Category Archives: Member Announcements

Wynfield Park Receives National Award

Good afternoon! Wynfield Park Health & Rehabilitation has been recognized as a 2023 recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) for its commitment to improving the lives of
residents through quality care. The distinction is the first of three progressive award levels through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. The program honors providers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality of care for our nation’s elders and individuals with disabilities.

The AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program is a rigorous three-level process that is reviewed and
evaluated by trained experts against a set of nationally recognized standards for organizational
excellence. The standards of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program help organizations achieve
superior performance over time to improve quality of life and care of long term care residents and
Providers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with essential performance elements such as vision, mission statement, understanding of key customers, and key strengths and challenges. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a sustainable performance improvement system. Trained examiners review each application to determine if a center has met the demands of the criteria. As
a recipient of the Bronze – Commitment to Quality award, Wynfield Park Health & Rehabilitation may now move forward to the Silver – Achievement in Quality award criteria.
“Earning this award is a milestone to be proud of,” said Cathy Bergland, AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board Chair. “It’s at this point that providers see what is possible by committing to the process of improvement. Congratulations to Wynfield Park for this achievement. I encourage you to
continue your quality improvement journey.”

Wynfield Park Health & Rehabilitation has been caring for the Dougherty county community for nearly three decades. Also named a Gold Seal Quality Center by The Joint Commission, Wynfield Park is known for providing a high standard of care and customer service.

I am attaching additional details about the award. Please let me know if you need more information. We appreciate your help in sharing this wonderful news with the community.

WALB is Launching “We’re Hiring Wednesday”


Don’t get lost in the list of 1000’s of job postings !

WALB is launching “We’re Hiring Wednesday” Your solution to all of your hiring needs. If it’s a handful of open positions or hundreds, our station can help you locate quality employees.

Sign up for our FREE recruitment seminar on 9/27 at the Event Center at the Northwest Library and learn how to attract, recruit, and retain high quality employees to grow your business.

The ARC of Southwest Georgia presents Meals with a Mission


The ARC of Southwest Georgia will be hosting its first ever local, celebrity chef cook-off fundraiser, Meals with a Mission, on August 31. Meals with a Mission attendees will get to sample an entrée and dessert from each chef, while also enjoying a live band, cash bar, and silent auction. Attendees will get to vote for their favorite chef at the end of the night. In the weeks leading up to Meals with a Mission, we’ll be giving sneak peaks on who our chef competitors are, as well as the items that will be up for grabs during our auction, on our social media channels. All event proceeds will go to supporting Southwest Georgians with disabilities.

Grant Writing Class – Workforce Development Series

Don’t wait! Use this link to register while seats are available
Are you or your organization seeking grants to provide much needed resources to operate?
Do you want to partner with Grant Writing experts that have over 30 years of combined experience with successfully writing, monitoring and accounting for millions of dollars in multi-year grants?
O’Neal’s Consulting & Training Services is partnering with expert trainers to help small businesses and organizations write award winning grants, budget and monitor those funds in accordance with accounting principles.
This class will also feature leadership development and provide lunch to each in-person participant.

Work Source Georgia is hosting a Community Empowerment Summit

Wednesday, June14, 2023 – 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Phone: 229-336-2378

Jimmie C Harpe Community Center 31 MLK Drive
Arlington, Georgia 39813

Employers and Laid-Off Workers: come out and learn more about the various Rapid Response services ranging from avoiding future layoffs, accessing a range of direct services, benefits, training opportunities and employment rights and regulations such as the WARN ACT.

Who Is Invited: Adults, Dislocated Workers, Long-term unemployed, Veterans, Returning Citizens, Seniors (55 & older), Youth (In-school and Out­
of-school), and Employers

Speak with Subject Matter Experts about:

• Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) Services • Business Services for Employers • Rapid Response Services • Training Opportunities • Employment Opportunities • Sign up for GED training• Trending Healthcare Careers • Mental Health (Adults & Youth) • Healthy Life and Wellness • Disability Services (Adults & Youth) • Community Resources • Veteran Services • Homeownership • Other Opportunities

Refreshments will be provided!

WorkSource Southwest Georgia is an Equal Opportunity employer/program/ service. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals
with disabilities.” Where telephone numbers are listed, TDD/TTY or relay service number should be provided. Information regarding the Georgia Relay Center is available from the Consumer Hot Line at 1 (800) 682-8706. The number for the Georgia Relay Service is 1(800) 255-0056 (TDD/TTY) or 1(800) 255-0135 (Voice).

ASU Symposium – Health Literacy Project 6.3.2023


On behalf of the Health Literacy Albany, GA Project we would like to invite the community to our Symposium, scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 10:00AM – 2:00PM.

There is going to be a wealth of knowledge provided concerning, the future of COVID-19, mental health specialist, COVID survivors as well as giveaways, lunch, and more for the 1st 100 attendees that pre-register.

Please, pre-register for this event using the QR Code listed at the bottom left side of the flyer and share with others.

Deadline is Friday, May 26, 2023, at 3:00PM


Kernice Battle-Jones, B.S.S.W., M.S. Psy
Program Assistant
Health Literacy Program
Albany State University
229.500.3494 (office)

Albany State University
504 College Drive
Albany, GA 31705

Grand Opening of Whistle Express Car Wash

Magnolia Wash Holdings Debuts New Whistle Express Car Wash in Albany

– Express Car Wash Operator Celebrates the Grand Opening with a Ribbon Cutting Event, Free Washes and $10 Monthly Membership Promos for the First Three Months –

Albany, GA (May 17, 2023)Magnolia Wash Holdings, a premium express car wash operator, announced today the opening of a new car wash in Albany. Located at 105 South Westover Boulevard, the new Whistle Express Car Wash is kicking off the celebration on Thursday, June 8th, as it hosts a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. with the Albany Chamber of Commerce. During its grand opening weekend (Friday – Sunday), the team will be offering free washes and discounted membership promotions for only $10 a month for the first three months.

Whistle Express Car Wash offers exceptional express car washing services that are both fast and economical. By utilizing innovative technology and cutting-edge equipment, Whistle Express Car Wash enables customers to treat their cars to a premium on-site experience in under 10 minutes, ensuring a clean, polished, and well-protected exterior. In addition, customers can benefit from the higher-powered vacuums and air nozzle available for a spotless interior. Whistle Express Car Wash is committed to sustainable and eco-friendly practices, including the use of biodegradable detergents and water reclamation technology, to make each car wash as environmentally friendly as possible.

“Albany is a beautiful town with a rich history and friendly community, offering a low cost of living that makes it an ideal place for businesses to thrive. The new Whistle Express Car Wash underscores our commitment to bringing top-of-the-line and sustainable express washes to local communities and we’re looking forward to becoming the go-to car wash for everyone in Albany,” said Bob Benjamin, chief operations officer at Magnolia Wash Holdings. “With summer travel season fast approaching, our aim is to make car washing easy and convenient for all road trippers as well. Our facility guarantees a fast and hassle-free experience, allowing you and your loved ones to hit the road for vacation in no time.”

The new Whistle Express Car Wash in Albany is operated by Magnolia Wash Holdings and is one of 23 active car washes owned by Magnolia in Georgia. In recent years, Magnolia has achieved tremendous development in the Southeast and is in the midst of aggressive expansion. The express car wash operator is actively seeking acquisitions and development opportunities, including in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. For more information about development opportunities with Magnolia Wash Holdings, please visit

The Whistle Express Car Wash Albany location is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information about the new car wash and its membership packages, visit

 About Magnolia Wash Holdings

Magnolia Wash Holdings operates 91 Express Wash locations throughout Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, and Tennessee. Magnolia prides itself on delivering consumers and teammates a premium on-premise experience, including its Unlimited Fast Pass Membership Program, free towels, free vacuums, and free mat washing stations. The Company was founded by Frank Bennett and Brooks Moye in 2014 and is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, visit