Since its founding as a 10-bed facility for the poor in 1818, University has continuously helped make the American dream a reality for people in our community. By putting patients first and staying on the cutting edge of medical technology, we have evolved into a comprehensive health care system anchored by the second largest hospital in Georgia.
But we're not resting on our laurels. As the new year begins, we've reaffirmed our dedication to forging a fit and healthy community.
Our staff of trained professionals follows breaking medical news and institutes new protocols based on the latest science. Take our Heart Center, for example. Cardiologists there performed the region's first angioplasty in 1980 and Georgia's first heart transplant in 1984. Our cardiovascular specialists still lead the way in innovative treatments, including beating-heart surgery.
We also keep our finger on the pulse of the community, so we can deliver care when and where it's needed. We've recently expanded and consolidated our services in Columbia County, doubling the size of our Prompt Care facility there. Residents of that fast-growing county can now access care in one central location in their own community.
We also partner with those we serve by sharing health information and preventive tips to create a more informed community. By integrating new treatment options, expanding our services and fostering preventive care, we hope to help make your American dream come true.
As always, we welcome your feedback. Please share your comments or questions with me.