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Covid Vaccine Drive-Through Event Hosted by Wayne County Health Department At Wayne Memorial Hospital, Physical Therapy Parking Lot

The Wayne County Health Department is hosting a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic that is open to all Georgians aged 18 and older. This clinic will administer the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. This will be held on March 31 at the Wayne Memorial Hospital Physical Therapy parking lot (the parking lot closest to Highway 84). The address is 865 South First Street in Jesup. The hours are 8:00 AM-11:30 AM and 1:00 PM-3:30 PM. Appointments are required.

To register, visit https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-vaccine, and select the blue box that states, “Health Dept. Scheduling”. If you need assistance, please call 1-855-473-4374.

OB/GYN Office Opened

Dr. Steven Roth, OB/GYN, has officially opened his office as of March 1. Located at 930 South First Street in Jesup, his staff may be reached by calling (912) 559-2432. He is accepting Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and other insurances.

A board-certified physician, Dr. Roth has over 27 years experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of women’s health issues. After graduating Cum Laude from the University of South Florida, Dr. Roth also completed his medical degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. His specialty training was completed at The University of Alabama-Birmingham and Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Roth previously served as the Chief of Staff at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida. His professional goal is “To provide the best possible care for my patients through compassion, critical thinking and extensive experience in women’s health.”

$29 Sheet and Pillow Sale returning to Jesup’s Wayne Memorial Hospital

A $29 sheet and pillow sale (all sizes), will occur in the parking lot of Wayne Memorial Hospital March 30 and 31. Davis Creations is bringing their $29 Sale both days, weather permitting, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale will occur in the parking lot to the right of the building. At the present time, due to the pandemic, the public at large cannot come into the facility or cafeteria, so the sale is being held outdoors.  Masking and social distancing will be in effect. 

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 vendor shares that the pillows are hypoallergenic and resistant to mold, bacteria and dust mites. 

The sale is open to the public. Cash, debit and charge cards are accepted. A portion of the proceeds benefits the hospital volunteers, a group of several dozen people who give of their time and talents to serve patients, patient families and the hospital staff. Once a year, the volunteers donate a large portion of their funds back to the hospital for the purchase of medical equipment that benefits patients.

First Round of Covid-19 Vaccines Given to Wayne County School System Employees at Wayne Memorial

“I do everything in my power as a single mom to do everything I can to be healthy.” Powerful words spoken by Wayne County Educator Dara Van Nus when asked why she chose to get the Covid-19 Vaccine. Yesterday marked an historic day as Wayne Memorial Hospital began their first day of vaccinations for Wayne County School System Employees. The employees will return in approximately 28 days for their second dose of the vaccine manufactured by Moderna.

From left to right are school system employees Jennifer Lindell, Van Nus, Sheila Sapp, Gwen McLellan and Rhonda Ryan. When others were asked why they chose to obtain the vaccine, their answers varied. Lindell replied, “So that I can be protected as much as possible.” Sapp shared her reasons centered on “the safety of my family and others. It’s a necessary step for people.” McLellan said her reason for obtaining the shot was “to stay safe around my parents and to protect their health.” Ryan shared her views as this being similar to other vaccinations stating this was “just as important as childhood immunizations.”

Dr. Reggie Burgess of the Wayne County School System added, “Superintendent Dr. Jay Brinson, the Wayne County Board of Education, and its employees would like to thank Hospital Administrator Joe Ierardi and the whole Wayne Memorial Hospital staff for coordinating this event and for their tireless efforts in protecting our community.”

Wayne Memorial Hospital Receives $10,000 in Georgia HEART Funds via Windham Brannon, LLC

Through the Georgia Rural Health Tax Program, Georgia HEART, Wayne Memorial recently received $10,000 via Windham Brannon, LLC. Pictured are Hospital Chief Financial Officer Greg Jones (left) and Windham Brannon Healthcare Advisory Business Development Director Chris Andersen (right) at the check presentation.

The state of Georgia’s rural hospitals have long been facing a financial crisis, jeopardizing the access of rural Georgians to adequate health care. As a result in 2016, the Georgia General Assembly passed, and Governor Nathan Deal signed into law, Senate Bill 258. This piece of legislation awards Georgia income tax credits to individual and corporate taxpayers who contribute to qualified rural hospital organizations located in Georgia.

“We aim to make a difference for healthcare providers because we know that, ultimately, we are serving patients and their communities. Everyone will be a patient at some point in their life, which is something we take to heart,” Danielle Epps, healthcare advisory practice co-leader at Windham Brannon said.

Participation in the Georgia HEART program is limited to Georgia rural hospitals that meet certain qualification criteria established in the law. These include population size (50,000 or less, excluding military personnel), tax-exempt status or public hospital authority management, acceptance of Medicare and Medicaid, and a minimum annual provision of indigent or uncompensated care. In order to qualify, rural hospitals must also file a five-year plan with the Georgia Department of Community Health.

“We are certainly grateful for this donation. The Georgia HEART program has been a blessing to us as well as our fellow rural hospitals throughout the state,” Jones said. Wayne Memorial is one of 14 Georgia hospitals to receive a $10,000 donation from Georgia HEART via Windham Brannon. See the full list.

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Jodi’s Accessories Returns to Jesup for Hospital Volunteer Fundraiser

A Georgia Company, Jodi’s Accessories, will be returning to the parking lot of Wayne Memorial Hospital to help the hospital volunteers raise money through a fundraising sale. Known for their unique and stylish gifts, Jodi’s Accessories will be offering home décor, decorative cups, clipboards, bows, pop sockets and more. Many items are $6. The one-day, outdoor sale will take place Thursday, February 25th, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the side parking lot of the hospital, to the right of the main building. Masks should be worn and social distancing should be observed.

Cash, credit and debit cards will be accepted. For a sneak preview of their merchandise, log on to jodisaccessories.net or find them on Facebook under the name “Jodi’s Accessories.” The mission of the hospital volunteer group is to serve patients, patient family members and hospital staff. They donate thousands of hours a year in volunteer time and monetary donations to the hospital in order to assist in the procurement of necessary but unbudgeted equipment.

Dr. Steven Roth, OB/GYN, Opens Office in Area

The Wayne Memorial and St. Joseph’s/Candler Physician Associates are pleased to announce Dr. Steven Roth, OB/GYN, as a new addition to the group. His office, located at 930 South First Street in Jesup, may be reached by calling (912) 559-2432.

A board-certified physician, Dr. Roth has over 27 years experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of women’s health issues. After graduating Cum Laude from the University of South Florida, Dr. Roth also completed his medical degree at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. His specialty training was completed at The University of Alabama-Birmingham and Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Roth previously served as the Chief of Staff at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida. Dr. Roth shares his professional goal is “To provide the best possible care for my patients through compassion, critical thinking and extensive experience in Women’s Health.”

CareSource Open Enrollment Period February 15-May 15, 2021

The open enrollment period for CareSource, one of the health exchange programs offered in Wayne County under the Affordable Care Act, is February 15th – May 15th. Wayne Memorial Hospital is a participating provider with CareSource. Anyone desiring to change to CareSource from their current provider may do so during this time period. For more information about CareSource, visit their website at caresource.com.

Second Round of Covid-19 Vaccine Given in Wayne

Emergency Workers, Doctors, Nurses, hospital staff receive doses

“Peace of mind” and “thankful.” Words given by Wayne Memorial Hospital Employee Janet Keith when describing her reaction to receiving her second dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. She adds that she is “praying it is available to all who want to get the vaccine soon.” Keith says, “We need 2021 to start being Covid-free as everyone needs ‘peace of mind’ regarding Covid-19.”

Angie Jones, Assistant Chief Nursing Officer for the hospital, remarked how “everyone was pretty excited today about getting the second shot. We’re giving 100 vaccines today and will move forward with the remaining shots for our first responders and staff in the future. The goal is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi spoke of the importance of coordination and teamwork in getting the vaccine to the hospital and properly distributed, referencing a plan the staff had in place for immediate implementation upon receipt. He shared that, in fact, vaccines were being administered within two hours of receipt last month during the first round of shots. Ierardi added, “For those that want this vaccine, it gives them a sense of relief, confidence and peace of mind. It gives them another added layer of protection against this disease.”

This second shot is being given in the right arm, which is different from the first shot, as the hospital gave the initial injections in the left arm. The hospital reminds people to continue to utilize the “Three Ws” – washing hands often, wearing masks when appropriate and watching their distance with others.

She Reigns: Wayne Memorial Welcomes First Baby of 2021, Sarah Reign Wilson

Caption: Weighing in at eight pounds, three ounces and measuring 21 inches long, Sarah Reign Wilson rang in the New Year with her parents by making her debut at 9:51 a.m. January 1. She is the first baby born in 2021 at Wayne Memorial Hospital. Sarah Reign is welcomed home by her parents, Elaina and Mark Wilson of Wayne County. Baby Sarah was helped into the world by Dr. Sandra Mager, assisted by Dr. Jeffrey Harris. Dr. Stanley Jones is her pediatrician. Sarah is named after her paternal great grandmother, who passed away in May, her parents shared. “The nurses, staff and physicians have been great here. It’s been a very good experience,” the first-time father said.

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