Piedmont's expanded presence to change care in Athens area

By Meera Naqvi

Georgia Health News | September 24, 2016

On Oct. 1, the honeymoon ends for Piedmont Healthcare and Athens Regional Medical Center (ARMC), and the realities of their marriage will set in.

Next week Athens Regional, with 350 beds, will become the second-largest facility in Piedmont's system and the only one with a residency program. ARMC will be Piedmont's seventh hospital.


Kidney transplants: A lifesaving system with serious shortcomings

By Leigh Beeson

Georgia Health News | September 19, 2016

It's never a good sign when you start urinating blood.

It was 2010, Sara Lewis was 12, and she assumed she had started her period. But what she initially thought was menstrual blood turned out to be something ominous - a sign that her kidneys were failing.

At first, the doctors weren't sure why the seventh-grader's kidney function was half what it should have been. Eventually, specialists at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta diagnosed her with a rare disease that occurs when a person's immune system destroys blood vessels supplying major organs.


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