Fernandina Beach, FL – The City of Fernandina Beach is pleased to announce that Baptist Medical Center Nassau will be seeking annexation into the corporate limits of the City. On December 11, 2013, the Baptist Nassau Board of Directors voted unanimously to support the annexation of the entire hospital campus. The decision to annex recognizes the City’s capability and commitment to provide needed municipal services to support the hospital as it continues to grow.
It is an exciting time for Baptist Nassau as it continues to expand its facilities and healthcare options. Construction is underway for an $8 million three-story medical office building adjacent to the hospital and the expansion of its emergency room is now underway, as are other improvements to the medical center. The City and Baptist Nassau are enthusiastic about the future and look forward to working together to serve the needs of the community.
According to City Manager Joe Gerrity, “Both Baptist Nassau and the City provide essential services for city residents. This change will increase our ability to respond to community needs and further enhance our respective missions.”
For more information, please contact the City of Fernandina Beach City Manager’s Office at 904-310-3100, or email Marshall McCrary at firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on Baptist Nassau, please visit www.baptistnassau.com.
Amelia Island, FL – Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise were treated to a presentation by Jim Tippins, Senior Chaplin at Baptist Medical Center Nassau about the Patient Community Advocacy (PCA) Committee for the hospital. The committee is comprised of former patients, patients’ families, community volunteers, the BMCN Auxiliary, and hospital staff, all reporting to hospital president Stephen Lee, and the committee exists to create a culture of excellence based upon patient insight and they work to identify issues that impact a patient’s experience during a hospital visit or stay. Rotarians learned about ways this committee works proactively to facilitate communications between patients, staff, and the community!
The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information about the club or to attend a morning breakfast meeting, please contact president, Mark Dennis, at mark@A1Awealthmanagement.com or go to www.ameliaislandrotary.com.
WHEN: Friday, June 15th from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. (The early bird catches the diamond studded worm brooch!)
WHERE: Board Room of the Baptist Medical Center Nassau, 1250 S. 18th Street, in Fernandina Beach, Florida.
WHAT: The Baptist Medical Center Nassau Auxiliary is hosting the $5.00 jewelry sale on June 15th. This is your chance to stock up on graduation and birthday gifts as well as some glam for yourself. There are literally thousands of rings to choose from, as well as bracelets, necklaces, pins, hair accessories, purses, wallets, pashminas, items for children and more… all for just $5.00. (Occasionally an item will cost a few dollars more, but not often.) The great thing is that if your favorite teenager loses the ruby ring you chose for her… you can replace it at the next Jewelry show for only $5.00! And if you are going on a cruise and don’t want to take your REAL gems on board… this is the perfect place to buy something to fool any thief. The Mouth has a drawer full of very beautiful $5.00 items and nothing has turned her fingers green EVER. This is QUALITY fakery! Drop by and see for yourself. I bet you will find something perfect for someone!
WHY: This fundraiser raises money for the hospital’s Auxiliary which in turn supports many projects at the hospital. This support filters back to patients (maybe even you someday) when Auxiliary donated equipment or supplies help to make them feel better! It’s a win win!
COST: No charge to come to the show. Only $5.00 per item, plus tax, of course. Cash, personal checks, and major credit cards will be the accepted methods of payment.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Please call the Auxiliary Office at (904) 321-3818.
Fernandina Beach, FL – With a cardiologist who is double board-certified in echocardiography on the Baptist Medical Center Nassau’s medical staff, and new, specialized ultrasound equipment, more complex heart conditions can now be diagnosed and treated at the hospital, says Jim Mayo, hospital president. “This means fewer patients will need to be transferred to other institutions and can receive highly specialized treatment close to their homes and families,” Mayo says. “On top of ourEmergency Center’s recent recertification as a Chest Pain Center, this is a great addition to the cardiac services available in our community.”
George Le-Bert, DO, joined Southern Heart Group’s local office in August and practices full-time in Fernandina Beach. He is board certified in both Adult Comprehensive Transthoracic and Advanced Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE). The transesophageal echocardiogram is an important diagnostic tool used to better visualize deeper cardiac structures.
Often called ECHOs, echocardiograms are actually sonograms designed to image the heart’s function. With standard ECHOs a probe, or transducer, is placed on the patient’s chest. The probe sends a reflective ultrasound beam through skin, muscle, bone and tissue to reach the heart, creating a live two-dimensional picture of it in action, says Dr. Le-Bert. The standard ECHO is usually very effective; however bone and tissue irregularities in some patients can reduce the images’ clarity, making diagnosis more difficult. In these cases, TEE provides a more direct view.
“With TEE, a miniature ultrasound probe is passed down the esophagus through the mouth to view the heart from the inside,” Dr. Le-Bert says. “Since the esophagus is so much closer to the heart and fewer tissues are between them, we can produce a much higher-quality moving image from this vantage point. TEE is an extremely useful tool in diagnosing a variety of complex cardiac conditions.”
The exams are performed at the hospital’s Gastroenterology Lab with support from anesthesiology, cardio-pulmonary and nursing staff. Images are viewed on high-definition monitors and can be stored as part of the patient’s electronic medical record.
Not only was the first Amelia Island Blues Festival a success in terms of talent and organization – not one complaint was filed -, it also turned out to be a modest financial success after all the numbers were in. As a result The Festival Committee proudly presented a $5,000 check to the Baptist Medical Center Nassau on October 5, with enough left to serve as initial seed funding to announce a 3 day Festival for 2012.
Recipient of the check was outgoing Hospital President Jim Mayo (2nd from left), who after 17 years of serving in this position, is handing his duties and responsibilities coming December to incoming president Stephen Lee (3rd from left).
Featured in the picture from left to right are Police Chief Jim Hurley (Blues Society), Police Detective Marty Scott (Boardmember), Baptist Auxiliary President Stephanie Manwell, Rock Tenn Sponsor representative Tom Keenan, Blues Board Vice President Mike Zaffaroni (Fast Signs), Board President Jeff Malone (Hampton Inn at the Beach), Board Treasurer/Secretary Susan Hurley (Amelia Hotel at the Beach) and SearchAmelia.com Publisher Boardmember/Webmaster Johan (Han) Ramakers.
Potential nominations for next year’s Festival beneficiaries are still in early stages but should also include Blues in School programs and instrument donations. The Blues Festival is a Florida 501 (c)3 not for profit corporation, and donates its profits to local and blues related charities. The board thanks all the sponsors, volunteers, performers and blues fans who came out and made the 1st Amelia Island Blues Festival a success. Anyone wanting to stay informed on the development for next year’s festival should subscribe to the Amelia Island Blues Festival website and SearchAmelia.com for latest updates.
Picture by: Wilma Allen, Community Relations Specialist Baptist Nassau