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Updated information about Primary Care of Southwest GA

 Primary Care of Southwest GA will begin seeing patients on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 08:00am.  Their office is located at 509 South Wheat Avenue in Bainbridge, and their telephone number is 229-416-4421.

 

from prior post:  Federally Qualified Health Center coming to Bainbridge August 2015

Memorial has been working with Primary Care of Southwest Georgia (PCSG) on a grant application for federal funding to open and operate a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Bainbridge.  The grant application was submitted last Fall and award announcements were made just a few days ago. 

We are very excited that PCSG has been awarded grant funds to open a clinic here in Bainbridge.  The clinic plans to be open and operational in August 2015 and will be located at 509 Wheat Avenue. 

This clinic will be a tremendous benefit to Bainbridge and Decatur County residents by providing another avenue for primary care services.  This will be especially beneficial for patients that have had to use our Emergency Department due to lack of Primary Care resources. 

We are very excited about the opportunity to work with PCSG to improve access to primary care for the medically underserved population in our community.  We look forward to working with them to open the clinic, and see that its operations are successful in our community.

We will continue to look for ways that we can offer more benefits and services to our Community.  Memorial is committed to improving the health of our community, and to providing excellent service to our patients and their families.

For additional  information visit: www.pcswga.org


Federally Qualified Health Center coming to Bainbridge August 2015

Memorial has been working with Primary Care of Southwest Georgia (PCSG) on a grant application for federal funding to open and operate a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Bainbridge.  The grant application was submitted last Fall and award announcements were made just a few days ago. 

We are very excited that PCSG has been awarded grant funds to open a clinic here in Bainbridge.  The clinic plans to be open and operational in August 2015 and will be located at 509 Wheat Avenue. 

This clinic will be a tremendous benefit to Bainbridge and Decatur County residents by providing another avenue for primary care services.  This will be especially beneficial for patients that have had to use our Emergency Department due to lack of Primary Care resources. 

We are very excited about the opportunity to work with PCSG to improve access to primary care for the medically underserved population in our community.  We look forward to working with them to open the clinic, and see that its operations are successful in our community.

We will continue to look for ways that we can offer more benefits and services to our Community.  Memorial is committed to improving the health of our community, and to providing excellent service to our patients and their families.

For additional  information visit: www.pcswga.org


Memorial partners with Southland MD for Hospitalist Services February 2015

We are very excited and pleased to announce that we entered into a partnership with Southland MD in February 2015.  Southland MD, a regional leader in hospitalist services, will be providing leading edge hospital medicine to our patients.   So, you may see some new faces upstairs as our new Hospitalists begin their rotations at our facilities.  We are very optimistic that this will continue to improve the quality of care that we provide to our patients.

“We’re thrilled to par...tner with Memorial Hospital and Manor as it works to proactively position itself for the future,” said J. Williams, DO, Chief Medical Officer of Southland MD. “We look forward to serving the residents of Bainbridge and Decatur County as well as the surrounding communities and the local physicians.”

Using the Southland model, which combines strong physician leadership with a constant measurement of performance indicators, Southland aims to deliver specific results to support Memorial Hospital and Manor’s goals of quality and efficiency as well as satisfaction among patients, physicians and staff.  Southland Hospitalist providers are specialists in inpatient medicine who care for hospitalized patients. Our Hospitalist physicians ensure a smooth transition from the hospital back to their Primary physician. 

“As healthcare continues to evolve, we recognize the value and expertise a partner like Southland brings to our mission of providing high-quality care to our community,” said Billy Walker, CEO of Memorial. “Southland’s team-based approach and commitment to excellence complements our mission and vision, and we look forward to a fruitful partnership.”

About Southland MD Southland is a physician-owned and operated group that provides Emergency Medicine, Hospitalist and Outpatient Care to hospitals and health centers. Southland was developed to bring high quality medical services back to hospitals and communities that were being run by large, distant staffing companies in which there was no consistency in physician quality or care. Southland is striving to bring back the idea of the small town family doctor with the added bonuses of the training and experience of some of the area’s best medical practitioners. With an emphasis on quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction, Southland physicians are now treating patients throughout South Georgia and North Florida.

With a core group of over 200 physicians and mid-level practitioners, Southland works with hospitals and healthcare centers every day, streamlining throughput times and improving customer satisfaction.  For more information visit www.southlandmd.com.   


Planning Team Attends Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth Summit December 2014

The core planning team for the Memorial Pediatrics-Bainbridge BOE (MPBB) School Based TeleHealth Clinic (SBTC) attended the 4th Annual TeleHealth Clinic Summit hosted by the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) in Tifton GA. Attending the meeting was April Aldridge, Assistant Superintendent; Becky Lloyd, RN School Nurse at WBE; Bonnie Provence, RN School Nurse at JWE; and Winston Price, MD Chair of Pediatrics for Memorial Hospital and Manor.

The meeting was attended by the largest audience to date of the many SBTCs that are operating in the Southern GA schools. Presenters included leadership members of the GPT, SBTC specialist from Ware County, Coffee County and from the Berrien Elementary School system. Irene Munn representing the Lt. Governor’s Office also presented an overview of the state of Georgia Healthcare from a fiscal perspective. The Executive Director for the GPT also introduced the representatives from Zambia’s Telehealth Project, headed by Dr. Savior Chishimba to highlight the global outreach of the GPT and this growing healthcare delivery technology.

The MPBB SBTC continuing to move forward in its planning process and will hold its first Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting on December 16th in Bainbridge.

 For more information please contact Dr. Winston Price at WinstonP@MH-M.org or April Aldridge at aaldridge@dcboe.com .


Memorial Hospital and Manor receives grant funding for School rural-based Telehealth programs

We are so very excited to report receipt of grant funding from the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth to operate a rural school-based telehealth program at Jones Wheat and West Bainbridge Elementary Schools.  This funding will allow us to i...mprove the access to care to the children of Decatur County.

On September 16, 2014, The Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth announced two awards to Memorial Hospital and Manor along with Memorial Pediatrics for the periods 2014-2015 totaling $60,000 to establish school-based telehealth centers at Jones Wheat and West Bainbridge Elementary Schools in Bainbridge, Georgia.

The purpose of the school based health centers are to: •Provide primary medical care and behavioral health services at each site. •Offer health services in the school building or on campus in a space that is adequate for service provision and that ensures confidentiality. •Utilize outreach activities to enroll students and encourage use of the school-based telehealth center(s) throughout the school year. •Integrate health promotion efforts with the school community served by the school-based telehealth center(s). •Maintain a Community Advisory Council (CAC) which has clearly-defined roles in guiding sustainability efforts, monitoring quality improvement, and lending expertise in helping to promote the school-based health center(s) to the broader community. •Target services to student populations with documented needs such as low-income status, lack of access to primary care, uninsured or underinsured, and/or evidence of poor health status. •Link with community resources for services not provided onsite.

The health center in each school will have access to the primary care provider via telehealth links, or direct phone access to our pediatric clinic and emergency department staff.  Where appropriate, our medical provider may attend to a medical situation in person at the health center when a telehealth interface is inadequate to provide an ideal assessment. If communication is required for outside consultants and providers, that will occur through established HIPAA compliant channels and established EHR links with authorized partners.

Billy Walker, CEO and Winston Price, M.D., Pediatric Chair, both of Memorial Hospital and Manor are the primary sponsors of the SBTC grant working in direct collaboration with Dr. April Aldridge, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from the Decatur County Board of Education.

“The partnership between Memorial Pediatrics and the Decatur County School System fostered by the SBTC initiative will forge a lasting bridge toward improving health outcomes and providing greater access to care for populations at risk” says Dr. Price.

Dr. April Aldridge stated, "Both Dr. Rayfield and I feel positive that the impact of this community partnership will be beneficial to our students at the two selected elementary schools. The addition of TeleHealth Centers will provide access to primary health services to our students. We look forward to this positive collaboration with our community health partners and hope that this opportunity will be expanded in the future to other school sites."

“This is great news that we are excited to share with the community.  This is another way that we can provide better access to health care for our community.  We know that this partnership will be a success, and look forward to working with the Decatur County Board of Education to provide additional care for the children of Decatur County,” said Billy Walker, CEO of Memorial Hospital and Manor.  For more information about The Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, please visit:  http://www.gatelehealth.org/  

 

Story featured on WALB:   http://www.walb.com/story/26619510/bainbridge-partnership-pairs-memorial-hospital-and-elementary-schools 


Memorial Manor improves Clinical Documentation System

We are very excited to share that beginning July 1st, 2014, Memorial Manor, our Nursing Home, began utilizing a new documentation system called PointClickCare.   This is a very significant and tremendous improvement within our Nursing Home, and will allow for improved documentation and patient care for our residents. 
This new computer documentation system will :

*Improve clinical documentation

*Maintain a single, consistent repository of resident information accessible to all stakeholders

*Maintain and enforce policies and procedures

*Easily monitor and manage compliance

*Ensure rapid adoption and utilization of the system with simple, intuitive software the staff can easily use

*Ensure documentation occurs as ordered and directed

*Ensure easier chart review

*Ensure better record-keeping processes

*Ensure easier quality monitoring

*Ensure continuity of resident care

*Improves communication about resident care and needs

*Improves accessibility of information

*Assists with improving quality of resident care provided

http://www.pointclickcare.com/us/

 


Patient Health Information Portal Now Available 08/2014

Memorial Hospital and Manor is very pleased and excited to announce that their online patient health information portal is now available.  Information about the portal is available on our website from the patient portal link

The patient portal is a free service that is available to all of our patients.  Using your secure password, you can log into the Patient Portal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort and privacy of your home or office, and view your own health information. 

 What information will I have access to through the patient portal?

  • You will have access to the following information:
    • Your lab results
    • Your radiology results
    • Your bills
    • Your appointments
    • Your visit history
    • Diagnosis and condition history
    • Educational materials
    • And so much more

 How do I enroll to use the Portal?

  • The next time you visit our facility for any  healthcare service, simply provide Registration with your personal email address. 
  • Registration will give you an informational pamphlet and your medical record number.  The pamphlet will explain in detail how to enroll to use the Patient Portal.

 Is more information available about the Patient Portal?

  • Yes, we have more information about the patient portal on our website at www.mh-m.org.  From our website, select the Patient Portal icon at the top of the page. 
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