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What to say when you don’t know what to say

Your friend just got a serious diagnosis. You feel helpless and upset, and don’t know what to say or do. How can you make things better for her? David Anthony Spencer, Jr., chaplain at WellStar North Fulton Hospital, says, first and foremost, to remember that you can’t make things better. “You can’t take away her

How to Get the Most from Your Physician Visit

Ever walked out of your doctor’s office, and remembered something important you needed to ask? It’s a common problem that’s easily solved: Take time to prepare for your visit. Here are some tips from Stacey O’Brien, M.D.,

Experienced Robotic Surgeons, Close To Home

No one wants surgery. But when it’s necessary, it makes sense to choose the least invasive, most highly advanced type, if possible. And for a wide variety of surgeries, it is possible.

State-of-the-Art Cancer Care for Women, Close to Home

Sometimes what you’re looking for is right in your own backyard. That was the message a panel of top-notch oncologists delivered on April 26 at WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Speaking about Wellness for Women Signature Event, “No One Fights Alone—Updates on Women’s Cancers and Treatments.”

Lifelong Health for Women

In honor of National Women’s Health Week (May 12 – 18), we talked to OB-GYN physicians Caroline Gibbons, M.D., (above, right) and Desiree Ashong Simon, M.D., MPH, (above, left) about how women can stay healthy throughout their lives. Women are known for burning the candle at both ends. What are your top tips for practicing self care?CG:

It’s Spring (Ah-choo!)

Ahh, spring in Atlanta. Or more appropriately, ah-choo! Though the dogwoods and daffodils are beautiful, the pollen can be a pain in the nose. According to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. But you don’t have to be one of them—there are ways to

STAT Lung Clinic Opens

Above: Celebrating the January opening of WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s STAT Lung Clinic are, from left: Mark McLaughlin, M.D., radiation oncologist; Carey Baumann, RN, lung cancer navigator at WellStar Kennestone Hospital; Theolyn Price, M.D., thoracic surgeon; Qin Zhang, M.D., medical oncologist; and Pam Plasket, RN, OCN, oncology navigator at WellStar North Fulton Hospital. When lung

State-of-the-Art Cardiac Care, Close to Home

WellStar North Fulton Hospital is the first in metro Atlanta to offer robotic-assisted coronary intervention using the Corindus CorPath system. Shown is the cockpit where the physician controls the robotic arm.

Q&A with Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy

Dr. Nandini Sunkireddy recently joined WellStar Medical Group Family Medicine. Her office is located in WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s campus and she’s accepting new patients. Dr. Sunkireddy is a Board Certified family doctor who enjoys spending time with her family in the North Fulton area. Where are you from?I am originally from India. I went

Young patients have a voice

Patient and Family Advisory Council diversifies A new face is bringing more energy to WellStar North Fulton Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). Her name is Katie McCroskey, she is 16 years old and has been working hard on different projects to help the council fulfill its mission to advise the hospital on matters that impact patient care and improve patient experience. Katie joined the group earlier this year after completing a rigorous vetting process. She was invited to be the voice of younger patients who didn’t have representation before. “I’ve been very interested in healthcare and after having