Hospice Seeking Dog Therapy Volunteers

Hospice Seeking Dog Therapy Volunteers Now in its sixth year, Archbold Medical Center’s Hospice of Southwest Georgia dog therapy team has helped bring love and comfort to many hospice patients. The program has grown tremendously since it started, and is now looking to add more dedicated dog owners and their pets to the dog therapy team. “Studies have shown that interaction with dogs can promote relaxation and relieve agitation, anxiety and stress in patients,” said Leigh Ann...



BCH Awarded for Emergency Care

BCH Awarded for Emergency Care Archbold’s Brooks County Hospital (BCH) was recently awarded the prestigious Quality and Patient Safety Award by the Georgia Hospital Association’s Partnership for Health and Accountability (PHA). The hospital’s initiative to reduce throughput in the Emergency Department won third place in the Critical Access Hospitals category for hospitals in Georgia. These annual awards recognize Georgia health care organizations for achievement in reducing the...



MCH Renovations Nearing Completion

MCH Renovations Nearing Completion This month, Archbold’s Mitchell County Hospital is scheduled to complete a nearly $1 million renovation project that upgraded key patient care areas in the hospital. “When we began planning this project months ago, our patients were at the forefront of the design process,” said Jamie Womack, Mitchell County Hospital administrator. “We wanted to ensure that patient comfort and care were priority number one.” The construction included...



ARCHBOLD HOSTS SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM

ARCHBOLD HOSTS SMOKING CESSATION PROGRAM According the American Cancer Society, tobacco use is responsible for one in five deaths in the United States every year. In addition, smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90 percent of lung cancer deaths and approximately 80-90 percent of COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis) deaths. But because cigarette smoking and tobacco use are acquired behaviors—activities that people choose to do—using tobacco may be one of the most...



George and Louie’s Named Live Better Partner

George and Louie’s Named Live Better Partner Live Better, the Archbold Medical Center-led collaborative of key community leaders focused on improving the health of the citizens of Thomas County, recently formed a partnership with a local business that has committed to taking action in support of measurable Live Better goals. George and Louie’s is the most recent Thomasville business to become a Live Better partner. To help inspire people to live a healthy and active lifestyle, the...



New Training Program for CNAs at Archbold

New Training Program for CNAs at Archbold Reports from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing suggest our current national nursing shortage is greater than the country has experienced since the 1960s. And while studies show an increasing demand for Registered Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants statewide, local healthcare experts say it’s especially difficult to recruit and retain the qualified critical nursing workforce needed to meet the demand in rural South Georgia...



Archbold Hosts Free Maternity Education Event

Archbold Hosts Free Maternity Education Event Excited. Anxious. Happy. Expecting parents experience all of these emotions and more during pregnancy. And whether you're a first-time mom or an experienced parent, you know there are many new challenges ahead. But one way to ease anxiety about childbirth and parenthood is to learn more about it. The Archbold Maternity Center is hosting From Bump to Baby, a maternity and infant care educational event Saturday, January 28 from 9am to noon...



Archbold Welcomes Our Newest Providers

Archbold Welcomes Our Newest Providers Archbold Memorial Hospital recently welcomed family medicine physician Troy A. Clifton, MD, and physician assistant Heidi N. Phillips, PA-C, to the hospital’s medical staff. Troy Clifton, MD, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Doctorate of Medicine from University of South Alabama College of Medicine. He completed a residency in family medicine at The Medical Center in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Clifton joins the McIntosh Clinic...



Archbold Names Hembree Chief Financial Officer

Archbold Names Hembree Chief Financial Officer Archbold recently named Greg S. Hembree, CPA, FHFMA, as Chief Financial Officer for the health system. Hembree has over 30 years of healthcare finance experience and 20 plus years in hospital chief financial executive roles. Hembree comes to Archbold from St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, Georgia where he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2014 to 2016. Prior to his time in Columbus, Hembree was Chief...



Grady General Hospital Top Small Hospital in Southwest Georgia

Grady General Hospital Top Small Hospital in Southwest Georgia For the third year in a row, Georgia Trend magazine has named Archbold Memorial Hospital’s Grady General Hospital a Top Georgia Hospital. This year, Grady General ranked third in the small hospital category (hospitals in Georgia with less than 100 beds), and is the highest ranked small hospital in Southwest Georgia. The information used to compile the rankings was based on publicly reported data acquired in July 2015 from...



Brooks County Hospital Qualifies for Georgia Income Tax Credit

BCH Qualifies for Georgia Income Tax Credit Beginning January 1, 2017, Georgia taxpayers can donate to Brooks County Hospital and receive a rare state income tax credit. The Rural Hospital Tax Credit Bill, also known as State Bill 258, was adopted during the 2016 General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal earlier this year. The legislature adopted the state income tax credit program to encourage Georgians to contribute and help support the growing needs of rural and...



Mitchell County Hospital Qualifies for Georgia Income Tax Credit

MCH Qualifies for Georgia Income Tax Credit Beginning January 1, 2017, Georgia taxpayers can donate to Mitchell County Hospital and receive a rare state income tax credit. The Rural Hospital Tax Credit Bill, also known as State Bill 258, was adopted during the 2016 General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal earlier this year. The legislature adopted the state income tax credit program to encourage Georgians to contribute and help support the growing needs of rural and...