Laboratory Services

Bleckley Memorial Hospital Laboratory is very fortunate to have all state of the art instrumentation. We have replaced all of the older equipment which has allowed our testing menu to expand greatly thus providing our physicians and patients with prompt lab results performed on site. Our technologists are all certified and licensed with nationally recognized accrediting agencies, many having earned a Bachelor of Science degree. The Medical Assistants are highly skilled phlebotomists certified in their area of expertise and proficient in blood draw from pediatrics to geriatrics. With teamwork and dedication, the BMH laboratory has proudly earned DNV and Joint Commission accreditation each inspection cycle.

BMH Lab is open 24 hrs/day, 365 days/year. Our hours for outpatient blood draw are Monday-Thursday 7:30AM to 6PM, Friday 7:30AM to Noon and Saturday 9:00AM to Noon. We do not have couriers for our reference laboratories on the weekend so if your insurance requires that your lab be sent out, please avoid the Saturday hours.

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Medical Imaging Services

The Medical Imaging Department at Bleckley Memorial Hospital offers radiology procedures using state of the art imaging equipment. Our employees are highly trained professional registered technologists and images are interpreted by only board certified radiologists. Our associated radiologists are Radiology Associates of Macon. They provide coverage for many other facilities in the area such as Navicent Health and Coliseum Medical Center. Radiologists are available seven days a week and offer a multitude of board certifications and fellowships in many disciplines such as pediatrics, neuroradiology, and musculoskeletal radiology.

Our department is totally digital, and we use PACS (Picture Archive and Communication System), which offers our physicians immediate access to your images at their clinical sites. Imaging is open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and is available for emergency, outpatient, as well as inpatients procedures.

Our available services include: 
  • CR (computed radiography)
  • CT (computed tomography)
  • CTA (computed tomography angiography)
  • Ultrasound
  • Vascular
  • Abdominal
  • Cardiac
Our commitment to our patients is to produce the best images possible, offering the best interpretations, coupled with the best equipment and technologists to provide to you the best diagnostic outcome in a time efficient manner. 

Sleep Disorder Services

Bleckley Memorial Hospital and Avilys, LLC are proud to offer Adult and Pediatric Sleep Disorder 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), Parasomnia, and Sleep Apnea in Children.

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.

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 www.avilyssleep.com


EEG Services

Bleckley Memorial Hospital and Avilys, LLC are proud to offer Adult and Pediatric EEG Services to meet the many needs of the Community. The EEG Lab is located on the campus of Bleckley Memorial Hospital.

These 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 www.avilyssleep.com


Emergency Services

Bleckley Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Department treats patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, providing emergency medical care for those who are sick and injured in Bleckley and surrounding counties. Our team of board certified physicians and experienced Emergency nurses provide top quality care for those in need.

All patients are triaged upon arrived and treated according to their individual level of need. We value you as a patient and appreciate you placing your trust in us to provide service to you.  


Swing Bed Services

Bleckley Memorial Hospital’s swingbed program is available for use when a patient no longer needs acute care but still needs skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. This program can be used if you have reached a point in your recovery where you no longer need to be hospitalized but are not physically able to care for yourself at home.

The goal of our swing bed program at Bleckley Memorial Hospital is to help you work toward reaching goals set by you and our interdisciplinary team. A strong emphasis is placed on individualized therapies and nursing care ordered by your physician so that you will be able to return to your prior lifestyle. A team consisting of your physician, specially trained nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, dieticians, case managers, social workers, and activity personnel will work together with you and your family to see that you reach the goals established for you.

Stays are anticipated to be short-term and can be utilized for a variety of conditions including, but not limited to: 
  • Physical, Occupational, Speech Therapy
  • Post-Surgical Care
  • Cardiopulmonary/Respiratory Care
  • Skin/Wound Management
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Nutritional Support
  • Psychosocial Support


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How do I become eligible for Swing Bed Services?

If acute care hospitalization is no longer medically necessary and you meet the predetermined Medicare criteria, you may be eligible for Swing Bed care. The following criteria must be met in order for Medicare to cover Swing Bed:

  • The patient requires a skilled care service that must be provided by or under the supervision of professional or technical personnel such as IV therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, or occupational therapy.
  • The skilled care service must be provided on a daily basis (or at least 5 days per week).
  • The patient must have had a qualifying hospitalization within 30 days of the Swing Bed admission date.
  • The patient must continue to show progress towards reaching their goals, or the goals of the health care providers.
Eligibility is assessed on a daily basis during the swing bed stay to ensure the qualifying criteria are met. Discharge planning needs are addressed, options are explored and services are arranged, if needed, to help ensure that your return to your home environment is successful. Our swing bed program is geared toward patients who have Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, as this is a covered benefit. However, we can accommodate people of all ages, as some insurance companies may also cover this service.  


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Arranging a stay

Anyone (family, parents or hospital staff) may contact Bleckley Memorial Hospital regarding our swing bed program. Patients currently at another hospital can ask to coordinate a transfer to Bleckley Memorial’s swing bed program. Patients need a physician's referral to be eligible for our swing bed program. Patients must also have a qualifying hospital stay in a hospital setting to be eligible.

Benefits of Bleckley Memorial Hospital’s Swing Bed Program:

  • Recovery is in a safe and secure environment, close to home.
  • Skilled nurses and physicians are available 24 hours a day.
  • Access to health care specialists, including: physical therapists, speech therapists, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists and dieticians.
  • Discharge planning services to arrange for Home Health therapies, nursing, supportive care and other services you may need when you return home.
  • Coordinated team services are provided to help address nutrition, pain and medical management while your strength and function improves enough to return home.
Discharge planning will begin upon admission to the swingbed program. This process will help you prepare for your return home.

Bleckley Memorial Hospital’s Swingbed Program would like to be your health restoring place between hospital and home. 


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What to bring

During your stay in Swing Bed, it is recommended that you bring a week’s supply of comfortable clothing. Consider the following items to assist you in planning for your stay.

  • Pants, Shirts and Sleepwear - Comfortable and loose fitting. Short sleeve shirts are preferred.
  • Outerwear – Loose fitting sweater or light jacket to ensure your comfort in care areas that may feel too cool for you.
  • Undergarments – Your typical preference with comfort in mind.
  • Footwear – Non-slip, lightweight athletic shoes.
  • Medication – Please bring a list of all home medications.
  • Personal Aids – Eyeglasses, dentures, hearing aids, prostheses, braces, bipaps/cpaps, etc.
  • Hygiene Items – The hospital offers a variety of hygiene items but consider personal preference on items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, denture cleaner/adhesive, mouthwash, deodorant, shaving cream, makeup, curlers, or special shampoo, soap and razors.
  • Personal Items – You may bring pictures, flowers, reading materials, laptop/tablets, etc. to personalize your private room. Comfort items like your own pillow and a warm throw may also help your stay feel more like home.

Respiratory Therapy

The Respiratory Therapy Department at Bleckley Memorial Hospital is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Our therapies are licensed by the state of Georgia, and they are also CPR, ACLS, NRP, and PALS certified.

The respiratory staff can be seen throughout the hospital, treating a wide variety of patients from newborns to geriatrics, inpatients as well as outpatients. You may see a Respiratory Therapist administering aerosol medication to patients on the medical-surgical floor or intubations and airway management in the emergency department.

A Respiratory Therapist performs EKGs on both inpatient and outpatients. They also complete all outpatient Pulmonary Testing (PFTs), set up Holter monitors, and cardiac event monitors. 


Rehabilitation Services

Bleckley Memorial offers quality care close to home and seeks to serve our community with rehabilitation services in our outpatient setting at Middle Georgia Rehabilitation. Our outpatient setting provides physical therapy and occupational therapy services for the treatment of the following conditions (but not limited to only these):

  • Orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries
  • Post Operative Conditions
  • Neurological deficits from neurological disorders
  • Balance deficits
  • Chronic Pain
  • Generalized Weakness
We also have a swing bed and Inpatient setting. Our swing bed services offer physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy in a private setting. Our mission statement is to define the global standard for the therapeutic experience.

If you feel that you are in need of therapy please feel free to contact us at 478-934-9342. The above list is not a full comprehensive list of all of the conditions we treat. If you may need a short term stay after a hospitalization due to being unable to return home, you may contact case management at Bleckley Memorial Hospital at 478-934-6211. We look forward to working with you on any of your therapy needs. 
Address

145 E Peacock St
Cochran, GA 31014

Contacts

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