Wayne County, Mississippi

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Wayne General Hospital

For more than 62 years, the health care needs for our community and region have been addressed by Wayne General Hospital in Waynesboro. When the hospital first opened its doors in 1951, it met an immediate need in Southeast Mississippi and Southwest Alabama for personalized care and has steadily grown over the past six decades.

W. Harvey Hurt, a crusading editor and publisher of The Wayne County News, helped advocate the need for the local hospital, which has become one of the area’s major employers and is a leading advocate for healthy living in our region. Hurt’s picture hangs in the lobby of the hospital as a reminder of his many contributions to its founding.

The modern, 80-bed general acute care hospital facility, which was constructed in 1977, offers laboratory, radiology, physical therapy, inhalation therapy, surgery, intensive-care unit, swing-bed, obstetrics, home health, hospice, wellness center, ambulance and emergency room services.

Besides its longevity, the hospital’s strength lies in its competent health care team, which takes pride in the organization and community, and provides health care services designed to meet expanding and changing local needs.

WGH provides an indoor wellness center with modern workout equipment and professional assistance in designing a personalized exercise program. The hospital also offers a full complement of health, fitness and wellness education programs to increase community awareness about the benefits of exercise, proper nutrition and health education throughout the year.

Wayne General Hospital’s ongoing mission is to provide quality health care that meets or exceeds the expectations of its customers. For details, contact WGH at 601-735-5151 or visit the WGH Website. 

Local physicians affiliated with Wayne General Hospital:

Dr. Charles Berryman – Emergency Services

Dr. Catherine Brett – Obstetrics/Gynecology

Dr. Wulf Hirschfield – Internal Medicine/Pulmonary Medicine/Critical Care

Dr. Amber McIlwain – Family Medicine

Dr. R. Kelvin Sherman – Family Practice

Dr. Jatinder Singh – Internal Medicine

Dr. Charles Todd Stokley – Family Practice

Dr. Arthur E. Wood III – General Medicine

Dr. Arthur E. Wood IV – Family Medicine

Dr. W.D. Young – General Surgery

Senior Care Waynesboro (H.C. Watkins/Rush Hospitals)

The Senior Care Waynesboro program reaches out to residents ages 55 and older, those that are able to participate in group activities and those who have experienced difficulties with mood, behavior or thinking.

Many times, senior adults ignore their emotional health, especially those who have always been the strong one in the family. At Senior Care Waynesboro, an intensive outpatient program, individuals are helped with issues including anxiety, depression and grief. Free evaluations can be provided in the home, and a physician referral is not required.

The program seeks to provide a source of interaction with others experiencing similar problems; assists clients in coping with recent changes in their lives; and increases self-awareness to help prevent symptoms from worsening.

For information, visit rushhealthsystems.org or call 601-735-5190. The Senior Care Waynesboro center is located at 5045 U.S. Highway 45 North.

State Line Medical Center

The State Line Medical Center, operated by the Mississippi Primary Health Care Association Inc., is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(6) membership organization that works to improve access to health care for the medically underserved and indigent populations of the Magnolia State.

CHCs provide a wide variety of services including medical, dental, pharmacy, optical, social services, behavioral health, x-ray and laboratory, tobacco cessation, health and wellness, and transportation.

CHCs have seen a significant increase in the number of patients seen from 150,000 in 1990 to approximately 315,000 in 2010. In 2010, Mississippi health center patients completed almost 1 million visits to their local CHC.

The State Line Medical Center is located at 256 Main Street and can be reached by calling 601-848-7912. Operating hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.