“Caring for the Community” in Action Via Good Samaritan Canned Food Drive

Departments within Wayne Memorial held a canned food drive to benefit the local Good Samaritan Center. This morning, representatives gathered to present the items to Jimmy Dick, Vice President of Good Samaritan. The center, located in downtown Jesup at Southeast Broad and Bay Streets, is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. They service 35 clients on average every week and have 15 volunteers. Anyone interested in donating or volunteering may stop by the center. Pictured are, from left to right, Dick, Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi, Hospital Volunteer Janice Scarborough and Hospital Employee Madison Klymshyn.

Emergency Appeal from The American Red Cross


Following a tough Fourth of July week for blood donations, the American Red Cross is now facing an emergency blood shortage and has issued an urgent call for eligible individuals of all blood types to give now and help save patient lives. Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to prevent delays in urgent medical care to vulnerable patients.


  • The American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelets.
  • Imagine if someone you love needed a blood type that was missing from hospital shelves.
  • Without more blood donors now, hospitals may not have the blood needed to save lives.
  • You are the #MissingType, and patients need you. Help the American Red Cross meet the emergency need for blood and combat a summer blood shortage.
  • Donations are urgently needed now to help ensure blood types don’t go missing.
  • Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available.
  • Schedule an appointment today by using the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
  • Donors can save up to 15 minutes by using RapidPass to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online. For more information, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass.

Welcome Breakfast July 18 for Family Physician New to Area, Dr. Dorothy Nelder

The Wayne Memorial and St. Joseph’s/Candler Physician Associates are pleased to announce a family physician has joined the group, Dr. Dorothy Nelder. A drop-in welcome breakfast will be held in Wayne Memorial’s cafeteria conference room Wednesday, July 18 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The public is invited. Dr. Nelder’s office is already open, as she is joining Dr. Crystal Bright, also a family physician. The office is located at 930 South First Street in Jesup and appointments may be made by calling (912) 559-2337.

As a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Medicine, Dr. Nelder completed her residency in Family Medicine at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia. She has been practicing Family Medicine in Alabama for the past 15 years. She is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She and Dr. Bright welcome new patients.

Give Blood and Help Save Lives July 30 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup

Wayne Memorial Hospital is hosting its next blood drive Monday, July 30, 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 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.

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

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, July 17th – 9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, July 18th – 7 am – 6 pm
Thursday, July 19th – 7am – 2 pm

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.

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.

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.

Wayne Memorial Hospital Presents $5,000 to Screven City Council to Brighten Fireworks Show

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.”

Free Childbirth Class Offered Saturday, June 30 at Wayne Memorial Hospital

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.

$29 Sheet and Pillow Sale returning to Jesup area

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.

46+ Years and Two Tours of Duty Later, Mrs. Nellie Faye Scott, age 88, to Retire

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.