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Southwest GA Oil Company, Inc Supports MHM through GA HEART Program

As part of the Georgia HEART Rural Hospital Tax credit program, SWGA Oil Company, Inc. gave $150,000 in financial support to Memorial Hospital and Manor serving patients in Decatur and neighboring counties.

Rural hospitals in the state of Georgia have been facing a financial crisis for years as a result of demographic, economic and industry challenges. The Georgia HEART Hospital Program administers the Rural Hospital Tax Credit, enacted by the Georgia General Assembly in 2016, to increase funding to the state’s rural and critical access hospitals. This assistance furthers the hospitals’ ability to provide quality health care for the thousands of Georgians who live in the communities they serve.

SWGA Oil Company President Glennie Bench is in full support of the Georgia HEART program. “Georgia HEART donations strengthen our hospital and that strengthens Decatur County,” Glennie stated. “As a business owner, we know it’s beneficial to our company to have a strong, stable healthcare system for our employees to use. Our ability to recruit employees is inextricably linked to strong schools, community services, and high-quality healthcare.” She continued, “I know our Georgia HEART donations are being used to modernize our hospital facilities and equipment, continuously improve quality, and expand services available locally.” She summarized her thoughts by saying, “Why would I send our state income tax dollars to Atlanta when they can be put to such good use right here at home?”

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Current Visitation Policy

Hospital Visitor guidelines as follows:

  • All visitors to enter from main entrance.
  • 1-2 visitors per day, once a day for non Covid patients on ICU and Med-Surg. No children under 18 allowed to visit. Visitation from 7-4pm
  • Covid patients – 1 visitor scheduled per day. Exception, end of life visits, all must be scheduled.
  • 1 visitor per patient for all Same day surgery patients. No children under 18 allowed to visit.
  • 1 visitor per day for all OB/GYN patients. No children under 18 allowed to visit.
  • Visitors in the Emergency Room will be approved by the charge nurse depending on hospital activity.  Children may have one parent with child unless approved by the charge nurse.

All visitors will still need to be screened and given a mask by screeners at ER and front entrance. The screener will ask the visitor to apply visitor tag when entering the building and to check out with screener when exiting through the ER and front entrance. All Inpatient visitors will be logged in and out on visitor log. All visitors will be given a mask to wear while in the hospital.

Memorial Manor – Visitors are now permitted without appointment.  All visitors will be screened upon entrance and asked to wear masks at all times.

Willow Ridge Personal Care Home-

Vaccinated visitors my visit inside the building. Willow Ridge must have a copy of your vaccination card. A mask must be worn if you are visiting in common areas. The dining room is not yet open for visitors and for their safety we ask that residents do not go out into the community yet.

Thank you for your patience and compliance with our visitation schedule. We will move ahead according to CDC recommendations, and of course, giving all consideration to the health and welfare of our residents. – AJ Clark, Director

To ensure optimal safety, please consider vaccination.

  • Vaccinate
    • Memorial Hospital and Manor is offering a free clinic on Wednesdays from 2:00-4:00 pm.  Please enter through the main entrance, stop at the screening station, and process to Patient Access.  Additional clinics will be added if the demand increases.  Please visit Memorial Hospital and Manor Facebook page for most current community information.
    • The Decatur County Health Department
    • Bainbridge Pharmacy, CVS, Main Street Family Care, Nomad Nurse, RxDrugs, and Walgreens are also vaccination locations.
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First National Bank continues partnership with MHM

As part of the Georgia HEART Tax Credit Program for Rural Hospitals, First National Bank contributed $50,000 in financial support to Memorial Hospital and Manor. This is the third year First National Bank has partnered with Memorial Hospital and Manor in this worthwhile endeavor.

Since this program began in 2017, Memorial Hospital has raised over $3.5 million dollars in HEART contributions. These funds represent tax credit contributions from 379 individuals and businesses from our surrounding community and beyond, who are investing in rural healthcare to improve access to medical services for thousands of Georgians.

In the best of times, these funds have been critically important to our hospital. Now, in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Hospital and Manor needs HEART support more than ever to help bridge new and pre-existing resource gaps that challenge our ability to provide the best, most effective patient care and offerings.

Memorial Hospital and Manor CEO Jim Lambert states, “We cannot thank First National Bank enough for their continued partnership with Memorial Hospital and Manor. During such an uncertain year, these funds have allowed us to purchase a piece of state of the art breast imaging equipment as well as make renovations in the Manor nursing home. Participation in the Georgia Heart Tax Credit Program in these critical times has provided essential financial relief to our hospital during this unforeseen crisis, and for that we are grateful.”

First National Bank President and CEO Brad Barber further comments on this partnership with Memorial Hospital and Manor stating, “ By supporting Memorial Hospital and Manor we are also supporting our community where our customers and team members live and work. We are thankful to serve the Hospital and community in this small way.”