Hospital celebrates new name, owners

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Two years ago, Anthony Smith saved a newspaper whose headline questioned whether St. Joseph Hospital would survive. It only was partially prophetic.

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James A. Cruickshank, the CEO of Trinity Hospital of Augusta, claps at the unveiling of the new name and logo at a ceremony marking the change. The hospital will retain its faith-based care.  Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
Annette M. Drowlette/Staff
James A. Cruickshank, the CEO of Trinity Hospital of Augusta, claps at the unveiling of the new name and logo at a ceremony marking the change. The hospital will retain its faith-based care.

Dr. Smith and other officials formally unveiled the new name and logo of the former St. Joseph, which is now Trinity Hospital of Augusta.

Dr. Smith, the chairman of the hospital's board of directors, pulled out his copy of the newspaper to remind the crowd of all that the formerly struggling hospital endured before its sale last year to a consortium of the hospital's medical staff and Triad Hospitals Inc. of Plano, Texas. Dr. Smith said he never thought the hospital would close because of the dedication of its staff and physicians.

"There were people who had vision. And there were people who prayed," Dr. Smith said.

The deal with Triad could only work if a significant number of physicians bought into it, and so far more than 160 have, he said.

"We are here for you, Augusta, to be your partner in health and life," CEO James Cruickshank said.

While the hospital will no longer be Catholic, there will be a Christian presence, said Sister Fran Voivedich, one of three Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet still with the hospital.

"It hasn't ended, it has just changed," she said.

That legacy will be carried on through the employees who now embrace Trinity, said longtime St. Joseph board member Preston Sizemore.

"I think it's been instilled in the employees through the years," he said. "Many of them have migrated to this hospital and come to this hospital because of the mission, health care through Christ."

Reach Tom Corwin at (706) 823-3213 or tom.corwin@augustachronicle.com.

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Edward1968
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Edward1968 04/24/07 - 07:44 am
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I will never call it Trinity

I will never call it Trinity Hospital. It will always be St. Joseph to me and most everyone else in Augusta.

marien
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marien 04/24/07 - 01:42 pm
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I agree Edward1968, I will

I agree Edward1968, I will have to get use to the new name, this is where all 3 of my sons were born, I hope that they will have the same personal care and attention as St. Joseph.

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