Health

Piedmont Fayette celebrates affiliation with MD Anderson Cancer Network

Celebrating the local hospital’s affiliation with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Network Oct. 14 are (L-R) John Goodman, executive director of Oncology Services for Piedmont Healthcare; Marlin Seay, executive director of Patient Services for Piedmont Fayette; Melanie Wong, vice president, MD Anderson; Michael Burnett, CEO of Piedmont Fayette; and Dr. Jonathan Bender, medical director of Piedmont Fayette’s Cancer Center. Photo/Warren Bond Photography.

Fayette County leaders joined the staff of Piedmont Fayette Hospital at a reception last week commemorating the hospital’s new affiliation with the MD Anderson Cancer Network, a program of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. More than 100 people heard remarks from the hospital’s chief executive officer, medical director and executive director of patient services as well as from the vice president of strategy and business development from MD Anderson. Read More»

PANDAS: It’s a bear, but not the way you think

Neely and Lucy Ward promote PANDAS/PANS awareness.

Tomorrow is a national awareness day for something you have probably never heard of. A local mom, and PANDAS Network.org, hope to change that.
National  PANDAS / PANS Awareness Day is Thursday, Oct. 9. The purpose is to raise awareness of these frightening illnesses that cause sudden and acute behavior changes in children following a bout of strep or other infectious trigger. Heather Ward and her husband, Scott, have become near experts on the subject since two of their three children have been diagnosed with one of these syndromes. Read More»

World-class cancer treatment now in Fayette

Exterior photo of Piedmont-Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville. File photo.

Piedmont brings expertise of MD Anderson Cancer Network to Georgia Read More»

National Trail Day observed at The Ridge Nature Area

Southern Conservation Trust members (L-R) Keith Larson, Monica Coleman, and Jim Coleman (no relation) help out with National Trail Day at The Ridge Nature Area. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

By BONNIE HESTER
Intern for The Citizen

On June 7 the Southern Conservation Trust and Southside Cycling Club hosted National Trail Day — a collection of outdoor events held annually to celebrate America’s trail systems — for a second time at The Ridge Nature Area.

The Ridge is currently under development as the fifth public nature area to be owned or managed by the Southern Conservation Trust in Fayette County. Read More»

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life week gets a spirited kickoff

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life week gets a spirited kickoff

Helping to kick off the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life week with a dinner in honor of cancer survivors April 25 were (L-R) Debbie Britt, executive director of community and public relations for Piedmont Fayette Hospital (which hosted the event at New Hope Baptist Church North Campus); Vicki Turner, hospital community board member; Tracey Coker, vice president of clinical services; Ronda Rich, best selling author and syndicated columnist for The Citizen and the evening’s main speaker; Michael Burnett, chief executive officer of Piedmont Fayette; Gracen O'Neal, one of the dinner speake Read More»

Myeloma Awareness Month

Myeloma Awareness Month

Fayetteville Mayor Greg Clifton (center) and the City Council issued a proclamation March 20 acknowledging Myeloma Awareness Month. Receiving the proclamation were Southside Multiple Myeloma Support Group representatives Portia Skeete (L) and Alma Robinson. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Alzheimer’s Walk planning meeting is this weekend

Pictured from the left are Corrine Eakins, Logistics Chair;  Alexis Shaffer, Logistics Committee; Becky Fitzgerald, Team Retention Co-Chair; Sue Shaffer, Walk Chair; Juanita McDowell, Team Retention Co-Chair; Debbie Britt, Walk Co-Chair; Sally Fleming, Logistic Committee; and Emily Richter, Alzheimer’s Association Walk Coordinator, Atlanta Area. Photo/Special.

The first step in organizing any successful venture is proper planning.  And it’s never too early to plan, especially when your key objective is to raise funds to provide free services to Georgia families affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. 

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the country. Over 200,000 Georgia citizens have this memory altering disease.  Read More»

Cheerleaders lend a hand for a cure

Cheerleaders lend a hand for a cure

Newnan High School’s cheerleading squad recently organized their annual “Cougars for a Cure Pink Out” to benefit Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s Cancer Wellness program.

The cheerleading squad sold t-shirts and raised funds at a regular season football game, resulting in a $3,000 donation.

Because of philanthropic support such as the “Cougars for a Cure Pink Out,” Cancer Wellness at Piedmont Newnan offers free, with comprehensive services and programs to anyone in the Coweta community affected by cancer at any phase in his or her cancer journey. Read More»

Fayette falls to third in latest health rankings

Fayette falls to third in latest health rankings

Fayette County fell to third place for health status and economic factors among Georgia’s 159 counties as ranked in the Partner Up! for Public Health campaign’s 2013 Power Rankings, the campaign announced earlier this month.

Oconee County, a fast-growing suburban county in northeast Georgia, claimed first place, having tied with Fayette for the top spot in 2012. The new-second place finisher is Forsyth County. Read More»

Piedmont Fayette receives grant from ‘It’s the Journey’

(L-R) Glenn Martin, ITJ Chairman of the Board; Karen Bouwman, Patient Navigator-Piedmont Henry Hospital; Elaine Harbin, Patient Navigator-Piedmont Fayette Hospital; Laurel Sybilrud, ITJ Grants Chair; Kimberly Goff, ITJ Executive Director. Photo/Special.

Two Piedmont Healthcare-affiliated hospitals have been awarded grants from It’s The Journey, Inc., producers of the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital was awarded over $20,000 to support the hospital’s patient navigator, whose primary responsibility is to guide cancer patients through their continuum of care and provide comfort during difficult times. Two grants also were given to Piedmont Atlanta Hospital totaling $60,000. Read More»