Category Archives: Health

Health: Statewide flu activity drops to moderate level, total of 137 flu-related deaths so far this season.

Health: Statewide flu activity drops to moderate level, total of 137 flu-related deaths so far this season.

Influenza activity across Georgia continues decrease, but there were three flu-related deaths reported for the week ending March 17,  according to the Georgia Weekly Influenza Report. This brings the total number of statewide deaths to 137 for the 2017-2018 season. The Influenza-like illness (ILI) intensity indicator for Georgia during Week 11 was moderate at 7,… Read more

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Health: Rome High graduate Megan Higgins continues to share her battle — and triumph — over an eating disorder in a column now on AJC.com.

Health: Rome High graduate Megan Higgins continues to share her battle — and triumph — over an eating disorder in a column now on AJC.com.

  A Rome High graduate’s successful battle overcoming an eating disorder is the subject of AJC writer Gracie Bonds Staples’ column now appearing online and in print on Saturday morning. Megan Higgins, who’s now in her senior year at Columbus State, shares details about her potentially deadly battle that began at age 12. Higgins tells… Read more

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Health: Harbin Clinic Cartersville to host Clinical Care Career Fair on April 24.

Health: Harbin Clinic Cartersville to host Clinical Care Career Fair on April 24.

  Harbin Clinic Cartersville to host Clinical Care Career Fair: On April 24 from 5 to 7 p.m., Harbin Clinic will host a Clinical Care Career Fair at the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce at 122 W. Main St. It is designed to offer workplace opportunities for licensed medical professionals and administrative personnel. Harbin Clinic is hiring… Read more

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Updated with audio interview: Why is National Kidney Month so critical? ‘ The number one cause of death in people with kidney disease is heart disease.’

Updated with audio interview: Why is National Kidney Month so critical? ‘ The number one cause of death in people with kidney disease is heart disease.’

Above: Our radio interview with Dr. Unini Odama from Monday, March 19. Media release: March is National Kidney Month, and public health officials are urging everyone to give these vital organs a second thought and #HeartYourKidneys. “Kidneys are the unsung workhorses that never get noticed until something goes wrong with them,” says Dr. Unini Odama,… Read more

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Health: Statewide flu activity still high, but not widespread. Seven more flu-related deaths in last week brings total to 134 this season.

Health: Statewide flu activity still high, but not widespread. Seven more flu-related deaths in last week brings total to 134 this season.

While influenza activity has peaked for this season, influenza activity remained high in Georgia with 7 new flu-related deaths reported in the state for the week ending March 10, according to the Georgia Weekly Influenza Report. This brings the total number of statewide deaths to 134 for the 2017-2018 season. Officials with the Georgia Department… Read more

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Health: Some sobering facts on our ‘health outcomes’ in Northwest Georgia in latest ranking of counties across the state. Included: County snapshots.

Health: Some sobering facts on our ‘health outcomes’ in Northwest Georgia in latest ranking of counties across the state. Included: County snapshots.

  The 2018 County Health Rankings are out and Northwest Georgia fell mostly in the middle of the pack (or 159 counties). The healthiest local county was Bartow with an overall score of 42 with Floyd not far behind with a 46. Gordon was next at 57 followed by Chattooga at 78 and Polk at… Read more

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Health: Shunk, fox found with rabies in Gordon County; Public Health urges pet owners to get them vaccinated.

Health: Shunk, fox found with rabies in Gordon County; Public Health urges pet owners to get them vaccinated.

  Media release: A skunk and fox have tested positive for animal rabies, and public health officials are reminding Gordon County residents about the potential dangers of rabies and urging them to make sure their pets are vaccinated against the potentially deadly disease. These are the first confirmed animal rabies cases in Gordon County for… Read more

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Health: Redmond Regional, Cartersville Medical, Floyd return to normal visitation policy today after flu outbreak

Health: Redmond Regional, Cartersville Medical, Floyd return to normal visitation policy today after flu outbreak

  Media release: Redmond Regional Medical Center will return to normal visitation policy effective today. “We encourage everyone to remain diligent in flu precautions and to see a medical provider if they present with flu symptoms. We appreciate the community’s support in helping us protect patients, visitors, and staff from the spread of the flu… Read more

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Health: With cases on the decline, still nine more flu-related death reported in Georgia last week; total now at 127 deaths this season.

Health: With cases on the decline, still nine more flu-related death reported in Georgia last week; total now at 127 deaths this season.

Nine new flu-related deaths have been reported in Georgia for the week ending March 3, bringing the total number of statewide deaths to 127 for the 2017-2018 flu season. There were 20 reported deaths the previous week, so it does appear the epidemic is on the decline. Hospitalizations so far this flu season reached just over… Read more

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Health: Why parents need to talk with their preteens and teens about getting immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

Health: Why parents need to talk with their preteens and teens about getting immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases.

  Media release: Let’s face it – nobody likes getting shots. But a shot lasts a second; diseases last much longer. To help protect every adult and child, the Georgia Department of Public Health established Georgia Preteen Vaccine Awareness Week, observed March 12-16, to serve as a reminder for parents to talk with their preteens… Read more

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Updated: As Floyd, Redmond battle over births and cardiac care, meet the agency that has the final call — and how the yes-or-no decisions are made.

Updated: As Floyd, Redmond battle over births and cardiac care, meet the agency that has the final call — and how the yes-or-no decisions are made.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net Consider this the “Tale of the Tape” in the latest match between two of the region’s largest heathcare providers. Last November, Redmond Regional Medical Center filed for a “certificate of need” to develop a basic Level I perinatal service with a $21.9 million price tag. Floyd Medical Center quickly filed opposition… Read more

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Health: Georgia flu-associated deaths soar to 118 so far this season with two months to go; 44 people died in the three previous years combined.

Health: Georgia flu-associated deaths soar to 118 so far this season with two months to go; 44 people died in the three previous years combined.

With less than two months left in the tracking season, the 2017-18 flu outbreak in Georgia easily dwarfs combined reports for the three previous years combined. Using data posted on the Georgia Department of Health’s Weekly Influenza report, the state has acknowledged 118 “influenza-associated deaths” and 2,409 hospitalizations through Feb. 24 of this year. Those… Read more

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Health: PruittHealth-Rome LLC planning $8.6 million expansion, renovation to its nursing facility near mall; decision due by June. Project boosts private development near mall to $15 million-$20 million.

Health: PruittHealth-Rome LLC planning $8.6 million expansion, renovation to its nursing facility near mall; decision due by June. Project boosts private development near mall to $15 million-$20 million.

  PruittHealth-Rome, LLC, a local nursing and rehabilitation facility located at 2 Three Mile Road near Mount Berry Mall, has plans for an $8.6 million expansion and renovation project. The owner of the facility, Floyd Healthcare Properties Inc. part of United Health Services Inc., has filed a certificate of need application with the Georgia Department… Read more

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Health: Nearly 100 statewide flu-related deaths so far this season, but number of patients seen in Georgia Emergency Departments with flu-like symptoms is declining.

Health: Nearly 100 statewide flu-related deaths so far this season, but number of patients seen in Georgia Emergency Departments with flu-like symptoms is declining.

The number of confirmed influenza-associated deaths in Georgia has climbed to near 100. Officials with the Georgia Department of Public Health announced there have now been at least 98 confirmed influenza-associated deaths in Georgia this flu season, up from 79 deaths last week. The majority of those deaths have been individuals 50 years of age or… Read more

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