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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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Six graduate from GPTC’s first Certified Nurse Aide program

Georgia Piedmont Technical College (GPTC), Office of Economic Development had the first graduates of its Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Training Program during the Tuesday, February 9, 2016 Inaugural Graduation and Pinning Ceremony.

March 05, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Bobbie Banks retires from health department

After 23 years of service to the Newton County Board of Health, Bobbie Banks announced her retirement recently.

March 05, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Social hosting and how it affects Newton County’s future

When you think about teenagers and the major decisions that are put into their paths, one of the most important choices that each of them will make is whether or not to consume alcohol. While the choice to drink underage is ultimately their own, the adults of our communities have the responsibility to help educate, support and guide them to make the best choices that they can. There are so many ways that drinking underage can negatively affect a teen's life. From disrupting brain development to causing an auto-accident, alcohol has the ability to absolutely wreck the future of ...

February 22, 2016 | Megan Pope | Health


Broken heart syndrome: does it really exist?

Broken hearts don't just affect those going through a recent break up. In fact, a number of men and women suffer from a condition called broken heart syndrome, according to experts at Piedmont Heart Institute.

February 22, 2016 | Staff Report | Health


Fighting for life: Covington man in remission after battle with lung cancer

Covington resident Wilbert Hill knows what it means to fight for his life.

December 08, 2015 | Anne Gantt | Health


Covington resident has shocking discovery

When Covington resident Billie Jane Hood underwent a routine evaluation for knee replacement surgery at Piedmont Newton Hospital, the last thing she expected to hear was that she had stage IV lung cancer.

December 08, 2015 | Anne Gantt | Health


Let's get physical

The 19th Annual Family Health and Fitness day USA was yesterday. Man, you missed it… Wait, what is that exactly?

September 27, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Put as much thought into breastfeeding

I have to admit something. I didn't find out the gender of either one of my children until the moment they were born. Shocking, I know. When the ultrasound technician asked if my husband and I wanted to know the gender, we both said no. We kept to our scheduled appointments diligently and performed all the necessary tests but we wanted that little element of surprise. It drove our families and friends crazy! Oh, the hardship of having to buy gender neutral clothes and baby gear.

August 02, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Don’t be too busy to buckle up

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30 a.m. (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

July 26, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Don't be too busy to buckle up

The week after Spring Break is always a hard transition in my household. It is like a taste of summer hours - we stay outside until dark, go to bed late, and get up at 7:30 a.m. (which is late in our house!). So when reality hits and we get back to our school days routine, we inevitably have a few bumpy mornings.

July 26, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Vacation stress?

It is hot outside. There is no denying that. It is H.O.T. Of course it is - it's July. We are smack dab in the middle of the hottest month of the summer. We are reaching the 90s every day. We are getting heat lightning at night. And we are talking about back to school… wait, what?!?!

July 19, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Fletcher: Blood and needles

Let's talk about everybody's favorite subjects.

June 20, 2015 | | Health


A little sunscreen goes a long way

My kids have been out of school for two weeks and the morning routine has drastically changed. There is a lot of squirming from my youngest and a few excuses from my oldest… It is a struggle to get them to wear sunscreen.

June 07, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


Get the scoop on pool sanitizers

Many homeowners enjoy the convenience and recreational value of having a pool in their backyards. Pools can be a great spot to gather on warm days, often serving as the centerpiece of summer recreation.

June 07, 2015 | Staff Report | Health


Let’s keep helping the women in our lives

I know Mother's Day was last Sunday, so I have to ask a few questions: Did you enjoy the day? Were you celebrated? Did you celebrate that special mother in your life?

May 17, 2015 | Hosanna Fletcher | Health


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