SGHS Receives Grant from Heart Fund

June 14, 2006--On Saturday, June 10, 2006, at the Fraternal Order of Eagles St. Marys Aerie annual awards banquet, Auxiliary Madam President Edna Spikes presented a check for $2,000 to Howard Sepp, Jr., vice president and administrator, Southeast Georgia Health System, Camden Campus.

This $2,000 grant will support the Health System’s program to provide heart monitoring capability for all beds in the hospitals at St. Marys and Brunswick. Currently, all Intensive Care and Cardiac Care beds have telemetric monitors. With the addition of this technical capability to all beds, incoming patients will not have to wait for a monitored bed to become available. Also, patients who no longer need Intensive Care may be moved to a regular room and still have their heart and other vital signs monitored with a constant, consistent stream of information that is wirelessly transmitted directly to the nursing stations.

William H. Gross, chairman of the Advisory Board for the Camden Campus of the Health System, said, “The support of the Fraternal Order of Eagles St. Marys Aerie is a fine example of the way our community and our health system work together to provide the very best care for our families, friends, and neighbors.”

The grant was received from the Max Baer Heart Fund, a nationally supported Eagles charitable fund honoring the boxer, Max Baer, Heavyweight Champion of the World in 1934, who suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 50. Baer, an active member of the Eagles, was honored with the establishment of the Max Baer Heart Fund in 1959. Since then, millions of dollars have been donated through the Fund to hospitals, universities, and medical centers in the United States and Canada.

Gifts from the community give Southeast Georgia Health System the ability to add programs, equipment, and services that give our local communities Quality Health Care Close to Home. Both the Southeast Georgia Health System and the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation are 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations. The SGHS Foundation receives and manages charitable gifts received by the Health System. Community support is important. The Health System receives no local tax dollars, and last year gave over $12.7 million in medications and medical care to its neediest patients throughout the eight counties it serves—Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, and Wayne.

For more information on Southeast Georgia Health System’s telemetry project, please call Patient Care Services at (912) 466-7018. To make a donation, please call the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation at (912) 466-3360 or you may visit our website at www.sghs.com.