Bleckley Memorial News

Georgia Tax Credit Program

October 1, 2019

Bleckley Memorial Hospital would like to thank everyone who participates in the Georgia Tax Credit program! Your contributions have made so much possible for our small rural hospital. We are so appreciative of your support and would like to ask you to please consider taking advantage of the credit option this year and all upcoming years! Tax monies received through the Georgia Tax Credit Program have been utilized at Bleckley Memorial Hospital for the following projects: 

Dietary Repairs
Laboratory Renovation
Parking Lot Repaving
Exterior Facility Painting
HVAC Replacements
Exterior Signage
New Physical Therapy Equipment
Clinical Equipment Upgrades

Participating in the Georgia Tax Credit Program is quick and easy. We can do all the paperwork for you. Wouldn’t you like to control where your state taxes are spent? Through Georgia Heart you can choose to have your state taxes benefit Bleckley Memorial Hospital, thereby proving the hospital the resources for improvements that benefit your community. To obtain more information about how to support Bleckley Memorial Hospital through the Georgia Tax Credit Program please contact Amy Cook at 478-271-6592 or John Roland at 478-271-6590.

Mr. Jim Rhodes

December 12, 2018

On December 12, 2018, the Hospital Authority of Bleckley County held its monthly meeting. During this meeting, longstanding member Jim Rhodes was honored for 20 years of exceptional service and commitment to the Board. Mr. Rhodes has been an outstanding, dedicated member over the years and has been instrumental in many beneficial processes that have occurred within the hospital including: the hospital’s critical access designation, renovations, equipment upgrades and the successful Swing Bed program. His strong leadership led Bleckley Memorial Hospital to continuously improve the quality of treatment and services provided to patients in an evolving healthcare industry. On behalf of the Hospital Authority of Bleckley County and Bleckley Memorial Hospital employees and staff, we thank you for your service and wish you the best during your retirement.

Fall Fun Day

October 31, 2018

October 31st marked the fourth annual Fall Fun Day at Bleckley Memorial Hospital! As an event geared toward introducing preschool aged children to a hospital setting, the children were invited to learn about different occupations and equipment in a hospital as well as have some seasonal fun. A variety of events, games and booths were set up for the children to play and win prizes and candy as well as visit with hometown heroes, such as the Cochran Police Department, the Bleckley County Fire Department and Sparky the Fire Pup, Heartland EMS and the Bleckley County Sheriff’s Department.

 Employees at Bleckley Memorial Hospital also enjoyed Fall Fun Day festivities including a pumpkin decorating contest, costume contest, cake walk and gummy worm relay race. Special congratulations to the teams and individual employees that won events throughout the week and a very special “thank you” to the community members and employees that help make Bleckley Memorial Hospital’s Fall Fun Day such as success! Thank you to the Bleckley County 4-H student volunteers, the Bleckley County Fire Department, the Bleckley County Sheriff’s Department, the Cochran Police Department, Heartland EMS, Kindred Hospice and Mary and Teddy for all of your help.

School Supply Drive

September 5, 2018

As school season is upon us, employees at Bleckley Memorial felt the urge to start a school supply drive to benefit the Bleckley County school district. School supplies can be a financial burden to families as well as teachers who may spend their own money to provide for his or her classroom. Staff at Bleckley Memorial hospital expressed the importance of investing in the future generations of our community with the necessary supplies to ensure a successful school year.
Bleckley Memorial Hospital was able to collect and donate a variety of items, ranging from binders and folders to hand sanitizers and tissues. Collected supplies were delivered in August to the Bleckley County School Board Office.

September Business of the Month

September 1, 2018

Bleckley Memorial Hospital was named September’s Business of the Month by the Bleckley County Chamber of Commerce! Bleckley Memorial Hospital became a member of the Chamber to grow our relationship within the community and with other businesses and organizations. We greatly value the support that Bleckley County Chamber of Commerce offers and its resources to businesses. Thank you!

Radiology Update

March 1, 2018

The past year has brought many improvements within the Radiology Department at Bleckley Memorial Hospital! Along with the improvements to the equipment for ultrasound and computed tomography rooms, we have been very fortunate to upgrade our radiographic equipment as well as our existing room to meet new guidelines and provide state of the art digital equipment. As a result of these advances, all future radiographic exams acquired at Bleckley Memorial Hospital will be digital. These improvements help us to reach our continuing goals of decreased radiation exposure for our patients while enhancing collected data for the best exams possible. 

-Jo Peacock, Radiology Supervisor

Eagle Scout Beneficiary

February 12, 2018

Local Bleckley County High School student and Life Scout, Porter Arnold of BSA Troop 77, chooses Bleckley Memorial Hospital as his Eagle Scout Beneficiary!
Porter, the son of Joanna and Glen Arnold of Cochran, is on his way to achieving Eagle Scout status! In route to this accomplishment, Porter approached Bleckley Memorial Hospital regarding construction of a pavilion/gazebo onsite. Realizing that patients, employees and staff would benefit from the project, Bleckley Memorial was eager to accept the generous offer and was extremely appreciative of the consideration.
Service to others is an important part of the Scout Oath: …”to help other people at all time.” Each year, tens of thousands of young men strive to achieve the coveted Eagle Scout rank by applying character, citizenship and Scouting values in their daily lives. One of the rank requirements is to plan, develop and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, school or community. Through this requirement, Scouts practice what they have learned and gain valuable project management and leadership experience.
Bleckley Memorial Hospital and Porter Arnold would like to express their sincere appreciation to all those listed below (including three generations of Arnolds!) who participated in this project. The pavilion/gazebo looks great and is a wonderful asset for the patients, employees and guests to enjoy for years to come.
Porter Arnold, Michael Willingham, William Sanders, Caleb Arnold, John Vincent, Joseph Arnold, Devin Vincent, Jo Anna and Glen Arnold, Ed Wallace, Parker Arnold, Carter Arnold, Chris Burke, Elder Sorensen, Elder Winter and Alvin and Grace Arnold.

Grand Opening and Open House to be held in September

August 2, 2017

Bleckley Memorial Hospital is commited to continuous improvement of patient safety, quality of care, and patient satisfaction. Come explore our new front lobby Gift Shop and tour our newly redesigned Swing Bed Activity Room as you enjoy refreshments, door prizes, and discounted prices on select inventory from Jodi's Gift Shop.
Our Gift Shop grand opening and our Activity Room open house will be held on Thursday, September 14 from 4pm till 6pm. Please drop by and celebrate with us! 

Announcing The Opening Of
"The Gift Shop"

June 22, 2017

Bleckley Memorial Hospital and Jodi's Gifts has partnered to open The Gift Shop in the main lobby of the hospital. The Gift Shop is currently being managed by Volunteers. Please make a point to drop in, shop and thank the Volunteers for their service and commitment to offering services to complement our hospital. Hours of operation are from 9am - 4pm Monday through Thursday and from 9am - 1pm on Friday.
If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering, please contact Administration at 478-271-6563.

Now Offering Sleep Studies Including EEGs

September 13, 2016

Bleckley Memorial Hospital and Avilys, LLC are proud to offer Adult and Pediatric Sleep Disorder Services along with EEG Services to meet the many needs of the Community. The Sleep Disorder Lab is located on the campus of Bleckley Memorial Hospital. It is a two bed lab, allowing for convenient testing seven nights per week. Treatment is offered for an array of sleep related disorders which include: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), Insomnia, Narcolepsy, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Periodic Limb Movement (PLM), and Parasomnia in adults. Examples of sleep problems in children include: frequent awakening during the night, talking during sleep, difficulty falling asleep, waking up crying, feeling sleepy during the day, having nightmares, bedwetting, teeth grinding and clenching and waking early.
Our Electroencephalogram (EEG) services are used to detect abnormalities related to electrical activity of the brain. A few of the most common Indicators for this procedure include: Behavior Problems, Epilepsy, Loss of Consciousness, Migraine with Aura, Myoclonic Jerking, Paresthesia, Seizures, TIA, Abnormal Involuntary Movements, and Visual Disturbance. Our state of the art equipment allows us to perform EEG, Ambulatory EEG, and Ambulatory EEG with video (the closest facility outside of the area to perform these is Emory University in Atlanta).
We work with Adult and Pediatric Neurologists that include: Dr. Bryan Riggeal, Dr. Candice Riggeal, Dr. Holly Hoenes and Dr. Joseph Trasmonte.
For more information call Avilys, LLC at 855-228-4597. For a more in-depth description of the services that we provide please log onto
You may also take our quick online survey to help determine if you are a candidate for any of the Sleep services.

CT Scanner Upgraded to 16 slice

September 4, 2017

Exciting things are happening at Bleckley Memorial Hospital as "the truck has left the building"!
Bleckley Memorial recently upgraded their Computed Tomography (CT) System, and brought this top quality service in-house. The updated system is now housed inside the radiology department, meaning patients are no longer required to visit the portable CT for studies! No more cold, hot, or wet trips out to the trailer!
All outpatient procedures should be scheduled through your physician, and Mrs. Jo Peacock and her staff look forward to continuing to serve all their patients with the absolute best customer service around. Please feel free to stop by and take a look at the upgrade, a GE Brightspeed 16-slice machine.
Also, don’t forget to ask your physician to schedule all your medical imaging studies right here at home! 

"Active Shooter" Disaster Drill

January 21, 2016

On Wednesday, January 13, 2016, the employees of Bleckley Memorial Hospital, in conjunction with EMA, Bleckley County Sheriff's Department, Cochran Police Department, Cochran/Bleckley Fire Department, and 911 Communications, participated in a disaster preparedness exercise for active shooter situations. BMH is required by their accreditation body, DNV, to carry out two activities such as this each year in order to assure that all employees are prepared in case of an actual disaster.
The exercise began around 9:15 AM as a mock "active-shooter” entered the facility. The drill lasted for approximately 20 minutes and all hospital departments participated. Some areas of the facility were completely evacuated and other areas were place on lock-down for the completion of the exercise. The Cochran Police Department was in full body armor and assisted during the entire drill. This exercise was carried out following directions and requirements from the Department of Homeland Security. Following the event, hospital staff was briefed on what took place throughout the hospital during the mock-shooter activity and discussed the best avenues to use when faced with situations such as this.
Bleckley Memorial Hospital would like to thank all those individuals and departments who participated in the event as well as the evaluators for the event, Kristeena Roberson from Dodge County Hospital and Jennifer Stokes from the South Central Health District. According to Alaina Dykes, RN – ED Nurse Manager/Disaster Preparedness Coordinator, "It takes teamwork to keep our communities and hospitals safe. We cannot say enough to express our appreciation for all those involved in our drill, from community agencies to the awesome staff here at Bleckley Memorial Hospital.” 

Ultrasound Equipment Upgrade

September 20, 2016

Bleckley Memorial Hospital is proud to announce the addition of a new GE Logiq S7 Ultrasound machine to its radiology department.
This equipment upgrade allows for better quality images for the radiologists and quicker scan times. We are also able to reintroduce some exams that were discontinued on our previous machine. The new sleeker design is also more mobile and has better electronic image transmitting capabilities.
We look forward to better meeting the needs of our patients and community with this wonderful new piece of equipment. Please call the Bleckley Memorial Hospital radiology department for any scheduling needs at 478-271-6588. 

Increasing the Comfort of Patients with New State of the Art Beds

October 14, 2016

Exciting things are happening at Bleckley Memorial Hospital this month.
In addition to two new pieces of radiology equipment, they are also in the process of installing 25 brand new state of the art patient beds! These Hill-Rom Care Assist Beds are equipped with comfortable, pressure ulcer reduction mattresses. They also have built in bed alarms to help increase patient safety and built in scales to make taking weights much easier.
Patients have access to a built-in controller for adjusting the bed position to any setting, including a chair position. They can also control the television or call the nurse through a built in call system. The staff of Bleckley Memorial are extremely excited to be able to provide these wonderful new beds for the increased comfort and safety of their patients! 


145 E Peacock St
Cochran, GA 31014


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