What Tammy Mims, the Jeff Davis Hospital Authority and the hospital staff have accomplished over the past few years is remarkable. In 2014 the hospital was losing lots of money. Four years later, it is on track to earn a $1.4 million profit this year.
The behavioral health center opening will address a growing need in Jeff Davis and surrounding counties as the opiod epidemic devastes our area.
Of particular interest to me is the soon-to-be-completed wound center which will focus mainly on treating diabetic wounds. I’ve seen the devastating effects diabetes can have on people and their families.
While rural hospitals across Georgia are struggling to keep their doors open — as was ours four years ago — our hospital has gotten control of its costs and is now turning to growth. Our hospital can serve as a model to other small rural hospitals across the state.
I’m proud of the work they’ve done and some day, perhaps I and others will look back to these days and realize the hard work put forth led to all of us enjoying longer and healthier lives.