New Director of Development joins MHM

Jamie Sinko has joined the staff of Memorial Hospital and Manor as Director of Development. In addition to her marketing background, Jamie brings a multitude of skills and knowledge that will benefit MHM’s strategic focus on community engagement and further enhance the successful Georgia Heart Tax Program.  Welcome to the team.



Daisy Award Recipient

Congratulations to our Daisy Award winner,  Shawn Day, RN! Shawn is a Med/Surg nurse who was nominated for the award for the outstanding care and service she provided during a family’s hospital stay. Shawn’s nomination included comments about how her presence and care were exemplary and comforting, making a scary experience better for the family. We are honored and proud to have a nurse of her caliber on the MHM team.


Covid-19 Vaccination Plan and Updated Community Info

Memorial Hospital and Manor is here to provide you with an opportunity to receive your vaccination on Wednesday afternoons from 2-4pm.  We are currently offering the Moderna vaccination only.  Our clinic does not require an appointment and you may enter through Patient Access at the front doors of our main lobby and stop at the registration desk.  We strongly encourage you to vaccinate.  All visitors need to be screened at entrance and will be required to wear a mask.
Covid-19 Vaccination Plan 
 Currently the following groups are eligible for the COVID vaccine in Georgia:
  • Adults aged 18 and over are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.
  • If you are immunocompromised and would like to schedule a third dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine please bring a letter from your healthcare provider stating your personal healthcare issues.
  • MHM is administering the Moderna vaccination on Wednesdays from 2-4pm.  No appointment necessary.  Please enter through the main lobby entrance.

Preoperative patients and asymptomatic/exposure only patients needing COVID-19 PCR testing will continue to be registered & collected in the outpatient collection area inside the hospital along with any other lab work ordered on Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 4 PM.  Out-patient preoperative cases for asymptomatic COVID-19 PCR testing can be collected after hours for surgery cases by contacting the lab to set up an appointment and coming inside & registering through the Emergency Room in the event the surgery should occur the next day.

Testing continues to be available through the local Health Department Region 8-2, 6 days a week.  No order is required and testing is free.  Appointments can be made by calling 229-352-6567.  The COVID collection schedule is also available online at,

Monoclonal Antibodies or Convalescent Plasma

What if you received passive antibody therapy for Covid-19 treatment?

  • Defer vaccination for at least 90 days after receipt of passive antibody therapy (monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma).  This recommendation applies to people who receive passive antibody therapy before receiving any Covid-19 vaccine dose and to those who receive passive antibody therapy after the first dose of a mRNA Covid-19 vaccine (Moderna or Pfizer) but before the second dose, in which case the second dose should be deferred for at least 90 days following receipt of the antibody therapy.

Oh Happy Day!!

What a Happy Discharge Day for Henry Cutts! Tears of joy were shed today as Mr. Cutts graciously received his discharge papers after being in the hospital since January 9th! He was greeted by family, friends, coworkers, and the MHM family with cheers and tears! He’s a survivor and we were glad to share the Happy Day.


First Port City Bank continues support of Memorial Hospital and Manor

Memorial Hospital and Manor recently received a $30,000 donation made by Port City Holding Company of First Port City Bank. The donation was made through the Georgia HEART Program, a tax credit program benefitting rural hospitals across Georgia. These donations help rural and critical access hospitals increase funding and provide care to many communities. MHM CEO Jim Lambert, and Hospital Authority Chairwoman Glennie Bench, were present as the check was presented by FPCB’s Executive Vice Presidents Marvalynn Carroll and Nancy Jernigan.

“First Port City Bank remains fully committed to being part of the solution in addressing the immediate as well as long-term needs of our community,” said Scott Ewing, President and CEO of First Port City Bank, in a statement. “We believe this donation to the Memorial Hospital and Manor through the Georgia HEART Program will help to support the goals of MHM as well as the essential medical services that are critical during this pandemic. We believe by working together we can help small businesses, non-profits, and communities recover from this pandemic and continue to prosper.”

MHM’s Director of Development Lauren Harrell shares more about “why” someone would want to participate in the GA Heart Program, “As hospitals across the world continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, our hospital has an especially critical need for resources to improve and ensure our delivery of essential medical services. The Georgia HEART program enables anyone who pays GA state income taxes to be part of the solution to this need – and at no cost. Your involvement through this tax credit program is indispensable to us, and together we can help our community thrive. We are so thankful for partners like First Port City Bank who see the need in our community and continue to answer that call.”

“On behalf of everyone at Memorial Hospital and Manor we are grateful for this most generous gift from the First Port City Bank team,” Jim Lambert said. “We can always count on their community support and their commitment to helping us continue to provide quality healthcare for all.”


Anna Cofty, RN receives “Daisy Award”

Help us congratulate the winner of this quarter’s “Daisy Award”, Julianna “Anna” Cofty.

Anna is a nurse in our Intensive Care Department who has been with MHM since December of 3022. She joined our team at a difficult time and gave exceptional care and showed great adaptability.
Anna was nominated by her co-worker, Karen Maige RN, for her adaptability and dedication. “Anna came to us in the ICU as a new graduate in the middle of COVID. She had zero clinical experience in the hospital setting as students were not allowed in hospitals. She willingly took a job in an ICS knowing what we were facing. She had to learn and she had to learn FAST! She mastered her skills that she needed and she did this with a smile. She is eager to help other nurses and is adored by her patients and their families. She has grown tremendously in her confidence and the way she interacts with doctors and with other staff. She is proactive when dealing with a sick patient and their needs. She is dependable and respects others in a quiet matter. Anna is a breath of fresh air to a unit that desperately needed help in such a busy time. Not only did she willingly come to an area of the hospital that was so busy in such a bad tie, but she has stayed and has bloomed into an amazing nurse that I am proud to work beside any day!”
We honor and appreciate you, Anna! Thank you for your dedication.



Our front door is now open!

Great news! The front doors of Memorial Hospital will now be open Monday- Friday from 7:30am- 4:oopm. Patients and guests are no longer required to enter through the Emergency Dept. Monday- Friday.

To ensure safety for our community, we will continue to scan temperatures through the device pictured. Saturday and Sunday guests and patients will still need to enter from the Emergency Department entrance.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding of any inconveniences you might have experienced while our front doors were closed to the public due to Covid19. Your safety is our greatest concern.


Bank OZK contributes $75,000 to Memorial Hospital and Manor

Bank OZK Contributes $75,000 to Memorial Hospital and Manor in Bainbridge, Georgia

Fourth Major Contribution from Bank OZK in Four Years

Bank OZK (Nasdaq: OZK), has made a $75,000 contribution to Memorial Hospital and Manor in Bainbridge, Georgia. Bank OZK has contributed a total of $255,000 to Memorial Hospital and Manor since 2018.

“Bank OZK recognizes the dedicated and compassionate providers offering high quality medical services at Memorial Hospital and Manor. Access to outstanding healthcare is essential to our quality-of-life, and the pandemic has certainly amplified our reliance on our community healthcare resources. As a bank with strong roots in Bainbridge and Decatur County, Bank OZK is pleased to support Memorial Hospital and Manor with this contribution,” stated Jennifer Hayes, Regional Executive at Bank OZK.

Since 2018, Bank OZK has contributed more than $1.4 million through Georgia HEART, the statewide rural hospital organization expense tax credit program. Lawmakers enacted Georgia HEART to encourage taxpayers in Georgia to learn more about the financial and other challenges rural hospitals face and to contribute to improve their financial condition and patient offerings.

“The generous contribution of $75,000 from Bank OZK will go a long way in supporting our mission of providing high quality, cost-effective healthcare, and promote wellness throughout our community,” stated James Lambert, Memorial Hospital and Manor Chief Executive Officer. “Bank OZK’s donations of $255,000 over the past four years have allowed us to make investments in people, technology and programs for positive health outcomes in Bainbridge and our surrounding market,” Lambert added.

Bank OZK is contributing a total of $380,000 in 2021 to three rural Georgia Hospitals including Union General in Blairsville and Higgins General Hospital in Bremen. Bank OZK has 70 offices in Georgia, including one in Bainbridge.

About Bank OZK

Bank OZK (Nasdaq: OZK) is a regional bank providing innovative financial solutions delivered by expert bankers with a relentless pursuit of excellence.  Established in 1903, Bank OZK conducts banking operations through approximately 250 offices in eight states including Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, New York, California and Mississippi and had $26.61 billion in total assets as of June 30, 2021.  Bank OZK can be found at and on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn or contacted at (501) 978-2265 or P.O. Box 8811, Little Rock, Arkansas 72231-8811.

Thank you for your most generous support, Bank OZK!!!



In partnership with Georgia Hospital Association, Memorial Hospital and Manor is asking citizens to participate in the “#Mask Up Georgia” Campaign to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage organizations, businesses, and individuals to post on social media pictures or videos of themselves wearing masks and to accompany these posts with #MaskUpGA and a message about why they “mask up.”

“This campaign is about Georgians coming together for the greater good,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “We, along with Gov. Brian Kemp, urge everyone to make the choice to wear a mask as part of collective efforts to stop the spread of this virus. Together, we can help keep our state healthy and well.”

MHM CEO, Jim Lambert, is asking everyone to wear their mask out in the community when they’re in stores or restaurants and can’t social distance. He encourages MHM employees and stated, “We as healthcare workers, can set an example for others in the community. The more people see others wearing a mask the more the more likely they are to wear one. None of us want to see a spike of Covid-19 cases in our community so it is incumbent on us to model behavior that can help get us all safely through this pandemic.”

Come on everyone! Let’s see those pics of you masking up. Post them and tell us why you “mask up.” Remember to include #MaskUpGA with your message and photo.



Message from the CEO

The past few months have been extremely challenging as we have all dealt with Covid-19 at home and at work.   Thank you all for your hard work and focus since the beginning of the outbreak. Your efforts have been key in helping contain the outbreak locally. Other parts of the state are seeing a growing number of cases and hospitalizations and our numbers are trending in that direction.


The best thing we can do to maintain our low rate of infection is to remain focused following our infection control policies regarding the appropriate wearing of PPE and masks at work.   I know you are tired of wearing masks but this the best way to protect each other from this disease. I recently heard someone say “You wear a mask to protect your fellow co-workers and they wear theirs to protect you”.   Let’s take care of each other and our patients by wearing masks as appropriate.


I want to encourage you to wear your mask out in the community when you’re in stores or restaurants and can’t social distance. We, as healthcare workers, can set an example for others in the community. The more people see others wearing a mask the more the more likely they are to wear one. None of us want to see a spike of Covid-19 cases in our community so it is incumbent on us to model behavior that can help get us all safely through this pandemic.


Please join me in wearing a mask and encouraging others to wear theirs so we can keep the community, ourselves and our families safe.


Thank you and stay safe!!!