Healthcare

Liberty Regional Medical Center

Healthcare01The Lewis Ashmore Medical Park promotes quality health care in the community by showcasing Liberty Regional Medical center and Liberty Regional Medical Office Building.  Liberty Regional Medical Center, with 70,000 square feet, is now a critical access facility with 25 beds. The hospital and its FastTrack emergency care see nearly 20,000 patients a year.
Liberty Regional Medical Center offers such services as:

  • Women’s Health
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (labor/delivery)
  • Mammography (FDA/ACR accredited)
  • Pediatrics
  • Family medicine
  • Specialty service such as surgery, laser, and laparoscopic
  • Ear, nose, and throat, orthopedics/sports medicine, plastic surgery
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Non-invasive cardiology
  • Rehabilitation Therapy including speech, physical, and occupational
  • Imaging services such as CT Scan, Mobile MRI, X-rays, Ultrasound Echocardiology
  • Emergency and Trauma

Healthcare02The 70,000 sq. ft., 2-story medical center has 25 in-patient rooms and eight out-patient rooms. The in-patient rooms, labor/delivery/postpartum/recovery rooms and pediatric rooms are on the second floor to give patients more privacy.  All of the diagnostic areas, out-patient services, emergency, administrative offices, gift shop, dining room, and classrooms are on the first floor. Liberty Regional Medical Center operates the Emergency Medical Services in both Liberty and Long counties.
A 66-bed, long-term care facility, Coastal Manor, provides 24-hour nursing care for residents while offering some of the comforts of home. It recently opened a 42-bed Alzheimer’s patients’ wing.
The 30,000 square foot Medical Office Building is located behind the hospital and provides office space to physicians.
Liberty Regional Medical Center is governed by the Hospital Authority of Hinesville. Seven members have voting privileges and are appointed by the county commissioners. There are also three ex-officio members as well. Voting members serve three-year terms. The Authority’s meetings are open to the public and are held at 12:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of every month.

Liberty County Health Department and Environmental Health

Located in the Community Services Building in Hinesville on the corner of Highway 84 and Patriot Trail (1113 East Oglethorpe Highway), the LIBERTY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT provides a wide variety of public health programs that cover over a hundred different services from infant healthcare to environmental inspections.

Liberty is one of eight counties in the Coastal Health District under the direction of District Health Director, Douglas Skelton, MD. Deidre Michelson (BSN, RN, C) is Administrator over Liberty County programs provided by the Health Department and Environmental Health Department. Annie Washington, RN, is the Nurse Manager and Pam Laynor, the Clerical Manager. They and other staff at the main health department clinic may be contacted by phone at (912)876-2173.

Linus Woodard, Environmental Health Specialist in charge of the Environmental Health Department, has offices at 101 North Commerce Street in Hinesville and may be reached by phone at (912)368-5520. Other clinics include the Fort Stewart WIC clinic at 1183 Bultman Avenue on Fort Stewart managed by Mary Montoya ((912)877-3330) and a WIC and a limited health services clinic at the Head Start Center on Highway 119 in Riceboro; services at the latter are available only on certain days of the month.

Payment for services at the health department is based on a sliding fee scale. Proof of income is required for residents using the sliding fee scale or applying for WIC services. Environmental health services are based on fees established by the Board of Health and are available 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. While some services at the main health department require appointments, others may be accessed on a walk-in basis. Hours are as follows: Monday 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM & Tuesday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Health Department Services

Programs for Infants and Children

  • Child Health Services – comprehensive physical and developmental testing for infants and children up to age 21
  • Children’s Medical Services – provides cardiac, orthopedic and neurological follow-ups for children with special needs Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) – health screenings for Medicaid-eligible children
  • Early Intervention – evaluates children up to age 3 with developmental delays, trains and counsels parents, and arranges for special services needed for the child and their family
  • Immunizations – childhood vaccinations
  • Infant Safety Education Programs – includes loan-able infant safety seats for eligible clients
  • Intestinal Parasites, Scabies and Lice Treatment Program – education, examination, treatment and control methods
  • Newborn Care – home visits for high-risk infants
  • Perinatal Case Management – screening and resource information for eligible mothers and their infants
  • Pregnancy Related Services – home visitation services for new mothers and infants meeting eligibility criteria
  • Scoliosis Screenings and Referrals – scheduled in local schools and available in the health clinic
  • Well Baby/Children’s Clinic – health examinations and referrals

Food Vouchers and Nutritional Services

WIC Clinic – offers nutritional counseling, supplemental foods and health assessment services for women, infants and children.

Programs for Adolescents and Teens

Funded under the Georgia Division of Public Health, the Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program in Liberty County offers activities that encourage physical fitness and healthy lifestyles; counseling pertinent to teen issues such as responsible decision making; leadership training and development of life skills and information; and education and information on physical health. These and other collaborative community teen programs may be found at the High Rise Teen Center in Parkway Plaza. A Parent Advisory Council (PAC) oversees programming and sponsors parenting education. Call Annie West at 876-2422 for additional information.

Programs for Adults

  • BreasTEST & MORE – provides breast exams, mammograms, pap smears & pelvic exams for income eligible women
  • Cancer Screening
  • Chronic Disease Assessment – treatment, counseling and monitoring is provided along with prescriptive drugs at low costs
  • Family Planning – offers examinations, counseling & contraceptive options
  • Genetic Screening and Counseling
  • HIV/AIDS Clinic – provides treatment, counseling, networking and supportive assistance
  • Infectious Disease Control and Treatment – tests and treats contacts while tracking the disease and providing community alerts.
  • Health assessments, hearing, vision and laboratory work. – includes diagnostic blood work, blood pressure checks, testing and monitoring for diseases
  • Wellness/Prevention Programs – includes Diabetic and childbirth education classes, screening and healthy lifestyle educational opportunities, and health counseling services
  • Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic
  • Work physicals and industrial health appraisals geared to individual companies and their employees
  • Primary Medical Care – nurse practitioners provide physical examinations, order diagnostic tests, treat medical diseases and disorders as well as providing counseling and preventive health education.
  • Immunizations – provides seasonal vaccines for flu and pneumonia as well as those needed for travel and occupational safety

Free Walk-In Clinic

The Coastal Medical Assistance Clinic (CMAC) provides free primary medical care through a Tuesday evening free walk-in clinic staffed by volunteers. Limited daytime appointments are available with a Nurse Practitioner. The clinic has offices and holds its evening clinic in the Liberty County Health Department on Oglethorpe Highway and Patriot Trail. Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Income under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Must be a U.S. citizen Medically uninsured
  • Not currently on Medicare & Medicaid – residents who are eligible for these programs will be treated and then plugged into the system by outreach social workers.
  • May not be in the military or be a military dependent
  • Residents wishing to access services at the Tuesday evening clinic should sign in at the Liberty County Health Department lobby between the hours of 3:00 – 5:00 PM. Clinic hours begin at 5:00 PM when the health department closes and CMAC takes over the use of their facilities. For additional information, contact Jeannie Stevens (876-2173 extension 237) or Linda Ratcliffe (876-2173 extension 236).

Services at the Environmental Health Department

  • Animal and rabies control
  • Child safety programs
  • Environmental education and training
  • Epidemiology investigation
  • Hazardous waste programs
  • Individual and community well review
  • Safety audits
  • Taxonomy
  • Bioterrorism monitoring and response
  • Emergency disaster control
  • Environmental sampling and analysis
  • General public health nuisance
  • Indoor air quality
  • Inspections and new establishment reviews to include septic systems, food service and swimming pools
  • Occupational injury control and prevention
  • Subdivision review
  • Vector control – West Nile program

Diversity Health Center

Moving your family to a new town has its challenges; finding quality, affordable healthcare shouldn’t be one of them. Diversity Health Center, Inc., a non-profit organization, with clinics located in Hinesville and Ludowici, offers a full range of comprehensive health services to individuals of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay.

Leading Diversity’s team of quality healthcare providers is Dr. Olugbenga Awe, a board-certified family practice physician and internist. Each clinic also includes a a compassionate nursing team led by Florence Baggs, L-NP, and Martha Kitchins, FNP-BC, and a licensed professional counselor, Suzanne Baroody, LPC, who provides Diversity’s mental health services. Diversity also prides itself on its positive presence in the communities it serves.

Through a collaborative arrangement with Long County Family Connections, Diversity is addressing issues related to domestic violence, teen pregnancy and injury prevention. Diversity’s comprehensive approach to medical care also involves education and monitoring for those at risk for chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Meeting the healthcare needs of Coastal Georgia’s culturally diverse population is achieved through our partnership with the Southeast Georgia Community Project (SGCP), and several of Diversity’s staff members are bi-lingual, English/Spanish. Diversity’s unique approach to integrated health services also addresses the significant risk for physical problems associated with mental illness. Historically, those with mental illness have been unable to obtain integrated medical care, or do not seek medical help, even though they have higher rates of physical illness than the general population.

Studies have also shown that medications that treat behavioral health problems are associated with an increased risk for serious physical disorders, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, arthritis and certain types of cancers. Diversity’s unique coordination of medical care and mental health counseling can address these issues before they become a problem, as well as assist patients with compliance in taking all of their medications as prescribed. Adolescent behavioral issues can also be addressed through timely counseling and can be effectively treated at Diversity. Diversity Health Center, Inc. is proud to play a part in the growth of Liberty County by providing a full range of comprehensive physical and mental health services to individuals of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay.

Each member of Diversity’s team plays a vital role in providing comprehensive health services to our community. Diversity’s clinics are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both clinics are closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. for lunch. To schedule an appointment call Diversity in Hinesville office: 303 Fraser Drive.

For medical appointments call: 912-877-2227, Fax: 912-877-2332. For Ludowici office: 213 N McDonald. For medical appointments call 912-545-9398, Fax: 912-545-2747.

Counseling appointments at either clinic can be made by calling 912-545-9398. Remember to bring proof of income or unemployment, a photo ID, and your medical insurance (if any). Please arrive 15 minutes early for the first appointment to complete your paperwork. The mailing address for both locations is P.O. Box 52, Hinesville, GA 31310.

St. Joseph’s Candler Immediate Care

If you need urgent care while you are visiting or living in Liberty County, you can go to St. Joseph’s Candler Immediate Care. They take urgent care walk-ins 7 days a week. The facility is located at 780 E. Oglethorpe Hwy. in Hinesville. Office hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am-8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Call 912-332-7672 for more information or visit their website