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Welcome, Janice Dunn, Chief Financial Officer

Janice Dunn, a highly experienced healthcare finance executive from Georgia's Golden Isles, has been named the new Chief Financial Officer for St. Mary's Health Care System, including our hospitals in Athens, Lavonia and Greensboro, medical group, multi-county home health care/hospice agency, and retirement community.  read more »

Summer specials thru June 30 at Wellness Center

Summer's heat and humidity are building up, so St. Mary's Wellness Center is offering special discounts on membership enrollment, massage therapy and personal training to help you stay fit and healthy through the hot summer months. Sign up by June 30 to enjoy these great savings!  read more »

Bourda, Brown named new vice presidents

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Tamara Bourda has joined St. Mary's as our first Vice President of Community Health and Well-Being, and Jeff Brown has been promoted from System Director of Radiology and Cardiovascular Services to Vice President of Support Services. Welcome and congratulations!  read more »

St. Mary’s recognized for breastfeeding excellence

Breastfeeding moms usually need help and guidance to get started and keep going. St. Mary's Family Birth Center has received recognition for excellence in breastfeeding care from two international lactation consultant organizations.  read more »

Hip, knee & spine surgery recertified by TJC

The Joint Commission, the nation's oldest and largest healthcare accrediting body, has awarded St. Mary's its continuing Gold Seal of Approval for total hip replacement, total knee replacement, and spine surgery.  read more »

Expanding rural health care: Pacemaker procedures now at Good Sam

St. Mary's is committed to bringing life-saving and life-enhancing care to our entire region. Now, pacemaker implantation and follow-up is available at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital in Greensboro in partnership with cardiologist John Layher, MD, of Oconee Heart and Vascular Center.  read more »

Resident physician Class of 2022 announced

For the fifth year in its five-year history, the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership Internal Medicine Residency Program at St. Mary's has filled all openings for its new class of medical residents.  read more »

Cardiologist named Fellow in echocardiography

Erick Avelar, MD, of Oconee Heart and Vascular Center earns Fellow designation from the American Society of Echocardiography, recognizing commitment to continued excellence in the field of echocardiography as it applies to diagnosis and management of cardiovascular conditions.  read more »

Freedom from Smoking at Denny Tower

If you are a resident of an Athens Housing Authority community and want to quit smoking, St. Mary's is offering a free Freedom from Smoking class starting March 5 just for you.  read more »

Expanding cardiology services in Greene County

St. Mary's is bringing a new level of cardiac care to St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital and the greater Greene County area. Through a partnership among St. Mary's Medical Group, Oconee Heart & Vascular Center, and Good Samaritan Hospital, cardiologist Dr. John Layher is now practicing full-time in Greene County.  read more »