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Red Cross Blood Drive Scheduled for Wednesday, July 19 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup

Jesup, GA – Wayne Memorial Hospital is hosting its next blood drive Wednesday, July 19, 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 and entering “wmh” when prompted for a sponsor code. Walk-ins are also welcomed. Donors will be entered into a raffle for $25 if we achieve five units over the drive goal. If 10 or more units are collected beyond the goal, the raffle increases to $50. The goal for this drive is 32 units.

All blood types are needed, as one pint of blood can save up to three lives. Donors may go online to redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to make their visit to the drive quicker.

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 400 employees, 84 beds and is a two-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award.

Free Childbirth Class Offered Saturday, July 15 at Wayne Memorial Hospit

A free class on childbirth is offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital Saturday, July 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital annex building (located at the corner of Peachtree Street and Colonial Way in Jesup). The 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) 530-3117 or (912) 530-3118.

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.

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 400 employees, 84 beds and is a two-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award.

$29 Sheet and Pillow Sale to be held at Wayne Memorial Hospital

Jesup, GA – A $29 sheet sale (all sizes), will occur in the Wayne Memorial Hospital Lobby Monday, June 12 through Thursday, June 15, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Shoppers may select from 24 colors of full, queen, king and twin sets. These $29 sets include a flat sheet, a deep pocket fitted sheet and four pillow cases. These 1800 count Egyptian Comfort sets are extra soft, wrinkle-free and machine washable and dryable. Also available are bamboo pillows, which never go flat and may help those suffering from snoring, neck pain, TMJ, asthma, allergies and migraines. The pillows are hypoallergenic and 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.

Dr. Douglas P. Hein Reflects on 33-year Career as he Moves into Retirement

A visitor walking into Dr. Douglas P. Hein’s office may never realize he or she has entered the office not only of an orthopedic surgeon, but also of a two-time national championship lacrosse team member. A visitor may never know that a young Dr. Hein moved into the Jesup area at 33 and 1/3 years old and that he has timed his retirement perfectly after serving patients in this area for another 33 and 1/3 years. But if that visitor takes a moment to inquire, Dr. Hein will gladly share his story.

Growing up in Villa Park, California, as the son of a chicken farmer and homemaker, Dr. Hein knew he wanted to somehow help people. Living in Orange County and a lover of nature, he pondered becoming a park ranger. However, his best friend’s father, an orthopedic surgeon, made a lasting, positive impression on him. So much so, that at the age of 17, having never travelled further east than Denver, Dr. Hein readied himself for his first year at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Completing his undergraduate work in 1971, he stayed on site to continue his education at the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, obtaining his medical degree 4 years later. Always involved in sports growing up, he designed his own elective in the last semester of medical school. He created a course centered on orthopedics for the athlete, which focused on proper training and nutrition in coordination with sports. Having played football, basketball and tennis in high school, it was natural for Dr. Hein to continue into college with football and a sport new to him – lacrosse. Dr. Hein had chosen Johns Hopkins for its pre-med curriculum and ended up with a medical degree and memories of playing on two national championship lacrosse teams. His post-graduate training then began with an internship and residency at the Naval Regional Medical Center in Oakland, California. Doors opened for him as he served as the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina as well as a staff surgeon at the U.S. Naval Regional Medical Center in Naples, Italy. He winds down his career in Jesup as an orthopedic surgeon, where he is the former Chief of Department of Surgery and Former Chief of Staff at Wayne Memorial.

When asked what was most rewarding about working in medicine, Dr. Hein says, “To be able to fulfill my original purpose of going into medicine – to help people.” Noting the many changes in medicine and how that care is delivered today, versus 50 years ago when he left California, Dr. Hein notes, “The basics always work. Good medical care requires a proper dialogue with patients in addition to testing.” Of Jesup and Wayne County, Dr. Hein shares, “My patients here show me that there are still good people in the world.” When asked what his future plans hold, Dr. Hein smiles brightly as he thinks about his retirement home in Oregon and replies, “I’m looking forward to figuring it out.”

$5 Masquerade Sale May 16-18

Known as the leading $5 jewelry fundraiser in the nation, Masquerade Fundraising is returning to Jesup and the Wayne Memorial Hospital Lobby for three days for a $5 jewelry and accessories sale. Dates and times of the sale are:

  • Tuesday, May 16 – 7 am – 6 pm
  • Wednesday, May 17 – 7 am – 6 pm
  • Thursday, May 18 – 7am – 2 pm

Jewelry, scarves, collegiate accessories and more will be displayed in the lobby for shoppers. Cash, credit and debit cards will be accepted. The public is welcome. A portion of the proceeds is directed back to the Auxiliary, who donates proceeds back to the hospital for much-needed equipment and upgrades not budgeted. Masquerade Fundraising, in a very short time, has become the most recognized a For a sneak preview of their merchandise, log on to www.masqueradefundraising.com<http://www.masqueradefundraising.com/> or find them on Facebook under the name “$5 Jewelry by Masquerade Fundraising in GA.” Merchandise planned for this sale may include jewelry, scarves, purses, workout wear, fidget spinners, collegiate accessories and more.

$5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale Coming Back to Wayne Memorial Hospital Lobby

Jesup, GA – Known as the leading $5 jewelry fundraiser in the nation, Masquerade Fundraising is returning to Jesup and the Wayne Memorial Hospital Lobby for three days for a $5 jewelry and accessories sale. Dates and times of the sale are:

Tuesday, May 16 – 7 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, May 17 – 7 am – 6 pm
Thursday, May 18 – 7am – 2 pm

Jewelry, scarves, collegiate accessories and more will be displayed in the lobby for shoppers. Cash, credit and debit cards will be accepted. The public is welcome. A portion of the proceeds is directed back to the Auxiliary, who donates proceeds back to the hospital for much-needed equipment and upgrades not budgeted.
Masquerade Fundraising, in a very short time, has become the most recognized a
For a sneak preview of their merchandise, log on to www.masqueradefundraising.com or find them on Facebook under the name “$5 Jewelry by Masquerade Fundraising in GA.” Merchandise planned for this sale may include jewelry, scarves, purses, workout wear, fidget spinners, collegiate accessories and more.

Free Childbirth Class Offered Saturday, May 6 at Wayne Memorial Hospital

Jesup, GA – A free class on childbirth is offered at Wayne Memorial Hospital Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital annex building (located at the corner of Peachtree Street and Colonial Way in Jesup). The 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) 530-3117 or (912) 530-3118.

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.

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 400 employees, 84 beds and is a two-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award.

Wayne Memorial Hospital Generates $106,869,754 for Local and State Economy

Jesup, GA – In 2015, Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup generated more than $106,869,754 in revenue for the local and state economy according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state’s largest hospital trade association. The report also found that, during the same time period, Wayne Memorial provided approximately $4,984,325 in uncompensated care while sustaining more than 997 full-time jobs throughout Jesup and the rest of the state.
The report revealed that Wayne Memorial had direct expenditures of more than $46,450,973 in 2015. When combined with the an economic multiplier developed by the United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis, the total economic impact of those expenditures was more than $106,869,754. 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.
“While Wayne Memorial is well known for its role in meeting the health care needs of the residents of Jesup and Southeast Georgia, it also plays an integral role in protecting our area’s economic health,” said Joe Ierardi, CEO of Wayne Memorial. “We are thankful for the Jesup community’s partnership with their local hospital and will continue to work hard to ensure that area residents have access to the best and safest health care services available.”
While Wayne Memorial remains a major component of the area’s economic engine, the hospital’s leadership, like the rest of the Georgia hospital community, is concerned about a wide array of economic challenges that have made it increasingly difficult to meet the community’s health care needs, including a fast-growing uninsured population. Presently, 42 percent of all hospitals in Georgia are operating with negative margins.


“We’re extremely concerned about the current operating environment for hospitals,” said Ierardi. “We’ve made a commitment to every citizen of this community to be there for them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. However, our ability to do so is being 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 indispensable,” said Ierardi. “It is not only the primary guardian of health in our community, but also a major economic engine in this area that is responsible for 997 jobs. It is our hope that our elected lawmakers will join us in our efforts to protect our local health care system and preserve access to health care for every resident of Jesup and surrounding communities.”

Collective Goods Fundraiser Coming to Jesup Area April 12 and 13 in Wayne Memorial Hospital Lobby

JESUP – The Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is hosting a Collective Goods Fundraiser Wednesday, April 12 and Thursday, April 13. Wednesday the 12th’s hours will be 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. while Thursday the 13th’s hours will be 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Collective Goods, formerly Books Are Fun, features 30-70% off retail prices, with an inventory of small electronics, children’s books, cookbooks, New York Times best sellers, stationery, scrapbooking materials, music collections, early learning products and gifts for all ages. Cash, checks, debit and major credit cards are accepted and the public is welcome. The sale is a fundraiser sponsored by the hospital auxiliary, whose mission is to provide support to hospital staff, patients and visitors. For more information about the vendor, go to collectivegoods.com, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. 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 400 employees, 84 beds and is a two-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award.

Barbecue for a Cure Tickets on Sale until Thursday, April 6 at Wayne Memorial Hospital

JESUP – Just in time for your Easter weekend, Wayne Memorial Hospital will be hosting the 5th Annual “Barbecue for a Cure” Thursday, April 13, to benefit the local American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Event. Tickets are on sale until Thursday, April 6. Dinner options include Boston Butts for $25 or a slab of ribs for $20. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Cash or check accepted.

For the public’s convenience, ticket holders will pick up their items the day of the event in a “drive-through” fashion. They may follow signs off Memorial Drive and enter the rear parking area of the hospital’s annex building (formerly known as The Armory). Volunteers will greet ticket holders and load the purchased items into the vehicles. The pick-up time is 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. the day of the event – Thursday, April 13th.

Those interested in purchasing tickets should call (912) 530-3118 before Thursday, April 6.

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