Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus Named 2013 Small Hospital of the Year

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The Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus was named the “2013 Small Hospital of the Year” at the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals (GACH) 30thAnnual Conference held Oct. 15-18 at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation Lake Oconee Trail in Greensboro, Ga.
The Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus was presented the award, in the small hospital category (150 beds or fewer), for providing quality patient care to Camden County and the surrounding area through its outstanding services and continuing support for the local community.
“This prestigious award is made possible by the vision of our Hospital Authority board and the Camden Campus Advisory board, as well as our physicians and team members’ dedication to providing quality patient care,” said Gary R. Colberg, FACHE, president & CEO, Southeast Georgia Health System. “The Camden Campus is an outstanding example of how a small community hospital can provide excellent care and how working together works!”
The Camden Campus was honored for enhancing quality health care in a number of areas, including the opening of the Cancer Care Center on the Camden Campus, a service line that was not previously available to residents of this region. Now, cancer patients no longer have to travel far from home to receive expert diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. Cancer care is provided by a team of experts representing all facets of oncology and includes chemotherapy/biotherapy infusion and injection services, imaging and radiation therapy. A linear accelerator delivers intensity-modulated radiation therapy to provide the most advanced and precise external beam radiation therapy available in Camden County.
“This is a tremendous honor and we are delighted to be named Small Hospitalof the Year,” said Howard W. Sepp Jr., FACHE, vice president and administrator, Camden Campus. “I feel that I speak for our entire Health System when I say we feel privileged to be entrusted with the health and well being of the CamdenCountyand surrounding areas.”
The award also recognized the Camden Campus for reducing the number of early elective deliveries (EEDs), which include medically unnecessary inductions and cesarean deliveries scheduled before 39 weeks of pregnancy. As a result of the Health System’s participation in the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) Hospital Engagement Network’s (HEN) EED Collaborative, and work with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the March of Dimes, the Health System was able to reduce the number of EEDs by 22.2 percent at the Maternity Care Center on the Camden Campus. Eliminating medically unnecessary early deliveries improves the health of newborns and can reduce the risk of cerebral palsy and learning disabilities that can occur in infants born prematurely.
The Camden Campus was also cited for its community health promotion events, including  BONEtastic Saturday, Heart Health Day, SKINtastic Saturday and Men’s Health Fairs. Through these events, health and cancer screenings are available to those who otherwise could not afford to be tested. In addition, the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile health vehicle travels to outlying rural areas providing digital mammograms to underserved and uninsured women in a four-county area, and free weekly blood pressure and blood sugar screenings are offered at the W.H. “Bill” Gross Health Information Center.
Another long-term project acknowledged by GACH in presenting the award is the Camden Campus Coastal Medical Access Project (CMAP), which provides free health care, including dental and vision, to uninsured and underinsured adults in Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties, and the Community Care Center, which provides pediatric and adolescent primary care for Medicaid patients who reside in Brantley, Camden, Glynn, McIntosh and Wayne counties. With a mostly bilingual staff, the Center is often the provider of choice for the southeast Georgia Hispanic population.