The Coastal Health District of Georgia serves the counties of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long & McIntosh

Effingham County Health Department

Welcome to the Effingham County Health Department where we our public health team is dedicated to improving the health of those who live, work, and play in our county by preventing disease and illness, promoting health and well being, and preparing for and responding to disasters.

The Effingham County Health Department offers services including:

If you have questions about any of our services, please don’t hesitate to call us at the numbers listed below.

Effingham County Health Clinics and Offices

Please note new health department hours of operation beginning July 1, 2018
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed from 12-1 p.m.)
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed from 12 – 1 p.m.)
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Health Department
802 Hwy. 119 South
P.O. Box 350
Springfield, GA 31329
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Phone: (912) 754-6484
Fax: (912) 754-7623

Environmental Health Office
802 Hwy. 119 South
Springfield, GA 31329
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Phone: (912) 754-6850
Fax: (912) 754-0078
Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Effingham County Board of Health Meetings

Effingham County Board of Health meetings are held at 11 a.m. in the Community Room at the Effingham Hospital located at 459 Hwy. 119 South in Springfield.

The following meetings have been scheduled for 2018:
February 14
May 30* (This meeting will be held at 12 p.m.)
August 29
November 28

The Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs is a list maintained by the health department of residents who may need transportation or medical assistance and have no resources such as family members, neighbors, or friends to help them evacuate if a hurricane is threatening. Residents must apply to be on the Registry. Residents who meet criteria and get on the Registry will be evacuated when there is serious threat of a hurricane.

It is important to note that Registry applications will stop being accepted 72 hours prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds.

To apply, residents can call toll-free, 1-833-CHD-REGISTER (1-833-243-7344) and follow the phone prompts.

The application and authorization for release of protected health information can also be downloaded here:
Effingham County Hurricane Registry Application 2018 (Word doc)
Effingham County Hurricane Registry Application 2018 (PDF)
Protected Health Information Authorization Form

When both the Hurricane Registry Registration and Consent form and the Protected Health Information authorization forms have been completed, please take them to your health department, mail, or fax them to:
Effingham Co. Health Dept.
Attn: Cindy Grovenstein, R.N.
P.O. Box 350
Springfield, GA 31329

FAX: 912-754-7623

Those with functional or access needs – including children or adults with physical, sensory, or intellectual disabilities who need assistance with the activities of daily living including eating, taking medication, dressing, bathing, communicating, transferring from bed to chair and chair to bed, and toileting – will be evacuated to a gymnasium type setting far enough inland so that they are safe from the storm. The accommodations at the shelter will be basic (a cot with 20-40 square feet of space, bathroom facilities, meals, etc.) and the shelter may be several hours away.

Those with medical needs – including those who need the help of trained medical professionals for things like IV medication or who may be dependent on a respirator or other medical equipment – may be taken to a healthcare facility which will likely be located several hours inland.

Anyone who lives in a nursing home, assisted living, or personal care facility is not eligible for the registry and must follow their facility’s emergency plan. The Registry is truly a last resort but it is important that local emergency management agency and public health department officials have a list of residents who have certain needs and no other way to evacuate should that become necessary.

Gearing Up for Flu Season

Flu season is unpredictable which is why it is recommended that everyone six months and older get vaccinated against the flu every year. Last year’s flu season was very severe and lasted well into the spring months. The health department will offer flu vaccine beginning September 24. Getting vaccinated is the best protection against flu. For more information on the vaccine or to download the vaccine consent form to save time before heading to the health department for your flu shot, check out the Effingham County Health Department Flu Vaccination page.