Important Announcements

Effective August 1, 2016, Jeff Davis Hospital began collecting co-pays and deductibles upfront upon registration. Thank you for your continued support of Jeff Davis Hospital.

JEFF DAVIS HOSPITAL received a Georgia Hospital Association Safety Award from the Georgia Hospital Association Workers' Compensation Self- Insurance Fund for 2015.

Under a new law, during the next three years, taxpayers who contribute to Jeff Davis Hospital may be eligible for a tax credit that offsets their Georgia income taxes. A participant in the Georgia HEART ("Helping Enhance Access to Rural Treatment") program, Jeff Davis Hospital has been allocated $4 million of the total $50 million of tax credits that will be available to individuals and corporations who contribute to qualifying rural hospitals throughout Georgia.

Rep. Geoff Duncan (R-Cumming) authored the original version of the law, which ultimately passed during the 2015-2016 session of the Georgia General Assembly in the form of Senate Bill 258. The measure allows single taxpayers a tax credit for 70 percent of their contributions, up to maximum credit of $2,500 per year; married couples a tax credit for 70 percent of their contributions up to maximum credit of $5,000 per year; and corporations a tax credit equal to 70 percent of their contributions or 75 percent of their Georgia income tax liability, whichever is less. In addition, contributors who itemize their deductions will be able to take a charitable income tax deduction on their federal income tax returns.

The availability of the tax credit was designed to "bridge the gap" for rural hospitals, many of which face significant demographic, industry, and financial challenges. Under SB 258, the tax credit expires after 2019. "Jeff Davis Hospital is fortunate to participate in receiving contributions under the Rural Hospital Tax Credit Program. These contributions will enhance our operating performance and will positively impact the services for our community," says Tammy Mims, Chief Executive Officer of Jeff Davis Hospital.

Atlanta-based Portage Charity Advisors created the HEART program as a turnkey solution to help qualifying hospitals, such as Jeff Davis, navigate the contribution marketing, processing, tracking, and reporting requirements relating to the law. The Georgia HEART program is a collaboration among Portage, the Georgia Hospital Association (through its Georgia Hospital Health Services subsidiary), which is educating rural hospitals about the tax credit, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, which is educating potential corporate contributors.

Although the Georgia Department of Revenue ("DOR") will not start approving tax credits for interested taxpayers until the first business day in 2017, 12 of the 49 eligible rural hospital organizations have already elected to participate in the HEART program. Jim Kelly, Director of Georgia HEART, expects more hospitals to do so. "These early participants are using our marketing and communications materials and strategies to contact and educate potential donors in their communities," said Kelly. "Also, their donors will be able to contribute with confidence that the experienced Georgia HEART team will handle in a timely and competent manner all aspects of the contribution process, which must comply with applicable DOR rules."

On December 1, the Georgia Department of Community Health will publish the final list of eligible rural hospitals that have qualified by submitting information about their financial condition and five-year plans describing how they will use the contributed funds to improve their financial sustainability. In anticipation of being included on the list, Jeff Davis Hospital is planning a three-year HEART campaign and is encouraging potential donors to "get in line" at to have Georgia HEART submit their application to the DOR for tax credit pre-approval in January of next year.

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Welcome to Jeff Davis Hospital

Jeff Davis Hospital is dedicated to delivering professional, courteous, and compassionate care. We offer a friendly face when you need it most.

A 25-bed critical access hospital, JDH has an exceptional range of medical services and outstanding medical staff specializing in pediatrics, internal medicine, family practice, urgent care, emergency medicine, and surgery.

When you choose a place for your family's healthcare, we hope you choose Jeff Davis Hospital.

Jeff Davis Hospital
163 S. Tallahassee St.
P.O. Box 1690
Hazlehurst, GA 31539

(912) 375-7781

Jeff Davis Hospital has a smoke-free campus.

Services We Offer:

♥ Emergency Department
♥ 25-Bed Inpatient Unit
♥ Intensive Care Unit
♥ Swing Beds
♥ 24-hour Laboratory
♥ Respiratory Care
♥ Imaging Services
♥ Surgery
♥ Respite Care
♥ Hospice Care
♥ Telemedicine
♥ Sleep Studies
♥ Urgent Care Center
♥ Family Medical Group

Jeff Davis Hospital complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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