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?”


Current Visitation Policy

Hospital Visitor guidelines as follows:

  • All visitors to enter from main entrance.
  • 1 visitor 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
  • No visitors for Covid patients. Virtual visits can be arranged with nurse.
  • 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.
  • No visitors in the Emergency Room unless approved by the charge nurse.  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 – No indoor or outdoor visits at this time.

Willow Ridge – No indoor or outdoor visitation at this time.

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 and 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.

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 and Friday 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.  The number of Covid-19 positive community members is on the rise, with 100% of those admitted to our facility not having received the vaccination. 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
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.
Covid-19 Drive Through Testing and other Testing Information
Memorial Hospital and Manor will be reopening the COVID-19 drive through beginning August 30, 2021 for the collection of symptomatic patients for COVID-19 PCR samples only due to the surge of test requests on our out-patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The drive through will be available Monday through Friday from 1 PM to 3 PM and will be located at the front of the Hospital.  (Please note the drive through services will not be available Monday, September 6th). A physician/provider order will be required for COVID-19 PCR testing.  Please line up in the outer lane of the hospital breezeway on the date/time of operation for outside collection.  We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 surge and may adjust dates and times as necessary.

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 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.”


Carrie Wilson, RN receives “Daisy Award”

Memorial Hospital and Manor celebrates this quarter’s DAISY AWARD honoree:
This nomination was the result of a thank you card sent by the mother of one of our patients. The mother said, “I brought my son into the ED because he had a very bad laceration to this finger; we thought he would lose the tip of his finger. My son was very upset. Carrie got on the bed with him and talked to him to distract him from his finger. Carrie went above and beyond and made not only my son comfortable but she was also concerned for me and helped me remain calm. Carried turned a bad situation into a very good one. She was able to multitask so well by assisting the doctor with the laceration repair and keep everyone calm. This was the most pleasant experience a person can ask for in the emergency room.
Carrie is very kind, compassionate, and also very competent. It means so much when people do more than necessary or expected. Thank you so much!”
We appreciate and honor you, Carrie!

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.