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Editorial: Our hospital
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These past two weeks have been dedicated to medical care in our community.

Last week, our local hospital, Rockdale Medical Center, celebrated Nurse’s Week and this past week the whole community has celebrated Hospital Week.

Recently we read an AP story that said that country hospitals across the nation have been suffering because they can’t keep up with the changing technology. Our local hospital seems to be bucking that trend.

Ever since the hospital came under the control of LifePoint Health, millions of dollars have been pumped into our Rockdale Medical Center, improving the faculty and our local medical services.

Life Point has also attracted more doctors to the Rockdale community and on August 3 through their partnership with Atlanta-based Piedmont Hospital, local residents will no longer have to go to Atlanta to receive stents our have life-threatening blockages unclogged.

Our hospital will be introducing an Interventional Cardiology program that will surely save many heart patients lives.

In addition to improving our medical capabilities, the LifePoint folks encourage their employees to be involved in their local community. The CEO of the hospital, Deborah Armstrong, is the current chairman of our local Chamber of Commerce.

We are proud to salute the employees of the Rockdale Medical Center. Our publisher himself goes four days a week and participates in their great cardiac rehab exercise program.

LifePoint has been a lifesaver for our community, and because they have made sure that they have a great staff to serve us, our county becomes a better place to live, play and enjoy a healthy life.