Our September Programs Chairman, Jimmy Brown, brings Jana Dyke, Director of Waycross-Ware County Development Authority to speak at our first meeting in September. Next week Fay Cooper, Director 911 Communications Center, Ware County, will return here to speak about 911 calls for assistance. Please invite a friend to come and eat Sharon Deal’s “Best eating lunch” in this area and hear interesting programs.
EXCHANGE CLUB NEWS
President Chris Tatum reminded members who have old dues to pay up. The property rent contract has been written and finalized and made defendable for our club to use and for Jimmy White to enforce. A copy is in place!
President Tatum announced Kitchen dishwasher and new water heater and/or plumbing will be complete in one more week (with paper plates!) Food is still excellent, Sharon!
Al Jacobson reported our last blood drive was a success offering $800 prizes with 173 pints donated. First timers could win money. Two hundred seventeen (217) signed in overall. Herschel Walker, former University of Georgia and American professional football player (Heisman) star attended from 5:00-7:30 p.m. signing everything handed to him! Pizza coupons were handed out by Zoner’s Pizza.
Commercial Club Chairs being worked on. Scott Hill, Fair Parking Committee Chairman reported many volunteers are needed to sign up for times to work. Friday and Saturday, especially. Cretia Dowling is Fair Committee Chairman for desserts. Call 283-8315 to set date to take in.
Neil Skerratt, August Programs Chairman introduced Julie Stewart and Ivy Kratzer Director/Christian Education of First United Methodist Church, who explained their L.A.M.B. project which started in 2011 with a week-end backpack of food and clothes. It was in response to Jesus’ request to “Feed My Lambs”. They now have 175 food bags with food they brought and were donated by many. Counselors choose which children receive the bags. Forms for parents to sign giving church approval to deliver to children. 100% donated food is gifts.
“Love All My Brothers and Sisters” is dependent upon donations and volunteers to carry out the work of the program. Summer Sunday food is provided to Garlington Heights with summer lunches. Clothes and shoes flip-flops, and school supplies are provided to Ruskin School to hand out. They will take memorials and memoriam’s. Ages are pre-school children to middle school. Counselors follow up as many children move after each month. They coordinate with YMCA’s program of evening warm suppers. Quite a Beneficial program, Neil.
MEMORIAL SATILLA HEALTH
Neil Skerratt, August Programs Chairman, introduced Memorial Satilla Health CEO, Bobby (Bob) McCullough at our last luncheon meeting. He thanked us for being a singing club. He began to give an update of the hospital and scope of the organization. HCA is a “Hospital Corporation of America” business and is the largest health care facility, based in Nashville, TN. They manage 180 hospitals in the United States and United Kingdom. Six hospitals are in Georgia and two very large full trauma centers in Florida. Augusta Doctors Hospital is a 350-bed full service tertiary care center, full service emergency care facility specializing in burn care and maternity care and largest in America. Savannah has 600 bed teaching hospital. Three hospitals are in North Georgia. HCA has the highest level of care to help our hospital. Bob has been here one year after five years in Jacksonville. Our future is not clear and financing is not significant. But, they can provide efficiency to the hospital. They operate in supply, national contracts with services. They have acquired personnel in May last year. A $20 million operating loss exists and they are whittling lose down by getting right services and good recruitment of physicians, nursing and other needed skills. New doctors are coming in and emergency services are being worked on.
1) All indigent will be served free.
2) Medicaid-one half of cost provided care is non-reimbursable.
3) Other tax paying sources are being worked on. (Surely need to revive hospital Thursday, September 6, 2018 Vol. 33, No. 18 and services.) Great program, Neil.