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Metro Area Hospital to Close

Aug 1, 2014
Emory-Adventist Hospital
Emory-Adventist Hospital

  Emory-Adventist Hospital in Smyrna is planning to close at the end of October. The upcoming shutdown of the 88-bed healthcare facility is the latest hospital to close in the state in recent years.

Adventist Health System and Emory Healthcare officials say they made the decision because the hospital is no longer sustainable in today’s dramatically changed healthcare environment.

They say the hospital has had difficulty attracting enough patients in such a highly competitive market.

Grady Memorial Hospital
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This past Sunday was May 25th.  If we were to turn Atlanta's clock back 114 years to that date in 1892, we'd be witness to the dedication of a new city hospital:  Grady Memorial.  Georgia State University Associate Professor of History Dr. Clifford Kuhn revisits the event with WABE's Steve Goss...  

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More than 20 Georgia hospitals are taking part in an initiative aimed at reducing the number of maternal deaths.  Georgia currently ranks 50 of all U.S. states for its rate of maternal mortality.

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses is launching the initiative in hospitals in Georgia and New Jersey. Debra Bingham is Vice President of Research, Education and Publications for the Association. She says hospitals in Georgia were selected for several reasons.

The cover of the CDC report "National and State Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report."
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hospital-related infections continue to plague the U.S. healthcare system, according to a new study from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The study, released Wednesday, says nearly four percent of all hospital patients acquire an infection from their medical care. Of those patients who do get an infection, just over 10 percent die.

Georgia hospitals want the state to reconsider its opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. They warn rural hospitals in particular are in danger of closing. By one estimate, as many as 15 hospitals are at risk.

A prominent state lawmaker, however, remains firmly against expansion and says some closings are indeed justified.  

Georgia Hospital Association

More than 70 Georgia hospitals are facing fines from the federal government.

The penalties are related to the number of times these hospitals re-admitted patients within a certain time frame.

Georgia Health News reports the fines are for excessive return visits within 30 days of discharge.

However, some medical officials say these facilities are getting blamed unfairly.

Inside Grady Hospital's Stroke Center

Aug 1, 2013
Catherine Mullins/WABE News

A stroke happens when a blood vessel bursts in your brain or when a clot blocks your brain’s blood supply. When that happens, every minute counts when it comes to saving brain tissue. Here in Atlanta, there are a number of hospitals qualified to successfully treat stroke. But if you’re having a major stroke, a national accrediting agency says Georgia only has three hospitals best-equipped to treat the most complex cases. This week, The Joint Commission, an independent accrediting agency, designated Grady’s Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience Center as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is seeing a record number of children in its emergency rooms.

In the month of December, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta saw close to 25,000 patients in its three emergency rooms. That’s about 8,000 more patients than they saw the previous December. Dr. Jim Fortenberry is Pediatrician in Chief for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He says the volume is higher this year due to the combination of the flu and various viral infections.

Flu Cases on the Rise in Local Emergency Rooms

Jan 9, 2013
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Experts say this year’s flu season began earlier than normal and the severity of flu cases is greater than in many past years. That’s led to a flood of flu cases in local emergency rooms. 

Emergency room doctors at Piedmont Hospital started seeing flu cases in late August. Since that time, they say the number of cases has been steadily rising. Doctor Patricia Meadors is the Network Director of Piedmont Hospital’s Emergency Department.

“This particular flu season is worse than I’ve seen in 35 years.”

More than 2,000 hospitals all across the US will soon pay a penalty based on the number of Medicare patients they re-admit. 

New data from Kaiser Health News show that includes some 40 metro Atlanta hospitals.

The penalty goes into effect in October as part of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), designed to save some of the $17.5 billion dollars spent each year on Medicare readmissions.