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Piedmont to invest $60M in Henry Medical Center

Piedmont to invest $60M in Henry Medical Center

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga.

Henry County Couple Share Special Bond Following Living Donor Transplant

Henry County Couple Share Special Bond Following Living Donor Transplant

ATLANTA, Ga. (August 12, 2011)—Some might say that James (J.D.) Van Sickle and Keri Van Sickle of Locust Grove, Ga. were made for each other. Thirty six years ago, the couple exchanged rings and vows at a simple ceremony in Springfield, Mo. When Mr. Van Sickle was told he needed a kidney transplant earlier this year, it turned out the couple had been a match in more ways than one. On Thursday, August 11, Mrs. Van Sickle donated a kidney to her husband in a procedure performed at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Ga.

“We’ve had to put a lot of plans on hold because of my health,” said Mr. Van Sickle following his successful transplant. “I was in stage four renal failure and the future was very uncertain.

McDonough boy wins Kids Who Give contest

McDonough boy wins Kids Who Give contest

McDONOUGH, Ga. -- An extraordinary 9-year-old McDonough boy has won this year's national Kids Who Give contest in his age group.

Ricky Springer is the founder of Racing for a Cause, an organization that raises money and awareness for eosinophil-associated disorders.

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Community Health has adopted a proposal to secure the future of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).

The initiative introduces a new consumer-directed wellness plan, improves plan administration, eliminates the SHBP's projected deficit for this year and substantially reduces future deficits.

"The board is pleased to endorse this thoughtful and responsible plan that is not afraid to tackle the big issues," said DCH board chairman Ross Mason. "This is a forward-looking plan that provides real bottom line-driven solutions."

SHBP is facing a projected deficit of slightly more than $800 million during the next two years.

"Our major concern is the continued delivery of quality health care services at an affordable cost," said DCH commissioner David Cook.

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.

Free Diabetes Health Screening in McDonough and Covington

Free Diabetes Health Screening in McDonough and Covington

Mableton, GA --  (submitted by EMG3.com) The Health Mart Healthy Living Tour is on the road to celebrate and recognize community pharmacists for the important role they play as trusted healthcare providers in their communities—helping to educate and counsel people managing diabetes.

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