Give Blood and Help Save Lives May 31

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<> 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 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.

“Take Me Out to the Ballgame” in Action via Boys and Girls Club and Wayne Memorial

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.

$6 Fundraiser Slated for May 8-10 at Wayne Memorial Hospital

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.

Wayne Memorial Hospital Generates $122,429,963 for Local and State Economy

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.”

Free Childbirth Class Offered Saturday, May 5 at Wayne Memorial Hospital

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.

Red Cross Blood Drive Scheduled for Tuesday, April 3 at Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup

Jesup, GA – Wayne Memorial Hospital is hosting its next blood drive Tuesday, April 3, 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<> and entering “wmh” when prompted for a sponsor code. Walk-ins are also welcomed.

American Heart Month has Local, Personal Connection with City and Newborns

In honor of Heart Month, the American Heart Association (AHA) sponsors the Little Hats, Big Hearts Program. According to the AHA’s website, volunteers from around the country band together to showcase the significance of the month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February at participating hospitals. Little Hats, Big Hearts honors babies, mothers and heart healthy lifestyles. The hats are donated to babies nationwide in February in order to empower mothers to live heart healthy lives and to help their children do the same.

And this year, the program has a unique local tie to the City of Jesup and Wayne Memorial. City of Jesup employee Rosie Kinard saw a Facebook post about the program a few months ago. She thought to herself, “That’s nice. I can make a couple of hats and send them in.” The next morning at work, she mentioned the program to City Manager Mike Deal, who suggested she make one for each of the babies born during the month of February at Wayne Memorial. She said, “Challenge accepted.” A few phone calls later, Rosie committed to making 50, the average number of babies born at the hospital during the month of February. She shares her reasoning for upping her commitment from 2 hats to 50. “Heart disease touches every person in the United States in one way or another. My father, Hayward Norris, died from congestive heart failure, so these hats are in memory of him in the hopes that everyone makes their heart health a top priority.”

The American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts program started in February 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. It collected 300 hats in the first year. The program is now in more than 40 states and collected over 200,000 this year. 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 475 employees, 84 beds and is a two-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award.

Your Silver Connection Coming to Wayne Memorial Hospital Lobby For Auxiliary Fundraiser

With 20% percent off everything, the public may treat themselves, family and friends for birthday, graduation, bridal, Easter and Mothers’ Day gifts early. Your Silver Connection, hailing from Metro Atlanta, will be offering sterling silver, boutique fashion jewelry and clothing in the lobby of Wayne Memorial Hospital in mid-March. The upcoming sale’s dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, March 13: 3 pm – 6 pm
  • Wednesday, March 14: 8 am – 4 pm
  • Thursday, March 15: 7 am – 3 pm

Cash and all major credit cards will be accepted. The event is hosted by the Auxiliary, a group of volunteers working within the hospital to assist patients, their families and hospital staff. Sales are held monthly and a portion of the proceeds goes back to the Auxiliary, who then makes an annual contribution to the hospital for unbudgeted medical equipment and supplies, benefiting the community at large. Last year, the Auxiliary contributed more than $384,000 in donated labor and funds to the hospital through its service and fundraisers.

Two Days and Three Special Meals on tap for The Cafe

Over the course of two days, three special meals will be offered next week at the award-winning Café at Wayne Memorial on February 13 and 14. To celebrate Mardi Gras, The Café will be serving made to order, Mardi Gras-colored pancakes for breakfast February 13 from 6:30 a.m. To 9:30 a.m. For lunch that day, they’ll offer Cajun grilled shrimp served over cheddar grits.

In honor of Valentine’s Day on February 14, diners are invited to partake in the Sweethearts Shrimp Scampi Lunch for two for $19.99. This special meal includes the main entrée of lemon garlic butter shrimp served over linguine pasta, garden salad, garlic stick, choice of fountain drink or tea and homemade strawberry cream cake. The Sweetheart Meal will be served during the lunch service, which is 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Café offers an outside entrance to the restaurant for patrons to bypass walking through the hospital. The Café, which serves three meals a day to the public and to patients, is open 365 days a year. Their menu line, 912.530.3100, is updated with a recorded description of the lunch and dinner fare by 9 a.m. each day.

Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Receives $500 to Upgrade Equipment

Caption: Receiving a donation from Wayne Memorial’s Chief Financial Officer Greg Jones (right) is Wayne County Sheriff John Carter (left). Carter says, “We certainly appreciate the gift and will use it towards equipment, perhaps for some cameras for our investigators.”