Home Runs help fund Local Shelter’s Summer Program for Kids Hospital donates $550 to Fair Haven via WCHS Varsity Baseball
What brings together a high school baseball team, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse and a small, rural hospital? A good cause. “Home Run Funds,” to be exact. Before the first crack of the bat was heard for the 2018 Wayne County High School Yellow Jackets this season, Wayne Memorial Hospital committed to give Fair Haven Shelter $50 for every home run the Jackets hit. After the season concluded, with 11 home runs, the grand total going to Fair Haven tallied $550. Yesterday, all parties met up at the Fair Haven Market to make the gift official.
Janet Keith, Executive Assistant to the hospital CEO and CFO, said, “It is an honor and privilege to be a Fair Haven Board Member and to be employed by Wayne Memorial Hospital – a place that not only serves the residents of Wayne County, but gives back to the community on many different levels. At the beginning of the WCHS baseball season, Wayne Memorial again committed to giving $50 for every home run produced by the Varsity baseball team in order to support Fair Haven in a creative and unique way. We, at the hospital, are thankful to have a facility in Wayne County as a safe haven for victims of domestic violence as they seek help and change from a negative environment to a positive one for themselves and their children.”
Julia Burch, Executive Director of Fair Haven, added, “The shelter is very excited to dedicate this $550 to use this summer for our Children’s Program, which helps little ones heal and recover from witnessing violence in the home. The program defuses trauma not only through age-appropriate activities to address their emotional needs but also through play, art and creative movement. Thank you to Wayne Memorial Hospital and our talented baseball team and coaches as we all work together to strengthen our future players!”
Wayne County High School’s Baseball Coach Justin McDonald said, “It is very important to be able, as a baseball program, to give back to the community. This community has shown so much support for our program and players over the past years and it is our obligation to serve when we have the opportunity to do so. We want to thank Joe Ierardi and Wayne Memorial Hospital, along with everyone involved, in continuing this project and allowing us to play a role in it. I also have to thank the players for putting good swings on the baseball this season. We, as a program, are looking forward to continuing this project for many years.”
Fair Haven is a 12-bed facility that focuses on giving victims of domestic violence a safe place to heal while providing the resources to begin a new life. If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, call Fair Haven at 912-588-9999. If you would like to give of your time, talents or resources, you may also contact Fair Haven at fairhavenjesup.org. The Fair Haven Market, located at 488 Southwest Broad Street in downtown Jesup, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
At the Screven City Council Meeting Monday evening, June 4, Wayne Memorial presented $5,000 to the council to go toward the annual fireworks show. By recycling an approximate 26 tons of cardboard annually, and in partnership with Envirocycle and Interstate Paper, the hospital is able to net $5,000 in proceeds. Those proceeds are then donated to Screven for the show, which will take place this year on Saturday, June 30th.
Emma Lou Thompson, the hospital’s director of human resources and Screven resident says, “It’s my pleasure to donate these proceeds on behalf of the hospital to the Screven City Council. The celebration always draws a large crowd and we look forward to it every year. We also want to thank the city for hosting such a quality fireworks show for our area.”
A free class on childbirth is offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital Saturday, June 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria conference room. This class is ideal for those expectant mothers 25 weeks pregnant or later by the class date. Those interested in registering may do so by calling (912) 530-3118 or (912) 530-3117.
Topics of the class will include the normal process of pregnancy, labor and delivery with an emphasis on conscious prepared childbirth. Stress is placed on a medically safe delivery in the hospital under the direction of a physician. Additional topics covered are infant care and feeding. Attendees are encouraged to invite a support person who can accompany them to the class and who may also be helpful during labor and delivery.
A $29 sheet sale (all sizes), will occur in the lobby of Wayne Memorial Hospital Tuesday, June 12 through Thursday, June 14, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day and also Friday, June 15, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shoppers may select from full, queen and king-sized sets. Sets include 6 pieces: a flat sheet, a deep pocket fitted sheet and four pillow cases. The sets are machine washable and dryable. Also available are bamboo pillows, which may help those suffering from snoring, neck pain, TMJ, allergies and migraines. The pillows are hypoallergenic, resistant to mold, bacteria and dust mites.
The sale is open to the public. Cash, checks, debit and charge cards are accepted. A portion of the proceeds benefits the hospital Auxiliary, a group of several dozen volunteers who give of their time and talents to serve patients, their families and the hospital community at large. Once a year, the Auxiliary donates a large portion of their funds back to the hospital for the purchase of medical equipment that benefits the public at large.
On a cold winter morning in 1972, Mrs. Nellie “Faye” Scott walked in to the one-story local hospital in Jesup, Wayne Memorial. It was her first day on the job. She worked the Snack Bar part-time, where coffee was a nickel per cup and hungry patrons could also order two slices of toast for another nickel.
Mrs. Scott soon progressed to full time work and landed at the hospital’s switchboard, where she stayed eight years. “We took admissions at the switchboard at night back then. I worked in the office in admissions and put in some weekend shifts.”
She then moved on to American National Bank, who later sold to Barnett Bank. The bank moved the bookkeeping and loan department to Jacksonville, where she worked ten years. Feeling the call to come back to the hospital, she returned for her second and final “tour of duty” on November 27, 1989 as a full time employee at the switchboard, working nights (7 p.m. – 7 a.m.). She will leave the hospital her second and final time when she officially retires June 1.
“Mrs. Faye is always so kind to everyone. She’s a pleasure to be around and we are going to miss her,” says Joe Ierardi, CEO of Wayne Memorial. CFO Greg Jones shares, “We know we can always depend on Mrs. Faye to show up for work to help out her team. A rare jewel.” Her immediate supervisor, Mrs. Rhonda Blue, adds, “I can honestly say that she is a true example of a loyal and dedicated employee, always faithful and kind to others. She will be missed by the staff here at Wayne Memorial but especially missed at the switchboard. We are sad to see her go, yet she deserves to take time for herself and the things she enjoys.”
In her retirement, Mrs. Scott plans on painting and cleaning her house, resting, and tending to her garden. The garden’s bounty includes cucumbers, squash, watermelon, cantaloupe, snap beans and corn – all of which she plans to share with her neighbors. She also plans to spend more time with her son. “I am thankful for my age and good health. The Lord has blessed me.”
When asked if she had any parting words, she replied, “I have enjoyed my work and the people I worked with. They have been good to me.” And you have been good to them, Mrs. Scott. You certainly have been good to them.
Wayne Memorial Hospital is hosting its next blood drive Thursday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the bloodmobile adjacent to the exterior entrance to The Café at Wayne Memorial. Appointments may be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org<http://www.redcrossblood.org/> and entering “wmh” when prompted for a sponsor code. Walk-ins are also welcomed. Donors may streamline their appointments and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete their pre-donation questions.
The American Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. Wayne Memorial Hospital, whose mission is to provide high quality health care services to all patients, built a state-of-the-art facility in 2007. It is the third largest employer in Wayne County with 500 employees, 84 beds and is a two-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award.
Fifty lucky people, ages 10 and up, at the Boys and Girls Club of the Altamaha Area are headed to a Braves Games courtesy of Wayne Memorial. Some of those kids and staff members who plan on going are pictured here next to a sign, created by Club Senior Staff Member Jesstine Zuck. They are, from left to right, Rania Towns, Kevin Dodd, Tennille Stephens (Unit Director), Shelby Anderson (Executive Director), Nicholas Bynes, Zuck, Sienna Mansfield, Jahomy Swaby and Tanaria Ellis. Club Executive Director Shelby Anderson shares, “We chose this age group of kids to go because our club members know we hold them to a higher standard for behavior inside and outside the club.”
Involvement from area businesses is key to non-profit organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of the Altamaha Area. With an average daily attendance of 85 kids, donations from the community are important because “they help us keep our doors open for the children who need us most,” Anderson adds. In the summertime, the number of average daily attendees is expected to rise to a maximum of 125 kids.
The club, located at the former Jesup Elementary School site on Orange Street, is open for visitors to stop in, ask questions or learn how they can become involved. Always looking for volunteers to spend time with club members, financial donations are also welcome which “help us continue to do what we do best, which is mentoring these awesome kids,” Anderson shares. “We are so thankful to know our community supports our vision for our club.”
The Boys and Girls Club of the Altamaha Area’s mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
A $6 jewelry and accessories sale is traveling to Jesup and Wayne Memorial this week. Shoppers may select from hundreds of name brand products for men, women, and children. Items showcased include fashion jewelry, watches, rings, pashminas, reading glasses, sunglasses, wallets, tote bags and more. All classic line items are $6 while premier show specials and handbags will run from $19.95 to $34.95. Hours of the sale are:
- Tuesday, May 8, 7 AM to 7 PM
- Wednesday, May 9, 7 AM to 7 PM
- Thursday, May 10, 7 AM to 2 PM
The sale, open to the public, will be held in the front lobby of the hospital each day. Cash, MasterCard, and Visa are welcome. A portion of the proceeds benefits the hospital Auxiliary, a group who volunteers to serve patients, their families and the community at large. Once a year, the Auxiliary donates a large portion of their funds back to the hospital for the purchase of medical equipment that benefits the public.
In 2016, Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup generated more than $122,429,963 in revenue for the local and state economy, according to a recently released report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state’s largest hospital trade association. During the same time period, Wayne Memorial provided approximately $5,458,590 in uncompensated care while sustaining more than 892 full-time jobs throughout Jesup and Georgia.
Wayne Memorial also had direct expenditures of more than $53,214,223 in 2016. The total economic impact of those expenditures was more than $122,429,963 when combined with an economic multiplier developed by the United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. This output multiplier considers the “ripple” effect of direct hospital expenditures on other sectors of the economy, such as medical supplies, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Economic multipliers are used to model the resulting impact of a change in one industry on the “circular flow” of spending within an economy as a whole.
“Not only does Wayne Memorial help keep the residents of Jesup healthy,” said Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi, “but it also plays an integral role in guarding and enhancing our area’s economic health. We are thankful for the Jesup community’s partnership with our hospital and will continue to work hard to ensure that area residents have access to the highest quality health care services available.”
Wayne Memorial is a major component of the area’s economic strength; however, the hospital’s leadership, like the rest of the Georgia hospital community, is concerned about economic challenges that affect the hospital’s ability to deliver timely and efficient care. A fast-growing uninsured population and inadequate payments from government insurance programs like Medicare and Medicaid have made it increasingly difficult to meet the community’s health care needs. In 2016, 40 percent of all hospitals in Georgia operated with negative total margins.
“We are extremely concerned about the current operating environment for hospitals,” said Ierardi. “We have made a commitment to all citizens of this community to be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. But our ability to do so is compromised when so many of our patients are either uninsured or severely underinsured.”
According to Ierardi, every community needs nearby access to a strong, vibrant health care system that will not only meet the health care needs of its residents, but also attract other industries and businesses to the area.
“Our local health care system is not only the primary guardian of health in our community, but also a major economic engine in this area that is directly responsible for 892 jobs,” said Ierardi. “It is our hope that our elected officials will join us in our efforts to protect our health care system and preserve access to health care for every resident of Jesup and Southeast Georgia.”
A free class on childbirth is offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria conference room. This class is ideal for those expectant mothers 25 weeks pregnant or later by the class date. Those interested in registering may do so by calling (912) 530-3118 or (912) 530-3117.
Topics of the class will include the normal process of pregnancy, labor and delivery with an emphasis on conscious prepared childbirth. Stress is placed on a medically safe delivery in the hospital under the direction of a physician. Additional topics covered are infant care and infant feeding. Attendees are encouraged to invite a support person to the class.