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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 »

Welcome, physician resident Class of 2022!

St. Mary's and the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership welcome 11 new physician residents to the Internal Medicine Residency Program. These new physicians practice at St. Mary's and Community Internal Medicine of Athens as they work with advanced residents and physician faculty to complete their medical education and become fully licensed doctors.  read more »

Crowe, Gomes receive St. Mary’s highest honors

Laura Crowe, a community perinatal educator in St. Mary's Family Birth Center, and Ann Gomes, director of St. Mary's Orthopedics and Neuroscience units, received St. Mary's Health Care System's highest honors at the system's annual Tenure Banquet.  read more »

Sacred Heart designated a remote stroke center

St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital in Lavonia is now designated as a Remote Treatment Stroke Center by the Georgia Department of Public Health Office of EMS and Trauma. This designation recognizes our quality care for patients who are having a stroke emergency.  read more »

Dr. Alan Morgan named Community Faculty of the Year

Dr. Alan Morgan, a neurohospitalist at St. Mary's, recently received the Northeast Georgia Community Faculty of the Year Award from the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership and the Medical College of Georgia.  read more »