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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Augusta VA looks at Jefferson County clinc

The director of Augusta's Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center said her staff will review the "feasibility of establishing a community-based outpatient clinic in Jefferson County."
By Wesley Brown

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hospital offers new asthma treatment

Orlow Ball, 66, of Augusta was the first patient at University Hospital, and likely the first in Augusta, to get bronchial thermoplasty to treat his severe persistent asthma.
By Tom Corwin

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Augusta VA reduces wait times

Only 2.3 percent of the 106,115 appointments completed from September through January at Augusta's downtown and uptown VA medical centers were delayed more than 30 days.
By Wesley Brown and Sandy Hodson

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Augusta lowering teen birth rate

The teen birth rate has fallen dramatically over the last two decades nationally, and in particular over the last five years in Augusta.
By Tom Corwin

Monday, April 6, 2015

Right environment leads to living well

What happens early on to children can affect how well-adjusted and successful they are later on in life, which is why Georgia is striving for better quality in child care centers.
By Tom Corwin

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Immunotherapy hot topic for cancer

Excitement about using the immune system to battle difficult cancers seemed to be everywhere last week. But even before that, it was creating a lot of excitement in the cancer research and ...
By Tom Corwin

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

More specialty care, more success for Medicaid managed care

A better linking of providers could help aid struggling rural hospitals, said Dr. William Alexander of Amerigroup Community Care of Georgia.
By Tom Corwin

Monday, March 30, 2015

Fort hospital elevators pass inspection

News of a flawless inspection comes three weeks after The Chronicle found elevators inside Doctors, Trinity and University hospitals, and on the Georgia Regents Health System campus, had ...
By Wesley Brown Staff Writer

Sunday, March 29, 2015

State to push Gracewood patients out

Georgia is under a 2010 settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice after the federal government sued over the conditions in the state hospitals, part of an effort to enforce the U.S. Supreme ...
By Tom Corwin and Sandy Hodson

Saturday, March 28, 2015

State denies records to grieving mother

Cornelius James had just turned 18 when he died, before his mother could establish formal legal guardianship, and the state is now using that to deny her a copy of its own investigation into his ...
By Tom Corwin and Sandy Hodson

Deal orders states to prepare for marijuana bill enactment

ATLANTA - Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order Friday ordering state agencies to start preparations for the enactment of the state's medical marijuana bill.
By Bill Hendrick

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Former smokers share graphic details in new ads

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday a new and graphic anti-smoking advertising campaign that will begin next week.
By Tom Corwin

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

State not meeting support goals for disabled

While the state is doing better to meet recommendations on improving care for mental health patients in community settings, it is unlikely to meet its July 1 deadline to achieve all of its ...
By Tom Corwin and Sandy Hodson

House OKs medical marijuana; Deal to sign bill into law

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will announce Friday that he plans to sign a sweeping medical marijuana bill into law April 2.
By Bill Hendrick

Health still poor in Augusta area

With Richmond County still ranked low among Georgia counties when it comes to health outcomes, and many surrounding counties near the very bottom, there are a lot of challenges to improving health ...
By Tom Corwin

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Veteran pushes for rural VA hospital

A Jefferson County man is leading an effort to build a Veterans Affairs hospital in Louisville, Ga., for patients who have limited income and lack transportation in rural areas beyond south Augusta.
By Wesley Brown Staff Writer

Couple feels 'blessed' with quadruplets

After a miscarriage early last year, Matt and Julianne Kirkland, of Athens, turned to an infertility treatment that paid off in a way they could never have expected - quadruplets.
By Tom Corwin

Autism bill looks stalled in Ga. House

ATLANTA -- The fight over autism treatment coverage continued, pitting organizations concerned about costs against advocates for the most effective services for children.
By Andy Miller

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A look at 'unexpected' deaths in community care homes

The Augusta Chronicle requested the investigative reports of all 2013 deaths of developmentally disabled people living in community-based care homes.
By Sandy Hodson

Girl's death among 500 in one year in community care

Christen Shermaine Hope Gordon was one of 500 patients in 2013 who died in community care while under the auspices of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
By Tom Corwin and Sandy Hodson
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