Community Events & Announcements

June 23, 2022

Cancer care close to home in Wayne, Ware and Surrounding Communities
LCRP welcomes Dr. Jeyanthi Ramanarayanan offering high-quality, personal regional cancer treatment

Jesup, GA – When diagnosed with cancer, patients don’t want to drive hours for high-quality treatment and technology. That’s why St. Joseph’s/Candler and the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer and Research Pavilion (LCRP) are actively bringing cancer care closer to Southeast Georgia.

One of the LCRP’s regional oncology centers is in Jesup, designed to serve Wayne County and surrounding communities. The LCRP partnered with Wayne Memorial Hospital to bring this cancer treatment to southeast Georgia. The board-certified hematologist and oncologist for the center is Dr. Jeyanthi Ramanarayanan – Dr. Ram to her patients. Board-certified hematologist and oncologist Dr. Ajaz Bulbul also sees patients here.

While located in Wayne County, patients throughout southeast Georgia get personalized cancer care closer to their homes. Patients come to the LCRP from the following counties and more:

Wayne County
Pierce County
Ware County
Brantley County
Coffee County
Bacon County
Appling County
Additionally, the LCRP has regional infusion centers in Hinesville, Pembroke, Statesboro, Bluffton and Hilton Head, South Carolina. Patients are also seen in Waycross for medical oncology appointments.

“Diagnosis of cancer and defining appropriate treatment options for a patient requires comprehensive testing and work up using various resources,” says Dr. Ram. “Receiving compassionate care at their local facility can make it easier for friends and family to assist them during this difficult time. In addition to being physically impossible for some, traveling for your cancer care is mentally and financially exhausting. It is important that we offer flexibility in scheduling and a convenient location for treatment.”

The Jesup infusion center was recently expanded to offer more space to treat regional cancer patients. The center has 16 infusion chairs and a room with a private bed. The chairs are in semi-private bays and are equipped with comforts like televisions. The entire location was built for maximum comfort and calmness. The new location is located on the campus of Wayne Memorial Hospital in Jesup – 861 South First Street. A physician’s office is located in Jesup at 930 South First Street, while the same is offered in Waycross, located at 1706 Alice Street.

All of the LCRP’s regional infusion centers offer state-of-the-art quality care available as part of the LCRP in the patient’s own community. Some of the services offered at the Wayne County office are:

Chemotherapy
Immunotherapy
IV Hydration/Electrolytes
IV Iron Infusions
Port Flushes
Injections
Additionally, patients being treated in the Jesup or Waycross area can have the same opportunities as those at the main campus in Savannah including access to clinical trials and case reviews by the LCRP’s Clinical Effectiveness Teams.

The team strives to go beyond just treating the cancer, as it focuses on taking care of the patient as a person. If a patient is hungry during a treatment session, food is provided. If there’s a need for financial assistance, the team helps the patient navigate cost and insurance questions. If a patient needs someone to talk to, the team is staffed with nurses, doctors and social workers who are available during this journey. “The team and I at the Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion in Savannah, Jesup or Waycross are committed to providing excellent and the most up-to-date evidence-based care,” Dr. Ram says. “I am looking forward to helping cancer patients navigate their treatment by staying closer to home.”

Dr. Ram earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute in Chennai, India, where she also earned her Doctor of Medicine degree. That was followed by an internship at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Jersey City, New Jersey, where she went on to do her residency. Dr. Ram did a clinical fellowship in Hematology at the University of Buffalo at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, New York, followed by a clinical fellowship in oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo. Before joining the LCRP, Dr. Ram worked at the Adena Cancer Care Center in Ohio. She also has held several positions as an assistant professor, and she’s been published in numerous research publications, abstracts and presentations. Dr. Ram has served on several boards and committees and received many honors and awards.

“As cancer treatments continue to evolve, an oncologist has many choices to offer a patient,” Dr. Ram says. “I love to be attentive to the individual needs of a patient and be supportive in their decision making process, which can be overwhelming. I like living and working in a smaller community where people care about each other. I like to make a difference by going above and beyond and helping my patients in need.”

For more information about Dr. Ram and the Wayne County Oncology Infusion Center, please visit. (https://www.sjchs.org/cancer/locations/wayne-county-cancer-care)

June 16, 2022

Wayne County Varsity Baseball Team Homers for $500 to Local Shelter
 
Jesup, GA – Three organizations convened recently to make good on a season-long promise. Players from the Wayne County High School Varsity Baseball Team, Fair Haven Shelter and Wayne Memorial Hospital gathered to celebrate a $500 donation to Fair Haven. The hospital committed to give Fair Haven $50 for every home run the varsity baseball team hit in the season. With a grand total of 10 homeruns, the check presented tallied $500. All parties met up at the 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 former Emergency Room Director, I have seen, first hand, victims of domestic abuse (adults and children) in our facility. These patients arrive in need of medical care, due to domestic abuse, and oftentimes with just the clothes on their backs. It is vital for us to have a safe place for these folks to go to upon discharge. A place where they can rebuild their lives and establish independence. It takes resources, volunteers and organizations like Fair Haven in a community to accomplish these goals.”
Dana Mathis, Executive Director of Fair Haven, added, “While the gratification felt when assisting those fallen victim to domestic violence can be overwhelming at times, what is truly astounding is understanding that the resources and services we provide continue to be made possible through the financial support of others. We are thankful to live in a community with like-minded individuals, organizations and businesses that have a heart to serve and who support our cause to assist victims within the community that are in need.  We know that the positive difference we are making certainly couldn’t be done without building community service partnerships, such as the one that is shared with Wayne Memorial Hospital and the baseball program. It is with the utmost appreciation and humility that we accept this donation.” 
Wayne County High School’s Varsity Baseball Coach Justin McDonald said, “Thank you to Wayne Memorial Hospital and Fair Haven for allowing us to take part in this unique project and we certainly thank the players who all continually work to make this annual contribution possible. We’re honored to have been involved. A key part of our baseball program entails giving back to our community and this is one way our team can do so.”
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 fairhavenjesup.org. 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 Players Nicholas Thomas and Palmer Lamb, Fair Haven’s Kristen Balding, WCHS Varsity Baseball Coach Justin McDonald, WCHS Varsity Players Tyler Walling and Luke Boykin

Update – final numbers from 6/15 blood drive at Wayne Memorial

June 16, 2022: Update from the blood drive yesterday – ​32 units were collected, a solid number for a summer time drive, when numbers typically dip. Since one pint can save 3 lives, this drive can positively impact as many as 96 lives. We appreciate your helping spread the word about this event beforehand and wanted to communicate the final result.   

Wayne County Exchange Club

For immediate release

May 31, 2022

Pinwheels with a Purpose

Jesup – Recently, over 3 dozen pinwheels were placed in the ground on the Wayne Memorial Hospital front lawn by members of the Wayne County Exchange Club. Each pinwheel represented a substantiated case of child abuse in the past year in Wayne County. Several members of the local Wayne County Exchange Club came together to place them in front of the local hospital as a reminder of the innocence of children and a call to protect that innocence. The prevention of child abuse is a service program of all Exchange Clubs. According to Wayne County Exchange Club President Jay Fulton, there were 40 confirmed cases in the past year in Wayne County. Members encourage the community to come together to prevent child abuse and protect children who are at risk.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

03/31/22
 

Surgeon Hits Milestone of Completing 350 Robotic Surgeries

Jesup, GA – Wayne Memorial Hospital and The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia are celebrating a recent milestone of one of their partner physicians, Dr. Matthew Valosen. He recently completed his 350th robotic surgery using the Stryker Mako System.

Although the surgeon actually performs the procedure, and controls the robotic arm used in these procedures, the robotic arm affords increased precision of the installation of the new joint and aids in quicker recovery for the patient. This feature enables surgeons to perform total knee replacements with a higher level of accuracy and customization for the patients. “It’s exciting to be on the cutting edge of technology and see the end result of bringing that technology to rural Southeast Georgia,” Dr Valosen said. “Until recently, most patients may have felt that they needed to travel 1-2 hours to large metropolitan areas to have this this type of procedure because of the equipment those hospitals had. Our own local citizens have now been able to receive that same level of care much closer to home, and without the travel time involved. It’s all about what’s best for the patient. And I’m happy to be a part in their journey of healing.”

Hospital Operating Room Director Heather Elliott shared, “The number of completed surgeries using the system comes as no surprise to us at Wayne Memorial, since the demand for joint replacements has been steadily rising the past few years and is expected to rise in future years.”
The Bone & Joint Institute of South Georgia provides comprehensive orthopedic care using the most technologically advanced equipment. Featuring on-site x-ray services, open MRIs accredited by the American College of Radiology, and six healthcare providers, BJI serves over 18 Southeast Georgia counties with offices in Jesup, Baxley, Hinesville, and Waycross.
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.

02/03/22
 

KN95 Masks donated to Wayne Memorial via Partnership with
Congressman Buddy Carter and SK Battery America

Jesup, GA – For the third time during the coronavirus pandemic, a northeast Georgia company, SK Battery America, reached out to Congressman Buddy Carter’s office and rural hospitals across the state offering help to healthcare workers and patients via KN95 masks. Recently, 2,000 masks were delivered by SK Battery America personnel to Wayne Memorial, bringing their total donation to 5,000 masks. On hand at the donation were, from left to right, SK Battery America’s Director of External Affairs Steven Jahng, Wayne Memorial’s Assistant Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Quality Angie Jones and Sk Battery America’s Director of Public Relations Yangho Kim.

“We are so thankful for each of these masks,” Jones said. “Not only can our healthcare personnel use them to protect themselves during their work, we can offer them to patients for their protection as well.” Jahng added, “Let’s hope this is the last time a mask donation is needed in any part of the state and we can all get this virus behind us.”

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.

 
01/04/22
 

First Wayne County Baby of the Year Arrives

Weighing in at seven pounds, three ounces and measuring 18.75 inches long, Baby Tyree was born 1/2/22 at 3:04 p.m. to proud parents Taylor (mother) and Tyrezz (father). Baby Tyree is welcomed home by older sister Laine. Brought into the world by Dr. Jeffrey Harris and Dr. Sandra Mager, Baby Tyree is under the care of pediatrician Dr. Stanley Jones. He is the first baby born at Wayne Memorial in 2022 to a Wayne County Family. Congratulations to all.

 

 

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