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Eye SurgeryIn Decatur County, we know that quality health care is imperative to the well-being of a community. Memorial Hospital and Manor (MHM), located at 1500 Shotwell St. in Bainbridge, (229) 246-3500, is an 80-bed community hospital and 107-bed long-term care facility. The Hospital Administrator is Jim Peak. MHM is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and is a not-for-profit organization owned and operated by the Hospital Authority of Bainbridge and Decatur County.

In 1998, the hospital opened a 21,000 square foot addition which includes The Kirbo Women's Center, a state-of-the-art obstetrics and gynecology unit. The Kirbo Women's Center has eight private birthing suites, six private suites for other OB/GYN patients, and an operating room for Cesarean Sections.

Newborn BabyMemorial Hospital and Manor's medical staff is composed of highly qualified physicians and nurses, encompassing a full range of medical specialties, including anesthesiology, cardiology, emergency medicine, family practice, gastroenterology, general surgery, gynecology, internal medicine, obstetrics, ophthalmology, orthopedics, otolaryngology (ENT), pediatrics, radiology, and urology.

The hospital's support staff is composed of over 500 employees dedicated to maintaining a warm, friendly, and professional atmosphere. The staff combines personal attention with state-of-the-art technology to provide the best medical care the area can offer.

 Community Health

The health of the community is an important part of the mission of Memorial Hospital and Manor. The hospital sponsors a School Nursing Program and Athletic Training Program in the Decatur County School System at no cost to the school or students. The School Health Check program now has nine (9) Registered Nurses assisting students in the county. The nurses operate school clinics to provide medical assistance, administer medications, conduct vision and dental screenings, and speak to students about health issues. Memorial Hospital and Manor's Certified Athletic Trainer works cooperatively with Decatur County school coaches and area physicians in providing a safe environment for young athletes.
 MHM, in partnership with the local YMCA, also hosted two Team Lean competitions, community-wide weight loss competitions to help local citizens get in shape, lose some weight and learn about maintaining healthy lifestyles. MHM also holds an annual community Health Fair offering free or minimal cost health checks to anyone who wishes to participate.

Additional Medical Services and Agencies

Click here for the State's Department of Health site. There are several other types of medical services offered throughout the county meeting various needs, including the following:

  • Memorial Manor - A 107-bed long-term care facility located adjacent to, and operated by, Memorial Hospital. A staff of approximately 77 healthcare professionals is employed and provides licensed healthcare 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The facility is licensed by the State of Georgia and accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
  • Port City Pulmonary Care, Inc. - A not-for-profit organization which serves the home respiratory needs of Bainbridge and Decatur County. Respiratory services, such as oxygen therapy, nebulizer therapy, apnea monitoring, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy, clinical respiratory care, overnight oximetry, and arterial blood gas testing, are provided by an experienced respiratory staff.
  • Willow Ridge - An elegantly designed, 24-bed assisted living facility owned and operated by Memorial Hospital and Manor. The facility was opened in 1998 and is located on nine (9) acres. Willow Ridge provides a safe environment for older adults who do not wish to live alone or for those that may need personal assistance with everyday living.
  • Decatur County Senior Citizens Center - (229) 246-8672, is open 8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M., Monday through Friday. The center located at 402 W. Water St. above Cheney Griffin Park provides activities and meals at the center for the area's senior citizens age 60 and older. Activities include shopping outings, line dancing, bingo and crafts. The Meals-on-Wheels program is operated through the Senior Center, as well.
  • Decatur County Health Department-This department falls under the jurisdiction of ¬†Southwest Georgia Public Health District 8, Unit 2, headed by Dr. Jacqueline Grant, and maintains several preventive medicine programs, including administering immunizations, clinics for hypertension, family planning, and routine physical exams. Nurse Manager Sherry Hutchins¬†can be reached at (229) 248-3055¬†and¬†is in charge of operations at the Health Department located at 928 West St. in Bainbridge.¬†
  • Environmental Health at (229) 248-3058 on Airport Road also falls under Southwest Georgia Health jurisdiction. The local office on Airport Road is located in the Planning Department Building and¬†is headed by Environmental Specialist Ansley Johnson and it is this department that is responsible for well, septic tank, swimming pool and restaurant inspections, as well as serving as the center for reporting rabies outbreaks in the county.
  • Information about the local Farmworker Program headed by Sheila Raymer can be had by calling (229) 248-3748. The Farmworker Program office is also located on West St. in Bainbridge, near the Health Department building.
  • Riverside Place - Assisted living community.
  • Other Medical Services - Memorial Medical Center.


County Commission Meeting

The next regular County Commission meeting takes place Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building at 203 W. Broughton St., in Bainbridge. Click on 2010-2011 County Budget to view this document. Click on Commission Information to view minutes and other commission documents, including ordinances and resolutions.

Click on Outdoor Watering Ordinance to view it.

Looking for the City of Decatur?

Please click on City of Decatur if you are looking for Decatur, Ga. The site you are currently viewing belongs to Decatur COUNTY, Ga., located in South Georgia near the Florida/Georgia State Line. Thanks!

Wireless Broadband Service

Click on Wireless Broadband Service if interested in registering for this service. Click on Ribbon Cutting for Mainstreet Broadband to get more information on the event. Call 1-888-807-FAST (3278) for more information. Visit the Mainstreet Broadband Office in downtown Bainbridge on the Square, at 111 West Street, phone 400-9201.

2010 County of Excellence

Decatur County is named a 2010 County of Excellence by Association County Commissioners of Georgia and Georgia Trend Magazine as of March 2010. Click on Georgia Trend March 2010 to view the ad. Click on WALB carries County of Excellence story to view it.

New Voting Precinct Maps

Link to map of new voting precincts.

Pay Citations/Fines Online!

Click here to pay citations or fines on-line.

WALB Weather Alerts

Link to WALB Weather Alerts

Lake Seminole Levels

Click on Lake Seminole levels for report.

Keep Decatur County Beautiful

Click on RIVERS ALIVE! to view photos and news of this year's successful event on October 30. Thanks to all who helped clean up our area waterways and byways! Six tons of trash were picked up by about 300 volunteers this year!

Click on Keep Decatur County Beautiful for information on recycling or call Director Suzanne Brandt at 229-246-3611.

IMPORTANT! The recycling trailer formerly located at Walmart has been moved to the National Guard Armory on Louise Street. A cardboard recycling trailer is also located in the parking lot of the county's Administration Building at 203 W. Broughton St.

County Surplus Sales

Click on GovDeals.com to view county surplus items for sale.

Dr. Stafford. District 3 Commissioner, on ACCG Health and Human Services Committee

Decatur County Commissioner Dr. C.T. Stafford is a member of the ACCG Health and Human Services Committee and recently participated in a meeting to discuss issues that ranged from funding for trauma care to caring for those with mental health disorders.   (Click on Dr. Stafford receives certification from ACCG to view the photo on Flicker. Click on ACCG leadership program attendees to see what classes he took this summer.)   

ACCG provides public policy development and advocacy on behalf of counties and their communities and works through a consensus building process to establish an annual legislative agenda called the County Platform.  

‚ÄúParticipating in an ACCG policy committee helps me stay better informed about legislative issues, understand trends health and human services and learn how new proposals could impact Decatur County,‚ÄĚ said Commissioner Stafford.¬† ‚ÄúThese meetings also provide a forum for hearing from state legislators and state agency officials, who develop legislation and policies that have a direct impact on our community.‚ÄĚ

County Property Sales

Link to The Post-Searchlight story regarding property sales.

Click on bid winners of first 3 rounds of property sales to view who won first 3 rounds of properties. Total amount of money received by the county for the first three rounds of bidding is $20,195.60. Click on 4th round bid winners to view the list.  Click on Fifth Round bid winners to view this document. Click on Sixth Round Bid Winners to view the list.

Application for Employment

Click on Application for Employment to download a copy.  Return completed applications to 203 W. Broad Street, Bainbridge, GA 39817 or Mail completed application to Decatur County Board of Commissioners, P.O. Box 726, Bainbridge, GA 39818, Attn: Human Resource Director

R A D Classes at Sheriff's Office

Decatur County Sheriff's Office will offer FREE self-defense courses for women. Click on  Rape Aggression Defense Courses for link to article with more information, or call 229-248-3044 and ask about RAD classes.

Click on Sheriff Restructures Organization to view changes made at the SO circa 8-16-10.

Decatur County part of Chattahoochee Trace

Decatur County is part of the Historic Chattahoochee Trace. Please click on Historic Chattahoochee Commission to view information about this organization . Decatur County is also part of the Highway 27 Association of which Commission Gary Phillips of District 6 is an active board member. This group promotes historic courthouses and sites along the Highway 27 corridor, which extends all the way to the Canadian border, and it serves as an alternative to I-75 as a route  to Atlanta, as well.






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