Judge Theodore

Born May 25, 2023, at 7:50 am

Weight 5 pounds 10 ounces

Length 18 3/4

To Courtney and Tyler



  • Proud Parents: Hailie & David
  • Delivered: May 24, 2023 @ 10:20 AM
  • Weight: 6 pounds 4 ounces
  • Length: 20 inches

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Decatur County and MHM Celebrate One Year of Free Books

More than 400 children in Decatur County are receiving free books in the mail each month thanks to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Decatur County.

In April 2022, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of Decatur County in partnership with Memorial Hospital and Manor and Decatur County Family Connection launched a free book gifting program. Since the launch more than 200 babies delivered at Memorial received their first book and registered for the program before they left the hospital. Each of these babies receive a free book in the mail each month until that child turns 5. The free books are offered to all children under five in Decatur County, regardless of family income.

The first Decatur County baby registered for DPIL at Memorial Hospital, Blakely Palmer just celebrated her first birthday. When Blakely was born, her parents, Justin and Samantha Palmer, signed up Blakely and her older brother Knox for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Samantha  says, “It is very exciting every month to receive a book for each of my kids. All of the books we have received have been age appropriate and some even go with the season or holiday that is approaching. Being a teacher, literacy is important to me and it makes me happy to see my kids excited about getting new books. We have loved every book given and I can’t wait to see all of the others that are mailed.” Blakely and Knox each received 12 books this year from DPIL.

Hospital staff are also excited about the program. Labor Delivery Nurse Manager Judy Godwin says, “I love this idea because I love to read, and I have grandchildren who love to read.  The children benefit whether they are being read to or reading it themselves.” Memorial Labor/Delivery nurses make sure that each family knows about the program, helps to get the baby registered, and gives the family the baby’s first book, The Little Engine that Could.

While newborns and their siblings are registered at MHM, the program is open to all Decatur County children up to age five. All children are eligible to register with DPIL and receive books until their fifth birthday by visiting

About Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Since launching in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library has become the preeminent early childhood book-gifting program in the world. The flagship program of The Dollywood Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has gifted over 200 million free books in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and The Republic of Ireland. This is achieved through funding shared by The Dollywood Foundation and Local Program Partners.  The Imagination Library mails more than 2 million high-quality, age-appropriate books each month to enrolled  children from birth to age five. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading and inspiring children to Dream More, Learn More, Care More and Be More.

The program has been widely researched and results demonstrate its positive impact on early childhood development and literacy skills. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. For more information, please visit


Bank OZK $100,000 GA Heart Contribution

We are pleased to announce Bank OZK has given a $100,000 contribution to Memorial Hospital and Manor through the Georgia HEART Tax Credit Program. This brings the total donated since 2018 by Bank OZK to our hospital to $430,000.
“Bank OZK is committed to the communities it serves and the financial health of our neighbors in Bainbridge,” said Tori Haack, President of Commercial Banking for East Georgia. “A strong community is also dependent on convenient access to quality healthcare services, and Bank OZK is proud to support Memorial Hospital and Manor with a contribution for the sixth consecutive year.”
“Bank OZK has gone above and beyond again this year blessing us through the Georgia Heart Tax Credit Program. They have been long time partners with our hospital and their continued support shows how important they believe having access to a full service hospital is to our rural community. Because of the generous donations through this program, we will be able to make needed equipment purchases and building upgrades.” Jamie Sinko, Director of Development.



DELIVERED: 04/25/23 AT 9:28 AM





DAISY Award Honoree – Sheryl Patten

Congratulations to Sheryl Patten, our DAISY Award Honoree for 1st Qtr 2023!! The following is one of the write ups we received from a patient regarding their care by Sheryl in our Labor and Delivery Department. “Wow, what can we say about Sheryl. As first time parents she made us feel loved, like we mattered, not just a patient. She made us feel like family right as we got here. We felt comfortable and she went out of her way to make our stay memorable. She is right where she belongs, in Labor and Delivery. So many other nurses were wonderful to us as well, but Sheryl was outstanding and beyond compassionate to me, as well as Dr. Friedman too. Please show her our love and let her know how special she is here.”

Sheryl – Thank you for all you do for each of our patients and making them feel like family while they are with us! Congratulations!


Solomon James

Proud Parents: Abigail and Luis

Date of Birth: April 7th at 6:05pm

Weight: 7lbs 13oz

Length: 20 1/2 in



Proud Parent: Shontoria

Date of Birth: April 7th at 8:03am

Weight: 6lbs

Length: 18 1/2in


Ava Simone

Proud Parents: Laquanda & Anthony

Date of Birth: April 4, 2023

Time of Birth: 6:55 p.m.

Weight: 6 pounds 4 ounces

Length: 19 inches


New Director of Quality, Compliance, and Risk

New Director of Quality, Compliance, and Risk

It is our pleasure to announce that Julia Brantley has accepted the position of Director of Quality, Compliance and Risk here at Memorial Hospital and Manor. Julia has her Master of Science in Quality Assurance, has served as the Quality Compliance Coordinator, and has worked in the Quality Department since joining the hospital in October of 2017.  Julia was selected from a strong list of candidates, both internal and external.  She has done an outstanding job in her role in assisting in our efforts to improve our patient and customer satisfaction.  She has been instrumental in supporting all departments before, during and after our DNV surveys and accreditation visits.  She developed strong relationships throughout the organization in support of performance improvement initiatives which have resulted in improvements throughout the organization.

Please join us in congratulating Julia on her new role.  I’m confident she will help us continue to grow and improve.