Have you visited Appling HealthCare lately? The overall appearance of the hospital has improved vastly. New flooring, fresh paint and renovations have been completed in the emergency room area, OR department, admissions, reception area, down hallways, around the nurse’s station and in the OB department. The health care facility is also currently working to secure funding to totally renovate all 34 hospital patient rooms. These improvements have not gone unnoticed.
Georgia hospitals are vital to the economic stability of the state. Hospitals throughout the state contribute more than $38.6 billion to Georgia’s economy annually. In rural settings, community hospitals are considered to be one of the leading providers of jobs. Such is the case with Appling HealthCare. The local system provides approximately 500 jobs in Appling County.
According to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association, Appling HealthCare has a total output of $74,121,236.00. Of that $74 million, $19,557,658.00 goes toward payroll and benefits for the nearly 500 employees.
There have been rumors in the past few weeks of the potential closing of neighboring community hospitals. Don’t think it can happen in Baxley? Ask the people in Folkston if they would have imagined a few years back that the Charlton County Hospital would close; or ask the folks over in McRae that same question.
Now more than ever, we need to rally behind our local health care system. Is our local health care system perfect? Of course not. But with the improvements mentioned above, it’s a positive sign that our health care facility is committed to carrying on with its core mission and that is to provide the best possible ‘Care Close to Home’.