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10 Ways to Prepare for an Emergency

The official start of the hurricane season is Friday. Whether it's severe weather, fire, a lengthy power outage, evacuation, would you know what to do in any type of emergency?

To stay safe in an emergency, it is crucial to have a solid communication plan in place for you and your family. Read more from HealthWatchMD, powered by Piedmont, for our top tips for communicating in an emergency.

HIV crisis facing black women in metro Atlanta

ATLANTA -- 11Alive News is sounding the alarm.

Research shows African-American women, many living in Atlanta, are being infected with HIV -- so much so that the new cases are being compared to African countries. 

Data collected in 2009 from the health departments in Clayton, Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Douglas and Gwinnett counties indicates infection rates of HIV and AIDS, respectively, as follows: (This is for women and men combined, all races.)

Fulton: 4,213 and 7,342 

DeKalb: 3,257 and 3,983 

Clayton: 847 and 943 

Cobb and Douglas: 1,030 and 1,288 

Gwinnett: 884 and 1,041

In another study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, black women make up 60 percent of all new HIV cases among women. That's 15 times higher than white women and four percent higher than Hispanic women.

Play Smart: A gameplan to keep you active.

Play Smart: A gameplan to keep you active.

Join Gwinnett Medical Center and Partnership Gwinnett for a FREE healthcare breakfast event, Play Smart: A gameplan to keep you active.

 

Attendees will enjoy interactive games, door prizes and an expert panel of physicians to openly answer and discuss audience questions. This panel discussion will be moderated by Sam Crenshaw, sports reporter and anchor for 11Alive News.

 

Panelists will address questions related to:

 

      * Hydration before and after activities

      * Stretching

      * Youth concussion testing

      * Running shoes and attire

      * Post-activity meals

      * How to stay safe in the heat

Gwinnett Medical designated one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades

Gwinnett Medical designated one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC), with hospitals in Duluth and Lawrenceville, announced today that its superior clinical quality has placed it among an elite group of U.S. hospitals: HealthGrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals. Gwinnett Medical Center is the only hospital system in Atlanta* to be named by HealthGrades as one of America’s 100 Best, and one of only three in the entire state of Georgia.

To be recognized with this distinction, hospitals must have had risk-adjusted mortality and complication rates that were in the top five percent in the nation for the most consecutive years. On average, patients treated at America’s 100 Best Hospitals had nearly a 30 percent lower risk of death.

Gwinnett Medical Center | Transforming healthcare in every direction

Gwinnett Medical Center | Transforming healthcare in every direction

 

This isn’t a small change. This is a complete reinvention of healthcare and the way you think of it. At Gwinnett Medical Center, we’ve transformed every facet of our healthcare system with the patient in mind. And this transformation is evident with state, regional and national accolades.

Gwinnett Medical's ICU Receives its Fourth Beacon Award for Excellence

Gwinnett Medical's ICU Receives its Fourth Beacon Award for Excellence

 

GMC’s Intensive Care Unit was awarded its Fourth AACN Beacon Award for Excellence. The American Association of Critical Care Nurses created the Beacon Award to recognize individual units that distinguish themselves by improving every facet of patient care. For our patients, the Beacon Award signifies exceptional care through improved outcomes and greater overall satisfaction. For critical care nurses, it means a positive, supportive work environment with greater collaboration between colleagues and leaders, higher morale and lower turnover.

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

Belk raises $1M for Susan G. Komen

ATLANTA -- Belk, Inc. has raised more than $1 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help win the fight against breast cancer.

The funds were raised through the company-wide "Pink is Our Passion" campaign held at the department stores in October.

"We want to thank our associates and customers for their generosity in supporting our breast cancer campaign, which has raised more than $2 million over the past two years for Susan G. Komen for the Cure," Tim Belk, chairman and CEO of Belk, Inc., said in a statement. "We're proud of our partnership with Komen and look forward to our continued efforts to raise more funds to fight this disease."

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Pink is Our Passion was part of a three-year movement to raise $3 million for Komen and its breast cancer initiatives.