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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 »

Georgia Neurological Surgery to join St. Mary’s Medical Group

Georgia neurological
Georgia Neurological Surgery & Comprehensive Spine, a practice offering surgical and non-surgical care of the brain, spine and peripheral nervous system, will join St. Mary’s Medical Group effective March 1, 2019.  read more »

Wanted: Information about health needs

St. Mary's and the University of Georgia are now gathering information for the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment. If you live in an area served by St. Mary's, St. Mary's Sacred Heart, or St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospitals, your input will help us address unmet health care needs in our communities.  read more »

Spiritual Care is for everyone

Spiritual care is for everyone at St. Mary's. Our Chaplains are here to support all people in the hospital of all different faith backgrounds and traditions. Listen in as Chaplain Jessica Chicken tells listeners of DOCK 103.9 about it.  read more »

Cardiac Rehab program receives national certification

St, Mary's Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is the first of its kind in the Athens area to be certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR) for its commitment to improving patients' quality of life by enhancing standards of care.  read more »