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Navicent Health President, CEO elected to Georgia Hospital Association Board of Trustees

Dr. Ninfa M. Saunders, FACHE, president and CEO of Navicent Health in Macon, was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Hospital Association ...

August 13, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Boisson: This school year, worry about mental health, too

A new school year has begun. Over the last few weeks, families travelled the aisles of every mart and market stocking up on gear and ...

August 13, 2017 | Adrienne Boisson | Health


Piedmont Healthcare to open 27 retail clinics

ATLANTA – Retail clinics located in 27 Walgreens stores in metro Atlanta will become an extension of Piedmont Healthcare beginning this month. Called Piedmont QuickCare at ...

August 09, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Newton County Health Inspection Scores: July 2017

Arby's ,6225 Turner Lake Road, Covington, July 3, 92/A

August 01, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


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


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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 cardiomyopathy (an enlarged heart) and his condition was causing his heart to fail.

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 community benefit grant funded by Piedmont Newton Hospital.

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), a non-profit weight-loss support organization during a celebratory event in May.

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 and the dangers that come along with it. Climb into your car and you can't wait to turn on the AC. But a child left in the car doesn't have that chance.

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 extra thankful on Cancer Survivors Day, after receiving her last chemotherapy treatment the week before. Hawkins was diagnosed in March of 2016, immediately began chemotherapy and radiation treatments at Piedmont Newton Hospital and had a double mastectomy. Her positive attitude and strength kept her fighting. "The day I was diagnosed is the day I thought of myself as a survivor," Hawkins said. "I wasn't going to give up." Hawkins has nothing but praise for ...

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 role, all of which has been earned at Piedmont Healthcare.

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


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


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