Water crisis and smart growth on NCA agenda

Sally Bethea, executive director of the Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers, will be the featured speaker at the Nov. 28 meeting of the Northwest Community Alliance (NCA). Bethea will speak on the relationship between “ Our Current Water Crisis and Smart Growth”.

Bethea has been one of the few voices over the last several weeks talking in plain, clear facts about the causes and solutions for our crisis. She has agreed to take questions from the audience.

Because of Thanksgiving, the meeting has been changed from the third Wednesday of the month (Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 21) to the following Wednesday, Nov. 28.

“We knew that we would have had conflicts with speakers, our venue and our membership,” said NCA Chairman Michael Koblentz. “We apologize for any conflicts and inconvenience this change in date causes our membership.”

The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Rising Roll restaurant, in the shopping center at the intersection of Northside Drive and Bellemeade.

City fire trucks get pet oxygen masks

Atlanta Fire-Rescue has begun carrying pet oxygen masks on their fire engines as part of their life-saving equipment. These masks are designed to provide oxygen to cats and dogs who may be victims of smoke inhalation.

Donations from Buckhead and other Atlanta business owners and individual have provided 19 sets of masks to be placed in service on fire engines. Each set consists of three sizes (large, medium and small). The cost is approximately $55.00 per set.

Northside Hospital named Center of Excellence

Northside Hospital-Atlanta has been named a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). The ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.

“We are very proud of this designation and would like to thank the physicians and staff who enabled us to achieve this goal,” said Vicki Barnett, director of surgical services, Northside Hospital. “Becoming a Center of Excellence exemplifies the high-quality care that we provide to our patients.”

To earn a Center of Excellence designation, Northside underwent a two-year process including a series of site inspections, during which all aspects of the program were closely examined and data on health outcomes for more than 125 surgical cases were reviewed. Northside and other centers receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and benchmark outcomes data.