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Sylvia Barr Center Reopens After Brief Closure

On January 27, Southwell Medical announced that The Sylvia Barr Center, the 12-bed geriatric psychiatric facility located within the hospital, will once again be accepting patients after a temporary closure. Due to the spike of hospitalized COVID-19 patients at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC), the hospital chose to temporarily close The Sylvia Barr Center.

“We re-located the administration of life-saving monoclonal antibody infusions, Bamlanivimab (BAM) and Regeneron, from TRMC to the Southwell Medical campus located in Adel. This allowed TRMC to accept more COVID-19 positive hospitalized patients.” Both anti-body infusions are treatments for COVID-19. “We have recently seen a decrease in our hospitalized COVID-19 cases and feel we can safely re-open The Sylvia Barr Center at this point.

We are happy to report that The Sylvia Barr Center is now back open and accepting patients,” said Carol M. Smith, Chief Operating Officer for Southwell Medical. Southwell Medical will continue to offer the antibody infusions in another area of the hospital. The Sylvia Barr Center provides specialized behavioral health services to adults who are aged 55 and older. It is located within Southwell Medical in Adel. “When an elderly individual’s behavior becomes disruptive and significantly affects his or her ability to care for basic personal needs, an increased level of care may be needed. Symptoms may include memory loss, mood disturbances, anxiety, difficulty coping with losses and transitions, or behavioral conditions that interfere with care at home, or in a long-term care setting. Treatments are covered by most health insurance providers and our average length of stay is between 7 and 14 days. We will work with you to determine which option is best for each patient,” said Smith. For more information about The Sylvia Barr Center or to make a referral, call (229) 896-8100 or visit