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Memorial  Hospital and Manor makes the November Issue of InFLUential News



Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours

Bainbridge Half Marathon coming March 19, 2016

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The next Hospital Authority Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at Memorial Hospital and Manor.   

Terrance Close from the Manor named Employee of the Month for November 2015

Terrance Close, an employee from the Manor, has been named employee of the month for November 2015.  Terrance began his employment with us in August 2012.

 Terrance was recognized for being observant and quickly getting assistance for a student in need of emergency care.  He is also known for being extremely friendly, being extremely helpful, having a positive attitude, and being respectful to residents and their families.

 It is truly an asset to have Terrance as part of our MHM Team. Thank you for being committed to providing excellent service!


The next Hospital Authority Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. in the Conference Room at Memorial Hospital and Manor.   

Lisa James from EVS named Employee of the Month for October 2015

Lisa James, an employee from EVS, has been named employee of the month for October 2015.  Lisa began her employment with us in April 2008.

Elizabeth was recognized for going to the cafeteria every morning to get coffee from some of the residents in the Manor even though she works in a different department.  She is also known for being very friendly, outgoing, and innovative.  She loves interacting and building special relationships with the residents.  Lisa is also great at trying to find ways to brighten someone’s day along the way.

 It is truly an asset to have Lisa as part of our MHM Team. Thank you for being committed to providing excellent service!




Community Health Fair planned for Friday, November 6, 2015 from 7am-11am at Bainbridge YMCA


As the Thanksgiving season approaches, it reminds us to give thanks and show appreciation to those people that mean so much to us.  We appreciate our patients and their families, and are thankful for their support and loyalty to our employees and facility.  All of us at Memorial Hospital and Manor care about you and your health, and desire to ensure that your life is filled with health and happiness.   Our patients and families are at the heart of everything that we do, and we are committed to improving the health of our community.

To give back to our community and say THANK YOU to our patients and their families, we will host a FREE Community Health Fair on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 7am-11am at the Bainbridge YMCA on Shotwell Street.


 Please PRE-REGISTER by 10/30/15

It saves time and makes things easier and faster.  You can download a Pre-registration form by clicking here or pick up a form from the Registration desks in the front of the hospital or Emergency Department.  Return your completed form by fax to 229-243-3340, via email to angelm@mh-m.org, or you can drop off your form to the front of the hospital or the Emergency Department.



If you would like to have a table or booth at our communith health fair to provide information about your services that you may offer to our community, please complete the Health Fair Vendor Form by clicking here.  Please return this form by October 16, 2015 to angelm@mh-m.org or fax to 229-243-3340.  Eligible vendors are non-profit, community, or faith based organizations that offer services to our community.




National Pharmacy Recognition

October is American Pharmacists Month, October 18-24 is National Hospital & Health-System Pharmacy Week, and Tuesday, October 20, is National Pharmacy Technician Day.  This month, week, and day are set aside to recognize the significant contributions to healthcare and the commitment to patient care by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each member of our Pharmacy staff for their efforts on behal...f of patients and the profession!   The Pharmacy Director stated that she has been blessed beyond measure to have such a wonderful team.

Please take the time during Pharmacy Week to recognize our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians for the significant role they play as a member of the healthcare team and help us celebrate all the ways that pharmacists and pharmacy technicians improve the care of our patients.


Dr. Winston Price from Memorial Pediatrics receives recognition from The Patcha Foundation

It is our pleasure to announce that our very own Dr. Winston Price from Memorial Pediatrics has been selected to receive an award for his career, leadership, commitment, dedication and exemplary work in improving the health of all peoples of Africa decent.

Billy Walker, CEO, stated, “We are very proud of this recognition for Dr. Price, and encourage him to continue his hard work for improving the health or access to health care for everyone.  It is a pleasure to have him on staff, and we want to sincerely congratulate him for being recognized and his commitment to his patients.”

Dr. Dean Burke, Medical Director, stated, “We want to congratulate Dr. Price for being chosen to receive this award.  We are very pleased and encouraged whenever any of our Physicians or Providers is recognized for outstanding performance.  We send a big Thank You to Dr. Price for being committed to improving care for our community and others.”

 Statement from The Patcha Foundation

It is my honor to inform you that you have been recognized with the Michael and Mauritia Patcha Foundation’s Power of One Award for 2016. The foundation was founded in 2008 by Mrs. Mauritia Patcha, after her breast cancer diagnosis, out of a desire to educate women in Cameroon about the disease and to advocate for increased awareness and access to resources.

The Power of One Award is given in recognition of your distinguished career, leadership, commitment, dedication and exemplary work in improving the health of all peoples of African descent.

To celebrate your achievement, please join us at the 4th Annual Cancer Awareness Screening Early detection and Care (CASEC) Fundraising Gala on
October 10th 2015 at the Patuxent Green Country Club in Laurel MD. At that time you will be presented with your award.

Stella-Maris Adamu, President
The Patcha Foundation 



Additional School-based Telehealth Center added to Potter Street Elementary September 2015

Memorial Hospital and Manor announces receipt of grant funding from the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth to operate an additional rural school-based telehealth program at Potter Street Elementary School.  The grant award begins for the current school year.

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 at Potter Street along with the current centers at Jones Wheat and West Bainbridge 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.

Dr. April Aldridge stated, "Both Dr. Rayfield and I are excited about the addition of another health center at Potter Street Elementary.  Our TeleHealth Centers provide access to primary health services to our students. We are committed to expanding these services in the future to other school sites.  Parents of students attending Potter Street elementary that are interested in enrolling their child for these health services should contact the School Nurse at Potter Street."

“This is great news that we are excited to share with the community.  We are very fortunate as a community to now have three school-based telehealth centers.  We continue to 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. 

“We have only begun to scratch the surface of the planned services we will be able to offer through our telehealth network” cited Dr. Winston Price, Chair of Pediatrics and Medical Coordinator for the Decatur County Telehealth Project.

Welcoming Reception to be held for Dr. Ryan Curran and Karren Elliott, FNP-C October 2015


You are cordially invited to awelcoming reception for

Dr. Ryan Curran and Karren Elliott, FNP-C. 

Please help us welcome them to Amelia Medical Plaza’s family of Physicians and Providers.

 Date:           Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Time:            5:00 p.m.

Location:     Amelia Medical Plaza


Memorial is GOING PINK for October 2015 in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness 

Our goal is to try and save at least one woman’s life this October.  We encourage all women, and ask that you encourage those special women in your life, to know the symptoms of breast cancer, and get a mammogram. 

Together, we can save the lives of those women that mean the world to us!

Events during October:

Lunch, Listen, and Learn 09/30/2015 from Noon-1:30pm at the Kirbo Regional Center at Bainbridge State College

Pink Out Wednesdays

Pink Out Football Games

Special gifts during October for all patients having Mammograms


$50 Mammogram Special:

Memorial Hospital and Manor along with Dr. Jerjis Alajaji, Radiologist, have partnered together to offer a discounted mammogram special during the month of October in recognition and support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

 ¨ No doctor’s order required

¨ $50 covers all charges associated with a screening Mammogram

¨ No fuss, no insurance paperwork, no hassle

¨ Call and tell us that you would like an appointment, and we will take care of the rest   229-243-3331

¨ Walk-Ins are welcome

¨ Convenient Hours:  7:30am-4pm, Monday- Thursday and 7:30am-2pm on Friday



To be eligible, you must be a female age 40 or over that has not had a mammogram since October 1, 2014.

This special cannot be used in conjunction with insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, etc.

 Payment is required at time of service.



Memorial Manor receives Excellence in Action Award for

Resident and Family Satisfaction Scores

Memorial Manor has Deficiency Free CMS State Survey September 2015

September 2015, Memorial Manor received notification from the National Research Corporation that they had received an Excellence in Action award due to “Superior Commitment to Skilled Nursing and Customer Satisfaction for 2014-2015.”

National Research Corporation stated in the award letter that “this award recognizes long term care organizations that achieve high levels of excellence.  The ranking is determined by having overall customer satisfaction levels that scored in the top 10% of qualifying facilities, in terms of percentage of respondents rating the Provider as "excellent" (customer satisfaction award).” 

The Excellence in Action Awards recognize skilled nursing homes, assisted living, and independent living communities that achieve outstanding resident and/or employee satisfaction. This award is especially significant because the My InnerView database is the largest warehouse of long-term and senior living satisfaction metrics in the U.S.

We are proud to recognize the commitment of these long term care and senior living organizations that successfully measure and improve quality and listen to the true voices of residents, families, and employees.

Cynthia Vickers, Nursing Home Administrator, stated “I am grateful and appreciate the staff for providing excellent care not only to the residents, but their families as well.  I am also very appreciative to the residents and families for taking the time to complete the survey every year.”  She further stated, “We continue to see improvement every year, and this award shows just how hard we have been working over the last several years on improving the level of service that we provide.”

For more information, visit:  http://www.nationalresearch.com/about/excellence-in-action


Memorial Manor receives a Deficiency Free CMS State Survey September 2015

Memorial Manor is surveyed annually by CMS, and they must follow certain guidelines and policies to be eligible to continue to provide care as a Long Term Care facility.  The annual survey was completed September 14-17, 2015, and we are very pleased to report that we received a deficiency free survey.  This means that the CMS surveyors did not find any major issues or concerns during the survey period.

Cynthia Vickers, Nursing Home Administrator, stated “I am grateful and appreciate all of the staff and anyone involved in providing care to the residents at Memorial Manor.  This deficiency free survey is a direct result of the staff of Memorial Manor being committed to providing excellent care to our residents, as well as continuously looking for ways that we can improve the care that we provide.  We are so very proud of ALL of our staff.”


City of Bainbridge Health Fair 09/24/2015

We had a wonderful time visiting with the City of Bainbridge employees and their spouses during their recent health fair on 09/24/2015.  We were able to provide free health screenings to over 150 people!!  We want to send a very HUGE thank you to the City of Bainbridge staff for making us feel so welcome!  And a huge thank you to our staff that helped make this event a huge success.

We are so glad that we are able to visit with the staff from the City every year!!

Dr. Charles Walker talks about Men's Health September 2015


Don't Let the Flu Get You Down 2015 by Dr. Winston Price

The dreaded Flu season is upon us and once again it is time to take the necessary steps to protect yourself, your family and your community by getting your Flu vaccine now. The current universal recommendation by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is for everyone over the age of 6 months to be vaccinated according to the proper ACIP guidelines. Thanks to the excellent collaboration by our public health departments the Flu vaccine is available at your health care provider, local pharmacy, county health departments and many school based clinics.

Although nearly half of the US population received the vaccine last year unfortunately many vulnerable populations did not and they placed themselves and their families at risk. The Flu can be a very serious illness and annually millions of people succumb to influenza related complications while thousands to tens of thousands die as a result of the Flu. On average more than 250, 000 hospitalizations are the result of getting the Flu every year. Young children, persons over 65, pregnant women and people with underlying chronic illnesses are more likely to suffer serious complications of the Flu. Last year, alone, more than 140 children died as a result of the Flu. The more common chronic illnesses that need protection from the Flu are asthma, COPD, heart disease, diabetes, immune deficiencies and persons suffering from debilitating illnesses. Persons living in nursing homes, hospices, group homes and those in crowded shelters are also at risk.

Last week in September represented the official Influenza & Pneumococcal kickoff campaign press conference held in Washington, DC. At the event the Director of CDC, Dr. Thomas Frieden received his Flu shot and emphasized the need for all health workers to follow suit. He was encouraged by the continuing success in that “95% of pharmacists and 89% of doctors/nurses were vaccinated last year”.  But he was also quick to point out that last year had “the highest hospitalization rate among seniors” because we still have not achieved the coverage rates that are ideal for that risk group. A known driver toward patients getting vaccinated is knowing that their health providers have been vaccinated and is encouraging the shot.

Several of the public health experts were optimistic about the formulation of this year’s Influenza vaccine and feel that the coverage for the strains of virus that have been seen thus far is a good match. This year also has ample supplies of vaccine ready to ship and newer formulations to meet consumer needs. The Flu vaccine can be completed as a shot or for many individuals as a nasal spray. One other recent addition is a product that contains no egg by-products and therefore is ideal for individuals who previously avoided taking the Flu shot because of severe egg allergy.

The CDC, The American College of Medicine, the American Academy of Pediatrics, The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology and the American Academy of Family Physicians all highly recommend getting the Flu vaccine as the most effective way to prevent the Flu. They further stress that if you get the Flu and your healthcare provider recommends an antiviral medication it’s important to take the medicine as prescribed. Strict handwashing and not coughing into your hand are ways to prevent spreading infected material from person to person.

For more information about the Flu please visit www.Flu.gov or http://www.thecobbinstitute.org/Resources/immunization-toolkit

National Drug Take Back Day September 26, 2015

The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office in Bainbridge, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office in Donalsonville, the Miller County Sheriff’s Office in Colquitt and the Early County Sheriff’s Office in Blakely are drop-off points for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

You can also drop off prescription drugs using a drop-off bin at Bainbridge Public Safety headquarters on Louise Street in Bainbridge.

For more information, please visit:  http://sowegalive.com/2015/09/21/dispose-of-prescription-drugs-safely-with-national-drug-take-back-day-this-saturday/?utm_source=Sowegalive.com+Daily+News&utm_campaign=6aa18293c8-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_26df964ec4-6aa18293c8-189007625

Elizabeth Henry from Amelia Medical Plaza named September 2015 Employee of the Month

Elizabeth Henry, an employee from Amelia Medical Plaza, has been named employee of the month for September 2015.  Elizabeth began her employment with us in December 2013.

 Elizabeth was recognized for being a great co-worker, going above and beyond to help others and within her Department, and patiently assisting a patient with her personal needs.  She is also known as being very compassionate, a great listener, having a positive and helpful attitude, and being recognized frequently by patients and families with positive comments about her attitude and helpfulness.

 It is truly an asset to have Elizabeth as part of our MHM Team. Thank you for being committed to providing excellent service!


Shonda Kimble, LPN at Memorial Pediatrics, was presented with the 2015 Influenza Advocacy Award on September 2, 2015. 

This award was issued by the National Immunization Vaccine Disparities Project (NIVDP.  Shonda was recognized for her dedicated service towards increasing flu vaccinations in Decatur County, and for improving flu education with parents and children.  Dr. Price and Billy Walker presented the award to Shonda Kimble, and expressed their gratitude and appreciatio...n for her dedication to this project. 
We are so very proud of this recognition!  Way to go Shonda!!  And Congratulations!!
The safest and most effective way to prevent influenza it to get vaccinated.  Please be sure to get your flu vaccine!!

Mayor Reynolds talks about keeping Memorial Hospital and Manor as a local hospital that will continue to provide needed services to the residents of Decatur County and surrounding areas, and the cost of providing indigent care. 

Memorial wants to always be available to the communities that we serve, and to provide the best care that we possibly can to each patient that visits our facility.  We appreciate our community, our patients and their families, and our Providers, Staff, and Volunteers.


Listen to the Conversation as recorded by SOWEGA Live 

Dr. Ryan Curran joins Amelia Medical Plaza August 2015

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Ryan Curran has joined the medical staff of Amelia Medical Plaza.  He will begin seeing patients at Amelia Medical Plaza located at 505 Amelia Avenue on Monday, August 17, 2015.  Dr. Curran is a Family Medicine Physician and sees patients of all ages.

Dr. Curran attended St. George’s University School of Medicine where he received his medical degree in 2010.  He completed his residency training in Michigan.  Dr. Curran also served in the United States Marine Corps until 2004.  He is currently an active member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Billy Walker, CEO, stated, “We are very excited to have Dr. Curran joining our staff, and are very glad that he chose to join our community.  We will now be able to offer additional primary care services to our community.  We will be hosting a reception to introduce Dr. Curran to the community once he gets settled, and will be communicating information about the reception in the upcoming weeks.”

Dr. Dean Burke, Chief Medical Officer, stated, “We are glad to have Dr. Curran joining the Providers at Amelia Medical Plaza, and are very confident that his addition to our medical staff will improve access to primary care for our community.”

For appointments with Amelia Medical Plaza, please call 229-243-6900.

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