The Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA) has presented its prestigious Quality and Patient Safety Award to Redmond Regional Medical Center for its program that reduced Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors at a local industries partnered with Redmond’s Occupational Health Team. This was the sixth year that Redmond has won a patient safety award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability annual Patient Safety Summit. According to a Redmond media release, the 2011 project, entitled “Reducing Communities Risk of Cardiovascular through Effective Worksite Risk Reduction Programs” won second place in the Hospitals Category with 100-299 beds.
Voters went to the polls yesterday in New Hampshire for their presidential primary election. Mitt Romney came out on top in the race for the Republican presidential nomination with 39 percent of the vote, which is not surprising due to the fact that Romney is the former Governor of nearby Massachusetts. Ron Paul was second in line for that nomination where New Hampshire voters were concerned, with 23 percent of the vote. John Huntsman came in third with 17 percent. Rick Santorum and Georgia’s own Newt Gingrich were tied for fourth place with nine percent each. Rick Perry came in last with one percent.
This new year has been a time of new beginnings for local non-profit Cancer Navigators. The organization opened a new location last week at 310 West 10th Street in Rome, basically in the heart of Rome’s medical community. Executive Director Charlotte Atkins was a guest on WLAQ AM 1410’s Good Morning Rome on Tuesday and said she is excited about this new start for the new year.
Rain continues to fall over Rome and Floyd County. The National Weather Service has reported just over a half an inch of rain from late Monday night/early yesterday morning thru early this morning at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field in the Armuchee community, bringing the total since Sunday to almost an inch and a half. Showers and possibly thunderstorms remain in the forecast for today, with highs around 62 and high winds. Rain is expected to move out of the area tomorrow evening and temperatures will begin to drop as we head into the weekend.
The Rome City Commission is back at work for 2012. Rome Mayor Evie McNiece said on WLAQ AM 1410’s Good Morning Rome on Monday that she is hopeful for a positive new year after a 2011 that had the city commission (like so many other governmental organizations) facing tough challenges due to a recovering economy.
I’ve got three words for you – Girl Scout cookies! The Girl Scout Cookie Program kicked off last Friday as Girl Scouts began taking cookie orders. They’ll be delivered February 11th thru 17th. Girl Scout Cookie booths will open on February 17th around the region, with the cookie campaign to wrap up on March 10th. Cookies are $3.50 per box. Money raised go towards Girl Scout programs, according to local troop leader Charisse Durham, who heads up Troop 7244 in Lindale. She says that selling cookies is an educational experience for Girl Scouts.
Rain and mild temperatures continue to cover Rome and Floyd County. The National Weather Service reported almost a half an inch of rain from yesterday thru early this morning at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Admiral John H. Towers Field in the Armuchee community. Rain and fairly warm temperatures remain in the forecast for the next couple of days, it will start to feel more like winter as those temps drop and the rain moves out later on this week.
The 2012 session of the Georgia General Assembly got underway yesterday under the Gold Dome in Atlanta. Area legislators say that they anticipate that the state’s budget and education will top their agenda in 2012.