St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Foundation Campaign Update

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Foundation is conducting a Capital Campaign to provide equipment, furnishings, and advanced technologies in the new facility.  Currently, the Foundation has reached 88% of its fundraising goal of $8 million.  

They are so appreciative to our generous donors for their support but they still have work to do!  In order to completely furnish the third Operating Room and the Nuclear Medicine suite in the new hospital, please consider making a philanthropic gift.  For more information contact the Foundation at 706-389-3926 or visit their website.

The Oconee Regional Humane Society

The Oconee Regional Humane Society is a wonderful organization we wanted our readers to be aware of. ORHS is dedicated to improve the lives of animals in our community and to find loving and permanent homes for cats and dogs in our care.

They rescue animals scheduled for euthanasia from local animal control facilities and from other homeless situations, and provide a safe haven for animals in transition in their loving foster homes.

They work to end animal overpopulation and disease through an aggressive spay/neuter program for the pets of low-income residents in our community.

Learn more.

Military Family Gets Surprise Home Thanks to Pulte Homes

Good Samaritan Hospital Named to Top 20 Critical Access Hospital List

St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital was recently named one of the top 20 critical access hospitals (CAHs) for Quality in the country.

The top 20 critical access hospitals, including Good Samaritan Hospital, scored best among critical access hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index for quality. The list was announced September 28 during the National Rural Health Association’s Critical Access Hospital Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

The top 20 critical access hospitals have achieved success in one of three key areas of performance:

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Empty Nest, the Gift and the Curse

Melissa hugged her daughter at the college dorm, got in the rental car, and wept all the way to the airport. The tears surprised her.

When you go through even an expected change, the reality settles in your heart when you wave goodbye.

Parents know the relationship they had will be different.  They aren’t sure what their role will be and that is unsettling.

For a while you might not have been the go to person or the number one with your children . They might have been your number one, which doesn’t imply you didn’t have “a life.”

No guilt or judgment about your relationship.  You did the best you could at the time.  Truth is, most parents would drop what they were doing if their child needed them no matter what age or stage.

Grieving the role you lived as parent is unique, based on your relationship with yourself and your child.  All parents feel the shift of this milestone.  Comparing yourself to how your friends or others are doing in this transition of life doesn’t honor who you are right now.

There  are many moments you are relieved at not addressing your child’s needs or schedule, but that has nothing to do with love, deep love.

When you love someone and can’t have time with them, you miss them.

Empty nest is a time of honoring all you gave. Reminiscing what you love about parenting and what you won’t miss.

You could write a letter to yourself , “ I appreciate the way I…   I honestly won’t miss the way I had to….” You will find your words.  Fifteen minutes of writing is healing.

Feelings are vulnerable and can be unavailable. Thoughts come more naturally, spinning us with pictures we make in our head, or leaping ahead to the “what ifs”…  Comfort comes in a smorgasbord. Get to know yourself day by day. Leave the judgment.  With every thought and feeling there is a gift and curse while walking changes.  Maybe you can practice holding both,” the gift of my spinning with thoughts is… the curse of it is….”  Empty nest gives permission to know yourself in new ways. Your two constant friends are compassion and curiosity.

Even if you have gone through this before, when the last child leaves, you weep.
Career, married, single, all weep when the house emptiness of your child and their friends.
Community is lost.
School days are over.
You long for new meaning and connections.
You want your child to call.

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