Community Events & Announcements


Hospital Wins State Level Awards

Jesup, GA – Two state level volunteer awards were recently bestowed on personnel at Wayne Memorial Hospital. The Georgia Hospital Association’s Council on Auxiliaries and Volunteers recently named Joe Ierardi as their CEO of the Year. Nominated confidentially by Brenda Humphrey, President of Wayne Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary and Volunteers, Ierardi was surprised at the announcement made at the group’s annual conference. “The credit goes to the organization as a whole,” he said. In her written nomination of Ierardi, Humphrey pointed out certain aspects that she believed made her hospital CEO stand out among others, including his “focus on achieving excellent results in a highly competitive environment that requires continuous improvement.” She shared his success in “achieving revenue, profit and business growth” along with his “strong communication and business development skills with first-rate physician, employee and community relations.” She also noted his “outside the box thinking” as well as his vision and commitment “to bring the best to the hospital as a top healthcare provider.” Humphrey also shared with the judges the practical, everyday actions showing support of the volunteers from the top office of the organization such as participating in their fundraisers, ensuring they receive a meal ticket to the hospital café for each shift volunteered and attending their annual awards banquet.

Humphrey also accepted an Achievement Award on behalf of the entire Wayne Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteers at the conference. In order to attain the Achievement Award, the volunteers were required in one year’s time to issue three newsletters to the membership, invite their district directors to the hospital for a visit, add at least one new volunteer to the group, pay state level dues, attend annual conference and spring district meetings, appoint a Healthcare Advocate, complete a community outreach project and file a President’s Report. Upon hearing the news of both awards, Humphrey said she felt “ecstatic.” Although some of these tasks were difficult to complete in a pandemic year, she said, “The volunteers made it happen.”

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.

The mission of the hospital volunteer group is to serve patients, patient family members and hospital staff. They donate thousands of hours a year in volunteer time and monetary donations to the hospital in order to assist in the procurement of necessary but unbudgeted equipment.

$29 Sheet and Pillow Sale returning to Jesup’s

Wayne Memorial Hospital Lobby

Jesup, GA – A $29 sheet and pillow sale (all sizes) will occur in the lobby of Wayne Memorial Hospital in early November. Davis Creations is bringing their $29 Sale to Jesup Wednesday, November 3 and Thursday, November 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Shoppers may select from full, queen and king-sized sets. Sets include 6 pieces: a flat sheet, a deep pocket fitted sheet and four pillow cases. The sets are machine washable and dryable and also wrinkle free. Also available are bamboo pillows, which may help those suffering from snoring, neck pain, TMJ, allergies and migraines. They are hypoallergenic, resistant to mold, bacteria and dust mites.

Cash, debit and credit cards are accepted. A portion of the proceeds benefits the hospital volunteers, a dedicated group of people who give of their time and talents to serve patients, their 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 the public at large.

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2,000 Masks Donated to Hospital Personnel by
Congressman Buddy Carter and SK battery America
Jesup, GA – For the second time in a year, Congressman Buddy Carter helped secure much needed masks for medical personnel at Wayne Memorial Hospital by reaching out to a relatively new Georgia business, SK battery America. With the rise in positive Covid-19 cases during the delta surge, Carter knew area hospitals may be in need of some help. The company had 1,000 KN95 masks available and wanted to provide them where needed. After learning more about the local pandemic situation, the company decided to up their donation to 2,000 masks. At the donation presentation, Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi (center) gladly accepted the 2,000 KN95 masks from SK battery America President and CEO Junho Hwang (left) and Congressman Carter (right).
“Thank you, again, for helping us,” Ierardi said, to Hwang and Carter. “It is a huge help to have these at our fingertips. We will not only give these to our staff, but we will also provide them to our infusion patients to use and take home, so that they are protected as well as others around them.” Carter expressed his gratitude also. “Thank you to SK battery for your continued commitment. We are excited about your being in the state bringing jobs. It’s obvious you are going to be a good corporate citizen as well,” said Carter.  Hwang added, “We are happy to support medical personnel and the hospitals in our state.”
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.

High School Baseball Team Helps Local Shelter, Homerun after Homerun
Hospital donates $1,050 to Fair Haven via WCHS Varsity Baseball

Jesup, GA – Today three local entities came together to make a months’ long endeavor official. Representatives from the Wayne County High School Varsity Baseball Team, Fair Haven Shelter and Wayne Memorial Hospital gathered to celebrate a $1,050 donation to Fair Haven. As they have in years past, Wayne Memorial committed to give Fair Haven $50 for every home run the baseball team scored in the season. Ending the season with 21 homeruns (with 14 of them scored by Mr. Luke Boykin), the grand total going to Fair Haven amounted to $1,050. All parties met up at the new Fair Haven Community Resource Center, located at 261 South Brunswick Street, to make the gift official.
Angie Jones, the hospital’s Assistant Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Quality and Risk Management, shared, “As a Fair Haven Board Member and hospital employee, I know the need in this community for the services Fair Haven offers its clients. We are grateful to have a local organization such as Fair Haven serve as a safety net for victims of domestic violence.”
Dana Mathis, Executive Director of Fair Haven, added, “We are delighted to receive this donation from the team and hospital. It’s the largest yet that has been made through the project and we are certainly grateful. In conjunction with our new community resource center, we are hoping to use these funds to help even more people. It’s amazing what a group of young people and civic-minded people can do to help non-profits like us.”
Wayne County High School’s Baseball Coach Justin McDonald said, “We are excited as a baseball program to continue each year to participate in this community service partnership with Wayne Memorial Hospital and Fair Haven.  An important part of our program is being able to serve our community and this is one of the many ways that we can do that. We want to thank Wayne Memorial and Fair Haven for allowing us to be a part of this project and a special thanks to the players that continue to make the contributions possible.”
Fair Haven is a 12-bed facility that focuses on giving victims of domestic violence a safe place to heal while providing resources to begin a new life. If you or someone you love is a victim of domestic violence, call Fair Haven at 912-588-9999. If you would like to give of your time, talents or resources, you may also contact Fair Haven at The Fair Haven Market, located at 488 Southwest Broad Street in downtown Jesup, is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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: From left to right – WCHS Varsity Baseball Player Luke Boykin, Fair Haven’s Kristen Balding, and WCHS Baseball Coach Justin McDonald
Image 2: From left to right – Fair Haven’s Marketing and Community Awareness Manager Kristen Balding, and WCHS Varsity Baseball Player Luke Boykin with his head baseball coach Justin McDonald


Atlas Health and Wayne Memorial Partner to Enhance Community

Access to Critical Health Care

Automated Approach to Philanthropic Reimbursement Results in $1 Million in
Patient Medical Aid in First Year

Jesup, GA –   Atlas Health, the leader in medical financial aid for vulnerable populations, today announced that Wayne Memorial Hospital is on track to match its patients with more than $1 million in financial medical aid this year, a year-over-year increase of more than 500 percent. To date, the partnership has enabled the award-winning, rural hospital to reduce the financial burden of critical and lifesaving care for 45 patients and deliver on its mission of providing high-quality care for all patients.

Like many rural communities, 17.5 percent of Wayne County, Georgia residents do not have insurance with many others enrolled in Medicare and high-deductible commercial plans but unable to cover their co-insurance. In response, Wayne Memorial developed a robust charity care program that supports patients in need—but leaves it unreimbursed for care delivered. To maintain financial sustainability, its staff called foundations and other philanthropic programs to identify funds to cover eligible patients’ costs.

“Tapping into the 10,000+ patient financial aid programs that exist is impossible for healthcare staff to manually manage,” said Ethan Davidoff, CEO and founder of Atlas Health. “Wayne Memorial is quickly growing, expanding its life-saving infusion therapy capacity, and recognized that an automated approach to philanthropic reimbursement could help secure more of these resources for their patients. We are honored that they trust us to fill this mission critical need for delivering affordable and accessible care to their local community.”

Atlas Health’s end-to-end financial aid solution can be implemented easily and quickly – with no capital investment, resources or personnel required. The proprietary AI-powered technology and automated approach quickly scales to evaluate all medical financial aid programs and predict the optimal eligible coverage options based on historical EMR data and a registration questionnaire. At Wayne Memorial, the digital, pre-populated applications and patient authorization have contributed to a 75 percent reduction in the time investment needed to submit a clean claim and 50 percent time reduction for philanthropic aid applications.

“Rural hospitals have unique challenges, but we constantly look ahead to raise the bar on what we can do for our community,” said Greg Jones, chief financial officer for Wayne Memorial Hospital. “Expanding access to more affordable care was a priority, and Atlas Health’s total solution has delivered so that we can care for more patients in need.”

To learn more about Atlas Health’s innovative approach to helping providers support access to affordable care, visit


About Atlas Health

Atlas Health, the leader in medical financial aid for vulnerable populations, is improving and saving lives by empowering providers and payors with an end-to-end solution for matching and enrolling patients in medical financial aid programs through its proprietary technology and AI-powered platform, Atlas Navigator. Patients receive the care they need, providers secure reimbursement for care delivered, and payors save money. Find out how no patient is left behind at


About Wayne Memorial Hospital

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, 2021

Wayne Memorial Hospital Generates $184,250,438 for Local and State Economy

Jesup – In 2019, Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup generated $184,250,438 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 $80,476,278 in 2019. The total economic impact of those expenditures was $184,250,438 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 $9,005,169 in uncompensated care while sustaining more than 532 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 1,357 jobs are supported across the state due to the economic activity of Wayne Memorial. The hospital spent $28,562,908 in salaries and benefits, resulting in total household earnings in the community of $57,726,904.

“Wayne Memorial is dedicated to providing timely, quality care to our patients and community,” said Hospital CEO Joe Ierardi.”We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and treat anyone who comes through our doors. We are proud to partner with Jesup and surrounding cities to offer this care and ensure our communities thrive in terms of wellness as well as economically.”

The hospital is a major component of the area’s economic strength. However, there are factors that impact the hospital’s ability to deliver timely and efficient care. One is Georgia’s high uninsured population, which as 13.4% in 2019 and the 11th highest in the nation. The same year, 38% of all hospitals in Georgia operated with negative margins.

“We are dedicated to ensuring our residents receive state-of-the- art health care services,” Ierardi said. “We provide quality care to every patient, regardless of ability to pay. This environment often puts financial stress on our state’s hospitals.”

Hospitals can cope with negative operating margins in the short term, but hospitals that are unable to realize and maintain positive operating margins will likely face closure sooner or later, which can be detrimental to the health and wellness of their communities.

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.”







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