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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, emergency medicine, and surgery.

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

Services We Offer:

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

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

(912) 375-7781

Important Announcements

Effective July 1, Georgia drivers will no longer be able to use cellphones while operating any vehicle.

Under the bill, holding a phone at all while driving is prohibited; even when stopped for a traffic signal or stop sign.

The use of cellphones will be allowed only when making emergency calls to report a traffic crash, criminal activity, fire, medical emergency or hazardous road conditions. Drivers will also be allowed to text if they are using technology that converts voice to text messages.

The first offense for drivers will be a $50 ticket and one point on your driving record.

Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit Update

Help improve health care in our community through Georgia's rural hospital expense tax credit opportunity!

Jeff Davis Hospital is partnering with the Georgia HEART Hospital Program to implement this exciting new rural hospital tax credit.

What is the Georgia HEART rural hospital organization ("RHO") expense tax credit?
• The Georgia General Assembly passed legislation that enables Georgia taxpayers receive a state income tax CREDIT for 100% of the amount they contribute to qualified rural hospital organizations (up to the limits set forth below).
o Taxpayers who itemize deductions on their federal income tax returns will be able to take a charitable income tax deduction for the entire amount of their contributions
o By replacing their federal itemized deduction for state and local income taxes paid, which is limited to $10,000, with a 100% deductible contribution to a rural hospital, taxpayers can realize significant tax savings

How much can I contribute for a tax credit?
• If you pay Georgia income taxes, you are eligible to receive a tax credit for contributing to Jeff Davis Hospital from January 1 through June 30 of each taxable year, as follows:
o Individual Filer - 100% of the amount contributed, up to a limit of $5,000
o Married Filing Jointly - 100% of the amount contributed, up to a limit of $10,000
o Pass-Through Entity - 100% of the amount contributed, up to a limit of $10,000, so long as they would have paid Georgia income tax in that amount on their share of taxable income from the pass-through entity

How do I sign up to contribute before June 30?
1) Complete and submit your 2018 HEART Tax Credit Form at
2) Georgia HEART will submit your tax credit pre-approval form on your behalf to the GA DOR
3) Within 60 days of receiving DOR tax credit pre-approval, send a check made payable to Jeff Davis Hospital to Georgia HEART for deposit to the hospital's account
4) Georgia HEART will send you instructions on how to file your contribution confirmation with DOR
5) You will claim the credit when you file your 2018 tax return

How much can I contribute for a tax credit after June 30 each year?
• After June 30 of each year, for so long as a portion of the $60 million annual cap on RHO tax credits is available, to offset their Georgia income tax liability, individual taxpayers may make unlimited contributions to RHOs for a corresponding 100% Georgia income tax credit.
o On or before May 15 of each year through June 30, individual taxpayers will be able to 'make a HEART Appointment' on the Georgia HEART website to authorize Georgia HEART to submit their post-June 30 tax credit pre-approval forms to the DOR.

Projections of the tax effects and possible tax savings associated with contributing to Jeff Davis Hospital through the Georgia HEART program are available at

Your contribution will increase our hospital funding and our ability to provide for the health care of individuals in our community!

For information about the rural hospital organization expense tax credit, please visit the Georgia HEART website at or contact Georgia HEART staff at You could also contact Barry Bloom, CFO, at Jeff Davis Hospital at 912-375-7781 ext. 257 or email him at

Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit Update

On May 2nd, Governor Deal signed a bill into law that increases the Georgia Rural Hospital Tax credit to 100% of donation and allows Sub "S" Corporations to participate.

Dollars being donated are dollars already expended for Georgia taxes.

There is no cost to the donor. 100% of donation will be received back in the form of a tax credit.

Of all dollars collected in Georgia taxes, 82% remain in Atlanta.

The Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit allows you to know where your money is spent and to keep your tax dollars local.

Individuals can donate up to $10,000 if filing as Married Filing Jointly and $5,000 if filing as Single or Head of Household.

C Corporations can donate up to 75% of their Georgia tax liability. Sub S participants and partnerships can obtain a 100% tax credit by donating up to $10,000 to a rural hospital if applied for prior to July 1, so long as they would have paid Georgia income tax on that amount on their share of taxable income from the pass-through entity.

The 100% credit goes into effect July 1 but you can be pre-approved now!

The state of Georgia is capped at $60M and Jeff Davis Hospital is capped at $4M; Two Million for Individuals and Two Million for Corporations.

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Jeff Davis Hospital Unveils Renovated Emergency Room

On Tuesday, April 17, at 10:00AM, Jeff Davis Hospital will unveil the newly renovated Emergency Room to the public. The new look of the emergency department is appealing to the eyes and provides enhancements to improve efficiencies to staff and patients. The Emergency Room is often the front door to the hospital for those individuals in need of acute and critical care. Changes have been made to address patient flow and patient comfort. The unit has been modified to facilitate nine treatment beds rather than the previous five and has added a sub-wait area to aid in improving wait times before and after treatment. The Jeff Davis Hospital emergency department provides services for nearly 700 patients a month. The hospital is dedicated to be the safety net provider for Jeff Davis County and the surrounding region. A ribbon cutting will be held at the entrance to the emergency room on Tuesday, April 17 at 9:00AM. The public is welcome to take a tour of the facility at that time.

Patient Portal

Access your medical records now through the Patient Portal

Groundbreaking for the Inpatient Psych Unit on February 16, 2018

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Is Congress Limiting Your SALT?

Tax payers who are facing the $10,000 limit on the federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) can contribute to the Georgia rural hospital for a 100% federal charitable contribution.
For details about possible tax savings, click here.

Hospital Consulting Firm Adopts Benefits Corporation Provisions

The consulting firm that is leading the state-wide effort to implement Georgia's new SB 258 rural hospital organization expense tax credit program has officially amended its Articles of Incorporation to include benefit corporation provisions. In addition to contractually agreeing to contribute its annual net income to a state-wide community foundation in support of rural health care, Portage Charity Advisors, Inc., which is assisting 35 of the 49 rural hospitals that have qualified to receive tax credit-eligible contributions, is now obligated to exclusively pursue public benefits, including the human right to health.
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Make A Charitable Contribution To Our Hospital

Beginning in 2017, you will have the opportunity to make a charitable contribution to our hospital and receive a Georgia income tax credit, and, if you itemize, a federal charitable income tax deduction. The Georgia General Assembly made this opportunity available through its passage of SB 258, the Georgia Rural Hospital Expense Tax Credit program.
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Health News

The views and opinions contained in these articles are those of the authors or subjects and are not necessarily shared by JDA or its staff.

(Clayton, Georgia (August 31, 2016) - HealtHIE Georgia)
A health information exchange, serving rural Georgia healthcare providers, is now connected with the Georgia Health Information Network (GaHIN), state-designated Health Information Exchange (HIE) entity for Georgia.
Read The Entire Announcement

Georgia Senate Bill 258: The General Assembly's Attempt to Sustain Georgia's Tax-Exempt, Rural Hospitals with a State Income Tax Credit
(Read this article by R. Jeremy Wilson, CPA, CFP®)

(WSAV-TV Savannah © 08/11/2016)
WASHINGTON (AP) THE ISSUE: About 9 in 10 Americans now have health insurance, more than at any time in history. But progress is incomplete, and the future far from certain...