Newton hospital history
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.