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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 »

Participants needed for health needs focus groups; just added: Stephens & Jackson!

St. Mary's and the University of Georgia are now gathering information for the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment. To get input from area residents, focus groups will be held in Elbert, Walton, Madison, Morgan and Barrow counties in the weeks ahead. If you would like for your voice to be heard, read on...  read more »

AGCS expanding surgical services at Sacred Heart

Athens General and Colorectal Surgeons, a St. Mary's Medical Group practice, has expanded surgical services at St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital in Lavonia. For the first time in several years, surgeons are available for scheduled and emergency procedures during the day, Monday through Friday.  read more »

St. Mary’s Thrift Store honored by Human Relations Council

St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store received the annual Community Service Award presented recently by the Athens Area Humans Relations Council at their 40th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala for outstanding contributions to human relations through volunteer work and addressing various social issues.  read more »

Stroke Support Group to learn about estate planning, elder law

St. Mary’s Stroke Support Group will meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 12-1 p.m. at St. Mary's Hospital with featured speaker Jeanie Christian of Brannon Napier Elder Law, who will be discussing estate planning and elder law. This group is free and open to all stroke survivors and their caregivers as a resource for learning, listening and socializing.  read more »

AU/UGA Med Partnership launches clinical informatics fellowship program

Physicians rely on the Electronic Health Record more than ever. The Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership, in partnership with St. Mary's and other providers, has created the state's first Clinical Informatics Fellowship for physicians who want in-depth, accredited education in the use of EHR for better patient care and public health.  read more »

Center for Rehab Medicine accredited by CARF

The staff, leaders and Medical Director of St. Mary's Center for Rehabilitative Medicine
CARF International announced that St. Mary's Center for Rehabilitative Medicine has been accredited for a period of three years for its inpatient rehabilitation program, including a specialty accreditation for adult stroke care. The accreditation recognizes that St. Mary's CRM is guided by internationally recognized standards of patient-centered care.  read more »