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Colleagues, volunteers donate 200+ turkeys to food banks

Turkey donation at St. Mary's Athens
St. Mary's Health Care System colleagues and volunteers on the Monday before Thanksgiving donated 218 turkeys – weighing about 3,700 pounds – to the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia and the Greene County Food Pantry to help families in need this holiday season.   read more »

Auxiliary to light Love Lights Tree Dec. 1. All are welcome!

St. Mary’s Auxiliary invites everyone to its 21st Annual Love Lights Tree lighting program on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. The event will be held in the Atrium Lobby of St. Mary's Health Care System, 1230 Baxter St., Athens. Hear wonderful music, spend time with Santa and kick off the holiday season.  read more »

Great American Smokeout: Fincher family breaks free

On Nov. 21, people across the country will join together for the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout. Quitting smoking can be tough, but the rewards are worth it. Ask Carolyn Fincher, her husband James and their son Tyler, who used St. Mary's Freedom from Smoking program to break free from smoking.  read more »

Good Sam nurse Jan Embry receives DAISY Award

Jan Embry, RN, Quality and Safety Coordinator at St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital, received St. Mary's system-wide DAISY Award for nursing excellence on Oct. 23 for providing extraordinary care to a couple who suffered a medical crisis while on the road.  read more »

Free conference provides vital info for EMS personnel

EMS conference at St. Mary's 2
From airway management to prehospital assessment of patients with sepsis, St. Mary's fall EMS Conference provides free continuing education credits and real-world information that Paramedics, EMTs and 1st Responders can put to use in their work saving lives and reducing disability.  read more »

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 »