DEMOREST –Habersham Medical Center’s (HMC) Obstetrics (OB) Department delivers nearly 400 babies each year. With a steady growth in regional economic development and an influx of new families relocating to Habersham County, the number of births are expected tocontinue to increase. With this in mind, HMCand its OB Leadership arecontinuously working on implementing best-in-class quality process improvements, cost-saving measures and enhancements to patient experiences, especially for mothers and their new babies.

One of these initiatives includes replacing florescent lighting with LED lighting in the Family Birthing Center.Lighting plays an important role in healthcare, improving both the patient experience and the staff’s ability to provide the required levelof care. Not only a sustainable choice, LED lightingenhancesthe care environment and reduce costs by saving energy and improving operational efficiency.

As one of HMC’s most esteemed community partners in sustainability efforts, Georgia Power made a charitable contribution to the hospital to purchase LED lighting for the Family Birthing Center.

“Habersham Medical Center is committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients, especially our new mothers and the newest, little residents of Habersham County,” says Linde Mitchell, chief nursing officer.“Thisgenerous gift from Georgia Power will enable us to fully outfit our Family Birthing Center with LED lighting in the hallways, birthing rooms and the nursery. We appreciate our partnership with Georgia Power and their continued support to help us light the way!”

Through the Georgia Power Foundation, Inc., Georgia Power makes charitable donations toqualifyingnonprofit organizations that strive to improve the quality of life for the state’s residents. Ranking as the fourth largest corporate foundation in Georgia, the Georgia Power Foundation has contributed over $170 million to advance missions related to health and human services, education improvement, environmental stewardship, civic and community outreach and arts and culture.

Greg Dement, Marketing, Energy Efficiency and Solar Consultant with Georgia Power, visited the Family Birthing Center to meet with HMC’s Facilities Team and to see where the new LED lighting will be installed. During Greg’s visit, the group also had an opportunity to meet the newest addition to the HMC family: Little Miss Blakely Claire Riddle, daughter of Jenn Riddle, HMC’s OB Unit Secretary, and her husband, Jay. Blakely was born on Sunday, December 15th, 6 lbs. 9 oz.

For more information or to schedule a tour of the Habersham Medical Center Family Birthing Center, call (706) 754-3113, ext. 2123or visit www.habershammedical.com/health-services/family-birth-center.

ABOUT HABERSHAM MEDICAL CENTER

Habersham Medical Center, a 53-licensed-bed acute care hospital, serves approximately 80,000 residents in Habersham and adjoining counties. HMC operates Habersham Home, an 84-licensed-bed skilled nursing facility, and HCMC Home Care, the service area’s sole agency for hospital-based home health providers.