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Leadership Dodge Focuses on Economic Impact of Healthcare
Leadership Dodge Focuses on Economic Impact of Healthcare

On June 11, 2013, Leadership Dodge held their session focusing on the economic impact of healthcare in Dodge County. Hosted and coordinated by Dodge County Hospital, the session discussed the importance of community support for the continual growth and financial stability of the hospital in relation to the economic development and growth of Dodge County. 

Freddie Dwozan, CEO of I.V. Care Options, Hospice Care Options, Inc., Medical Center Prescription Shop, and D&B Home Care, Inc. presented participants with an overall view of each of his companies’ operations and his passion for helping people heal. Dwozan described the origins of Camp Good Grief, a camp dedicated to helping children cope with grief following a loss in their lives. Funded by The Hospice Care Options Foundation, Camp Good Grief operates across southern Georgia, and the foundation also distributes “Brookie Bears” to grieving children to comfort them.

Melissa Brantley, with the Health Department District Office, described the services provided by the Health Department and outlined their service area.

With a $57 million impact on the regional economy, Dodge County Hospital’s continued success and growth is vital to Dodge County and the surrounding counties’ economic future. With over 200 fulltime employees in the hospital and physician’s clinics, as well as its role in providing quickly accessible, high quality care to the children of Dodge County, Dodge County Hospital plays an integral role in community and economic development.

CEO Kevin Bierschenk outlined the impending changes facing the healthcare industry, and praised the physicians and hospital staff for their commitment to the success of the hospital. CNO Sandra Campbell led the class on a tour of Dodge County Hospital, where they viewed the hospital’s recently renovated patient rooms, and learned how Dodge County Hospital operates its 94 bed facility. Performing over 100,000 lab procedures, delivering between 175-200 babies, answering over 14,000 emergency room visits a year, and featuring the latest in MRI, CAT scan, and mammography equipment, Dodge County Hospital answers Dodge County’s need for superior patient care, as well as economic stability.

The next Leadership Dodge class focuses on agriculture in Dodge County, and will be held August 19th.

For more information about the Leadership Dodge Program, please contact Eastman-Dodge County Chamber of Commerce at 478-374-4723 or visit www.eastman-georgia.com.

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