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June 19, 2012

Memorial Hospital of Adel opens geriatric-psychiatric unit, announces new name

ADEL — Memorial Hospital of Adel (Memorial) held a grand opening of a new geriatric-psychiatric unit on June 15 and announced that the hospital will change its name to Cook Medical Center-A Campus of Tift Regional Medical Center as of July 2.   The Hospital Authority of Tift County, which owns and operates Tift Regional Medical Center, announced in March it had entered into an agreement with SunLink Health Systems, Inc. to purchase Memorial and its affiliated services. The transaction will be finalized on July 2.

 

At a ribbon-cutting and open house held in honor of Memorial’s new Sylvia Barr Center, a 12-bed geriatric-psychiatric unit, Memorial CEO Michael Purvis discussed the new service and unveiled new names and logos which included Cook Medical Center for the hospital and Cook Senior Living Center for Memorial Convalescent Home.   The grand opening ceremony also included a welcome message by Memorial board chairman Brent Dixon, an invocation by chaplain Ray Alley, remarks by Adel mayor Richard Barr and a ribbon-cutting with the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce.  The event also included a light lunch and tours of the Sylvia Barr Center.

 

Headed by an attending psychiatrist, the Sylvia Barr Center at Memorial is a 12-bed geriatric-psychiatric unit available for the inpatient treatment for any one of a number of acute or chronic emotional and mental conditions.   The unit is named in honor of Sylvia Bradham Barr, wife of Adel mayor Richard Barr.  She was considered by many as the “first lady of Adel” for her activism within the community.  She passed away in 2007 after a struggle with cancer.

 

“Mrs. Sylvia Barr was a remarkable person,” said Purvis.  “She loved Adel and Cook County and sought to advance our community in any way she could.  She left behind a legacy of compassion, commitment, nurturing and love.”  

 

Purvis said the Sylvia Barr Center is a distinct unit that will address the physical, emotional and mental needs of the senior population.  “There are times in life where we need support, where we need a lift, a helping hand,” he said.  “The Sylvia Barr Center is a place of hope and promise of a better tomorrow.  It is a place to find healing.  It is our privilege and honor to provide this service to our patients and their families.”

 

Purvis added that Memorial is excited about its new partnership with Tift Regional Medical Center .  “We share a dedication to our patients and our communities,” he said.    “The Sylvia Barr Center was our first project with TRMC, and we worked together to make this happen within a short timeframe.  The team from Adel and the team from Tifton made it a reality.  As we stand back now and look at where we have been and how far we have come in the past eight weeks, there is one thing for which I’m sure: there is nothing that this team cannot do together.”

 

 

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