Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015

 
Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015
Dodge County Hospital
Community Health Needs Assessment and
                  Implementation Plan

                                   July 2015
Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015
About Dodge County Hospital

Dodge County Hospital is a progressive 94-bed healthcare facility, located in Eastman, Georgia
dedicated to meeting the challenges of the changing healthcare environment and is committed to
providing healthcare for the valued citizens of Dodge County and surrounding communities.

Dodge County offers an array of services that include an Emergency Department staffed 24 hours a
day by in house physicians, and a Critical Care Unit with state of the art equipment. Additional
services include Medical/Surgical Unit, Obstetrics, Nursery and Pediatric Unit, Geriatric Behavioral
Health Unit, a Surgery Center, Gastro-intestinal Laboratory, Ophthalmology, Laboratory, Radiology,
Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, and Sleep Studies.

Dodge County Hospital is a DNV Healthcare Accredited facility. As an accredited facility, Dodge
County Hospital demonstrates its commitment to safety by complying with the Centers for Medicare
and Medicaid Studies conditions of participation and all applicable DNV requirements. Achieving
DNV accreditation clearly communicates to patients and other key stakeholders that Dodge County
Hospital’s personnel, care practices and facilities are compliant with clear, consistent performance
standards. With all the other concerns patients and families may have about their health, the basic
confidence in the quality and safety of the services provided should not be in doubt.

As an accredited facility, Dodge County Hospital undergoes an unannounced accreditation visit by
DNV Healthcare on an annual basis. These visits use multiple methods of assessment, such as
interviews, document reviews and on-site visits to ensure the ability to capture a complete and
thorough understanding of the organization.
Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015
Contents

About Dodge County Hospital                                                        2

Acknowledgements                                                                   4
   Contributors                                                                    4

A Letter from the Chairman to the Community                                        5

Introduction                                                                       6
    Purpose and Scope                                                              6
    Approach and Process                                                           7
    Dodge County Hospital’s Community                                              8
    Dodge County Hospital’s Community Demographics                                 9
    FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions                                             10

Community Health Needs Assessment                                                 11
   Community Health Needs vs. Other Community Needs                               11
   Process of Identifying & Prioritizing Community Health Needs                   11
   2015 Community Health Need Priorities                                          12
   Dodge County Hospital’s Implementation Strategy                                12

DCH’s Community Health Needs Implementation Plan 2015-2018                        13

DCH’s Programs & Services Addressing Community Health Needs                       20

Appendix: Community Inventory - Health Facilities & Resources                     22

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Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015
Acknowledgement
   Dodge County Hospital’s Community Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan was developed by
   Dodge staff with the assistance of LEGACY CONSULTING GROUP and generous input from a broad group
   of people representing the health interests of residents of Eastman and Dodge County, Georgia and
   nearby communities.

   The individuals listed below contributed immeasurable value in the formation of this report,
   providing professional knowledge, expert medical information, and community input regarding
   health need advocacy. Dodge County Hospital would like to acknowledge these individuals and
   thank them for their generous time and contributions to this assessment.

Cecil Barden                                              Lou Barker, MD
Board Member, Dodge County Hospital Authority             Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Maintenance Supervisor, Eastman Housing Authority         Dodge County Hospital
Kevin L. Bierschenk                                       Miranda Bush, RN
Chief Executive Officer                                   Nurse Manager, Emergency Services
Dodge County Hospital                                     Dodge County Hospital

Sandra Campbell, RN, MSN                                  Ricky Coleman
Chief Nursing Officer                                     EMS Director
Dodge County Hospital                                     Dodge County
Debbie Connell                                            Lawton C. Davis, MD
Executive Director                                        South Central Health District Director / District 5-1 / Dublin
Dodge Connection-Communities in Schools of Dodge County   Georgia Department of Public Health
                                                          Chief Executive Officer, Dodge County Board of Health
Melinda M. Dennis, Ph.D.                                  Jan Hamrick
Superintendent                                            Chief Financial Officer
Dodge County Schools                                      Dodge County Hospital
Dan Harrell, DMD                                          Paul Jones, CPA
Dentist                                                   Board Chair
Eastman Family Dental                                     Dodge County Hospital Authority
Dan McCrane                                               Bart S. Milner, MPA-C
Chairman                                                  Physician Assistant
Dodge County, Georgia Board of Commissioners              Southwest Georgia Health Care
Blake Milner, MD                                          Johnny Peeples, MD
Family Medicine                                           Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine
Dodge County Hospital                                     Eastman Pediatric Clinic
Charles Williams
President
Eastman Dodge County Chamber of Commerce
Development Authority
Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015
A Letter from the Chairman to the Community
                                                                                      Board of Directors
  Dear Friends,
                                                                                            Paul Jones
                                                                                             Chairman
  Dodge County Hospital is pleased to present this Community Health Needs
  Assessment and Implementation Plan.                                                     Wilbur Garrett
                                                                                        Secretary/Treasurer
  With input from a broad range of truly remarkable people, we have
                                                                                       Minister Cecil Barden
  identified and prioritized community health needs to help advance the
  health and wellness of residents of Eastman, Dodge County, and nearby                   Mitchell Coffee
  communities.
                                                                                       Mimi Daniels Dennis
  These contributors provided expert knowledge, experience, and guidance
  in helping DCH review and plan programs and services to work with other              Mandel Trent Mullis
  community-based organizations to enhance health education, injury and
  illness prevention, and promotion of a healthy lifestyle and wellness.                James H. Tison, MD

                                                                                         Reggie Sheffield
  Our Board of Directors has adopted the 2015-2018 Community Health
  Needs Implementation Plan and is committed to leveraging our existing               Patricia Patterson, MD*
  programs, services, and resources to assist area residents develop and               Chief of Medical Staff
  maintain their highest level of health and wellness.
                                                                                       Kevin L. Bierschenk*
  Dodge County Hospital’s primary focus will be to work with other                    Chief Executive Officer
  organizations to address the health need priorities of persons residing in
  the communities of Dodge County. When possible and financially feasible,
  DCH will play a supportive role in assisting other community health need
  efforts in nearby communities.

  Please visit us at www.dodgecountyhospital.com for more information and                * Ex-officio members
  follow our progress.

  Warm Regards,                     SigPlus1

  Paul Jones
07/10/2015 01:56:08 pm

  Chairman
  Dodge County Hospital Authority
  Board of Directors

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Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015
Introduction
Quality healthcare and exceptional service awaits you at Dodge County Hospital, located in
Eastman, Georgia. The Hospital is a progressive, not-for-profit, acute care facility serving the needs
of the residents of Eastman, Rhine, Chauncey, Chester and Milan in Dodge County and nearby
communities in the heart of Georgia.

Our Mission

The employees, medical staff and Board of Trustees of Dodge County Hospital will deliver the highest
quality healthcare services to our patients, families and visitors by managing the fiscal, human,
physical and information resources in an efficient, effective and ethical manner.

Our Vision

Dodge County Hospital will mirror the needs of the community and surrounding areas and become
the provider of choice, the employer of choice and the most clinically efficient, cost-effective
healthcare system.

Our Values

Dodge County Hospital considers the patient and family to be the nucleus of the healthcare delivery
system and is committed to the mission and vision by enhancing these values: communication,
loyalty, honesty, morality, compassion, dignity, confidentiality, innovation and continual
performance improvement.

Purpose and Scope
The purpose of Dodge County Hospital’s community health needs assessment (CHNA) and
implementation plan is to enhance the health and wellness of individuals living in the communities
of Dodge County.

When possible and financially feasible, DCH will play a supportive role in assisting other community
health need efforts in nearby communities.
Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015
Approach and Process
Dodge County Hospital’s approach to achieving community health improvement priorities follows a
six-step process designed to be updated every three years to assess progress in addressing the health
needs of the community.

It begins with defining DCHs target community, and then assessing the health needs of the
community using available health data and input from a broad range of advocates representing the
health interests of the residents within the community.

After the health needs are identified, individuals representing the target community establish the
health improvement priorities for their community.

                                                 Assess
                                              Health Needs
                                                 of the
                                              Community

                             Evaluate                                Set
                            Outcomes &                             Health
                              Progress                          Improvement
                              Toward                               Target
                            Target Goals                          Priorities

                              Report                                Plan
                              Targeted                            Targeted
                            Initiatives &                          Health
                             Benefits to                        Improvement
                             the Public                           Initiatives
                                               Implement
                                                 Specific
                                                  Health
                                              Improvement
                                                Strategies

From the list of health improvement priorities developed by advocates of the target community, the
leadership at Dodge County Hospital met to develop strategies and plans to address the identified
health need priorities.

These strategies and plans were then implemented and reported to the public via the hospital’s
website as Dodge County Hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan.

As part of the implementation plan, DCH will evaluate progress toward achieving goals and report
the results on the hospital’s website.

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Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015
Dodge County Hospital’s Community

In 2014, 66% of Dodge County Hospital’s admissions came from within Dodge County and another
31% of admissions came from the surrounding counties of Telfair, Bleckley, Wilcox, Laurens, Pulaski
and Wheeler Counties in south central Georgia.

                                  Dodge County Hospital’s
                             Primary and Secondary Service Area
Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015
Based on the residence of admissions, Dodge County Hospital defines its primary service area community
as Dodge County. The Hospital’s secondary service area encompasses Telfair, Bleckley, Wilcox, Laurens,
Pulaski and Wheeler counties in south central Georgia.
                                                           Dodge County Hospital’s
                                                              2014 Admissions

    Service Area                County                 Admissions        % of Admissions              Cumulative Admissions
      Primary                    Dodge                   1,077               65.9%                           65.9%
     Secondary                   Telfair                  337                20.6%                           86.5%
     Secondary                  Bleckley                   64                 3.9%                           90.4%
     Secondary                   Wilcox                    42                 2.6%                           93.0%
     Secondary                  Laurens                    30                 1.8%                           94.8%
     Secondary                  Pulaski                    18                 1.1%                           95.9%
     Secondary                  Wheeler                    15                 0.9%                           96.8%
      All other                                            52                 3.2%                           100.0%
  Total Admissions                                       1,635               100%
    Sources: Dodge County Hospital & Legacy Consulting Group analysis.

Dodge County Hospital’s Admission Demographics
In 2014, Dodge County Hospital admitted 1,635 patients with 75% of admissions for medical/surgical
services, 17% requiring intensive care services, 7% for obstetrical services, and 1% geriatric psychiatry
admissions. Patients with Medicare accounted for 48% of admissions, Medicaid 28% of admissions,
third-party payment 17% and self-pay 7% of admissions.

Over the same period, Dodge County Hospital has 12,482 Emergency Department visits, which led to
77% of the Hospital’s admissions. In addition, the Hospital had 1,172 surgical patients of which 75%
were performed on an outpatient basis.

                        Admissions by Service                                Admissions by Payment Source
        1,400       1,223
        1,200
        1,000                                                                                       Third-
                                                                                                    party       Self pay
          800                                                                                       17%
                                                                                     Medicaid                   7%
          600
                                                                                     28%
          400                      270
                                                 120
          200                                                  22
             0                                                                                  Medicare
                                                                                                48%

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Dodge County Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment and Implementation Plan - July 2015
Access to Health Indicators
  What do we mean by access to health services?
                                                                                                             Professionally Active Physicians
  Access to health services means the timely use of personal health
  services to achieve the best outcomes. (1) It requires three distinct                           (Population to Physician Ratio – Smaller Number is Better)
  steps:
                                                                                            1,500                                                            1,311
          1) Gaining entry into the health care system.                                                    1,104
          2) Accessing a health care location where needed                                                                 892                                               873
                                                                                            1,000
              services are provided.                                                                                                     744                                               680
          3) Finding a health care provider with whom the
             patient can communicate & trust.                                                500

  What are the barriers to health services?                                                       0
  Barriers to health services include:                                                                Sources:Primary
                                                                                                               “2015 Care  Physicians
                                                                                                                       County                    Specialty
                                                                                                                              Health Ranking: Georgia”      Care Phsyicians
                                                                                                                                                         County  Health Rankings &
                                                                                                      Roadmaps, A Dodge
                                                                                                                    collaboration
                                                                                                                           County between the Robert WoodStates
                                                                                                                                                            Johnson Foundation and
             Lack of availability                                                                                                     Georgia     United
                                                                                                      the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
             High cost
             Lack of insurance                                                                                       Access to Health Indicators
                                                                                                                   Poverty & Lack of Health Insurance
  What do barriers to health services lead to?
  Barriers to health services and health care lead to:
             Unmet health needs                                                             30%                                           26.0%
             Delays in receiving appropriate care                                                                                                     25.3%

             Inability to get preventive services                                                                                                                21.5%
                                                                                                       19.8%                                                                               18.8%
                                                                                                                 18.2%
             Hospitalizations that could have been prevented                                20%
                                                                                                                            15.4%                                              16.3%
                                                                                                                                                                                                      14.5%
  Sources: “Healthy People 2020” U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
             December 2010.
            (1) Institute of Medicine, Committee on Monitoring Access to Personal           10%
            Health Services, National Academies Press, 1993

                                                                                             0%
                                                                                                      Population Below Poverty      Children Below Poverty Without Health Insurance
                Selected Behavioral Health Indicators                                                                                     (Ages 0-17)               (Ages 0-64)
                                                                                                                            Dodge County     Georgia    United States
    40%                        35.0%                                                              Sources: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, March 2015, Georgia Composite State
             32.0%                     31.0%
                     29.0%                                                                        Board of Medical Examiners, June 2015, 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5 –Year
    30%                                         24.0% 25.0%
                                                                   19.0% 18.0% 18.0%              Estimates, U.S. Census Bureau.
    20%

    10%

     0%                                                                                           What is obesity & overweight?
                     Obesity              Physical Inactivity              Smoking
                                                                                                  Obesity has been defined as a condition in which excess body fat has
                           Dodge County        Georgia      United States                         accumulated to an extent that health may be adversely affected.
                                                                                                  Adults with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or higher are classified as
 Sources: “2015 County Health Ranking: Georgia” County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, A              obese. Adults with BMI between 25 and 29.9 are classified as
 collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of
 Wisconsin Population Health Institute.                                                           overweight.

What are the health risks of obesity?
In addition to diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension, obesity is                                                                Teen Births, Ages 15-19
related to many serious health problems.                                                                                                (Births per 1,000 Women)
          Approximately 20% of cancers in women and 15% of cancers                                                71.6                 73.3
                                                                                                                                                              64.3
                                                                                                                                                                                   72.8
                                                                                                          75.0
           in men are attributable to obesity.                                                                                                                                                        52.3
                                                                                                          55.0            46.7
                                                                                                                                               41.3
          An estimated 34% of kidney disease cases in women and 24%                                                             37.9                 34.2           37.9
                                                                                                                                                                            31.3          33.6 29.4          30.3 26.6
           of cases in men are attributable to overweight and obesity.                                    35.0

             Overweight and obesity at midlife independently increase the                                15.0

              risk of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.                                -5.0
                                                                                                                          2009                 2010                  2011                 2012               2013
             Obese adults are more likely to have depression, anxiety and
                                                                                                                                        Dodge County            Georgia            United States
              other mental health problems.
                                                                                                      Sources: National Vital Statistics Reports, Vol.63, No.4, August 20, 2014; Georgia DPH –
Sources: The State of Obesity: 2014, Trust for America’s Health, RWJF.                                OASIS, 2015; Kids County- A Project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 2015.

    Teen Mothers Giving Birth to another Child Before
                 Age 20 (Ages 15-19)
                                                                                                        What is the impact of teen childbearing?
                                                                                                        Teen childbearing is associated with negative consequences for the
                                                                            37.0%
  40.0%                                                                                                 adolescent parents, their children, and society.(1) Children born to
                                                           26.8%
  30.0%                                                                                                 adolescents face particular challenges – they are more likely to
            19.6% 20.6% 19.6% 20.7% 19.6% 19.7%                    19.1%            20.1%
  20.0%                                                                                                 have poorer educational, behavioral, and health outcomes
                                                                                                        throughout their lives, compared with children born to older
  10.0%
                                                                                                        parents. (1)
   0.0%
                2008            2009         2010         2011                 2012                   Sources: The Office of Adolescent Health, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
                                                                                                      (1) Hoffman, S. D., & Maynard, R. A. (Eds.). (2008). Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and
                                   Dodge County   Georgia
                                                                                                      Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy (2nd Ed.) Washington, DC: Urban Institute Press.
Community Health Needs versus Other Community Needs
Individuals have multiple needs within a community including available, accessible, and affordable food,
housing, educational, social, recreational, and transportation services as well as employment
opportunities. These needs are real, growing, and frequently unmet within many communities; however,
they are beyond the scope of our assessment. This assessment is specifically focused on identifying,
prioritizing and addressing health needs within the community.
While Dodge County Hospital receives patients from multiple communities in south central Georgia, it
is not practical or realistic for the Hospital to address the community health needs of all of the patients
it sees when they leave and return to their home communities. Thus, Dodge County Hospital will focus
its efforts on identifying, prioritizing and addressing the community health needs of residents who live
in its primary service area of Dodge County.

Process of Identifying and Prioritizing Community Health Needs
The community health needs of residents within Dodge County were identified through in-depth
interviews with a broad range of advocates representing the interests of the community including public
health representatives, community leaders, physicians, school health, mental health and other health
care providers.

Based on the collected interviews, expertise, and feedback from this group of advocates representing the
interests of Dodge County a list of community health needs was developed. There was significant
consensus around eight specific community health needs, based on the unprompted frequency that these
needs were identified by participants.

From this list of eight specific community health needs, each participant was asked to rank community
health need priorities on an ordinal scale with 1 being the highest priority and 8 being the lowest
priority. The community health needs assessment was completed from March to May 2015. A 94%
response rate was achieved, resulting in the following ranking of community health need priorities
within the communities of Dodge County.

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Dodge County, Georgia
                            2015 Community Health Need Priorities

#1    Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to behavioral health services.

#2    Need for community-based partnerships to reduce the prevalence of teen pregnancy.

#3    Need for community-based programs to support a reduction in the prevalence of overweight and obesity.

#4    Need for community-based programs to enhance educational outreach to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

#5    Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to non-emergency transportation assistance for
      residents in getting to medical appointments.

#6    Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to cardiology services for local residents.

#7    Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to recreational and fitness facilities to promote
      healthy, active lifestyles.

#8    Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to Telehealth services for nurses in local schools.

                              Dodge County Hospital’s
                   Community Health Needs Implementation Strategy
     Due to limited resources and the high cost of maintaining state-of-the-art medical diagnostic and
     treatment services to meet the needs of its inpatient and outpatient populations, Dodge County
     Hospital’s community health needs implementation strategy is focused on leveraging existing
     programs, services, and resources to address community health needs. In addition, the Hospital will
     focus its efforts on addressing health need priorities of residents of Dodge County.

     Whenever possible and financially feasible, Dodge County Hospital will work to address health need
     efforts in partnership with community, regional, and statewide organizations.
Dodge County Hospital’s
                                    2015-2018
                     Community Health Needs Implementation Plan
Community Health Need Priority #1: Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to
                                  behavioral health services.

There is broad consensus from advocates representing the interests of the community, that Dodge
County lacks adequate behavioral health resources to address the needs of individuals with psychiatric
and/or substance abuse problems. Furthermore, at this time there are no licensed psychiatrists in
Dodge County according to the Georgia Composite Medical Board.

In October 2014, Dodge County Hospital opened a 10-bed inpatient psychiatric service exclusively for
geriatric patients to address this growing service need for its senior residents. No child, adolescent or
adult inpatient, partial hospitalization, day program, residential short-term, residential long-term,
halfway house or detoxification services are available within the community. The nearest adult
inpatient mental health and substance detoxification unit is 31 miles away at The Community Mental
Health Center in Dublin, Georgia. The Dublin Center does not offer child or adolescent inpatient services.

The Community Service Board of Middle Georgia operates Eastman Mental Health Center in Eastman.
EMHC serves five counties in south central Georgia: Dodge, Telfair, Bleckley, Wilcox and Pulaski
Counties. EMHC is an outpatient facility with special groups and programs for adolescents and persons
with co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders. Outpatient substance abuse treatment
services include classes, visits, group meetings, and buprenorphine services to manage opioid
dependence including heroin and oxycodone. On a monthly basis, EMHC sees approximately 700 adults
and 300 children/adolescents.

       Dodge County Hospital will continue to provide emergency stabilization services as necessary to
        ensure patient safety when individuals with acute psychiatric and/or substance abuse issues
        present in the emergency department. These patients are transferred to psychiatric facilities in
        Dublin, Macon or Savannah if inpatient services are required.

       Dodge County Hospital leadership will meet with local, regional and statewide advocates for
        behavioral health services to identify potential opportunities for increasing access to psychiatric
        and substance abuse services within the service area.

       Dodge County hospital will provide partnership support when financially feasible to community
        organizations dedicated to increasing access to behavioral health services within the local
        community.

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Community Health Need Priority #2: Need for community-based partnerships to reduce the
                                   prevalence of teen pregnancy.

Based on the consensus opinion of physicians, school health nurses, and public health officials
interviewed as part of the community health needs assessment, reducing teen pregnancy continues to
be a community health need priority within Dodge County.

Teen childbearing is associated with negative consequences for all parties involved: the adolescent
mothers/parents, their children, and society as a whole. A study by Saul Hoffman and Rebecca Maynard,
“Kids Having Kids: Economic Costs and Social Consequences of Teen Pregnancy” (2008 2nd
Edition), notes that “Children of teen parents have poorer cognitive and educational outcomes, such as
a lower likelihood of completing high school and lower test scores; more behavioral problems, including
higher levels of fighting, delinquency, and early sexual experience; and poor health outcomes, such as
low birth weight”. In addition, The Office of Adolescent Health of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services notes, “Adolescents who have a baby are more likely to be poor as adults, and are more
likely to rely on public assistance than those who do not have a teen birth”.

From 2009 through 2013, while Georgia and the United States as a whole saw a dramatic drop in the
prevalence of teen births, Dodge County continued to have an extremely high number of teen births. In
2013, births to teen mothers in Dodge County was 52.3 per thousand, almost twice the national average
of 26.6 per thousand, and substantially higher than the 30.3 per thousand rate across Georgia.

In addition, 37% of teen mothers give birth to another child before age 20 in Dodge County compared
to 20% of teen mothers in the same age group (15-19 years) across Georgia.

      Dodge County Hospital will access local, regional, statewide and national organizations to
       provide educational information to local teens about the impact of teen pregnancy and
       opportunities to reduce the prevalence of teen pregnancy.

      Dodge County Hospital will coordinate its outreach efforts to reduce the prevalence of teen
       pregnancy with the Georgia Department of Public Health’s comprehensive approach to teen
       pregnancy prevention through:
          o Coordinated district adolescent health services
          o Abstinence and comprehensive sexuality prevention
          o Parent education and involvement
          o Faith/health community partnerships
          o Best practices for teen prevention programs

      Dodge County Hospital will meet with representatives of DPH’s Adolescent Health and Youth
       Development Program (AHYD) and Youth Development Coordinators (YDC) at the local level to
       coordinate efforts between the Dodge County Health Department and the (Dublin) South
       Central District Health Department to form critical partnerships with afterschool programs and
       county and community agencies to foster collaboration around adolescent and youth
       development issues with particular emphasis on reducing teen pregnancy.

      Dodge County Hospital will continue to provide information outreach to pregnant teens
       regarding prenatal care, the importance of full term pregnancy, and breast feeding for the first
       six months of life.
Community Health Need Priority #3: Need for community-based programs to support a reduction in
                                   the prevalence of overweight and obesity.

The 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) reports that 35.4% of Georgia adults are
overweight and 30.3% are classified as obese. Nationally 29.4% of adults are obese.

For children, the 2011 National Survey of Children’s Health ranks Georgia 41 st in the nation in overall
prevalence of overweight and obesity with 35.0% of Georgia’s children considered either overweight
(18.5%) or obese (16.5%).

Community Health Need Priority #4: Need for community-based programs to enhance educational
                                   outreach to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington analyzed the
performance of all 3,143 U.S. counties and county-equivalents in terms of alcohol use, life expectancy,
smoking prevalence, obesity, and poverty using novel small area estimation techniques and the most up-
to-date county-level information. The following is a comparison of six lifestyle choice findings for Dodge
County in comparison to the national average for 2012 and Dodge County’s national ranking.

                                            Selected Lifestyle Activity Indicators
                                                                                National           Dodge County        Performance
                                                     Dodge County
          Lifestyle Activity              Sex                                  Average %          National Rank       Compared to All
                                                    % of Population
                                                                              of Population     (of 3,143 Counties)      Counties
 Heavy Drinking                           Male              7.6%                   9.9%                 414              Best 25%
                                          Female            2.5%                   6.7%                 312              Best 10%
 Binge Drinking                           Male              16.0%                 24.5%                 160              Best 10%
                                          Female            6.2%                  12.4%                 400              Best 25%
 Smoking                                  Male              29.0%                 22.2%                2,425            Worst 25%
                                          Female            20.4%                 17.9%                1,129            Middle 50%
 Obesity                                  Male              42.6%                 33.8%                3,022            Worst 10%
                                          Female            44.3%                 36.1%                2,689            Worst 25%
 Recommended Physical Activity            Male              49.7%                 56.3%                2,264            Middle 50%
                                          Female            39.6%                 52.6%                2,830            Worst 10%
 Life Expectancy                          Male           72.8 years             76.5 years             2,512            Worst 25%
                                          Female         77.2 years             81.2 years             2,807            Worst 25%
Sources: The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, 2012, www.healthdata.org

The IHME data clearly supports the need identified by community representatives for community-based
programs to enhance educational outreach promoting healthier lifestyles for residents of Dodge County.

Community Health Need Priority #7: Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to
                                   recreational facilities to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

The 2015 County Health Rankings for Georgia and Dodge County developed through a collaboration
between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health
Institute, indicates that 31% of Dodge County residents are physically inactive compared to 24% of the
population throughout Georgia. Furthermore, it indicates that only 48% of residents in Dodge County
have access to exercise opportunities versus 75% of Georgians overall.

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We believe these three community health need priorities can most effectively be addressed by combining
partnership initiatives with local, regional, and statewide organizations that provide education about
and addresses the collective issues related to overweight/obesity, supports healthy nutritional and
lifestyle choices, and promotes access to recreational facilities for residents in the community.

      Dodge County Hospital will identify and recruit local, regional and statewide partners to
       develop a Wellness Task Force for Dodge County to facilitate development of local community
       initiatives to address issues related to good nutritional practices, weight management, stress
       management, and physically active lifestyle choices, and work with these organizations to
       enhance access to recreational programs in the community.
      Dodge County Hospital will identify target organizations within Dodge County where Wellness
       Programs can be successfully implemented utilizing existing communication channels and
       social support networks (schools, worksites, faith-based, and community organizations).

      Dodge County Hospital will develop an educational program for leaders of community
       organizations to communicate “Why Wellness is Important” and how these organizations can
       support its members with lifestyle changes associated with healthy nutrition, weight
       management, stress management, and physically active lifestyles.

      Dodge County Hospital will develop and implement a Wellness Program for its own employees
       and volunteers that support lifestyle changes associated with healthy nutrition, weight
       management, stress management, and physically active lifestyle.
      Dodge County Hospital will establish an on-going program for evaluating local progress in
       implementing Wellness Programs and provide peer support to help individual organizations
       improve and sustain their programs.
Community Health Need Priority #5: Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to
                                   non-emergency transportation assistance for residents in
                                   getting to medical appointments.

Multiple community representatives, interviewed as part of the community health needs assessment,
discussed the pressing need to enhance access to non-emergency transportation services for individuals
to get home from the hospital, get to follow-up medical appointments, and to local pharmacies to fill
prescriptions following their visit to the hospital or doctor’s office.

With inadequate access to non-emergency transportation services, many residents just forgo necessary
follow-up medical appointments with their physicians. In addition, this issue was frequently cited as a
major contributing factor toward poor compliance with routine health checks for individuals with
chronic health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and psychiatric disorders. As
a consequence, some of these individuals become “frequent flyers” when their medical conditions
become exacerbated, and local emergency medical services are called in for repeat visits to Dodge
County Hospital’s Emergency Department via ambulance.

Dodge County Transit provides limited rural public transportation services with two wheelchair
accessible vans and one regular van for local residents. Residents who need a ride from rural areas of
the county to Eastman are eligible for curb-to-curb services at affordable rates. However, clients must
be able to enter and/or exit their destination without assistance from the driver, and clients need to
schedule an appointment at least three days and up to a week in advance. Heart of Georgia Community
Action Council is the third party operator for Dodge County Transit.

           Dodge County Hospital will evaluate proposed new rules from the Office of Inspector General
            (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding local safe harbor non-
            emergency transportation protections, and will develop hospital policies and procedures
            regarding non-emergency transportation assistance for patients in getting to medical
            appointments.

           Dodge County Hospital will seek to identify local, state or philanthropic organizations that
            can assist in expanding access to non-emergency medical transportation services for
            individuals who live within Dodge County Hospital’s service area and need to get to medical
            appointments within the Hospital’s service area.

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Community Health Need Priority #6: Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to
                                    cardiology services for local residents.

From 2009 through 2013, coronary heart disease was the leading cause of death (33.5%) in Dodge
County, which is significantly higher than Georgia (29.5%), the United States (23.7%), and worldwide
(13.2%). (1) Georgia Department of Public Health, OASIS, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, World Health Organization.

In terms of age-adjusted hospital discharge rates (hospital discharges per 100,000 population), Dodge
County residents have a substantially higher hospitalization rate for cardiovascular diseases at 2,139.6
discharges per 100,000 compared to 1,387.6 discharges per 100,000 across Georgia. (2) Georgia Department
of Public Health, OASIS.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol,
and smoking are key heart disease risk factors with 49% of Americans having at least one of these three
risk factors. Several other medical conditions and lifestyle choices can also put people at a higher risk
for heart disease, including: diabetes, overweight and obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity and excessive
alcohol use.

At present, there is not a full time cardiologist in Dodge County. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dr.
Tehrani, a cardiologist from Perry, Georgia travels 41 miles to see cardiology patients in Eastman. Most
patients travel to Macon, Georgia which is 56 miles northwest or an hour drive from Eastman if they
need access to cardiovascular services.

         Dodge County Hospital will work with Dr. Tehrani to assist in recruiting a Nurse Practitioner to
          his practice to increase local cardiology coverage in Eastman 2-3 additional days per week by
          the fall of 2015.

         Dodge County Hospital will seek to identify additional local, regional, and statewide
          partnerships to enhance access to cardiology services in Eastman and the Hospital’s service
          area.

         Dodge County Hospital will ensure that its Emergency Department remains open 24/7 and that
          its physicians and nurses maintain advanced cardiac life support certification.
Community Health Need Priority #8: Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to
                                   Telehealth services for nurses in local schools.

Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services using telecommunications and related technologies
in the support of patient care, health education, and administrative services. Technologies include video
conferencing on a secure, private network with store and forward imaging, streaming media, and
wireless communications. Telehealth is designed to increase access to care by connecting people with
the specialized care they need that may not exist in their community.

The Georgia Partnership for Telehealth is a charitable non-profit organization that was formed in 2008
to promote the establishment of telemedicine programs in communities throughout Georgia.

In Dodge County, Telehealth is available through four school clinics located at the Dodge County - Board
of Education, Dodge County - Achievement Center, Dodge County High School, and Dodge County - Pre-
Kindergarten. This service significantly reduces absenteeism, as students can be connected to
specialized patient care and health education services without having to travel out of the county for
these services and miss a day of school.

The original Telehealth Grant money that provided for the Dodge County school-based clinic programs
is running out, and new community-based partnerships are needed to continue funding Telehealth in
Dodge County Schools.

       Dodge County Hospital will seek to provide support to the Georgia Partnership for Telehealth,
        to help maintain access to Telehealth services in Dodge County school clinics based on the
        availability of the Hospital’s financial resources.

       Dodge County Hospital will seek to identify local, regional, and statewide partnerships to
        provide funding to help maintain access to Telehealth services in Dodge County school clinics.

       Dodge County Hospital will provide opportunities for school nurses to connect with peers at the
        Hospital for professional development opportunities, and will fund pediatric advanced life
        support certification classes for Dodge County school nurses.

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Dodge County Hospital
           Programs & Services Addressing Community Health Needs
Dodge County Hospital currently provides several programs and services to meet community health
needs. The following is a description of existing programs and services that address community health
needs identified and prioritized by individuals presenting the interests of the community.

#1      Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to behavioral health services.
                                                   Dodge County Hospital Programs/Services
                                In October 2014, DCH opened a dedicated 10-bed inpatient psychiatric service
                                exclusively for geriatric patients to address this growing need for its senior
                                residents in the community. The Hospital will continue to provide emergency
                                stabilization services as necessary to ensure patient safety when individuals with
                                acute psychiatric and/or substance abuse issues present in the emergency
                                department.

#2      Need for community-based partnerships to reduce the prevalence of teen pregnancy.

                                                    Dodge County Hospital Programs/Services
                                DCH does not have specific programs and services to reduce the prevalence of teen
                                pregnancy, but does provide information outreach to pregnant teens regarding
                                prenatal care, the importance of full term pregnancy, and breast feeding for the
                                first six months of life.

#3      Need for community-based programs to support a reduction in the prevalence of overweight and obesity.

                                                 Dodge County Hospital Programs/Services
                                  DCH does not provide specific programs or services to reduce the prevalence of
                                  overweight and obesity, but discusses with individuals the consequences of being
                                  overweight and/or obese when patients present for treatment, and discuss
                                  sources for help in weight reduction.

#4      Need for community-based programs to enhance educational outreach to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

                                                   Dodge County Hospital Programs/Services
                                   DCH does not have specific programs or services to promote education and
                                   outreach promoting a healthy lifestyle, but does provide periodic reduced priced
                                   testing for individuals to have heart health and lipid profile evaluations.

#5      Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to non-emergency transportation assistance for
        residents in getting to medical appointments.

                                                 Dodge County Hospital Programs/ Services
                                   Due to issues surrounding federal Anti-Kickback Laws, DCH is not able to
                                   provide non-emergency transportation assistance to residents in getting to
                                   medical appointments.
#6   Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to cardiology services for local residents.
                                          Dodge County Hospital Programs/Services
                             DCH is working with Dr. Tehrani, a cardiologist from Perry to assist in
                             recruiting a Nurse Practitioner to his practice to increase local cardiology
                             coverage in Eastman from twice a week to four to five days a week. The
                             Hospital ensures that its Emergency Department remains open 24/7 and
                             that its physicians and nurses maintain advanced cardiac life support
                             certification.

#7   Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to recreational and fitness facilities to
     promote healthy, active lifestyles.
                                        Dodge County Hospital Programs/Services
                             DCH does not provide specific programs and services to enhance access to
                             recreational and fitness facilities to promote healthy, active lifestyles in the
                             community, but does encourage its employees and volunteers to exercise
                             regularly.

#8   Need for community-based partnerships to enhance access to Telehealth services for nurses in local
     schools.
                                       Dodge County Hospital Programs/Services
                           DCH does not provide specific programs or services that enhance access to
                           Telehealth services for nurses in local schools, but does provide continuing
                           medical education opportunities for local school nurses.

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APPENDIX
Community Inventory – Healthcare Facilities & Resources Available to
                      Respond to Identified Community Health Needs

ACUTE HEALTH CARE FACILITIES
Dodge County Hospital is an accredited, not-for-profit, progressive, 94-bed general hospital proving a broad
array of health care services including:
     Critical Care Unit
     Emergency Department 24/7
     Gastro-intestinal Laboratory
     Geriatric Behavioral Health Unit
     Laboratory
     Medical/Surgical Unit
     Nursery & Pediatric Unit
     Obstetrical Unit
     Ophthalmology
     Pharmacy
     Physical Therapy
     Radiology
     Respiratory Therapy
     Surgery Center
     Sleep Disorders Center
901 Griffin Avenue Eastman, Georgia 31023           (478) 448-4066         Chief Executive Officer: Kevin Bierschenk

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities is the state authority for
behavioral health and developmental disabilities. DBHD is administered through six regional offices and 26
community service areas. Each regional office operates a community-based system of care for the clients it serves.
The community-based system allows clients to receive care in the least restrictive setting possible while helping
them to obtain a life of independence and recovery. Dodge County is located in Region Five and CSA 23: Community
Service Board of Middle Georgia.
1915 Eisenhower Dr., Bldg. 7, Savannah, GA 31406    (912) 303-1670    Behavioral Health Reg. Services: Ted Schiffman

Community Service Board of Middle Georgia provides quality, innovative behavioral health care in a
therapeutic environment for those they serve. The CSBMG is located in Dublin and serves residents of Bleckley,
Dodge, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Pulaski, Telfair, and Treutlen, Wheeler, and Wilcox counties. The CSBMG
provides the following mental health and substance abuse services through its offices in Dublin:

        Adult Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services:     Residential Services and Day Services
        Access Unit - Child & Adolescent Services:          Admission, Evaluation, Initial Treatment Planning
        Community Support – Individual Services:            Case Coordination Services
        Adult Outpatient Mental Health Services             Adult MH Services
        Mental Health Supportive Living Services            MH Support Living
        Supportive Living Program:                          Supportive Living Services
        Dublin Adult Day Services:                          Psychosocial Rehabilitation Services
        Step One Recovery Center:                           Adult MH & SA Services, Residential/Day Services,
                                                             Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)-
                                                             Ready For Work (RFW), SA Outpatient Services
        Quentin’s Place:                                    Detoxification Services, Crisis Stabilization Unit
        Abundant Life:                                      SA Residential Services for females & their children
600 N. Jefferson Street, Dublin, GA 31021           (478) 275-6811

2121A Bellevue Road, Dublin, GA 31021               (478) 275-6811
Eastman Mental Health Center is a community mental health center operated by CSBMG providing outpatient
mental health and substance abuse services to clients in Dodge, Bleckley, Pulaski, Telfair, and Wheeler counties.
EMHC provides the following mental health and substance abuse services:
        Access Unit Triage:                                Mental Health, Mental Retardation, Substance
                                                            Abuse, Child and Adolescent Services
        Substance Abuse Outpatient Services:               Classes, Visits, Group Meetings, Buprenorphine
                                                            Services to manage opioid dependence.
621 Plaza Avenue, Eastman, GA 31023                      (478) 448-1040                         Contact: Dean Selph

Georgia Regional Hospital at Savannah is a state-funded multi-service facility that provides quality care to
mentally ill adults, emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, and individuals living with developmental
disabilities from its 24-county catchment area in Southeast Georgia. The hospital provides evaluation and
treatment to clients needing care. The hospital’s admitting office is a psychiatric emergency receiving facility open
24 hours a day.
1915 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, GA 31406                (912) 356-2011

Georgia Crisis & Access Line is a 24/7 crisis call center hotline operated by Behavioral Health Link that
providing clinical screening, triage, and service linkage by emotional support specialists to determine the level of
service needed for individuals with mental health and substance abuse issues.
Georgia Crisis & Access Line                             (800) 715-4225                                  www.mygcal.com

Southeast Georgia Treatment Center is a private, outpatient, narcotics treatment program that provides substance abuse
treatment, detoxification, methadone maintenance, and methadone detoxification.
816 Professional Center Drive, Eastman, GA 31023       (478) 374-0390                     Contact: W. Buford Rogers

DIABETES
Georgia Diabetes Coalition is a non-profit membership organization that serves as a unified voice for those
members dedicated to improving the quality of life for those affected by diabetes. GDC’s Mission is to increase
awareness and implement programs addressing primary and secondary prevention strategies of diabetes, its
complication, disabilities and burdens.
P.O. Box 162160, Atlanta, GA 30321                       (678) 310-4432                             jriley@gdctoday.org

Georgia Diabetes Prevention & Control is coordinated through the Georgia Department of Public Health’s evidenced-based
diabetes prevention programs, and diabetes self-management education programs. The Diabetes Self-Management Program
(DSMP) consist of seven management behaviors: healthy eating, being active, monitoring blood glucose levels, problem solving,
taking medications as prescribed, coping in a healthy way, and reducing risks of developing complications.
GDPH 2 Peachtree St. NW 15th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303 (404) 657-2700                               www.dph.georgia.gov

American Diabetes Association is the leading organization heading the fight against the deadly consequences
of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes.
233 Peachtree St, Suite 2225 Atlanta, GA 30303           (404) 320-7100                             www.diabetes.org

END STAGE RENAL DISEASE TREATMENT CENTERS
Fresenius Medical Care Eastman Dialysis Center is a 21-station end stage renal disease treatment center.
1078 Plaza Avenue, Eastman, GA 31023                     (478) 374-4777                 Facility Manager: Tina McDaniel

FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CENTERS
Southwest Georgia Health Care is a federally qualified health center with two locations in Dodge County.
Eastman Medical Center 1111 Griffin Ave, Suites A & B, Eastman, GA 31023              (478) 374-0020

Middle Georgia Pediatrics 817 Griffin Ave, Eastman, GA 31023                          (478) 374-1801

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Georgia Medicaid is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income
pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, individuals with disabilities and nursing home residents.
These individuals must meet certain income and other requirements. The Georgia Department of Community
Health administers Georgia’s Medicaid program.
Dodge County DFCS, 1111 Plaza Ave, Eastman, GA        (478) 274-3004                 County Director: Natalie Conley

PeachCare for Kids is a comprehensive health care program for children through the age of 18 who do not qualify
for Medicaid and live in households with income at or below 247% of the federal poverty level. This means a family
of three can earn $49,656 a year and a family of four can earn $59,904 a year. PeachCare for Kids health benefits
include:
      Care from a doctor when your child is sick
      Preventive services such as immunizations and regular check-ups
      Specialist care
      Dental care
      Vision care, including vision screening and eyeglasses
      Hospitalization
      Emergency room services
      Prescription medications
      Mental health care

Each child will have a choice of a Georgia Families Care Management Organization (CMO), a private health plan
that is responsible for coordinating your child’s health care. You will also be able to choose your child’s primary
care provider. The Georgia Department of Community Health administers the PeachCare for Kids program.
PeachCare for Kids PO Bix 2583, Atlanta, GA 30301     (877) 427-3224

GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
DPH is the lead agency in preventing disease, injury, and disability; promoting health and well-being; and
preparing for and responding to disasters from a health perspective. At the state level, DPH functions through
numerous divisions, sections, programs and offices. Locally, DPH funds and collaborates with Georgia’s 159 county
health departments and 18 public health districts. Today, DPH’s main functions include: health promotion and
disease prevention, maternal and child health, infectious disease and immunization, environmental health,
epidemiology, emergency preparedness and response, emergency medical services, pharmacy, nursing, volunteer
health care, the Office of Health Equity, Vital Records, and the State Public Health Laboratory.
Department of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street NW 15th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303   (404) 657-2700    Commissioner: Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D.
South Central Health District
2121-B Bellevue Road, Dublin, GA 31021                (478) 275- 6545 District Director: Lawton C. Davis, M.D.
Dodge County Board of Health
1121 Plaza Avenue, Eastman, GA 31023                  (478) 374-5576    CEO: Lawton C. Davis, M.D.

GEORGIA FAMILY CONNECTION
Dodge Connection- Communities in Schools of Dodge County is the local decision-making body, bringing
community partners together to develop, implement, and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges
facility Georgia’s children and families. Dodge Connection is the local Georgia Family Connection Collaborative
Organization (GFC). Using a communities in school, family-centered approach, schools, health and human services
agencies, business, the faith community, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations, civic clubs, and others work
together with families, focusing on academics, physical and mental health, nurturing parenting, economic success,
and community service. GFC’s overarching goal is for all children to succeed in school and life.
1400 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Eastman, GA 31023        (478) 374-1997             Contact: Debbie Connell
HEALTHY LIFESYTLE
GAL (Get a “Healthy” Life) is a program created to educate, enlighten, and inspire women to take time out for
themselves and get healthy. The GAL program addresses physical activity, healthy eating, visits to your doctor,
problems with smoking, drugs, and alcohol, Text4baby a free mobile information service that provides pregnant
women and new moms with information to help them through their pregnancy and the baby’s first year, having a
plan for your family budget, education plan, career plan, and preparing to start a family. It also provides resources
and downloads to help women “get a healthy life.”
www.adph.org/gal

Worksite Wellness Program is a program of the Georgia Department of Public Health that advocates physical
activity and healthy food choices as part of our daily environment. The DPH hosts workshops during March to
engage active employees in additional health and fitness programming and to encourage those not as active to
find healthy habits they can begin to implement.
www.dph.georgia.gov

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) is devoted to working with the private sector to ensure the
health of our nation’s youth by solving the childhood obesity crisis. PHA brings together public, private and
nonprofit leaders to broker meaningful commitments and develop strategies to end childhood obesity. Supporting
the PHA’s effort is honorary chair First Lady Michelle Obama.
www.healthy-america.org

HEART DISEASE / HYPERTENSION
The Georgia Cardiovascular Health Initiative (CVHI) works diligently to refine and improve the CDC’s four
areas of the Heart Disease and Stroke Program: prevention of the risk factors associated with CVD, detection and
treatment of CVD risk factors, early identification and treatment of CVD, prevention of recurrent CVD events. The
CVHI relies on successful partnerships with the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry, the Stroke and Heart
Prevention Program, the American Heart Association, Georgia’s 18 public health districts, Emory University,
Georgia Medical Care Foundation, Georgia Hospital Association, CDC, and participating hospitals.
www.dph.georiga.gov

HOME CARE SERVICES
Asmart Senior Care is a licensed private home care company providing nursing services, personal care tasks, and
companion sitter services.
410 Griffin Avenue Suite A, Eastman, GA 31023         (478) 374-5115             Administrator: Leo Anyanwu

ResCare is a licensed private home care company providing nursing services, personal care tasks, and companion
sitter services.
5450 Oak Street, Eastman, GA 31023                    (478) 374-4322             Administrator: Laurie Dent-Smith

Three Rivers Home Care is a licensed private home care company providing nursing services, personal care
tasks, and companion sitter services.
208 Foster Street, Eastman, GA 31023                  (478) 374-6729             Administrator: Kaye Smith

Three Rivers Home Health Services is a full-service, Medicare certified home health agency serving Dodge,
Bleckley, Laurens, Wheeler, Telfair, Wilcox, and Pulaski counties in the Hospitals primary and secondary service
area.
131 Main Street, Eastman, GA 31023           (478) 374-2027                      Administrator: Hal Smith

HOSPICES
Hospice Care Options of Georgia is an in-home hospice provider.
715 Legion Drive, Eastman, GA 31023                   (478) 374-4888             Administrator: Jane Howard

Quality Health Services Hospice is an in-home hospice provider.
830 Professional Center Drive, Eastman, GA 31023      (478) 374-0609             Administrator: Brandy Groff
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NURSING HOMES
Eastman Healthcare & Rehab is a 100-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility.
556 Chester Highway, Eastman, GA 31023          (478) 374-4733                 Administrator: Jeremy Locklear

Heart of Georgia Nursing Home is a 100-bed Medicare/Medicaid certified skilled nursing facility.
815 Legion Drive, Eastman, GA 31023             (478) 374-5571                 Administrator: Paul Milner

OVERWEIGHT/OBESITY
Georgia Nutrition and Physical Activity Strategic Plan 2011-2021 is a practical guide in Georgia’s obesity
control effort facilitated by the Georgia Department of Public Health with input from more than seventy
stakeholders with the long term goal of controlling obesity and preventing the onset of other chronic diseases by
encouraging a prevailing environment of wellness throughout the entire state. To that end, the plan identifies
practical and measurable long-term and mid-term objectives. The South Central Health District in Dublin is the
partner organization representing Dodge County.
www.beproactivefoundation.org/media/6a9a857bc6e14cbdffff8020ffffd523.pdf

See also “Healthy Lifestyle”

PERSONAL CARE HOMES
Dogwood Gardens Senior Living is a 24-bed licensed personal care home.
1222 Plaza Drive, Eastman, GA 31023                  (478) 374-3303            Administrator: Susan Coffee

Golden Personal Care Home is a 30-bed licensed personal care home.
257 Golden Road, Eastman, GA 31023                   (478) 374-2483            Administrator: Jan Smith

Home Place Senior Living is a 15-bed licensed personal care home.
345 Pearl Bates Avenue                                 (478) 374-0600          Administrator: Susan Coffee

TEEN PREGNANCY PREVENTION
Office of Adolescent Health is dedicated to improving health and well-being for adolescents to enable them to
become healthy, productive adults. First funded in 2010, OAH supports and evaluates evidenced-based teen
pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs and implements the Pregnancy Assistance Fund; coordinates efforts
related to adolescent health promotion and disease prevention; and communicates adolescent health information
to health professionals and groups, those who serve youth, parents, grantees, and the general public. OAH is the
convener and catalyst for the development of a national adolescent health agenda.
www.hhs.gov/ash/oah

Teen Pregnancy Resource Center is an initiative of the Office of Adolescent Health and provides training
materials and resources for TPP grantees and organizations working to reduce teen pregnancy in the United
States. It offers: E-Learning modules, informative podcasts, webinars, and training materials.
www.hhs.gov/ash/oah/oah-inititatives/teen_pregnancy

Georgia Teen Pregnancy Prevention is facilitated by the Georgia Department of Public Health in partnership
with the Georgia Department of Human Services and Georgia Department of Family and Children Services using a
comprehensive approach to address teen pregnancy through evidenced-based programs and best practices.
www.dph.georgia.gov/teen-pregnancy-prevention

TRANSPORTATION
Dodge County Transit is a rural public transportation service with two wheelchair accessible vans and one
regular van for local residents operated by the Heart of Georgia Community Action Council. Residents who need a
ride from rural areas of the county to Eastman are eligible for curb-to-curb service at affordable rates. However,
clients must be able to enter and/or exit their destination without assistance from the driver, and clients need to
schedule an appointment at least three days and up to a week in advance.
112 2nd Avenue, Eastman, GA 31023                       (478) 374-2261
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