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Atlanta Medical Center, S. Fulton Medical Center merge

Atlanta Medical Center, S. Fulton Medical Center merge

EAST POINT, Ga. -- A recent consolidation led to the creation of the second largest hospital in Georgia.

Effective Jan. 1, Atlanta Medical Center and South Fulton Medical Center merged, becoming Atlanta Medical Center - South Campus.

The 762-bed hospital will serve communities south of Atlanta, including Camp Creek, College Park, East Point and Hapeville.

"Both of these hospitals have a long history of serving our communities," Atlanta Medical Center president and CEO William T. Moore said in a statement. "We are pleased to provide even greater service to our patients by combining our strengths, providing quality health care to a large region and offering a choice of location."

Atlanta Medical Center is owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation.

Fulton County Health Services promote cervical cancer prevention

Fulton County Health Services promote cervical cancer prevention

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, it was estimated that 134 Georgia women would die from cervical cancer in Georgia in 2012.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and Fulton County Health Services encourages all women to take control of their health by cervical cancer screenings known as Pap tests and to make healthier lifestyle choices.  Symptoms of early stage cervical cancer or pre-cancer are not easily identified and often have no signs or symptoms. 

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for cervical cancer in women ages 21 to 65 years with cytology (Pap smear) every 3 years or, for women ages 30 to 65 years who want to lengthen the screening interval, screening with a combination of cytology and human papillomavirus (HPV) testing every 5 years.

Flu vaccine available at Fulton County health centers

Flu vaccine available at Fulton County health centers

ATLANTA -- Flu season is here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), now is the time to make sure you're protected. The agency says flu season is ramping up early this year - for the first time in almost a decade and Fulton County Health Services encourages residents (ages 6 months and older) to protect themselves and their families by getting vaccinated. Vaccines are available at six health centers from 8:00am – 4:00pm through the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness.

Residents can get the flu vaccine or the nasal mist (age 2 to 49 years) for $25.  Visa and Master Card (credit and debit), Medicaid, Cigna, United Health care and cash are accepted forms of payment.

Fulton partners with DeKalb to 'Get to Zero'

Fulton partners with DeKalb to 'Get to Zero'

ATLANTA -- Fulton County comprises 10 percent of Georgia’s population and accounts for 54 percent of the state’s AIDS cases.

In recognition of World AIDS Day on December 1, 2012, starting November 27, both health agencies will sponsor events to encourage residents to take control and get tested in a world-wide effort to reach “ZERO New Infections, ZERO Discrimination and ZERO AIDS Related Deaths.  The County has partnered with DeKalb County to provide similar services in order to have the greatest impact on reducing new HIV infections.

Planned events include:

Wednesday, November 28- 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., free HIV testing will be available at the DeKalb Addiction Clinic, 455 Winn Way, Decatur, GA 30030

Wednesday, November 28 - 6:00 p.m., at Morehouse College Sale Hall, 830 Westview Dr., Atlanta, GA 30314,  

Documentary on tobacco addiction comes to Fulton County

Documentary on tobacco addiction comes to Fulton County

ATLANTA -- Tobacco use is responsible for 87% of lung cancer deaths, most cases of chronic obstructive disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, 21% of all coronary heart diseases and kills more than 400,000 Americans each year, with about 700 of those deaths occurring in Fulton County.

Fulton County voters can cast ballots and get their flu shots beginning Oct. 27

Fulton County voters can cast ballots and get their flu shots beginning Oct. 27

ATLANTA -- Fulton County Voters can “Vote and Vax” beginning Saturday, October 27, 2012.  Voters can cast their ballots and obtain their annual flu slots as a part of an effort to reduce the risk of flu among citizens.  Vote and Vax primarily targets adults aged 50 or older. 

Eat at Piccadilly, help fight type 1 diabetes

Eat at Piccadilly, help fight type 1 diabetes

ATLANTA -- Piccadilly Restaurants has brought back its annual Paper Sneaker Sales Program to raise money to combat juvenile diabetes.

Beginning Wednesday, Oct. 10, Piccadilly customers will have the option of purchasing a paper sneaker for $1. Money raised from the sneaker campaign will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

"Supporting our communities' well-being is one of the core principles of Piccadilly Restaurants," Piccadilly CEO Tom Sandeman said in a statement. "This is certainly a cause that is close to our hearts. We are extremely proud to take part in the sneaker program that has helped us raise over $129,000 to aid in the fight against juvenile diabetes."

The sneaker campaign ends on Saturday, Nov. 10.