Community Events & Announcements

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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