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Flu advisory: hospitals urge you to take precautions

As colder months approach, Georgia is experiencing increased levels of flu illnesses. Experts at St. Mary's Health Care System and Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center are urging area residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their families from the flu this season.  read more »

Helping to feed the hungry at the holidays

On the Monday before Thanksgiving, St. Mary's colleagues and volunteers donated over 350 turkeys – weighing almost 6,000 pounds – to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia to help families in need this holiday season.  read more »

Welcome, Dr. Devin Stephens & St. Mary’s Family Medicine

Oconee County native Devin A. Stephens, M.D., and St. Mary's Medical Group have opened a new primary care medical practice, St. Mary's Family Medicine, just off Ga. 316 at 1181 Langford Drive, Watkinsville. Dr. Stephens provides care to people of all ages and is now accepting new patients.  read more »

Light St. Mary’s Love Lights Tree Dec. 2

St. Mary’s Auxiliary will hold its 20th Annual Love Lights Tree lighting program on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. The event will be held in the Atrium Lobby of St. Mary's Health Care System, 1230 Baxter St., Athens. Everyone is welcome.   read more »

Chest Pain Center accreditation renewed

St. Mary’s has again received full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with primary PCI from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The accreditation means St. Mary's continues to meet the highest standards in the nation for heart attack care.  read more »

Life After Loss support group helps grieving adults

Are you grieving the death of a loved one? St. Mary's free Life After Loss support group now meets on the first, third and fifth Thursday of each month to help adults find healthy and meaningful ways to cope with grief.  read more »


large hospital of the year
St. Mary's Health Care System has been named Georgia's Large Hospital of the Year by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals. St. Mary's was chosen for the award based on its commitment to the preservation of Georgia's network of community hospitals as well as the future of medicine.  read more »

Breaking smoking’s chains

When Billy began having difficulty breathing, he knew he had to end his 50-year addiction to cigarettes. St. Mary's Freedom from Smoking class helped him succeed. On Nov. 15, join St. Mary's and the American Lung Association in the Great American Smokeout. Take the first step so you, like Billy, can enjoy being free from tobacco.  read more »

Critical care nurses symposium set for Nov. 6

The Athens/Classic City chapter of AACN, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, will hold an educational symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Hospital Flower Suites. All healthcare professionals are invited to attend.  read more »

Auxiliary honored for Veterans Garden

Auxiliary honored for Veterans Garden
The Georgia Council on Volunteer Services has presented St. Mary's Auxiliary with the 2018 Community of Conscience Award for its work to create St. Mary's Veterans Commemorative Garden in the flag court in front of our Main Entrance.  read more »