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9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

9 Fulton schools make SHAPE Honor Roll

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Nine elementary and middle schools in Fulton County have been named to Georgia's 2013 SHAPE Honor Roll.

The SHAPE (Student Health and Physical Education) program was created last year to recognize schools that work hard to combat childhood obesity. It challenges students and teachers to make lifestyle improvements in three key areas: nutrition, wellness and physical activity.

Schools can be honored at three levels: gold, silver and bronze.

Learn more about the SHAPE Honor Roll

Fulton County's SHAPE Honor Roll schools include:

Gold
* A. Philip Randolph ES
* Birmingham Falls ES
* Conley Hills ES
* Oak Knoll ES
* Ocee ES
* Ridgeview Charter School
* Stonewall Tell ES

Silver
* Hembree Springs ES
* Holcomb Bridge MS

North Fulton Hospital names new CFO

North Fulton Hospital names new CFO

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Lyra Howalt has been appointed chief financial officer of North Fulton Hospital, the Roswell hospital announced Wednesday.

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Howalt has 28 years of accounting and finance experience. She comes to Georgia from Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford, N.C.

"I love North Fulton Hospital," Howalt said. "My husband came to North Fulton Hospital for care several times when we lived here previously. We had great experiences then, and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the administration here."

Howalt and husband Terry live in Roswell. They have two grown daughters.

Learn more about North Fulton Hospital at nfultonhospital.com.

Thomas Eye Group expands Roswell office

Thomas Eye Group expands Roswell office

ROSWELL, Ga. – Thomas Eye Group, a leading metro Atlanta eye care provider that offers comprehensive services including LASIK and medical, surgical and cosmetic eye care, announced today that it will expand its patient services in Roswell by relocating the Alpharetta pediatric office to the newly renovated Roswell office on September 1.

The move will allow complete eye care for its patients ranging from infants to seniors in one location.  The Roswell office, which recently underwent a 3,000 square foot expansion, includes a theater for pediatric patients and promises better patient flow as well as streamlined and enhanced patient care.

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

Fulton County Health Services to sponsor back to school immunization rush sites

ATLANTA -- The new school year is set to start August 12, 2013 for Fulton County Public Schools and August 7th for Atlanta Public Schools. The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will kick-off the Back to School Immunization Rush on Monday, July 29, 2013.  This year's immunization and vision and hearing screenings will be held at three points of dispensing (PODS).

“On July 29, our Nursing Division will focus on giving vaccinations, eye-ear-dental screenings and the required certifications for children to attend school,” says Patrice A. Harris, MD, Director of Fulton County Health Services. 

Accepted Forms of Payment include: Visa and Mastercard, Cash, Medicaid, United HealthCare and CIGNA. For financial assistance, clients must present proof of income. Non-Fulton County residence will be charged the full fee for services.

North Fulton Hospital offering robotic spine surgery

North Fulton Hospital offering robotic spine surgery

ROSWELL, Ga. -- North Fulton Hospital is now offering a revolutionary, minimally invasive spine surgery.

The advanced procedure uses a Mazor robot to perform surgeries with small incisions, shorter hospital visits and faster recovery.

"We are very excited that North Fulton Hospital will be one of the first hospitals in the Atlanta area to have the Mazor robot and to be able to offer this kind of surgery to adults," hospital CEO Deborah Keel said in a statement. "This is an outstanding technology. The Mazor robot provides the potential for less pain and quicker recoveries."

RELATED | North Fulton Hospital nurse wins national honor

North Fulton Hospital nurse wins national honor

North Fulton Hospital nurse wins national honor

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Elizabeth Lister, a registered nurse at North Fulton Hospital, received April's DAISY Award for Nursing.

The national honor is given monthly to nurses who go above and beyond in their jobs every single day.

Lister was nominated for the DAISY Award by one of her patients.

"Elizabeth made a wonderful lasting impression that I will always remember," the patient said. "Around the clock, she was very compassionate and reassuring, and she took the time to establish a caring relationship with me, attending to my every need. North Fulton Hospital has an extraordinary professional in the Surgical Care Unit!"

Lister has worked for the Roswell hospital since 2011. Alex Peterson, clinical manager of surgical nursing at the hospital, praised her caring and professionalism.

Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to learn their status on National HIV Testing Day

Fulton County Health Services encourages residents to learn their status on National HIV Testing Day

ATLANTA -- The Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness will recognize National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on Friday, June 27 by offering free HIV/STI testing and counseling at three locations.

The NHTD is an annual campaign to encourage all individuals to “Take the Test Take Control” in order to know their HIV status.  Knowing your status helps to keep you, your family and your community safe from sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

Free and confidential HIV/STI testing is available at the following locations:

10:00am – 8:00pm
The Mall West End
850 Oak Street - Atlanta, GA 30310

11:30am – 6:30pm
Underground Atlanta
50 Upper Alabama – Atlanta, GA 30303

3:00pm – 9:00pm
Walgreens
2711 Metropolitan Parkway - Atlanta, 30315