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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


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April 27, 2017 | Darryl Welch | Health


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Archive By Section - Health


New Girl Scout cookie flavor available for order

Ready for S'more Girl Scout Cookies? Now's the time to order them! The new Girl Scout S'mores™ cookie is making your options even more delicious this year.

January 17, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Local boy aims to cut into hunger

While most children are spending their afternoons playing video games or riding bikes, Jacob Stone, a local Newton County boy, was starting a nonprofit organization to help the less fortunate in the community.

January 14, 2017 | Jackie Gutknecht | Health


Resolving to unplug from devices

Many people struggle to find the right size clothing, shoes and undergarments. It's a situation that affects both men and women. Consider these facts:

January 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Resolve to wear clothes that fit in the year ahead

Many people struggle to find the right size clothing, shoes and undergarments. It's a situation that affects both men and women. Consider these facts:

January 04, 2017 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont Healthcare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia partner on contract extension

Piedmont Healthcare today announced it has secured a contract extension with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA), which will protect in-network access to all Piedmont facilities and more than 1,400 Piedmont Clinic physicians through 2017 and beyond.

August 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Piedmont terminates UnitedHealthcare contract for Piedmont Newton Hospital

Piedmont Healthcare has notified UnitedHealthcare of Georgia, Inc. of its intent to terminate its contract with Piedmont Newton Hospital on Jan. 31. The notification letter fulfills a 180-day pre-notification requirement in order to terminate the contract. With this termination, Piedmont Newton will join Piedmont's five other hospitals and more than 1,400 Piedmont Clinic physicians as out-of-network with United.

August 06, 2016 | Bryan Fazio | Health


Smart Lunch program serves over 11,000 lunches this summer

Tamara Richardson, Coordinator of Action Ministries in Newton County, announced that between June 1 and July 28, the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program served more than 11,000 lunches.

August 06, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Health


August is here! Get smart, get immunized!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month and the Newton County Health Department would like to emphasize that immunizations, at every age, provide life-saving protection for our whole community. This article is the first in a four part series to increase awareness about the importance of vaccinations -- from back to school requirements to the flu season.

August 01, 2016 | Sarah Neale | Health


Stigma of mental health issues

Mental health is a difficult topic to discuss. As a society we are more willing to talk about goals to eat healthier, exercise more, and follow advice from medical professionals. However, the shame and stigma surrounding mental health concerns -- depression, bipolar disorder, or substance abuse -- create the biggest obstacles to people getting help.

July 25, 2016 | Viewpoint Health | Health


Tips to keep your pets cool

The temperature has reached above 90 degrees 22 out of the 30 days of June, and all but two days so far in July. In fact, weather forecasts make it likely that for at least the next two weeks, the mercury won't drop below 90.

July 10, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Health


Extreme heat can cause health problems

Those dealing with the 90-degree plus weather these past few weeks won't be surprised to learn that a heat advisory has been issued for the area.

July 07, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


New Senior Services Director named as Josephine Brown retires

At a luncheon held in her honor, Josephine B. Brown, the Executive Director of Newton County Senior Services, symbolically turned over the keys to her office and announced the names of the new Director and Assistant Director.

July 01, 2016 | Sandra Brands | Health


Social hosting and how it affects Newton County’s future

Recently, we published an article entitled, "Social Hosting 101: Part 1." In the first article of this four-segment series, we gave an overview about what social hosting is and how it can affect our communities. Today, the focus will be on why there is a need for change regarding social hosting in our local communities.

June 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


First Lady Deal visits STRIVE Clubhouse

Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal and Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Commissioner Frank Berry recently toured View Point Health's STRIVE Clubhouse. STRIVE Clubhouse is 1 of 12 Resiliency Support Clubhouses in Georgia.

June 12, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Grant to develop Newton as a ‘zero suicide’ county

View Point Health has received a Garrett Lee Smith grant in partnership with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. The grant furthers the agency vision of building healthy lives and healthy families through high quality comprehensive care.

April 09, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


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