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Children’s Healthcare joins statewide network
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October 01, 2014 06:47 PM | 229 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has joined the Georgia Health Information Network, the statewide health information exchange network that electronically connects Georgia hospitals, physicians and clinicians to exchange patient health information. Connecting to GaHIN allows Children’s to further augment its continuity of care while improving access to a patient’s information for diagnosis and treatment. Children’s has integrated GaHIN’s Georgia ConnectedCare product into its Health Information Exchange application Care Everywhere to help improve patient safety and reduce potential medication and medical errors. “Up until recently, patient health information has been difficult to share and access across varying care settings in disparate locations,” said Denise Hines, executive director of GaHIN. “As one of the state’s leading health systems, Children’s is a valued member and further expands the network’s reach throughout Georgia.” Children’s launched its Care Everywhere application in early 2014 to support its children’s care management and information-sharing goals, using the Epic platform, which enables Children’s providers to access patient records from health care facilities that also use Epic. Now, through GaHIN’s Georgia ConnectedCare integration, providers at Children’s can obtain patients’ medical records from other health care facilities, throughout the state and nation, no matter the technology platform. Through GaHIN, providers at Children’s can improve both direct care delivery and coordination by having ever-present access to clinical information, such as medical history, previous diagnoses, lab tests, medications, allergies and physicians’ notes. Additionally, access is available to Medicaid health, dental and pharmacy information, as well as immunization updates and reporting from the Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services, managed by the Georgia Department of Public Health. Children’s is a nonprofit health care system that includes three hospitals with 561 licensed beds; 24 neighborhood locations; 43 statewide telemedicine locations; and more than 40 pediatric cardiologists at 20 statewide locations. The largest pediatric hospital in the state, Children’s provides access to more than 1,800 pediatric physicians and practitioners representing more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs.
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Fulton County observing Fire Prevention Week with five events
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October 01, 2014 06:42 PM | 235 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Fulton County’s Fire Rescue Department will be holding several events throughout the community in observance of Fire Prevention Week, which starts Sunday and ends Oct. 11.
Join the department at one of the following events to learn more about smoke alarms and fire safety:
o Today at 10 a.m.: Presentation of proclamation honoring National Fire Prevention Week at the Board of Commissioners meeting, Fulton County Government Center, Assembly Hall, 141 Pryor St., Atlanta
o Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Fire Truck and Fire Safety House, Harriet G. Darnell Senior Facility, 677 Fairburn Road, Atlanta
o Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to noon: Fire truck during Story Time for kids, the new Wolf Creek Library, 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta
o Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Safety fair at the Fulton County Government Center, Peachtree Level Atrium, 141 Pryor St., downtown Atlanta
o Oct. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Booth setup in the break room, Fulton County Fire Headquarters, Fulton County Government Service Center, 5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd., Atlanta
According to the National Fire Protection Association, having a working smoke alarm in the home cuts the risk of dying in a fire in half, on average each year; three out of five home fire deaths result from fires where there are either no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms and in 23 percent of the home fire deaths, smoke alarms were present but did not sound.
The association recommends installing smoke alarms inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement; testing all smoke alarms every month by using the test button and replacing all smoke alarms every 10 years or sooner if they do not respond properly when tested.
Information: (404) 612-5700 or http://fultoncountyga.gov/fcfrd-about
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Local public, private schools hosting fall festivals
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October 01, 2014 06:37 PM | 120 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local schools are hosting fall festivals later this month to celebrate autumn. Here is a rundown of those events:

St. Martin’s
St. Martin’s Episcopal School will hold its fall festival Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on campus, located at 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven.
Attendees can enjoy a rock climbing wall, a triple bungee, a Fright Walk, inflatable houses, games, face painting and other attractions. Tickets for rides and games will be sold at the event. Pig-n-Chik barbecue will also be available for purchase, cash only.
Information: (404) 237-4260

High Point
High Point Elementary School in Sandy Springs welcomes the community to attend its 2014 fall festival.
The event will be held Oct. 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the High Point campus, located at 520 Greenland Drive.  There will be food from local restaurants and many activities for children, including face painting, inflatables, games, prizes, a train ride and a haunted house.
The entrance cost is $15 per person with an option to add rock wall/trampoline activities for an additional $5. Children ages 2 and under will be admitted free; there is a maximum family price of $45.
Information: (404) 843-7716

Heards Ferry
The inaugural Heards Ferry Harvest Festival will be held Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Heards Ferry Elementary School, 1050 Heards Ferry Road in Sandy Springs.
The event is open to the community and all ages are welcome. The festival will include carnival games, numerous interactive attractions, a rock wall, arts and crafts, a school-wide scarecrow contest/auction, cake walk, a live DJ and several local food vendors.  
Wristbands — $25 for children over age 5; $15 for children under 5 — provide unlimited access to nearly all activities. Tickets will also be available in $10 increments for individual games and attractions.  
Information: harvestfestival@hfeeaglealliance.org

Pace
The 51st annual Pace Fall Fair will be Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pace Academy, 966 W. Paces Ferry Road in Buckhead. There will be inflatables, rides, visits from Atlanta sports teams, a street market, food trucks and more.
Information: www.paceacademy.org/fallfair

Does your school have a fall festival? If so, email the event info to Bobby Tedder at btedder@neighbornewspapers.com. The Neighbor will publish a school brief on the event weekly on a space-available basis.
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Atlanta History Center to host Atlanta Speech School exhibition
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October 01, 2014 06:30 PM | 229 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Atlanta Speech School in Buckhead will be featured in a temporary exhibition at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead. The exhibit opened Tuesday and runs through the fall.
Situated in the center’s main exhibition hallway, the exhibition will chronicle the school’s role as a pioneer in education since its founding in 1938 by Katherine “Kitty” Hamm. Eight fabric panels with words and photography, as well as two display cases of more than 20 school artifacts, will highlight its lengthy and groundbreaking history. Additionally, the exhibition will recognize Atlantans who have played a significant role in supporting the school.
“We are thrilled to share the Atlanta Speech School’s history with the community of members and guests at the Atlanta History Center,” said Comer Yates, the school’s executive director. “From what started as one woman’s radical vision — to create a school for any child who was were deaf or hard of hearing, so that they could learn to speak and read, regardless of their family’s financial means — to where we are today as the most comprehensive language and literacy center in the nation, we have a great story to share. We are honored to be able to tell it with the assistance of the history center.”
Hamm’s son, Ben, was born with profound hearing loss. She moved to St. Louis so she could enroll him as a student in the Central Institute for the Deaf. When the Hamms moved to Atlanta in 1935, Kitty Hamm met other families who had the same need, but not the same means. Her passion and determination to create a school in Atlanta to serve children who were deaf or hard of hearing, regardless of their financial circumstances, led her to partner with the Junior League of Atlanta. Together, they created the Junior League School for Speech Correction, which opened June 6, 1938.
“Kitty Hamm’s dedication to making language and literacy education available to the children of Atlanta has had a profound impact on our city. This exhibition tells of her extraordinary vision and the generations of staff members, teachers, donors, students and community members who have helped realize it,” said Catherine Lewis, the center’s special projects coordinator and the exhibition’s curator.
In addition to showcasing the school’s history, part of the exhibition will focus on recognizing the support of dedicated volunteers and numerous community partners who have contributed to the school’s success over the years. To formalize and coordinate volunteer and fundraising efforts, the Atlanta Speech School Guild was established in 1969 and continues to this day.
Its primary fundraising event is the Language and Literacy Gala, the longest continually running holiday event in Atlanta. This year’s event will be Nov.16 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Capital City Club in Brookhaven. In keeping with Hamm’s initial mission, all of the proceeds from the gala go directly to financial aid.
Gala information, tickets and sponsorships: Mary Alicia DeFrancis, (770) 356-2229, madefrancis@bellsouth.net or www.atlantaspeechschool.org/gala
Exhibit information: (404) 814-4000 or www.atlantahistorycenter.com
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