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WellStar cuts 29 corporate jobs

WellStar cuts 29 corporate jobs

MARIETTA, Ga. -- WellStar Health System cut nearly 30 corporate jobs Wednesday.

The Marietta-based health system did not offer any reason for the cuts, but a spokesman for WellStar said 11 team member roles were eliminated.

Another 18 team members' positions were displaced, which means that the company will try to find another open position for them to fill.

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WellStar names new president

WellStar names new president

MARIETTA, Ga. -- WellStar Health System has chosen Candice Saunders as its new president and chief operating officer.

Saunders will take over her new role after current president and CEO Reynold Jennings' contract expires on Dec. 31, 2015.

"WellStar is critical and essential to the communities it serves. More than 1.4 million people rely on our services to live a healthy life," Saunders said in a release. "With my new responsibilities, I will provide leadership continuity to ensure that our system continues to play a major role in providing world-class healthcare to the people of metro Atlanta and northwest Georgia for years to come."

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IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

IHOP offering free pancakes for charitable donations

(WXIA) -- IHOP will once again participate in the National Pancake Day promotion on Tuesday, Mar. 4.

Customers who visit any IHOP location on National Pancake Day will be treated to a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes. In exchange, the restaurant chain encourages diners to leave a donation for a number of charities, namely the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

Beginning this Saturday, Feb. 1, IHOP will collect donations for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Customers can buy paper balloons that cost either $1 or $5. The balloons will hang in IHOP restaurants through National Pancake Day.

Anyone who purchases a $5 balloon will receive a $5 IHOP coupon to use on a future visit.

Learn more about the promotion at ihoppancakeday.com.

The Biggest Loser's DOLVETTE

He calls Atlanta home, Dolvette of NBC's The Biggest Loser, stopped by Conn TV Studios to talk about his new lifestyle book about balance, not diet! You don't want to miss what he says about emotion, details, health and much much more. 

Race this weekend: Cornerstone Community Challenge 5K

Race this weekend: Cornerstone Community Challenge 5K

HIRAM, Ga. -- This year's Cornerstone Community Challenge 5K run and walk will be held Saturday, Oct. 5.

The fun begins at 8 a.m. at Cornerstone Chiropractic in Hiram.

Registration is $20, with proceeds benefiting Shepherd's Rest, a family crisis center in Paulding County.

A cash prize of $300 will be presented to the winner, while the male and female runners-up will each get $150.

Learn more and sign up at hiramchiropractic.com.

Cornerstone Chiropractic is located at 5886 Wendy Bagwell Parkway.

Woodie Fite Center to host nutrition seminar

Woodie Fite Center to host nutrition seminar

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The Woodie Fite Center is offering a nutrition seminar in April.

Set for Monday, April 29 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., the seminar will provide information on foods that are healthy and how to lose weight, along with healthy living habits. Attendees can watch live food demonstrations.  

All Woodie Fite members may attend. Registration will be held at the front desk of the center. The seminar is free, but limited seating requires registration. For more information, call (678) 626-5630.

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

The Autism Gap: The fight for insurance

ATLANTA -- Eight year old Ava Bullard is playing with her sisters, riding their bikes on their long country driveway. It is a simple act that defies those who said she would never talk, those who said she wouldn't function in the real world.

Ava was not a typical baby, or toddler.

Her mother Anna says, "You couldn't interact with her."

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Ava did not play with toys. Did not speak. Could not dress herself. Did not interact with her parents or sisters. Slept two hours a night. She was in her own world.

Anna says, "It's like she looked straight through me. She would just...it's like you weren't there, if you were in the room with her."

Anna Bullard took Ava from doctor to doctor for months. One doctor told the family Ava was 'just weird.'