Community Events & Announcements

 $29 Sheet and Pillow Sale returning to Jesup’s

  Wayne Memorial Hospital


Jesup, GA – A $29 sheet and pillow sale (all sizes), will occur in the main lobby of Wayne Memorial Hospital July 18-20. Linens & Things by Jodi’s is bringing back to Jesup their $29 Sale on Tuesday, July 18th from 8 am to 5 pm, Wednesday, July 19th from 7 am – 6 pm and Thursday, July 20th from 7 am to 2 pm.  


Shoppers may select from sheets, pillows, blankets, throws and more. The sale is open to the public. Cash, debit and charge cards are accepted. A portion of the proceeds benefits the hospital volunteers, a group who gives of their time and talents to serve patients, patient families and the hospital staff. Once a year, the volunteers donate a large portion of their funds back to the hospital for the purchase of medical equipment that benefits patients.  



Thank you, media and community partners, for your support. The blood drive was exceptional as The Blood Connection collected 45 units of blood. We exceeded the collected goal by 9 units, had 51 donors present and about 1/2 of those donors were “first-time” donors. We appreciate your helping us get the word out. 

The next drive here at Wayne Memorial is September 21. 





American Legion Post 311 Donates $500 in Gas Cards

to Local Infusion Center Patients                       


Jesup, GA – Recently, members of the American Legion Post 311 gathered at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion’s Infusion Center at Wayne Memorial Hospital to commemorate a donation of $500 in gas cards for patient use. The post facilitates bingo games at Your Turn Gaming in Jesup every Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. and monthly on the first Saturday of every month at 6:15 p.m. in the same location. With a price of $25 to play, proceeds from these games made this donation possible. On hand for the donation were, from left to right, Post Chaplain Graham Larson, Post Finance Officer David Ehrlich, Wayne Memorial Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi, Post Commander Allen Brown and Hospital Senior Systems Administrator Jason Schrum. “We are so appreciative of this gift to our patients and thank the group for their generosity,” Ierardi said. “When patients are fighting cancer, they may need to make several trips to the infusion center for treatment and their physicians’ offices for follow up visits.  These gas gift cards may help put some patients’ minds at ease regarding the price of gas and those trips, so that they can focus solely on their health and recovery.”

The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members and more than 12,000 posts in communities throughout America. The American Legion, established by an act of Congress in 1919, was instrumental in getting the original GI Bill through Congress and the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

St. Joseph’s/Candler and Wayne Memorial Hospital partnered in the expansion of the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion to Wayne County. Services offered include chemotherapy treatment for cancers and blood disorders. The facility offers state-of-the-art quality care available as part of the LCRP in the patient’s own community right here in Wayne County. 

Wayne Memorial Hospital, whose mission is to provide high quality health care services to all patients, built a state-of-the-art facility in 2007. It is the third largest employer in Wayne County with 500 employees, 84 beds and is a three-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award. 





Da Vinci Robot arrives at Jesup’s

  Wayne Memorial Hospital

Jesup, GA –  Within a sanitized operating room at Wayne Memorial Hospital lies a masterpiece. Although not a piece of art, the da Vinci surgical system could be considered a work of art, medically. The da Vinci Xi is already in use, under the guidance of Dr. Michael Kennedy, General Surgeon. Regarding the benefits of the system, Dr Kennedy shares the da Vinci results in “a smaller incision, less pain and quicker recovery for the patient.” With decreased pain, there is “less narcotic use post-op and a quicker return to work for the patient.”  From a physician standpoint, this robot-assisted surgery via da Vinci offers “a better visualization of the operative scene,” Dr. Kennedy said.

Other stakeholders see benefits as well. The hospital’s Director of Surgical Services, Heather Elliott, RN, BSN,

says, “I do think that robotics are the future for minimally invasive surgery. The robot is an extension of the surgeon and allows for better accuracy and control.  The da Vinci robot works with ease and precision and results in better outcomes for the patient. I do think this will shorten surgery recovery time and shorten hospital stays.” Procedures the da Vinci Xi system will be used for include cholecystectomies (gall bladder removal), appendectomies, and hernia repairs, with perhaps more to come. Both Elliott and Dr. Kennedy have been working with Intuitive for their da Vinci training and rollout in the Operating Room.

About the da Vinci Surgical System

There are several models of the da Vinci surgical system. The da Vinci surgical systems are designed to help surgeons perform minimally invasive surgery. Da Vinci systems offer surgeons high-definition 3D vision, a magnified view, and robotic and computer assistance. They use specialized instrumentation, including a miniaturized surgical camera and wristed instruments (i.e., scissors, scalpels and forceps) that are designed to help with precise dissection and reconstruction deep inside the body.

About Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

Intuitive (Nasdaq: ISRG), headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., is a global technology leader in minimally invasive care and a pioneer of robotic-assisted surgery. At Intuitive, our mission statement is we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints. Intuitive brings more than two decades of leadership in robotic-assisted surgical technology and solutions to its offerings, and develops, manufactures and markets the da Vinci surgical system and the Ion endoluminal system.

Wayne Memorial Hospital, whose mission is to provide high quality health care services to all patients, built a state-of-the-art facility in 2007. It is the third largest employer in Wayne County with 500 employees, 84 beds and is a three-time winner of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals Small Hospital of the Year Award. 









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