MHM Expands Leadership Team with new CFO David Paugh

David Paugh joins Memorial Hospital and Manor with over 30 years’ experience in healthcare administration, finance and accounting.  He brings a rich background, having held positions in community hospitals in multiple states such as Ohio, Illinois, Wyoming and North Carolina, while representing a mixture of organizational structures, including independent, governmental, and large system.  Mr. Paugh most recently served as a Chief Financial Officer within the University of North Carolina Health System.

Mr. Paugh was drawn to Memorial Hospital and Manor because of its history of providing quality care to the communities it serves in southwest Georgia and its recognition as a top rural community hospital in the state.  He believes the ongoing task for Memorial’s leadership is achieving and maintaining financial stability in light of the ongoing challenges of all small rural hospitals:  to provide quality healthcare services that meet the needs of the community, to attract skilled physicians, nurses, and other professionals and improve technology.  And all while reimbursement rates continue to tighten. “I look forward to working with this great team of leaders, clinicians, staff and physicians to achieving the vision and goals ahead of us,” said Mr. Paugh.

“Memorial Hospital and Manor is thrilled to have Dave join our team,” said CEO Jim Lambert.  “His skills and experience will be an asset to our organization as we move forward with plans for continued improvement and stability.”

Born and raised in Ohio, David is a loyal fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes.  In his spare time, he enjoys golf and cycling. Joining David in Bainbridge is his wife Jennifer, who loves baking and the outdoors, as well as working on her pottery creations.  They are the proud parents of three children and seven grandchildren, with another grandchild due in June.

Together, David and Jennifer hope to settle in a local church home and get involved in the community, motivated by I Corinthians 10:31, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”


Current Visitation Policy

Memorial Manor – Scheduled indoor and outdoor visits – 2 visitors at the time. Indoor visits in “common area” 2 visitors per resident with maximum of 10 visitors total. Compassionate care visits are only visits allowed in the resident room.

No visitors for all Covid related patients in quarantine.

Hospital Visitor guidelines as follows:

  •   2 visitors at a time for non covid patients on ICU and Med-Surg.
  • 1 visitor per day for covid patients. Must be scheduled with nurse. The visitor will be required to wear PPE while in patients room.
  • 2 visitor per patient for all SDS patients.
  • 2 visitor per day for all OB/GYN patients.
  • ER will allow 1 visitor per patient.  Visitors will be limited as needed per the discretion of the charge nurse.

All visitors will still need to be screened and given a mask by screeners at ER 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 entrance. All IP visitors will be logged in and out on visitor log. All visitors will be given a mask to wear while in the hospital.


Expanded Covid-19 Vaccination Plan and Updated Info

Expanded Covid-19 Vaccination Plan (updated 3.11.21):
Currently the following groups are eligible for the COVID vaccine in Georgia:
  • Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.)
  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
  • Adults aged 65+ and their caregivers
  • Law enforcement, firefighters, first responders
  • Educators and staff (Pre-K, K-12, DECAL licensed or exempt childcare programs)
  • Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers
  • Intellectual Disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 22.
  • A developmental disability is a physical or mental impairment that happens before the age of 22, is expected to last a lifetime, and impacts at least three activities of daily living. Activities of daily living include self-care; receptive and expressive language; learning; mobility; self-direction; capacity for independent living; and economic self-sufficiency.
  • Parents of children with complex medical conditions who are at high risk for COVID complications
  • Malignancies requiring active treatment
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) including organ transplant (bone marrow or solid organ) within 2 years
  • Critical congenital heart disease
  • Asthma (moderate to severe)
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity (BMI >95%)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Significant neurologic injury or condition (e.g. hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, traumatic brain injury, congenital anomaly, acute flaccid myelitis) with functional/developmental impairment (e.g. cerebral palsy, developmental disability, prematurity, mitochondrial disease)
  • Technology dependence (e.g. BiPAP, trach)

Beginning March 15, 2021, the following populations will be eligible for COVID vaccination in Georgia:

  • Adults aged 55 and over
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Individuals aged 16 years and older with certain medical conditions that increase their risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Note: Pfizer is the only COVID vaccine currently approved for children aged 16 and older.

Conditions include: 

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart Conditions
  • Immunocompromised State
  • Liver Disease
  • Neurologic Conditions
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia
If you are interested in receiving the vaccine and fall under current eligibility requirements, please call 229-246-3500 x565 to schedule an appointment.

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 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.”



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.”


Karen Maige, RN receives “Daisy Award”

ICU nurse Karen Maige was recently honored as our first quarter “Daisy Award Winner” after a patient’s family recognized and thanked her for exceptional care and compassion during the final stages of life for their loved one.

Family member Tommy Dollar stated, “She (Karen) single-handedly calmed all of our fears, worries, and told us what to anticipate in a very caring way that reassured us of the road we were about to travel. She told us the good and the bad and what we needed to do. A calmness came over all of us after her discussion with us. Angels like her need to be recognized for the devotion they have for being a caregiver and a nurse. I want to recommend her for the DAISY Award. She exceeded in every way to add comfort to this family during such a sad time in our life. She was definitely the bright shining star in our week.”


Covid-19 Screening Information

Memorial Hospital & Manor has closed the COVID-19 drive through.  The need for this transition was decided upon based on the collection volume declining.  We will continue to set up appointment times for symptomatic patients needing COVID-19 sample collections.  Symptomatic patients that are given a physician/provider order for COVID-19 testing can call the Laboratory at 229-243-6188 to set up an appointment for sample collection to be performed outside of Memorial Hospital and Manor beside the MRI truck on Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.

Testing is also 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,

Preoperative and asymptomatic patients needing COVID-19 PCR screening will continue to be collected in the outpatient Laboratory inside the hospital along with any other lab work ordered.

COVID-19 PCR kits are available to the offices for collection of PCR samples upon request.  Samples will continue to be picked up via MHM courier and brought back to the Laboratory for processing.


Bank OZK makes generous donation

Bank OZK has made a $75,000.00 contribution to Memorial Hospital and Manor. MHM administration, physicians, and staff are appreciative for the partnership and support. Bank OZK  contributions to MHM since 2018 total $180,000.00. More than $1 million has been contributed through Georgia HEART, the statewide rural hospital organization expense tax credit program. Jim Lambert, Memorial Hospital and Manor’s CEO, stated, “The generous contribution of $75,000 form Bank OZK will go a long way in supporting our mission of providing high quality, cost effective healthcare, and promote wellness throughout our community. Bank OZK’s donations of $180,000.00 over the past three years has allowed us to make investments in people, technology, and programs for positive health outcomes in Bainbridge and our surrounding market.” Frank Posey, Bank OZK President – South Georgia/Alabama/South Carolina Division, said, “As a bank with strong roots to the community, we understand the importance of neighbors serving neighbors. Much like banking, personal connections and compassion in local healthcare makes all the difference. That’s why we are so pleased to support Memorial Hospital with the contribution that will allow for additional investments in technology, equipment, and facility enhancements.” Thank you, 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.