Crisp Regional Health Services oversees the award-winning, high-tech Crisp Regional Hospital, with a level 3 trauma center. Its comprehensive network of health and social service facilities includes a home health program, 143-bed nursing home, retirement home, hospice and home care program, dialysis facility, and rural health clinics in bordering areas. More than 50 physicians practice within Crisp Regional Hospital, providing hospital and outpatient care in family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine, and 20-plus other specialties and subspecialties.
During the past decade, Crisp Regional has changed and expanded to keep pace with the dramatic advances in modern medicine and to meet the demand for new services in both the hospital and the growing central Georgia community. Throughout this growth, it has never lost the personal touch, compassion, and commitment to patient- and family-centered care at a reasonable cost that has characterized Crisp Regional since its establishment in 1952.
Our mission is to provide appropriate, quality care and assistance in maintaining good health in an efficient and caring manner to all who need our services and as near their home as possible.
Both the new Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Emergency Department facilities received national “Best of Healthcare” awards for a healing environment that utilizes natural light and outdoor green space and areas where families can sleep, work, and wait in comfort while their loved one is being treated.
Crisp Regional Health Services oversees the award-winning, high-tech Crisp Regional Hospital, with a level 3 trauma center.
Throughout Crisp Regional’s growth, it has never lost the personal touch, compassion, and commitment to patient- and family-centered care at a reasonable cost that has characterized Crisp Regional since its establishment in 1952.
The past decade has been one of much growth and change, both with the addition of new services and facilities in Crisp Regional Health Services and the expansion and renovation at Crisp Regional Hospital.
In addition to the clinical services located within Crisp Regional Hospital, Crisp Regional Health Services operates several off-campus facilities designed to meet community needs, from after-hour quality medical care for adults and children’s minor emergencies and illnesses outpatient and residential care for seniors and others.
Crisp Regional Health Services provides emergency medical and advanced life support services for a coverage area of 281 square miles in Crisp County, including certified paramedics’ response to emergencies where they happen and transport to Crisp’s emergency department or, when necessary, other tertiary care centers.
President & CEO
Crisp Regional Health Services
As Crisp Regional Health Services has expanded and grown over the past decades, we have never lost sight of our mission to provide excellent care and build the quality of life in this community, by allowing patients to access high-quality medical care as close to home as possible. Thanks to our modern facilities and technology, the training and accreditation of our medical staff, and our role as a teaching hospital for Mercer University, we are able to provide the vast majority of services available in today’s healthcare.
We also pride ourselves on our affordability and convenience. A recent report by Cleerley and Associates, a company that tracks hospital pricing data, found that overall our prices are approximately 20 percent lower than those of other hospitals. We continually are taking steps to allow for more flexible scheduling, the ability to estimate costs for customers, taking the guesswork out of medical bills, and the creation of easier payment plans. Among other patient resources, the Crisp Regional Patient and Consumer Portal provide patients convenient, instant access to their health records.
Crisp Regional Health Services is a jewel among South Georgia community health organizations, and we are determined to become better every year. Our Patient and Family Advisory Council helps us see how we could improve the care experience at Crisp, whether through clearer signage or more hand sanitizers in waiting rooms. I invite your comments about what we do well and what we could do better. After all, it’s your community and Crisp Regional Healthcare System is your community health system.
Today’s modern, high-tech Crisp Regional Hospital and Crisp Regional Health Services facilities are built on a long history of care.
As Crisp County and the surrounding area have grown, and as medicine has changed, so have we.
What has not changed is our commitment to providing our community the best healthcare possible, as close to home as possible.
Crisp Regional Hospital’s forerunner was the Cordele Sanitarium, on 15th Avenue and Second Street, where doctors performed operations and oversaw care for acute and chronic medical problems. Originally built for a school, a fire destroyed the hospital’s home in the elegant building in 1913. The R. L. Wilson Home, on the site of today’s hospital, was purchased and became Adams Hospital.
In 1946, the hospital authority was established, enabling the creation of a non-profit hospital for the region. Six years later, Crisp County Hospital opened. Over the following years, this hospital continued to grow in services, size, and the area from which it drew patients.
Situated on 11 beautiful acres in Cordele, the new modern Crisp Regional Hospital opened its doors in 1990. In 1993, Crisp reorganized its corporate structure, creating the Crisp Regional Health Services to oversee the hospital and the facilities being added to serve the community better. These included a 143-bed nursing home, a home health program, a retirement home, hospice, and new programs within the hospital itself. Today Crisp Regional Health Services provides a complete range of healthcare services for more than 120,000 people who live, work, and play in the central Georgia counties of Crisp, Dooly, Macon, Sumter, Worth, and Wilcox.
The past decade has been one of much growth and change, both with the addition of new services and facilities in Crisp Regional Health Services and expansion and renovation at Crisp Regional Hospital. In 2008, with the Crisp Regional Hospital Development Foundation’s support and friends in the community, a new Intensive Care Unit opened. The 28,000 square foot expansion includes a 16-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU), waiting room, classroom, a new Medical Records department, and other facilities designed to make care easier, more pleasant, and more efficient for patients’ families, and the medical and nursing staff.
In 2013 Crisp Regional Hospital’s Emergency Department and Level 3 trauma center expanded almost four times over, to more than 12,000 square feet, with larger treatment areas, room for more doctors and nurses to serve the growing emergency needs of a growing community, and more of the technology known to save lives in emergencies.
Both facilities won awards for their patient- and family-centered design and beauty.
Situated in south-central Georgia, Cordele and Crisp County combine the best of small-town living with easy access to modern-day amenities. A thriving city, Cordele also retains its agricultural roots, an essential economic factor that still today plays a large role in its success.
With the convergence of Interstate 75 and rail lines, Cordele is known as the logistics capital of South Georgia. On a more regional, national, and even global front, Cordele is revered as the Watermelon Capital of the World, with bigger and more succulent fruit than anywhere else. The summer harvest of the watermelon crop creates a vibrancy that is celebrated at the annual Watermelon Days Festival. As the “Gateway to South Georgia,” Cordele is home to more than 11,000 people and is the county seat of Crisp County. Comfortable and friendly neighborhoods feature the restored homes of Victorian and Federal-style architecture, and an active downtown creates a sense of community where local business owners make you feel right at home.
There is no shortage of family entertainment and activity close to home in Cordele and Crisp County. Golfers enjoy the convenience, challenge and charm of nearby championship golf at Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club, nestled in the middle of Georgia Veterans State Park. Located on Highway 280 between Cordele and Americus, the park boasts a wealth of military history in an indoor and outdoor Military Museum and offers more than 1,300 acres for enjoying nature while hiking, camping, swimming, fishing or golfing.
At the Cordele Depot, you can hop on the SAM shortline excursion train in air-conditioned 1949 vintage cars and enjoy a glimpse of history together with the excitement of today’s South. Stops in quaint towns across southwest Georgia, from Cordele to Archer, are filled with fun attractions, restaurants and shopping.
In Cordele, getaways are easy too. The coasts of Florida and Georgia are just a short drive away for beach fanatics. Put your toes in the sand or your boat in the water in only about three hours, taking in Gulf views from the Florida Panhandle or the amazing Atlantic from Savannah, Sea Island or Jacksonville. Or for those who prefer the retreat and tranquility of mountain air, drive north for three hours and find yourself in the serenity of the North Georgia mountains.
At the end of the day, it’s easy to come home to Cordele. Here, you’ll find something for everyone, something for every day.
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