Donalsonville Hospital will continue to provide updates to the public on our coronavirus testing results. We will announce results AFTER all patients and physicians are notified and we will NOT be releasing any identifying information about our patients publicly due to HIPAA.
DHI reports all findings to the Georgia Department of Public Health and they record the data based on county of residence. However, there can be a delay in our testing results and what is released to the public by the GDPH.
Please continue to practice social distancing as COVID-19 is community spread and your best chance to avoid it is staying home and washing hands thoroughly after necessary outings.
If you experience mild-moderate symptoms, stay home. If you experience severe symptoms and have difficulty breathing and persistent fever please CALL your doctor for an evaluation.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Donalsonville Hospital was notified that a healthcare employee, that was not a resident of Seminole County, tested positive for COVID-19 at another hospital and subsequently passed away. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our employee and send our thoughts and prayers to all friends and family. Additionally, we have one healthcare worker positive for COVID-19 who is self-quarantining at home. Healthcare workers are on the front lines of fighting this virus and deserve the utmost respect and honor for doing their jobs.
We are following the CDC and public health recommendations and will contact patients and employees who had direct contact with this employee.
Chuck Orrick, Hospital Administrator commented “Donalsonville Hospital is dedicated to making sure our patients and employees are given the best protection and assistance as we mitigate and contain this virus according to CDC guidelines. We are working closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health to make screening for coronavirus more efficient and we will continue to keep the public informed.”
As of today, Donalsonville Hospital has tested 29 possible COVID-19 patients. Thus far we have received 1 positive and 5 negative results. However, the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing throughout the state of Georgia, and state officials are strongly urging people to practice social distancing – avoiding crowds and staying six feet away from others, when possible.
If you are experiencing fever and shortness of breath or coughing please call your physician FIRST to be screened for testing.
We thank you for your patience as we continue to make adjustments and changes to all of our policies. Check back here often for the most immediate updates.
We Are Prepared for COVID-19
Donalsonville Hospital administration and healthcare professionals are continuing to monitor and adjust to the information and guidelines the CDC has disseminated concerning the COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus.
At the hospital, there are long-standing plans in place to deal with these kinds of infectious diseases, especially respiratory diseases. Donalsonville Hospital's infectious disease expert, Brenda Turner, RN, Infection Control said "the coronavirus is very similar to other respiratory viruses like influenza, in both its symptoms and the way the disease is spread."
If a patient tested positive for the virus, staff would use the same precautions as treating any other highly infectious disease, such as making sure the patient had their own room and using a mask if outside of the room. Staff would also use PPEs or Personal Protection Equipment such as masks, gloves, and other protective gear when caring for that patient.
Doctors could quarantine the patient, if need be, in one of 3 negative pressure rooms available at Donalsonville Hospital.
The hospital's infectious disease team meets regularly, listening to updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Georgia State Department of Public Department of Health, and monitoring the path of the disease.
"As we learn more about it, we do realize a majority of identified COVID 19 patients will have a relatively mild disease, and we understand how respiratory diseases can be spread person to person, and we know how to protect ourselves against that," Ms. Turner said.
We advise our patients and community to do the following:
Wash your hands often
Avoid touching the mouth, nose and eyes.
Stay home if sick.
If you do experience mild symptoms, call your primary care physician by phone FIRST before visiting the facility.
Currently, Seminole Manor Nursing Home is under NO VISITATION until further notice. Our main hospital has a Healthy Visitation Policy and we are enforcing.
Donalsonville Hospital is named #3 top medium sized hospital in Georgia by Georgia Trend Magazine. For this list, which includes hospitals that provide a range of services, Georgia Trend evaluated each hospital in the state that participates in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ( CMS) Hospital Value Based Purchasing Program.
A total performance score based on information including clinical process, patient experience, outcome and efficiency was used to rank hospitals of similar size and mission.
PeoplesSouth Bank Takes Heart in Support of Donalsonville Hospital
PeoplesSouth Bank has committed $25,000 to Donalsonville Hospital through the Georgia HEART Rural Tax credit program.
The State of Georgia uniquely empowers its citizens and businesses to make 100% tax credit-eligible contributions to qualified rural hospitals of their choice and help enhance rural healthcare for thousands of Georgians, including those served by Donalsonville Hospital.
"This program has had a tremendous impact on our hospital! In 2018, Donalsonville Hospital raised $590,675 in HEART contributions, which we spent on fire-safety upgrades, technology and communication improvements, and new physician recruitment and startup costs. Georgia HEART contributors like PeoplesSouth Bank have directly enhanced the healthcare services we offer our patients and we thank you." said James Moody, CFO.
About their participation, Bradley Grantham, Branch Manager and Vice President of PeoplesSouth Bank said, "We take pride in our bank and in the locations that we serve. We contribute our time, effort, and money to the communities that we love. We are proud to benefit our community hospital through this program."
There are less than $25 million in remaining HEART credits for 2019. During the last half of the year, until the $60 million cap is reached, contribution limits for individual taxpayer are lifted. Don't delay, claim your HEART credits today! It takes just 20 seconds to complete the online application on HEART's website. Nothing further is required until payment is due within 180 days of approval or by December 31, whichever comes first; HEART will complete the reporting of your contribution to the Georgia DOR on your behalf.
Walter Scott Foundation Donates $100,000
On behalf of the Donalsonville Hospital Board of Directors, administration and staff we would like to thank and acknowledge the Walter Scott Foundation's generous contribution of $100,000 to the Donalsonville Hospital Endowment Fund.
Investing in the future of healthcare in rural southwest Georgia is an investment in the well-being and health of all of our women, men and children. It is our earnest hope that the endowment fund that the Walter Scott Foundation founded will grow and strengthen for many years to come.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point.
The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it's found and treated early.
A mammogram - the screening test for breast cancer - can help find breast cancer early when it's easier to treat.
Thanks to a generous donation by Joyce's Jog, Donalsonville Hospital is able to offer free mammograms for the month of October. You must have a doctors order to schedule your mammogram.
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Suicide Prevention Week is September 8-14
National Suicide Prevention Week (NSPW) is an annual week-long campaign in the United States to inform and engage health professionals and the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide. By drawing attention to the problem of suicide in the United States, the campaign also strives to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic, as well as encourage the pursuit of mental health assistance and support people who have attempted suicide.
Donalsonville Hospital Behavioral Health Unit treats a full scope of psychiatric symptoms in a safe caring environment. Help is available 24/7.
24-hour Behavioral Health Monitoring and Supervision
Medication Stabilization and Management
Individual and Group Therapy
Patient and Family Education
Discharge and Aftercare Planning
Donalsonville Hospital Behavioral Health Unit accepts patients 24-hours a day. Referrals may be made by physicians, counselors, psychologists, social workers, mental health agencies, family members, or friends. The decision to admit is made by a psychiatrist.
Donalsonville Hospital Behavioral Health Unit is a 24-bed unit staffed with specially-trained nurses and psychiatrists to ensure the safety and well- being of each patient. Inpatient stays are typically 7-14 days, and the tailored, intensive therapies are designed to help patients return home and resume their lives as quickly as possible. We will work with you and your family to coordinate care following hospitalization.
Adolescent Unit - Ages 12-18 or child that fits the milieu
Geriatrics Unit - 65 and Up or individual that fits the milieu
Donalsonville Hospital Behavioral Health Unit offers specialized assistance for adolescents and older adults struggling with mental health issues. A person may benefit from treatment if they are experiencing:
Suicidal Behavior and/or Threats
Sleep or Eating Disorders
Severe Mood Swings
Excessive and Uncontrolled Anger
Chuck Orrick Presents at Healthcare Conference
Chuck Orrick, Hospital Administrator, recently presented at the Draffin Tucker Healthcare Conference in Albany on the topic of "Disaster Recovery." Mr. Orrick spoke about the process of preparing for Hurricane Micheal and the challenges of recovery for our rural community.
Stock the Nurses Office!
School is almost back in session, which means loading up on school supplies for teachers, parents and kids. But Donalsonville Hospital and Southwest Georgia Healthcare Clinics made it their mission to make sure our local public school nurses had their "Back to School" supplies this year too.
We stocked the nurse's office of Seminole County Elementary School, Seminole County Middle/High and Spring Creek Charter Academy.
Seminole County Elementary School's School Nurse Ryan Blackburn, Principal Dr. Renee Pierce
Spring Creek Charter Academy's Principal, Dr. Yoli Curry
Boxes were filled to the brim with everything they need to take care of our communities children at school.
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Father's Day Health Check
One of the most important parts of being a good dad is staying healthy and active for your family. Take the time to make sure you are hitting this checklist annually.
Donalsonville Hospital recommends men undergo the following screening tests, based on guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and other expert bodies:
Body Mass Index
This is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. A BMI under 18.5 is underweight. Normal is 18.5 to 24.9. Overweight is 25 to 29.9 and obese is over 30. BMI should be checked yearly.
Men should be screened beginning at age 50. The gold standard is a colonoscopy. Other screening exams include a yearly fecal occult blood test (which can find blood in the stool) or, every five years, a fecal blood test combined with an exam called a sigmoidoscopy, which examines the lower part of the colon.
Men with risk factors such as a family history of diabetes, being overweight, or experiencing diabetic symptoms should be screened with a fasting blood test that measures the amount of blood sugar.
If a patient or his spouse reports a hearing problem, or if the patient works in a job with excessive noise, your provider will order a hearing test.
High blood pressure
Every man over age 18 should have his blood pressure checked at least once a year.
Men ages 20 to 35 who have cardiovascular disease risk factors such as diabetes should be screened. After age 35, men should be screened once every five years if normal, or more often if levels are borderline.
Beginning at age 55, men should discuss with their physicians the pros and cons of the PSA prostate cancer screening test and jointly decide whether the test is appropriate for them.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm
This is a bulge in the large blood vessel that supplies the abdomen and lower body. If it ruptures, it will cause severe bleeding that often is fatal. Men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked should be screened with an ultrasound.
Our providers also screen men for depression, smoking and alcohol abuse and talks to men about controlling their weight, getting enough physical activity and avoiding risky sexual behavior.
Congratulations to all of our employees celebrating milestone service anniversaries this year. Each person receives a commemorative pin they can wear on their badge signifying their dedication and service.
Annual Education Update
Donalsonville Hospital employees are constantly learning and growing in their respective roles. Whether it's traveling to conferences or workshops, experiencing in-hospital training or the Donalsonville Hospital Annual Update, we want our employees to be able to offer the most up-to-date quality healthcare.
Each May around National Hospital Week EVERY employee comes through our Poster Board Education center to refresh their skills and learn updates on rules and regulations.
Donalsonville Hospital Is On-Line
Donalsonville Hospital has recently developed a web site and is providing many sources for health information and programming. As you can see this is something that will be very useful to our patients, their families and those who may want to know what kinds of services or facilities we have. There are also many other features we hope you will explore. You can look up medications in the drug search, find interesting health information or ask the FastNurse Research Correspondent a question and get a reply to your own personal question. This is a valuable resource and we hope that you will take full advantage of it.