic encourages everyone to give the men in their lives the gift of fun and exercise by participating in the June edition of Walk With a Doc. The June event is set for Saturday, June 17 at 9 a.m. in Downtown Rome. The walk leaves from Bridgepoint Plaza, follows the Kingfisher Trail… Read more

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Education:  Health Information Technician Certification students tracking success after GNTC. College also honors SkillsUSA and Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda students.

Education: Health Information Technician Certification students tracking success after GNTC. College also honors SkillsUSA and Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda students.

  Media release: When you’re in your 40s, have three children and you are starting over from scratch, launching an educational journey into the healthcare industry may sound a little challenging. But for Ringgold’s Katrina Putman, as well as her 19 classmates, it ultimately pushed her into a brand new way of life. After her… Read more

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