December Public Health Inspection Scores

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HARDEE’S #0798 (Food Service Inspections)
1208 INDUSTRIAL BLVD EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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December 5, 2017 Score: 88, Grade: B

Waffle House #944 (Food Service Inspections)
1047 MADDOX DRIVE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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December 13, 2017 Score: 91, Grade: A

November Public Health Inspection Scores

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BACK PORCH BISTRO (Food Service Inspections)
10 NORTHSIDE SQUARE ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 14, 2017 Score: 99, Grade: A

Charlie’s Italian Restuarant AND PIZZERIA (Food Service Inspections)
15 WEST CROSS STREET EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 2, 2017 Score: 91, Grade: A

COUNTRY CORNER KITCHEN (Food Service Inspections)
2020 OLD HWY 5 SOUTH ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 3, 2017 Score: 93, Grade: A

El Rey (Food Service Inspections)
945 MADDOX DR EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 9, 2017 Score: 99, Grade: A

ELLIJAY DELI AND BAKERY (Food Service Inspections)
96 CRAIG STREET EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30539
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November 9, 2017 Score: 99, Grade: A

Okinawa Steak & Sushi Restaurant (Food Service Inspections)
130 OLD ORCHARD SQUARE EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 15, 2017 Score: 83, Grade: B

STARBUCKS AT INGLES STORE #409 (Food Service Inspections)
100 OLD ORCHARD SQUARE ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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November 22, 2017 Score: 100, Grade: A

Public Health Release Confirms Rabies in Gilmer County

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Georgia Department of Public Health

ELLIJAY, Ga – An official release from the Georgia Depart of Public Health and its District 1- 2 office has confirmed a case of rabies in Gilmer County.

Specifically, a stray beagle, tested by health officials, tested positive for the virus. Although the beagle was found in the area of Flat Branch and Weeks Road, officials are warning everyone in the county to be wary of stray animals.

Additionally, they are encouraging any in the area who think they or their family have been exposed to the beagle, to call either the Gilmer County Environmental Health office at (706) 635-6050 or the Georgia Poison Control Center at 1 (800) 222-1222 for a free rabies exposure consultation.

The full release given by the department is as follows:

A Gilmer County couple learned today that a stray beagle that had been near their home tested positive for rabies; however, county environmental health officials determined neither the couple nor their pets had been exposed to the virus the dog carried.

“We’re constantly reminding the public to avoid contact with both stray and wild animals,” said Andrea Martin, Gilmer County Environmental Health Manager. “If you don’t know the rabies vaccination status of an animal, you’re putting yourself at risk just by handling it. But in this case, we ascertained that the couple and their pets had not been licked, scratched or bitten by the dog.”

The couple, who lives alone in a residence near the intersection of Flat Branch and Weeks Roads in Ellijay, noticed the beagle on their property on November 25and saw that it exhibited signs of illness, including lethargy and the inability to walk. They tried to tend to the animal but were concerned it could be rabies-infected, so they contacted the local veterinarian hospital.

The dog was prepared for rabies testing and the specimen was sent to the Georgia Public Health Laboratory on November 29. The positive test result was reported to local officials on December 1.

Martin urges anyone living near the intersection of Flat Branch and Weeks Roads, who think it is possible that they or their children could have been exposed to the beagle at any time since November 11, to call either the Gilmer County Environmental Health office at (706) 635-6050 or the Georgia Poison Control Center at 1 (800) 222-1222 for a free rabies exposure consultation.

Anyone who may have lost the beagle should contact officials immediately to be evaluated for possible rabies exposure.

If there are pets in the area that have never been vaccinated or are not currently vaccinated against rabies, they should be vaccinated or given a booster vaccination right away.

“Rabies is nearly 100% fatal in humans,” warned Martin. “Once rabies symptoms are present, it is too late to treat the human victim for rabies. If, however, exposure is known, then rabies post-exposure vaccinations are given to prevent the onset of rabies, saving the person’s life.”

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Nursing home continues renovations to become Parkside

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ELLIJAY, Ga – Gilmer Nursing Home has continued renovations as they move towards transitioning to become Parkside Health Services.

While the renovations are still ongoing, Gilmer Nursing Home Representative Hannah Towns told FYN that they could optimistically be looking at a first quarter 2018 finish date. However, Parkside Health Services will be more than just a name change as the facility is beginning to expand into parts of the old North Georgia Medical Center and adding services like outpatient and short-term rehabilitation as well as an adult daycare center.

Renovations are continuing to improve the old operations area to a new Adult Daycare Center.

Renovations are continuing to improve the old operations area to a new adult daycare center.

SunLink Health Systems, owner of the facility, had previously begun changes with small improvements such as adding televisions to every room, but additional changes will also see the opportunity for couples rooms for those who wish to stay together. These steps will not remove the possibility for private and semi-private (one roommate) rooms but is a step toward expanding the facility’s options. Expanding into and updating old office space in the hospital will allow administration to have their own area and another access from the opposite side of the facility, near the Emergency Department entrance, for the daycare center.

Towns also stated the name change could allow for further expansion of programs later, though no plans have been made. Adult daycare would follow the same admissions process as the nursing home. However, once completed, patients could readily spend days at the center with a check-in/check-out procedure. Activities coordination and day rooms will provide everything from community interaction, TV rooms, games and more as volunteers and staff are made available.

New renovations are adding extra to individual rooms in addition to administration offices.

New renovations are adding extra to individual rooms in addition to administration offices.

The short-term rehabilitation expands services available for those recovering from surgery or injury who may not need a hospital but are not well enough to be home alone. Short-term, according to Towns, will be available for those in need of any age. However, not to be confused with hospital care, there are several things that the short-term care could not provide that a hospital could.

More for recovery, short-term care will have a rehabilitation focus to get patients to the point where they can return home without re-admittance to a hospital. Along those lines, short-term and outpatient care is set to expand the already advanced therapy available in the center. Gilmer Nursing Home already hosts experts in physical, occupational, and speech and recognition therapy. Renovations will be providing a newer gym area for those recovering, rehabilitating and returning home.

As opposed to short-term care patients attending therapy every day, outpatient rehab may visit the center two to three times a week. Expansion of services and renovations will provide a larger case load, but Towns said their current therapy team are prepared for the changes. The therapy team already has two on staff with previous experience in outpatient therapy and boasts certifications that will be utilized in outpatient care. One of the new changes they hope to make use of is a full “home area” so that people in short-term care can practice everything from cooking in a kitchen, navigating areas and cabinets, getting in and out of bed, and even simple things like getting dressed.

Even the enclosed outdoor area has seen landscaping improvements like this wheelchair accessible garden.

Even the enclosed outdoor area has seen landscaping improvements like this wheelchair accessible garden.

The area also will be utilized for cross therapy, a key thing that the therapy staff said allows for better care. With so few others offering occupational therapy, having all three (physical therapy, occupational and speech) allows for conjoined efforts in the area to simultaneously recondition people. One example given suggested one therapist may work on the occupational idea of dressing oneself in the morning while a second therapist would reinforce the conditioning of cognition, putting the steps in order and recalling the steps.

While much of this may seem simple daily tasks for most people, the therapy staff said people recovering from surgeries like knee replacements, or something physically altering, requires a retraining as patients get used to differences or changes necessary in recovery. Though Towns did confirm additional staff and volunteers will be necessary, no details are available as to a specific number of additional staff that will be added.

Towns stated the renovations are an excellent expansion opportunity for the county as the new Parkside Health Services will continue the same services as Gilmer Nursing Home. She also hopes to continue to grow the community interactions aspect of the programs. Patients already look forward to outings planned, such as going to the theater to watch movies, visiting the fair, and even in-house events like the upcoming Children’s Christmas Art Show and Family Holiday Dinner in December.

Drawing nearer to 2018, the renovations continue the facility’s transition to becoming Parkside Health Services. As the changes reach final stages, stay with FYN for updates and details as they become available.

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October Public Health Inspection Scores

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CAPTAIN D’S (Food Service Inspections)
253 HIGHLAND CROSSING EAST ELLIJAY, GA 30539
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October 11, 2017 Score: 96, Grade: A

Gilmer Co Jail (Food Service Inspections)
HWY 52 E ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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October 10, 2017 Score: 96, Grade: A

Hitching Post (Food Service Inspections)
740 S MAIN ST ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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October 12, 2017 Score: 97, Grade: A

White Columns Restaurant (Food Service Inspections)
200 INDUSTRIAL BLVD ELLIJAY, GA 30540
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October 20, 2017 Score: 98, Grade: A

Ask the Doc – Dr. Jennifer Jones from Georgia Cancer Specialist

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This morning Dr. Whaley couldn’t be with us. But have no fear we had a great Dr. to fill in for him today! Dr. Jennifer Jones from the Georgia Cancer Specialist answers our viewer questions of the week, discusses some of the things BKP talked about in his opening, and even told us a great corny joke!!
This week’s questions are:

  • When should I use a cool-mist humidifier versus a warm-mist humidifier for relief with a cold?
  • Several months ago, I developed a small white patch on the skin of my arm. It appears to be getting larger. Is a white patch on skin anything to be concerned about?
  • What’s the difference between a tumor and a cyst? Could a cyst be cancerous?

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