Community Events & Announcements

7/2/2020 Wayne Memorial Hospital Encourages Community to Not Let Guard Down 
Jesup –   With holiday weekend plans quickly approaching as well as summer vacations in full swing, Wayne Memorial reminds the community to not let its guard down to Covid-19 as its members travel, shop and work. In accordance with the latest Governor’s Executive Order (, hospital officials remind people:
·         to social distance
·         to not gather in large groups
·         are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings while outside their homes except when eating, drinking or exercising outdoors
·         to practice sanitation per CDC guidelines which includes:
        o   washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or using an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol until hands can be washed and
        ​o   cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces.
As of this writing (July 1, 4:30 p.m.), the Georgia Department of Public Health Covid-19 Daily Status Report shows Wayne County with 77 positive Covid-19 cases, and 7 hospitalizations. As Wayne Memorial draws patients from other areas of Southeast Georgia, these counties’ numbers are also of note: Long (46 cases, 2 hospitalizations), Pierce (174 cases, 27 hospitalizations), Brantley (96 cases, 7 hospitalizations), Ware (448 cases, 64 hospitalizations), Bacon (244 cases, 21 hospitalizations), Appling (260 cases, 43 hospitalizations) and Liberty (127 cases, 16 hospitalizations).
“With many new testing sites opened locally in the past couple of weeks, the number of new positive cases being reported is not a complete surprise,” Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi says. “We know some folks may be fatigued with precautions, but we encourage everyone to continue to do their part. With such a supportive, engaged community in Wayne and surrounding counties, we know our residents can rally and flatten the curve.”
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.
Wayne Memorial Hospital Generates $125,333,072 for Local and State Economy
Jesup – In 2018, Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup generated $125,332,084 in revenue for the local and state economy, according to a recently released report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state’s largest hospital trade association. Wayne Memorial had direct expenditures of more than $54,497,379 in 2018. The total economic impact of those expenditures was $125,333,072 when combined with an economic multiplier developed by the United States Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. This output multiplier considers the “ripple” effect of direct hospital expenditures on other sectors of the economy, such as medical supplies, durable medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. Economic multipliers are used to model the resulting impact of a change in one industry on the “circular flow” of spending within an economy as a whole.
During the same time period, Wayne Memorial provided approximately $6,173,789 in uncompensated care while sustaining more than 509 full-time jobs throughout Jesup and Georgia. When a US Department of Commerce multiplier is applied to the jobs number, it is revealed that an additional 1,273 jobs are supported across the state due to the economic activity of Wayne Memorial. The hospital spent $27,351,309 in salaries and benefits, resulting in total household earnings in the community of $54,888,607.
“While we remain laser focused on Covid-19 and our service line to all patients, we want to share these numbers, as we always have, with the public,” says Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi. “Our mission is to not only to provide quality health care, but also to serve as an economic catalyst for the area,” he continues. “We are proud to partner with Jesup and surrounding cities to offer quality health care services close to home. As a leading employer in the region, we are dedicated to improving lives. Our hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is committed to ensuring our residents receive state-of-the art health care services. ”
According to Ierardi, every community needs nearby access to a strong, vibrant health care system that will not only meet the health care needs of its residents, but also attract other industries and businesses to the area. “Preserving access to health care is extremely important and we are the primary guardian of health in our community,” said Ierardi. “A healthy community depends on the strength of its hospital, both financially and in treating patients.”
June 23, 2020
Seeing a Need, Fulfilling a Need
Local College Teams with Hospital to Address Nursing Shortage
Jesup, GA –  “If you build it, they will come.” Most everyone is familiar with this takeoff of the phrase used in the 1989 film Field of Dreams, starring Kevin Costner. And most likely, one has also heard of the nursing shortage countrywide. Reasons for that shortage vary from an aging Baby Boomer population (including nurses nearing retirement) to advancements in medicine lengthening life, resulting in greater care needed overall.
Director of Hospital Education Rosa Brown shares, “According to the latest United States Registered Nurse Workforce Report Card and Shortages Forecast, Georgia will need an additional 32,868 nurses by 2030.” What does that mean locally? Colleges and hospitals are seeing those numbers and collaborating to provide educational, clinical experiences to meet that challenge. In Jesup, Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) responded by implementing in 2018 an Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program. The ADN program will complete its final phase of the accreditation process with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing in 2021.
Recently in Jesup, CPTC brought their first group of students in the Associate Degree of Nursing program to Wayne Memorial for a presentation. With their instructors, 33 students attended a brief orientation of the current nursing opportunities within the organization and were given a tour of the facility. Welcomed by the Administrative Team, clinical managers and directors, each of the associates provided an overview of their work areas. This class of aspiring nurses graduates in May 2021.
“Wayne Memorial is a clinical training site for approximately 225-250 students in various fields including nursing, respiratory therapy, radiology and laboratory,” Brown said. “Most of the students are coming to us from CPTC. We also serve as a preceptorship site for other surrounding colleges for the final semester of Nursing School. We wish all of these students a wonderful year and invite them to take a closer look at Wayne Memorial in the future.”
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.
June 1, 2020
Hundreds of Meals Provided in Appreciation to Hospital Staff by
Jesup Charter of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and other Local Organizations 
Jesup, GA – W. Clement Stone is credited with saying, “If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.” That is exactly the philosophy exhibited by the Jesup Charter of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and hundreds of people experienced it first-hand last week. The club spearheaded an effort of providing 370 meals to hospital workers using their club members and local sponsors. Joining in the club’s efforts were Zaxby’s, Tri-Care Ambulance Service, Sheffield’s, Vann’s Barbecue and Absolute Precision Chiropractic. The appreciation lunches for employees were provided during the week and weekend shifts. Any leftovers were donated to Tabitha’s Place in Jesup, where the Iron Order also volunteers through preparing, serving or delivering meals. Their club members are also handy in helping maintain the delivery vehicles of Tabitha’s Place.
Tom Biele, Sr., of the club said, “As the President of the Jesup charter, I can tell you each of us is extremely honored and excited to get the opportunity to show our support and express our gratitude for all that the hospital staff does, on a daily basis, to care for the citizens of our community. Serving a meal is just a small token of our appreciation for all the strenuous shift hours, lack of sleep and stress that is endured for all of us, which is inherent in their chosen profession.” Club Vice President Dave Moody added, “We have the opportunity to give back to the people that make a difference in our community like the folks working at the hospital. Life has slowed down for most people, but not for the employees at the hospital, as they continue to work through the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi shared, “We are grateful to the club, Zaxby’s and all the sponsors for seeing to it that our employees were treated to a meal. It’s a big undertaking and we certainly appreciate it.” An appreciation lunch was provided by club members and sponsors for the Thursday day shift, while Zaxby’s provided lunches for the Saturday crew. Meals for area groups like the hospital and other first responders are just one way in which club members serve in the community. In the past year, the club also conducted a poker run to help a citizen with medical expenses, hosted events to raise money for Mission 22 (an organization that combats veteran suicide) and look forward to supporting the Wayne County Toy Drive in the near future. To learn more about the Iron Order, log on to
The Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) recently released a powerful video featuring hospital workers from around the state crooning the timeless classic, “Georgia on My Mind.” The video was created as a way to celebrate the heroic efforts of Georgia’s front line health care workers at hospitals across the state. GHA’s hope is that it will also unify the state’s health systems in their important efforts in fighting off the novel coronavirus.
“Our state’s health care workers are always ‘on our minds,’ but especially as they fight to defeat COVID-19,” said GHA President and CEO Earl Rogers. “Georgia depends on its hospitals and caregivers now more than ever, and we’re proud to honor the hard-working women and men on the front lines. We’d also like to thank the public for taking personal responsibility to maintain social distance during this time, as these efforts have greatly helped ease the burden on our hospitals. As a result, hospitals are safer than ever and prepared to treat all patients, including those who have postponed needed procedures.”
The two-and-a-half-minute video compilation includes singers from nine hospitals around the state, including: 
Cartersville Medical Center
South Georgia Medical Center
Redmond Regional Medical Center
Emory University Hospital
Southeast Georgia Health System
Navicent Health
Shepherd Center
Wayne Memorial Hospital
Eastside Medical Center
150 Surgical Masks Donated by Keith Higgins
Jesup, GA – Attorney Keith Higgins (left) of the Brunswick area stopped by the hospital today “bearing gifts.” Gifts in the form of 150 surgical masks. A candidate for District Attorney of the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, Higgins is visiting all five district counties and their hospitals, in addition to other organizations within the circuit such as health departments. On hand to receive the masks was Hospital Chief Executive Officer Joe Ierardi (right), who expressed his appreciation and noted that the masks would certainly be put to good use. Higgins shared it was a way to serve the district now, putting others first, given the Coronavirus concerns and needs of the medical community and patients.
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.
Local Credit Union Provides the Gift of a Good Read
Helps patients pass the time during their visits to the
Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at Wayne Memorial Hospital
Jesup, GA – Last month, prior to the COVID-19 situation, a group of employees gathered from a local credit union and asked, “What more can we do for our community?” Cheryl Spires, President of Altamaha Federal Credit Union, contacted the hospital CEO to inquire what needs the hospital may have. And out of that conversation, an idea was born. Patients at the recently opened Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion in Jesup (now with a second location) could certainly benefit from new reading material to help pass the time during their visits. “We are thankful for the credit union’s generosity, as some patients may be here for a few hours during their infusions,” said Hope Wright, Office Coordinator for the cancer center.
“As a not-for-profit financial cooperative, Altamaha Federal Credit Union is always looking for ways to exemplify the cooperative principle of concern for community,” added Spires. “We are so grateful to have the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at Wayne Memorial Hospital here in Jesup and are honored to be able to provide its patients and their caregivers with books to read during visits for treatment.  Altamaha Federal Credit Union has a long relationship with Wayne Memorial, and we look forward to responding to many more of its needs.” Altamaha Federal Credit Union provided over 40 new books to the facility.
With 65 years in business, Altamaha Federal Credit Union, recently named Wayne’s Favorite Credit Union, is Jesup’s oldest federally-insured financial cooperative and serves over 9,500 member owners in Wayne and Long counties. 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.
Disaster Distress Helpline Provides Immediate Crisis Counseling to People Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic
Jesup, GA – Natural disasters – including such pandemics as the coronavirus outbreak – can be overwhelming and seriously affect emotional health. The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone who is seeking help in coping with the mental or emotional effects caused by developments related to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Helpline is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week and free resource that responds to people who need crisis counseling and support in dealing with the traumatic effects of a natural or human-caused disaster. The Helpline is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Helpline specialists are trained to assist callers who have a range of symptoms.
“People who have been through a traumatic event can experience anxiety, worry or insomnia,” said Dr. Elinore F. McCance-Katz, MD, PhD, who is the Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use and who is the head of SAMHSA. “People seeking emotional help during an ongoing disaster such as a pandemic can call 1-800-985-5990 or can text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746 – and can find recovery and coping strategies.”
The Helpline immediately connects callers to trained and caring professionals from the closest crisis counseling centers in the nationwide network of centers. The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services. More on the Helpline is at
For more information, contact the SAMHSA Press Office at 240-276-2130. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
 COVID-19 Virtual Screenings Available
Contain the Strain with Smart Care 24/7
Jesup, GA – With the global spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), social distancing has become an important tool to stop the spread of the virus. In order to make screenings more accessible to our community, Wayne Memorial/St. Joseph’s/Candler Medical Group is offering a virtual option for those with respiratory symptoms seeking evaluation and peace of mind. Smart Care 24/7 provides online medical visits without the crowded waiting room. People may call 888-319-6252, visit or download the Smart Care 24/7 app for additional information. Promo code SJCCOVID19 is required to receive the special discounted pricing of $20 for these screenings.
These virtual screenings remotely connect patients to board-certified health professionals, thereby avoiding exposure to germs. Consultations are conducted via computer, smart phone or other smart device. Registration is quick and easy with no insurance required. These screenings, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offer non-emergent medical assessments of cold and flu, coronavirus, aches, pains, sore throats and numerous other illnesses. Regular visits are $49, but with the promo code, patients receive the screening for $20.




 March 24th Visitor Update from Wayne Memorial Hospital

Jesup, GA – Beginning at 8:00 pm this evening (March 24, 2020), we will no longer allow any visitors at Wayne Memorial Hospital, with the following exceptions:
If the patient is under the age of 18 years old, one (1) visitor will be allowed in a 24-hour period.
If the patient is an OB patient, one (1) visitor will be allowed in a 24-hour period.
If there is a confused patient who requires one-on-one, around-the-clock care with a sitter, one (1) visitor will be allowed in a 24-hour period.
One (1) visitor will be allowed for whoever drives a patient to/from the hospital for outpatient surgery.
The front door of the hospital will be locked nightly at 8:00 pm, and the only entrance into the hospital will be through the ER lobby. We thank the public, patients and community for their understanding and cooperation at this time.
As a reminder, the hospital cafeteria is currently closed to the public. A local hotline has been set up for anyone with questions regarding Coronavirus at (912) 402-7625. This hotline is manned by a local nurse Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  After hours and on weekends, people may call the statewide hotline at (844) 442-2681.
The latest information will continue to be posted on the hospital’s Facebook Page, Twitter Page and website. Other links to reference are from the CDC, Georgia Department of Public Health, Georgia Alliance For Community Hospitals, World Health Organization, The White House and The Georgia Hospital Association. The link below for the Georgia Department of Public Health leads to a daily COVID-19 Status report that is updated at noon and 7 p.m. each day.
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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