What is a Hospitalist?

In 2009, Bleckley Memorial Hospital decided to forego the previously utilized standard of having our staff physicians make rounds on inpatients and adopt a hospitalist program. This program provides for physician to be on the floors of our facility at all times and allows for more accessible care for all Bleckley Memorial Hospital patients.

What is a hospitalist? According to “The Society of Hospital Medicine”, hospitalists are defined as physicians whose primary professional focus is the general medical care of hospitalized patients. Their activities include patient care, teaching, research, and leadership related to Hospital Medicine.

Hospitalist services at Bleckley Memorial Hospital are provided through Southland MD. Southland MD Hospitalist physicians are specialists in inpatient medicine who care only for our hospitalized patients.

These physicians have no other responsibilities outside the hospital, which enables them to focus exclusively on the care of the acutely ill, hospitalized patients. Southland MD forms partnerships with primary care physicians to better treat the medical needs and improve both inpatient and outpatient experience.

Though the primary care physician may or may not see the patient along with the Hospitalist while in hospital, they will work closely with our Hospitalist physician to gather important medical history to provide the best care possible. Our Hospitalist physicians ensure a smooth transition for the patient from the hospital back to their Primary physician by providing a complete dictated summary of hospitalization, as well as through verbal communication. 

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Requesting Medical Records

The patient medical record is a legal record of the patient's care and treatment. The contents of the patient medical record is confidential and the information it contains can only be released by the patient's written authorization. Third party requests for patient medical records must also be made in writing.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of your medical record(s), please print and complete the Authorization for Disclosure of Protected Health Information form. Upon completion, you may fax, mail, or personally deliver to the Medical Record Department at Bleckley Memorial Hospital. You may also complete this form in person at the hospital.

In order to verify your identification and validate your authorization, we require that you provide a valid photo I.D. or include a legible copy of a valid photo I.D. (e.g., driver's license, military I.D., or state issued I.D.), and a telephone number.

Copies of patient medical records are available to patients for follow-up care at no charge. For all other medical record requests, a fee may be charged to cover the cost of copying the file in accordance with the Official Code of Georgia O.C.G.A. 31-33-3.

Please allow 3-5 business days for us to process a request for a complete medical record. 


Our Privacy Practices

Our Legal Duty:
We have a duty to protect the confidentiality of medical information about you. We are required to provide you with a Notice of Privacy Practices explaining ways we may use and disclose your medical information. The Notice also describes your legal rights and our obligations regarding the use and disclosure of your medical information.

Parties Following The Notice:
The Notice will be followed by the Hospital and its affiliates, together with their health care professionals, staff and volunteers; members of the Hospital Medical Staff and those participating in managed care networks with the Hospital; and other legal entities that provide services to the Hospital.

How We May Use and Disclose Medical Information About You:
We may use or disclose identifiable health information about you for many reasons, such as: treatment, payment, health care operations, health oversight activities, hublic health purposes, auditing, national security and protective services, research, workers' compensation, law enforcement purposes, activities of manage care networks in which we participate, activities of our affiliates, appointment reminders, fundraising activities, organ donation, to avert a serious threat to health or safety, to coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors, to military command authorities, lawsuits and disputes, and as required by law.

In general, other uses and disclosures of your medical information will require your written authorization. We may use or disclose certain limited information about you, unless you object or request a limitation of the disclosure, for hospital directories and individuals involved in your care or payment.


Our Privacy Practices (Cont.)

Your Privacy Rights - You have the following rights with respect to your health information:

  • The right to request confidential communications and alternative means of communication with you.
  • The right to request restrictions on certain uses of your health information.
  • The right to inspect and copy certain medical information that we maintain about you.
  • The right to request an amendment of your health information.
  • The right to an accounting of certain disclosures of your health information.
Changes to the Notice:
We reserve the right to change the Notice. We will post any revised Notice in the Hospital.

Complaints:
If you believe your rights have been violated, you may file a written complaint with the Hospital or with the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 


Visiting the Hospital

Hospital Visiting Hours:
Some patient areas may have restrictions or limitations on visitation based on clinically necessary or reasonable circumstances. Please check with the nursing unit to determine any restrictions/limitations.
Visitor meals:
A cafeteria for employees, physicians and visitors is available at our hospital. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served each day. 
  • Breakfast : 7:30-9:30
  • Lunch: 12:00-1:00
  • Dinner: 5:00-6:00
  • Snack and vending areas are also available in our hospital 24 hours day and offer coffee, soft drinks, and snacks.
Contacting patient rooms:
To contact a patient’s room at Bleckley Memorial Hospital, please dial 478-934-6211 and be prepared with the patient’s name and room number.


Visiting the Hospital (Cont.)

A good visit:
Spending time with loved ones during a hospital stay benefits both patients and visitors. The following guidelines will help make your visit a pleasant experience for everyone:

  • Call ahead to make sure your loved one is feeling well enough for company. Ask when he or she would like you to visit and for how long.
  • Ask your loved one whether bringing along infants or small children is desirable.
  • Be sure to follow the hospital’s scheduled visiting hours.
  • If you smoke, please remember that all Taylor Health Care Group facilities and campuses are tobacco-free. Tobacco use any of any kind is not permitted.
  • Respect your loved one’s privacy by knocking and waiting for permission before entering the room.
  • Be mindful of other patients and be careful not to disturb them with excessive noise or other activities.
  • Limit the number of visitors in your party to no more than two at a time.
  • Before bringing a gift of food or flowers, be sure to ask about the patient’s dietary restrictions, allergies, personal likes and dislikes, and hospital rules.
  • To avoid spreading infection to patients, visit only if you are well.
  • Honor any “no visitors” signs or other instructions that may be posted in the hospital.
  • Allow the patient to make comfort-related choices, such as visit length and frequency, whether lights are on or off, and when to watch television.
  • Be considerate and respectful of the patient’s privacy—step out of the room if a procedure or consultation needs to be performed while you are present.
  • If the patient has requested that his or her health information not be shared with family and/or friends, please respect that choice.
  • Avoid the temptation to offer advice. It’s helpful to ask questions and even more important to simply listen to the patient’s fears, concerns and thoughts.
  • Rest is an important part of recovery. Keep your visit brief (15 minutes or shorter) unless your loved one asks you to stay longer.
Address

145 E Peacock St
Cochran, GA 31014

Contacts

Phone: (478) 934-6211 
Fax: (478) 934-9659