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Does your medical emergency really require a visit to the Emergency Department?

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In the current situation with COVID-19, it is essential to make sure that we reserve the emergency care resources for those who are in the worst of conditions. You should ensure that your circumstances are severe enough to warrant seeking emergency care as you put yourself, as well as others, at risk of disease when you visit a hospital.

What constitutes emergency care?

Typically, emergency care is for ailments that threaten the life or requires medical intervention so as not to become life-threatening. Some emergency care can be considered urgent care, which is for non-emergency or life-threatening situations.

Emergency Care vs. Urgent Care
Emergency care is for any situation that could potentially cause severe and permanent impairments or could be life-threatening. For these conditions, it is usually best to dial 911 and seek medical care. Examples of these types of situations could be compound fractures, seizures, uncontrollable bleeding, chest pain with shortness of breath, and other life-threatening conditions. Emergency care should be reserved for those who are in the most serious of conditions.

Urgent medical care, which is slightly different from emergency care, is for conditions that are not emergencies, but that still require medical attention within 24 hours of onset. Examples of these types of situations are cuts that need stitches, minor broken bones in fingers or toes, and other less severe injuries and illnesses. These injuries may seem to be small, but they too could become severe if left untreated, which is why it is essential to seek medical care.

Some medical conditions do not require medical care in the immediate future. For these medical conditions, you are better off making appointments with your primary care doctor. Examples of this type of care include annual checkups and regular monitoring of preconditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.

Community Hospital of Early is ready to care for your emergency needs.

We all do our best to stay healthy and hope that you never find yourself in a situation where you would have to seek emergency care. However, for those who do find themselves in circumstances where you must seek emergency medical care, Community Hospital of Early is ready to welcome you and provide the level of services that you need. Our Emergency Care Department employs highly skilled medical care workers who are certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.

We are prepared to treat our emergency care patients for any reason, including those suffering from COVID-19. Our hospital staff has been trained on how to screen patients effectively to minimize the spread of Coronavirus and we have deployed extra cleaning protocols to ensure extra sanitation for the safety of our patients and guests. We’re here for you because we’re all in this together.

Learn more about LifeBrite Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher. LifeBrite Hospital Group operates LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early, LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes, and Lifebrite Laboratories. To learn more about what LifeBrite Hospital Group is doing to make healthcare better, visit our homepage.

Care Centers in US Are Prepared for Coronavirus

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US care centers and hospitals are ready for COVID-19 

As the number of coronavirus patients increases, hospitals across America are preparing for a pandemic. While hospitals and patient care centers have protocols and procedures for epidemics as seen with diseases such as the flu, a set plan was not in place for the novel coronavirus mainly because nobody knew it could pass to humans. These protocols are now being adapted for a COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus outbreak. 

Mobilizing resources ahead of a coronavirus outbreak

While store shelves are wiped clean of hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and sprays, hospitals, and care centers are checking their inventory and storage of these essential supplies. Many medical supply companies have place allotments on facilities, limiting the number of purchases allowed at any given time. These facilities are forced to put conservation plans into place, and some centers have gone so far as to cancel elective surgeries because of the low supply of gowns, gloves, and masks. 

New screening protocols for coronavirus patients 

One of the crucial measures that some care centers have put in place is to change the way they screen and triage their incoming patients and visitors. The new screening measures include immediately questioning those entering the facility regarding recent travel or interaction with those who have recently traveled as well as any symptoms that they are currently experiencing. 

LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early is also asking that only true emergent-patients use the Emergency Room. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, do not come to the ER; call your primary care doctor for guidance. 

Care centers focused on preventative measures

While some hospitals and medical facilities are opting for new screening measures, others have decided to step up their preventive measures. These measures include more frequent sanitization of often touched items, such as elevator buttons, doorknobs, and switches. Many care centers have also increased their signs for patient education. These educational signs remind patients and visitors to cover their coughs and sneezes and to wash their hands frequently. 

LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early is also restricting visitors to the hospital as a preventative measure. There are no visitors allowed for patients or employees, with some exceptions. Patients at the end of life are allowed visitors, minors may have one parent or guardian present, and mental health patients are allowed their caregiver as a visitor.  We know these are tough guidelines and restrictions but we are committed to patient and staff safety.  

Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early is ready 

Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early has a team of skilled medical professionals experienced in emergency care. There is also a trained team of Registered Respiratory Therapists who are experienced with SARS, a close cousin to COVID-19. With state of the art equipment and technology, Lifebrite Community Hospital of Early is prepared to handle any cases of the coronavirus that may come our way. 

This is a daily changing situation, and our procedures will continually be updated as new information becomes available. To stay up to date on this fluid situation, follow the CDC website

Compassionate care for elderly patients

LifeBrite Early in your community: Services we provide

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Stability, continuity, sensitivity – LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early provides compassionate care that is close to home. Our goal is to ensure that all of our patients’ and residents’ needs are met in pleasant, home-like surroundings. 

Many people, however, may not know about all of the LifeBrite services available right here in their own backyard. 

These services include: 

  • sleep studies
  • endoscopy/colonoscopy
  • laboratory
  • physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory therapy
  • pulmonary rehabilitation
  • outpatient rehabilitation
  • swing bed program
  • long-term care
  • nursing home acute care
  • emergency room services
  • family medicine clinic
  • radiology

And much more. 

One of those services, Early Memorial Nursing Home, is specially equipped to provide a continuum of care to our area’s most vulnerable residents. 

Early Memorial Nursing Home, an affiliate of LifeBrite

The staff at Early Memorial Nursing Home is committed to providing our residents with the highest quality care and service. Our goal is to ensure that friendly and properly-trained associates meet all of our residents’ needs. 

These needs include providing a sense of “home,” as well as rehabilitative services, such as 

  • physical therapy;
  • occupational therapy;
  • speech therapy; and
  • pulmonary rehabilitation.

Long-term care at Early Memorial Nursing Home

At Early Memorial, we offer long-term care with skilled nursing services staffed with professionals who are prepared to assist your loved ones with regaining skills necessary to have the best quality of life possible. 

Our team of experienced, knowledgeable, caring, and energetic professionals motivates our residents to reach their highest potential. 

Laboratory services and x-ray services available

We also have a mobile laboratory service, and a mobile x-ray service, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with technicians sensitive to the needs of our residents. STAT results are always available, as well. 

Dining options for our residents

Our dieticians know that proper nutrition is essential for optimal health and wellness goals, so we provide residents with their personal nutritional dietary needs. 

Cosmetology and barber services are also available

Many times, there’s nothing that makes our residents feel more at home and more like themselves than when they’re able to take advantage of cosmetology services on site. Sometimes looking good means feeling good.  

Early Memorial and our core values

Our medical director, Dr. Lamar Brand, is an independent medical doctor who aligns with our philosophy of “old fashioned values,” that is to say, our residents become like family. 

Call us today at 229-724-4243 to arrange a tour or for more information. We welcome all inquiries and are happy to share our home with your family. 

Learn more about LifeBrite 

Atlanta-based LifeBrite, led by CEO Christian Fletcher, operates LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early, LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes, and Lifebrite Laboratories. To learn more about what LifeBrite Laboratories is doing to make healthcare better, visit our homepage.

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LifeBrite Now Offering Pulmonary Rehab

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Pulmonary rehabilitation programs can help people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), and other lung ailments minimize symptoms and maximize their lives.

However, a rehab program is only as good as the patient’s compliance with the plan. And studies show patients are more likely to follow through with rehab if they live closer to the facility where they receive treatment.

That’s why LifeBrite Community Hospital of Early is so excited to offer a pulmonary rehabilitation program in its facility in Blakely.

The new program, operated by United Pulmonary Group, launched in August and offers physician-directed, personalized, one-on-one treatment and rehabilitation for patients with cardiopulmonary disease.

 Jared Hatcher, who oversees the LifeBrite’s program, says often in rural areas, people have to drive one to two hours to a larger market for pulmonary rehab services.

“A lot of times, there is a pent up need for these services,” he said. But if a patient relies on someone else for transportation and has to make the trip out of town two or three times a week, they often don’t follow through.

“It’s very beneficial to have a program like this in your community,” he said. “It’s really exciting to be able to offer it. We’re getting a lot of interest.”

What is COPD?

COPD is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that causes breathing problems. Exposure to cigarette smoke plays a role in developing COPD, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Air pollutants in the home and workplace, genetic factors, and respiratory infections also play a role.

Symptoms include breathing difficulty, cough, mucus production, and wheezing. COPD increases the risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer, and several other conditions. 

There is no cure, but it can be treated to slow its progression. Treatment options include quitting smoking and starting a pulmonary rehab program like the one offered by LifeBrite. 

Benefits of pulmonary rehab

Why is it important to have this program at LifeBrite?  Because pulmonary rehabilitation has been proven to reduce respiratory symptoms and:

  •     Improve exercise performance
  •     Improve mood ( by lowering depression and anxiety)
  •     Increase knowledge about pulmonary disease and its management
  •     Reduce hospitalizations and use of medical resources
  •     Help some patients return to work

Area physicians refer patients to the program for diagnostic testing, therapeutic exercise, educational training, outcomes assessment, and individualized treatment plans.
Don’t put off treatment of your emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or COPD any longer. Breathe better now and improve your quality of life! 

To learn more about LifeBrite’s pulmonary rehabilitation program, call 229-723-4241.


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.