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Dallas Farmers Market Returns

Dallas Farmers Market Returns

DALLAS, GA -- The Dallas Farmers Market will return on Saturday, Mar. 5.

The market is located in downtown Dallas in the parking lot of Georgia Highlands College (25 Courthouse Square, 30132) and is open on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon.

Fresh local produce is available for purchase, straight from the farm to the consumer. There is something to please every palate: meat, eggs, fresh artisan bread, honey and jam, pesto, salsa, cheese, herbs, flavored popcorn, baked goods and, of course, fruits and vegetables.

The farmers are also on-hand on market days to talk about their wares and offer gardening advice. Many vendors do not use artificial fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

The market is always looking for new sellers. A vendor meeting will take place on Saturday, Feb.

Local Officers Participate in Crisis Intervention Training

Local Officers Participate in Crisis Intervention Training

DALLAS, GA -- Deputies and officers with the Paulding County Sheriff's Office, Hiram Police Department and Cartersville Police Department recently took part in extra training with the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team (CIT).

The 40 hours of training, which concluded on Friday, Feb. 11, will help the officers to more effectively assist individuals with mental illnesses and other brain disorders who are in crisis.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, individuals who have identified brain disorders constitute the most persecuted and least understood group of people in Georgia.

CIT is made up of professionals who are committed to people with mental disorders.

Want to Be Atlanta's Biggest Loser?

Want to Be Atlanta's Biggest Loser?

ATLANTA -- "Atlanta's Biggest Loser" is now accepting entries for contestants for the show's fifth edition.

Like its national cousin, this season of "Atlanta's Biggest Loser" is a couples' edition. Any kind of couple can apply -- siblings, parent/child, co-workers, friends and every pairing in between.

The deadline to apply is noon on Friday, Feb. 18 at www.atlbiggestloser.com.

"Atlanta's Biggest Loser" will officially begin on Monday, Mar. 7. Six teams of two will work with one of 11Alive's two fitness partners, D.R.E.A.M.

Four WellStar Hospitals Make Quality Honor Roll

MARIETTA, GA -- WellStar Cobb, Douglas, Kennestone and Paulding Hospitals in Austell, Douglasville, Marietta and Dallas, respectively, have been named to the Georgia Hospital Association's Partnership for Health and Accountability Quality Honor Roll. The WellStar practices are four of 51 hospitals in Georgia to be placed in the Presidential category, one of the highest on the list.

The honor roll is based on clinical data provided by the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services, which administers the nation's Medicare and Medicaid programs. The data was collected from April 2009 to March 2010.

"This is a great accomplishment for the WellStar Health System," said Joseph Parker, president of GHA.

New Family Nurse Practitioner Joins WellStar

HIRAM, GA -- WellStar Physicians Group, a group of 400 primary care providers, specialists and advanced practitioners, is pleased to announce that Rachel Gray, Family Nurse Practitioner, will join WellStar East Paulding Primary Care and begin seeing patients during the first week of October.

Rachel received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Master of Science in Nursing from Kennesaw State University. Prior to joining WellStar Physicians Group, Rachel worked at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in the orthopedics department as a staff/resource/charge RN. She has worked for WellStar since 2006 and is currently a clinical instructor for holistic nursing at Kennesaw State University. Rachel is a board-certified FNP.

WellStar East Paulding Primary Care is located at 176 Marietta Highway, Building A, Hiram, 30141.

WellStar Physicians Group Adds Two Surgeons to Paulding Practice

HIRAM, GA -- WellStar Douglas Surgical Associates is pleased to announce the addition of two new surgeons to its practice in Paulding County.

Vanchad Ron Memark, M.D. and Kevin Powell, M.D. are now seeing patients at the practice's office in Hiram (176 Marietta Highway, Building A) and will perform surgery at WellStar Paulding Hospital.

Dr. Memark comes to WellStar Douglas Surgical Associates from the Ohio State University, where he served his fellowship in advanced therapeutic endoscopy, ERCP and minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery. He earned his doctorate of medicine from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Dr. Memark is board-certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is also certified in fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery by the American College of Surgeons and the Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

Prior to joining WellStar Douglas Surgical Associates, Dr.

WellStar Ranks in Top 10 of 100 Best Companies

MARIETTA, GA -- The Working Mother 100 Best Companies initiative has selected WellStar Health System as one of the nation's top 10 organizations for 2010.

"WellStar is committed to world-class healthcare while being an exceptional workplace," said David Anderson, executive vice-president of human resources and organizational learning/chief compliance officer for WellStar Health System. "Through competitive salaries, outstanding benefits, innovative work/life programs and our concierge service, we are nationally recognized as an employer of choice. Given that 83% of our workforce is female, we are honored to be a Working Mother top 10 company."

The 100 Best Companies' family programs adeptly help employees in all areas of their lives.