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Dog at shelter died from pneumonia

Dog at shelter died from pneumonia

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga -- It was pneumonia that killed a dog at the Gwinnett County animal shelter. That finding was from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine which conducted a necropsy on the dog.

Four more dogs became ill with an upper respiratory illness that has forced the shelter to close. In total, 23 dogs have developed symptoms, but shelter officials said their health is rapidly improving.

The test results quelled earlier fears that the dogs had developed Canine Influenza. The results of the necropsy confirm the dead dog tested negative for influenza and Bordatella, more commonly known as kennel cough.

Piedmont Heart Institute partners with Cleveland Clinic

Piedmont Heart Institute partners with Cleveland Clinic

ATLANTA -- Piedmont Heart Institute has formed an alliance with the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at the renowned Cleveland Clinic.

The partnership will allow both organizations to raise their standards of cardiovascular care by sharing clinical policies, treatment protocols and research opportunities, according to a Piedmont Healthcare spokesperson.

"Teamwork is the next phase of American medicine. We're finding new ways to combine our strengths for better patient care," Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute chairman Dr. Lars Svensson said in a release. "This alliance will allow us to accelerate advancements in cardiac care."

Piedmont Heart operates 26 clinics across metro Atlanta. Visit piedmont.org for more information.

Ga. health rankings: Gwinnett County

Ga. health rankings: Gwinnett County

(WXIA) -- A new report offers detailed health statistics for each of Georgia's counties.

The findings, which are posted at countyhealthrankings.org, determined that Forsyth is Georgia's healthiest county. Early is the least healthy.

Gwinnett is Georgia's 2nd healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 4th for quality of life, 7th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 32nd for clinical care, 15th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 142nd for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Gwinnett County:

Health care worker charged with fraud, ID theft

Health care worker charged with fraud, ID theft

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- A nurse practitioner has been indicted on accusations of stealing her patients' identities and billing insurance providers for services not provided.

Daphne Maria Patterson, 44, was arraigned before a U.S. Magistrate judge after being investigated by the FBI and the Georgia Department of Insurance.

Patterson owned Healthier U 4 Ever Complete Wellness Center in Stone Mountain. According to the indictment, she once worked for another health care clinic in Lawrenceville, where she stole patients' personal information to file false claims with United Insurance Company for allergy tests and other procedures.

Prosecutors said Patterson also stole personal information from her patients' family members to further bill United for nonexistent services. She reportedly continued the scheme after opening her own clinic, and took more than $1 million from insurance companies.

Blood donation opportunities: Gwinnett County

Blood donation opportunities: Gwinnett 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 Gwinnett County:

Monday, Feb. 16
Duluth Donor Center, 3090 Premiere Parkway, Suite 500, Duluth
11 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 16
McConnell Middle School, 550 Ozora Road, Loganville
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

March of Dimes Bowl for Babies with Harry Douglas

March of Dimes Bowl for Babies with Harry Douglas

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Harry Douglas and friends hosted Bowl for Babies to benefit the March of Dimes.

The event was held on Oct. 13 at Dave and Busters at 5900 Sugarloaf Highway in Lawrenceville, and a crowd of over 100 people attended. This was the opportunity to live out a fantasy evening “celebrity style,” and help fund the research, programs and services that ensure every baby will be born strong and healthy.

“I'm heavily involved with March of Dimes Georgia Chapter because my nephew and niece were premature born babies. It hits home hard, and once I research the cause and seen the positive effects if it, I had to do more," Douglas said. "Every year I host a bowling event titled Bowling for Babies. We raise money to prevent infant mortality and birth effects. Looking at so many kids who have lived great lives with the March of Dimes' help, they stole my heart instantly.”