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Ga. hospital partnerships, purchases rise

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:19pm

ATLANTA -- The hospital partnership dance continues in Georgia. Given the pressures of the health care economy, nobody apparently wants to be a wallflower.

Last week, St. Mary’s Health Care System in Athens said it is talking with financially ailing Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center about a possible acquisition of the Lavonia hospital.

That announcement reverberated in northeast Georgia, but it was overshadowed by news of a much bigger potential merger in metro Atlanta, between mega-systems WellStar and Emory Healthcare.

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Aiken County tractor-trailer wreck stalls traffic

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 9:58am

Part of Desoto Drive at Williston Road remains closed after an early morning tractor trailer crash.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones said the tractor trailer driver was transported to Georgia Regents Medical Center with non life threatening injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

DeKalb official pleads to bribery

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 7:05am

 

ATLANTA — Federal prosecutors say a former member of DeKalb County’s zoning board has pleaded guilty to bribery.

 

Authorities said in a statement that 42-year-old Jeremy Clark of Lithonia pleaded guilty to accepting $3,500 in exchange for voting to allow a business in Tucker to operate as a late-night dance club without obtaining proper county permits.

 

Authorities say the business owner paid Clark $2,000 in cash and donated about $1,500 to a nonprofit Clark was involved in.

 

Clark’s sentencing is set for April 20.

GA BCBS president talks breach, physician contracts, ACA

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:47pm

 

It has been a tumultuous year for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, from an improving performance in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace to a massive security breach, an ongoing dispute over a proposed contract amendment and rate changes that angered physicians last year.

But BCBS Georgia President Morgan Kendrick addressed these issues head-on Thursday.

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Augusta firefighters rescue three dogs from burning shed

Latest from The Augusta Chronicle - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 9:35pm

 

Fire crews rescued three dogs from a blazing shed Thursday afternoon.

Members of the Augusta Fire Department responded to the 1600 block of Mill Street, where at least one dog was tied up near the burning shed, according to a statement from the fire department.

Flames destroyed the shed but the dogs were not injured in the fire.

 

 

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