Emory Eastside hires new chief nurse

SNELLVILLE - Nurse Melissa E. Bennett has joined Emory Eastside Medical Center as the chief nursing officer.

Bennett brings an extensive leadership background, as well as nursing clinical and management experience in trauma, surgical ICU and cardiopulmonary.

Bennett received a bachelor's degree in nursing from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She also received a master's degree in nursing from Troy State University in Montgomery, Ala., and a master's degree in health administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill.

Suwanee Day 5K blood drive this weekend

SUWANEE - LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will team up with Suwanee to host the Suwanee Day 5K community blood drive this weekend.

Look for the bloodmobile from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Town Center Park, located at the corner of Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Buford Highway in Suwanee. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, but the Suwanee Day festival won't be held until Sept. 15 at the park.

The LifeSouth bloodmobile will also make a stop at the Kroger at 2700 Braselton Highway in Dacula on Saturday.

Donations can be made from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All donors will receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone at the Mayfield Dairy in Braselton, a recognition item and a free cholesterol screening.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and show a photo ID at the time of donation.

For more information, call 770-538-0500 or visit www.lifesouth.org.

Northside offers new treatment for cancer

ATLANTA - Northside Hospital has expanded its radiation therapy services to include stereotactic radiosurgery, the latest noninvasive radiation therapy treatment.

According to a hospital release, new technology and staff make Northside the largest provider of cancer care services in Georgia.

The new radiation offered at the hospital, located at 1000 Johnson Ferry Road in Atlanta, is a form of radiation therapy that focuses high-powered X-rays onto a small area.

Patients benefit from a faster, more effective and less invasive procedure, with less discomfort, fewer side effects and a quicker recovery, the release said.