Welcome to the McIntosh 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 McIntosh 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.
Please note new health department and environmental health office hours of operation beginning July 1, 2018
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed 12 – 1 p.m.)
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed 12 -1 p.m.)
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Health Department and Environmental Health Office
1335 GA Highway 57
P.O. Box 231
Townsend, GA 31331
Phone: (912) 832-5473
Fax: (912) 832-5509
McIntosh County Board of Health Meetings
McIntosh County Board of Health meetings are held at 8:30 a.m. at the McIntosh County Health Dept. located at 1335 Hwy. 57 in Townsend.
The following meetings have been scheduled for 2018:
Hurricane season is quickly approaching and the time to prepare is now. Health department officials in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh counties strongly encourage residents who have certain healthcare needs and no way to evacuate if a storm is coming to apply to the Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs.
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 and can do so by calling toll-free, 1-833-CHD-REGISTER (1-833-243-7344) and following the phone prompts which will connect them directly with their county health department. The application can also be downloaded at HERE. Residents who meet criteria and get on the Registry will be evacuated when there is serious threat of a hurricane.
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.
The time to apply for the Registry is when there are no storms threatening. It is important to note that Registry applications will stop being accepted 72 hours prior to the arrival of tropical storm force winds.
For more information on the Hurricane Registry for those with functional, access, or medical needs, click HERE.
The McIntosh County Health Department recently received $10,000 in funding from the Miller Family Fund, a component fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, to purchase a much needed lead testing machine and additional child safety seats. The safety seats supplement a needed gap in funding and support the program the Miller’s previously funded focused on infant and child car safety. Martin and Laura Lynn Miller have a home in McIntosh County and a long history of successful philanthropy focused on health, aging and quality of life issues.
“This is just one more example of how the Foundation works with our donors to enhance the effectiveness of their philanthropy,” said President & CEO of the Coastal Georgia Foundation, Paul White. “We look forward to continuing to work with Martin and Laura Lynn to expand their impact in McIntosh County and all of Coastal Georgia”
About the Community Foundation
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) was incorporated in 2005, as a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties. The Foundation now has assets approaching $17 million and hosts over 60 distinct funds. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded nearly $7 million in grants to community organizations in the three county region and beyond.
Pictured L-R: Paul White, Coastal Georgia Foundation President and CEO; Brook Deverger, RN, BSN, McIntosh County Health Department Nurse Manager; Martin Miller; and Lawton C. Davis, M.D., District Health Director, Coastal Health District.
The McIntosh County Health Department’s Reach Out and Read program to help promote literacy and a love of reading is going strong. The health department purchased books to give children and redecorated part of the facility’s lobby as a reading corner after receiving a grant from the Communities of Coastal Georgia. Check out this short video promoting the program.*
*(Video written and produced by Jacob Flynn).