New­ton hospi­tal his­tory

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New­ton County Hospi­tal is a non-profit, vol­un­tary hospi­tal op­er­ated by the Hospi­tal Author­ity of New­ton County. The author­ity mem­bers are S.A. Ginn, Chair­man; Leon Co­hen, Vice-Chair­man; Her­bert Vin­ing, Se­cre­atary and Trea­surer; mem­bers: Jimmy Mor­gan, Robert Fowler, Cranston Gray, Mrs. Ruth Sher­wood.

The orig­i­nal build­ing was opened Oc­to­ber 1954 and in 1961 an ad­di­tion of 21 beds was put into oper­a­tion. The hospi­tal now has 53 beds, 13 bassinets, two op­er­at­ing rooms, one de­liv­ery room and one emer­gency room. The hospi­tal cen­sus is presently run­ning be­tween 85 and 90 per­cent ca­pac­ity.

The Hospi­tal Author­ity is plan­ning an­other ad­di­tion to the hospi­tal to take care of the ever in­creas­ing cen­sus.

Hos­pi­tals are com­plex in­sti­tu­tions re­quir­ing the very best in equip­ment as well as pro­fes­sional and non-pro­fes­sional staff. Work­ing be­hind the scenes are busi­ness, cler­i­cal, house­keep­ing, di­etary and main­te­nance em­ploy­ees, all as­sist­ing in their own way to help the pa­tient.

At the present time there are 77 full-time em­ploy­ees needed to cover the three shifts that make the 24-hour work day in the hospi­tal. Pay­roll is the largest sin­gle item of ex­pense but there are many other items of cost be­cause of con­stant oper­a­tion.

There is the con­tin­u­ous use of util­i­ties, linen, med­i­cal sup­plies, drugs, food and the build­ing with its fur­nish­ings. People have said, “Why can’t our hospi­tal make money like any other busi­ness?” But who would lock the hospi­tal doors at 5 p.m. or close on Satur­day and Sun­day to save dol­lars rather than lives?

Not you, not any per­son. Your hospi­tal has doors that are never closed. The New­ton County Hospi­tal is ac­cred­ited by the joint Com­mis­sion on ac­cred­i­ta­tion of Hos­pi­tals, which is com­posed of rep­re­sen­ta­tives form the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Physi­cians, the Amer­i­can Col­lege of Surgeons, the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion.

The New­ton County Hospi­tal is a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Hop­si­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, the Ge­or­gia Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion, North­east Ge­or­gia Hospi­tal Coun­cil Blue-Cross Blue Shield As­so­ci­a­tion and Ge­or­gia Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary As­so­ci­a­tion.

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