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Taylor Regional News
  • Taylor Health Care Group Announces New Head of Health System
  • Taylor Regional is proud to announce Pulaski County's first baby of 2017!
  • Taylor Regional Infection Prevention Nurse is new President of Georgia Infection Prevention Network
  • Taylor Regional Hospital Welcomes New Family Medicine Physician
  • RJ Taylor Memorial Care Foundation receives donation from St. Luke's Episcopal Church
  • Taylor Regional Hospital is Approved Lung-Cancer Screening Facility
  • Taylor Regional Hospital Announces New Board Members
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E.R. “Skip” McDannald, MD, MSHA has been appointed Interim CEO of Taylor Health Care Group (THCG) by the Board of Trustees effective January 13, 2016. Dr. McDannald will remain in this leadership role during the Board’s search and selection process for a new permanent CEO for the organization.

Dr. McDannald comes to the hospital system with an extensive knowledge of the health care industry as a whole, and his career has been highlighted by leadership spanning more than 40 years. His roles include employment as a vascular surgeon, CEO, entrepreneur, medical director, medical school faculty member, and healthcare consultant.

Prior to serving as the Interim CEO for Taylor Health Care Group, Dr. McDannald was CEO of Southern Health Management Services. He also held previous positions as CEO of Houston Healthcare Complex, Senior Vice President/Medical Affairs of Sacred Heart Hospital in Cumberland, Maryland, Medical Director/Surgical Services for West Virginia University School of Medicine, held several medical directorship roles and healthcare organization presidencies. These positions followed his practice as a General and Vascular Surgeon.

Dr. McDannald earned his BA from Virginia Military Institute in June of 1961 and went on to acquire his MD from the Medical College of Virginia in 1965. He followed with Internship and Residency at the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals. Dr. McDannald was also commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army in June of 1961 and went on to serve active duty in June of 1964. He then earned rank of Major in the Medical Corps, where he received their highest award, the Legion of Merit, before his honorable discharge in 1969. After his career as a surgeon, Dr. McDannald returned to college to receive his Master of Science Health Administration from the University of Colorado in 1995.

Dr. McDannald has served on the Boards of Secure Health, Family Connections, and the Medical Resource Network. He is a past Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross – Houston/Middle Georgia Chapter and Med Health Plans of Georgia, Inc. He is a past member of the Warner Robins Chapter and current member of the Hawkinsville chapter of the Rotary Clubs of Georgia. At present, Dr. McDannald is also serving as the Chairman of the Hospital Authority of Pulaski County. He resides in Hawkinsville with his wife Harriotte, and together they have two children.

Taylor Health Care Group is delighted to have Dr. McDannald assume this role and feels confident he will do an excellent job leading our organization on to a successful future. His career as a well-respected physician with extensive healthcare leadership in a variety of prominent medical venues is an excellent fit for THCG.

Miss Naomi Shonnice Newbern was born Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 2:55PM to Ms. Alexis Jackson and Mr. Nathan Newbern.

Proud grandparents include LaShone Jackson, JoAnn Newbern, Richard Newbern. Naomi was delivered by Cynthia Rice, Certified Nurse Midwife.

Mommy and baby received a gift basket full of baby items from the Labor and Delivery staff at Taylor Regional Hospital!

Congratulations to the new parents!

Sarah "Laurie" Quinn, RN, Infection Prevention Nurse Director of Taylor Health Care Group which covers Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville and Bleckley Memorial Hospital in Cochran has been elected to serve as board president of the Georgia Infection Prevention Network (GIPN) for the year 2017.

The Georgia Infection Prevention Network (GIPN) is a statewide, multi-professional organization whose purpose is to serve the needs and goals common to all disciplines involved in infection prevention, control, and epidemiology activities in Georgia.

The Four Goals of GIPN are to: Facilitate effective statewide communications and cohesiveness among individuals involved in infection prevention, control, and epidemiology. Act as a resource for infection prevention, control, and epidemiology needs in Georgia. Promote standardization of evidence-based infection prevention, control, and epidemiology practices. Assess and meet the infection prevention, control, and epidemiology education needs of its membership.

Laurie began her career in nursing 23 years ago when she graduated from Middle Georgia State College and passed her state board exam. Laurie has 13 years experience in the specialized field of infection prevention. Laurie has been employed by Taylor Health Group intermittently since 1994. Her background includes working as an infection control nurse at Navicent Health Organization in Macon, Georgia. Laurie has been an active member of GIPN since joining the organization in 2004. She was elected to the board in 2015 where she served as Membership Chair for 2 years. Laurie looks forward to serving GIPN.

Taylor Regional Hospital is proud to announce the addition of Alexander Ibezi-Enendu, DO to the Taylor family of physicians.

Dr. Ibezi is a family medicine physician currently residing in Warner Robins. He and his wife, Chikaodili, and their 4 children, are planning to relocate to our area in the near future. He recently completed his residency at Houston Medical Center in Warner Robins, and will begin seeing patients in Hawkinsville on Monday, October 24, 2016.

Dr. Ibezi takes particular interest in the treatment diabetes and hypertension and enjoys caring for his patients. In his free time he is an avid soccer fan.

Dr. Ibezi’s practice will be located in Professional Building A on the campus of Taylor Regional Hospital (formally Dr. Mark Senger's office), and he looks forward to meeting his new patients and serving this area. For appointment, please contact Taylor Family Medicine at (478) 783-4887.

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017, the RJ Taylor Memorial Care Foundation of Taylor Regional Hospital received a monetary donation from St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

The funds were a portion of the proceeds raised by St. Luke’s Annual Benefit Auction and Dinner that was held on November 5, 2016.

Pictured during the presentation are Mike Penn (Taylor Regional Hospital Board), Manse Jennings (Taylor Regional Hospital Board), Dr. Skip McDannald (Taylor Regional Hospital CEO), Father Aaron Brewer (St. Luke’s Episcopal Church), Donald Johnson (Taylor Regional Hospital Board), and Dennis Vickers (Taylor Regional Hospital Board).

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently recognized Taylor Regional Hospital as an approved radiology imaging facility for lung cancer screening through LDCT (low-dose computed tomography) for patients meeting certain eligibility requirements.  

According to CMS, evidence has determined the need for annual LDCT lung cancer screening to be provided as a preventive service benefit for eligible Medicare Part B beneficiaries as a part of their annual wellness check. The screening will be provided yearly and covered at 100% for Medicare Part B recipients meeting all of the following eligibility requirements:
  • Age 55 – 77 years
  • Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
  • Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes)
  • Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
  • Receives an appropriately written order for LDCT lung cancer screening from their physician
Taylor Regional is very pleased to be able to provide this service to members of its community. This could be the first step in early detection for many people with a history of inhaled tobacco use. Debra Ross, Director of Medical Imaging has said “this is a very quick and easy study for the patient and could save their life. I’m so happy that Medicare has approved coverage for this so that patients have the assurance that their health is at its best and don’t have to live with the uncertainty of early stage lung cancer.”

Before your first lung cancer screening, you’ll need to schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss the benefits and risks of lung cancer screening. You and your doctor can then decide whether lung cancer screening is right for you.

More information on this service is available at medicare.gov. To find out if you may eligible to receive this potentially lifesaving screening provided by Taylor Regional Hospital, speak with your primary care physician today.

Taylor Regional Hospital is proud to announce the addition of four (4) new members to its Board of Trustees, Mr. Ken Hardy, Mr. W. Mansfield (Manse) Jennings, III, Mr. Donald Johnson, and Mr. R. G. Lamar. These gentlemen are wonderful representatives of their vocations and bring with them a wealth of knowledge that will help further the growth and prosperity of Taylor Regional Hospital.

Ken is the Vice President of Production and Finance for Hardy Farms Peanuts, Inc. He is a 1989 graduate of Hawkinsville High School and a 1993 graduate of the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Ken is very active in the Hawkinsville community, and is currently serving his second term as a Hawkinsville City Commissioner. In addition to his City Commissioner Office, he is also a member of the Hawkinsville – Pulaski County Development Authority. Ken enjoys hunting, cooking, and coaching his childrens' sports teams. He also enjoys exercising, especially participating in CrossFit training. Ken is married to the former Miss Janet Shumate of Rome, Georgia and together they have two children Trae, 10 years old and Kate, 8 years old.

Mr. Jennings, a native of Hawkinsville, graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1981 with a BS in Physics. He then returned to Hawkinsville in 1982 to begin full-time employment at Hawkinsville Telephone Company (now ComSouth). In his role at the telephone company, Mr. Jennings worked with the central office, helping with the installation of the first digital switch, and participated in bringing alternative long distance to the area. He also assisted with the cellular service launch, internet and computer services, and security monitoring. Additionally, he was involved with the acquisition of the cable network with expansion of both video and data services. Mr. Jennings currently sits on the boards of ComSouth, Sunmark Bank, and Pulaski Tomorrow, as well as the Visitors Board at the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University. He is a member of the Hawkinsville Rotary Club and past chair of the Hawkinsville/Pulaski Chamber of Commerce.

Donald was born and raised in Hawkinsville, GA. He is a graduate of Valdosta State University who came home to work in the family business, McCranie Tractor Co, where he managed the export division for many years. Following his time at McCranie, he managed the Case IH store in Hawkinsville. Mr. Johnson currently works with Fickling & Co in the Commercial Division, and he is also a pecan grower. Donald has three daughters: Mary Catherine is a senior at UGA, Laura is a Junior at Valdosta State University, and Elizabeth is a Senior at Westfield and will be headed to UGA next fall. His hobbies include cooking, photography, hunting, fishing and traveling.

R. G. Lamar, son of former board of trustee member Bob Lamar, is a managing Partner of Lamar Pecan Company. He is a graduate of Oglethorpe University with a BA of American Studies. He also serves as current Vice President of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association and serves as a member of the Board at the Heart of Georgia Peanut and Gin. In his free time, R. G. enjoys golf, running, and reading and is a member of Houston Lake Presbyterian Church. In February, he married Mrs. Rachel Lamar and established a home in Hawkinsville, where they look forward to building their life together.