“Can You Fix My Broken Heart?” The Answer to that Question and more during Free Lecture May 26 led by Cardiologist Gary Stern, M.D.

Jesup, GA – Continuing its monthly lecture series, Wayne Memorial Hospital is announcing its next featured speaker and topic. Dr. Gary Stern, Cardiologist, will lead the free lecture on Thursday, May 26. The topic of the lecture is “Can you Fix my Broken Heart?” Dr. Stern will also present information on common cardiac conditions and testing.

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The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Coastal Pines Technical College’s Jesup Campus in the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Building. The lecture will also allow time for a questions and answers. The public is welcome and there is no charge to attend.

These lectures are part of a monthly series offered by the hospital. Each of these lectures is scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at Coastal Pines Technical College in the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Building. The next lecture is slated for Thursday, June 23rd.

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 fourth 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 Partners with American Red Cross to Host Community Blood Drive

Jesup, GA – Wayne Memorial will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Friday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Red Cross Bloodmobile in the hospital parking lot. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-Red-Cross or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code wmh.

“Wayne Memorial is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Joe Ierardi, Hospital CEO. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.”

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.

“We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.” According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

All presenting donors will be entered to win a $25 gift card from the hospital as show of appreciation. 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 fourth 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.

$6 Jewelry and Accessories Sale to be held at Wayne Memorial Hospital

Jesup, GA – A $6 jewelry and accessories sale will be held in the lobby of Wayne Memorial Hospital Monday, May 2 through Thursday, May 5, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Shoppers may select from thousands of necklace and earring sets and other items including scarves, rings, bracelets and tote bags.

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 volunteers who exist at the facility 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.

Dr. Elizabeth Crandall, Ophthalmologist, to offer Free Lecture April 28

Jesup, GA – Continuing its monthly lecture series, Wayne Memorial Hospital is announcing its next featured speaker and topic. Dr. Elizabeth Crandall of Crandall Eye Physicians and Surgeons will lead the free lecture on her field, ophthalmology. The title of the lecture is “20 Unbelievable Eye Myths that will Surprise You!”

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Dr. Elizabeth Crandall of Crandall Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Coastal Pines Technical College in the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Building. The lecture will also allow time for a questions and answers. The public is welcome and there is no charge to attend. For more information about Dr. Crandall, the public may log on to crandalleye.com.

These lectures are part of a monthly series offered by the hospital. The next lecture, after the one given by Dr. Crandall, will be presented by Dr. Gary Stern, Cardiologist, Thursday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. Each of these lectures is scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at Coastal Pines Technical College in the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Building.
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 fourth 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.

Sensible Soles Fundraiser coming to Jesup and Wayne Memorial Hospital

Jesup, GA – Sensible Soles Shoe Store of Savannah, will be holding a fundraising sale Tuesday, April 12 through Thursday, April 14 in the lobby of Wayne Memorial Hospital. The vendor specializes in correctly fitting comfort shoes and will feature Alegria Shoes and Sockwell compression socks. All shoes are slip resistant and impervious.

Days and hours of the sale are: Tuesday, April 12, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Wednesday, April 13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, April 14, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cash, checks, debit cards and most major credit cards will be accepted. The sale is sponsored by the Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, who donates a large portion of their proceeds back to the hospital to acquire necessary but unbudgeted equipment. More information about the vendor may be found online at sensible-soles.com, or on Facebook under Sensible Soles.

Welcome Breakfast and Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for New Family Physician to area, Dr. Heather Campbell, M.D.

Jesup, GA – Wayne Memorial Hospital and St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System are pleased to announce two upcoming events for family physician Dr. Heather Campbell, M.D.

A drop-in welcome breakfast will be held in Wayne Memorial’s cafeteria conference room Wednesday, April 6 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Additionally, a ribbon cutting will be held at her office, located at 930 South First Street in Jesup, on Thursday, April 21 at 10 a.m. The public is invited to both events.

Dr. Campbell’s office is already open and she will begin seeing patients April 11. Appointments may be made by calling (912) 559-2337.

New Family Physician Office Opening Monday, March 28

Jesup, GA – The office staff of Dr. Heather Campbell, a family physician relocating to the Southeast Georgia area, will be taking calls Monday, March 28. Her office, located at 930 South First Street in Jesup, will begin taking appointments for Dr. Campbell who will see patients starting April 11. Her office may be reached by calling (912) 559-6950.

The office is the former office of Dr. Cynthia Westberry and is across the street from Wayne Memorial Hospital. 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 fourth 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.

Dr. Jeffrey Harris of Wayne Obstetrics and Gynecology to lead free March 24 lecture on Advances in Childbirth

Jesup, GA – Continuing its monthly lecture series, Wayne Memorial Hospital is announcing its next featured speaker and topic. Dr. Jeffrey Harris of Wayne Obstetrics & Gynecology will lead the free lecture on advances in childbirth.

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Dr. Jeffrey Harris, MD of Wayne Obstetrics & Gynecology

The lecture is scheduled for Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Coastal Pines Technical College in the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Building. The lecture will also allow time for a questions and answers. The public is welcome and there is no charge to attend. For more information about Dr. Harris, the public may log on to jesupobgyn.com.

These lectures are part of a monthly series offered by the hospital. The next lectures, after the one given by Dr. Harris, will be presented by Dr. Elizabeth Crandall, Ophthalmologist, Thursday, April 28, at 6:30 p.m. and Dr. Gary Stern, Cardiologist, Thursday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. Each of these lectures is scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. at Coastal Pines Technical College in the C. Paul Scott Polytechnical Building.

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 fourth 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 $125,698,452 for Local and State Economy

Jesup, GA – In 2014, Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup generated more than $125,698,452 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 $7,094,001 in uncompensated care while sustaining more than 911 full-time jobs throughout Jesup and the rest of the state.

The report revealed that the hospital had direct expenditures of more than $55,019,895 in 2014. 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 $125,698,452. 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 the hospital. “We are so appreciative of the Jesup community’s unwavering support of their local hospital and will continue to work hard to ensure that the residents of this area 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, 41 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, state lawmakers must work to protect the state’s health care system with the same fervor that they do other initiatives like education and public utilities.

“Our local health care system is indispensable,” said Ierardi. “It is not only the primary guardian of health in our community, but it is a major economic engine in this area that is responsible for 911 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.”