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New agency will start operations

...first things first for the new Georgia Department of Community Health, which opens for business today. Commissioner Russ Toal's immediate priorities are the mundane chores of hiring a staff and putting together a budget request. More long-term...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/07/01/met_264766.shtml
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State health plan has financial woes

...deficit and may have to raise premiums again next summer. Russ Toal, commissioner of the new Department of Community Health...disruption, despite any shortfall. "I have instructed Russ Toal and the Department of Community Health to analyze the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/09/18/met_270537.shtml
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Funding supports patient archive

...create what may be the first statewide tumor and tissue bank in the nation, officials said Thursday. Coalition President Russ Toal announced that Medical College of Georgia would get a grant of $500,000 and Memorial Health University Medical Center...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/07/12/met_348127.shtml
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Cancer coalition official resigns

...proposed regional cancer networks, such as the joint Athens-Augusta program and the one centered around Savannah. Russ Toal, who had been tapped by then-Gov. Roy Barnes to lead the Georgia Cancer Coalition after it was formed in 2000, resigned...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/09/27/met_391699.shtml
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Help for state health plan approved

...contracting directly for services from hospitals and steering more employees toward managed care. Community Health Commissioner Russ Toal told board members during a meeting in Macon that the State Health Benefit Plan faces a projected shortfall of nearly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/11/11/met_273726.shtml
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Cancer network needs work

...be wrapped up by the end of October, though, and area cancer patients could see new services this fiscal year, said Russ Toal, the president of the coalition. Mr. Toal met with members of the East Georgia Cancer Network, which includes the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/08/13/met_384115.shtml
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Experts predict survival of effort

...Sonny Perdue, the cancer crusade will continue, local health care providers and politicians said. Coalition President Russ Toal told a meeting of cancer doctors Wednesday night that he expected the program to survive Mr. Barnes, said Stephen Peiper...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2002/11/08/met_357269.shtml
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Leader of Georgia's cancer care network resigns

...for proposed regional cancer networks, such as the joint Athens-Augusta program and one centered around Savannah. Russ Toal, who had been tapped by then-Gov. Roy Barnes to lead the Georgia Cancer Coalition after it was formed in 2000, resigned...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/09/26/met_391607.shtml
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Hospitals to oppose state plan

...group of providers a blanket exemption" to the statewide contract's provisions, said Community Health Commissioner Russ Toal after the issue came up during a legislative hearing on his midyear budget request. Advocates for rural hospitals are...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2000/01/06/met_277874.shtml
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Plan to expand coverage eligibility

...eligibility for those programs would extend health coverage to 42,000 uninsured Georgians, Community Health Commissioner Russ Toal said. Reducing the ranks of the uninsured was among the major priorities Gov. Roy Barnes set for the Department of Community...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/09/25/met_271257.shtml
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