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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Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion closing

Fort Gordon's Warrior Transition Battalion, the second-largest in the Army, is one of 10 military medical units nationwide that will be closed by August 2016, as the number of sick and injured ...
By Wesley Brown | Friday, April 17, 2015

Veteran's widow aims to become advocate

After having a bad experience applying for and receiving VA benefits when her husband died, Deborah McCullar hopes to become a local advocate for widows of veterans.
By Wesley BrownStaff Writer | Thursday, April 16, 2015

Hospital offers new asthma treatment

Orlow Ball, 66, of Augusta was the first patient at University Hospital, and likely the first in Augusta, to get bronchial thermoplasty to treat his severe persistent asthma.
By Tom Corwin | Friday, April 10, 2015

Augusta VA reduces wait times

Only 2.3 percent of the 106,115 appointments completed from September through January at Augusta's downtown and uptown VA medical centers were delayed more than 30 days.
By Wesley Brown and Sandy Hodson | Thursday, April 9, 2015

Veteran pushes for rural VA hospital

A Jefferson County man is leading an effort to build a Veterans Affairs hospital in Louisville, Ga., for patients who have limited income and lack transportation in rural areas beyond south Augusta.
By Wesley Brown Staff Writer | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Nurse files whistle-blower suit

Kim Cheely filed the Richmond County State Court whistle-blower lawsuit March 9, alleging she was fired in retaliation for her insistence that the oncology unit and bone marrow transplant unit ...
By Sandy Hodson | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Couple feels 'blessed' with quadruplets

After a miscarriage early last year, Matt and Julianne Kirkland, of Athens, turned to an infertility treatment that paid off in a way they could never have expected - quadruplets.
By Tom Corwin | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New VA director hears complaints

The new director of Augusta's Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center made her first public appearance before nearly 100 patients. 
By Wesley Brown | Monday, March 23, 2015

Report: Wound-care device misused at VA

A report found that nurses and physicians at Augusta's Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center failed to maintain a vacuum-assisted device used to close a patient's surgical incision in 2013.
By Wesley Brown | Thursday, March 19, 2015

University moving to add residencies

University Hospital has sent a "letter of interest" to the University System of Georgia, the first formal step in receiving financial help in expanding its residency program for newly graduated ...
By Walter C. Jones | Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Few veterans offered Choice Cards

A Department of Veterans Affairs program started in November to resolve nationwide delays in care lacks consistent guidelines and effective management, reports show.
By Wesley Brown | Monday, March 16, 2015

Augusta VA to hold town hall meeting

The Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center will host a town hall meeting next to discuss health-care programs, eligibility and benefits with local veterans.
By Staff Reports | Monday, March 16, 2015

Augusta VA program helps reduce travel reimbursements

The Veterans Transportation Service has helped the Augusta VA gradually eliminate long trips and reduce reimbursement payments by more than 8 percent in the past three fiscal years, according to ...
By Wesley Brown | Sunday, March 15, 2015

Officials tout "great year" for University

Despite "stress" all hospitals are facing from increasing financial pressures, University Hospital had a "great year," officials said.
By Tom Corwin | Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

GRU community outreach initiative targets lung cancer

Using a $1.74 million, three-year grant, GRU's Cancer Center and partners are launching the c-CARE initiative in an effort to target lung cancer and then other preventable cancers.
By Tom Corwin | Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

Nurse helped pave way at MCG

While Black History Month often focuses on the deeds of the famous, it might not touch on the work of pioneers like Clymonteen Livingston Jones, 83, who helped tranform the environment around them ...
By Tom Corwin | Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

Patient-support staff must reapply for upgraded position

Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center patient-support staff will receive an 11 percent pay raise and an expanded role in the hospital's health care operations after successfully reducing ...
By Wesley Brown | Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Whistleblowers mixed on new VA bill

Former employees who have accused the federal health care system of using retaliation to cover up delays have mixed feelings about new legislation to better protect whistleblowers.
By Wesley Brown | Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Hospital appeal set for June

The hearing for the appeal of the state's decision to award a license to Georgia Regents Medical Center to build a hospital in Columbia County won't begin until June 22, much later than first ...
By Tom Corwin | Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

New Augusta VA director brings wealth of experience

Many applauded the hiring of Maria Andrews as the next director of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, saying her of experience in government health care could give the troubled hospital a ...
By Wesley Brown | Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
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Fort Gordon Warrior Transition Battalion closing

Fort Gordon's Warrior Transition Battalion, the second-largest in the Army, is one of 10 military medical units nationwide that will be closed by August 2016, as the number of sick and injured ...
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