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Newsmakers in Business, Jan. 3
0103BIZRichard Olson
Richard Olson

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Olson chosen as cancer liaison for N.E. Georgia Medical Center

Richard Olson, a surgeon with Northeast Georgia Surgical Associates in Gainesville, has received a three-year appointment as cancer liaison physician for the cancer program at Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

Olson joins a network of more than 1,600 volunteer physicians responsible for providing leadership and direction to their facilities’ cancer program. He is a member of the multidisciplinary cancer committee at the medical center.

Patton joins Guilford Immediate Care as Occupational Services director

Troy C. Patton has been named Director of Occupational Services at Guilford Immediate Care.

Patton has more than 19 years of experience in health care. Over the past 12 years, he has primarily focused on coordinating occupational services with local employers.

Guilford Immediate Care operates walk-in clinics in Gainesville, Oakwood, Braselton and Flowery Branch to serve employers with occupational needs. Patton can be contacted at 678-544-8703 or

Rushton & Co. joins international CPA group

The Rushton & Co. accounting firm of Gainesville has been accepted into CPAmerica International, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious associations of CPA firms.

CPAmerica International is an exclusive association of more than 80 large, independent CPA firms across the United States that share industry-specific knowledge, continuing professional education programs and practice management techniques. Rushton & Co. also will be affiliated with CPA firms worldwide.

"We are always searching for ways to better serve our clients," said Barclay Rushton, company founder and partner with Rushton & Co. "Our membership in CPAmerica International will provide our firm with a network of additional resources to expand service capabilities, apply knowledge acquired through member networking and gain access to exclusive resources available to association members."

Founded in 1981, Rushton & Company, LLC, provides accounting services to businesses throughout North Georgia.