WellStar puts in new system
MARIETTA — WellStar Health System has implemented Xenex Healthcare Services’ room disinfection system in its patient and operating rooms. It is the first health system in metro Atlanta to use the “green”, mercury-free technology. It has proven to destroy all major classes of microorganisms that cause hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA and Clostridium.
* Today, the UPS Foundation is donating $21,000 to the Safety Village, located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive in Marietta. The Cobb Safety Village is designed to teach children how to react when faced with fire, crime and disaster emergencies, as well as drug and alcohol awareness and pedestrian safety.
* Averitt Express has been chosen as a “Green 75 Supply Chain Partner” by Inbound Logistics magazine for the third straight year.
* Cobb County is conducting a job searching seminar on today from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Central Library, located 266 Roswell St. in Marietta. For more information, call (770) 528-2369.
* Prestige Salon will conduct a ribbon-cutting on Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. at 4200 Wade Green Road, Suite 184 in Kennesaw.
Study: Medicaid to cost $2.5B
ATLANTA — A new study projects that expanding Georgia’s Medicaid health care program would cost the state about $2.5 billion over a decade while providing half a million uninsured Georgians with coverage.
The study, released Monday by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, estimates that more than $33 billion in new federal money would flood into Georgia over a 10-year period.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the study is the latest analysis of the cost of expanding Medicaid under the health law.
Nationwide, state leaders are debating whether to expand the program as they continue to struggle with huge budget shortfalls.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has said Georgia can’t afford to expand the program, already facing a shortfall of hundreds of millions of dollars, even with the substantial federal help.
Porsche to open HQ in Ga.
HAPEVILLE — Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joined Gov. Nathan Deal and representatives from the Porsche company to break ground on the company’s new North American headquarters in Hapeville.
The new headquarters is being built on the old Ford plant site near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The car manufacturer is the first company in the Aerotropolis Atlanta business district.
Deal said in a statement Tuesday that Porsche’s headquarters is a terrific asset to Georgia’s economy, and that One Porsche Drive will become a renowned address in the state.
Porsche officials say once the site is completed, the new headquarters may employ up to 400 people.
Home prices are increasing
WASHINGTON — Home prices increased in September in most major U.S. cities, more evidence of a housing recovery that is providing a lift to the fragile economy.
Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller reported Tuesday that its 20-city index of home prices rose 3 percent in September compared with the same month last year. Prices also gained 3.6 percent in the July-September quarter compared with the same quarter in 2011.