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Nestled along a fence line of timeless oak trees in beautiful Statesboro, Georgia, The Lodge at Bethany offers Traditional and Memory Care Living, as well as Respite Care, primarily to seniors. Constructed on the former 63 acre Neville family farm, the newly constructed 44,000 square-foot Assisted Living Community offers a range of services and amenities in a residential atmosphere, focusing on meeting our Residents’ needs and well-being.

With over 90 years of healthcare service to seniors, Bethany redefined senior living with the opening of The Lodge at Bethany in 2016. The Lodge is a not-for-profit, faith-based community owned and operated by the Primitive Baptist denomination. Regardless of denomination or affiliation, everyone is welcome to participate in our faithful and joyous community of care.

Having originally begun as a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF), then adding a Personal Care Home (PCH) in 1999, the governing body of Bethany sought to provide the highest quality of healthcare available for seniors in Statesboro and the surrounding counties. With the newly created statutory distinction of Assisted Living Community (ALC) status, The Lodge at Bethany is the only licensed ALC in the area, and is focused on innovative, research-based programming that empowers Residents to live better, together. Families of Residents are invited to participate in educational opportunities to learn more about Memory Care, Alzheimer’s, and other forms of dementia and receive assistance, inspiration, and the comfort of knowing that their loved ones are engaged and enjoying the most meaningful and fulfilling life.

Through Resident assessment and programming, staff training and management, family member education and support, and quality monitoring and improvement, The Lodge at Bethany is a leader in senior healthcare in Georgia.

History

The 1923 mission that began as Faith Cottage, where seven homeless widows were served, continues with The Lodge at Bethany, opened in January of 2016.

Mission

Board of Trustees

For more information on our Board of Trustees, click the photo of each member to learn more about them.

Edwin E. Akins
Carolyn H. Phillips
William M. Trapnell
Wade McElveen
Terry Manuel
Sherri Dollar
R.L. (Rufus) Akins
R. Lindsay Walker
Steven Rigdon

Executive Staff

Becky D. Livingston CEO

blivingston@bethanyway.org

Haedyn Kilgore Administrator, MHA

hkilgore@bethanyway.org

Leigh Ann Lee BSN, RN, Director of Health Services

llee@bethanyway.org

Jerri Mathis Accounting, Engagement Leader

jmathis@bethanyway.org

Tracie Shephard Chef

tshephard@bethanyway.org

James Coleman Director of Maintenance & Operations

jcoleman@bethanyway.org

Alexis Dowd Director of Health Education

alhall@bethanyway.org

Deborah Scott MHA, BSN, RN, Consultant

dscott@bethanyway.org

Board of Trustees Emeritus

Lattie Price

1991-Present

Mrs. Price is the widow of Burt Price, a former Trustee of Bethany (1972-1996) as well. She served on the Board following Mr. Price’s death due to Alzheimer’s in 1996 and remained an active member of the Board until she was extended Emeritus status in 2010. She has always maintained her commitment to the principles and Mission of Bethany throughout her support when Mr. Price led the Board and followed that with nothing less when she became a member herself. A long-standing member of the Primitive Baptist denomination, she remained active in all denominational activities including the annual Bible Conference at Epworth By The Sea, the annual Music Workshop, and Associational meetings throughout. She and the Price Family established the Burt Price Scholarship & Education Program at Bethany to assist in obtaining and retaining qualified and educated Staff members in Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living care, and the Scholarship continues to provide the same for the Staff of The Lodge at Bethany.

Marcile Bird

1994-Present

Mrs. Bird served as a member of the active Board of Trustees from 1994 until she was extended Emeritus status in 2013. She was a faithful member of the Board as well as a committed member of the Metter Primitive Baptist Church and her Community of Metter, Georgia. Having served for many years as the Extension Officer in Candler County, Georgia, Mrs. Marcile was also affectionately known as the lady of Biscuits, having established her own Marcile’s Biscuit business and seeing them placed in such national chains as Publix. She and her husband, Dr. George Bird, owned the Bird Drug Company in Metter and were always instrumental in serving the healthcare needs of others.

William R. (Bobby) Smith

2018-Present

Mr. Smith served on the Board of Trustees of Bethany for sixty-two (62) and as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for over four decades, until 2012. During this time, he saw Bethany grow from the humble beginning of Faith Cottage Bethany Home for Ladies, the addition of Bethany Home for Men in 1951, and the addition of Bethany Assisted Living in Vidalia in 1999. Mr. Smith served faithfully, with a vision to carry forth the Mission of the organization that was founded in 1923. He followed the footsteps of those founding individuals that made up the Board originally and had a dream that would be fulfilled in 2016 when Bethany opened the doors to The Lodge at Bethany in Statesboro, Georgia, his home town and county. Mr. Smith continues to serve Bethany in his role as Trustee Emeritus most vividly in the commitment to pray for the continued Mission of Bethany.

Janelle R. Huges

2021-Present

Mrs. Hughes began her service on the Board of Trustees in January of 2014 served as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Board until her resignation in December of 2020. She graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Education degree followed by a Master’s Degree in Education and an Education Specialist Degree. Mrs. Hughes is a retired Georgia educator. She taught school in Bryan and Bulloch counties for twenty (20) plus years and served as a math consultant and Director of the Georgia Department of Education Technology Training Center with First District Regional Education Agency until her retirement in 1998. For twelve years following her retirement she and her husband, Don owned and operated Green Acres Lawn Care and Landscaping, Inc. Currently Mrs. Hughes is actively involved as a volunteer at Ogeechee Area Hospice and The Lodge at Bethany. She is a member of the Statesboro Primitive Baptist Church where she served on the finance committee and assisted in teaching an adult Bible Study class.

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