Meadows Auxiliary Pledges $300,000 to The Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center

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VIDALIA – Meadows Regional Medical Center recognized its Auxiliary recently at a year-end dinner held in their honor at the Meadows Wellness Center. The event began with dinner, followed by a presentation of service milestone pins for number of service hours donated to the hospital.

Highlighting the evening was the presentation of a check from the Auxiliary for $100,000 for The Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center. This donation represents the final third of their five-year $300,000 pledge to the center.

“Our auxilians are among our greatest advocates and marketers in our community,” said Meadows Regional Medical Center President and CEO, Alan Kent. “Daily they help make this much more of the hospital, cancer center, and health care system that we aspire to be!”

The Meadows Regional Medical Center Auxiliary was established in 1968, and to date has donated over $1.1 million to the hospital in support of programs, technology and expansion. Over the years members have contributed a total of 457,393 service hours around the hospital including the front desk, gift shop, surgery waiting, family waiting, radiology, and the cancer center. The group is currently comprised of 100 members who contribute 20,500 hours of service annually.

For more information about the Meadows Auxiliary, please call Hillary Tapley, Assistant Director of Volunteer Services, at 912-277-2170.

 

(Auxilians) Meadows Regional Medical Center Auxiliary presents a $100,000 check to Meadows President and CEO, Alan Kent, as part of its $300,000 pledge to The Tommy and Shirley Strickland Cancer Center.

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Meadows Regional Medical Center Launches Tele-ICU Program

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Addition of telemedicine program providing ICU intensivist care will help enhance services to patients, reduce unnecessary transfers to larger hospitals

 

Vidalia, GA—Though more than five million patients are treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs) across the country each year, there is an increasing shortage of qualified ICU intensivists. That’s why Meadows Regional Medical Center is launching a new program using telemedicine videoconferencing technology to enhance its ability to provide expert care at patients’ bedsides.

 

“When intensivists manage all ICU patients, studies show a higher percentage of stabilization and recovery,” said Michele Malone, Chief Nursing Officer. “However, many hospitals simply cannot afford to staff their ICUs fully on a 24/7 basis. With our new tele-ICU program, we have gained the capability to do that around the clock.”

 

The tele-ICU program is offered by Eagle Telemedicine, an Atlanta-based firm that provides ICU support through telemedicine for hospitals, as well as numerous other specialties such as teleneurology, telecardiology, telepsychiatry, and telenephrology. Typical 24/7 ICU coverage requires four providers and costs approximately $1.2 million. However, a best-in-class Tele-ICU approach through Eagle has helped hospitals across the country reduce the need for traditional intensivist staffing by 75 percent.

 

Tele-ICU: A response to growing needs

“As our nation’s older population grows, the need for ICU care in hospitals is increasing, too,” Malone said. “Yet the supply of qualified intensivists is dwindling—not good news for rural hospitals like ours. Given this scenario, Tele-ICU is a perfect evolution for telemedicine. It enables us to provide best-in-class ICU care to our patients today, and positions us to answer increasing needs for that care in the future.”

 

In Tele-ICU and other types of telemedicine, a robot or cart on a rolling stand is equipped with a digital stethoscope and other diagnostic equipment, as well as a videoconferencing monitor and camera that enable physicians from remote locations to communicate directly, face to face, with patients and staff.  Working behind the scenes is a cloud-based telehealth network that enables the connection between patient and physician, and a team of remote telemedicine physicians specifically assigned to the hospital. In this way, the physicians get to know the staff at Meadows Regional Medical Center and build the working partnership required for top-quality care.

 

This approach has proven particularly effective in the ICU. Hospitals can provide 24/7 access to expert ICU physicians; manage gaps in intensivist coverage; increase compliance with Leapfrog standards and establish best practices; and provide response times of 15 minutes or less for emergencies. In addition to diagnosing and treating patients, Tele-ICU intensivists can provide effective follow-up care for the remainder of a patient’s stay, consulting with patients and providing ongoing support and advice to the local clinical team.

 

Partnership with a telemedicine pioneer

The telemedicine program is made possible through a partnership between Meadows Regional Medical Center and Eagle Telemedicine, an Atlanta-based provider that is a pioneer in the field.

 

“Our goal is to keep more patients in their home community when they need healthcare, and telemedicine is an important partner in that effort,” Malone said. “This new program will improve our ability to provide exceptional patient care, and we are proud to offer it to our community. We welcome the Eagle Telemedicine physicians to our team.”

 

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Toombs Take-Out Express is Ready to Deliver to YOU

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Are you never able to find anyone to deliver to your zip code? Toombs Take-Out delivers to surrounding zip-codes.

Take a quick visit to our website, toombstakeout.com.

You can order from Tarantinos’, Roxy’s Diner, Pizza Inn, Cross-Eyed Cricket, Ocean Galley and Smith’s Fried Chicken.

Even take a picture of your meal for a chance to receive free credits on your next delivery and have your meal featured on our website.

Next time you have a food craving, let Toombs Take-Out bring you the food for your mood!

 

Brent A. LeBlanc
Toombs Takeout Express, LLC.
Partner/Operations Manager
912-481-2067

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In Today’s Chamber News

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Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

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Vidalia, GA  30474

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Small Business Development Center Hosts Starting a Business Workshop

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Cynthia Winge Earns Meadows Moment Award for Going Above and Beyond

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VIDALIA – Cynthia Winge, Kiosk Attendant at Meadows Regional Medical Center, has been awarded the hospital’s prestigious Meadows Moment Award.

This special award was created to recognize staff members and physicians who are noticed for exemplifying Meadows’ values of compassion, teamwork and integrity. Awards are given to deserving employees for coming up with new ideas, helping coworkers, and other efforts that bring value to the team.

“I am so fortunate to have a family team member like Cynthia,” said Terry Hall, Meadows Dietary Director. “Every morning when I make my rounds and stop at the coffee kiosk, Cynthia is always cheerful with a smile on her face.”

“Cynthia is such a great friend to all of us at Meadows, and to all who pass by the coffee kiosk every day,” said Meadows President & CEO Alan Kent.  “She makes our lives better and brighter!”

Winge has been employed with Meadows for four years and currently resides in Baxley.

 

(Meadows Moment Award) Cythia Winge, Meadow Regional Medical Center Kiosk Attendant, received the Meadows Moment Award Thursday, May 4. Left to right: Meadows Regional Medical Center President & CEO Alan Kent; Meadow Regional Medical Center Kiosk Attendant Cynthia Winge; Meadow Regional Medical Center Dietary Director Terry Hall.

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Toombs County Leaders Graduate from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development

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May 17, 2017

 

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Toombs County graduates from the 2017 Region 9 Multi-Day Training Program.  Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from 17 counties in Middle Georgia.  The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.

 

Toombs County graduates at the May 17th ceremony included: Mandy Britt, Jake Cleghorn, George McLendon, Harry Moses, Doug Roper, David Sikes, Kris Stoval and Eddie Toole

  

Created in 1993, the Academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all twelve service delivery regions in Georgia.  The Board of Directors of the Academy represent public and private economic development organizations and agencies from across Georgia.  Since its organization, the Academy has provided training for thousands of professional and non-professional economic developers around the state, and since 1998 the Academy has been offered annually in all twelve regions of the state. Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support to this important program.

 

Georgia EMC’s Vice President, Community and Economic Development (CED), Pat B. Merritt, CEcD says, “Our Community Development team is proud to partner with and provide facilitation and presentation services on behalf of Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives. Involved since its inception, the team’s work with the Academy graduates has enhanced levels of leadership capacity and community development preparedness for continued economic development progress throughout the Region.” In Region XX, CED cooperative members are Altamaha EMC, Canoochee, EMC, Excelsior EMC, Middle Georgia EMC, Ocmulgee EMC, Oconee EMC and Satilla EMC.”

 

“Georgia Power has historically played a major role in the State’s economic development. The Academy has formalized the opportunity to bring together stakeholders to share best practices, leverage expertise, and build relationships among our communities with the same goal in mind: ensuring economic growth and prosperity for our state. We are proud of the strong partnership that delivers this program in each of our regions every year,”

says Georgia Power Company Community Development Manager Johnna Robinson, chair of the Georgia Academy board.

 

“One of the goals for the multi-day regional Academies is to encourage multi-county cooperation,” says Corinne Thornton, Director of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.  “Many times the participants discover the issues facing their community are the same as those facing other communities in their region, and can then combine limited resources to address the issue.”

 

The Academy’s multi-day program, taught one day a month over a four-month period, includes training in the basics of economic and community development, plus specialized segments on business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development,  planning, and other essentials for community success.  In addition, the curriculum features specific leadership skills such as consensus building, ethics in public service, collaborative leadership and other segments needed for effective community leadership in economic development.  Local elected officials may receive certification training credits through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association for completion of this program.

 

The next Region 9 Georgia Academy for Economic Development will begin in February 2018.  For more information on this, please contact Lynn Ashcraft, Region 9 Representative at (478) 484-0321 or by email at lynn.ashcraft@dca.ga.gov ..

 

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County Leaders Graduate from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development

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May 17, 2017

 

The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development announces Montgomery County graduates from the 2017 Region 9 Multi-Day Training Program.  Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from 17 counties in Middle Georgia.  The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.

Montgomery County graduate at the May 17th ceremony included: Chad Kenney

  

Created in 1993, the Academy assembles a cross section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all twelve service delivery regions in Georgia.  The Board of Directors of the Academy represent public and private economic development organizations and agencies from across Georgia.  Since its organization, the Academy has provided training for thousands of professional and non-professional economic developers around the state, and since 1998 the Academy has been offered annually in all twelve regions of the state. Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support to this important program.

 

Georgia EMC’s Vice President, Community and Economic Development (CED), Pat B. Merritt, CEcD says, “Our Community Development team is proud to partner with and provide facilitation and presentation services on behalf of Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives. Involved since its inception, the team’s work with the Academy graduates has enhanced levels of leadership capacity and community development preparedness for continued economic development progress throughout the Region.” In Region XX, CED cooperative members are Altamaha EMC, Canoochee, EMC, Excelsior EMC, Middle Georgia EMC, Ocmulgee EMC, Oconee EMC and Satilla EMC.”

 

“Georgia Power has historically played a major role in the State’s economic development. The Academy has formalized the opportunity to bring together stakeholders to share best practices, leverage expertise, and build relationships among our communities with the same goal in mind: ensuring economic growth and prosperity for our state. We are proud of the strong partnership that delivers this program in each of our regions every year,”

says Georgia Power Company Community Development Manager Johnna Robinson, chair of the Georgia Academy board.

 

“One of the goals for the multi-day regional Academies is to encourage multi-county cooperation,” says Corinne Thornton, Director of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.  “Many times the participants discover the issues facing their community are the same as those facing other communities in their region, and can then combine limited resources to address the issue.”

 

The Academy’s multi-day program, taught one day a month over a four-month period, includes training in the basics of economic and community development, plus specialized segments on business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development,  planning, and other essentials for community success.  In addition, the curriculum features specific leadership skills such as consensus building, ethics in public service, collaborative leadership and other segments needed for effective community leadership in economic development.  Local elected officials may receive certification training credits through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association for completion of this program.

 

The next Region 9 Georgia Academy for Economic Development will begin in February 2018.  For more information on this, please contact Lynn Ashcraft, Region 9 Representative at (478) 484-0321 or by email at lynn.ashcraft@dca.ga.gov ..

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In Today’s Chamber News

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Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

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Vidalia, GA  30474

912.537.4466 FAX 912.537.1805

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SAVE THE DATE! Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Million Pines Community Bank on Tuesday, June 6th beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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