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Sept. 1

September 1, 2011 --

South Fulton lawmaker defends controversial letter Trouble at new Grady CEO’s old hospital raises Q’s about his hiring High CEO pay common at hospitals statewide Valdosta mayor resigns after felony plea UGA sex bias suit can go to trial What’s behind a Henry Co. redistricting feud

Aug. 9

August 9, 2011 --

NAACP suit: Fayette Co. disenfranchises blacks Death rates worse at two ATL hospitals $645K in bonuses paid to APS schools named in cheating scandal Ex-APS official ousted in Texas Dem leader accuses GOP of ‘purging’ white Democrats DeKalb commissioner grants raise as county axes jobs Family Commission Director Resigns, Office may be restructured

Feb. 8

February 8, 2011 --

Deal, Ralston relatives get jobs with nursing home lobby APD disbands Red Dog unit Morris Brown campus police under investigation Two Savannah hospitals settle Medicaid probe for $2.7M Police officers resign after bar brawl Feds threaten to revoke $7M from DeKalb Three indicted in Columbus Parks & Rec scandal Ethics complaint lodged over House speaker’s European […]

Oct. 6

October 6, 2010 --

Gwinnett grand jury may indict commissioners in probe of land deals Supreme Court denies Ga. death penalty appeal Analysis: LNG trucking disaster could endanger Savannah hospitals, schools Carroll County to pay $100K+ in EPD fines Bad appraisals, loans caused Appalachian Community Bank to fail

July 11

July 11, 2010 --

ATL schools’ cheating probe faces scrutiny Crowded hospitals leave mentally ill inmates in jail Barton on Imperial Sugar fines: The cost of doing business Oxendine target of mid-’90s probe Forsyth Co. planning director sues under whistleblower act

Study: Metro hospitals fall short on affordable health care

Study: Metro hospitals fall short on affordable health care
June 25, 2010 --

Many metro Atlanta hospitals should do more to improve access to health care for the low-income and uninsured, a new study has concluded. The hospitals mark up costs by as much as 700 percent. Some barely meet state standards for providing free medical care. And only half post legally required signs to let uninsured patients know about financial-aid programs.

Ralston campaign’s $137K take nears Richardson’s pre-session total

Ralston campaign's $137K take nears Richardson's pre-session total
April 7, 2010 --

State Rep. David Ralston’s campaign raised $137,750 in less than a month after Republicans chose him to be speaker of the House, disclosure reports show. He had less than half the fund-raising time as his predecessor, Glenn Richardson, before his first legislative session as speaker, but Ralston nearly reached Richardson’s total of $149,920. The most generous donors to Ralston: hospitals and the health care industry.

March 25

March 25, 2010 --

Ralston introduces ethics legislation Lawmakers cut deal that gives hospitals ‘veto’ over bills Deal won’t comment on ethics report Ex-DeKalb CEO denies denies racial bias against employees Former Fulton County detention officer indicted

Joel Wernick, Phoebe Putney Health Systems CEO: $797,034

Joel Wernick, Phoebe Putney Health Systems CEO: $797,034
October 14, 2009 --

That’s how much Joel Wernick was paid in FY2008. That wasn’t even his best year. In FY2007, he collected $905,570, which included $249,758 in benefits and deferred pay.

Investigators: No proof of substandard care at Atlanta VA Hospital

Investigators: No proof of substandard care at Atlanta VA Hospital
August 5, 2009 --

Federal investigators looked into charges of substandard care and possibly preventable deaths at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, according to a recent report, but could not substantiate the allegations. Investigators confirmed some of the alleged incidents, the report said, but could not establish that poor medical care was a factor.

‘Model practices,’ excessive pay reported at Floyd hospital

July 21, 2009 --

Floyd County’s medical center exhibits some “model practices” in indigent care and strong community outreach, a statewide consumer group reported today. But CEO Kurt Stuenkel makes a salary comparable to some Fortune 500 executives, and the hospital charges huge mark-ups on some services — nearly 2,500 percent for anesthesiology, Georgia Watch said.