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Deaths mount in Georgia as flu season stays severe
Seven more Georgians have died from the flu, bringing the total to 12 deaths...
Fast-growing WellStar trims 49 jobs
WellStar Health System said Thursday that it has eliminated 49 jobs in a corporate...
Tom Price to advise Jackson Healthcare
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Deaths mount in Georgia as flu season stays severe

Seven more Georgians have died from the flu, bringing the total to 12 deaths across the state this influenza season, Public Health officials said Friday.

There were 40 hospitalizations in metro Atlanta due to influenza infection during the week of Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, the state Department of Public Health said. So far this season, area facilities have seen 404 hospitalizations due to flu.

Some hospitals, coping with a large influx of flu patients, have put restrictions on visitors for the time being.

Dr. Van Baker, medical director of emergency services at Piedmont Newnan, said this week that a sudden surge in ...

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Fast-growing WellStar trims 49 jobs

WellStar Health System said Thursday that it has eliminated 49 jobs in a corporate restructuring.

None of those positions involves direct care of patients, WellStar told GHN.

“We’ve grown significantly in Georgia,’’ said Keith Bowermaster, a WellStar vice president. As with any growing system, he said, a restructuring can occur to reshape some positions and corporate functions.

Two years ago, the Marietta-based nonprofit system acquired five Tenet Healthcare hospitals in Georgia – including Atlanta Medical Center and North Fulton Hospital in Roswell — along with West Georgia Medical Center in LaGrange. Those deals pushed WellStar’s hospital lineup to 11.

“Over the past two days, WellStar ...

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Tom Price to advise Jackson Healthcare

Dr. Tom Price, largely out of the public eye since resigning as U.S. health secretary, has been named to the advisory board of an Alpharetta-based company.

Jackson Healthcare is the third-largest U.S. health care staffing company, with nearly $1 billion in revenue.

“Nobody has as profound an understanding of the national health care landscape as Dr. Price,” Richard L. Jackson, chairman and CEO of Jackson Healthcare, said in a statement. “Tom has exhibited an unwavering commitment to preserving the patient-physician relationship. That mindset, along with his physician, business and policy experience, will make him an invaluable addition to our board.”

Price, a surgeon, ...

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‘Horrific’ elder abuse case highlights crackdown on unlicensed facilities

The case started with a tip from concerned Dougherty County citizens.

They told authorities that residents of some Albany apartments were approaching people and “begging for food.’’

Those July complaints have culminated in the arrest of three people in what was described Tuesday by Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr as a “horrific elder abuse scheme.’’

The residents of the Albany apartments were deprived “of health care, shelter and necessary sustenance,’’ he said. And the scheme siphoned off the residents’ Social Security benefits as well, he added.

Unlicensed personal care homes have been a problem in the ...

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