“What makes Meadows Health special? It’s the commitment and the drive and the willingness of our people who have a passion for their patients and for medicine.” – Alan Kent, CEO
No one relishes the idea of having to go to the ER, but with people like Jackie Wright by your side, it certainly makes things a little easier.
A veteran staff nurse in the emergency services department, Jackie is responsible for taking care of patients who come through the ER. So whether she’s starting an IV, taking patients to their rooms, running a Sepsis protocol or monitoring a patient’s progress, Jackie definitely stays on her toes.
“I’m not going to sugar coat it,” she says smiling. “You have to have the right mindset for whatever comes in.”
Having started at Meadows Regional Medical Center in 1975, Jackie has seen many changes over the years including a new hospital, a new cancer center and the addition of helicopter service.
“That’s been a big, big change and a big service,” she says. “Before, we’d have to wait for the helicopter to come from Savannah. Now we have helicopter services right here on the Meadows campus, so that cuts down on travel time.”
Faster turnaround times in Emergency Services is another change Jackie is proud of – both in the lab and in the waiting room.
“We have a provider in the triage area who can go ahead and initiate treatment to provide patients with faster service,” she says.
While advancements in technology and service are a good thing, Jackie says it still comes down to patient care – and that’s something she’s particularly proud of.
“I really enjoy seeing patients when I’m out or at the grocery store,” she says, adding that just recently a patient who had come through the ER years ago with a heart attack, stopped her to remind her of a promise he had made.
“He said, ‘Remember I promised to quit smoking?’ Then he said he hadn’t smoked in 10 years. When they say things like that, that’s the highpoint for me.”