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Jackson Services puts up tent at EAMC-Lanier

Jackson Services usually supplies its air-conditioned and heated tents for events around Chambers and Troup Counties, but after the COVID-19 outbreak co-owner Dale Jackson and his company have found a way to support hospitals throughout the area.

Jackson started by reaching out to WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, where he is on the board, just seeing if they needed any extra space. Once he found out they needed help, he and his staff set up a 20-by-40 tent at the hospital and on Thursday, they set up one at EAMC Lanier Hospital.

“We’re just happy to help out and help local hospitals,” Jackson said. “They’re mainly just trying to use [the tents] to prevent people that aren’t in a critical emergency situation from even going into the ER just to help alleviate risk for them and from them.”

The tent helps eliminate the outdoor checks that EAMC was originally doing, where the patient would be seated outside and checked by practitioners, who are in full personal protective equipment.

“We encourage people to stay at home unless they’re needing true emergency care,” Vice President of Clinical Services Eva Milner said. “This way a practitioner can examine if they have a truly emergent condition or not. This way we can put these patients here, screen them, and figure out their right course of treatment should be.”

Inside the tent, chairs and screens for privacy will be placed six feet apart, which will allow roughly seven people at a time to be screened.

With the temperature staying in the upper 70s and rising into the mid to upper 80s, the tent will be key to help both patients and practitioners.

“This is a tremendous help, and we’re so thankful for Jackson Heating and Air for donating this,” Milner said. “This will provide much more comfort for the practitioners as well as the patients.”

Alongside the air conditioning, the tent has a Reme Halo, which releases ionized Hydro-peroxide that kills bacteria and viruses in the air stream and on the surfaces that the ions land on.