Hospitals

Augusta's sizable medical community is among the region's largest economic growth sectors, including Georgia Regents Medical Center, Augusta's third-largest employer.

The market's other health care providers - Aiken Regional Medical Centers, University Hospital, Trinity Hospital, Doctors Hospital, two Veterans Affairs medical centers and Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center - continue to draw patients from across Georgia and South Carolina.

Health care construction in Augusta remains strong, with some projects starting even as others finish. University Hospital moved into its new Heart & Vascular Institute, and Medical College of Georgia Hospital and Clinics has completed its new outpatient Cancer Center. Doctors Hospital has finished renovations that include a Intensive Care Unit, 24 new private rooms and a new lobby.

Even amid all the dust of construction, Augusta hospitals continue to focus on providing cutting-edge treatments and research and enjoy a growing reputation as a regional hub for patient referrals.

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Ebola scares find hospitals ready

Both University Hospital and Georgia Regents Medical Center said they were already prepared to use a higher level of personal protective equipment than even the Centers for Disease Control and ...
By Tom Corwin | Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Augusta playground dedicated in honor of WWII veteran

With the help of an Augusta family whose father sought treatment 60 years ago, the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Fisher House has opened a new play area.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Sharon Jones to headline benefit show

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will headline the Heart Song Concert in February at Bell Auditorium, the University Health Care Foundation said.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Isakson says VA legislation gaining ground

During a visit to The Augusta Chronicle, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson said new legislation that provides for more timely care and improved accountability within the Department of Veterans Affairs ...
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Augusta VA builds parking deck

The three-story garage will feature 114 handicapped and spinal-cord patient spots on the first floor and 377 spaces on levels 2 and3 when it's completed in September 2015.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Former Augusta VA director awarded nearly $18,000 in bonuses despite deaths

According to new records, Rebecca Wiley received $9,000 in performance pay in 2007, and $7,500 and $1,500 in cash bonuses in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Drug firms make big payments to docs

One Augusta physician got more than $150,000 in payments, food and travel from drug and medical device manufacturers, and a dozen others got at least $12,000, according to records released under ...
By Tom Corwin and Sandy Hodson | Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014

Columbia County affirms backing for hospital proposals

Columbia County Administrator Scott Johnson transmitted renewed letters of support to officials at the three Augusta hospitals vying to build Columbia County's first hospital.
By Steve Crawford | Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Veteran housing project files for funding again

The developers believe the assistance will help transform two vacant historic buildings by the end of 2016 into 78 one-bedroom apartments where homeless and disabled veterans can find affordable ...
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Augusta VA staff received scheduling training

Staffers who set appointments at the VA Medical Center received training on the hospital's scheduling system months before auditors found falsified entries were encouraged and incorrect usage was ...
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Virtual intensive care unit goes live at Augusta VA

A computerized intensive care unit went live at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center on Wednesday to link critically ill veterans with experts in Cincinnati, Ohio.
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

VA whistleblower files retaliation complaint

Laura Frantz says that Daniel Hoffman is the main person behind eight years of "harassment and improper processing of employee compensation and benefits."
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Bids for Columbia County hospital criticized

The "opposition meeting" was a chance for competitors to voice concerns that are also reflected in lengthy, written documents on file at the Georgia Department of Community Health.
By Walter Jones and Tom Corwin | Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Columbia County hospital ruling requires adjustments

The state says a proposed Columbia County hospital can be built only if the county ponies up 20 percent, which means the county must make a new commitment that could cost it more than $30 million.
By Tom Corwin | Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

VA police arrested on marijuana charge

Daniel Williamson, 28, of Augusta, was issued a citation and jailed in the Richmond County Detention Center about 3:30 p.m. Aug. 11 for having up to an ounce of marijuana in his possession.
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Ex-Augusta VA director paid $76k, retired

Rebecca Wiley agreed to dismiss allegations against the VA of wrongful or unlawful conduct on the condition the agency pays her $76,006 to retire.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Macon pastor wins Augusta VA's resident chaplain of year

Dianne Lewis named the Augusta area's resident chaplain of the year.
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Augusta VA to join National Resource Directory

Expanding on its efforts to provide timely care, the VA Medical Center’s Mental Health Clinic announced Wednesday it’s joining a new database that connects veterans and caregivers to support ...
By Wesley Brown | Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Veterans want review of Augusta VA advocates

During the two-hour outreach event held by Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center, more than 100 veterans demanded a review of the program.
By Wesley Brown | Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Virus likely in Augusta already

A rash of seriously ill children in Augusta is likely part of a national outbreak of an uncommon strain of a summer virus, though it has not been confirmed.
By Tom Corwin | Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

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