Chamber Accepting Nominees for 2018-2020 Board of Directors

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June 5, 2017

Chamber Accepting Nominees for 2018-2020 Board of Directors

It is time for the Chamber to begin our process to elect board members for the 2018-2020 term.  Our election process allows members involvement and input into the selection of new board members early in the election process.  This notice begins the election process by notifying you of the members of the nominating committee.  Please forward any suggestions you may have for board members to a member of the nominating committee within seven (7) days of the date of this notice.


The nominating committee is composed of representatives from our current and past leadership, as well as the general membership, and has been appointed for a one-year term.  The committee consists of the following:


Brian Bishop

Bishop-Durden Insurance Group

400 Jackson Street

Vidalia, GA  30474



Marsha Temples

The Temples Company

P.O. Box 405

Vidalia, GA  30475



Jason Hall

City of Lyons

161 Northeast Broad Street

Lyons, GA  30436



Ginger Morris

Vidalia City Schools

301 Adams Street

Vidalia, GA  30474



Bill Mitchell

Toombs-Montgomery Chamber

2805 East First Street

Vidalia, GA  30474




Thanks for your help in providing our Chamber and community with the best leadership possible.  We’re looking forward to a great year in 2018!


The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards Coming Back to Vidalia on Saturday, June 10th

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Online tickets are now on sale at for the June 10th concert at the Stage at City Park with The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards.

Here’s the link to the Temptations Concert online ticketing for Advance Reserve and Advance General Admission.


Small Business Development Center Hosts Starting a Business Workshop

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SAB 6-15-17

In Today’s Chamber News

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Brewton-Parker College Science Camp on Wednesday, June 21st from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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BPC Science Camp

Coffee Before Hours on Wednesday, June 7th at Gaston Crue Lifestyle and Interiors from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

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June Coffee

Save the Date: Ribbon Cutting and Open House on Tuesday, June 6th at Million Pines Community Bank beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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In Today’s Chamber News

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Toombs-Montgomery Chamber of Commerce

2805 East First Street

Vidalia, GA  30474

(912) 537-4466  FAX (912) 537-1805

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.


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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