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GPC hosts domestic violence project

GPC hosts domestic violence project

ATLANTA -- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and all five campuses of Georgia Perimeter College want to make sure that no women goes unheard on this important issue.

All week and next Monday, the local college will hold forums where victims of domestic violence and advocates for its prevention can share their feelings.

The Clarkston campus held its talk on Monday; the remaining four events are:

Tuesday: Dunwoody (2101 Womack Road)
Wednesday: Newton (239 Cedar Lane, Covington)
Thursday: Decatur (3251 Panthersville Road)
Monday, Oct. 31: Alpharetta (3705 Brookside Parkway)

All events take place from noon until 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Aames, The Pink Plumber Hits the Road for Breast Cancer Awareness on October 17

Aames, The Pink Plumber Hits the Road for Breast Cancer Awareness on October 17

Aames, The Pink Plumber is committed to pulling the plug on breast cancer. Since 2010, the company has donated 5 percent of its net profits to a national breast cancer charity. To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Aames, The Pink Plumber is upping the philanthropic ante and donating 5 percent of its net profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Donations made through October 31 will go toward providing mammograms for under- and uninsured women.

 

In addition to its capital commitment, Aames, The Pink Plumber has taken its mission to the street. The company painted its 40-truck fleet bright pink, raising awareness about breast cancer and the commitment to finding a cure. On October 17, all 40 service trucks will take part in a drive-around on Interstate 285 to further bring attention to the fight against this disease.

 

DeKalb Medical names new CEO

DeKalb Medical names new CEO

DECATUR, Ga. -- John Shelton has been appointed president and CEO of DeKalb Medical.

Shelton, the former COO, left DeKalb Medical last winter to accept a position at Mobile Infirmary, Alabama's largest not-for-profit hospital.

He was instrumental in DeKalb Medical's revitalization during the past several years, including the opening of DeKalb Medical at Hillandale and the addition of a patient tower for maternity and surgical services at the North Dectaur Road campus.

Shelton replaces Eric Norwood, who resigned as CEO in September.

DeKalb Medical includes three hospitals -- North Decatur, Downtown Decatur and Hillandale -- in addition to the DeKalb Medical Physicians Group.

Giving blood is scary at Six Flags Fright Fest

Giving blood is scary at Six Flags Fright Fest

AUSTELL, Ga. -- What's even more terrifying than Six Flags Over Georgia's Fright Fest? A blood shortage -- something that Metro Atlanta is facing.

Now, the Southeast's largest regional theme park has teamed up with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and will offer free admission to anyone who gives blood during a drive on Thursday, Oct. 13.

To receive a free Six Flags ticket, make a reservation on LifeSouth's website, linked above.

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

LOCAL PROFILE: Sawanda Spinks, President of Georgia Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation

ATLANTA – Sawanda Spinks was eight-months-pregnant when she learned her first child would be born with hydrocephalus.

“I had never heard of it; I didn’t know what it was but when I heard the risks, I started crying; I couldn’t take listening to that”, she said.

Spinks had gone into the emergency room for a pulled muscle but when she left her life was changed, forever.

Hydrocephalus is a condition that affects 1-in-500 infants. The condition, also known as having “water on the brain”, happens when fluid accumulates on the brain and in the skull cavities.

As any first-time parent would Spinks visited countless specialists, searching for good news, before she would give birth to her son a month later; she heard none.

“Doctors didn’t give us much hope but they were doing their job, they’re supposed to tell you the worst case scenario”.   

“We heard it all.

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

Future of State Health Benefit Plan to be secured

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Department of Community Health has adopted a proposal to secure the future of the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).

The initiative introduces a new consumer-directed wellness plan, improves plan administration, eliminates the SHBP's projected deficit for this year and substantially reduces future deficits.

"The board is pleased to endorse this thoughtful and responsible plan that is not afraid to tackle the big issues," said DCH board chairman Ross Mason. "This is a forward-looking plan that provides real bottom line-driven solutions."

SHBP is facing a projected deficit of slightly more than $800 million during the next two years.

"Our major concern is the continued delivery of quality health care services at an affordable cost," said DCH commissioner David Cook.

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

Regents vote to hike health costs for employees

ATLANTA -- The Georgia Board of Regents is raising health insurance premiums for employees and cutting coverage for about 700 workers.

The board voted Tuesday to hike rates by 5.2 percent. The university system will save $30 million by limiting access to certain doctors and hospitals.

University system workers, like all state employees, received no pay increase this year.

The board also voted to cut insurance for about 700 part-time employees by raising the minimum number of hours they have to work to qualify for coverage from 20 to 30 per week. The change will save about $1.5 million.

This is the first time since 2008 that insurance premiums have increased.