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Archive for March, 2008

Northside Opens Imaging Center in Dawsonville

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Northside Hospital announced the expansion of its radiology services with the opening of the new outpatient imaging center in Dawson County. The new Dawsonville location provides digital X-ray and digital mammography services.

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Gwinnett Files for Open Heart Services

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Gwinnett Medical Center has submitted its application with state health officials to provide open heart surgery and related services. The certificate of need application was submitted to the state’s Department of Community Health, which will now begin a formal review process.

GMC’s application also provides compelling rationale as to why the need exists. Gwinnett is the most populated county in the nation without an open heart program. The county’s current population of more than 750,000 is expected to exceed 1 million within the next eight years. Gwinnett residents must travel over some of the nation’s most congested roads to reach the nearest facility offering open heart services.

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Piedmont Newnan Acquires 64 Slice CT Scanner

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Piedmont Newnan Hospital acquired a 64-slice SOMATOM Sensation computed tomography (CT) cardiac scanner.

The new 64-slice CT scanner is capable of performing the latest CT clinical applications, to include CT angiography of the heart and other vessels, calcium scoring and low-dose lung screening. It can detect strokes, head injuries, herniated discs, fractures and bone and soft tissue damage in trauma patients. This scanner is also used for diagnosing heart disease and early stage cancers, including lung and colorectal cancer.

The department was recently restructured to service patients more efficiently, and Dwayne Hansberry was named director of radiology services.

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NGMC to get da Vinci Surgical System

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

An anonymous gift of $1 million to purchase a da Vinci Surgical System was given to the Medical Center Foundation of Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC). The da Vinci Surgical System will provide innovative robotic surgery options for cardiac patients at NGMC, along with many other applications, including urology, gynecology and more.

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CHOA’s New Neurophysiology Lab

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

With more than 900 children visiting Children’s for epilepsy each year, the brand new will be able to care for all of them.

Children diagnosed with epilepsy and other disorders of brain development and function will have access to leading-edge technology in the new Leadbetter Dean Neurophysiology Lab at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. New technology in the Lab includes a dense array electroencephalography (EEG), a brain-modeling device that electrically “images” the brain and is an important tool in the evaluation of seizures, particularly in patients who are candidates for epilepsy surgery.

The dense array EEG is able to localize abnormal brain activity by measuring and recording its electrical activity through the use of up to 256 electrodes, placed on key points on the patient’s head.

With the advancement in diagnostic testing like the dense array EEG, the treatment options for children with epilepsy and the possibility that they may live seizure-free are continually increasing.

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Piedmont Newnan Files CON for New Hospital

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Piedmont Newnan Hospital announced that the Certificate of Need (CON) Application for a new hospital facility was filed with the Georgia Department of Community Health, Division of Health Planning, on Thursday, January 31.

The facility will be located on approximately114 acres on Poplar Road near Interstate 85. The application defines a 362,376 square foot, 136-bed hospital facility on nine floors.  Private, inpatient rooms will be adaptable to varying acuity needs of patients and will include 14 post-partum beds, 18 critical care beds and 104 general medical/surgical patient beds. The facility will feature 8 operating rooms and 23 patient rooms in the Emergency Department. With regulatory approvals in place by June of 2008, construction would begin in October 2008, and the new hospital would open to serve the community in January 2011.

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Non-healing Diabetic Wounds

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

March 2008

Village Podiatry Group’s Clinical Research Division in Smyrna is conducting the MATRIX clinical trial studying the effects of a new product, Excellarate, for potential treatment of non-healing diabetic wounds. Brent Nixon, DPM is the principal investigator of this Phase IIb trial. The MATRIX study is being conducted by Cardium Therapeutics at 25 U.S. sites including Johns Hopkins Medical Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

More than 850,000 chronic diabetic ulcers are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. Patients with non-healing ulcers are more susceptible to infections that may lead to amputation. The MATRIX trial is a randomized, double-blind safety and efficacy trial in which Excellarate is topically administered once or twice over the course of the study, with a goal of complete ulcer closure at 12 weeks or earlier. To qualify, patients must be diagnosed with Type I or II Diabetes with a non-healing foot ulcer present for at least six weeks.

“The Excellarate topical gel, using Gene Activated Matrix (GAM) technology is designed to provide release of the platelet-derived growth factor BB protein, which stimulates the growth of new blood vessels and granulation tissue formation, the building blocks for a variety of wound healing processes,” said Dr. Nixon. “The study’s goal is to heal ulcers before they develop into serious limb infections putting patients at risk of amputation.”

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Ball Joins Henry Medical

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Lynnette Ball is Henry Medical Center’s new Vice President Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer. Ball brings to her role at Henry Medical Center 15 years of experience as a CNO.

Throughout her career, Ball has worked in healthcare administration at various hospitals including the WakeMed Hospital System in Raleigh, North Carolina, North Fulton Regional Hospital in Roswell, Georgia, and, most recently, St. Anthony’s Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Ball also has done consulting in the areas of operations, staffing, and clinical documentation.

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WellStar Appoints Kane

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Christopher M. Kane was named senior vice president of strategic business development for WellStar Health System. Kane’s responsibilities include managing new business strategies for WellStar Health System as well as the WellStar Institute for Better Health.

Previously, Kane served as practice leader in strategic services for Tatum, LLC. Prior to joining Tatum, he was a partner with KPMG LLP. He is a former president of the Georgia chapter of the American Hospital Association’s Society for Health Care Strategy and Market Development. He is also a past chairman of the Georgia Association of Health Care Executives, an affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Bier and Nowlin Take New Roles at Gwinnett Medical

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Alan Bier, MD, MMM, FCCP CPE, is the new executive vice president and chief medical officer. Jeffrey D. Nowlin, CHE, has accepted the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Alan Bier, MD, MMM, FCCP CPE comes to GMC from Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, Conn., where he served as vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer since 1998.

Jeffrey D. Nowlin, CHE comes to us from Memorial Hermann Healthcare System in Houston, Texas; where he has served as chief operations officer for two hospitals in the System, most recently at the 520-bed Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center.

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