Ginger Cushing From LifeBrite Community Hospital in Early
Ask Ginger Cushing what makes LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early special and she says: “We have a hometown feel. Our employees are family and we want to serve other families in need.”
Cushing, who serves as the administrator of the rural hospital, has a lifelong bond with the facility and the people who work there. She says that family feeling and dedication to serving the community makes the hospital special. She is on a mission to make sure others know about LifeBrite so they can take advantage of it and support this community gem.
“We have some services that many people may not know we offer such as sleep studies, pulmonary rehabilitation, ultrasound/echocardiogram, industrial contracts for drug screenings, swing bed services with rehab, and a 117-bed nursing home. “Our quality is great, as evidenced by hospital accreditation surveys and state nursing home surveys, ”Ms. Cushing said.
Cushing took time out of her busy schedule recently to answer a few questions about her career and her thoughts about the rural hospital and the community.
Where were you born?
Blakely Ga., in Early County, in the very hospital I am working today.
Tell me about your first job at the hospital and what other positions you have held there.
I was a staff RN in the ER and Medical/Surgical floors. I was also a Nurse Manager, Director of Nursing, Patient Services Director, and finally Administrator.
What is an average day like for you?
I do the census, then the utilization review committee in the morning, then operational projects, emails, staff meetings, communications with department heads and providers.
What’s your most memorable experience working for LifeBrite?
During Hurricane Michael, we had lost power, there were trees down blocking roads and we got a call that a woman who was 27 weeks pregnant was in labor. Police ended up bringing her into the hospital and we delivered the baby. But we had to make a decision to send our team with the baby to a hospital with a NICU.
What’s the biggest challenge for a critical access hospital today?
Serving the under-insured and those with no insurance is challenging. Educating the community is also challenging as we want our patients to utilize the appropriate treatment areas of our campus. Reimbursements also are lower and there are cuts from the federal government in every direction.
Overall, it is clear that Ginger Cushing is proud to serve the community where she lives and feels good about the difference LifeBrite makes in their neighbors’ lives every day.
Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Laboratories and LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes. To learn more about Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early, visit our homepage.