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Emory, WellStar in talks to create unified health system

Emory, WellStar in talks to create unified health system

ATLANTA -- WellStar Health System and Emory University have begun formal discussions about the possibility of creating a new, unified health system.

WellStar spokesperson Tyler Pearson said the new system would be formed by combining Emory Healthcare and WellStar Health System. Discussions will continue for next 45 days, with a goal of creating an environment with the best of both community-based care and academic medicine.

"Our shared vision is to design one of the best health systems in the nation to serve local communities, the state of Georgia and beyond," WellStar Health System CEO Reynold J. Jennings said in a release. "The new system will be one of the most innovative and transformational healthcare systems in the industry."

A multi-step design process for the new health system will take about a year to complete.

Blood donation opportunities: DeKalb County

Blood donation opportunities: DeKalb County

(WXIA) -- The American Red Cross needs blood donations and has provided healthy metro Atlanta residents with several opportunities to give.

Inclement weather and widespread flu have prevented many usual donors from giving, according to Red Cross spokesperson Kristen Stancil. Several blood drives will be held throughout the area this month to make up the difference.

The Red Cross especially needs blood types O negative, A negative and B negative.

Visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in DeKalb County:

Monday, Feb. 16
Agnes Scott College, 141 East College Avenue, Decatur
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
Bank of America, 2059 Northlake Parkway, Tucker
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

Pike Nurseries shares 3 garden resolutions for healthy new year

ATLANTA -- The new year comes with many resolutions. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can actually be achieved from the ground up – in the garden!

To help gardeners of all levels welcome 2015 with more than just a bountiful harvest, Pike Nurseries offers the top three garden resolutions for a healthy, wholesome and nutritious New Year!

1. Improve Health with Houseplants

Emory names new CEOs for 2 hospitals

Emory names new CEOs for 2 hospitals

ATLANTA -- Emory Healthcare has hired new CEOs to run two of its top hospitals.

Marilyn Margolis has been named CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. She began her Emory career more than 30 years ago, working as a nurse. She has led nursing teams in various areas throughout the Emory Healthcare system.

Margolis became CNO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital in 2011, then was promoted in 2013 to CNO and vice president of operations. She became interim CEO last September.

Margolis received the Georgia Hospital Association's 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Daniel Owens is the new CEO of Emory University Hospital Midtown. He began working for the health system in 1994 and has held numerous operations positions, including corporate controller for Emory's corporate finance department.

He became vice president of operations at the Midtown hospital in 2012, and was named interim CEO in September 2014.

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

27 percent of Georgia hospitals get top safety rating; Grady, Piedmont get a 'D'

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- Twenty-seven percent of Georgia hospitals earned an "A'' grade in recently released ratings on patient safety. Several Atlanta-area hospitals are among those awarded high marks, but several scored a "C" rating, and Piedmont Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital scored a "D."

The ratings measure the ability of hospitals to prevent errors, injuries and infections, and are intended to help consumers choose a facility for health services, according to Georgia Health News.

Georgia's top-rated performers include large hospitals and small ones.

MedZed launches at-home pediatric care service

MedZed launches at-home pediatric care service

ATLANTA -- MedZed, an Atlanta-based at-home pediatric care service, is providing more healthcare options and significantly more convenience. MedZed’s team of highly-trained pediatric nurses and pediatricians operate after normal office hours, seven days a week, in the comfort of a patient’s home. With MedZed, parents and children now have the option to forego crowded emergency rooms, minute clinics and doctors’ offices for the ease and comfort of an at-home visit still assured to end with a diagnosis and a lollipop.

CDC Foundation gets $1M grant to fight Ebola

CDC Foundation gets $1M grant to fight Ebola

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention received a $1M grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to fight the West African Ebola outbreak, the foundations announced jointly Aug. 25.

The grant will go toward contributing essential materials and assistance to advance the CDC's response, including personal protective equipment, thermal scanners, infection control training and laptop computers for communication and disease tracking.

More isolation beds and Ebola treatment centers are also needed.