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Chuck Adams, chairman of the Georgia Hospital Association, honors Dr. W.G. Watson, M.D., with the Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at a special luncheon held Dec. 7 in Atlanta.
UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL’S W.G. WATSON, M.D.,
WINS STATEWIDE HOSPITAL HERO AWARD
ATLANTA – University Hospital physician W.G. Watson, M.D., was awarded the prestigious Georgia Hospital Heroes Award at the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) annual Hospital Heroes Awards luncheon Dec. 7 in Atlanta. Dr. Watson, who was one of only 10 individuals statewide to receive the award, was recognized his more than 60 years of health care service in the Augusta area.
For 63 years, W.G. Watson, MD, has practiced at the hospital and been a leader, teacher and mentor in his community. He remains a driving force within the hospital’s W.G. Watson, M.D., Women’s Center, where he has served as chairman of the hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology department since 1987. More than that, Dr. Watson is a testament to the miracle of childbirth, having delivered more than 15,000 babies before giving up his obstetrical practice at age 85. He recently celebrated his 100th birthday and, amazingly, continues to care for gynecological patients through his office practice with the Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates of Augusta.
Dr. Watson graduated from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) in 1943 and immediately went to work at University Hospital. In 1945, as World War II was coming to a close, he was drafted to serve as a physician in the United States Army. He was deployed to the Philippines and then Korea before returning to Augusta and joining a private practice.
Early in his career, Dr. Watson established an unparalleled work ethic, seeing patients in his office and teaching obstetrics at MCG, while delivering as many as 60 babies a month. He has delivered so many community residents, it is not uncommon for him to see a patient he delivered of whom he also delivered her mother and grandmother.
In addition to his work at the hospital, Dr. Watson has donated his time as the physician for student athletes at a local high school and, after four decades, still leads a program that provides free physicals for hundreds of student athletes.
Since delivering his last baby in 1995, Dr. Watson has continued to treat gynecological patients. Although his workload is lighter than in past decades, he still takes new patients by request.
“Dr. Watson’s lifelong dedication and service to his community is unparalleled,” said Joseph Parker, president of GHA. “He is truly one of a kind, and is an inspiration to all. He is an ideal recipient of this award.”
GHA’s Hospital Heroes Awards are presented every year to 10 individuals who display outstanding service to the health care field; in addition, one individual is presented with a Lifetime Achievement award, signifying at least 30 years of service.
About GHA: Established in 1929, GHA is the state’s largest trade organization of hospitals and health systems providing education, research and risk management services to its 174 hospital and health system members. Additionally, it represents and advocates health policy issues benefiting Georgia’s citizens before the state legislature and U.S. Congress as well as before regulatory bodies.