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by Marietta Daily Journal staff
February 26, 2012 12:00 AM | 1450 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Vinings man wins GHA honor

Talbott Recovery co-founder and CEO Benjamin H. Underwood, FACHE, a Vinings resident, was awarded the Georgia Hospital Association’s Gold Honor Award of Excellence during the recent GHA annual membership meeting in Atlanta.

Underwood has been a respected leader in the field of behavioral health and addiction treatment for more than four decades. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he began his career in the mid-1960s as associate administrator of Atlanta’s Northside Manor and served as president and CEO of The Metropolitan Psychiatric Center in Atlanta and CEO of Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna. He also served as president and CEO of Safe Centers, which operated chemical dependency programs around the southeast. He also co-developed and opened the Talbott Recovery Program with G. Douglas Talbott, M.D.

Underwood’s partnership with Dr. Talbott resulted in an addiction treatment program that has long been recognized as the gold standard in the treatment of addictive diseases and coexisting psychiatric disorders.

WellStar’s appeal denied

CANTON — WellStar Health System’s appeal to the Georgia Department of Community Health contending that Northside Hospital-Cherokee needs a Certificate of Need to replace Northside’s present Canton hospital with the proposed new location was denied last week.

WellStar filed the appeal last November.

Department of Community Health spokeswoman Pam Keene said in a release that the order, issued Thursday, affirms the department’s determination that Northside did not need prior CON review to replace the present hospital. WellStar can appeal the latest order in Superior Court if it chooses, Keene said.

WellStar spokesman Keith Bowermaster said in a release his organization respectfully disagrees with the hearing officer’s decision and views it as an exemption to the CON process.

“The CON process ensures transparency and compliance and, to date, Northside has refused to answer questions regarding its plans for the new facility,” Bowermaster said.

Bowermaster said WellStar is considering its options and will decide at the appropriate time if it will appeal the decision.

* Fresh Healthy Vending announced on Friday that Slim Kallel has purchased the healthy vending franchise for the Atlanta market and is in the process of finding locations where each machine containing healthy foods and drinks will be placed.

“People are ready to embrace this as a way to obtain healthy food on the run,” said Jolly Backer, chief executive officer of Fresh Healthy Vending. “Those who get one of the vending machines in their facility will find that they do well simply because of what is offered.”

The Fresh Healthy Vending placement in Georgia joins more than 1,100 other machines that have been established throughout North America. The machines will be offering a vending selection that is completely stocked with all-healthy foods and beverages.

The machines are currently being placed at South Cobb and Pebblebrook high schools and McCleskey Middle School.

For information on business placements, visit
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