Southwest Georgia Healthcare Clinic News
SWGHC Awarded $889,375 Grant
Southwest Georgia Healthcare Clinics, Inc. in Donalsonville, GA has been awarded $889,375 in funding to aid COVID-19 response and overall healthcare access in rural Seminole County. This grant is the only one awarded in the state of Georgia and will enable the clinic to expand healthcare resources and improve COVID-19 response in the community.
The funding will come from American Rescue Plan and is being administered through a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) program that supports "community-based health care providers that provide essential primary health care services to underserved communities and vulnerable populations" who do not otherwise have access to federal funding via HHS agencies.
SWGHC CEO, Donna Williams said "We are so pleased to be able to expand healthcare resources in our community. The grant will enable our clinic to expand our telehealth services, purchase portable healthcare kits (including digital stethoscope, intraoral camera and otoscope), administer the COVID-19 vaccine, purchase new vaccine storage units, enhance communication with our patients and expand our community outreach efforts."
James Moody, CFO of Donalsonville Hospital stated, "I am excited about this grant opportunity for SWGHC because it enables the clinic to have the staff and resources that are much-needed in our community. The clinic will be able to add new equipment and technology that will bring the most advanced services to our patients."
Southwest Georgia Healthcare Clinics, Inc offers family, pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology health care, patient education and self-management support for children, adults, and geriatrics. Southwest Georgia Healthcare Clinics is committed to providing quality healthcare to the patients we serve regardless of their ability to pay. Any patient may apply for a sliding scale fee adjustments based on their income and the size of their family.
Clinic Staff Among First Vaccinated
The first doses of Moderna's COVID-19 have arrived in Seminole county at the office of Seminole County Public Health. Southwest Georgia Healthcare Clinics physicians and Staff will be among the first vaccinated in Phase 1 of the CDC and Public Health guidelines.
According to Donna Williams, SWGHC CEO, the vaccine will be staggered to ensure adequate staffing remains in place in the event of vaccination side effects, known to be more common after the second dose. Once the front-line employees are vaccinated, the next tier of essential hospital and medical office workers will be offered the opportunity as more doses become available.
More information about when vaccines will be available for the general population will be coming in the next few weeks. In the meantime, Seminole County residents should continue to follow recommended safety precautions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
According to the CDC, everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don't live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
Dr. Dion Martin, SWGHC Pediatrician
Dr. Henderson, SWGHC OB/GYN
Dainyell Long, CNA