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Nurse Aaron Howard receives DAISY Award

Congratulations to orthopedics nurse Aaron Howard, RN, on receiving St. Mary's most recent DAISY Award for nursing excellence! Aaron was nominated for the compassionate care he provided to a patient who urgently and unexpectedly needed surgery while visiting our area.  read more »

Good Sam Foundation launches $3M capital campaign

St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation recently launched a $3 million capital campaign to raise funds for a state-of-the-art CT scanner, permanent MRI system, a dedicated cardiac stress lab, and a 2,200-square-foot expansion to house them.   read more »

Sam Greene receives St. Mary’s 1st DAISY Award

Sam Greene, an intensive care nurse working in St. Mary's Neurosciences Critical Care Unit, has received St. Mary's first-ever DAISY Award for nursing excellence. He was nominated by the wife of a patient for the compassionate care he provided to her husband. Congratulations, Sam!  read more »

Davis Horkan, MD, general surgeon, has joined AGCS

Davis B. Horkan, M.D., administrative chief resident for surgical education at Jackson Health System/University of Miami in Miami, Fla., has joined Athens General and Colorectal Surgeons (AGCS), part of St. Mary's Medical Group, effective Aug. 26.  read more »

Life After Loss group helps grieving adults

The death of a loved one can be an emotional roller coaster, filled with sadness, relief, anger, worry, depression and loneliness. St. Mary's free Life After Loss Support Group can help adults grieving the loss of a loved one work through your experience and find support among others facing a similar loss.  read more »

New! Palliative care for patients at home

Palliative care is a medical specialty that helps people living with sudden or chronic illness better manage symptoms, from pain to anxiety. Starting Aug. 5, St. Mary's expands its highly successful in-hospital palliative care program into patients' homes, bringing care to where patients live in Athens-Clarke, Oconee and Greene counties.  read more »

Dr. Lockhart joining St. Mary’s Neurological Specialists

Catherine Lockhart, D.O., chief neurology resident at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill., is joining St. Mary's Neurological Specialists, the practice of Drs. Angela McSwain and Michael Steadham. She will provide a full range of office care and testing for people with neurological conditions from headache to stroke.  read more »

St. Mary’s recognized for quality stroke care

St. Mary's stroke program has received its 10th consecutive Gold Plus quality achievement award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and another 2-year certification as a primary stroke center from The Joint Commission. The awards recognize our commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment in accordance with nationally recognized, research-based guidelines.  read more »

St. Mary’s economic impact: $440 million

The three hospitals making up St. Mary's Health Care System generated more than $440 million in revenue for the local and state economy in 2015, according to a recent report by the Georgia Hospital Association, the state's largest hospital trade association.  read more »

St. Mary’s certified again for heart failure care

"Heart failure" means your heart can't pump blood well enough to meet the body's needs. It's a serious condition that can greatly reduce quality of life and length of life. St. Mary's Heart Failure program works to maximize heart function and improve the lives of our heart failure patients. We're proud of our most recent Joint Commission recertification in this important specialty.  read more »