Drs. Henry Marshall Fullilove and J. Peebles
Proctor open St. Mary’s Hospital in a residence on North
Milledge Avenue. The hospital is closed in 1937 following their
At the request of leaders of civic and medical
groups in Athens, the Diocese of Georgia buys the hospital and
property. Members of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus reopen and operate St. Mary’s.
St. Mary’s is accredited by the newly-formed
Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Hospitals (later renamed
the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Health Care Organizations).
St. Mary’s has been continuously accredited ever since, most recently in 2006.
St. Mary’s Hospital moves from Milledge
Avenue to a larger, more modern building on Baxter Street. New
services include an intensive care unit. Edward J. Fechtel Jr.,
is named as St. Mary’s first lay administrator.
St. Mary’s Home Health Care Services
begins, the second hospital-based home health care service in
Georgia. Hospice services are added in 1991.
St. Mary’s neonatal intensive care unit
opens, providing lifesaving care and technology to premature
infants and extremely ill babies.
The hospital opens a new Intensive Care Unit and adds a sixth floor to the main tower. The new medical/surgical unit brings St. Mary's licensed capacity to 196 beds.
A free-standing Outpatient Surgical Center
is opened and new space is added for radiology, cardiopulmonary,
rehabilitation and more.
At the request of the community, St. Mary’s begins providing hospice services in Clarke County and later expands hospice to include a 13-county area.
St. Mary’s acquires the 120-bed Athens
Health Care Center, now known as St. Mary’s Hospital Long
Term Care Facility.
New surgical suite opens, providing large new
operating rooms, new pre-op and post-anesthesia recovery areas
and sophisticated sterilization procedures.
St. Mary’s changes its legal name from
Saint Mary’s Hospital of Athens, Inc., to St. Mary’s
Health Care System, Inc. to better reflect the continuum of
care it provides.
St. Mary’s acquires Highland Hills Village,
a retirement community near Bogart, enhancing its continuum
of care for people of all ages.
The University of Georgia Athletic Association designates St. Mary’s as its official health care provider. The agreement has been continuously renewed ever since.
St. Mary’s celebrates its change in sponsorship
from the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to
the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, and its full membership
in Catholic Health East. Thomas E. Fitz, Jr., becomes St. Mary’s
second lay President and CEO.
St. Mary’s announces a new emphasis in five medical specialties with the goal of becoming known as the region’s leading provider of care in: Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Women’s Health, Children’s Health and Gastroenterology. A special focus on Senior Services is added in 2002 and on Cardiac Care in 2005
St. Mary’s, in cooperation with the Medical
College of Georgia, begins offering Children’s Specialty
Services, providing expert pediatric medical consultations in
St. Mary’s introduces the StealthStation
neurosurgical platform to Northeast Georgia, providing a highly
accurate way for surgeons to perform certain procedures on the
spine and brain.
St. Mary’s opens the Clute Barrow Nelson
Children’s Center, including the region’s largest
pediatric-capable general nursing unit. The center is first
of its kind in the nation to be named in honor of a child.
St. Mary’s announces a $40 million renovation
and expansion project to establish Athens’ first acute
rehabilitation unit and improve neurosciences, women’s
services, labor and delivery services, radiology, emergency
medical care and more.
In cooperation with Athens area physicians,
St. Mary’s launches Athens’ first hospitalist program.
The Center for Rehabilitative Medicine, a 20-bed
unit devoted to the care of patients recovering from neurological
disorders and major orthopedic procedures.
St. Mary’s is certified as North Georgia’s first Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
St. Mary’s becomes one of the first hospitals in the U.S. to implant a new wireless cardiac resynchronization therapy device that can communicate vital information to physicians from the patient’s home.
Georgia Alliance of Community Hospital's named St. Mary's "Hospital of the Year" in the large hospital category.
PHA, the Partnership for Health and Accountability, announces that St. Mary's achieved a perfect score of 100 - the highest in the state - for quality of care delivered in 2005.
St. Mary's introduces the regions' first 64-slice CT scanner, the Toshiba Aquilion 64 CFX.
St. Mary's is named a Neuroscience Center of Excellence by NeuroSource. St. Mary's is one of only 46 such centers in the US and one of two in Georgia.
In January, Athens Cardiac Arrhythmia Center opens at St. Mary's. It is the first practice of its kind in the Athens are, providing a 'one stop shop' for the care and treatment of irregular heart rhythms.
In February, St. Mary's Center for Rehabilitative Medicine is accredited for the first time by CARF, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
In March, St. Mary's is named one of 19 Top CARE Hospitals in Georgia by the Georgia Hospital Association, which cited excellence in 6 key healthcare measures including, patient safety, core quality measures and cost.
In April, St. Mary's opened a new, state-of-the-art Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratory. Both labs are capable of handling the implementation of pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators.
St. Mary's becomes one of the first 25 hospitals in the nation to be certified as a center for the care and treatment of heart failure by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
St. Mary's joins with cardiologists John Layher, M.D., and L. Steven Lowman, M.D., in April to form Oconee Heart & Vascular Center, a new, full-service cardiovascular practice to serve the Athens area.
On July 10, St. Mary's celebrates the 70th anniversary of the hospital's reopening in 1938 by the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
St. Mary's breaks ground on October 23 for a $5.5 million, 34-bed Alzheimer's/Dementia Care Facility on the campus of Highland Hills Village.
The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations awards St. Mary's its Gold Seal of Approval for knee replacement.
President and CEO Thomas Fitz steps down on December 31 after leading St. Mary's for nearly 10 years, a period of unprecedented growth for the system.
Don McKenna, former Administrator/Chief Operating Officer of Wuesthoff Medical Center in Melbourne, Fla., on January 5 takes office as President and CEO of St. Mary's Health Care System.
St. Mary's receives the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award
Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals names St. Mary’s as Georgia’s Large Hospital of the Year for the second time in only four years.
St. Mary’s and Angela McSwain, M.D., open St. Mary’s Neurological Services in Watkinsville.
St. Mary’s is named the Number 1 hospital in Georgia for total joint replacement surgery in 2011 by Georgia Trend magazine.
Several medical practices join St. Mary's Medical Group, including Northeast Cardiology, Athens Internal Medicine and Athens General and Colorectal Surgeons.
Stroke survivor Sally Baker and St. Mary’s Foundation host the inaugural Next Step 5K to raise funds for St. Mary’s stroke care programs.
St. Mary's introduces numerous medical advances to the Athens area, including the region's first MRI-safe implantable pacemaker on March 17 and the region's first O-arm Multidimensional Imaging System for spine surgery on March 29.
St. Mary’s announces it has signed a letter of intent to purchase St. Joseph’s East Georgia in Greensboro and plans to construct a new, modern facility to better serve the people of the Greensboro/Lake Oconee region.
The American Hospital Association announces that St. Mary’s has received the Circle of Life Award Citation of Honor for palliative and hospice care. Only seven organizations in the United States are recognized, three with the full award and four, including St. Mary's, as honorees.
Jan. 1 – St. Mary’s acquires Saint Joseph at East Georgia in Greensboro from Saint Joseph Health System of Atlanta and soon changes its name to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital.
Feb. 27 – The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and International Lactation Consultant Association recognize St. Mary’s breastfeeding program with the IBCLC Care Award.
Feb. 28 – St. Mary’s first minimally invasive patent foramen ovale (PFO) closure is performed by interventional cardiologist Patrick Willis, M.D., in St. Mary’s Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. At roughly the same time, the lab introduces new technology to allow for radial access PCI as well as interventional catheterization for peripheral artery disease.
March 1 – Eric Silver, M.D., joins St. Mary’s Medical Group in Greensboro. His practice is named St. Mary’s Women’s Center.
June 12 – St. Mary’s announces its commitment to developing a Graduate Medical Education program – medical residencies – in partnership with the Georgia Health Sciences University/University of Georgia Partnership Medical School.
July 3 – James Tippett, M.D., joins St. Mary’s Medical Group in Greensboro. His practice is named Middle Georgia Medical Associates.
July 12 – The American Heart Association awards St. Mary’s its Mission: Lifeline Bronze Quality Achievement Award for heart attack care.
Aug. 16 – St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital breaks ground for a new replacement hospital on Ga. 44 between West Lake Road and Carey Station Road. Grading begins the week of Oct. 15.
Sept. 10 – St. Mary’s receives the Healthcare Financial Management Association MAP Award for revenue cycle improvement.
Sept. 26 – Northeast Georgia’s first robotic single-site cholecystectomy is performed at St. Mary’s by Sergio Mejias, M.D., using St. Mary’s da Vinci Si robotic surgical system.
Oct. 4 – National Research Corporation presents St. Mary’s with its 2012 Path to Excellence Award for improving patient satisfaction scores related to information and education.