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Preventing Another Tucson: Cobb Agencies Partner to Provide Mental Health Services

Preventing Another Tucson: Cobb Agencies Partner to Provide Mental Health Services

POWDER SPRINGS, GA -- One month after the Tucson massacre, the nation continues to be inspired by Representative Gabrielle Giffords' miraculously recovery.

But many citizens remain vexed about why the event occurred in the first place, which begs the question, "Why did [the 22-year-old alleged shooter] Jared Loughner slip through the cracks, and what could have been done to prevent this tragedy?"

The Cobb County School District and Community Services Board asked the very same question in 2008.

Kaiser Permanente to Hold Medicare Seminar

Kaiser Permanente to Hold Medicare Seminar

AUSTELL, GA -- Metro Atlantans who are eligible for Medicare are invited to attend a no-obligation seminar hosted by Kaiser Permanente.

A meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17 at West Cobb Medical Center (3640 Tramore Point Parkway SW, Austell, 30106) from 10:00 a.m. to noon.

The seminar is a great opportunity to find answers to Medicare questions and learn about possible insurance plans for seniors.

The event is free, but reservations are recommended; call 1-877-852-5082 to claim a spot.

Health Fair and Expo Coming to South Cobb

Health Fair and Expo Coming to South Cobb

AUSTELL, GA -- The third annual Community Health Fair & Wellness Expo will be held at the South Cobb Recreation Center (875 Six Flags Drive, Austell, 30168) on Sunday, Feb. 6 from noon until 4:00 p.m.

In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the fair will provide free health screenings for the general public.

New CNP Joins WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine

New CNP Joins WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine

MARIETTA, GA -- WellStar Medical Group, comprised of more than 400 primary care providers, specialists and advanced practitioners, is pleased to announce that Emily Vaughan, CNP, has joined WellStar Cardiovascular Medicine (CVM) and is currently seeing patients at WellStar Cobb, Douglas and Kennestone Hospitals.

Vaughan received her bachelor's degree in nursing from Emory University and her master's degree in nursing with a family nurse practitioner emphasis from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Give Blood in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Give Blood in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

ATLANTA -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to change the world over four decades ago.

Now, Metro Atlantans can do their part to make a difference with the simple, selfless act of a blood donation.

Volunteer blood donors will have a chance to give at several local drives on Monday, Jan. 17:

* Gold's Gym (3362 Acworth Summit Boulevard, Acworth, 30101)
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

* WellStar Cobb Hospital (3950 Austell Road, Austell, 30106)
9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

* Orange United Methodist Church (220 Orange Church Circle, Canton, 30115)
2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

* Johnson Ferry Baptist Church (955 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta, 30068)
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

African-Americans are especially encouraged to give, as they have a higher percentage of donors with Type O and Type B blood, the two types that usually drop to critically low levels during a shortage.

WellStar Bi-County Ear, Nose and Throat Welcomes New Physician

WellStar Bi-County Ear, Nose and Throat Welcomes New Physician

AUSTELL, GA -- WellStar Medical Group, a group of 400 primary care providers, specialists and advanced practitioners, is pleased to announce that John Nino, M.D., F.A.C.S., has joined WellStar Bi-County Ear, Nose and Throat.

He is currently seeing patients at both the Cobb and Douglas locations.

Dr. Nino received his doctor of medicine from the National University of Athens in Athens, Greece and completed his residency at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Prior to joining WellStar, he assisted in establishing a successful, hospital-sponsored ENT practice and was awarded America's Top Physicians Award for the past three years.

Dr.

Cobb County Hosting Second Medication Disposal Day

COBB COUNTY, GA -- Due to the overwhelming success of the first prescription drug take-back event, Keep Cobb Beautiful and Kaiser Permanente of Georgia are offering another Medication Disposal Program for the public.

The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cobb County Government Offices at Powder Springs Station (1150 Powder Springs Road, Marietta, 30064).

This is the perfect opportunity for Cobb County residents to safely dispose of their outdated or unused over-the-counter or prescription medications.