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Critical Red Cross blood shortage prompts emergency call for donations

GEORGIA - The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all ...

July 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Junior Volunteers gain experience at Piedmont Newton

COVINGTON, Ga. - "The mission of the Junior Volunteer Program is to provide students the opportunity to gain exposure with a hospital environment and to help ...

July 09, 2017 | Cheyenne Cesar | Health


Newton County celebrates Minority Mental Health Month

When speaking about wellness, oftentimes physical health is the first thing that comes to mind. This usually includes conversation with one's primary care physician ...

July 09, 2017 | Naran Butler-Houck & Tara Echols | Health


Piedmont Newton Hospital names new CEO

COVINGTON, Ga. – Dr. Eric Bour, MD, MBA has been named CEO of Piedmont Newton Hospital, effective mid- August. He replaces Jim Weadick, who retired June ...

July 08, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health


Newton County Health Inspection Scores: June 2017

Alcovy Pub & Grill, 10176 Alcovy Road, Covington, June 16, 95/A

July 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Newton’s Jim Weadick : A career of care

COVINGTON, Ga. - When Piedmont Newton Hospital's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jim Weadick retires June 30, he will end a career in healthcare that started ...

June 18, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health


Exercise saves Conyers man’s heart

CONYERS, Ga. - Nearly one year ago, doctors at Piedmont Heart Institute told Bill Warner he likely would need a heart transplant. Warner, 65, suffered from ...

June 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Newton supports Willing Helpers Medical Clinic with $5,000 grant

Uninsured patients in Newton County have increased access to health education classes to assist with diabetes management and smoking cessation, thanks to a $5,000 ...

June 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Covington woman, Valdosta man lose big with TOPS

A Covington woman is being celebrated as one of the most successful members, or "royalty," members, of the TOPS Club, Inc (Take Off Pounds Sensibly ...

June 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Braden: Summer car safety is vital

Summer is almost here, and with it those lazy days of vacation and fun times with family and friends. But summertime also brings blazing heat ...

June 11, 2017 | | Health


Hawkins celebrates Cancer Survivors Day

COVINGTON, Ga. - Sunday, June 4 was National Cancer Survivors Day, which highlights the challenges and strengths of all cancer survivors. Covington resident Mickala Hawkins was ...

June 10, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Newton Announces New CNO

COVINGTON, Ga. - Jeremiah Bame, RN, has been named chief nursing officer of Piedmont Newton Hospital. Bame brings more than 10 years of experience to the ...

June 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Newton County Health Inspection Scores: May

Alpha & Omega Fish, BBQ & More, 3511 Salem Road, Covington, May 25, 88/B

June 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


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Mahathre: Despite declines in teen pregnancy and birth rates, there is still more work to be done

Despite historic declines in the rates of teen pregnancies and births in the United States, and a 63 percent reduction in the teen pregnancy rate in Georgia, the U.S. teen birth rate is still higher than that of many other developed countries. The state of Georgia has the 16th highest teen pregnancy rate in the country. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, Newton County has had a substantial decrease in teenage pregnancy rates, currently 27.9 births per 1,000 females ages 15 to 19. However, the county's rate is still higher than many other counties ...

May 14, 2017 | Veronica Mahathre | Health


CFD donates to Piedmont Newton Hope Boutique

COVINGTON, Ga. - Piedmont Newton Hope Boutique receives a generous $564 donation from the Covington Fire Department. The Hope Boutique, opened in 2006 with the help of the American Cancer Society, provides resources and services to local and distant cancer survivors, including wigs, prostheses, turbans, drain bags and protective pillows and lap blankets. Thank you to the Covington Fire Department for the gift! For more information about the Hope Boutique, visit piedmont.org/volunteers/piedmont-newton/piedmont-newton-hope-boutique. Pictured left to right is Elisa Graham, Piedmont Newton Women's Diagnostic mammography technician, Ezra Griffith, Covington Fire Department fireman, Stoney Bowels, Covington Fire Department ...

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Newton Now Offers 3-D Mammograms

Piedmont Newton Hospital now offers 3-D breast imaging technology. The tomosynthesis 3-dimensional imaging units take better images of the breast interior, decreasing the number of "false positive" diagnoses and increasing the chances of early detection of cancer.

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Columbus Regional in Exclusive Negotiations with Piedmont Healthcare

Monday, Columbus Regional Health and Piedmont Healthcare signed a Letter of Intent, initiating an exclusive negotiation period between the two organizations. Should the negotiations prove successful, Columbus Regional will become Piedmont's regional "hub" for clinical services in Southwest Georgia.

May 14, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Opens New Primary Care Physician Offices

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – Patients in Social Circle, Conyers and the surrounding communities soon will have increased access to primary care with the addition of two new Piedmont Physicians locations.

May 07, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Cricket Frog Trail opens

COVINGTON, Ga. – Sara Vinson of Newton Trails unveils the logo for the newly named Cricket Frog Trail Wednesday afternoon. More than 160 people came out to learn the trail's new name, celebrate its opening and walk on its .65 mile concrete section that runs from Elm Street to Conyers Street.

May 04, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health


Walking to build community

COVINGTON, Ga. – One hundred or so walkers from all over Newton County showed up at Turner Lake Park Thursday night to participate in the third of four "Every Body Walk Newton" community walks.

April 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health


Immunization is a shared responsibility

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Immunization is a shared responsibility. Vaccines are among the most successful and cost-effective public health tools available for preventing disease and death. Vaccines not only help protect our children but can also help protect entire communities by preventing and reducing the spread of infectious diseases. National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 22 – April 29, 2017, and the Gwinnett, Newton, & Rockdale County Health Departments (GNR Health Departments) urges Georgians to speak with a health care provider or doctor to make sure their infants are up-to-date on vaccinations.

April 24, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Newton Hospital earns top marks for patient safety

COVINGTON, Ga. – Piedmont Newton Hospital has received an "A" grade for its commitment to patient safety, according to the spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Piedmont Newton is one of 823 hospitals nationwide to earn top marks.

April 12, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Take a spin at Georgia State Parks to celebrate the bicycle’s 200th anniversary

2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the bicycle. Baron Karl von Drais introduced it to the public in Mannheim in summer 1817. Those looking to celebrate the invention of the bicycle can take it for a spin on one of the many trails available for beginners and seasoned riders at Georgia State Parks. Choose from an array of trails to ride, from single track that will dirty up the tires to paved roads for easy rolling.

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Signs of stress that must be addressed

The American Institute of Stress notes that various disorders, both emotional and physical, have been linked to stress. Such disorders include depression, stroke, hypertension, and anxiety, among others. In its 2015 Stress in AmericaTM survey, the American Psychological Association found that money, stress and family responsibilities are the three most common stressors. While the symptoms of stress are uncomfortable and potentially very dangerous, the APA notes that such indicators also serve as a warning from the body that it needs maintenance and extra care. The following are some of the ways the body might be telling adults to step back ...

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Diagnosing the differences between PT and OT

The body is a complex organism that is the sum of all its parts. When a portion of the body is not working optimally, pain, lack of motion and a host of other concerns can arise. At some point in their lives, many people will visit therapists to restore functionality to a part of their body that was affected by injury.

April 11, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


10K raises 14K for Action Ministries

A 10k to raise 10k was held Sunday, March 27 at Denny Dobbs Park. C. R. Bard's veterans and employees raised over $14,000 to assist Action Ministries in their continued work in our community, specifically for housing assistance for veterans. Global Distribution Center's active veterans group, pictured from left, are: John Jones, Ralph Gotel, Tracy Jewett, Allen Payne, Frank Kelton, John Curtis, Ken Twilley, Kimberlyn Clark, Reggie Parker and Dexter Vason.

April 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Newton High grad gets Fellowship at Mayo Clinic

Growing up in Newton County, Dr. Justin Kennon watched as his father battled cancer. He saw the positive ways that physicians can impact the lives of their patients. Those observations have continued to shape his life and career in the years since he left. And now, they're taking him to Rochester Minn.

April 09, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health


April shines light on child abuse prevention

April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness month in Newton County and across the country. Prevent Child Abuse Rockdale has served this community with child abuse prevention programs since 1989. In 2011, we doubled the number of programs offered in Newton County due to the closing of Prevent Child Abuse Newton and the drastic increase in need for our services. Last year, Newton DFCS processed 1,481 reports for child abuse and neglect.

April 09, 2017 | Diane Howington news@covnews.com | Health


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