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VolunTEEN this summer at WellStar

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Make a difference in your community while having fun and exploring the healthcare environment at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Their summer program is designed to provide students interested in healthcare careers access to the operations of a world-class medical center. VolunTEENS provide hundreds of hours of valuable service to patients, families and team members, while gaining valuable experience that may lead to a future career in healthcare.

Kennestone offers volunteer opportunities in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, customer service, clinical and non-clinical areas, patient transport and wayfinding.

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WellStar offers Car Seat Classes


SAFE KIDS Cobb County is offering a car seat education class to expectant parents and parents of young children. This program is designed to teach proper installation of your car seat in your vehicle and how to ensure your child is properly fitted to the seat. Four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly.

Find out what you can do to make sure your child rides safely every time. Nationally certified instructors will discuss best practice for safe transport of children and trouble shoot specific situations in this interactive class.

Topics covered include:

  • Georgia law pertaining to child passenger safety
  • Seat belt vs. L.A.T.C.H. installation
  • Proper positioning in the car (AAP recommendation)
  • Proper positioning within the car seat
  • Choosing the right car seat for your child
  • Projectiles, airbags and next steps
  • New recommendations
  • Cost: FREE


Locations & Times:

WellStar Acworth Health Park
4550 Cobb Parkway NW Acworth, GA
Saturday, Feb. 28
10-11:30 a.m.

WellStar East Cobb Health Park
3747 Roswell Road NE Marietta, GA
Saturday, Feb. 28
10-11:30 a.m.

To register, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).


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WellStar offers CPR Classes


WellStar offers a variety of American Heart Association CPR and first aid courses in both community and corporate settings. Heartsaver CPR with automated external defibrillator (AED) and first aid classes can be scheduled at your company, church, school or other organization.

BLS for Healthcare Providers- $60
For medical personnel. Offers two-year CPR certification, training in automated external defibrillator (AED) and choking relief.

WellStar East Cobb Health Park
3747 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA
Saturday, Jan. 31
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Heartsaver® First Aid CPR – $60
This course offers skills for community members in First Aid, CPR, automated external defibrillator (AED) and relief of choking. This combination CPR with basic first aid training meets Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) requirements. A two-year certification is given upon completion.
(Heartsaver portion only- $35 OR First Aid portion only $25)

WellStar East Cobb Health Park
3747 Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA
Saturday, Feb. 7
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Flu Season is Here

Flu season is on its way. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu. Sign up to receive your flu shot today! Call 770-956-STAR (7827).

Who should be vaccinated against the flu?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone older than six months for flu vaccination with rare exception. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions regarding which flu vaccine options are best for your family.

Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?
Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and possibly death. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others.

When should I get a flu vaccination?
The CDC recommends that people get their seasonal flu vaccine as soon as the vaccine becomes available in their community. Vaccination before December is best to ensure protective antibodies are established before flu activity is at its highest in January or February.

Will the flu shot give me the flu?
The flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. The viruses in the vaccine are dead, which means they cannot cause infection. However, those allergic to eggs, latex or who have had a severe reaction to the vaccine in the past should consult their primary care physician for vaccination.

WellStar Community Education & Outreach will be hosting convenient flu vaccination clinics for adults age 18 and above at Wellstar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Rd., Marietta, GA, on Thursday, January 29, 7:30-10am.


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Teens learn safe sitting at weekend class

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Safe Sitter Class, a nationally recognized babysitter education program, will be held December 6. This high-quality training program teaches adolescents skills needed to be a safe, nurturing babysitter. Course designed for ages 11-13. Cost is $50.Class hours are 9am-3pm at WellStar East Cobb Health Park, 3747 Roswell Road NE, Marietta. More info: 770-956-7827.


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Ninth Annual Lite the Night Tree Lighting is Dec. 7


The community is invited to Lite the Night on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, from 4:30-6 pm as WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center hosts its annual tree lighting event and ushers in the holiday season.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for photos and there will be festive children’s activities, holiday musical performances and delicious cookies and hot chocolate. Members of the Georgia Symphony Orchestra Chorus are special musical guests.

Jordan Graye, from B98.5 FM, will emcee the program and count down the minutes to once again light the great 60-foot Christmas tree atop WellStar Kennestone Hospital.

Lite the Night takes place on the rooftop level* of the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center’s Blue Parking Deck. Free admission and parking.

Event is held rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, Lite the Night will be held within a covered level of the parking deck.


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WellStar offers Congregational Health Network

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WellStar’s Congregational Health Network serves as a bridge between WellStar’s healthcare system and their faith community. Coordinated by a registered nurse with specialized experience, WellStar’s program is designed to assist congregations of all faiths to develop a volunteer health ministry. There is no cost to participating congregations, and each one defines and directs its own health ministry. Currently over 90 faith communities provide congregational health programs in partnership with WellStar.

Many local congregations participate in WellStar’s Speaking About Wellness for the Community programs, offer health fairs and other health and wellness programs. For more information about WellStar’s Congregational Health Network, email or call 770-793-7388.


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WellStar is committed to Spirit of Women

WellStar Health System is a member of Spirit of Women, an elite coalition of hospitals and healthcare providers across the United States that ascribe to the highest standards of excellence in women’s health education and community outreach. Spirit of Women hospitals are committed to inspiring women in all stages of their lives to take action for better health for themselves and their families. WellStar is also recognized as a HeartCaring designated hospital system by the Spirit Health Group.

As a HeartCaring system, WellStar focuses on a gender-based approach to cardiovascular diseases and conditions and is recognized as a regional leader in gender-sensitive cardiovascular care and education.

At WellStar, the Speaking about Wellness for Women program serves to deliver women’s health education and our Spirit of Women programming to our community. Because WellStar is a HeartCaring hospital system, we also integrate HeartCaring components into all of our Spirit programming. The Speaking about Wellness for Womenannual calendar of events includes:

  • Speaking about Wellness for Women Quarterly Seminar Series – offers a Healthy Happy Hour, the Speaking about Wellness for Women seminar series notebook, dinner, dessert and a special gift for all attendees. Cost: $10.00 per program
  • Health Extras – additional presentations offered throughout the year in a classroom setting that include light refreshments and a program folder. Cost: FREE
  • Annual HeartCaring Screening Event – includes heart health education and screenings
  • Spirit of Women National Signature Events – includes Day of Dance and Spirit Girls’ Night Out
  • Spirit eNewsletter – a monthly e-publication that includes health and wellness related articles and updates on all the latest Spirit of Women programs and events. To subscribe, please email

For more information or to register for any of WellStar’s programs, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).


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WellStar in Top 10 on Working Mother’s Best List

Mother magazine presented the Working Mother Award to WellStar Health System at its 2014 Work Life Congress at the New York Marriott Marquis last month.

WellStar Health System was one of the Top 10 Companies on the 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies list. WellStar was recognized for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms,  including child care, flexible work arrangements, paid parental leave and advancement of women. This is the fifth year WellStar has been in the Top 10 and the seventh year in the Top 100.

WellStar offers benefits to all employees, including two on-site day cares for children of employees and back-up care assistance for children and family members of employees who need last minute, in-home temporary care. Additionally, concierge service is offered to all WellStar employees to help with such tasks as dry-cleaning pick-up, car maintenance and grocery shopping.

“The Working Mother 100 Best Companies are the leaders in the advancement of women by supporting their need to integrate family and work successfully,” said Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media. “We are thrilled to honor the U.S. companies that put words into action and build family-friendly cultures on the foundation of thoughtful policies and effective programs. Women now make up 50 percent of the workforce. We need to make sure they have the support to be outstanding moms as well as great employees.”


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Life is not a Spectator Sport

Are you living with aches and pains or limited range of motion that makes all things you used to do with ease almost impossible? WellStar clinical experts will present the latest information on hip and knee technology advancements and surgical treatment options that can help you get back in the game.

WellStar Cobb Hospital
3950 Austell Rd., Austell, GA
Tuesday, Nov. 11
6:30-8:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 6:00 p.m.)

Registration is required for this free program. For more information, or to register, please call 770-956-STAR (7827).

(Source: WellStar)