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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: Coweta County

Ga. health rankings: Coweta 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.

Coweta is Georgia's 9th healthiest county, according to the data. It ranks 20th for quality of life, 17th for health behaviors (such as smoking and obesity), 23rd for clinical care, 13th for social and economic factors (like graduation rates and violent crimes), and 96th for physical environment.

Here are some interesting takeaways about Coweta County:

Piedmont Newnan Hospital to host caregiver workshop

NEWNAN, Ga. – Piedmont Newnan Hospital’s Sixty Plus Services will host a workshop “Caregiving for Loved Ones With Dementia” on Wednesday, Mar. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The workshop will address the types and stages of dementia, community resources, financial and legal concerns, communication techniques and the role of medications in managing challenging behaviors.

“We know that caregivers can easily and quickly find themselves dealing with an enormous amount of stress. The goal of this workshop is to provide them with the right tools and resources to help ease the tremendous pressure they’re under, as well as those very common feelings of grief and isolation,” said Tori Sorrells, coordinator of Sixty Plus Services at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Construction underway for radiation oncology center at Piedmont Newnan

Construction underway for radiation oncology center at Piedmont Newnan

NEWNAN, Ga. – Construction of a new radiation oncology center on the campus of Piedmont Newnan Hospital got underway Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 and is scheduled for completion in July 2015. The 9,000 square foot facility located in the Piedmont Medical Plaza next to the hospital will be the new home to Piedmont Radiation Oncology, which is currently located on Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. in Newnan.

“We know our cancer patients will benefit from having their medical oncologist, surgeons, radiation oncologist, social workers, nurse navigators and other team members working in close proximity at Piedmont Newnan Hospital,” said Dr. Diana Santiago, medical director of the Piedmont Newnan Radiation Oncology Center. “Our goal is to provide a place that our cancer patients consider to be one of light, confidence and hope.”

5 things women need to know about heart disease

5 things women need to know about heart disease

SHARPSBURG, Ga. -- Dr. Andrew Darlington of Piedmont Heart in Sharpsburg offers this important list of five things women need to know about heart disease. As part of American Heart Month in February, Piedmont Heart is offering a $100 heart screening for women. For more details, visit piedmont.org/getscreened.

Significant progress has been made in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease among women.  Despite these advances, challenges remain, particularly in general awareness among women.  Here are several key aspects of cardiovascular disease that all women should be familiar with today.

#1 Cardiovascular disease in women is common

Patient call leads to DAISY Award for Piedmont Newnan nurse

Patient call leads to DAISY Award for Piedmont Newnan nurse

NEWNAN, Ga. -- During a surprise ceremony, Emily Bass, a registered nurse at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, learned that she is the winner of the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patients and their families.

Bass had been nominated for a DAISY Award numerous times before receiving the honor. Her win came after a patient called the hospital’s chief nursing officer, Jason Smith, to rave about the care he received at the hospital. The patient specifically named Bass as a caregiver who always went above and beyond in taking care of him.

Piedmont Newnan nurse wins DAISY Award

Piedmont Newnan nurse wins DAISY Award

NEWNAN, Ga. -- Peggy Troyer, a nurse in Surgical Services at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, has been named the winner of the prestigious DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses. The recognition is part of a national program honoring nurses for their clinical skills and compassionate care for patients and their families.

Troyer was nominated as a result of her care of a patient who had received a devastating diagnosis. Troyer was drawn to tears by the patient’s situation and visited daily, even on her days off, to offer her support.

“Peggy is a fine example of the type of nurse we have working here at Piedmont Newnan Hospital,” said Jason Smith, vice president and chief nursing officer at Piedmont Newnan. “Nurses are everyday heroes and the DAISY Award is an important way to let our nurses know their work is highly valued.”