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 Blood Drive Monday, Nov 2, 11am – 4 pm

Please take a moment to view and share the attached video from our partners at the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. There are some familiar faces and scenes of our folks here at Wayne Memorial. #ConquerCovidGA

As we continue to navigate the ever-changing and uncharted waters of the pandemic as a state, an industry, and a community – the members of the Georgia Alliance have remained strong.

Despite the limitations created by the pandemic, our members have stood firm in the face of overwhelming obstacles and we could not be prouder of the women and men that have and continue to serve daily on the front lines.  The pandemic has illustrated how even 25-bed hospitals in rural counties and large metropolitan systems rely on each other to provide a continuum of care to the patients and communities we proudly serve.

With that being said the Georgia Alliance has developed a campaign to honor the frontline workers that have given so much to serve those impacted by covid-19.

 #ConquerCovidGA – Video

The video attached has been created to show the many faces of those frontline healthcare workers from each of our member facilities. You can also click here to view and download using the password gach.

City Fountain in Jesup Turns Pink in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Jesup, GA – Friday afternoon’s crisp blue sky provided a beautiful backdrop in which to “pink” the fountain in downtown Jesup in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Doing the honors with Jesup Mayor David Earl Keith were daughter Hanna Keith Lewis and Jerilyn Scott Bennett.
Lewis and Bennett have battled breast cancer, with their families’ support. Mrs. Bennett’s husband and son, Albert and Cody, were also present as well as City Manager Mike Deal and Downtown Director Molly
O’Hearon Hall.
Wayne Memorial Names WCHS Varsity Football Players of the Week
Jesup, GA – Wayne Memorial Hospital congratulates Khaliz Hadley (left) as the Offensive Player of the Week, with 120 yards rushing and a touchdown. Elijah Lott (right) was named the Defensive Player of the Week, as he contributed two pass breakups and several tackles during the game versus the Appling County Pirates.
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.

NEWS RELEASE

Parker’s Donates $2,000 to Support Students and Teachers at Wayne County Schools

PHOTO CAPTION: Parker’s Chief of Staff Kate Smith (center right) recently presented a Fueling the Community check for $2,000 to Wayne County Schools. Superintendent of Schools James Brinson (center left) and Wayne County Schools representatives accepted the donation on behalf of the school system on Oct. 6.

JESUP, Ga. (Oct.12, 2020) – Parker’s — a nationally acclaimed convenience store company and food service leader that was named the 2020 CStore Decisions Convenience Store Chain of the Year — recently donated $2,000 to Wayne County Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community program, which donates one cent of every gallon of gas sold on the first Wednesday of each month to local schools.

The check presentation took place at the Wayne County Board of Education building, located at 710 West Pine Street in Jesup, Ga., on Oct. 6. Superintendent of Schools James Brinson and Wayne County Schools representatives accepted the donation on behalf of the school district. The donation is part of nearly $150,000 Parker’s is donating to schools in Georgia and South Carolina this fall.

“It’s truly an honor and a privilege to invest in education in Wayne County,” said Parker’s founder and CEO Greg Parker. “At Parker’s, we believe education has the power to strengthen communities. We want to support students, teachers and administrators right here in Wayne County, especially during these difficult times.”

Launched in 2011 with a mission to give back to every community where Parker’s does business, the Parker’s Fueling the Community charitable initiative distributes more than $200,000 annually to public and private schools throughout Georgia and South Carolina. To date, Parker’s has donated more than $1 million to area schools through the program.

Deeply engaged with the communities it serves, Parker’s endows the Parker’s Emergency and Trauma Center at Memorial Hospital in Savannah and spearheads the Keep Savannah Clean anti-litter campaign. In 2019, Parker’s also donated a record $5 million to create the Parker College of Business at Georgia Southern University.

Founded in 1976, Parker’s is one of America’s most respected convenience store brands and is known for having the cleanest stores in the industry. Parker’s serves award-winning Southern-inspired food and offers an acclaimed Parker’s Rewards program. The company gives back to every community where it does business through the Fueling the Community charitable giving program.

Parker’s has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing companies for five years and was honored by Food and Wine as one of America’s Best Convenience Stores, by The Shelby Report as the Southeast Retailer of the Year and by Convenience Store News as the Foodservice Leader of the Year. The company employs more than 1,200 individuals throughout the region and completes more than 125,000 transactions daily.

ABOUT PARKER’S:
Honored as the 2020 CStore Decisions Convenience Store Chain of the Year, Parker’s is strategically redefining the nation’s convenience store industry, offering customers high-quality products, freshly prepared food and superior customer service at retail stores throughout southeast Georgia and South Carolina. Headquartered in Savannah, Ga., Parker’s has a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and has repeatedly been recognized as one of the nation’s leading convenience store and food service companies. Parker’s Kitchen, the new food-centric brand under the Parker’s umbrella, serves world-famous hand-breaded Southern Fried Chicken Tenders as well as made-from-scratch mac ‘n’ cheese, a breakfast bar and daily specials. The company’s popular Parker’s Rewards loyalty program, which includes more than 150,000 members, has saved Parker’s customers more than $15 million to date. Learn more: www.parkerskitchen.com.

RECENT AWARDS AND ACCOLADES:
● 2020 Convenience Store Chain of the Year – CStore Decisions
● 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award
● Legacy Leader – Georgia Trend
● America’s Best Convenience Stores – Food and Wine
● 2019 Southeast Retailer of the Year – The Shelby Report
● 2019 Fastest Growing Companies in America – Inc. 5000
● 2018 Convenience Foodservice Leader of the Year – Convenience Store News
● Top 10 U.S. Gas Station Brands – Gas Buddy
● 50 Most Influential People in Convenience Store History – Convenience Store News
● Best Convenience Store – Savannah Morning News Readers’ Choice Awards
● Best Convenience Store – Savannah Magazine Best of Savannah Awards
● Best Convenience Store – Statesboro Herald “Best in the ‘Boro” Awards
● Best Convenience Store – Bryan County Now “Best of Bryan” Awards
● Regional Economic Impact Award – Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce
● Best Convenience Store – Island Packet
● Most Fab Convenience Store – Effingham Herald
● Most Fabulous Gas Station – Effingham Living
● Wayne County’s Favorite Convenience Store – Jesup Press-Sentinel

First Job, Last Job
Wayne Memorial Employee Retires after 40+ Years
Jesup, GA – Angela Wilson, Dietetic Technician and 40+-year employee of Wayne Memorial, recently retired. She is one of the rare people whose first job was also her last job. For Wilson, her connection to health care all started in the 5th grade. A nutrition class sparked her interest, particularly the lesson of the 4/4/3/2 food groups. Her dad taught in the local school system and heard a fellow teacher was looking for students to place into the program. So, at age 14, when her dad asked if she would be interested in working at the hospital, she agreed and continued to do so for the next two years. The CETA (Comprehensive Employment and Training Act) Program allowed her to work in a school-work program with 15 hours maximum per week worked. After her sister, who was working in the nutrition department, left her post to pursue nursing, Wilson followed in her footsteps and filled the vacancy in nutrition, where she continued to work for the next 40 years. Her first Supervisor was Charlene Hand and her last Supervisors were Misty McCormick and Emily Jones.
When asked about her best memories of her time served at Wayne Memorial, Wilson remarks how much she likes the word “serve.” “I met and worked with really great people. Patients grew to trust me and I had many wonderful years. I hope I inspired people to let the light of the Lord shine.”
Her favorite aspect of her role as a hospital dietician is “educating patients and working as a liaison between food service, doctors and nursing staff.” When asked for any advice she’d give to young people entering the healthcare workforce today, she says, “Go for it. It’s rewarding to know that you can help people.” She warns there is lots of studying to do and learning on the job because the field is very broad, but that it’s “exciting along the way, especially when you have great people to work with.”
Wilson shares she’s looking forward to staying home, Spring Cleaning, writing poetry, inspirations and songs.” With her first grandbaby on the way in March, Wilson says, “The Lord has laid dreams and a vision on my heart.”
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.
Image 1:  Angela Wilson (center right), 40+ year employee of Wayne Memorial, retires surrounded by her husband (center left) and sons.
Give Something that Means Something
Hospital Hosts Blood Drive Monday, November 2
Jesup, GA – Wayne Memorial Hospital is hosting its next blood drive on Monday, November 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Red Cross bloodmobile adjacent to the exterior entrance to The Café at Wayne Memorial. Appointments may be made by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org and entering “wmh” as the sponsor code. Donors may streamline their appointments and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete their pre-donation questions. Donors may also schedule their appointment on the Blood Donor App. App users may also get their digital donor card, track their lifetime donations, view their blood pressure and follow their donation on its way to a hospital.
The American Red Cross mission is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. 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 offers Extended Hours for Screening Mammograms in October
 
Jesup – Each Tuesday and Thursday evening in October, Wayne Memorial Hospital will host its annual “Girls’ Night Out” as a part of their Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities. This event’s purpose is to encourage women to get their annual mammograms.  During “Girls’ Night Out,” women can schedule screening mammograms as late as 7:30 p.m. at Wayne Memorial.  The dates of this year’s event are:  October 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29.
Patients will experience the benefits of undergoing a 3D Mammogram using the latest in breast cancer screening advances by Genius™ 3D Mammography™ exams. Radiology Director John McCullough states, “Later hours offer more women in our community more time to get this important screening mammogram completed. “ As a breast cancer survivor, Becky Phillips knows first-hand how crucial regular, on-time mammograms are. Phillips, who also happens to be the hospital’s Medical Records Director, says, “If caught early, breast cancer is treatable and beatable.”
Key points to know for Girls’ Night Out include:
–          Mammograms must be ordered by a physician.  All patients must present physician orders at the appointment before the procedure. Normal insurance/payment procedures apply.

–          All participants must have a scheduled appointment. Mammograms need to be scheduled through the WMH Centralized Scheduling Department at (912) 530-3197, (912) 530-3272 or (912) 530-3230 after receiving a physician’s order.  Unfortunately, walk-ins cannot be accepted.

–     Only screening mammograms will be performed during the event. All mammograms scheduled between the hours of 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in October are for screening purposes only. No prior issues or diagnostic mammograms will be performed during the “Girls’ Night Out” event.

–     Masks will be required to be worn while in the hospital. Anyone who has tested positive, is awaiting results and/or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 will need to follow CDC guidelines and disclose this information to the scheduling department beforehand.

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.

 

Jesup Kiwanis Club, Jesup DDA and Wayne County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to join us again this year for our Scarecrows Among Us Contest! I have attached an application for you below, applications are due by September 30th. We hope that you will join us again as we are looking forward to another great contest! 😊

                                                                                       Rules Entry 2020

 

It’s Never Too Early to Get Prepared for Flu Season
 
Jesup, GA – Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Sondra Grantham, RN, is reminding people that it is never too early to obtain the flu shot. Grantham, a 20-year Wayne Memorial Employee and 25-year healthcare worker, serves as the hospital’s Infection Control/Prevention and Employee Health Director.
The flu season is defined as October 1st, 2020 through March 31st, 2021. Benefits of getting the shot, Grantham says, include a stronger immunity to a strain of the flu as well as less severe symptoms and a shorter duration, if the flu is contracted. One myth to dispel is that people can get the flu from the flu shot. Grantham states the flu shot “is not a live virus, therefore, you cannot get the flu from the shot.” She also shares that September and October are good times to get the shot, but it can be obtained during the season as well.
Flu shots may be obtained from a healthcare provider or pharmacy.

 

 

 

Dozens and Dozens of Donuts Delivered for Frontline Workers from
Jackie Johnson Campaign Jesup, GA  – Dozens of donuts were delivered Friday, August 28 to Wayne Memorial Hospital Employees as a thank you to all of the hospital’s frontline workers. On hand to accept the donation was Janet Keith, the hospital’s Executive Assistant to the CEO, CFO, and In-House Legal Counsel (far left, image 1). Delivering them to the hospital were John B. Johnson, Chief Assistant District Attorney (center, image 1), who shared, “You all are heroes in Wayne County. We want to recognize and honor people on the frontline.” Also on hand was Sherry Ann Gibbs, Chief Administrator and Victim Assistance Director for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit (far right, image 1).As the hospital is on visitor restrictions due to Covid-19, Keith and another hospital employee made the delivery of doughnuts to each department. Two nurses happy to be on the receiving end of the Sugar and Spice doughnut box were Taylor Mullis, RN (left, image 2) and Michelle Gill, RN (right, image 2) of the Obstetrics Department.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.
Small Organization, Big Heart
Hospice of South Georgia Honors Hospital Workers Utilizing Local Restaurants
Jesup, GA – Recently, a small, community-minded, frontline organization decided to put forth a huge effort to offer a bit of comfort to another frontline organization and a big one at that. Enter Hospice of South Georgia’s Jesup location. A few people put together a meal, keeping resources local, to feed several hundred employees at Wayne Memorial Hospital. In fact, they served the day shift for two hours and the night shift for one hour within the same day.
Janet Keith, Executive Assistant to the Hospital CEO and CFO, remarked, “As a Wayne Memorial Hospital employee and on behalf of all my coworkers, I would like to express our sincere appreciation to Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. for the wonderful boxed lunch they had prepared for our entire staff for both day and night shifts.  Also, a special thank you to JaJe’s Place and Page’s Pound Cakes and bless the hands that prepared them.  Our lunch was delicious!  We know that every day our staff puts the health and care of their patients first and that is never more apparent than in these trying times. So, it was very nice to be treated to lunch.  We should all strive to remember to take care of one another, if even in small ways, and that is exactly the love, support, and care given to us by the Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. – a small act of kindness that touched our heart in a big way. Thank you from all of us at Wayne Memorial Hospital.”
Several people from Hospice of South Georgia contributed to the effort through planning, picking up meals and actually serving the employees. One such person is Toni Ray, RN, Executive Director of Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. Ray shared, “Our local healthcare workers have been on my heart and mind a lot during the COVID battle and I felt like part of Hospice of South Georgia’s success has been from our caring community and their support of our agency.  We support our local vendors during this battle as their livelihood depends on our community for support right now.  We were honored to be able to give back.”
Another such person was Caleb Poppell, Marketing Director for Hospice of South Georgia. He said, “We chose these two local restaurants in order to keep the dollars spent local. A lot of individuals and businesses in this community support us and this, in turn, was our way to support them.”
Ashley Clements of Jaje’s Place added that she and her coworkers were delighted to “help show appreciation for the hospital staff and everything they’ve been through.” Page Dent of Page’s Pound Cakes chimed in he and his staff were “thankful and appreciative to be a part of it.”
Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. is a not for profit hospice care program serving greater Wayne County and surrounding areas of Appling, Bacon, Brantley, Jeff Davis, Long, Liberty, Pierce, Tattnall counties; and limited areas of Coffee, Glynn, McIntosh and Ware. They are a community-based and community supported organization striving to give back through education and a supportive, holistic approach to care.  Hospice of South Georgia, Inc. is dedicated to providing professional, compassionate clinical care and education along with supportive assistance through advance directives, end of life planning and decision making.
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 Joins #MaskUpGA Campaign
 
Jesup, GA –  Wayne Memorial Hospital has joined #MaskUpGA, a campaign to encourage all Georgians to make the choice to wear face coverings when in public settings and to social distance when possible to slow or stop the spread of COVID-19 in our state. 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 Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi.  “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.” Research and data show that wearing face coverings helps reduce the spread of COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), wearing masks is “a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread of disease, particularly when used universally within communities.” The CDC further states that wearing masks potentially slows the spread of the virus from one person to another.
As Wayne Memorial ensures its ability to treat all patients who come through its doors and prepares for potential surges, it is more important now than ever that Georgians remain healthy and do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19.  Along with Wayne Memorial, several organizations around the state have committed to joining the campaign’s efforts.
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.
Bringing the Best Technology to Patients in the Southeast Georgia Area,
Wayne Memorial begins PET/CT Usage Friday, July 24
Jesup –  Although Friday, July 24 marks the first day of PET/CT usage at Wayne Memorial, there are already several patient appointments “on the books.”  In conjunction with the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer Center at Wayne Memorial’s care protocols, the hospital saw a need to offer PET scans closer to home for area residents.
The center’s oncologist, Dr. Asit Jha, shares, “We are beyond thrilled for our patients to be afforded with the opportunity to have their PET scans completed at Wayne Memorial.  It is a vital part of the diagnosis and comprehensive cancer treatment to determine how they are responding to chemotherapy or immunotherapy.  In addition, offering this service locally will lessen the physical and financial burden of traveling out of town during an already difficult time.  Our healthcare team’s priority includes taking the best comprehensive care of our patients.  Anything that we can do to offer the best medical care, while supporting both emotional and financial needs, is our ultimate goal.”
A PET/CT scan combines positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) images. PET images show the function of the cells in the body, while CT images show details of the body such as vessels and organs. When PET and CT scans are combined, the images help physicians evaluate whether there is an illness that may need to be treated or if current therapy is working. The scans may also reduce the need for biopsy or surgery.
The center’s practice administrator, Marcus Nesbitt, shares, “Due to its ability to detect organ function on a cellular and molecular level, the integration of PET scan services at Wayne Memorial definitely solidifies our statement of offering ‘Big City Technology with Small Hometown Care.’ As a patient-centered oncology program, we are overwhelmed with excitement to offer this service. This oncology service line spans over ten counties and having this new service will dramatically improve patient access. While fostering our organization’s core values, we are always committed to improving health outcomes and eliminating health disparities.”
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 w
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 (06.29.20.02), 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). https://dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report
“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.
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.
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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 http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/.
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 smartcare247.com 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.

 

 

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Consider volunteering for a child in foster care and become her Everyday Hero.
By showing up to support her well-being, she’ll be twice as likely to find a safe, permanent home.
 
Court Appointed Special Advocates- CASA volunteers-are Everyday Heroes that are specially trained to protect only the best interests of children in foster care.
 
You can become an Everyday Hero this summer and help a child in foster care.  Learn how by calling 912-367-0064.  That’s 912-367-0064.